2010
Benedictine student not an "Addict" when it comes to writing movie scripts

Benedictine student not an "Addict" when it comes to writing movie scripts
May 21, 2010

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Amanda Nicole Sidorowicz should write a script about a college student who goes from a small, liberal arts school in the Midwest to fame, fortune, a beachfront home in Malibu and an Oscar nomination. Sidorowicz, a senior Communication Arts major at Benedictine University and the daughter of John and Debra Sidorowicz of Tinley Park, is neither a movie buff nor did she ever consider writing a movie script until one year ago when she needed to complete the requirements of one of her college courses. The result is a script called “Addict,” about a man suffering from withdrawal. During a convention, he explains to a group of addicts - all suffering from the same addiction - how to overcome their withdrawal symptoms, but there's something he's not telling them. The script was selected as a finalist in the WILDsound Winter 2010 One Page Screenplay Contest. The contest is sponsored by an independent film company in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. “Addict” will be shot as a short film this summer in Toronto and showcased at the WILDsound festivals. Sidorowicz admits that she does not have a lot of time to write for fun, and when she does, it is usually late at night when everyone is sleeping and it is easier to focus. She would love to work in television, but would be content if she just had a good job in communications or marketing. One of her Benedictine University professors, Peter Seely, M.A., would not be surprised to see Sidorowicz’s name one day among the credits on the big or small screen. “Amanda is one of the smartest and most talented students we have ever had,” Seely said. “I am extraordinarily proud of what she has been able to accomplish. Amanda is one of those highly motivated people who are sure to succeed.”

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.