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Fred Strype


Fred Strype is an award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker whose work has been screened and honored internationally.  He is a tenured professor at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY, where he heads up their Filmmaking, Screenwriting & Media Arts Program.  He served on the faculty of his alma mater, Columbia University in the Graduate Film Division where he earned his MFA in Film.  He is a partner in Raindance Pictures, an independent production company with projects developed for Columbia/Tristar/Sony, Lifetime, MTM Productions, Family Channel, FX, Alliance/ Atlantis, Capella Films, Turman-Foster Productions, James Manos Productions, FX and Avenue Pictures.  Strype is the former Executive Director of the Irving Texas Film Commission serving Dallas/Ft. Worth.  His awards include the Grand Prize at the Nantucket Film Festival, The Showtime Tony Cox Award in Screenwriting and he was also inducted into the Nantucket Screenwriters Colony.  He has been a screenwriting juror and conference moderator/panelist at the Austin Film Festival for a decade, where he was an award recipient for his screenwriting.  This past year he served as a juror for the Dallas Screenwriters Association Big Star Screenwriting Competition.  He is on the Advisory Board of The KD Conservatory of Acting, Theater & Film in Dallas, and also serves on the Advisory Board of Columbia University’s Graduate School of the Arts.  His most recent work includes his award-winning film,“Got Next,” which recently finished a three-year run on the festival circuit, as well as the web series, “Socially Active” on which he was co-creator, executive producer and director with partner Douglas MacHugh.  Through their Webisodics/Web Series Asylum Project, Strype & Mac Hugh are releasing their co-directed feature film, “Elusive” this fall, and will launch the original dramatic TV series pilot, “Providers,” later this year on which they served as executive producers & directors.  Strype’s book, “Bulletproof Screenwriting –Essential Essays on the Art & Craft of Film-Telling” is scheduled for release this coming year.