L. Elizabeth Powers

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L. Elizabeth Powers

Having worked in the film industry since the turn of the millennium, L. Elizabeth Powers has an impressive visual effects resume as well as being an award winning screenwriter and filmmaker.

Her script for The Importance of Sex Education won multiple awards, including a production grant from Hollyshorts/Louisiana Film Prize. And her feature script Who I Am Now picked up top honors at Film Crash and has recently been declared a finalist at the Twister Alley Film Festival among numerous others. She is also also a produced playwright and published poet and works as a festival reader and screener.

Her work in visual effects include such films as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Amazing Spiderman. She currently resides in Austin, TX where she works as a freelance filmmaker and artist.

  • Austin, Texas.
  • www.lelizabethpowers.com
Me

Professional Skills

MFA in Creative Writing, Screenwriting, Playwriting, Editing, Film Production, Directing, Producing, Coordinating, VFX, Animation, Post Production, Editing, Videography, Illustration and Design

Creative Writing and Editing

I have an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. My screenplays have won multiple awards, and I am a produced playwright and published poet author.

VFX

I have over 15 years in visual effects for feature film, TV and animation on such films as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Amazing Spiderman. Check out my IMDB entry for a full list of credits.

Film and Video Production

I have experience on set as a producer, director, videographer, art director, coordinator and more. Check out my portfolio items below for examples of my work on short films, commercials, and music videos, including my own award-winning short film The Importance of Sex Education.

  • Featured Project: The Importance of Sex Education

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    The Importance of Sex Education is a short film I wrote, produced, directed and edited.
    The journey began back in 2013 with a script idea.

    After a few rounds of edits, I started sending off the script and garnering awards: 
    • Winner, Louisiana Film Jury Best Screenplay, Hollyshorts 2015
    • Winner Marquee Lights Screenplay compeition 2014
    • Winner Sidewrite Screenplay compeition 2014
    • Finalist in the DC Shorts Screenplay Competition 2014
    • Finalist Screencraft Comedy Short Competition 2014
    • Winner LA Comedy Fest Short Screenplay 2014
    • 2nd Place Short Script California Film Awards 2014
    • Top 5 Finalist Houston Comedy FIlm Festival 2015 
    With the Louisiana Jury Award at Hollyshorts came a $8500 grant from the Louisiana Film Prize to participate in the 2016 competition.

    We shot the film in March of 2016 and found out later in the summer that we had made the top 20 and would premiere at the festival in October.  Frances Watson who plays Adeline, took home an award for Best Actress at the festival.

    After that, the film has gone on to play at numerous of festivals across the US and is continuing to make the festival circuit in 2017, as well as rack up new awards.

    Most recently the film was awarded Best Texas Film at the Hill Country Film Festival and a Silver Remi Award at Worldfest in Houston.

    Check out this clip from the movie, and see the full trailer on the "Film and Video" page of this website.

  • Featured Project: Who I Am Now (Screenplay)


    Who I am Now is a feature length screenplay about embracing the past at the same time you're letting go.  The dramedy centers around Jackson Bailey.  His  (40th) birthday-induced mid-life crisis is interrupted when he must return  to his small southern hometown to care for his dementia-ridden father and ailing mother -- a town where he is best remembered for playing Lady Macbeth is his high school play.


    The screenplay has garnered numerous acclaims and I am now shopping it around for production.

    • First Place Drama: Film Crash Screenplay Competition 2015 
    • Finalist Twister Alley 2017
    • 2nd Rounder Austin Film Festival 2015 
    • 2nd Place Drama Los Angeles Screenplay Contest 2016
    • Finalist Northern Lights Screenplay Competition 2016
    • Semi-Finalist Austin Revolution Film Festival 2015
    • Official Selection Los Angeles Lift Off Screenplay Competition 2016
    • Quarter-finalist Screencraft Comedy Feature Screenplay Competition 2014
  • Film and Video


    Production Reel

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    Featured Work: The Importance of Sex Education
    SHORT FILM TRAILER



    Featured Work: Black Stars by Broken Splendour
    MUSIC VIDEO


    The Whiteness of the Whale book trailer for David Poyer



    Many Heads and Many Hands book trailer for Mau Van Duren


    Wind Rush Grill TV commercial


    Pierremont Office Space web video


    Of Things Unremembered - experimental



  • Writing



    SCREENPLAYS


    Who I Am Now
    feature length drama/comedy

    Jackson Bailey's (40th) birthday-induced mid-life crisis is interrupted when he must return
     to his small southern hometown to care for his dementia-ridden father and ailing mother -- a town where he is best remembered for playing Lady Macbeth is his high school play.

