RespectAbility Entertainment Professionals Lab, Summer 2021
Born in California and raised in the Seattle area, Justin Sloan is a screenwriter, author, and game writer. He has writing credits on such games as Game of Thrones, Tales From The Borderlands, Walking Dead: Michonne, Marvel and mobile games, and more recently a TV-hybrid titled Rival Peak.
With three movies in pre-production, Justin is working to executive produce movies as part of Seastar Entertainment, a U.S.-Laos film production company. His books have been published in the U.S. and translated to overseas markets, and are in such genres as military science fiction, epic fantasy, and thriller. On the screenwriting side, Justin won and placed in top contests, and has various screenplay options to include Wrecked (feature adapted from the novel Crash, optioned by Rampart Films), with exciting news coming soon on John L. Monk’s book Kick (TV pilot, adapted).
Along with his time as a signals intelligence Marine (for which he is a disabled, protected veteran), Justin worked for the federal government, taught Muay Thai kickboxing and Marine Corps martial arts, and can play three songs on the bagpipes. He studied creative writing at the Johns Hopkins MA program, screenwriting at UCLA, and is a fellow of the Writers Guild Foundation’s Veterans Writing Project.
After an extensive search and interview process, 30 individuals were invited to participate in RespectAbility’s Summer 2021 Lab for Entertainment Professionals. This 8-week, 24-session virtual summer Lab series for people interested in – and with experience in – development, production and post-production, including careers as writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, animators and other production roles, will take place June 22 – August 12, 2021. Participants include diverse people with physical, cognitive, sensory, mental health and other disabilities. This Lab is a recipient of The Roddenberry Foundation Impact Award. Learn more: www.respectability.org/respectability-la-lab.
This program, which continues building the talent pipeline of young professionals with disabilities looking to work behind the scenes, is made possible with support by:
- Platinum Sponsors: Murray/Reese Foundation, The Harnisch Foundation, Pop Culture Collaborative, Sony Pictures Entertainment and The Walt Disney Company
- Gold Sponsors: A&E and Final Draft
- Silver Sponsors: NBCUniversal and ViacomCBS