It’s really simple, actually. Matt Damon was one of the producers of HBO’s reality show, Project Greenlight. The winning screenwriter of season two was Erica Beeney, whose script The Battle of Shaker Heights was made into a movie that also served as the first starring vehicle for actor Shia LaBeouf.
After winning HBO’s Project Greenlight contest, Erica wrote and developed numerous projects including an updated version of the classic teen surf movie Gidget for Sony and the comedy New Sensation for New Line. She wrote Love & Other 4-Letter Words, a romantic comedy, for producer Chris Moore. With husband Rupert Wyatt (director of Rise of the Planet of the Apes) she wrote a feature film Ice Road Truckers based on the popular TV series.
Erica has also worked extensively in television, including writing a TV movie for USA Network, a TV pilot for Viacom, and a one-hour drama pilot for Lifetime Television. She’s currently writing a pilot for Media Rights Capital (producers of the House of Cards series) called True Believers. Erica researched and developed It Might Get Loud, a documentary on the electric guitar, for Davis Guggenheim, the Oscar-winning director of Waiting for Superman. She is currently working on Devil’s Canyon, an original screenplay she is slated to direct for Paramount Pictures.
And Erica will serve as a mentor to one fortunate team of filmmakers who are accepted into the Liberty for Film program. Applications are free until midnight PT, April 25, and just $25 during the week after that.