January 2017 FAMILY Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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TV SPEC Screenplay – MODERN FAMILY “Relax, I Got This”
January 2017 Reading
Written by Edward Pronley

BEST Scene – KIDICIDE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Kelly Karam
ACTORBEST Scene – NO MORE GOODYBES
January 2017 Reading
Written by Rebekah R. Ganiere

ACTORBEST Scene – SANDWICH
January 2017 Reading
Written by Deborah Klika
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – MODERN LOVE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Hannah Dillon

 

 

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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2016 SON Stories

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festival posterMAN’S BEST FRIEND, 7min. UK, Family/Animation
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festival posterSTUTTER, 13min., USA, Family/Drama
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ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – DUE SOUTH
November 2016 Reading
Written by Even R. Schullery

ACTORLONG SHORT Screenplay – THE SON, THE FATHER
October 2016 Reading
Written by Lukas Hass


festival poster1916, 4min, UK, Animation/Drama
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ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay: MODERN FAMILY
September 2016 Reading
Written by Chai Karve

ACTORShort Screenplay – SCENARIO 957
May 2016 Reading
Written by Amy E. Jones

ACTORFeature Screenplay – GATES OF HELL
March 2016 Reading
Written by Pamela Green and Everett House Sr.


festival posterCHATEAU SAUVIGNON: TERROIR
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13min, USA, Horror/Family


festival posterTIME TO EAT
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4min, USA, Horror/Comedy

ACTORWatch Novel Made into Movie: AAHBC
Written by Albert Lewis

ACTORTV PILOT – LIFE IN THE FAST LANE
January 2016 Reading
Written by Debi Calabro

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – MARRIAGE EQUALITY
April 2016 Reading
Written by Jamie Pierce

 

Short Screenplay – THE BLUE DRESS by Dave Riese

Watch the July 2016 Winning Family Short Screenplay.

THE BLUE DRESS by Dave Riese

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
REBECCA – Elizabeth Rose Morriss
EDITH – Mandy May Cheetham
MICHAEL – Devin Upham
WALLACE – Neil Bennett

Get to know the winning writer Dave Riese:

1. What is your screenplay about?

Rebecca, 12 years old, learns that her Uncle Wallace, a cattle baron from Texas, is coming to visit. Rebecca doesn’t like her uncle and her only hope is that he will bring her a birthstone ring like the one he bought for her cousin the year before. After dinner, Uncle Wallace gives Rebecca her gift: a blue dress once owned by his wife Vera who has remained in Texas. When Rebecca’s mother asks her to try on the dress, Rebecca, bitterly disappointed, runs to her room in tears.

Rebecca soon suspects that her father and Uncle Wallace have reached an agreement that she won’t like. When her suspicions become true, Rebecca finds a way to exact a fitting revenge in return for the adults’ betrayal.

2. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

With the classic theme of a child against adults, this film can be enjoyed by preteens to eighty year olds. The central character of the child is not the usual heroine. The childish perspective of Rebecca contrasts with the reality facing the adults. The number of characters is limited to five; most of the action takes place in a house, its porch, and front yard. A street sidewalk is the only other location. The short story takes place just after WWII in Montreal, but this time frame can be pushed up 10-20 years, if necessary; the location can be moved to the US. A new car from the period is the main object that much reflect the period.

3. How would you describe this script in two words?

Outwitting adults.

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

It’s hard to say. It’s a toss-up between Psycho, Citizen Kane, Wizard of Oz, and North by Northwest. All the while I’m watching, I’m telling myself, “You’ve seen this hundred times. You know every scene and most of the dialogue. Go do something else.” But I can’t tear myself away.

5. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I’ve been working on this screenplay off and on for six months.

6. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written about 20 stories and a novel, published last year, called Echo from Mount Royal

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I wanted to try my hand at writing a screenplay. My short story called The Blue Dress seemed to offer a good combination of dialogue and conflict. I was also intrigued by the young girl who struggles against the adults. Her perspective offered the opportunity to combine humor with sympathy. Her relationship with her mother vs her father undergoes a reversal that provides a satisfying conclusion.

8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Adapting a short story taught me how to externalize the interior thoughts of the characters. For example, the friend, Jackie, was created to help us understand, more clearly, the motivations of Rebecca. Several scenes of backstory in the prose work was dropped for time reasons and to make the plot line more streamlined. The criticism I received from the judge at the festival pertained to the length of time before the uncle arrives at Rebecca’s home. His arrival propels the plot into Act Two and must come sooner. Act One of the screenplay was shortened by 25% in the next revision.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My wife and I enjoy travelling throughout the world. I enjoy gardening and spending time with our grandchildren. Reading is the center of my life.

