January 2018 FAMILY Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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festival posterOUR WONDERFUL NATURE, 3min., Germany, Animation
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festival posterEGGS AND SOLDIERS, 20min., USA, Drama/Family
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festival posterEVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY, 30min., Austria, Drama/Thriller
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festival posterLILAC TV Pilot, 15min., USA, Adventure/Family
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ACTORTV Best Scene Screenplay – AMERICAN SCHOOL
January 2018 Reading
by Michael Hager
ACTOREUROPEAN SHORT Screenplay – THE BIKERS’ WAVE
January 2018 Reading
by Damien Mazza
ACTOR FAMILY Best Scene Screenplay – THE SHOW TO DIE FOR
January 2018 Reading
by Martin Cox
ACTORMYSTERY Best Scene Screenplay – UNDER THE WELL
January 2018 Reading
by Max. J. Eber
ACTORWAR Best Scene Screenplay – NO HONOUR AMONG FAMILY
January 2018 Reading
by Shawn McCormack
ACTOR NOVEL Transcript Reading – CURLY AND TUBS AND THE GALLOPING ROT
January 2018 Reading
by Kim Montgomery
ACTOR NOVEL Transcript Reading – AUNT SOOKIE ME
January 2018 Reading
by Michael Scott Garvin
ACTOR NOVEL Transcript Reading – SHARLEYS LESSONS
January 2018 Reading
by RK Vetter
ACTOR SHORT STORY Reading – EVERYTHING
January 2018 Reading
by Lionel Walfish

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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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FAMILY Best Scene Reading of THE SHOW TO DIE FOR, by Martin Cox

 

CAST LIST:

Will – Geoff Mays
NARRATION – Hugh Ritchie
Pammy – Julie C. Sheppard
Frank – Sean Ballantyne

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay, ‘The Show To Die For’ is primarily about a loving family (Mother, Father and Son) who are being torn apart by the news that the Mom has only 6 months to live. The husband lost his job 2 years ago and with no health insurance, their savings have been completely depleted by Mom’s ongoing medical treatments.
Juxtaposed to this almost perfect relationship, is that of a selfish, egoistical chauvinist TV talk show host, who drinks, frequents strip clubs and has a failing chat show.
When an aging Senator collapses and dies on the show the grab goes viral and the TV company management recognizes the birth of a new genre of shows. Death by suicide on live TV for a cash award, signed over to the choice of person or persons elected by the suicide victim.
When the Mom learns of the offer she applies, is accepted and under the protection of the Physician Assisted Suicide Bill (legal in her state), she tells her doting son and husband that she will die with dignity, without pain and provide much needed money for her family. Needless to say, the two guys are vehemently against the plan but Mom is determined to take this exit strategy, with jaw dropping consequences.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

The main genre is Drama but it does include some humor and tense in many sequences.

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

I lived through a very similar situation as a teenager and still suffer from the terrible sights I saw and how my Father was destroyed by the whole process. So, educating people that it is not only the sick person that suffers but other family members need counseling is paramount. Also, the real and pertinent fact that the family has no health plan. This is a situation that many families have found themselves facing and they will totally relate to the family concerned.
Last, the scoundrel of a TV host is someone you just hate. That is until he performs one redeeming act and the whole ‘hater’ emotion dissipates and something else inexplicably takes it’s place.

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

Powerfully emotional.

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

Raging Bull. That is the story of my family!

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

Emotionally 40 years. Writing, 3 years.

7. How many stories have you written?

That’s hard to say. I have had MOW’s and shorts produced (The Southern Belle (Short), still available on Youtube being my biggest success so far) and have many scripts available for perusal. I just love writing.

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

Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding. A story of despair but the genius of the lyrics and the talent of Redding leads us to believe that the subject has at least found peace. It is fantastic and never grows old.

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

I guess the same that many other people face. Work, family, just day to day responsibilities. But on a personal level I found it very difficult writing about myself (son) and the bravery of the Mom (my Mother).

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

I am passionate about my family, my painting, my poetry, martial arts and work!

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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 Screenplays (2)

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

 

ACTORFAMILY FEATURE Screenplay – QUEST FOR LIGHT
April 2017 Reading
Written by Byron Anderson

ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – PIXYLATIONS
February 2017 Reading
Written by Joe Laudati

 

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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

December 2017 FAMILY Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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ACTORAN UNCOMMON FAMILY Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Christa Polkinhorn
ACTORSERAPHIM RISING – FAMILY BEST SCENE Screenplay
December 2017 Reading
by Andy McQuire
ACTORGETAWAY DAY Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Ken White
festival posterGLORIOUS VICTORY, 2min., USA, Animation 
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festival posterPURRS AND ‘OL MAN BLUES, 2min., Canada, Animation
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festival posterPINK BUBBLES, 3min., Taiwan, Animation
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festival posterBARRY THE BLOBFISH, 2min., USA, Animation
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festival posterIN A HEARTBEAT, 4min., USA, LGBT/Animation
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ACTORMINNIE NOIR TV PILOT
December 2017 Reading
by Katie Grotzinger
ACTORFOOTSTEPS OF MY FATHER – THRILLER BEST SCENE Screenplay
December 2017 Reading
by Erik V. Wolter

 

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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

November 2017 FAMILY Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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festival posterPOST NO BILLS, 5min, Canada, Animation/Adventure
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festival posterFIRM WITH PURPOSE, 5min, USA, Comedy
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festival posterTHE FOREST PRINCESS, 5min, USA, Fantasy/Family
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ACTORCOMING SHORT Screenplay – VALERIE VERSUS EARTH
November 2017 Reading
by Jason Boaden
ACTORTIMETRIPPERS Novel Transcript Reading
November 2017 Reading
by Hamish Robertson

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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

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

October 2017 FAMILY Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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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