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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2017 – Best of FAMILY Feature Film Screenplays

Read movie pitches and loglines of FAMILY screenplays in 2017:

TO SHOW TO DIE FOR, by Martin Cox

GERMS, by Mark Littleton

WHEELER, by Peter Weed

FATED MEMORIES, by Judith Ann McDowell

THE NIECE, by Martin Ponferrada

THE ANTI-BULLYING CLUB, By Shynell S. Formey

EVERYTHING’S OKAY, by Joseph J. Zielinski and Alesia Shute

LOVELIFE, by Donald E. Lacy Jr.

LAST BUS UNTIL TOMORROW, by Patrick P. Stafford

RED THUNDER, by George Pullen

MAYA AND THE CRYSTAL SKULL, by Robyn Opie Parnell

THE PASSING, by DC General

KABBADI BUDDIES, by Ash Sharma

JACK’S MERMAID, by Lois June Wickstrom and Jean Lorrah

TEARS IN HEAVEN, by Chris Ramlochan and Rock Ramlochan

LESSONS FROM THE GYPSY CAMP, by Elizabeth Appell
 

JULIAN’S JOURNEY, by Renee McClellan

LOCAL SUGAR, by Andrew Garrett

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

Winning FAMILY 1st Scene of FOREVER CHARLEE, by Hank Isaac

 

A washed up child actress tries to make a comeback by starring in a TV series about a washed up child actress who’s trying to make a comeback.

Genre: Family, Drama

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
Charlee: Premika Leo
Kip: James Boutcher
Guard: Luke Robinson

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Forever Charlee is about a 12-year-old actress – a child super-star, actually – who is washed up before she even becomes a teen but is given the chance to play a character in a TV series whose life scarily parallels her own.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Forever Charlee is a half-hour sitcom with dramatic overtones.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I feel this story speaks to anyone who strives to be “on top” but for one reason or another ends up failing. It’s about all the things we hope to be and the things we hope for our own children.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Diabolically hilarious.

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

A tie between The Time Machine (1960) and The Dish. I watched The Time Machine in the theatre 13 times in a row, over two days, and The Dish, a sweet Australian film, on DVD just about as many.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

On and off for about a year. The version you have is pretty much like the original which went down on paper in about six hours. I polished a little after.

How many stories have you written?

Easily over 100.

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

This is hard. Probably Pat Boone’s April Love. Why? It was released during a pretty significant coming-of-age time
for me and still conjures up those feelings whenever I hear it (or whenever I need those feelings).

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

None, really. I’m always in a fight with potential producers over my work — they nearly always insist my characters
“should be older.” So the “obstacle” is an internal one for me: I need to follow my instinct and block out everything
else.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Oh my. My family. I’m also a filmmaker. I’m a designer. I sail. I used to fly sailplanes and airplanes. Too many “passions” to list here.

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

I really like FilmFreeway. When I began entering competitions, I used “the other portal” because that’s all there was.

FF has been a real delight and their staff is immensely courteous when providing help. They are also responsive to suggested changes & additions.

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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

RSVP FAMILY Film Festival – Monday September 18, 2017 (Toronto)

The FEEDBACK Monthly Film Festival is back for 2017. Our home is The Carlton Cinemas, located in the heart of downtown Toronto at 20 Carlton Street. The event runs from 7pm to 9:10pm.

Continuing to showcase the best of short films from around the world, while maintaining our audience feedback format moderated by Kierston Drier and Amanda Lomonaco. Showcasing a festival twice a month in 2017!

Tickets for 2017 are PAY WHAT YOU LIKE. Tickets are first come first serve.

If you like to obtain seats in advance and pick them up on the day of the event (come for FREE, or make a donation), please email us at festivalevent@wildsoundfestival.com and we’ll reserve seats for you.

You can pick up the tickets on the day of the event at the cinema. Tickets are first come, first serve. This festival has sold out 50 out of its last 52 events!

You will be able to buy alcohol (beer, wine, liquor), popcorn, candy, and refreshments before the show.

Here is the full program of films. Festival starts at 7pm sharp!

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

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!

SHORT FILM

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.

