Persephone Vandegrift

Award winning writer for film, TV, stage, and literary outlets

RESUME, Bio, Awards

IMDb: imdb.com/name/nm4412619/

Professional industry references upon request.

FILM  - Produced

THE LAST LIGHT – Screenwriter/Co-Producer                                    Short/Supernatural
Director: Jennifer Cummins, Produced by: Coral House Productions
*Awards: Audience Award - Post Alley Film Festival, Seattle, WA 2013

ALL THINGS HIDDEN - Screenwriter/Co-Dir/EP                                  Short/Drama/Soc Justice
Dirs: Sean Avichouser/Persephone Vandegrift, Produced by: Tura Lura Films

*Awards:
Special Mention - 2015 IFilmmaker Festival, Marbella, Spain
Director's Choice: 2014 Lagniappe Film Festival, Texas
IMA People’s Choice Award 2014 – Soundtrack for All Things Hidden
Certificate of Excellence - Screenwriting - 2011 SkyFest VI Film Fest

FEATURE FILM SCRIPTS - Specs

DEATH OF A MORTAL WOMAN – screenwriter                            Historical/Biopic
     In ancient Rome, in order to seek justice for her husband’s suspicious death, a grieving widow risks her life to wage a dangerous campaign against a ruthless emperor who will stop at nothing to make sure that she fails. 

*Awards:
Semi-Finalist – 2017 Sacramento International Film Festival - Drama
Official Selection – Back In The Box 2016 Screenwriting Contest
Official Selection – True Stories Screenwriting Contest 2016
Finalist/Runner-Up – Write Movies 2016 UK Screenwriting Contest
Winner – Historical genre – 2015 Capital Fund Screenplay Contest
SF - Bio/Hist – 2015 & 2013 Page International Screenwriting Contest
Winner: Best 1st scene 2013 WILDSound Film & Theatre Festival
Finalist - Bio/Hist - 2012 Hollywood Screenplay contest

THE WATER KING  - screenwriter                                                     Dram/Rom/Com
     A Scottish island could hold the key to a woman’s career and romantic transformation after she is faced with the difficult task of taking her estranged mother’s ashes from the US to Scotland.

To be directed by Ellen Gerstein

*Awards:
Finalist – TMFF 2017 Feb/March 2017 Screenwriting contest
Semi-Finalist – Bucharest Shortcut Cinema Screenwriting 2017
Semi-Finalist – 2017 Sacramento International Film Festival - Comedy
Finalist – LIVE READ LA Jan 2017
Winner – Best Feature Script – 2016 London Golden Scout IFF Autumn
Silver Award – 2016 International Independent Screenwriting Awards
TOP 100 screenplay - 2015 Emerging Screenwriters Contest
SF – Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting 2015
QF – PAGE International Screenwriting Contest 2015

THE SECRET OF BANRION WOOD – screenwriter                Family/Fantasy/Adv
    
A grumpy teenager, forced to spend the weekend at her Grandmother's, believes she has stumbled into a mysterious world where she is mistaken for a long lost princess and must help the local inhabitants defeat an evil sorceress in order to get back home.
*Awards:
Finalist - Oaxaca Global Script Challenge 2017
Finalist - Family/Animation – 2017 Nashville Film Festival (Screenwriting)

QF - Write Movies Spring 2017 contest
QF - PAGE International Screenwriting contest


BOUDICCA - screenwriter                                                            Historical/Epic
The tale of legendary Celtic warrior, Boudicca, who led a rebellion against the Romans in 60 AD. (script in process)
*Awards: Winner - Best First Scene -  Hollywood Hills Screenwriting Contest 

THE FURIES – Story consultant, associate producer               Mythological Thriller
To be directed by Dave Thompson. Thompson/Coons Productions

     “Charlie’s Angels from Hell”. Immortal serial killers with a cop on their trail: No jail can hold them, no cop can arrest them, but the love of a man could destroy them all.

THE CURSE OF MERCY WOOD  - screenwriter                       Supernatural/Thriller

     A young girl arrives to her new home only to discover the spirit of a centuries-old unsolved crime victim haunts it. After a terrifying encounter, she is unwittingly transported back in time and must find a way to set the restless spirit free or lose her soul forever.

