A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Macalester College, Shawn Lawerence Otto has actively been writing and producing for Hollywood since 1998. In relatively short time, Otto has distinguished himself by capturing a number of highly prestigious screen writing grants and fellowships for his work. The Minnesota Independent Film Fund development grant, Barry Morrow Screenwriting Fellowship, Independent Feature Project/McKnight Fellowship in Screenwriting and Best Screenplay Award at the IFP Market have established Otto as a fast rising luminary in the screenwriting world of Hollywood.
Most recently Otto wrote and co-produced House of Sand and Fog (Dream Works, 2003), starring Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly. He wrote and is currently producing Dreams of a Dying Heart with Kristin Harms, and is in pre-production to direct another of his writing projects, Shining White. His latest script Hubble is being presented at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival as one of two scripts selected for the Tribeca/Sloan Screenplay Development Program.
When not actively writing and producing, Otto is a guest lecturer on creative writing at Macalaster College, Hamline University, The Loft Literary Center, The University of Minnesota and Saint Cloud State University. In addition, he also serves as a private mentor for various grant and fellowship panelists.
The TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund | 2005