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Amber Russell: 2016 Stowe Story Labs Fellow

Writer Amber Russell of Cape Elizabeth, Maine will attend the 2016 Stowe Story Labs as the Fellow.

15 Aug , 2016   Posted by:

Maine writer Amber Russell earned the Stowe Story Labs / Fellowship for her script Margaret, which she wrote because, as she says, “I grew up not knowing how a woman from my own state rose to power and even ran for President.”

Stowe Story Labs and is pleased to announce Amber Russell of Cape Elizabeth, Maine has been named the 2016 / Stowe Story Labs Fellow.

chaseAmber’s winning script Margaret, a biographical drama, is a timely look at the rise and times of Margaret Chase Smith, a woman who moved through great personal crisis and trial to reign in the US Congress and Senate during the years both of Senator McCarthy’s witch-trials and seismic societal change in America.

“I wrote Margaret because I grew up not knowing how a woman from my own state rose to power and even ran for President. Senator Margaret Chase Smith was a woman who should not be forgotten and I am grateful to Stowe Story Labs and for making me the first fellow from Maine and for helping me get Margaret out there.”

Michele Meek, founder and Director of, said, “it is a pleasure to help recognize and foster talented New England filmmakers and screenwriters through the Fellowship. Again this year, we saw an impressive range of exciting projects, which always makes it challenging to choose. So many projects were fantastic. At the same time, I am very pleased to see Amber and Margaret receive this fellowship.”

Stowe Story Labs runs from September 10 – 13 in Stowe, Vermont. The Labs are a nonprofit collective working to help emerging filmmakers, screenwriters and creative producers get work made and seen.

For more information about Margaret, see