    • First Place Drama: Film Crash Screenplay Competition 2015 
    • Finalist Twister Alley 2017
    • 2nd Rounder Austin Film Festival 2015 
    • 2nd Place Drama Los Angeles Screenplay Contest 2016
    • Finalist Northern Lights Screenplay Competition 2016
    • Semi-Finalist Austin Revolution Film Festival 2015
    • Official Selection Los Angeles Lift Off Screenplay Competition 2016
    • Quarter-finalist Screencraft Comedy Feature Screenplay Competition 2014 

    The Importance of Sex Education
    short comedy
    www.importancemovie.com

    It is 1975 and Adeline Roosevelt is 13 years old. When her parents aren't forthcoming with sex education, she comes to her own misguided conclusions and creates a small scandal at her school.
    • Winner, Louisiana Film Jury Best Screenplay, Hollyshorts 2015
    • Winner Marquee Lights Screenplay compeition 2014
    • Winner Sidewrite Screenplay compeition 2014
    • Finalist in the DC Shorts Screenplay Competition 2014
    • Finalist Screencraft Comedy Short Competition 2014
    • Winner LA Comedy Fest Short Screenplay 2014
    • 2nd Place Short Script California Film Awards 2014
    • Top 5 Finalist Houston Comedy FIlm Festival 2015

    Related
    feature length comedy

    After a one-night stand, Penny Horne heads to a family retreat, where, along with her quarreling redneck brothers, she will meet her new step-mother and siblings. Only then does she realize her one-night-stand is her new step-brother and that his family may be even crazier than hers. At least there's Rice Krispies treats. 
    • Semi-finalist Screencraft Comedy Feature Screenplay Competition 2014 

    Souvenir (aka Spirit Medium)
    feature - Historical/Supernatural

    A neglected 1920s society wife delves in to the science of the occult and inadvertently becomes the world’s most famous spirit medium. This full-length play is based on the true life story of Margery the Medium. (adapted from the stage play)

    Killing Time
    short comedy - produced

    What would you do if the boss you always wished you could kill suddenly dropped dead? Three work friends, Sam, Nick and Neecey find themselves in just that situation and to make matters worse, their office adversary, Dean is trying to pin the murder on them.
    • Finalist in the Louisiana Film Prize Festival 2012 

    Broken Mirrors
    short film - produced
    premiered at International Children’s Film Festival, Los Angeles


    Works in Progress

    Cumberland Gap
    A misfit folk band travels across the depression era South as part of a medicine show.

    Summer of  '83
    When her parents split up and her best friend abandons her for the summer, an eleven-year-old girl struggles to hold on to a childhood she feels slipping away. 

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    PLAYWRITING

    Souvenir (aka Spirit Medium)
    full length dramatic stage play

    A neglected 1920s society wife delves in to the science of the occult and inadvertently becomes the world’s most famous spirit medium. This full-length play is based on the true life story of Margery the Medium.
    • Received a staged reading through Wilkes University at the Dramatists Guild Reading Room, NYC 2012 directed by Gregory Fletcher.
    Remember
    short dramatic stage play

    Two siblings worry about their elderly father who has Alzheimers. When he blurts out a shocking confession one day, they realize they can no longer tell truth from delusion.


    Treehouse
    short comedy stage play

    Jim just wanted to do some repairs on his daughter's treehouse. Instead he finds Bob, a homeless man who seems to know more about his life than he does, living there.
    • short listed for Short and Sweet Syndey, 2014

    The Trunk
    short dramatic play

    In this allegorical tale, a man finds himself caught between the life and the afterlife. At a train station he clings to a large trunk that isn't allowed aboard the train. To move on, he must rid himself of the trunk by making peace with himself, facing the trunks contents.
    • premiered at Virginia Playwrights Forum, November 2011

    Hands of an Angry God
    full length drama
    Diverse lives intersect in rural Louisiana during World War II.
    • produced by Atwater Playhouse in Los Angeles, CA
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    PROSE

    1949 2-Door Ford
    memoir/non-fiction
    published in Belle Reve Literary Journal, Summer 2014

    A retelling of one of my Dad's favorite stories that captures a more innocent time in America.

    And Things that Go Bump in The Night
    fiction (WIP expected completion 2016)

    A horror novella. Mirella and her young daughter move to a small town in Texas where she finds her dream home. Only, half the town won't set foot in it. Are they superstitious or do they know something she doesn't know. When her daughter begins whispering about the "beasts," Mirella isn't so sure.


    POETRY

    On the Passing of Mary Jane McIlroy, July 1979
    published in Poetry Quarterly, Summer 2014
    purchase a print copy here


    Louisiana One Winter's Day
    read online at Red River Review May, 2013


    Flapjack Say
    published in Poetry Quarterly, Spring 2013
    read online
    | buy print version on Amazon.com


    New Kid
    published in The Germ, Fall 2013 (Vol I, Issue 3)


    Inhibition
    published in Every Day Poets, October 20, 2013

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    ADDRESS

    Austin, Texas

    EMAIL

    orphaneddingbat@gmail.com

    TELEPHONE

    +1 318 272 1044