Paul Peditto is an award-winning screenwriter and director. His low-budget film Jane Doe starring Calista Flockhart won Best Feature at the New York Independent Film & Video Festival. Six of his screenplays have been optioned including Crossroaders to Haft Entertainment (Emma, Dead Poets Society). He recently wrote and produced the micro-budget feature Chat, distributed through the SC Media Group, which will be making the rounds at film festivals around the world in 2015.
He is the author of over 25 plays produced in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. Two of his published plays (Dramatic Publishing Company) include Never Come Morning, adapted from Nelson Algren’s second novel, winner of the Joseph Jefferson Citation for Best Play and Production, and 1,001 Afternoons In Chicago, adapted from Ben Hecht’s 1921 newspaper columns, also Joseph Jefferson Award nominated for Best Play. His play Buk—The Life and Times of Charles Bukowski is sold on audiobook by L.A. Theater Works.
Peditto is an adjunct professor of screenwriting at Columbia College where he created the Micro-Budget Screenwriting and Surviving Outside Hollywood programs. Under his guidance his students have written and produced films that have appeared in major film festivals like Austin, have multiple semifinal placings at Nicholl Fellowship, and have won awards and screened at dozens of film festivals in New York and around the country.
Over the past decade, Mr. Peditto has consulted with over 1,000 screenwriting students around the world. He has been Featured Speaker at Chicago Screenwriters Network and Chicago Filmmakers. He has appeared on National Public Radio and WGN radio, and reviewed in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, L.A. Times, and the New York Times.