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After building a successful career in the health and fitness industry, Jeff decided to finally pursue his passion for storytelling by earning his MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA. Jeff has a deep portfolio of screenplays that cover a range of genres and themes intertwining compelling stories of tragedy, triumph and the human spirit with deeply multi-layered themes and his unique perspective of wit and emotion. Jeff’s timely screenplay UPRISING recently won the 2020 UCLA Screenwriting Showcase, was a Second Rounder in the Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition, a Quarterfinalist for CineStory and currently a Finalist for the Outfest Screenwriting Lab. He is the writer and producer of BLOOD IS THICKER which is currently in pre-production. As an LGBTQ+ activist, Jeff strives to create stories and push forward the voices that represent the entire community in a fresh and truthful way.

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Jeff Austin

When a conservative black professor is brutally assaulted during the Stonewall Riots, tensions flare in his relationship when his white boyfriend joins the gay civil rights movement, threatening his historic chance to be the first black tenured professor at Columbia University.