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What's New, BlueCat?                                          
The Official Newsletter of the

Bluecat Screenplay Competition   

March 21st, 2012 

of the 2012

for his script


Michael Hamblin will receive the grand prize of $10,000!

to Mr. Hamblin, as well as our other finalists:
Ashleigh Powell
Anthony Easton
Alex Eylar
Zeke Farrow
and all other BlueCat participants.  


The Winning Story: The Emperor Of Wyoming

The fractured and dysfunctional family of an Idaho mortician and struggling author falls apart - and comes together - as he and his estranged son grapple with the moral and ethical implications of a bizarre mission from God, delivered by way of a talking corpse. Dark yet whimsical, tragic while infused with awkward hilarity, The Emperor of Wyoming is a heartwarming, fascinating meditation on familial love, bus theft, murder, and the importance of butterflies.       
Well, That's Over - Get Ready For BlueCat 2013!

The 2012 BlueCat Screenplay Competition is finally finished - fortunately, we're going to start accepting scripts for the 2013 BlueCat Screenplay Competition on June 15th! Get to work now - the sooner you enter, the sooner you can receive your feedback, and the sooner you can reenter for a shot at next year's prize!  
Michael Hamblin: BlueCat Winner, Idahoan      

Seeing as Michael Hamblin just won, we haven't had a chance to interview him yet. However, what we do know about him is that he's from the Great State of Idaho.

We received only four scripts from Idaho this year, accounting for only 0.223% of our total number of submissions. Massive, sparsely populated, and overflowing with scenic beauty, Idaho is known more for its ruggedness and winter sports opportunities instead of its film community.

Perhaps the most popular film to come out of Idaho is 2004's Napoleon Dynamite, the mind-bendingly quirky, catchphrase-laden cult hit that launched the careers of Jared Hess and Jon Heder and inspired an animated TV show on Fox.

Napoleon Dynamite was shot on location in Preston, Idaho, the hometown of director Jared Hess - and also the hometown of Michael Hamblin. Yes, that's right: Two of the foremost cinematic minds in Idaho history have both come from the same small town with a population of roughly 5,000.

Is it a coincidence, or is there something in the water in Southern Idaho? We'll find out when we interview Michael Hamblin next week.    
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