Screenplay Finalists - Urbanworld

Official 2022 Screenplay Selections

Vici Howard and Patrice Stanley


Written by Vici Howard and Patrice Stanley


An abused husband and non-binary person meet on a dating app and spend the most intense, confrontational, surprising, and beautiful 11 hours together.

Screenwriter Bios

Vici Howard is a writer and filmmaker who grew up on the South Side of Chicago, where she discovered her passion for storytelling. She earned her B.A. in Film from Columbia College in Chicago. Her creative work shares the stories, experiences, and lives of mature people of color, a population whose voices are virtually unheard. Please visit for more on Vici and her projects as a writer, director, and producer.

Patrice Stanley is passionate about developing content that pulls from her lived experiences to widen the lens of how successful black women are portrayed on screen. Patrice earned a Master of Arts in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. Her policy writings have appeared in academic and corporate journals. She co-produced a Women's Media Center project highlighting the harassment of female candidates for elected office.
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Written by Persia White


Venessa, a single, socially awkward, middle aged African American Woman, is forced to reconcile with her estranged fraternal twin sister, after the death of a close family member.

Screenwriter Bio

Actress, musician, and filmmaker Persia White is well known for her eight years as a series regular on the hit TV series GIRLFRIENDS and THE VAMPIRE DIARIES. Persia co-produced the award-winning Joaquin Phoenix-narrated documentary EARTHLINGS and has written and produced the award-winning short films CAROUSEL and REVELATION. As a musician, Persia has worked with great artists Gary Wallis (Pink Floyd), Dominique Miller (Sting), Tricky (Massive Attack), and Big Boi (Outcast), to name a few.


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Moon Molson


Urbanworld 22 Screenplay Competition Winner

Written by Moon Molson


A young Black Millennial’s growing mania inspires him to find out why his mother abandoned him as a child and committed suicide halfway across the country.

Screenwriter Bio

Moon Molson’s original, feature-length screenplay JOHNNY ACE won Best Feature Screenplay (3rd Place) at the 2017 Cinequest Film Festival, Grand Prize for Best Feature Screenplay at the 2017 Nantucket Film Festival, and Honorable Mention at the 2018 Urbanworld Film Festival. Most recently, Moon co-write the original, feature-length screenplay IF WE LEFT with Andrew Borroughs-Trotman, which was selected by the San Francisco Film Society for the 2020 SFFILM Rainin Grant in Screenwriting.

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Written by Marlon Green


In this fish out of water comedy horror, a mostly black wedding party is lost in the woods and must struggle to survive while hunted by a mysterious woods creature.

Screenwriter Bio

Dis-ABLED writer, filmmaker, storyteller, instructor. Been around for a minute but took time to fight brain disease. Worked at various production companies including [Suzanne] de Passe Entertainment. Optioned screenplay BAG SNATCHERS. Finalist, Gordon Parks Screenwriting Competition. Winner, Guy Hanks screenwriting competition at USC. Semifinalist and quarterfinalist placements in various screenplay competitions. Worked as Communication Instructor at University of Hartford and University of New Mexico. Studied writing/filmmaking at UCLA, USC, NYU Tisch.

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jamal joseph



Jamal Joseph is a two-time recipient of the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame Prized Pieces Award, a New Foundation of the Arts Fellowship, a recipient of the Paul Robeson Award from the Actors Equity Association, a best song Academy Award Nominee and an alum of the Sundance Directing Lab. He is a Professor of Professional Practice in Film at Columbia University’s Graduate Film Program and Co-Chair of Columbia U. School of the Arts Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

His feature film (director, co-writer) “Chapter & Verse” (theatrical and BET) won the Pan African Film Festival Audience Choice Award and was a New York Times Critic’s pick. Jamal’s other writing and directing credits include “Drive by” and “Da Zone” for STARZ in BLACK, “Hard Chorus” and “Hip Hop in the Promised Land” for Comedy Central,” and “Hughes Dream Harlem” for PBS. Additional screenplay credits include “Knights of the South” for A&E and “Ali: An American Hero” for FOX. Jamal is co-Creator and Executive Producer of the Productivity Media action series “Shotgun Mary” (a spin-off of Neflix’s Warrior Nun). Jamal is a producer and is featured in the upcoming FX Docuseries “Dear Mama” about the life and legacy of Tupac and Afeni Shakur. Jamal is featured in the PBS documentary “Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” and the EPIX docuseries “The Godfather of Harlem.” He is the author of “Tupac Legacy” and his memoir “Panther Baby” which he is developing as a dramatic series for STARZ.


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