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Kevin McLaughlin

After writing hundreds of scripts for commercials, corporate communication videos and training programs, Kevin McLaughlin branched out to narrative film work in the 1990’s. "Pinch Me!" is his second feature film screenplay. The script has been honored as a winner of the Long Island Film Festival Screenplay Competition.

Script consultant on the project was Robert Hawk, a giant in the independent film world, who is credited with discovering two of the biggest breakout hits in the history of low-budget film, "Clerks" and "The Brothers McMullen." Mr. Hawk was also a producer of Kevin Smith’s "Chasing Amy" and 1999 Sundance selection "Trick."

Since graduating from Seton Hall University and earning a Master's Degree in Television and Film from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, Kevin McLaughlin has worked in commercials, broadcast, documentary, cable network, corporate, and educational television. His credits include everything from elementary school science programs to "America’s Most Wanted" and "The Uncle Floyd Show." He continues to be involved in a wide variety of productions throughout New York and New Jersey.

An accomplished editor, Kevin has written, produced, and directed over 300 programs, including 2 winners of the Gold Award from the International Television Association, and a Silver Medal winner at the 1995 INTERCOM in Chicago.

A former track star and member of a relay team that was ranked in the top 5 nationally, McLaughlin is still a devotee of rapid forward motion. Though no longer competing, he retains the work ethic, intensity, and dedication of a champion athlete.

As a writer, Kevin is known for spinning funny, heartwarming tales featuring characters who seem remarkably like real people. He recently completed a "Stand By Me" type of story called "The Finger," expected to be the follow-up to "Pinch Me!" His one-act play, "Andy & Eve (A Rock & Roll Comedy of Biblical Proportions)" played to tremendous audience response in its off-Broadway run.

On his first film, the self-financed short "Mosquito Man," McLaughlin served as writer, producer, director, and editor. The film played a number of festivals, and was an audience favorite at New York's Independent Feature Film Market.