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

SHORT FILM

PEPITA & MAX, 6min, Family/Animation 
Directed by Rahel Ilona Eisenring

Pepita and Max have all sorts of adventures. Monsieur Raf, Max’ toy giraffe, is always with them. When Max loses Monsieur Raf while hiking, the little boy can’t find sleep. Not even the Alpsegen, the lullaby of the mountains, which is meant to protect animals and people on the alp, helps. The peculiar tradition gives Pepita an idea: what works for Swiss alp-cows could also save a giraffe through the night.

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

SHORT FILM

2nd ACT PROGRAM – Animation Festival


UKA, 3min, Spain, Animation/Family
Directed by Valle Comba Canales

Uka is a little girl who lives in a grey abandoned factory. While she’s painting of of her canvas, she finds a way of changing how she sees the world.

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

SHORT FILM

KARMA, 4min., USA, Animation/Family
Directed by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou

A boy meets a fish in a mysterious forest.

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

SHORT FILM

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Director BIO: Rahel Ilona Eisenring

Played at the September 2017 Film Festival

Director Biography

Rahelei

1978 born in Lucerne, Switzerland

lives and works in Lucerne

since 2005 self-employed and comissional work as illustrator and animator
among others for w.o.w animated television series at SWAMP Animation Studio Lucerne, die Gestalter St.Gallen, Helvetia Versicherungen, Heidiland, Women in Music Zürich, Lehrmittelverlag Kanton St.Gallen

part-time primary teacher, specialist subject teacher in Arts and Crafts, English, French

2001 – 2006 Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, faculty of Illustration, Diploma

2004 Universidad Católica de Valparaïso and Quinta Vergara, Escuela de Bellas Artes Viña del Mar, Chile

Awards:
grant of the Canton of St.Gallen 2009
Chicago studio scolarship by the city of Lucerne 2007 – 2008
Eastern Switzerland‘s filmprize for shortfilm «im Gruene» 2006
honour of the city of Wattwil for the children‘s book «Sophie» (teaching diploma) 2000

Exhibitions and Filmscreenings:
various exhibitions with illustrations, installations and animated shortfilms in Switzerland, Germany and the UK
animated shortfilms in Switzerland and abroad

Director Statement

With 3 or 4 years, children nowadays discover the medium of film. They love animated movies and series and we find it important to create new films with well researched content and fresh and cheerful artistic realization.

Pepita, Max, and the toy giraffe Monsieur Raf take the youngest viewers on a journey to the swiss mountains where they experience the peculiar custom of the alpine blessing. Simultaneously, the three friends explore their world of pure imagination. They implement parts of the custom in their everyday life and eventually the initial problem can be solved.
This is not simply a traditional story, but an inspiration for children – and adults – and an invitation to look at traditions and customs with curiosity and wit.

For our film we were motivated by our own children but also by contacts with people who are passionate about their customs and who desire to pass on their knowledge, especially to young people.

Our film does not replace the real encounter with an alpine herdsman and his experience with the Alpsegen. We want kids to relish our short story and to increase awareness for people and their intrinsic habits which have outlived many modern inventions.

Get to know the short film: PEPITA & MAX, 6min, Family/Animation

Played at the September 2017 Film Festival

Pm poster englsPepita and Max have all sorts of adventures. Monsieur Raf, Max’ toy giraffe, is always with them. When Max loses Monsieur Raf while hiking, the little boy can’t find sleep. Not even the Alpsegen, the lullaby of the mountains, which is meant to protect animals and people on the alp, helps. The peculiar tradition gives Pepita an idea: what works for Swiss alp-cows could also save a giraffe through the night.

  • Rahel Ilona Eisenring
    Director
  • Stephanie Knoebl
    Director
  • Julia Rakotoniaina-Waldner
    Writer
  • Stephanie Knoebl
    Producer
  • Stefan Holaus
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Pepita & Max – ein Alpsegen für Monsieur Raf
  • Film Type:
    Animation, Short
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 12 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 16, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    130,000 CHF
  • Country of Origin:
    Switzerland
  • Country of Filming:
    Switzerland
  • Film Language:
    Swiss German
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital/Video HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color