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

I joined FilmFreeway and began searching for festivals that accepted short screenplays. I chose this festival because I got a down-to-earth vibe from the website. I expect that hearing the screenplay will help me hear what dialogue works and what doesn’t. Also the judge’s criticism was exactly what had to be changed.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Join a critique group where you have the opportunity to workshop your script. Revise the script over and over to tighten the dialogue. Try to find place where a single word or sentence or action defines a character. Watch lots of films and study screenplays to see how professionals solve the problems we all face.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Family Short Film Festival – Thursday March 31st

Here is the Film Festival line-up  for the Family Short Film Festival on Thursday March 31 2016. Part of the best of family from 2016. Event will take place at the Carlton Cinemas, in downtown Toronto at 7pm.

A WILDsound FEEDBACK Film Festival showcase:

FROG, 17min, USA, Family/Drama
Director: Jonathan Bucari

After school, Danny, an innocent 11 year old, retreats to his refuge, the frog pond. After catching a frog, he steps outside his comfort zone and ventures further upstream. It is here, in dark woods, that he comes face to face with the neighborhood bullies. They proceed to teach him a cruel lesson on the penalties of trespassing and kill his frog. Frog is a story of innocence, cruelty and triumph that focuses on Danny’s quest to seek justice.

ACE, 6min, UK, Family/Kids
Director: AD Cooper

Two bored boys repeatedly harass an old man in a mobility scooter by cycling up to him on their bikes and yelling in his face. His response is anything but predictable.

FISH, 10min, USA, Family/Drama
Director: Andrew Ruiz

A young boy puts his father in a difficult position when he tries to smuggle his pet Betta fish past airport security.

Films will also play with the Best of Comedy Short Films:

MORE THAN GOD, 9min, Ireland, Comedy
Director: Kev Cahill

A pious Doctor is forced to deal with a family matter whilst hiding under the bed of a stranger.

HERE’S JANE, 12min, USA, Comedy
Director: JoLane Lentz

Jane, a free spirit in her mid 30’s, working as a sales girl in the mall at Forever 21, comes up with a scheming plan on how to avoid being evicted from her dumpy apartment she shares with her best friend Heather. Who’s also in her mid 30’s, waiting tables at Hooters while in her 9th year of community college.

BEHIND TIME, 1min, Sweden, Comedy/Animation
Director: Carina Henriksson

What are humans good at? Yes. At being late! This is an everyday struggle that we face and that are testing our patience. What happens, if we take it to Cartoon level?

JEWISH BLIND DATE, 16min, Switzerland, Comedy/Romance
Director: Anaelle Morf

Unhappy in love, Mary Lou decides to reconnect with her religious roots by marrying a practicing Jew. In order to get married, she has to pass the Shidduch test, which will determine whether her life will be a success or failure.

Today’s Family Novel Reading: To Fly Again – Part 1 Reading by Rachelle Hasnas

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Watch the Novel Transcript Reading of TO FLY AGAIN:

Poetry Read by actress Maya Woloszyn

Get to know writer Rachelle Hasnas:

1. What is your novel about?

My book is a memoir but so much more. To Fly Again- Portrait of a BIPOLAR Life is the story of my son’s struggle with this mental disorder but also features a substantive section providing educational material on bipolar disorder from the National Institute of Mental Health. The inclusion of Joshua’s poetry appearing throughout the pages of this, his story offers the reader a deeper understanding into the profound anguish he experienced with this oftentimes crippling disease. This work shares my tumultuous journey with my son through many years of pain and struggle, and finally my process of dealing with his death. Both my voice as a mother and my voice as a therapist are interwoven in its telling. Yet this book rises above the tragedy inherent in its story to share some remarkable experiences that point to the ultimate triumph of Spirit.
(Note: Only the first chapter of FLY was entered in Wildsound’s contest. Since then the book has been completed.)

2. Why should this novel be read by people?

To gain a deeper understanding of this possibly life-threatening mental condition and the treatment available. To develop more compassion towards those and their loved ones who struggle with bipolar disorder and end stigmatization. To learn how to better cope with this illness, as Joshua’s story is a cautionary tale, one that hopefully can prevent the outcome that he experienced. And to bring hope to those with bipolar disorder that it can be treated.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

It seems I’ve been writing since my teen years, when I learned how to “journal”. From that time writing has become a way for me to touch my thoughts as I put them into form. Over the years I’ve written many poems, mostly of a spiritual nature, as a way of processing my connection to the Universe. As I matured and was exposed to many interesting subjects, I had the opportunity to write several articles in specialty magazines. However it wasn’t until 1997 that my first book was published. A second book followed in 1999. Both about the Bach Flower Essences. In 2001 I wrote a children’s book, thus far unpublished. And now I’ve just published my third book, To Fly Again.

