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Stowe Story Labs exists to help emerging screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers get work made and seen.



David Rocchio - Founder and President: is an attorney, writer and filmmaker. As a practicing attorney David worked both as a litigator and served as Legal Counsel to Vermont’s Governor Howard Dean, M.D. As an emerging filmmaker, David’s short films THE BROTHERS (Cannes Short Film Corner, ‘Best of Capalbio’ – Italy’s Capalbio International Short Film Festival) and THE MEETING (finalist best screenplay – 2015 Los Angeles Independent Film Awards) screened at film festivals internationally. David conceived and co-produced The Gun Shop, a documentary about gun ownership in the US. The Gun Shop screened as part of the UK's Channel 4’s Cutting Edge strand and the first element of a documentary about guns in America aimed to begin true dialogue (and dialogue starts by listening). David is a nationally certified EMT, a veteran ski patrolman and in addition to screenwriting and filmmaking, writes short fiction and for twenty years has written a column for central Vermont newspapers. He lives with his family (and dog) in Stowe, Vermont.


David Pope – Co-founder: David is a consultant on training and professional development for the international, independent film industry, a screenwriter and a director. In addition to consulting with Stowe Story Labs, David is the annual consultant / moderator for the Rotterdam Lab at CineMart. David is the director of Advance Films, with whom he has slate of projects as screenwriter and director and is currently in final development with his feature film THE BELONGING. Directing credits include the award winning feature film MILES FROM NOWHERE. Script development and / or training design and delivery clients include: BFI, UK Film Council, BBC, BAFTA, National Theatre, British Council, Creative Europe, Cannes Cinefondation, Warp Films, Allfilm, Wajda School, Edinburgh International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Polish Film Institute, Media Business School, Cannes Film Festival, Film London, Lionhead Studios, Xingu Films, Irish Film Board, FAS Screen Training Ireland, Filmbase, MEDIA, Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, New Horizons Studio, Estonian Film Institute, London Film Academy and London University amongst many others. David works as well as a script consultant on single projects and slates worldwide, including work with Academy Award and BAFTA nominated producers and screenwriters.


SSL Alum Carrie Wachob (Operations, Alum Engagement) is a Seattle-based writer, video editor, and dog lover. She is an alum of both Stowe Story Labs and a Stowe Story Labs Writers' Retreat. Her script CRAZY CAT LADY recently won the UK-based Create50 competition, and a short film based on that script is currently in post-production. Her dark short story "Goodnight, Krissy" will be published in 2018 as part of the sci-fi collection The Singularity.

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SSL Alum Jackie Perez (grants and development) is an MIT engineer / retired Naval Officer / screenwriter currently living overseas in Bahrain with her military spouse.  After five years of military service as a Nuclear Surface Warfare Officer, she moved to LA to learn from the best in entertainment and worked at Court Five, Heroes and Villains Entertainment, Creative Artists Agency, and Perfect Storm Entertainment. She received her MFA in TV & Screenwriting from Stephens College and loves horror. Her script U-666 won Best Un-Produced Screenplay at Screamfest and her articles have been published on Miss In The Biz and The Mary Sue.  She currently is in post-production on her latest film BEACHWORLD, a horror/scifi short based on a story by Stephen King.  As an alum of the Labs and experienced grant writer, Jackie loves jumping in behind the scenes and across 7 time zones to help with fundraising efforts. 

When SSL Alum Jen West (design) isn't traveling the country in her converted school bus, she is immersed in creating films based on bold female characters, oftentimes from the Deep South. She is known for writing and directing short indie films like Piece of Cake, Crush, Bubble, Little Cabbage, and the St. Paul and the Broken Bones' music video Call Me. West also produced The New Orleans Sazerac and Bottomless, which were official selections of the 2016 Emerging Filmmaker Showcase in the American Pavilion as part of the Cannes Film Festival. She is the first filmmaker to have two projects accepted in the same year to the program. West was a Stowe Story Labs 2017 fellow with her feature screenplay Electric Bleau, of which was also named a Finalist for the 2018 Park City Table Read My Screenplay competition.


Katerina Eichenberger (Operations and Administrationreceived her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2016 studying at the Atlantic Acting School, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and Stonestreet Studios. Since graduation, she has completed her first feature film JUST SAY GOODBYE as the lead actress along with a mini tv series THROUGH YOUR EYES. JSG encouraged her exploration in Indie Film development and through the admirable Ellen Parks, she interned with Tangerine Entertainment in 2017. Tiptoeing between Tangerine Entertainment, The Writer’s Lab and Tribeca Film Institute, she gained invaluable experience in what it takes to produce and write work. Kat is signed with Christy Clark at the Stewart Talent Agency, serves at a delicious Italian Restaurant and explores the outdoors. Katerina is thrilled to be part of the team here at Stowe Story Labs and is excited to continue growing as a young artist.


Katerina Hrdlicka (design) is an artist, illustrator and graphic designer living in Morristown, Vermont. She works full-time for the Stowe Reporters Newspaper Group and works freelance building illustrations and design for magazines, books and businesses. She volunteers wonderful design and illustration for Stowe Story Labs. Kat studied Visual & Fine Art at the University of Western Ontario  and is mother to two children, Dave 14 and Marketa 13. She won  Best Ad Designer 2016 NENPA Awards (New England Newspaper and Press Association) among other awards for The Stowe Reporter, Stowe Guide magazine and Stowe Weddings magazine. She has exhibited her work in the United States and Canada.


Shannon Palmer (web-design) is an illustrator, animator, web designer, game builder, video editor, and graphic designer living in Middlebury, Vermont. He works full-time with building educational animations and videos and also does graphic and web design work for Helen Day Art Center, Dorset Theatre Festival, as well as Stowe Story Labs. He studied at Massachusetts College of Art and continues lifelong learning through classes at the Vermont Folklife Center, Coursera, Skillshare, MasterClass, IDEOU, and attending the Annual Future of Storytelling conference in NYC.