NEWS & HONORS
What a great and exciting way to kickoff the first day of Spring and its film fest 2023 season! Especially with a prestigious New York City accolade! It’s another special, heartfelt win for me and Jimmy! I’d like to thank festival Founder and Managing Director, Emine Dursun, her team, and the judges. To be honored again, in the city Jimmy and I love, is most rewarding when we’re able to share his legacy through this tale about Spyder Deakins and his quest to find, not only Jimmy’s car, but forgiveness as well. 🙏❤️🗽💥
Rozzo DeChance conquered Hollywood as BLOOD, SCUM & NEON LIGHTS is the GRAND PRIZE WINNER 🏆 for Best Feature Screenplay in the prestigious 2023 Golden State Film Festival at Hollywood’s TCL Theatre! I want to say “thank you” to the judges, the festival director, and the entire team! I’m so excited and grateful for this tremendous honor! And a huge congrats to my fellow scribes for their category wins as well. Time to celebrate! 🙏🎬💯🍾🥂🎉
FELLINI FILM FESTIVAL WINNER! 🏆 BEST FEATURE SCRIPT! I woke up this morning to this amazing, unbelievable news! This worldwide achievement unto itself is seriously beyond words. My fingers are trembling as I type this. Jimmy and I are elated with joy! And it’s great to know that the Deaners are still strong in Italy… just as they were before and after the time of his death! Grazie to the festival judges, director, and the team for such a huge honor! And congrats to my global scribes who also placed with honors! And it’s great to meet some fellow Italian filmmakers who have reached out already! Now… it’s time to celebrate! 🙏💯🇮🇹🎬🎉💥🍾🥂
In the very early stages of its film festival run, Spyder: One Man's Quest for the “Little Bastard” has already received interest from a recent, debut Director, who just completed their first feature film that is now on the 2023 film fest circuit. As a director, actor, and a fellow Deaner, they are truly passionate about the life and legacy of James Dean. With that, other filmmaking individuals or parties are also invited have a chance for possible director interest as well.
Spyder Receives Very First Director Interest!
It's official! Spyder is Best Feature Screenplay Winner in the Silk Road Film Awards Cannes! Thank you, SRFA! 🙏🇫🇷
Spyder is an Honorable Mention Winner for Best Screenplay Feature in the San Diego Movie Awards! Thank you, SDMA!
The Vancouver Independent Film Festival marks my 100th Official Selection! And my 58th win as a screenwriter! Thank you, VIFF—and all the film festivals that have taken me on this unplanned, unexpected, amazing & humbling journey! 🙏❤️🇨🇦💯🍾🥂
Spyder continues to kickoff 2023 as the Best Unproduced Script (Feature Film) in the Vancouver Independent Film Festival. Thank you, VIFF! 🏆 🙏❤️🍁
I’m very excited to announce that Spyder is an Official Selection in the NOMADIC International Film Festival. And how fitting is this, especially for the story of Spyder Deakins and his present day, nomadic journey to find Jimmy’s “Little Bastard” Porsche 550 Spyder! Thank you, NIFF! 🙏👍
Spyder is Best Feature Screenplay Winner in the East Coast Movie Awards! Thank you, ECMA!
Spyder is a Best Screenplay Winner in the NEW YORK FILM AWARDS! Thank you, NYFA!
Spyder is an Official Selection in the Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards!
Thank you to the Lily Indie Film Fest in Odessa, Ukraine, for Spyder’s Official Selection! 🙏🇺🇦❤️🕊
Jimmy and I are thrilled and thankful that Culver City Film Festival has included Spyder as an Official Selection! 🙏👍💥
Jimmy and I are absolutely honored to have Spyder nominated in the 2022 Fall Season of the Montreal Independent Film Festival!
Thank you, MIFF! 🙏🇨🇦🍁
I’d like to thank the Toronto Film and Script Awards, along with the Toronto Film Channel for choosing Spyder as a screenplay nominee! 🙏🇨🇦🍁
The feature screenplay for BLOOD, SCUM & NEON LIGHTS is now in competition as a Semi-Finalist the SEATTLE MOVIE AWARDS! Thank you, SMA!
1ST PLACE SCREENPLAY WINNER 🏆
On the very last day of its long journey on the film fest circuit, I want to thank all the judges and the team of the Melech Tel-Aviv International Film Festival for this blessing, by marking the final and 21st win for The Letter. Toda raba! 🙏 🇮🇱 I’m excited and honored to have been a part of this very prestigious and competitive festival. ❤️ And on that cherished note, today also marks the end of the short script as I made the decision to forgo any short film project. This compelling story will now be taking a new and expanded literary direction that will be officially announced next year. Stay tuned!
SPYDER is an Official Selection in the NEW CREATORS FILM AWARDS! Thank you, NCFA!
Jimmy and I received this wonderful message from a prestigious film festival last night! It's only two film festivals in with three wins and 'Spyder' is already generating "buzz" in the film fest industry! And since this festival is Universal Studios related, we entered! 🙏❤️🤞
SPYDER is Best Feature Script/Screenplay and Best Screenwriter/Feature Winner in the VEGAS MOVIE AWARDS!
