Screenplay Festival: January 21, 2018 Event

The FEEDBACK Screenplay Festival’s 3rd event of 2018 features a full reading of a LGBT feature screenplay that is considered one of the top spec scripts in the world today. Plus, readings of 12 best scenes in various genres.

If there was a theme to this evening, it would be “It’s never what it seems”.

FULL CAST LIST: Hugh Ritchie, Susan Q. Wilson, Jane Smythe, Allan Michael Brunet, Sarah Evelyn, Laura Kyswaty, Katelyn Varadi, Nick Baillie

LGBT Feature Screenplay Reading of LOVE IS FREE WILL, by Amanda Samaroo

Genre: Drama, Romance, Sports

In the mountains of North Carolina a high school football coach’s love for his teenage daughter comes into clash with his religious views when he learns that she is a lesbian in this story of family and acceptance.


Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
Jake: Nick Baillie
Becca: Katelyn Varadi
Rachel: Jane Smythe
Sarah: Susan Q. Wilson
Jan: Sarah Evelyn
Preacher Greene: Allan Michael Brunet
Luke: Hugh Ritchie

STAGE PLAY Best Scene Script Reading of RARE COINS SPENT, by Beth Fine

Genre: Historical Fiction Drama

Rare Coins Spent describes how St. Lawrence, Rome’s Archdeacon in 258 A.D., traded treasures from wealthy Christians for supplies to help poor congregants. Meanwhile, pernicious decadence, warfare, and inflation were bringing Rome to the brink of bankruptcy which Caesar Valerian then obtusely blamed on Christians and ordered their leaders’ immediate death.


Narrator: Susan Q. Wilson
Lauro: Hugh Ritchie
Sixtus: Nick Baillie
Gallienus: Allan Michael Brunet

SHORT STORY Best Scene Script Reading of TERROR AT THE STERLING, by Jeff Dawson

Genre: Horror

“Terror at the Sterling” is a short horror story based on actual events where the desk clerk is required to perform a simple eviction that plunges him back to the unsolved murders from thirty years ago.


Narrator/Mel: Hugh Ritchie
RJ: Nick Baillie
911 Operator: Susan Q. Wilson
Sergeant: Allan Michael Brunet

HORROR Best Scene Script Reading of TOUCH, by Scott Timmins

Genre: Psychological Horror/Thriller

When a troubled teenaged daughter of a Lutheran pastor, who no longer believes in God, discovers she has the ‘gift’ of second sight she must decide whether or not to use her power to help local police stop a serial killer. The decision this suicidal young woman choses is a twist no one will see coming, with audiences debating the ending long after this “Se7en meets The Dead Zone” film is over.


Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
Rick: Hugh Ritchie
Michelle: Sarah Evelyn

HORROR Best Scene Script Reading of REVELATION, by Jonah Jones

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Three demons, four humans and the whole angel hierarchy are involved in the mess-up that has ensued after a botched Apocalypse. While the angels seek to cover their mistakes, the humans and the demons set out to discover the truth and the future of their species.


Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
Tanguray: Allan Michael Brunet
Sarah: Sarah Evelyn
Jake: Hugh Ritchie
Izzimus: Nick Baillie
Jake: Hugh Ritchie

DRAMA Best Scene Script Reading of 12 BARS, by Charmaine Inezia Lewis

Genre: Drama, Inspirational

A successful teacher’s forced return to her small hometown brings about the fight of her life as she struggles to hold together the family torn apart by her mother’s death.


Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
Katrina: Jane Smythe
Raven: Katelyn Varadi
Cop: Allan Michael Brunet

DRAMA Best Scene Script Reading of SPRING FORWARD, by Christine L. Keefer

Genre: Drama

An advertising associate from Los Angeles, is about to embark on a most desired promotion when she is asked to accompany some very special clients in New York for a Sunday brunch. She celebrates her promotion on a Saturday night, forgets to set her clocks ahead for daylight savings time, misses her flight, loses her job and starts a process of soul searching, metamorphic events that change her life for the better.


Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
Dana: Jane Smythe
Adam: Allan Michael Brunet

SPORTS Best Scene Script Reading of FULL CONTACT, by Dave Kraft

Genre: Sports Action Drama

When the NFL’s most feared linebacker demolishes a division opponent, his QB best friend with a career-jeopardizing hit, only the power of forgiveness and one Super Bowl dream can stop their lives from spiraling out of control and lift them back to triumph.


Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
Tai Yung Zhang: Nick Baillie
Coach Warfield: Allan Michael Brunet
Joe Buck: Hugh Ritchie
Lorei: Katelyn Varadi

COMEDY Best Scene Script Reading of CESAR & MAX, by Susan Klos

Genre: comedy, road trip, coming of age, bromance

When teenaged boys, Cesar and Max, best friends from very different socio-economic backgrounds, get into trouble at home and at school, they take off to Mexico in search of Cesar’s long lost father and along the way learn the importance of friendship and family.


Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
Max: Nick Baillie
Cesar: Hugh Ritchie
Velo: Allan Michael Brunet
Espie: Sarah Evelyn

CRIME Best Scene Script Reading of INFIDELITY by Akil Goin and Kareem Richardson

Genre: Crime/Drama

An ambitious lawyer’s heart, morals, career and relationship is tested when she’s seduced and blackmailed into defending an old flame for her best friend’s murder.


Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
Joshua: Nick Baillie
Claudia: Katelyn Varadi
Felicity: Susan Q. Wilson
Judge: Hugh Ritchie

FAMILY SHORT Best Scene Script Reading of CHRISTMAS WINGS, by Lily Rose

Genre: Animation, Fantasy

Zarna is a shadow fairy born without wings. To fit in she steals wings from living creatures. This year she’s looking for her own set of Christmas Wings.


Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
Teacher Humy: Allan Michael Brunet
Quanilla: Susan Q. Wilson
Zarna: Katelyn Varadi
Sparla: Sarah Evelyn
Bilton: Hugh Ritchie

SCI-FI Best Scene Script Reading of THE TIME JOB by Thomas Tinnerello

Genre: Sci-Fi / Action

The Time Job is a Sci-Fi Action Thriller about Jerry, a down-on-his-luck thief who time travels to help a mysterious tycoon steal an artifact from 1931, but when the heist ends disastrously Jerry must race to retrieve the artifact and return to the present or be erased from existence.


Narrator: Susan Q. Wilson
Jerry: Hugh Ritchie
Miranda: Katelyn Varadi
Dodd: Nick Baillie
Card: Allan Michael Brunet

WESTERN Best Scene Script Reading of SILVER SKULL CREEK by Ryan Gallant

Genre: Vampire/Western

When ranch-hand Ben Marsh’s fiance is kidnapped by a gang of outlaws under the thrall of an ancient bloodsucking evil, he strikes a desperate deal with the gang’s ousted leader to hunt down the band and rescue his beloved.


Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
Curtis: Hugh Ritchie
Frank: Allan Michael Brunet
Bill: Nick Baillie
Ivy: Jane Smythe

TV SCI-FI BEST SCENE Reading of MORPH, by Christine Davis

Genre: Sci-Fi, Crime

Logline: “Morph” is a Sci-Fi story in which Jack Oberman is a Los Angeles homicide detective who gets captured by the killers he pursues, mad scientists who alter his DNA and turn him into a monster.

Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
Morty: Allan Michael Brunet
Jack: Nick Baillie



Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

By WILDsound Festival

Submitters reactions to their feedback on their stories. New testimonials coming each month! Watch this month's winning readings. At least 15 performances a month: Submit your script, story, poem, or film to the festival today:


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