Cecilia

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Sandra L. Rostirolla

Born in Sydney, Australia, Sandra came to America on a professional work Visa, only to find herself studying theater and dance in Chicago. After moving to Los Angeles, she put aside her Bachelor of Applied Science and MBA to study film & entertainment at UCLA. Her talents as a lyricist led her to her now husband, composer Kurt Oldman, who co-wrote and produced her CD, THYME.

Realizing that writing, rather than singing, was her passion, Sandra began writing screenplays, making the top 200 of Page International Screenwriting Competition, quarterfinals of the ASA Screenwriting Competition, and top fifteen percent of the Nicholl Fellowship.

She wrote and directed the short animation, The Adventures of Gilbert the Goofball, which was runner-up for Best Animation at the Action on Film Festival, and her short story, Lucky Quarter, was a finalist for the Rick DeMarinis Short Story Award.

Selected to participate in the Australians in Film Writers Room, Sandra work-shopped the screenplay version of her novel, Cecilia. She remains active with the core Alumni group, which meets monthly to review and critique each other’s work.

Sandra presently works for a film production company, which recently released the Josh Hartnett starring film “6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain.” When she’s not imagining fantastical stories grounded by rules and reasoning, she’s usually renovating something around the house, sneaking away with her husband for a last minute ski-trip, or dealing with the unruly strays that seem to enjoy terrorizing her three cats.