Magazine article Screen International

SFFS/Hearst Grant Goes to Alistair Banks Griffin

Magazine article Screen International

SFFS/Hearst Grant Goes to Alistair Banks Griffin

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Snow The Jones looks at a girl who discovers the dark world of door-to-door sales crews.

Two Gates of Sleep director Alistair Banks Griffin has won the 2013 San Francisco Film Society/Hearst Screenwriting Grant.

The $15,000 prize goes to develop his script Snow The Jones.

The grant, supported by a donation from William R. Hearst III, is awarded each autumn to a writer living in the US who has been working for at least five years.

The panelists who reviewed the finalists' submissions were Tom Grievson, SFFS director of communications; filmmakers Ian Hendrie and Maryam Keshavarz; and Michele Turnure-Salleo, SFFS director of Filmmaker360.

Snow The Jones is about a teenage vagabond who joins a door-to-door sales crew and discovers. It is described as "an experiential trip into a dark side of the American dream and a lost young girl looking for a place to belong."

The jury said in a statement: "It was a very competitive round with very strong writer-directors in the mix. …

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