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Hell to Pay: The Legend of Robert Johnson

After the death of his wife and baby at childbirth, a sharecropper with a burning desire to be a famous Bluesman encounters the Devil at a Mississippi crossroads and is offered a Faustian bargain to be the greatest guitarist of all time.

  • Giancarlo Fusi
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    Short Script
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    United States
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  • Glendale International Film Festival
    MGN Five Star Cinema - Glendale, CA
    October 5, 2016
    Best Short Screenplay Winner - Staged reading by SAG actors & invited to speak on Screenwriters' Journey Panel.
  • Festival Angaelica
    Big Bear Performing Arts Center - Big Bear Lake, CA
    September 21, 2017
    Best Short Screenplay Winner - Staged reading by SAG actors & invited to speak on Screenwriters' Q&A.
  • Carnegie Screenwriters Script & Screen Festival
    The Tull Family Theater - Pittsburgh, PA
    August 26, 2017
    Short Screenplay Contest Winner - Staged reading & portions of the event appear on an episode of WQED’s Filmmakers Corner program.
  • Rahway International Film Festival
    James Ward Mansion - Westfield, NJ
    September 24, 2017
    Screenplay Competition Winner - Staged reading & invited to direct actors' performance.
  • Reno Tahoe International Film Festival
    Galaxy Sparks IMAX Luxury+ Theatre - Reno, NV
    September 10, 2017
    Finalist - One of five short scripts given a staged reading & invited to speak on Screenwriters' Q&A.
  • Drunken Film Festival
    The Sparrow Bier Cafe - Bradford, England
    July 22, 2017
    Finalist - One of six scripts given a staged reading & invited to speak on Screenwriters' Q&A.
  • Copa Shorts Film Fest
    UltraStar Multi-tainment Center - Maricopa, AZ
    February 19, 2017
    Finalist - One of four scripts given a staged reading & invited to speak on Screenwriters' Q&A.
  • SOMA Film Festival
    South Orange Performing Arts Center - South Orange, NJ
    March 11, 2017
    Top 5 Finalist
  • Gold Reel Student Film Festival
    University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    April 8, 2017
    Top 5 Finalist
  • Smoky Mountain Film Festival
    Gatlinburg, TN
    June 23, 2018
    Top 5 Finalist
  • Hollywood Connection Screenplay Competition
    Hollywood, CA
    March 18, 2018
    Top 7 Semifinalist
  • Oxford Film Festival
    Oxford, Mississippi
    February 11, 2018
    Top 10 Finalist
  • Short Film Grants Competition & Awards
    Los Angeles, CA
    June 29, 2016
  • Cannes Latitude Film Festival & Script Contest
    River John, Nova Scotia
    November 11, 2016
    Official Selection
  • The Gullah Geechee Heritage Film Festival
    Little River, South Carolina
    August 8, 2016
    Official Selection
  • Southeastern International Film Festival
    Nashville, TN
    November 3, 2019
    Official Selection
Writer Biography - Giancarlo Fusi

Giancarlo Fusi was born in the Dominican Republic, the country that seems to sprout as many Major League Baseball players as plantains. But he grew up in New Jersey on a steady diet of American sitcoms and horror flicks. A knee injury kept him from his first dream of being first baseman for the New York Yankees so he shifted his focus to the equally impossible dream of becoming a Hollywood film director and moved to Los Angeles after being awarded the UCLA Phyllis Gebauer Scholarship in Writing for diverse writers in 2012. In the fall of 2014, he joined the first cohort of Mount Saint Mary University’s new Master of Fine Arts in Film & Television program on the historic backlot of Sunset Las Palmas Studios. He completed a Certificate in TV Drama Writing from the UCLA Film & Television Summer Institute in 2016 and later graduated with a MFA in Film & TV degree from Mount Saint Mary’s in 2017. He's been a mentor for the Young Storyteller's Script-to-Stage program teaching screenwriting to 5th graders from underprivileged L.A. neighborhoods and worked as a development assistant at a top boutique literary agency in Beverly Hills. He has won 33 awards to date for his screenwriting, most recently the Writers Residency at the Bahamas International Film Festival where he was personally mentored by the legendary Roger Corman. In his spare time, Giancarlo enjoys binge-watching Netflix & purge-writing TV shows.

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"There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein."
- Legendary sportswriter Red Smith