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
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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
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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

July 2017 FAMILY Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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

 

ACTORSHORT STORY Reading – THEY DROVE ON STREETS PAVED WITH KINDNESS
July 2017 Reading
by John Bauer

ACTORFAMILY BEST SCENE Screenplay – ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE
July 2017 Reading
by Sandy Tovray Greenberg

ACTORUNDER 5min. SHORT Screenplay – BABY LOUIE
July 2017 Reading
by Mark Richards

ACTORSTUDENT SHORT Screenplay – BRANCHES
July 2017 Reading
by Holyn Thigpen

ACTORANIMATION TV PILOT Screenplay – CHICKEN COP
July 2017 Reading
by Bryan Cahill

festival posterA MONSTER CALLED CHARLES, 15min, UK, Fantasy/Drama
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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

FAMILY Best Scene Reading of ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE by Sandy Tovray Greenberg

Genre: Family, Drama

A perfect plan to allow the two kids of a couple separating to stay in the house while the parents alternate commuting back and forth turns out not to be so perfect, especially as Christmas approaches.

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Jack Comerford
Abby: Andrea Meister
Mrs. York: Konstantina Mantelos
Ogre: Anthony Botelho
Sage: Elizabeth Rose Morriss

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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 TEEN Stories, Novels, Films, Screenplays (January-June)

Watch the best of creative works showcased in this genre at the festival in the first half of 2017.

ACTORNOVEL Transcript: BE SILENT
May 2017 Reading
by Danie Botha

ACTORFAN FICTION TV PILOT Screenplay – THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR
April 2017 Reading
Written by Richard Mueller
festival posterHAVE A LITTLE FAITH, 12min, USA, Comedy
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ACTORSHORT Screenplay – PEN & PENCIL
March 2017 Reading
Written by Devone Jones
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – WORMHOLE 276
February 2017 Reading
Written by Veronica R. Tabares

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – THE FLASH TV series
February 2017 Reading
Written by Nader Hobballah

ACTORSHORT Story – THE PAPERBOY
January 2017 Reading
Written by George G. Moore

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

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

Festival Moderators: Amanda Lomonaco, Kierston Drier, Matthew Toffolo

Camera Operators: Mary Cox, Marko Cvijetinovic

2017 SON Stories, Novels, Films, Screenplays (January-June)

Watch the best of creative works showcased in this genre at the festival in the first half of 2017.

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – CONTINENTALIS
June 2017 Reading
by Aurele Ndja

festival posterSAY WHAT!: A GERIATRIC PROPOSAL, USA, 5min, Animation/Comedy
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festival posterFAMILY SHADOWS, 4min, USA, Family/Drama
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ACTORFAN FICTION Screenplay – EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND
March 2017 Reading
Written by Marc Mulcahy
festival posterWHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN, 9min, UK, Comedy
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festival posterKAROUMA, 12min, United Arab Emirates, Animation
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festival posterMARIA FERNANDA IN TIME, 9min, Spain, Sci-Fi/Comedy
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TV SPEC Screenplay – MODERN FAMILY “Relax, I Got This”
January 2017 Reading
Written by Edward Pronley
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – MODERN LOVE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Hannah Dillon

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

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

Festival Moderators: Amanda Lomonaco, Kierston Drier, Matthew Toffolo

Camera Operators: Mary Cox, Marko Cvijetinovic