WINNING FAMILY FEATURE SCREENPLAY – THE SPIRIT OF COLUMBUS, by Eric W. Carlson

 

(Adventure/Drama; based on a true story.) In 1964, Ohio housewife & amateur pilot Jerrie Mock races professional aviatrix Joan Merriam Smith in a daring attempt to become the first woman to successfully fly solo around the world.

Genre: Family, Drama, History, Adventure

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Jane Hailes
Jerrie: Penelope Park
Joan: Kelci Stephenson
Russ: Todd Thomas Dark
Williams: Charles Gordon
Sharp: Nick Wicht

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

In 1964, Ohio housewife and amateur pilot Jerrie Mock races professional aviatrix Joan Merriam Smith in a daring attempt to become the first woman to successfully fly solo around the world.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

True story/Adventure/Drama

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Jerrie Mock is an inspiration to all women (and others) who wish to achieve something meaningful, despite significant odds against success. (As a trivia note, her small Cessna 180 hangs in the Dulles annex of the Air and Space museum. If you are in the area, go look at it. You will be surprised at how small and fragile her airplane looks. It’s amazing she flew it 23,000 miles in 29 days.)

How would you describe this script in two words?

Courageous women.

What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

To Kill a Mockingbird.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I began the research in the summer of 2016. I finished the first draft in February 2017, and immediately started the revisions and editing.

How many stories have you written?

Well over 20 screenplays.

What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

I Saw Her Standing There, by the Beatles – the true essence of a rock and roll song with its simple premise and pure raw sound.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I wanted to get this story right to honor Jerrie, so my editing process was long (and is still ongoing). Her story needs to be told.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Music (I’m a drummer), history, movies, and traveling.

You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

It’s a great submission platform. I’ve entered over a dozen scripts into numerous contests, and never had a problem.

What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

The feedback I received was the best from any contest, bar none. I have advised all of the writers in my screenwriting group to enter if they have a script that would fit the tone of your contest. I used the notes I received to do a rewrite, and they really strengthened my script. The fact that you had actors breathe life into my story was the absolute icing on the cake. It’s rare that we writers receive such an honor and opportunity.

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

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October 2017 FAMILY Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

Submit your Family Film or Screenplay to the Festival: http://festivalforfamily.com

 

ACTORFAMILY 1st SCENE Screenplay – MY ATARI CHRISTMAS
October 2017 Reading
by Chris Parrish
ACTORADVENTURE 1st SCENE Screenplay – THE MONSTER HUNTERS CODE
October 2017 Reading
by Ryan Brannan

festival posterTHE DARKNESS KEEPER, 18min, Spain, Thriller/Suspense
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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

September 2017 FAMILY Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

Submit your Family Film or Screenplay to the Festival: http://festivalforfamily.com

 

ACTORFAMILY 1st Scene Screenplay – FOREVER CHARLEE
September 2017 Reading
by Hank Isaac

festival posterPUSHING, 10min, USA, Family/Drama
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festival posterMY LITTLE BROTHER, 6min, New Zealand, Family/Experimental
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festival posterCHALK, 10min, Family/Adventure
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterPEPITA & MAX, 6min, Family/Animation
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festival posterUKA, 3min, Spain, Animation/Family
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festival posterKARMA, 4min., USA, Animation/Family
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festival posterPERFECT TOWN, 4min., Switzerland, Animation/Fantastic
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festival posterONE PER PERSON, 10min., Canada, Animation/Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterFRUIT, 7min., Germany, Animation/Experimental
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festival posterOUR CRAPPY TOWN, 8min, USA, Animation/Comedy
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ACTORNOVEL Transcript – COURAGE THE MOUSE
September 2017 Reading
by Cornelia Fick

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

2017 – FAMILY Feature Films of the year. Read loglines and synopsis.

Read the best of FAMILY feature films from around the world: 

THE CITY OF ALVAREZ, by Sonya Marshall

ELF-FLUENZA, by Jeffrey Angus

ALABAMA, by Nicole Jamison

THE FANTASTIC WITHIN, by Andy McGuire

HOW TO MAKE PATE, by Fab Sebastian Caleffi

AUDIBLE, by Gregg Napoli

TREASURE HUNT, by Sriraman Tirmalai

ATHEISAURUS 1: BJORN AND ZORN, by Andrew Cahill-Lloyd

MOOSELIGHT SERENADE, by Ronald Micci

PLEASE DON’T EAST THE RICH, by Scott Weinstein

GOOD AFRICAN BANANAS, by Victor Ogugua

THE TRUTH ABOUT HUNTINGTON, by Dominique Seward

GONIES, by Phil Stokes

DREAMWORLD START DREAMING, by Rebecca Paniagua

SALLY CLAUS, by Tania Penn

UNFATALLY DEAD: TO THAW OR NOT TO THAW, by Wayne Edmiston

THE SLEEPING LION AWAKENS, by Barry R. Conforti

NUCLEARFAMILY, by Sheri Smith

MRS. CHIPPY AND THE CREW, by Angela Curry

THE 13TH DAY, by Anthony Cummins

HERALD OF PEACE, by Joy Varkey Irimpan

THE WIZARD OF WONDERLAND, by Ron Glick

THE LOST LOCKS OF SAMPSON, by Barry R. Conforti

ONE MISSED STEP, by Barbara Morris

TWO FEET, by Mark Roper

TELL ME EVERYTHING, by Luke Nicklin

WINGMEN, by Joe Donato

MAYNO THE BANDIT OF MARENGO, by Liliana Angeleri

THE COMPETITION, by Jerry Kokich

EXPIRATION DATE, by Tania Penn

MILLION DOLLAR KITTY, by Sunshine Kessler

BUDDY SIR, by Rajnish Mehra

GOOD NIGHT CRONKITE, by Rita Roberts

MORPHY, by Wess Meixwell and Joe Donato

MISSING CLAYTON, by Bev Irwin

 

MY LITTLE BROTHER Short Film – Sept. 2017 FAMILY FEEDBACK Film Festival

MY LITTLE BROTHER, 6min, New Zealand, Family/Experimental
Directed by Anthony Bennett

A young boy’s story of his little brother, the scary internet and a nightmare vision

CLICK HERE – and see full info and more pics of the film!

CHALK Short Film – Sept. 2017 FAMILY FEEDBACK Film Festival

CHALK, 10min, Family/Adventure 
Directed by Alexyn Scheller

A boy creates a magical chalk drawing that comes to life before becoming separated. The drawing must brave this new world alone and find his way back to his boy.

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PUSHING Short Film – Sept. 2017 FAMILY FEEDBACK Film Festival

PUSHING, 10min, USA, Family/Drama
Directed by Ryan LaPine 

A homeless man, living on the fringes of society, feels out of touch with the speed and exclusivity of his surroundings. He retreats into his imagination to a time where he was better capable of fitting in and was accepted by others.

CLICK HERE – and see full info and more pics of the film!

SHORT FILM