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When the Whale Comes

When a 70 year old hoarder becomes friends with a 14 year old dope dealer they surmount hauntings, violence, and lies to conquer their own personal demons.

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  • Cinestory Writers workshop
    Idylwild, CA
    October 10, 2022
    Invited writer
  • Stowe Writers Workshop, , Invited writer, 2022
    Stowe, Vermont
    November 21, 2022
    Invited writer
  • Launch Pad Feature Competition (10th Annual)
    Los Angeles
    October 4, 2022
    2nd Round
  • ScreenCraft Drama Competition
    Los Angeles
    September 26, 2022
Writer Biography

Pamela Winfrey is an award-winning screenwriter, playwright, and novelist as well as a curator specializing in art/science/tech. She has received a Sloan grant, was a finalist for Arts and Letters, received an audience favorite award at Variations Theater (Manhattan), and in 2017 was a finalist for Roadmap’s Wise Words and a runner-up for the Citizen Jane Film Festival Production Grant. She recently wrote and produced “Desert Trilogy”, three short films that explore death in the American West (these are in post), and is working on producing “Singularity in Love” a web series about the first AI to fall in love. She is currently the Scientific Research Curator for two labs at Biodesign, a research facility attached to Arizona State University. She has curated exhibitions about brain/computer interface, digital clothing, human phenomena, cooperation, and cancer. She has a BA in theater, an MA in Interdisciplinary Arts, and an MFA in television and screenwriting. She just finished a historical fiction commission about the Italian architect, Palladio, and wrote one that has been published about Marconi.

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Writer Statement

I am a storyteller. In my work as a curator and as an artist, I believe that the human propensity to tell stories is a hardwired survival strategy, a way to bond with clans and kinsmen, and a critical artistic practice that allows us to imagine the “other” -- the other experience, the other person, the other side of a myriad of fences. Stories can change minds and hearts. Stories can start wars. Stories can bring together the worst of enemies.