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Sara Caldwell (born Sara Chapin Coover in 1961 in New York City) is an American author and screenwriter/filmmaker. She was founder and producer/writer of Amphion Productions from 1991 to 2006 and is currently a co-producer and writer for House of Gorey Productions.
Early life and education[edit | edit source]
The daughter of writer Robert Coover, and Spanish needlepoint artist Pilar Sans Coover, Sara Caldwell lived in many different locations when growing up, both small towns and large cities in Guatemala, Spain, England, and various parts of the United States. She attended the progressive boarding school, Dartington Hall School, in Totnes, England. Returning to America at the age of 17, she pursued a bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Iowa, where she was a member of the undergraduate Iowa Writers Workshop.
Career[edit | edit source]
After graduation, Caldwell moved to Chicago, Illinois to work as a producer/writer.
Whilst in Chicago, she became involved with an inner city tutoring program, resulting in the production of her first documentary, 'Cabrini Green... what you don't see' which aired on the Chicago PBS station. She eventually became an original founder and board director for the Tutor/Mentor Connection.
Caldwell moved to Washington, DC in 1989 to work for WORLDNET, a division of USIA. Here, she was a writer/producer for live interactive broadcasts to Africa, East Asia, and the Middle East. She then worked at Motion Masters in Charleston, WV for six months before returning to Chicago in 1991 to form Amphion Productions. She then worked as a freelance writer/producer on hundreds of projects and was a 1997 competition winner for the Chicago/Illinois Screenplay Contest. She moved her company to Los Angeles in 1998 and has since written three books on screenwriting/film production topics. She is also a professor of film/screenwriting courses at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California and the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandizing (FIDM) in Los Angeles. In 2010 she partnered with her husband Walter Gorey to form House of Gorey Productions.
In 2018, she penned her first young adult novel, Raven Dock, to be published by White Bird Publications. The novel is part of a series known as Dark Coven. She also co-wrote/produced/directed the YouTube comedy web series, BOOMERS.
Personal life[edit | edit source]
Caldwell lives in Valencia, California.
Awards[edit | edit source]
Gorey Productions and Caldwell's screenplays have won awards including:
Screenplay Awards - Winner, Best Original Screenplay – Burbank International Film Festival - Best Screenplay – Shivers International Film Festival - 1st Place, Horror Category – Cannes Screenplay Contest - Best Screenplay – Dazed4Horror Film Festival, Bay City, Texas
Short Film Awards - Best Short Film – Indie Horror Film Festival, Gatlinburg, TN - Best Short Horror Film – Los Angeles Independent Film Festival - Best Short Horror Film, Best Director – Creative Arts Film Festival - Best Short Film – Los Angeles Thriller Film Festival - Audience Choice Award – Haunted Horror Film Festival, Freeport, TX
Selected works[edit | edit source]
Books[edit | edit source]
- Raven Dock: Dark Coven Series ( (Austin, TX: White Bird Publications, 2018)
- Splatter Flicks: How to Make Low-Budget Horror Films (New York: Allworth Press, 2006)
- Jump-start your Awesome Film Company (New York: Allworth Press, 2005)
- (with Maria-Eve Kielson) So You Want To Be A Screenwriter (New York: Allworth Press, 2000)
References[edit | edit source]
- "Book Review: Splatter Flicks – How to Make Low Budget Horror Films". HorrorNews.net. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
[edit | edit source]
- Sara Caldwell on IMDb
- Website of House of Gorey Productions
- Review of 'So You Want To Be A Screenwriter' on Bellaonline
- Interview with Sara Caldwell on her book 'Splatter Flicks'
- Review of 'Splatter Flicks'
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