TRAI CARTWRIGHT, MFA, is a 25-year entertainment industry veteran and writing and producing specialist. She is a screenwriter, producer, and has taught all of the above at Colorado colleges and at writers and film organizations for over seven years.
Trai got her start in Los Angeles, During her fifteen years there, Trai was a Studio Development Executive who consulted on thousands of screenplays for HBO, 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Universal, and New Line.
Trai was on the producing team of three independent movies (Dinner Rush, Offshore, Trap), traveled the film festival circuit, and received international distribution. She was Assistant Director of Leonardo DiCaprio’s online ventures, the Hollywood liaison for a massively multi-player online role-playing game company, and was the Manager of Fox Mobile Studios for 20th Century Fox. As a screenwriter, four of Trai’s screenplays were optioned to Academy and Emmy award-winning producers. She was represented by CAA, Paradigm, and Nervik Management.
Upon moving to Colorado in 2007 and finding no film industry to speak of, Trai began her career as an educator, dispersing her vast knowledge of development, independent filmmaking, and screenwriting across the state. She has taught creative writing (fiction), screenwriting, and producing at 7 Colorado colleges and universities including UNC and Colorado Film School, as well as for dozens of writers conferences, writers workshops, and film organizations. She also works individually with writers of all mediums, and countless numbers of her clients have gone on to produce, publish, secure representation, and place in the top tiers of writing contests.
Trai has worked with over 700 Colorado screenwriters and 1500 fiction writers.
As Colorado’s film industry slowly gained traction, she saw an opportunity to contribute further by forming the Colorado Smart Film Investment Coalition (www.cosfic.com) with Art Thomas. The mission of COSFIC is to elevate the producing skills of would-be media-makers via classes, incubators, and workshops with experienced filmmakers.
Firmly invested in creating opportunities for Colorado writers, Trai also created the Colorado Script Exchange (www.coscriptexchange.com) and the Ultimate Pitchfest (www.ultimatepitchfest.com) on their behalf.
CSX is a free searchable database of writers’ work that allows filmmakers seeking their next project to connect to our wealth of storytelling talent. The Ultimate Pitchfest digitally hosts 24 agents and 240 pitching opportunities in a single day – the state’s largest and most efficient means of connecting writers to representation. We will host our first Hollywood Pitchfest in September 2017.
Also in 2017, she will be staging the 9th Annual Explorati Teen Writers Boot Camp, a $30,000 summer writers program for local teens that features scholarships for under-served writers and college level education. Explorati has taught nearly 250 teens from 6 states. (www.exploratiteens.com)
As a founding board member of Women in Film and Media Colorado, she leads the Development Committee, and recently launched their first Screenwriting Contest. She leads the search for Mentorships and Sponsorships that will elevate the careers of women filmmakers in Colorado. (www.wifmco.org)
In 2016, Trai was the associate producer on her first Colorado-based feature (Stadium Anthems; in post). She is currently the screenwriter on Secret Ellington (2016 semifinalist in the Nicholl Fellowship and the Big Break Contest) for Main Man Films, Singletrack and Cheap Cabernet for author Cathie Beck, which Trai and Art will also produce. She was the ghost-writer for an Amazon best-selling business book.
She is available for hire.