The Black List Partners With NYU's Purple List
The list of the best unproduced screenplays from NYU's graduate film students and recent alumni has previously included Pamela Romanowsky's James Franco-starrer 'The Adderall Diaries' and Desiree Akhavan's 'Appropriate Behavior.'
NYU's Purple List of the most promising production-ready screenplays generated from Tisch's graduate film students and recent alumni is joining forces with its inspiration, Hollywood's annual rundown of the best unproduced screenplays The Black List.
Black List members will now be able to read the Purple List screenplays from 2014 and 2015, it was announced Tuesday, giving the NYU grads a chance to have their work seen by the entertainment industry.
"The success of NYU's film program and its graduates speaks for itself. We at the Black List are enormously proud to do our part to make sure that the exceptional work of these graduating screenwriters can be read by as many industry professionals as possible. We look forward to continuing this relationship with the Purple List," said Black List founder Franklin Leonard in a statement.
Past Purple List selections have included Pamela Romanowsky's James Franco-starrer The Adderall Diaries, which had its world premiere at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and was acquired by A24; Desiree Akhavan's Appropriate Behavior; Shaka King's Newlyweds, which was screened at Sundance and led to King winning the Someone to Watch Award at the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards; Chloe Zhao's Songs My Brothers Taught Me, which won a grand jury prize nomination at Sundance; Manos Sucias, which earned writer Joseph Wladyka the best director award at last year's Tribeca Film Festival; and Gabrielle Demeestere's Yosemite, which won the first Tangerine Entertainment Juice Fund award for best female directing at Slamdance.
The 2015 Purple List's selections, unveiled in April at an event attended by Leonard, were Backstage, by Shandor Garrison; D-Day, by Tamika R. Guishard; Dead Pigs, by Cathy Yan; The Place Behind Her Eyes, by Vika Evdokimenko; The Salt of the Earth, by Margherita Arco; and The Third Wife, by Ash Mayfair.
Nearly 50 percent of Purple List projects have been produced so far with women writing more than 70 percent of the selections.
The Purple List was established in 2012 by Garrison and Ash Bhalla.
“Our program has a history of fostering ground-breaking first features, from Jim Jarmusch and Spike Lee to Cary Fukunaga and Dee Rees,” says Bhalla, “The Black List has successfully championed screenwriting talent for over a decade, and this collaboration spotlights projects by emerging NYU Grad Film storytellers that might otherwise go unnoticed.”
Black List selections account for 225 produced feature films, which have earned more than $19 billion worldwide and won 35 Oscars.