Aug. 19, 2021
Children's: Young Adult Fiction
Millie uses her college savings to attend a summer program at the Manhattan Movie Academy, run by her favorite director Ricky O’Naire, whose short-film contest promises the winner a Hollywood production. But before she can finish her film, O’Naire is convicted of embezzlement, and the Academy closes. Months later, slogging through her senior year in Fargo, ND, Millie sees a preview for O’Naire’s comeback film: a full-length version of her summer camp short. Outraged, she reunites a trio of quirky classmates and leans on her filmmaking expertise through an extravagant series of moves and countermoves that result in an outcome not even Hollywood could see coming. (85k)
Tyler Schwanke is completing his MFA in Creative Writing at Hamline University. His short fiction has appeared in The Courtland Review, IO Literary Journal, The Tusk, eFiction, and Rock, Paper, Scissors. He is a graduate of The New York Film Academy, and also holds bachelor’s degrees in film production and creative writing from Minnesota State University. His award-winning shorts have played at film festivals nationwide.
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