High Falls International Film Festival Rochester, N.Y. (April 14) - RochesterTalent.com, in association with the Rochester High Falls International Film Festival (RHFIFF), is pleased to announce the winner of the 2009 "Screenplay Live!" Screenwriting Competition. The winner of the contest, Zoje Stage, was announced on April 6th. Zoje's script, titled The Machine Who Loved, is the story of a woman who uses her life savings to create the man of her dreams - an artificial life form tailored to her every specification. When he begins displaying a range of turbulent emotions she is forced to choose between soldiering through with the relationship, or having him destroyed. Zoje Stage won a 2008 Fellowship in Playwriting/Screenwriting from the New York Foundation for the Arts for her screenplay Teddy Bear. She is also a two-time semifinalist for the Nicholl Fellowships with her character driven dramas The Opposite of Secret and Monster. As a writer/director/editor, her films include the documentary short Best of Luck ("an amusing take on the travails of aspiring writers" - the New York Times) and the feature length mockumentary Happy Walter ("witty" - Pittsburgh City Paper). Ms. Stage is a theatrically-trained and former professional actor. A staged reading of The Machine Who Loved will be performed as a part of the regular program at the upcoming Rochester High Falls International Film Festival, scheduled for May 13th through 18th, 2009. Stage will have the opportunity to discuss her work with the audience and cast members immediately following the reading. Screenplay Live! Is in its fifth year as a part of the film festival, where it was originated by Fairport Native Gordy Hoffman as part of his annual, national BlueCat Screenwriting Competition.  The new incarnation of Screenplay Live! For 2009 was conceived by Eric Cubitt, and focuses on New York State writers. For more information about the staged reading or about RHFIFF, please visit http://www.rochestermoviefest.com/


Media Contact: Rosie Taravella  585-279-8307 rtaravella@highfallsfilmfestival.com