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

I don’t usually watch movies many times over. However I do have several favorites that come to mind, and have watched these more than once: The Matrix, The Titanic, What Dreams May Come, Groundhog Day, Avatar and have really enjoyed The Hunger Games series. Am really looking forward to the last “installment” coming out in November! (I can’t honestly say if it’s because of the lead actor, Jennifer Lawrence, that I enjoy these movies so much! (Hope she can keep her authenticity and not get caught up in her celebrity.)

5. Do you think this novel could be adapted into a movie?

It’s strange that you ask me this question. After completing my manuscript I could see in my mind’s eye it being made into a movie—especially due to the amazing appearance (actually twice, and with such impeccable timing) of a seagull, first during Joshua’s cremation ceremony, and then again when I and family members scattered his ashes into the ocean. Both experiences were what I consider to be “spiritual experiences”. I felt that my son was contacting me through the symbol of the seagull…and was “flying again.” I thought, perhaps what I experienced the audience might also experience, and give them hope of life continuing on after death of the body. Logistics-wise, however, as I am not a script writer, nor producer, I have no idea whether what I wrote can be translated into a movie. Yet, it seems most anything is possible! FLY becoming a movie was a “way out there” idea and I wondered where it came from! Yet I didn’t dwell on this possibility. I noticed the thought and smiled to myself as I let it go!

6. How many stories have you written?

I wrote one soon after my divorce. It was my first “story”. It was about my life up to that point. I was looking for answers as to why my life crashed and burned. The process of writing about my life experiences helped me to move through and heal from this particularly heavy life-transition. This story was not for publication, although initially it was a thought. As I’ve previously noted, there were several magazine articles that were published, many poems written over the years (a process for personal growth) and then my first and second book. These books were not actual “stories” but information about and how to use Bach Flower Essences (Alternative Healing). I was well versed in Dr. Edward Bach’s “remedies”, and with my experience and knowledge of them was asked to write these books. It was a great honor for me to do this. Oh, almost forgot about my “children’s book”. Wrote that in 2001. Attempted to find a publisher for a while, but eventually put this aside. Perhaps one day I’ll give it another go. I love to write. Writing takes me to another “zone” where time and space seems to disappear. I enter into some type of flow which words cannot describe. I wish I had more time to write and only write!

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

This book is for my son Joshua. He is at the heart of it. I was a witness to his long-suffering life experience and now am reporting his journey (our journey). I believe his story can be a “cautionary tale” to others who also cope with bipolar disorder. Thus it is my intention to be an advocate/ voice for bipolar disorder by expanding awareness, both for individuals diagnosed with this disorder and in the general population—for those who don’t know much about, nor yet understand the serious repercussions of this disease. It is also my intention that FLY can educate those with bipolar disorder to further their understanding, and to offer them hope that this condition can be treated with success.

8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

In a way I do and in a way I don’t! When I wrote my first story (about my life after my divorce) I found the need to get a sense of how to organize my story- write an outline of sorts, possible chapter headings. And then I went from there. This was a great help in getting started. One of my strengths is being an organized person- I like to have my “ducks in row” whenever possible (I’m not good with chaos!) It seems (for me) that this trait has been helpful in my writing. I also need uninterrupted time to write. I’m not good at grabbing an hour or two here and there. I like to be able to sit for hours and not worry about time. I’ve been lucky that the opportunity has been provided for me to do just that while I’ve been working on manuscripts for publication. Much of what I’ve written has been about what I know (Bach Flower Essences) and/ or personal experience (FLY). Thus most of the time, I find it just flows from within to my finger tips on the keys of my PC. Of course, there are times when I get “stuck” and have to take a break.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My most important “passion” is growing spiritually- gaining more awareness about “What’s it all about Alfie?” I’ve been a student of esoteric and metaphysical literature since my college years. Have studied meditation, yoga, and astrology. The beach is a haven for me. Enjoy interior design, landscaping and gardening. And most especially, helping others to heal on the inside (emotional, mental healing), which is why I became a licensed clinical social worker.

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival? What was your
feelings on the initial feedback your received?

While working on my manuscript, my publisher (Dianne Helm, Helm Book Publishing) suggested we enter your Festival. I was excited and pleased with Wildsound’s initial feedback to me. I found it wonderfully encouraging.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Write down your story in its raw form—just write, let it flow. Don’t concern yourself with grammar, spelling, etc. as you put form to your idea. The technicalities will come later. Once you’ve gotten it all out, that is the time to make corrections, edit, and rework until you are satisfied with the finished product. At that point it would be helpful to work with an editor—to have another set of eyes review your manuscript to catch any discrepancies or errors that you may have missed, as well as possible suggestions re: additions to your work.

