We are currently finishing the screenwriting for a film trilogy based on the middle-grade novel The Girl with 35 Names (DJ Colbert).
The first feature spans Molly’s childhood and early adulthood, charting her discovery of the magic of her ancestral line, her coming to terms with her emerging powers, and concludes with her forced exile from Russia.
The sequel begins with Molly’s immigration to America, along with her new husband, Sam. As we follow Molly and Sam in their exile, we experience the challenges and surprises of America at the turn of the twentieth century. We are brought on a journey of heartbreak, community, and hope as Molly slowly but surely infuses her new American home with some Old World magic.
About the Screenwriter
DJ Colbert and JJ Harrington have collaborated extensively to adapt Molly’s story for the screen. The film trilogy explores the universal appeal of Molly’s adventures, powers, and gifts.
Hailing from an international background, JJ is an Irish-American screenwriter, filmmaker and educator. She is a former recipient of competitive film funding awards (writing/directing) from the Irish Film Board (Screen Ireland), RTÉ and Film Base. She received a Tyrone Guthrie artist’s bursary for the completion of her feature screenplay, Tenebrae. Her shorts have screened at international festivals and been nationally broadcast on RTÉ.
She has taught film at institutions including Trinity College Dublin and was formerly the head of the film department at Pulse College at Windmill Lane Recording Studios. During this time she provided feedback for, and coordinated the production of, myriad screenplays, short live action, music video, and documentary projects.
She works as a freelance screenwriter, script-reader and script-editor, and is a member of the Writers Guild of Ireland.