Los Angeles, CA, USA

©2017 by Dana Kendler. Proudly created with Wix.com

DANA KENDLER

AUTHOR


YA & MG fantasy     



SCREENWRITER


female driven    action-adventure     superhero    reluctant heroine   big worlds



 

HI

Dana has recently completed an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA, where she received a number of accolades, including the NATO Fellowship in Film award and the David C. Baumgarten Endowed Award for Comedy Writing. She developed pilot “LUCKY” with Sony/Crackle through a UCLA initiative, was the winner of the Sony-Crackle Pilot Development Program and was offered consideration for further development at Crackle. She has worked with Fox Film directing fellow Erin Li on two short films that screened in twenty-plus festivals, including winning the Bronze Panther award at Busan West, and after entering a Simon & Schuster novel contest with the first fifty pages, she became a national finalist, was asked to write the first draft of her YA fantasy “THE SEER’S DAUGHTER” and took 4th place. She’s currently ghostwriting and actively freelancing, has developed a feature with an A-list management company, and worked on an iTunes Top50 podcast series, which has millions of listeners.


Dana is gluten-free, from Chicago and doesn’t miss the weather one bit!

 

AWARDS

UCLA

  • Winner of UCLA/Sony Crackle TV Pilot Development Program 

  • NATO (National Theater Owners for CA/NV) Fellowship in Film Award

  • Humanitas Student Drama Fellowship Nomination 

  •  David C. Baumgarten Endowed Award for Comedy Writing

  • Jack Oakie Memorial for Excellence in Comedy Screenwriting ​

 

SELECT CONTESTS

  • Final Draft Big Break Top 5 Finalist (Amelia)

  • Final Draft Big Break Quarterfinalist (Cinder)

  • Black List Top Unrepresented Pilot, Score of 8 (Cinder)

  • Screencraft SciFi and Fantasy Quarterfinalist (Amelia)

  • Blue Cat Quarterfinalist (Alexandra Smart)

  • Simon and Schuster Simon451 Novel Contest National Finalist (The Seer's Daughter)

 

FESTIVALS

Short Films 

with Fox Feature Filmakers Lab fellow, director Erin Li


"LA COFFIN SCHOOL":

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Director's Guild of America (DGA) Theatre, LA 

(premiered to a packed 600 seat house)

HBO spondered BET Urban World Film Festival, NY

San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, San Francisco, CA

Shorts For Charity, LA

Bronze Panther Award at Busan West

Refinery 29's New York Fashion Week Installation, curated by Killer Films

Broadcast on Mnet, Short Notice

A Visual Communications fellowship-sponsored film starring Elizabeth Sung (Memoirs of a Geisha) and Michelle Krusiec (Community, Saving Face)

(Partially funded by the James Irvine Foundation/Morgan Stanley Foundation)

"WHO IS CANDY BERNARDINO":

The Downtown Independent Theatre – LA, CA

Out in the Desert Film Festival, Tucson, AR

North Caroline Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Durham, NC

Woods Hole Film Festival – Cape Cod, MA

Stella Artois QFest St. Louis – St. Louis, MO

Daytona Beach Film Festival – Daytona Beach, FL

Landlocked Film Festival – Iowa City, IA

UCLA Showcase at James Bridges Theater - LA

Reality Bytes Independent Student Film Festival – DeKalb, IL

Skidmore International Student Film Festival - Saratoga Springs, NY

 

NICE STUFF PEOPLE HAVE SAID


“The writing in THE SEER’S DAUGHTER is masterful work, skillfully drawing the reader into this beautiful yet dangerous world and captivating them until the very last page... THE SEER’S DAUGHTER is a fantasy adventure aimed at young adults, but with widespread appeal... The writing is so strong that that the reader is swept up in the story from page one and stays engaged and involved throughout the entirety of the narrative.”


 –JT manuscript coverage from the Tracking-Board (THE SEER'S DAUGHTER)


“This is stunningly gorgeous, lyrical elegant beautiful prose.  You evoke the world through her dream flight and landing with perfectly convincing skill. I was engrossed and involved from the very beginning to the very end [of the dream sequence]. The plot of the story so far, the vivid descriptions of the worlds are stupendous.”


–Professor Hal Ackerman, co-chair, UCLA film school graduate screenwriting program and author of “Stein, Stoned” (2010 Lovey Award) (THE SEER'S DAUGHTER)

“The banter between the characters is also top notch--a subtly slapstick dance scene between Cinder and Charlton is one particularly outstanding example--and each supporting character has a distinctive and memorable voice. The action sequences are also stellar, and the script manages to pack a lot of punch while also constantly upping the stakes and developing the characters. In short, the script is a rousing success.”

-Reader coverage from the Black List (CINDER)​

"Well-written picture of an exciting world, clearly defined with small details that support the larger story.  The larger scope represents a challenge, but story-wise, it’s emotional, driving and layered."

-Sony Crackle Execs (LUCKY)

"What impressed me about Li’s film was... how much she was able to communicate in such a short period of time."

-George Heymont, Huffington Post (LA COFFIN SCHOOL)

"It's easy to see this film as a crowd pleasing blockbuster with franchise potential."

-Reader coverage from the Black List (AMELIA)

 

CONTACT