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"Things to Do Before Leaving"

In "Things to Do Before Leaving", adventurous outcasts Olive and Clarissa, want to leave their small town lives behind and hit the road on a transformative journey but can't seem to escape a swirling shit storm that has overtaken over their lives.

  • James Byrne
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  • Official Selection - 2018 Women's Film and Script Showcase
    Los angeles
    February 16, 2018
  • Best Screenplay - 2017 Hollywood Verge Film Awards
    Burbank, CA
    September 9, 2017
  • Finalist - 2017 Catalina Film Festival
    Avalon, Catalina Island, CA
    September 10, 2017
  • Finalist - 2016 Los Angeles CineFest
    Los Angeles
    February 14, 2016
  • Winner - 2016 Honolulu Film Awards
    May 5, 2016
Writer Biography - James Byrne

James Byrne is a screenwriter and director. Recent recognition for his feature length screenplays include "Finalist" in the 2018 Los Angeles Women's Film and Script Showcase; "Best Screenplay", 2017 Hollywood Verge Film Awards; "Official Selections" 2017 Catalina Film Festival; and Finalist in the 2016 Los Angeles CineFest,
He lives in St. Paul and enjoys shoveling snow and ice skating when he is not writing.

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Writer Statement

I am primarily interested in writing off-beat, character driven comedy dramas. I draw partially on my own life experiences to ground the stories. Then the characters and circumstances are unmoored to live wild and free in a world of cinematic imagination. This is the messy raw material that I fashion into a screenplay.