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Genre: Epic Romantic Drama
Format: Screenplay
Language: English
Status: Seeking Financing

The Story

A Chinese orphan and servant girl is tricked and sold into prostitution in 19th century Los Angeles. Trapped in a strange country with no one to help her, she fights to regain her freedom from a life of slavery. What happens when a young Native American petty thief wins her in a poker game? Dust is a cross-cultural epic about a forgotten girl who not only survives the horrors of her misfortune but also finds her heart able to love.

About the Writer

Sherie Yang's screenplay, Dust, won a "Recognition of Excellence," placing fourth at Slamdance Screenplay Competition 2000.   In the same year, Dust also earned first prize at the Second Annual BlueCat Screenplay Competition and the Yolk Magazine/Asian American Media Development Screenwriting Competition.   Ms. Yang was a semi-finalist of the Chesterfield Film Company Writer's Film Project, the Austin Film Festival's Heart of Film Screenplay Competition, and the 4th Annual Fade In: Screenwriting Awards.

Ms. Yang's writing credits span website publications, documentary segments, promotional videos, feature film scripts, an Internet sitcom, an educational and marketing CD-ROM, and student films.   From 1997 to 1999, she wrote and produced media projects for the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles.   She was also the writer/co-director of Los Angeles Chinatown: The Early Years and Dragons Den (1934-1942), two documentary segments that were screened as a part of the On Gold Mountain: A Chinese American Experience exhibition, which was at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Los Angeles from July 2000 to January 2001 and at the Smithsonian's Arts and Industries Building in Washington D.C. from May to September 2001.   A graduate of New York University and the American Film Institute, Ms. Yang now works as a freelance writer.

Awards & Honors

  • Fourth Place, "Recognition of Excellence", Slamdance Screenplay Competition 2000
  • Winner, Second Annual BlueCat Screenplay Competition, 2000
  • Semi-Finalist, 4th Annual Fade-In: Screenwriting Awards, 1999
  • Semi-Finalist, The Chesterfield Film Company 1998 Writer's Film Project Competition
  • Semi-Finalist, Austin Film Festival's Heart of Film Screenplay Competition, 1997
  • Finalist, American Film Institute 1997 Screenwriter's Award
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