2011 CAPE New Writers Awards Finalists

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Come join us for the Presentation of the 2011 Film & Television Winners and Finalists with a Staged Reading of the Winning Scripts from 2010!
When: Thursday, August 18, 2011

6:00 PM Reception starts
7:30 PM Awards Presentation and Staged Reading

Where: Japanese American National Museum (JANM)
369 East First Street, Los Angeles, California 90012
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With submissions from the United States and all over the world (including Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan), the prestigious CAPE New Writers Awards has launched the careers of numerous APA Writers over the past eleven years.   The winners of the Screenwriting and Television  categories receive a $4,000 cash prize, the latest Final Draft software, a Staged Reading of their winning script, and meetings with prominent entertainment industry producers and executives — offering them exposure among studio executives, producers, and agents and managers.
Previous winners include Alice Wu’s SAVING FACE which served as her directorial debut and was released by Sony Pictures Classics, Young Il Kim, whose winning script HYUNG’S OVERTURE was optioned by producer and CAPE Board of Advisor member Teddy Zee (PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS), and last year’s television winner Aaron Ho, who was staffed on ABC’s hit series COUGAR TOWN.


SQUIRT! by Aaron Yoo
THE HARROWING by Peter Gamble & Matthew Yang King
ANGRY ANYMORE by Robin Weckerly

RICE BALLS by Sarah Kuhn & Thomas Wong
SLEEPERS by Frederick Kim

The past few years have proven to be a very busy time for Mr. Yoo.  Upcoming releases include Ten Year and She Wants Me.  Yoo starred in Gamer, Friday the 13th, and opposite Michael Cera in Sony/Mandate’s Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Other films include the indies The Good Guy and Labor Pains.  The craziness started in April of 2007 when Yoo starred opposite Shia LaBeouf in the hit film Disturbia for Dreamworks. The film remained in the number one spot at the box office for three consecutive weeks.  Later in 2007 he played the lead character in the World War II drama concerning the Japanese internment camps in American Pastime. After receiving accolades at the Sundance Film Festival, Rocket Science hit theatres in August of that same year. While at Sundance with Rocket Science, Yoo landed a lead role opposite Kate Bosworth and Kevin Spacey in his second box office topping movie, 21,which is based on the best selling book “Bringing Down the House”. The Wackness, starring Sir Ben Kingsley, premiered in Sundance 08 and won the Dramatic Audience Award.

PETER GAMBLE is a writer/producer living in Los Angeles. He is a graduate of the USC Filmic Writing (BFA, Cum Laude) and Directing (MFA) programs.  In 2003 he ghost-wrote House of Sand and Fog.  He also works as a creative consultant specializing in film-structure (clients include Ed Solomon, writer of Men in Black, and Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure) and teaches the popular course Deep Structure at USC where he received the Mellon Award for mentoring students.  He recently optioned his script COD, and his screenplayThe Harrowing (with Matt Yang King) won runner-up at Scriptapalooza.  He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Tracey and 10 month old twins Jack and Katie.

MATTHEW YANG KING is an Actor and Writer living in Los Angeles. He is an honors graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Currently Matt is a series regular on GI Joe: Renegades and a recurring on Nickelodeon’s Supah Ninjas. He is best known for his role as Matt Li on the CBS show Numb3rs. He won the Words From Here short film competition, and was a runner up with his writing partner Peter Gamble Robinson for the film “The Harrowing” in the Scriptapalooza competition. This is his first time writing for the CAPE New Writers Competition, and would like to thank CAPE for the opportunity and his wife and daughter for all the love and support.

Robin Weckerly is a writer from Long Beach, California. She earned her B.A. in Film and Electronic Arts and is certified to operate a fork lift. She is a wife, a sister, a freestyle landscape artist and all around terrible dancer.

Robin wrote her script (ANGRY ANYMORE) with the chief purpose of entering it in the CAPE New Writer’s Award screenplay competition. She had the deadline taped to her desk for six months. She considers it an incredible honor to be a finalist this year.
Robin’s father is Chinese and her mother is Mexican-American. She dislikes the term mixed-race and biracial. She is interested in telling stories about the identity crisis people with multi-cultural backgrounds experience and how Modern American ideas of family and race are constantly changing.

Gloria Shen is a writer, musician, and avid observer of interpersonal interaction. Her experiences working a variety of jobs, from flower arranging to piano teaching to planning events and writing communications for political VIPs, have allowed her to witness interactions across several sectors of society that inspire her to write.  In 2010, she was selected as a Disney/ABC Comedy Fellow, during which she was staffed on DisneyXD’s I’m In The Band.

Gloria holds an M.A. in Professional Writing from USC and B.A. from Bowdoin College, where she majored in Sociology and minored in Economics and Spanish.  She was awarded the Goodwin Commencement Prize for her essay “In Search of Pencil Sharpeners: Living the Efficient Life,” which she delivered as the keynote speaker at Bowdoin’s 2003 Commencement.

Born and raised outside of Boston, Gloria has traveled around the world, but still believes that drinking a hot cup of apple cider on a crisp autumn day in New England is as good
as it gets.

Sarah Kuhn is the author of the geek romantic comedy novella “One Con Glory,” which has earned kudos from io9 and USA Today/Pop Candy and is currently in development as a feature film. She has written about everything from financial aid to Vulcan mating rituals for such fine publications as Back Stage,, Geek Monthly, The Hollywood Reporter, Creative Screenwriting, Consumers Digest, and Sarah recently penned an essay about her experiences growing up mixed race and geeky in small town suburbia for the upcoming anthology “Chicks Dig Comics.” She is also one fourth of the mighty Alert Nerd collective (, was featured on San Diego Comic-Con’s popular “Geek Girls Exist” panel in 2010, and will be part of the panel “Character Studies: Geek Girls in Popular Culture” at the first annual GeekGirlCon in October. She lives in Santa Monica with her gamer husband, an extensive “Buffy” action figure collection, and way too many comic books.

Thomas Wong always dreamed of becoming a television writer, but, as the first-born son in a traditional Chinese family, such fanciful notions were downright un-American. Accordingly, Thomas earned a degree in English at Williams College in tiny Williamstown, Massachusetts, then attended New York University School of Law like any good child shouldering the weight of his family’s expectations would. After several years as a cog in the giant New York corporate machine, Thomas finally moved to Los Angeles to pursue his childhood dream. In 2009, Thomas was a recipient of the ABC/Disney Television Writing Fellowship. He then served as a staff writer on the 2010 ABC dramedy, The Deep End. Thomas’s turn-ons include the Grove, white zinfandel, and shark fin soup. Turn-offs include “winning,” the 405, and rude people.

Frederick Kim grew up in Northern California.  While completing his training as a physician, he wrote a short story that was published by Pocket Books through their Star Trek line of fiction, and decided he really wanted to be a writer.  Since then he has written scripts for independent comics, as well as teleplays that have been recognized by the TrackingB, Script Pipeline, Austin Film Festival, Scriptapalooza, and Screenwriting Expo writing competitions.  SLEEPERS is his first pilot.

Thank you, HFPA!

Thank you Hollywood Foreign Press Association for its continued support of CAPE!

CAPE has received a grant, which supports the CAPE New Writers Awards.


CAPE President Steve Tao, CAPE Executive Director Jennifer Sanderson, HFPA Board Member Ruben Nepales and HFPA Member Janet Nepales


Steve Tao and Jennifer Sanderson with one of the HFPA grant presenters, Taylor Lautner