THE END OF JUNE - screenwriter                                               Drama
     A woman at the end of her life decides to spend her final months in the highlands of Scotland only to find her journey challenged by a mysterious turn of events. (script in process)

KRISTINA AND THE GRAIL - screenwriter                                  Drama/Supernatural
     A young girl, after learning of a sinister plot to rob her of her inheritance, is imprisoned in a children's orphanage from which she soon escapes and makes dangerous quest to find the holy grail that she believes will cure her dying Grandmother. (script in process)

 

SHORT SCRIPTS - Specs

THE MAP – screenwriter                                                               Fam-Friendly/Drama
     A young girl grieving the death of her parents is given a map that she believes will help her unleash a magical power that she can use to bring them back.
Awards:
Winner – Best Technique - Late Spring 2017 The Monkey Bread Tree Awards

QF - Page Internt'l Screenwriting contest - short script

GRIEF INC. - screenwriter                                                                               Rom/Com
     After a chance romantic encounter, a professional mourner struggles to come to terms with her long suppressed feelings.

ATHENA – screenwriter                                                                 Psychological Drama
     After a young woman finds herself stuck in her own nightmare, she must find her own way out before she is consumed by it.

IN THE STARS – screenwriter                                                      Social Justice/Drama
     A young man struggles to come to terms with his brother’s suicide from PTSD.

*Awards:
Semi-Finalist – 2017 Sacramento International Film Festival – short script
Winner – Best Short Script – 2016 Top Indie Film Awards
Semi-Finalist – LA Cinefest (short screenplay) 2016

TV/Mini-series/series/documentary series

AGRIPPINA – screenwriter                                                            Historical series
     Based on feature DEATH OF A MORTAL WOMAN. Series chronicling the life of Agrippina the Elder from a young bride to a prisoner sentenced to death on a desolate island.

ESTHER’S DEN -  screenwriter (Pilot)                                            WW2 Mini-series
     Set in Germany. On 'Kristallnacht', a young Jewish woman's faith and courage is put to the test after she is tragically separated from her family and is forced to rely on a surpring ally, a female British spy, in order to be reunited with them. To be directed by Shannon Van Metre
*Awards:  Finalist – 2013 Hollywood Screenplay Contest TV/Drama Pilot

HEART – screenwriter                                                                        Synopsis only
     A series chronicling a heart transplant surgeon’s journey of redemption after a young girl dies on her operating table consequently exposing a sex and drug trafficking ring that could explain the mysterious disappearance of her own brother.

WOMEN OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION - creator                     Pitch doc available   
     Documentary miniseries exploring the role of the women in the American Revolution.

*Awards:  2nd place 2013 TVMe Pitch Competition Sarasota County, Florida Film & Entertainment Office

FINDING AGRIPPINA - creator                                                          Pitch doc available
     Documentary based on the life and tragic death of Agrippina the Elder after she launches a personal ten year long vendetta to seek justice after the suspicious death of her husband. Her campaign pits her against Emperor Tiberius and his ambitious accomplice, Sejanus, who will stop at nothing to make sure she fails. 

BOOKS:

THE MAIDEN TREE – An illustrated fairytale, currently in ebook form, working on Print version for 2017.

THE VERY FAIRY SERIES – a series of illustrated books focusing on quirky fairy & human interactions and adventures. It is geared towards children but also for anyone that is a fan of fairytales and fairies.


T
HEATRE PRODUCTIONS:  Available upon request or via my website

LITERARY AWARDS

LITTLE-GIRL DREAMS – Short story – Finalist - Ireland’s WOW Anthology 2015. Published in WOW’s anthology March 2015

THE FINAL SACRIFICE – Flash Fiction - Winner - Lyrical Passion Poetry’s Inaugural Flash Fiction contest 2009.

GIST OF THE AFFAIR - poem  - Published in award winning anthology Lavandaria: A Mixture of Women, Wash and Word.

PORTRAIT OF ZEUS BOY AS A YOUNG BOY – Fantasy - Short-listed for Ireland’s Fish Publishing short fiction prize 2009

DEATH OF A MORTAL WOMAN (Short story) - Highly Commended Award in the 2009 Tom Howard Short Story Contest, Long listed for Fish Publishing Prize 2010  

ORANGE BLISS & ROMAN HOLIDAY (Poems) & DREAM BABY, DREAM (short fiction)
Published in Notes and Grace Notes inaugural anthology Root Exposure & nominated for Push Cart Awards.

