By: Mark Holan (Cleveland.com)
Russ Lindway always loved movies. The Seven Hills resident and 1977 Padua Franciscan High School graduate has channeled his love of film into a burgeoning career as a writer of screenplays.
After graduating from Baldwin-Wallace College in 1981, he worked in communications and broadcasting for Cox Cable, where he won a local Emmy.
He followed that stint up with a job writing ad copy for Manheim Advertising. He put together mini-movie trailers for feature films and found he was pretty good at it.
In 2013, he wrote his first screenplay, “The Last 9 Days of Gretchen Kuhntz,” which placed in nine competitions.
His latest effort, “The Sorrow Veil,” just won first place honors in the 2015 Creative World Awards screenwriting competition for a suspense drama.
Winning CWA screenplays get circulated to and given “first looks” by top agencies, film studios, managers, producers, production companies and international financiers.
“The process of writing a screenplay is so different than anything else I’ve ever done,” Lindway said. “I realize, however, how hard it is to get them read. Winning the competition is really exciting, and I’m anxious to see what happens next.”
He and his wife, Jean, have been married for 32 years, and they’re both Parma natives and proud of their roots.
As Lindway waits for that call from Hollywood, he’ll keep doing what he loves best: writing screenplays in hopes of having them made into feature films.
So, what are Lindway’s all-time favorite films? His top three are: “Citizen Kane,” “Seven” and “JFK.”