Fox Writers Lab Selects Stamp

More honors and exciting opportunities continue to arrive for Wheeling native Elizabeth Stamp.

Stamp, who has been recognized several times recently for her comedy writing skills, now has selected by 21st Century Fox Global Inclusion to participate in its seventh annual Fox Writers Lab.

“The program takes eight writers through an immersive four-month curriculum that strengthens the pipeline of original storytellers on Fox television shows,” Fox officials said.

Explaining how the program works, organizers said, “The writers will receive feedback and guidance on their scripts through interactive ‘master classes’ and will engage in guest speaker sessions with experienced writers, showrunners and directors.”

Stamp and the other seven lab participants will be afforded meetings for current Fox entertainment series and a “first-look” agreement to option their original and new scripts.

In addition, at the program’s conclusion, one finalist will be named the 2018 Fox Writers Lab Fellow. The fellow will be awarded either a purchase and development deal on his/her original script or a “first-look” deal from Fox Broadcasting Co. or any of its affiliated entities, plus other opportunities.

Stamp, who lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., works currently as a free-lance writer and editor and write comedy scripts in her “off-hours.” She is the daughter of U.S. District Court Judge Frederick and Joan Stamp of Wheeling.

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Area residents have an opportunity this week to view an Academy Award-nominated film with an important, timely message of particular interest to West Virginia residents.

“Heroin(e),” which was filmed in Huntington, was nominated last week for an Oscar in the category of documentary short subject.

In a coincidental case of good timing, a free screening of “Heroin(e)” will be presented in the recital hall of Wheeling Jesuit University’s Center for Educational Technologies at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The film documents the efforts of three women to fight the opioid crisis in Huntington. One of those women, Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader, spoke at the First State Capitol in Wheeling in December.

After Tuesday’s showing of the film and a brief intermission, a panel discussion will be conducted on the topics of substance abuse, recovery and the opioid epidemic. The event is organized by the Community Impact Coalition, the West Virginia Council of Churches, Americorps and WJU.

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Continuing on the topic of the Oscars, Bethany College graduate Frances McDormand has been nominated –as expected — for another Academy Award.

McDormand, who stars in the critically-acclaimed drama, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” is one of the nominees competing for the Oscar as best actress in a leading role. Already this month, she has received a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for her work in “Three Billboards.”

If she wins this year, it will be McDormand’s second Academy Award. She won the top acting prize for the 1996 film, “Fargo.”

In addition to her work on the Bethany stage, area theater-goers of a certain age will remember that McDormand worked with Oglebay Institute’s summer theater program after her graduation from Bethany in 1979.

Two of McDormand’s “Three Billboards” castmates –Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell — have been nominated for an Academy Award in the category of best actor in a supporting role. “Three Billboards” also has received Academy Award nominations for best picture and for original screenplay, film editing and original score.

Meanwhile, another Academy Award nominee of interest to area fans is Willem Dafoe, who is competing for the supporting actor prize for his work in “The Florida Project.” Dafoe’s sister, Jane Lambie, lives in Wheeling and his nephew is talented local musician Eli Lambie.

Linda Comins can be reached via email at: lcomins@theintelligencer.net

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