John Dorsey ~ Biography
Writer, Poet and Producer

 

 

John Dorsey has been writing almost as long as he could pick up a pencil. Born in a military hospital in HI in 1976, Dorsey has been publishing since the early 1990's. He holds a B.F.A. in Writing for Film & Television from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and has studied under such noted screenwriters as the late Charles Purpura, who wrote the "Heaven Help Us" starring Andrew McCarthy and "Satisfaction" starring Julia Roberts and Blake Snyder, who wrote "Stop or My Mom Will Shoot!" starring Sylvester Stallone and "Blank Check" starring Karen Duffy. He has worked for producers such as Theron Fairchild of Artlander Productions of Los Angeles and Ned Stuart of Lang Syne Films of New York. He also wrote the treatment "Rodney" for the late Rodney Dangerfield at the comedian's request. He is the author of the successful off-Broadway play "Moon Magnets" which was produced by Paladin Music and Entertainment, Inc. in 2001 and ran at the Producers Club in New York City starring indie film personalities David M. Zuber and Rebecca Lovett. He has spent the last several years working as a newspaper journalist interviewing the likes of Ricki Lake and Ted Nugent. He has also been a finalist for the Chesterfield Film Writer's Project Fellowship.

Perhaps best known as a poet, Dorsey is the author of "harvey keitel, harvey keitel, harvey keitel" with S.A. Griffin, who Co-Edited "The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry" and Scott Wannberg, Butcher Shop Press/Rose of Sharon Press/Temple of Man, 2005, "steal this imagination" rank stranger press, 2006, and "The Ghost of Helen Keller, Covert Press, 2008. He has read his work at a number of venues, including colleges and universities such the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, The University of Toledo, and Assumption College in Worcester, MA.

 

In 2007, he was the Co-Editor of "Numbskull Sutra:The Selected,Collected, and Rejected Poems of S.A. Griffin" with David Smith for rank stranger press.

John recently returned to screenwriting full-time and is working on the romantic comedy "Love Scene". John's short "Buffalo diamonds" was recently made into a full feature independent film by long time friend and Producer/Director, Chris Lance of Paladin Knight Picture, a division of Paladin Knight Entertainment, Ltd. They are working together on several independent films.

In 2012, "Team Dorsey" went on tour for two weeks across the country sharing john's poetry to the masses.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Producer, Director and long time friend Chris Lance with John Dorsey enjoying the day at Lake Erie, Michigan.

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EDUCATION
B.F.A. in Writing For Film and Television from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

WRITER
1995
SOAPBOX (published short story)

1995
THE HUNTED (published short story)

1999
FEBRUARY 29TH (published short story)

2004
GOODBYE FELIX PEPPERDINE

2004
THE PATRON SAINT OF THE COPACABANA

POET- PUBLISHED CREDITS
1994-2001
Magazine list avaialble upon request.

BOOKS
1995
WHEN IT'S OVER AND OTHER POEMS (Published Book)

2000
THE GHOST OF HELEN KELLER (Published Book)

2003
THE PRICE OF SUNSHINE

2004
LITTLE BOY BEAT

SCREENWRITER
1997
WISH ALL YOU WANT (Unproduced)
Co-Written with Steven Rinestine
Staged Reading -Westmoreland County Community College April 1997,1998

1998
MIDNIGHT IN BLUE (Unproduced)
Slamdance Screenplay competition Finalist, 1998.

1998
VELVET CRUSH (Finalist/1988)
Chesterfield Writer's Project Fellowship Finalist, 1999.

1999
WOMAN, BLACKMAIL, AND OTHER MONSTERS (Produced/Green Globe Films)

2000
DREAM LOVER (In Development/Pipedream Productions)

2000
FAMILY RECIPE PRODUCED/UNRELEASED

2001
MEANS OF ESCAPE (Unproduced)

2001
THE LEGEND OF KITTY HAWK (Unproduced)
Written for Producer Diane Walsh, "A Place for Annie" as a class assignment.

2001
FRANCIS (Unproduced)
Written for Artlander Productions of Los Angeles. Theron Fairchild, Producer.

2002
PLAY DEAD (Unproduced)

2002
LOVE WITHOUT BORDERS
Produced TV Movie. Wrote an uncredited for draft in 2001 for producer Natalie Poselsky.

2004
SKUNKWEATHER
With Fred Bailor. In development.

2011
LOVE SCENE (Unproduced)

2011
BRAD & CHAZ
In development with Fred Bailor.

2011
IMAGINE NATION
In development

2012
E.
Currently writing under contract for Paladin Knight Pictures. Chris Lance, Producer/Director.

PLAYWRIGHT
2001
MOON MAGNETS
Produced by Paladin Knight Entertainment Ltd. at The Producer's Club, Crowne Theatre June 22, 23, 2001.
Starring David M. Zuber and Rebecca Lovett.

2004
GHOST TOWN
Unproduced. Published on-line by www.zygotemycoffee.com

FILM PRODUCER
1999
BUFFALO DIAMONDS
Short produced by Green Globe Films. Also producer. Directed by Kenneth Gustafson.
Starred Kenneth Gustafson and John DeVennie. Feature adaptation by Paladin Knight Pictures in 2011, 2012 release planned.
Directed by Chris Lance. Credited as based on original short film by.

1999
WOMAN, BLACKMAIL, AND OTHER MONSTERS
Produced by Green Globe Films. Also Producer. Directed by Kenneth Gustafson. Starred Chris Lance, John DeVennie.

2001
DREAM LOVER
Developed by Ned Stuart at Lang Syne Films, NY, NJ, 2001-2006.
At one point Robert Downey Sr. "Putney Swope" was attached to direct and Brian D. Kline "Escape from Atlantis" "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" was attached to Co-Star.

2000-2001
RODNEY
Treatment only, written at the request of the late Rodney Dangerfield. Unproduced.

2001
FAMILY RECIPE
Short produced and shown at festivals. Written with Steven Miller and Brandt Dykstra. Directed by Rene Rapatoni.

AWARDS
AS POET - List available upon request.
AS SCREENWRITER - List available upon request.

1998
CHESTERFIELD SCREENWRITING FELLOWSHIP FINALIST

1998
SLAMDANCE SCREENPLAY COMPETITION FINALIST

2003
MELROSE PRESS INTERNATIONAL, 2003 WRITER OF THE YEAR.

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