Writing for Film/TV Alumnus Dan Reilly '09 Wins 'Shoot in Philadelphia' Young Screenwriter Award

Greater Philadelphia Film Office's Parisi Award presented by TV star Tony Danza

December 13, 2010

University of the Arts alumnus Dan Reilly '09 (Writing for Film and Television), 23, was awarded the Irene Parisi Award for a screenwriter 25 years or younger in the annual Shoot in Philadelphia Screenwriting Competition (SIP) sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Film Office.

The competition is open to all screenwriters worldwide who submit an original feature-length screenplay or TV pilot script to be shot in the Greater Philadelphia metropolitan area.

Reilly's winning screenplay titled "Haunt" is about a Philadelphia police officer who turns to a psychic medium to communicate with his murdered son, only to discover the medium himself is the killer.

The Parisi Award was presented by television star Tony Danza at a presentation held November 14 at Sun Center Studios, a new production facility near Chester, Pa. Reilly received $1,000 made possible by the generosity of noted film screenwriter Stephen J. Rivele ("Nixon," "Ali," "Copying Beethoven") in honor of his late mother, Irene I. Parisi (1925-1964).

Reilly was inspired to become a screenwriter at the age of 12 by Philadelphia native M. Night Shyamalan's "The Sixth Sense." As a senior at the University of the Arts, he was the recipient of several accolades, including both the Dr. Frederick P. Cornell Award and the Faculty Award for Excellence in Writing for Film and Television. He also completed a six-month story analyst internship that year with Maximum Films and Management in New York City, scouting books and screenplays for Mandalay Entertainment, CBS Films and Participant Media.

Reilly is currently working as a script reader, running TheHotScript.com, an advice-based website for aspiring writers, and pursuing his dream of being a full-time screenwriter.

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