The Script for Outboard, a New Feature by Writer/Director Karen Slade, was Selected for the 2014 Massachusetts Independent Film Festival Screenplay Competition

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The script for Outboard, a new thriller by writer/director by Karen Slade, is one of four selected for the 2014 Massachusetts Independent Film Festival Screenplay Competition. Winner to be announced Saturday, August 9th.

Outboard, a new feature film slated to be filmed in Louisiana in late 2014/early 2015 has won its first accolade; its script is one of just four original screenplays selected for the 2014 Massachusetts Independent Film Festival Screenplay Competition. "So exciting for writers to be involved in film festivals even before the film gets made," said first time writer/director Karen Slade. "The script is indeed the backbone to any film."

"Karen has written a very tight, smart, character driven action thriller that takes place on the Bayou. She's backed her characters into a corner and won't let them out," said Julianne Bond, one of the producers on Outboard. "I'm not surprised the script was chosen."

Slade, who earned her MA in Cultural Anthropology at Harvard University is thrilled to be honored in Cambridge. "It's great for me to have a festival competition here in Harvard Square -- it's like going full circle. I spent many years in Cambridge doing graduate work at Harvard before deciding to move to NY to pursue film."

Also on board is producer Amy Mitchell-Smith, a former executive at Miramax in Sales and Acquisitions and former Executive Director of the Baton Rouge Film Commission. Mitchell-Smith has produced three previous films Zipper, Smothered and Sex Guaranteed. Outboard's attorney is Adam Beasley. His credits include Black Swan, Beast of the Southern Wild and the upcoming Burning Dog.

The winner of the 2014 MIFF Screenplay Competition will be announced Saturday, August 9th. For more information about the 2014 MIFF visit!2014-screenplays/c1jou. For more information about Outboard visit

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