mothership screenwriters lab

Mothership Screenwriters Lab is created with mamafilm and Harvester Arts in Wichita, KS, is executive producing the series, with an eye towards cultivating connection between the center of the US and its coasts by facilitating collaboration between artists in New York City and Wichita.

Quarantine, I Love You is a series of short, interconnected scenes that take place on zoom. They’re small moments within the large ones shaping our country: unemployment, losing loved ones to COVID-19, political rifts caused by face masks, a watershed moment for Black Lives Matter.
These 3-5 minute episodes approach challenging topics with a comic, quirky, and poignant touch. The project is an ongoing, dynamic piece that responds to the moment in the medium of our times.


Screenwriter Nitzan Mager will be the inaugural Mothership resident in August 2020. Nitzan is a series creator and an award-winning filmmaker living in Brooklyn, NY.  Recent works include a commissioned short on Gloria Steinem that featured Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and a hybrid feature in which Nitzan followed her real-life pregnancy on film within a fictional story.   Nitzan’s short, PERIOD PORTRAIT, a comic and provocative look at women’s reproductive cycles, won awards from the National Board of Review and New York Women in Film and Television.  She is currently working on a new film, Strange Love, which was a finalist for the 2020 Sundance Screenwriting Lab.


VISION: Mothership creates an immediate support circle to help remove barriers for women balancing caregiving roles with creative careers.  By helping pave a path for these storytellers, we aim to ensure greater diversity in the portrayal of women’s lives and experiences— both on screen, and off. 


PROGRAM: Mothership provides an opportunity for a female-identifying screenwriter, whose role as a caregiver has had an impact on her creative career, to workshop her screenplay and make headway towards production. The screenwriter will work in Wichita with a group of local actors over the course of a few days. 

Accomplished producers from across the country will come to Wichita for a culminating public reading (Saturday, August 29) and taping of the script, and consult with the writer on the next steps to advance the project. 

The resident screenwriter will also receive a stipend to cover childcare costs while participating in the program.


OUR COMMUNITY: This program engages the local community by involving local actors, producers in the production of the staged reading, as well as local filmmakers in the taping of the reading. 

In partnership with WSU’s Shocker Studios, the lab will present opportunities for current film students to gain unique experiences both in front of and behind the camera.


SUPPORTERS: Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, Shocker Studios.