Matthew Stenerson is the recipient of the 2018-19 FilmNorth Screenwriting Residency for Faduma & Mike, funded by the Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge with matching funds by FilmNorth.
In 2017, he wrote his first novel, Echo Island, under the pen name Edward Karlow.
He was a winner in the McKnight Screenwriting Fellowship for his script, Death to Prom and has been a finalist in the Sundance Screenwriters Lab.
Similarly, he has co-written and co-directed two live musicals inspired by the music of Belle & Sebastian and The Magnetic Fields.
He has worked and volunteered for various film and arts organizations, including: the Austin Film Society, the South by Southwest Film Festival, Stanford University, and Walker Art Center.
Faduma & Mike, feature screenplay
A widowed Somali-American teacher and a Midwestern plumber fight against their budding relationship.
Echo Island, a novel written under the pen name Edward Karlow (www.edwardkarlow.com)
Theresa’s vacation on Echo Island takes a dark turn when she discovers a conspiracy to pollute the pristine island.
She enlists Max, a charming local, to help her expose the scheme. Even as they fight the illegal polluters, Theresa becomes irresistibly drawn to Max. Soon they are bound together by his deepest secret.
Their fight to protect the lake leads them to underwater caves, dangerous paths, and a spontaneous kiss. But will they make it off the island alive?
Movie Lovers, feature screenplay
Everybody loves movies, but can movies make everybody fall in love?
A forty-something art star and twenty-something bartender wind up on an emergency beer run* to Wisconsin for her gallery show in Minneapolis.
*Minnesota doesn’t allow beer & liquor sales after 10pm.
The movie-obsessed duo travel down the highway while comparing her movie-themed paintings to his film reviews. They ponder (and argue) all things cinema and try to feel like they’re not on a really good first date.
Artwork by Joe Sinness, www.joesinness.com
The Ghost of Wright’s House, feature screenplay
"The world of this script is unique and immersive: there's nothing like a big old house to bring the scary in a familiar, effective way."
-The Black List
When a young family takes up residence at a Frank Lloyd Wright estate, old spirits from a violent tragedy begin haunting them.
Death to Prom, feature film (McKnight Screenwriting Fellowship winner)
Three high school misfits try to destroy the idea of going to prom, but their bizarre love triangle forces them to the front door of the dreaded dance. Available on Hulu & Amazon.
Dry County, feature screenplay
Party girl Kaia Bari has reached the end of the line with her urban existence. Her biological mother from Pakistan wants to meet her for the first time.
Afraid of an awkward reunion, she escapes to an organic farm in northern Minnesota with her best friend Pepper.
They try to grow radishes, quit drinking, and kidnap the Paul Bunyan Jr. statue.
It doesn’t go well.