Film & Creative Writing Alumni Awarded 2018 Episodic Lab Fellowship

August 8, 2018

Alumni Christopher Abeel '18 (Film), Stephanie Adams-Santos '09 (Writing), and Rammy Park '11 (Film) were recently named the 2018 Fellows with Film Independent’s prestigious Episodic Lab.


As fellows, Abeel, Adams-Santos, and Park will be paired with a creative advisor who will mentor them as they continue to develop their TV pilot. This year’s creative advisors and guest speakers include “Liz Flahive & Carly Mensch (GLOW), Elizabeth Guber Stephen of Gables Media, Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead), Dawn Prestwich & Nicole Yorking (The Killing), Kate Robin (One Mississippi) and Dailyn Rodriguez (Queen of the South),” according to Film Independent’s website. Film Independent aims “to champion creative independence in visual storytelling and support a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision.”


Abeel’s pilot is titled, The Devil’s Teeth. When “a snuff tape launches a charismatic ex-con on a rogue crusade through the back alleys and dive bars of 1990s New Jersey his Sheriff’s Deputy daughter gets involved, [and] they must set personal grudges aside in order to solve the larger mystery of the videotape’s footage—her mother’s occult ritual murder.”


Abeel won Columbia University’s Alfred P. Sloan Screenwriting Grant in 2016 and an Alfred P. Sloan Short Film Production Grant in 2017 for his screenplay, A Motivated Man. The Sloan grant “funds a pilot project which aims to encourage science and technology storytelling…”


Park, like Abeel, received her MFA in Screenwriting. She is a playwright, screenwriter, and film director. Her pilot, Monitor City, is a “sci-fi Greek tragedy, [that] pits reluctant hero Olivia Andressa against a totalitarian system of control and surveillance. She struggles to accept her role in the city’s resistance movement while fighting to bring her fractured family back.”


Previously, Park’s short film, The Homecoming Queen, was named Best Film by the National Board of Review, Cinequest Film Festival and the Columbus International Video + Film Festival. She is also working on her first feature, Consideration, “a surreal psychodrama about a family facing the end of the world.”


Adams-Santos graduated with their MFA in Poetry. They have published a poetry collection, Swarm Queen’s Crown (2016), and the chapbooks, Total Memory (2016) and Little Fugues (2015). Adams-Santos is a co-writer for the pilot, Chingonas, also co-written and directed by Rosie Haber. In their pilot, “When people start to go missing near the Mexican-US border, a modern Frida Kahlo and her misfit crew of Latinx Chingonas (badasses) must summon magical powers to protect their world.”