Amanda's Team

Amanda's Team

Fundraising for:
Walk For Story
Team Captain:
Amanda Renee Knox

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Storyteller Foundation annual Walk for Story on Sunday, September 27th, 2020 is the largest one day fundraiser for the preservation of future storytelling in the world.

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Storyteller Foundation annual Walk for Story on Sunday, September 27th, 2020 is the largest one day fundraiser for the preservation of future storytelling in the world. This fundraiser will goto help female writers from across the country tell their stories! 

Born on an Air Force Base in Spain, Amanda was raised in Texas, lived in New York and has recently moved to Los Angeles. Amanda’s work has received international recognition and in 2017, garnered her a prestigious DGA Jury Award. She most recently shadowed director, John Hyams on Chicago PD and was invited in her second year of graduate school by the producers of Dick Wolf’s Chicago Med to be a shadowing director for two episodes shadowing Donald Petrie and the show’s Co-Executive Producer Michael Waxman.

Knox participated in the competitive Filmmaker-In-Residence program with Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious) providing her with invaluable mentorship for her high impact thesis film, Night Call.

Night Call beat the odds winning the top festival prize at Academy Qualifying Bermuda International Film Festival where acclaimed producer Christine Vachon was one of three jurors. This festival win qualified Night Call for a 2019 Live Action Short Academy Award. Night Call has won 41 top festival awards worldwide garnering Knox with numerous Best Director and Emerging Filmmaker Prizes. Other notable awards and prizes include Cannes, American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase and Caucus Foundation Gold Circle Award. In addition to these awards Night Call aired on PBS, locally and nationally in 2019 and had a limited theatrical release that was curated by Ann Hornaday, Washington Post chief film critic.

A lover of action/suspense, Amanda's desire is to continue to create immersive films that engage audiences both viscerally and intellectually. Nate Kohn, film critic of Chicago Sun Times, Ebertfest Director and Peabody Award Associate Director, describes her work as “really well made, powerful work”. She is currently directing/producing a film written by Chris Innis (Academy Award winning Editor, The Hurt Locker). Knox was selected to participate in the highly selective Ryan Murphy Half Initiative and shadowed 911- Lone Star director Gweneth Horder Payton in February 2020. She will be developing a limited series during The Story Summit this fall that was started by former Paramount President, David Paul Kirkpatrick.

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We know that stories effect positive social change. It has always been that way. Just look at how Socrates, Victor Hugo, or Harper Lee helped shape the world.

We sponsor talented writers with a message that needs to be heard.

Our mission this year is to celebrate woman writers. At the current pace, it will take more than 100 years to reach global gender equality. Women writers hold the power to create faster global transformation . . . especially with the pen.

In the last 9 months, the Storyteller Foundation has helped sponsor over 100 writers. Some receive full  or partial scholarships, others get pro bono  mentorship. 80% of those writers are women.

Here are what a few of our writers have to say:

When I found out I was a full scholarship recipient for the February 2020 Story Summit, I couldn't believe it! I had written a children's book as a challenge to myself but I never thought I would actually be able to be a full time writer. Attending the Summit gave me so much more confidence in my abilities and the mentors helped me realize I could make a real difference with the gift of story! I never would have been able to go without a scholarship and that scholarship changed my life completely. This organization is truly magical and the work they do is life changing!

~Mariah Mayhugh, College Student

I was thrilled to be chosen for the Story Summit scholarship, especially to be personally mentored by Tab Murphy, one of the Academy Award nominated writers of Gorillas in the Mist and Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame. Six months and six drafts later, my screenplay has been picked up by a major producer! I'm finally getting my work, and more importantly, my message out there, and it wouldn't have happened without the opportunity and mentoring I received at the Summit. I'm now working on a new screenplay and a reality series! I've totally recreated myself and started a new career at 64.

~ Annette Maxberry-Carrara, Winner of the Moms@Work Scholarship

"When I received a call from The United States about my Story Summit Scholarship, I felt empowered and no longer alone.  I am dedicated to helping new writers to share, publish, and earn from their work. To be able to learn from the best writers and accomplished storytellers elevates my work in helping women writers  to release their voice into the worlds around them.”

~Sylvia Nalubega, Team Leader, Shadows of a Child 

Receiving the Story Summit Dream On Scholarship proved to be a professional pivot for me and a realized dream eleven months later. Throughout my life, I had been encouraged to "write a book someday." Although the thought of authoring a book intrigued me, it remained on the shelf just out of reach as I was a "numbers girl," not an English major. "Who am I to write a book?" would be my prevailing thought as I allowed the idea to gather dust over the years.

Well, although I believe it was my story's potential to heal a hurting population that caught the attention of the Story Summit mentors more so than my writing ability at that time, the encouragement I received from the mentors was life-altering. The mentors' collective professional accomplishments are unparalleled, only to be outshined by their genuine interest to see their mentees succeed. As a whole, the writers' community is so welcoming and supportive, I immediately felt like "one of them." This feeling of community inspired me to shake off any lingering doubts and dive into this new space leading me to realize a life-long goal and hopefully heal countless hearts and souls as a result. 

~ Susan Hunter, Winner of the Dream On Scholarship for 50 and over

Please join us  to invest in the lives of women writers. Story Summit is a safe and inclusive place for all women, including women of color, women with disabilities, LGBTQ women, indigenous women and all faith and non-faith backgrounds.

We encourage any who share transformation by the pen to walk or run with us, donate to the cause, or spread the word.

A story can’t exist unless there is someone to hear it.

Thank you.

Storyteller Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in accordance with the standards and regulations of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). DBA for Family University Foundation. EIN: 33-0113092PO BOX 3667 Escondido, CA 92033 United States

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