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Family VIDEO PITCH: Shepherd’s Haven, J.J. Selig

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Watch the Video Pitch Logline for the Family Short Story:

Title: SHEPHERD’S HAVEN

Written by: J.J. Selig

Genre: Family

Type: SHORT STORY

LOGLINE: Shepherd’s Haven is a family story about a career-minded business woman who meets a homeless mother and her daughter and their lives are forever changed.

FATHER Stories from the Writing Festival

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ACTORDIAMOND AND THE FOSTERS
Full Movie

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festival posterDAUGHTER
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USA, Drama


festival posterMY HERITAGE
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Mockumentary, CAN


festival posterFAMILIAR
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Horror, Canada


festival posterPICTURE PERFECT
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Drama, USA


festival posterA STORY FOR THE MODLINS
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Documentary, Spain


festival posterCADAVER
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Animation / Adventure, USA


festival posterA PRETTY FUNNY STORY
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Dark Comedy, CAN

ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – THE QUEEN BEE AND HER MEN
March 2014 Reading
Written by Emily LaBlanc

ACTORTV SPEC – PARENTHOOD “Don’t Give Up On Him Yet”
June 2014 Reading
Written by Cara Rothenberg

ACTORTV SPEC – MODERN FAMILY “Chairity Case”
November 2014 Reading
Written by Josh Bressler

ACTORPOUND FOR POUND TV Pilot Script
August 2014 Reading
Written by Travis Hodgkins

ACTORSHORT STORY READING – STRANGE THINGS HAPPEN IN NEVADA
September 2014 Reading
Written by Katarzyna Kochany

ACTORNOVEL READING – From PRISONER PRODIGAL PAWN
November 2014 Reading
Written by Robert J. Sparkman

ACTOR1st SCENE SCRIPT READING – PROMISES
October 2014 Reading
Written by Lee Forgang

ACTOR1ST SCENE SCRIPT – THE DARKNESS OF THE MOOR
March 2014 Reading
Written by James Everett

ACTORTV PILOT – GOTHAM NIGHTS
June 2013 Reading
Written by Adam Kennedy

ACTORTV SPEC – RICK & MORTY “Crime and Punishrick”
November 2014 Reading
Written by Michael Kellner


festival posterFIXED
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7min, Australia, Comedy/Family

ACTORSTAGE PLAY – Scary Scary Night
October 2015 Reading
Written by E. Michael Lunsford

FEATURE SCRIPT: THE FIREWORKS STAND
January 2015 Reading
Written by David M. Hyde

ACTORREDEEMING GRACE Video Pitch
TV Pilot
Written by WL (Bud) Gorman


festival posterTOY BOY
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8min, Canada, Documentary/Family


festival posterTHE MAN WHO FED HIS SHADOW
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18min, Greece, Drama/Magic


festival posterMY MILK CUP COW
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11min, Animation/Family, China

ACTORTV SPEC SCRIPT – FAMILY GUY
June 2015 Reading
Written by Dan Chan

ACTORWatch Novel turned into Movie
Sandro’s Notebook
88min. movie
Written by Albert Russo

ACTORFeature Script – BESA
March 2015 Reading
Written by Michael Miceli

ACTORTV SPEC – ARROW “Second Chances”
March 2015 Reading
Written by Molly Driscoll

ACTORNovel Transcript – NOT TO TALK ABOUT UNTIL NOW
March 2015 Reading
Written by Kirsten Marie Wohlgemuth

SCREENPLAYChapter 3 Novel: WINGS OF HOPE
August 2015 Reading
by Hillary Hoffman

ACTORTV PILOT – RUST
July 2015 Reading
Written by Cody Carson

ACTORTV PILOT SCRIPT – WASHED UP
August 2015 Reading
Written by Leila Ben-Abdallah

ACTORTV PILOT – Hail Mary
November 2015 Reading
Written by Stan Williamson

ACTORTV SPEC – Bob’s Burgers
November 2015 Reading
Written by Travis McMaster & Tony Interdonato

ACTORTV SPEC – Modern Family
December 2015 Reading
Written by Debi Calabro

ACTORFeature SCRIPT – THE PAPER ROUTE
July 2015 Reading
Written by Danny M. Howell

ACTORFeature SCRIPT – THE LAST ADVENTURE OF SHAY BLAZE
August 2015 Reading
Written by Howard Fridkin

ACTORFEATURE SCRIPT – FEI JI
December 2015 Reading
Written by James C. Peters

ACTORBest Scene Reading of FEI JI
September 2015 Reading
Written by James C. Peters

ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – TRUE COLORS
November 2015 Reading
Written by Giuseppe LiMandri


festival posterIN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT
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2015
Drama/History, 13min, Austria


festival posterTURKEY
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2015
Comedy/Family, 17min, USA

Watch Family Stories from the Festival: