Behind the Scenes
Founder & Judge
A proud member of the Writer’s Guild of America, Gordy’s screenplay LOVE LIZA, directed by Todd Louiso and starring his brother, Philip Seymour Hoffman, won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. He made his feature directorial debut with his script, A COAT OF SNOW, which world premiered at the 2005 Locarno International Film Festival. A COAT OF SNOW screened at the Milan Film Festival, made its North American Premiere at the Arclight in Hollywood, and won the Domani Vision Award at VisionFest, held at the Tribeca Cinemas in New York. Gordy’s short film, DOG BOWL, had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. He’s currently developing a feature for Abigail Spencer.
Gordy has taught screenwriting at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and the UCLA Professional Program in Los Angeles, as well as led workshops all over North America, Australia, New Zealand, Poland and England. He’s presented at numerous writing conferences, including IFP Script to Screen Conference, Lit Week at Lighthouse Workshop, Willamette Writers Conference, Script DC Conference, as well as serving as judge for the McKnight Screenwriting Fellowships in Minnesota. He sits on the Professional Advisory Board of the Film and Media Studies Department at his alma mater, the University of Kansas.
Raised in Fairport, New York, Gordy founded the BlueCat Screenplay Competition in 1998 and remains its judge.
Director of Marketing
A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Heather studied Media Communications and Journalism at the University of Pittsburgh before relocating to Los Angeles to complete her PR Internship in the Film & Digital Entertainment Department at Rogers & Cowan. She was the lead Publicity assistant on MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, THE GREY ZONE, and REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES. She’s been a producer for the Artivist Film Festival in Hollywood and the production coordinator on the various feature films and music videos.
In addition to Marketing and PR, Heather is a Photographer and Costume Designer. She designed a helmet for Marilyn Manson’s Hey Cruel World Tour (2013).
In 2004, before Heather joined BlueCat, the competition annually received less than 500 entries. Since then, BlueCat has grown to a major screenplay competition. Today, she continues her focus on expanding BlueCat from a screenwriting contest to a wider production environment.