The next SOLA meeting will be on September 18th at the east bank branch of the Jefferson Parish Library beginning at 10 am. The featured speaker is Nevada McPherson.
Originally from Georgia, Nevada McPherson received her BA in Creative Writing and MFA in Screenwriting at Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge. Nevada currently teaches screenwriting and film studies in the Media Arts Program at Tulane University’s School of Continuing Studies in New Orleans. She also teaches English, literature and screeenwriting at Nunez Community College in nearby St. Bernard parish, where she is the director of the Pelican d’Or Short Film Festival.
Nevada has written over a dozen feature length screenplays, several of which have won or placed in national and international competitions. Her award-winning original screenplay, Piano Lessons, was a first place winner in the Honolulu Film Festival Screenwriting Competition and the One-in-Ten Competition, and was a selected project for the Summer 2009 Community of Writers Conference in Squaw Valley, CA. In addition, she wrote, directed and acted in her first short film, “Route of All Evil,” which won the Landmark Theatres Festival Scholarship at the 2008 Big Easy Shorts Film Festival (now Big Easy International Film Festival).