Lower Boom is launching, August 1st, a diversity and inclusion initiative to create opportunities for Television and Film writers.

We will be doing outreach and accepting writing samples throughout the month of August to select 4-6 writers who will then participate in a weekly writer’s room during September and October. Special consideration will be given to writers of color, LGBTQ, women writers, and candidates from socio-economically diverse backgrounds. Deadline for applications: August 31st.

The project they will be working on is an 8 episode series that Lower Boom is producing entitled Portland Dark.

Industry supporters include the Portland Film Office and The Oregon Film Office.

In addition, at each weekly meeting, a different industry expert or mentor will give short presentations or Q+A sessions to further enhance the education of the selected writers.

Mentors include Janice Williams, (currently producing Queen America starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, producer of  The Magicians, SMILF, Trumbo) and producer Alice Mathias (Portlandia, Documentary Now!)

The participating writers will receive a to-be-determined stipend for the months of September and October. Our goal is to give stipends of $2000 to each writer.

The project will culminate with the writers attending the American Film Market in Los Angeles in November with Lower Boom.

Applicants can be from anywhere, but must attend, in person, the weekly writer’s room meetings.

Applicants can be at any stage of their career.

Applicants must either submit a link to a writing sample, or upload one. Screenplays or teleplays are preferred, but any writing sample in any format will be considered.

For more information, contact Lower Boom CEO Matt Schulte

Writing Initiative Application

Lower Boom Diversity and Inclusion Writing Initiative