MARC ANDERSON – Writing Curriculum Vitae
Marc Anderson is an experienced writer with almost 50 years of success. As a teenager, he was Assistant Editor of his high school newspaper in Seattle, Washington. The newspaper featured hard-hitting editorials and articles on social change and the war in Vietnam. The newspaper won the top award for journalism excellence for the state of Washington.
Marc attended Washington State University and was accepted to the prestigious Edward R. Murrow College of Communications, recognized as one of the top journalism schools in America. He graduated second in his class and was elected Phi Beta Kappa for academic excellence. While a student, he worked at the campus newspaper, The Daily Evergreen, and was a correspondent with The Seattle Times. He also worked at several other weeklies in the state.
After college, Marc accepted a position as Assistant Editor at The Grant County Journal and then accepted a position as Senior Reporter and Special Sections Editor at The Columbian in Vancouver, Washington. He covered many important events such as the eruption of Mount Saint Helens, which was just 40 miles north of Vancouver.
Marc is author of “Vancouver, Washington: A Pictorial History” (Donning Company, 1983) and edits his own blog.
Marc’s first screenplay is “1933.” It is the Platinum Award Winner at the Winter 2018 International Independent Film Awards; a Semi-Finalist in the Edinburgh Screenwriting Spectacular; a Finalist in the Inroads Screenwriting Fellowship; an Official Selection of the American Movie Awards and the All Genre Screenplay Contest; a Winner in the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards; and an Official Selection in the Seattle International Screenwriting competition. It is a story about seemingly intractable challenges to individuals and society and ultimately, the triumph of the human spirit. The story centers around Clint Stewart (Marc's grandfather), a brick mason by trade who represents the common person – struggling to support their families with no work and no social safety nets. It also centers around Franklin D. Roosevelt, the newly-elected President who has been given almost unlimited power to try anything to get the country back on track. His first and most desperate move is to declare a bank holiday – an unprecedented action designed to regain public confidence in the country’s banking system and economy. The chaotic way that this program is rolled out is a centerpiece of this story.
Marc's second screenplay is “Pacific Highway,” which is an adapted screenplay based on the true crime book, "Predator." This is the story of a wrongful conviction for rape which was overturned – and the true perpetrator convicted – through the hard work of a dogged detective and a newspaper reporter. This work won a Gold Award at the International Independent Film Awards screenplay competition.
His third screenplay, "Docklands," is a gritty drama about organized crime's efforts to help America win World War Two. This work also won the Gold Award at the International Independent Film Awards screenplay competition and was an award winner at the New Wave Screenplay and Film Festival in Germany.
Marc's fourth work is titled "Memphis Minnie." It won the Gold Award at the International Independent Film Awards screenplay competition and Honorable Mention at the Los Angeles Film Awards screenplay competition. This story covers the difficult but ultimately inspiring life of a "Queen of the Blues." It details the rough-hewn roots of blues music and shows how one of the contributors to this music lived and worked. It will be cast with largely African American actors.