Five tapped as Goldwyn writing finalists


Five UCLA students have been chosen as finalists in the 2008 Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards Competition.

The nominees are Suzie Bohannon for "Spin Cycle"; Austin Formato, "Self Help"; J.J. Nelson, "Out of Road"; Robyn Paris, "Odd Man Out"; and Richard Rapoza, "The Hole in the Brain of Phineas Gage."

The finalists were chosen from among 120 submissions of feature-length screenplays submitted by students from eight University of California campuses.

The awards — selected by a jury comprised of Sundance Film Festival director Geoff Gilmore, Fox Atomic president Debbie Liebling and actress-producer Marlee Matlin — will be handed out Nov. 3 at UCLA.