• Jo Hannah Afton

    Screenwriter | Producer

  • Projects

    KILLER NIGHT SHIFT

    (Co-writer: Tom Freyer)

    Suspense Thriller

    Produced by MarVista. A Lifetime TV film.

    Premiered August 25th, 2018

    Check your local cable station for On Demand availability.

    HELLS CANYON

    Available.

    A mystical adventure drama.

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    • Semi-Finalist (top 5%) ~ 2018 ScreenCraft Film Fund Contest
    • Top 10% ~ 2019 Academy of Motion Pictures Nicholl Contest

    SEEKING INVESTORS

    CRIMSON RUSH

    Under Contract.

    TV Pilot and Bible

    Sons of Anarchy meets True Blood. Two USA Today bestselling, paranormal romance authors: Kym Grosso (The Immortals of New Orleans), and Teresa Gabelman (The Protectors) — have optioned their books for the development of a TV series. I have been contracted to write a 90 minute TV pilot and show bible.

    EMMA'S WAR

    (Co-writer: Glenn Mitchell)

    Optioned

    A US civil war biopic based on a true story.

    • Finalist and Winner of the Spotlight Award for Best Female Lead, Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition 2017
    • Finalist, Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Fellowship 2017
    • Quarterfinalist (top 3%), American Zoetrope Contest 2018

    MILITARY ORCHID

    Funded -- In Pre-Production

    A Sci-Fi Thriller.

    Optioned.

    EMERALD

    Available.

    Adult Fantasy Novel Series and TV Pilot

    Part I of IV of The Fairy Verses collection, a four-part fantasy novel series, with a cast of complex, intriguing and fun leading female roles, for anyone who loves fairies (and elves).

    ABOUT CHASE

    Available.

    A romantic drama.

    • Semi-Finalist (top 3%) ~ 2019 BlueCat Screenplay  Contest

    JUDGE'S FEEDBACK

    "ABOUT CHASE is an engrossing drama that is dynamic, well-paced, and replete with emotional complexity. The characters all have fully-formed personalities, contradictory in the way humans always are without ever sacrificing their inherent core; they seem to live and breathe. And most impressively, in a film that focuses almost exclusively on a love triangle, there is no overt villain—only traumatized people with understandable positions, all trying to do their best with the hands they have been dealt. Their painful situation is handled with compassion and nuance."

    GHOSTS IN THE FIRE

    Available

    A dark family drama.

    • Top 20% ~ 2017 Academy of Motion Pictures Nicholl Contest.
  • I specialize in female protagonists.

     

    REAL LIFE ~ REAL WOMEN

    Expect to see complex women on the verge of a defining moment; female anti-heroes; women who have lost their way; young women, old women, middle-aged women, and women on the hunt for a better life.

     

    WOMEN ARE NOT PROPS

    You will NOT see: gratuitous unavenged rape scenes, helpless women being rescued by male heroes, or women that stand on the sidelines.

     

    IT'S A WOMAN'S WORLD

    My leading ladies are in it to win it, and

    when they venture out, they're on their own to solve whatever life throws their way. Some will go to hell and back to get what they want, and others will die trying. My stories are emotional, messy, suspenseful... my subjects can be controversial, and my lead characters unpredictable.

     

    It's her story. We're just along for the ride.

     

    Best you buckle up.

    Women have stories.

    I tell them.

    MY GENRES:

    Drama

    Thriller

    Fantasy

     

    MY STYLE:
    Mystical

    Character Driven
    Emotional

    Psychological

    Gritty
    Bizarre

    Altered States

    Stark

    Small Town Life

    Unconventional

    Uplifting

    Empowering

  • Contact me

    Agent Contact:

    Nicole Resciniti, Literary Agent

    The Seymour Agency

    Cell: (239) 398-8209

    Email: nicole@theseymouragency.com

     

     

    PRODUCERS & INDIE FILMMAKERS

     

    Contact me to discuss working on your next female-driven concept. I write to your specs, on your budget. Your creative vision is important to me.

     

    ACTRESSES

    Sink Your Teeth Into This

     

    Are you looking for a script that has that "perfect role" designed for you? Do you need a breakout film to showcase your talent? Over 30 and tired of playing the Playground Mom or the Diner Waitress? Hire me to write a script just for you, based on your talents, values, skills, interests and physical abilities.

     

    Take that ball and run! I got you.

     

    INVESTORS

     

    Are you interested in helping to finance my work or a project that I am producing? I often have projects in development that are not public, so feel free to inquire about investment opportunities.

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  • Look inside.

    It's the only adventure that counts.

  • Education

    BA Theater | Mass Media ~ Professional Screenwriting ~ Fund Development

    Professional Development

    Professional Screenwriting Courses 

    2014 - Present

    Indie Film Producing Workshop

    Suzanne Lyons

    May 2018

     

    12 Day Production Workshop:

    Tom Kane

    2017

     

    Mentorship Program: Chris Soth

    Weekly Sessions for One Year

    Jan 2016 -- Dec 2016

     

    Master Screenwriting Certificate

    ScreenwritingU

    January 2015 -- August 2016

     

    Master Class with Aaron Sorkin

    July 2016 -- August 2016

     

    Mini Movie Method Class

    Chris Soth

    May 2015 - June 2015

     

    Professional Screenwriting Program

    ScreenwritingU

    August 2014 - February 2015

    Rollins College

    Professional Certificate Fund Development

    2002 – 2003

    Professional Certificate in Non-Profit Fundraising & Fund Development, including major gifts, grants, and corporate brand integration.

    State University of New York College at Plattsburgh

    Bachelor's Degree Theater / Mass Media (Film / TV) 1984 – 1988

    Double Major in Mass Media and Theater. Received Theater department award for highest GPA in the department, 1988.

  • References

    Writing samples and additional references are available. Just ask!

    Dawn Davis

    Producer / Actress

    Working with Jo Hannah Afton has truly been one of the creative highlights of my life. I found her after a year-long search so I'd read a ton of writers and her work stood out head-and-shoulders above the rest. Together we are developing her script into an acting/producing vehicle for me. Without exception, Jo Hannah has been open, collaborative, passionate and dedicated to this process. She receives feedback without defensiveness and generates ideas faster than anyone I know. She is highly self-motivated and always works ahead of schedule to the point that official deadlines have become unnecessary.

     

    Jo Hannah is particularly suited to creating content that empowers women actors, directors and producers. If you want to take the reins of your career in your own hands, she will prove herself to be an invaluable teammate on your journey. The notes that we've received on Jo Hannah's screenplay have been glowing; so many people have expressed their astonishment to me regarding her talent, speed and skill.

    ~ Los Angeles, CA

     

    Ben Johnson

    Script writer, Story Analyst, Script editor

    As a screenwriter and script consultant from South Africa, I highly recommend Jo Hannah's script editing skills. She is honest, tactful, professional and has an uncanny ability to find plot weakenesses and suggest changes that lift a story instantly. She is undoubtably one of the most talented script consultants I've worked with.

    ~ South Africa

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