James H. Hibbard Screenwriter, Director, and Novelist
James' screenwriting has been recognized by The Sundance Institute, The PAGE Screenwriting Awards, The Honolulu Film Awards, and the Austin Film Festival. His feature-length screenplays include: THE CONTESTANT (2017) THE CYCLIST (2016), and THE EVENING LAND (2015).
He has produced, written and directed commercial videos for Bell Helmets, Giant Bicycles, and Specialized Bicycle Components.
James has reviewed fiction for the respected literary magazine Ploughshares, and was selected to be part of the Tin House Writer's Workshop in 2016. He is currently working to complete his first novel.
A former professional road cyclist, James has written extensively on the sport of cycling for The Olympian, cyclingnews.com, The Huffington Post, and his introduction appears in the most recent U.S. edition of Paul Kimmage's seminal book on doping in cycling—Rough Ride (Random House/ Yellow Jersey Press)
James is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz where he was an Adlai E. Stevenson Fellow and worked on his Ph.D in philosophy at DePaul University. He currently lives in Santa Cruz County and has taught English at San Jose State University and humanities at UC Santa Cruz.
He can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
From Black List Reviewer: "This is a fantastic premise for a drama story that is based on true events. Michael is a deeply tragic character, but that doesn't make it any less fun to see him play the game, throughout the script. Peter's voice is established well and remains consistent throughout. He looks and acts like a game show host, and his interactions with Michael are spot on (maybe some of the lines are taken from the actual recording, but the writing of the character is fantastic). Getting to see Michael grow more and more paranoid, like when he's counting the money with Teresa and then watches her suspiciously, is powerful. It sets up for the ending well. Seeing him completely break, accuse her, and lose his mind on Teresa is a sad, but well executed finale. Jennifer is a nice addition to the story, as we get to constantly track Michael's actions from the eyes of an innocent, young kid. The horse stealing is an interesting aspect to her role, and one that really helps to allow the audience to dive deeper into the effect that Michael is having on his family. All of the scenes that go throughout the script, when we see Michael actually playing the game, are vivid and efficiently placed and written."
From Black List Reviewer: "This is a really powerful true story of Albert Richter and is unlike any other that takes place in Nazi Germany. Every character is vividly painted. Steffes is not a standard villain. He's intriguing, fearful and loyal and duplicitous. He acts exactly the way many Germans did at the time which is what makes him such a unique villain- he was par for the course. His existence manifests a national identity into a personal conflict. The dialog is well written for each character, taking a period piece and using enough vernacular so that it sounds entirely natural. here is so much going on in the world of the characters but despite all of it they still are full of personalities that distinguish them all from each other and that can add joy to scenes that take place during a very dark time. Albert and Ernst’s relationship is particularly strong, with both being heroes to each other, which is crucial in a story that rests so heavily on that dynamic. The emotion packed moments and action packed moments are perfectly balanced in this script to acknowledge what is happening in Nazi Germany but to also focus on Albert the cyclist."
AWARDS AND WORKSHOPS
Sundance Screenwriter's Lab, Finalist 2017
Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Awards, Second Round 2017
PAGE Screenwriting Awards, Quarter Finalist 2017
Tin House Winter Workshop, (Fiction) 2016
Naperville International Film Festival, Official Selection, Screenplay, 2012
SHORT FILMS AND MARKETING VIDEOS
Bell Helmets All Stars: John Tomac
Bell Helmets All Stars: Craig Schommer
Bell Helmets All Stars: Mike McCarthy
Bell Helmets All Stars: Leonard Harvey Nitz
BOOK REVIEWS AND CRITICISM
Photo: Skyler Bishop Photography