2015 Winning Family & Kids Novels

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Watch the Winning Festival Festival Novel Performance Readings:

ACTOR1st Chapter: THE SZGANY CHRONICLES
May 2015 Reading
Written by David John Roberts III

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

ACTORChapter 2 NOVEL Reading: CORR SYL THE TERRIBLE
July 2015 Reading
Written by Garry Rogers

ACTORCHAPTER 1 Reading – Bader Field
December 2015 Reading
Written by Carl David

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

SCREENPLAYChapter 1 Novel: TO FLY AGAIN
August 2015 Reading
by Rachelle Hasnas

Feature Script Table Reading: A GHOST STORY OF CHRISTMAS by Eddie Yaroch

Watch the Family Feature Screenplay Winner for December 2015.

A GHOST STORY OF CHRISTMAS by Eddie Yaroch:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Jane Hailes
SCROOGE – Sean Ballantyne
BELLE – Jane Smythe
STEPHEN – Kari-Michael Helava
VARIOUS MALE – Robert Notman
VARIOUS FEMALE – Antosia Fiedur

Get to know writer Eddie Yaroch:

1. What is your screenplay about?

— “The Conjuring” meets “A Christmas Carol” when a modern Scrooge hires professional ghost hunters, one of them his former fiancée, Belle.

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

— Charles Dickens wrote his holiday tale as a ghost story and no film adaptation has focused on the paranormal, ghost hunting side of things. EVP’s, night-vision cameras, spirit boxes, plus goblins and a spirit-seeing dog add up to a fun, family night at the movies.

3. This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this script in two words?

— Conjuring Ebenezer.

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

— “Scrooge” starring Albert Finney.

5. This is a very tight, emotionally engaging and fun screenplay. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

— Starting with the source material, research into the paranormal equipment, forming an outline and writing on evenings and weekends, it took about four months.

6. How many stories have you written?

— This is my seventh screenplay, most of them comedies.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

— I love all of the ghost hunting shows and the idea of having Scrooge hire ghost hunters appealed to me. Prior to “A Christmas Carol,” Dickens wrote a short story about a goblin who battled wits with a Scrooge prototype known as the Sexton. Once I saw “The Conjuring,” I knew that I could combine that earlier story with married ghost hunters, using Belle as a romantic conflict.

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

— Besides the day job? (haha) I would say motivation to fill those blank pages. Screenplay contest deadlines helped move the pen along, but believing in my own writing was absolutely a must. I had to shed the fear that someone somewhere wasn’t already writing along the exact same lines.

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

— The Washington Redskins, Wizards and Capitals. Theater. Acting. Politics. Traveling. Eerie movies. Bigfoot. UFO’s. Ghosts.

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

— As an actor-writer, I was fascinated by what other actors could do with a reading. It’s really a one-of-a-kind opportunity and a wonderful chance for interested folks to give it a listen. The feedback was not just smoke blowing up the ol’ backside. It was clearly read thoroughly with excellent useful feedback. The enthusiasm found in the feedback makes me think that I have something here. Thanks so much for all you do!

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

— Believe in yourself and write with passion. Love your characters because you have to live with them for months on end. I found that averaging a page an hour worked well for me. I usually aimed for three pages a night, a few more on the weekends. Don’t pressure yourself if blank pages stare at you some nights. The ink will flow eventually. I write longhand first, ideas flowing like blood from brain to hand. Write on!

Watch HATE QUILT, Winning Family Short Screenplay

HATE QUILT, by William A. Neary
Reading of the short screenplay

SYNOPSIS:

“Hate Quilt” is about two quirky sisters struggling for happiness as their opposite attitudes collide: the optimist and the pessimist.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Marta Legrady
RACHEL – Natalie Gallard
MANDY – Megan Leach
OFFICER BOB – Dan Goldberg
KEN – Rob Stone

Watch I’M GOING SOMEWHERE ELSE – Winning Family Feature Screenplay Reading

I’M GOING SOMEWHERE ELSE, I’M GOING SOMEWHERE ELSE by Laura Morton
Reading of the full screenplay

SYNOPSIS:

‘I’m Going Somewhere Else’ is set in the opposing worlds of a Southern family farm and New York City. Meg-Peggy, the youngest daughter of the family, secretly collects wrappers and advertisements for junk foods and dreams of seeing the world. When Albert, a fellow farmer, proposes out of the blue, and the family betroths her to him, Meg-Peggy knows she has to do something. On the day of the wedding she runs off, leaving a note that reads: I’m going somewhere else. That somewhere else is New York City. She befriends Duckie, an old, eccentric woman who owns a bodega in Hell’s Kitchen. Under her wing, Meg-Peggy learns to face her fear, take risks, and appreciate the skills she learned on the farm.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Elizabeth Robbins
MEG-PEGGY – Bryn McAuley
DUCKIE/MOTHER – Susan Q. Wilson
ALBERT – Cody Crain
CHUCK – Jordan Gray
CHAD – Jason Martorino
ELSIE – Sarah DiMuro
IZZY – Kelly Rae Cruise
ELZA – Joanna Haughton
CHARLES – Sean Ballantyne

NOTE: Actors also playing minor roles in the screenplay