For more info, you can read the official VMA Press Release. Thank you, VMA!
SPYDER has won its first film festival submission in the IMDB qualified CANADIAN CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARDS (CaCA) for Best Screenplay Winner. Thank you, CaCA!
BLOOD, SCUM & NEON LIGHTS is Best Screenplay Winner in the 15th edition of the TORONTO FILM MAGAZINE FEST! Thank you, TFMF!
BLOOD, SCUM & NEON LIGHTS is now a Nomination in the SEATTLE FILM FESTIVAL! Thank you, SFA!
HALLOWEEN: KINDRED SIN is a Semi-Finalist in the HORRORFEST INTERNATIONAL Screenplay Competition! Thank you, HFI!
BLOOD, SCUM & NEON LIGHTS is Best Feature Screenplay Winner in the EAST COAST MOVIE AWARDS! Thank you, ECMA!
BLOOD, SCUM & NEON LIGHTS is an Honorable Mention Feature Screenplay Winner in the LOS ANGELES FILM AWARDS! Thank you, LAFA!
I am absolutely SUPER EXCITED that BLOOD, SCUM & NEON LIGHTS is an unproduced feature screenplay Nominee in the Summer 2022 edition of the very prestigious MONTREAL INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL! Thank you, MIFF!
THE LETTER is a TOP 10 IMDB Nominee in the LONELY WOLF INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL LONDON!
LONELY WOLF INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL LONDON has honored BLOOD, SCUM & NEON LIGHTS as a 2x TOP 10 IMDB Nominee for Best Feature Screenplay and Best Thriller Screenplay!
BLOOD, SCUM & NEON LIGHTS is a 2x Nominee for Best Feature Screenplay and Best Thriller in the SENSEI TOKYO FILMFEST !
Just like the short script, BLOOD, SCUM & NEON LIGHTS is Best Feature Noir Screenplay Winner in the SILK ROADS FILM AWARDS!
I’m proud and incredibly honored to officially announce my 20x award-winning short script, THE LETTER, is a Semi-Finalist in the ACADEMY AWARD and BAFTA qualified RHODE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. It will be in competition until the Finalist phase in October 2022. Thank you, RIIFF! 🙏 Crossing my fingers until then!🤞💯
I'm very proud to announce that BLOOD, SCUM & NEON LIGHTS is a 2x Feature Screenplay Winner in the VEGAS MOVIE AWARDS!
BLOOD, SCUM & NEON LIGHTS is Best Feature Screenplay Winner in the NEW YORK FILM AWARDS!
BLOOD, SCUM & NEON LIGHTS is Best Noir Script Winner in the prestigious ONIROS FILM AWARDS—NEW YORK!
BLOOD, SCUM & NEON LIGHTS is a FILMCON AWARDS Winner for Best Feature Screenplay!
SPYDER: ONE MAN'S QUEST FOR THE "LITTLE BASTARD" is my current work-in-progress. And it's the perfect feature screenplay summer project! It's a James Dean-driven screenplay that's driving itself... in a kickass car!
The feature screenplay for BLOOD, SCUM & NEON LIGHTS is an Official Selection in the RED MOVIE AWARDS 2022 Spring Edition!
The Feature Screenplay for BLOOD, SCUM & NEON LIGHTS is now officially on the 2022 film festival circuit!
The first feature screenplay for the BLOOD, SCUM NOIR TRILOGY is finished! BLOOD, SCUM & CHICAGO FIGHTS begins late Fall 2022.
My 3-page, short script, REBEL WITHOUT A CAR, is an Official Selection in the FILMCON AWARDS June 2022 24HR SCREENWRITING CHALLENGE! Thank you, FILMMAKER'S CONNECT!
Logline: James Dean’s number one fan, a former California Highway Patrol Officer, revisits the star during the last hour of his life to prevent his 1955 death.
The feature screenplay for BLOOD, SCUM & NEON LIGHTS is 100% complete! Soon, it will have a run on the 2022 film festival circuit!
HALLOWEEN: KINDRED SIN is a first-time Best Screenplay Winner in the NEW YORK FILM AWARDS! Thank you, NYFA!
THE FRANCOPHILE is Best Script Winner in the RED MOVIE AWARDS for the Winter 2022 Edition. Merci! Thank you, RMA!
THE LETTER was named an Official Selection in the INTERNATIONAL WORLD FILM AWARDS! Thank you, IWFA!
BREAKTHROUGH SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR 2021 WINNER!
A NIGHT AT THE DRIVE-IN
Thank you to the NEW YORK FILM AWARDS for this absolute honor! The 2021 year will always be a memorable one! To read my thank you speech, please visit the PRESS section.
The 5th Annual win marks my 40th film festival win! Thank you, NEW YORK FILM AWARDS, for the filmmaking milestone! 🙏
PARIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WINNER!