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Everything You Can is an homage to my mom, Jeanne Drewsen. A genius from nowhere who fought her way into Yale Law School with classmates who became Presidents and Supreme Court Justices, she is the ultimate feminist, a champion of young people overcoming obstacles to reach their dreams, and is the most generous person I know in the world. She is also the most stubborn and independent. When my dad passed when I was nine years old, my mom was left impoverished. Having left the private legal sector to raise her daughter and start a small literary agency, she found it nearly impossible to get back into the work force. She finally found a temp secretarial job, and when she corrected some legal work one day, they asked her, "How did you know this?" She replied, "I went to Yale Law School!" That day she got herself a full time job as a lawyer again, and has worked like a dog ever since to give me the best life she could, and champion whatever dream I chose. The dream I chose was to be an artist in the theater. I attended Vanderbilt University, got a scholarship to the MFA Acting Program at NYU, and graduated into the worst recession in generations. Through it all, as I auditioned, wrote and hustled, she never let me worry about her, even as her health deteriorated. It was just us, and she never wanted me to worry. Every few months as a matter of checking in, she would quiz me on where to find her tax information, what end of life preparations to take, what music to play at her memorial. This went on for years. It broke my heart, and filled me with eternal gratitude. This script, almost everything I write, is in honor of her.

I have been a professional artist since 2009, but that has taken different roads. This year, 2019, a feminist horror-comedy short film I wrote and directed, 3 DAYS, has been accepted into 7 festivals, and premiered at the San Francisco Independent Film Festival. From 2017-2018 I was an Artist in Time Warner's first OneFifty New Storytellers Initiative, developing original work. In 2015, The Orchard distributed my debut feature film as a writer/director, MOVED, an experimental dark comedy shot entirely in one 86 minute take and funded entirely on Kickstarter. Concurrently, I appeared as an actor on I'M DYING UP HERE, THE GOOD WIFE, THE COLBERT REPORT, PERSON OF INTEREST, many independent films including the fully-improvised indie darling feature THE WEEKEND, and am still a long time performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. I am a member of Film Fatales LA, Alliance of Women Directors and Women In Film, am a board member of the NYU GRADUATE ACTING ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, and am a longtime volunteer at 52nd Street Project and Inner City Arts. I am ready to be in this industry, I lack only representation and the next level opportunities.

Julie Sharbutt
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Julie is a Genre and Comedy filmmaker and humor writer from New York now based in LA. Her 2023 short film SCAM has screened at RiverRun, Fantaspoa, Bucheon Fantastic, LA Shorts, Cannes Film Festival American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase and more, and won Best Short Fiction Film at the Nevada Women’s Film Festival. Her script BOTTLECAP was optioned in early 2023 and HALLOWEEN PARADE in 2022. In 2021 she co-wrote the short film CUPIDS which premiered at Tribeca and was nominated for a 2022 NAACP Image Award. Other recent works include her feature screenplays EXCELLENT FANCY (2023 Writers Lab Finalist, 2022 WScripted Cannes Screenplay List, 2022 Stowe Story Labs Finalist), GHOSTIES (2021 Nantucket Film Festival Finalist), RETREAT (2022 FilmQuest Finalist), as well as her pilots SALVAGED (2022 Broad Humor Film Festival Best Pilot), THE SKID (2021 ScreenCraft Drama Finalist), SECRETARY OF ARTS, PLAYERS and others. Her 2019 short film 3 DAYS screened at Fantastic Fest and is now on ALTER. Her 2015 dark comedy feature MOVED is on Amazon. Julie is a 2018 Warner Bros Discovery OneFifty New Storytellers alumni, where she developed her feature comedy screenplay COOL NEW TOWN as an episodic series. Prior to filmmaking she was a TV, film and theater actor in New York, and performed improv at UCB and The PIT. Her humor writing can be seen in The New Yorker and McSweeneys. MFA in Acting from NYU, BA from Vanderbilt, member of Film Fatales, WIF, and AWD. She loves hiking, volunteering, and ghost stories.

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