STAGE

2010 - RETURN OF HELEN - short play

Audience Award - Open Circle's EAT MY SHORTS play festival

2009 - REVENGE AND SORROW IN THEBES - full length

Voted by Seattle Weekly - 1 of 6 most memorable theatrical productions in Seattle in 2009

PUBLICATIONS

WOW 2015 Anthology, The Copperfield Review (Historical Poetry), Moon Drenched Fables (Short Fiction & Poetry), In Travel Magazine (Travel Writing), Megalithic Poetry (poetry), Movie Outline 3.com contributor (Screenwriting Tips), Stage 32.com (Screenwriting, Producing), Just Effing Entertain Me (Screenwriting) Tapestry Of Bronze (poetry).

OTHER:

Judge for 2017 Destiny City Film Festival screenwriting competition
Screenwriting Panelist for Destiny City Film Festival's Industry panel 

 

 

Bio

Whether TV, stage, film or fiction, I'm always looking for new ways to tell a story. I write to entertain, inform and enlighten. My goal is to find the heart of the story and give it the best creative outlet possible. I started out very young as an actor, and eventually found my true voice and passion as a writer.

I have a penchant for historical, but I also have won awards in the drama, supernatural, documentary, mythological, social justice genres. I am an avid adapter of classical mythology for all literary outlets. I like to try my hand at all genres and enjoy collaborating with directors, producers and other writers.

Besides screenwriting, I also write fiction and stage plays and I am a story coach for writers.

Coming up, a paleolithic novella and a series of illustrated fairy tales. 

Past and upcoming film work: IMDb

Feel free to contact me: Via Twitter @PersephWrites or Email: sephvee7 at gmail.com

Thank you!

 

Recommendations: Writing, Script Consulting

 

"I recently worked with Persephone Vandegrift on my script for my short film “SHIFT PARADIGM”. It was my first script that I had ever written.

I was very impressed with her guidance and instruction. She taught me how to perceive my story in a way that expresses feelings and thoughts without using words. The thing that stood out to me is she never gave me ideas just examples of how to build the story and my script. She also helped me to draw more descriptive ways to show the characters back-story and build layers to the climax of the story.

Persephone made my writing experience a true pleasure. My film was officially selected to be screened at Holly Shorts Film Festival and the screening in my home town was sold out! I couldn’t have created such an emotionally gripping film without her help." 

Greg Marks - actor, writer, executive producer

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“When my business partners and I were looking for a talented writer to help us draft a screenplay, we went through countless portfolios. But as I read Persephone Vandegrift’s extensive work, I could sense the passion with which every word had been chosen. Coming from someone with his own background in writing, this instantly made Persephone’s work stand out from the crowd.

As time progressed, I had time to directly collaborate with her on many issues relating to our plot structure. Persephone’s enthusiasm to tackle a new subject was immediately recognized by our production team. Having a self-professed history enthusiast join our ranks further reassured us that we had made the right decision. She holds herself to a very high standard, not only meeting our expectations, but frequently exceeding them. Persephone’s recent fundraising for her own film, “All Things Hidden,” serves to reaffirm her professionalism and drive to be an integral part of the entire filmmaking process.

I know that she will accomplish great things in the near future, and I shall look on with anticipation as her career develops.”

Adam Bednar, Junior Partner & Assistant Producer, 5th Kompanie Productions, LLC

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“Persephone writes moving, truthful and engaging scripts that translate extremely well to screen. Her scripts are well-written and authentic and balance engaging, often painful, drama with astute character observation. I am looking forward to seeing more of her work.”

Vanessa Bailey, Actress, Simon & How Associates

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Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, On Time

“As a producer and director working with Persephone is more than ideal. She is a writer in every sense of the word. I can give her an idea or concept and the product she can turnaround in minimal time is amazing. The future holds great things for this woman. You can bet I will be saying, "I knew her when..."

Ben Andrews, Independent Producer/Director

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"Persephone has a gift with words. She is one of those great writers that comes along and will continue to write many more brilliant works. She has a way of grabbing you from the beginning right into the story and has the talent to keep you engaged all the way to the end. I have been lucky enough to have been able to read her fantastic work. She truly is a great storyteller. "

Cathy Beasley, writer/director of "The Scapegoat" - KitCatFilms