Behind the Scenes


Raised in Fairport, New York, Gordy Hoffman graduated from the University of Kansas in 1987. He wrote his first stage play, HONG KONG, in Washington, D.C., where he was selected as a member of the Jeannie McKean Moore Poetry Workshop at George Washington University in 1990. In 1994, Gordy founded Company, a Chicago-based experimental workshop that explored the creation of original text through imaginative use of the voice and body. His plays have been produced in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, England and Australia.

Gordy’s first screenplay, a black comedy about the underground donor organ market, remains unfinished. His second 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. In 2001, Gordy was chosen for Fox Searchlab, a director development program at Fox Searchlight, where he wrote and directed three digital shorts, THE WOMAN WHO STOPPED SEEING MOVIES, JACK SIGNS and UNTITLED.

Gordy 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 has taught screenwriting at the USC School of Cinematic Arts 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. A proud Jayhawk, he sits on the Professional Advisory Board of the Film and Media Studies Department at his alma mater, the University of Kansas. Currently an instructor at the UCLA Professional Program.

Gordy’s short film, DOG BOWL, had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Program. He is set to direct a feature script he’s written for Abigail Spencer in 2015. 

Gordy Hoffman founded the BlueCat Screenplay Competition in 1998 and remains its judge.


Heather-Marie-298x300HEATHER SCHOR

A native of Andy Warhol’s hometown, Heather graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. After relocating to Los Angeles, she worked in the Film & Digital Entertainment Department at Rogers & Cowan, doing marketing and publicity on MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, THE GREY ZONE, and REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES, amongst other movies. She’s been a producer for the Artivist Film Festival, and the production coordinator on the feature film, A COAT OF SNOW.

An accomplished dancer and magician’s assistant, Heather has performed in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Tokyo, in venues such as the Kodak Theatre, the Magic Castle, the Palladium and the El Rey, and with artists including Adam Freeland, Destructo, Will.i.Am, and Infected Mushroom. 

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 environment for all screenwriters and filmmakers.   Follow her BlueCat twitter  @BlueCatScripts.