CCBC professor wins first place in Features category of the 2017 Baltimore Screenwriters Competition

Jun 08, 2017 | by Jacquie Lucy | 443.840.4668 (office) | 443.761.2482 (cell)

Baltimore County, MD – Evan L. Balkan, English Department coordinator and screenwriting professor for the Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville, garnered first place in the Features category of the 12th Annual Baltimore Screenwriters Competition for the second consecutive year. The competition is designed to create awareness of screenplays as a literary art form and to encourage new screenwriters to enter the entertainment industry.

According to the Baltimore Film Office release, Balkan’s winning script, “Children of Disobedience,” revolves around Ryszard Flintlock, an ex-rock megastar now well past his prime. Forced to move out of his home, he takes a room in a house with Sonia Farfarelli and her son Sammy, who is 20 years Ryszard’s junior and fresh from leaving the seminary after less than one semester. Both men are lost in in need of a real and lasting bond, a relationship that provides depth and comfort. “Children of Disobedience” is the story of how they find it in one another.

Last year Balkan's screenplay “Spitfire,” adapted from his novel of the same name, won both the 2016 Baltimore Screenwriters Competition and a Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund Fellowship.

Balkan is a co-writer with Jackie McTear, a CCBC College Communications professional, for the television series, “Wayward Girls,” which will be shooting its pilot in fall 2017. He is also the author of six books of nonfiction, including “The Wrath of God: Lope de Aguirre; Revolutionary of the Americas” (Univ. of New Mexico Press), as well as many essays and short stories in an array of publications. His novel, “Spitfire,” is forthcoming from Amphorae Publishing.

Balkan, who has been on the CCBC faculty for 16 years, coordinates the English Department on the Catonsville campus, where he runs the creative writing program. He is also an adjunct faculty member in the Johns Hopkins University's graduate Teaching Writing program. He holds degrees in the humanities from Towson, George Mason, and Johns Hopkins universities. The latter degree is in creative writing with a fiction concentration; his thesis project, the novel “Root That Mountain Down,” won an Individual Artist Award for Fiction from the Maryland State Arts Council and was subsequently excerpted in the Baltimore Review. He has served as a guest lecturer at Yale, Johns Hopkins, Bryn Mawr and many other institutions.

The Baltimore Screenwriters Competition is a project of the Baltimore Film Office at the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts, in conjunction with film programs at Johns Hopkins University and Morgan State University. Funding is provided by Morgan State University, The Arts Insurance Program (a division of Maury, Donnelly and Paur) and Johns Hopkins University. Additional support is courtesy of the Maryland Film Festival, NextCar, Visit Baltimore, the Charles Theatre, the Senator Theatre and Landmark Theatres.

Visit http://baltimorefilm.com/index.cfm?page=screenwriting_competition for additional information and photos from this year’s event.

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