Screenplay Festival: March 15, 2018 Event

An afternoon of BEST SCENE Readings in the ACTION/ADVENTURE, FEMALE LEADS, and SCI-FI/FANTASY genres. 25 script readings in total.

FULL CAST LIST: Brandon Knox, Angelica Alejandro, Charles Gordon, Carina Cojeen, Gabriel Darku, Katelyn Varadi.

ACTION Best Scene Reading of TRANSIT, by Charles Lo Manto

Genre: Sci-Fi, Action/Adventure

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in


Father #1: Charles Gordon
Driver: Gabriel Darku
Narrator: Katelyn Varadi
Sal: Brandon Knox
Vicky: Carina Cojeen

ACTION Best Scene Reading of HOMETOWN KILL BOX, by Richard Kjeldgaard

Genre: Drama, Action/Adventure

A Marine Colonel, burnt out and suffering from PTSD after his platoon is ambushed outside Baghdad, retires early and is living in a small desert community in solitude for his remaining years. Soon this peaceful existence is interrupted when fugitive bank robbers and drug runners collide in the isolated desert town. With police outnumbered he must call on his military skills to save it from the marauding intruders.


Teller: Angelica Alejandro
Deputy: Brandon Knox
Narrator: Katelyn Varadi
Robber #1: Charles Gordon
Accomplice: Gabriel Darku
F Accomplice: Carina Cojeen

ACTION Best Scene Reading of THE FLIGHT OF SOULS, by Guy Quigley

Genre: Action/Adventure

Justin, a former fighter pilot boards a flight from Indonesia and has sex in the crew quarters with his flight attendant girlfriend Nara. The pilot, Jack, talks to his co pilots about their cargo and takes the plane up to an extreme height causing the cabin pressure to decrease and the emergency oxygen masks drop.


Ori: Katelyn Varadi
Tamar: Carina Cojeen
Narrator: Angelica Alejandro
Justine: Gabriel Darku
Jack: Charles Gordon
Jacob: Brandon Knox

ACTION Best Scene Reading of THE MUSHROOM KING, by Steve Trebilcock

Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller, Action/Adventure

Survivors in the high desert of New Mexico are far from the blast zone of a nuclear exchange, however they must get to shelter before the winds bring radioactive fallout onto their rural lives. Family, friends, and total strangers must bond quickly and take care of each other if any are to survive. The humanity in each will be tested as the radioactive fallout arrives.


Justin: Gabriel Darku
Narrator: Angelica Alejandro
Trey: Brandon Knox
Shellie: Carina Cojeen

ACTION Best Scene Reading of TORNADO RIDER RHODES, by Stevie T.

Genre: Action/Adventure, Crime, Thriller

A larger-than-life cargo pilot with one rule, no passengers, finds that to save her airline she must transport a person halfway around the globe while protecting them from ninjas and Nazis, yet delivery could mean the end of the world.


JT: Brandon Knox
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Rhodes: Katelyn Varadi
Callahan: Gabriel Darku

ACTION Best Scene Reading of RUNAWAY SHIP, by Theodore Carl Soderberg

Genre: Horror, Thriller, Action/Adventure

After a zombie outbreak, a ship’s crew must fight for
survival as the ship heads full speed towards the Golden Gate Bridge.


Narrator: Katelyn Varadi
Andy: Charles Gordon
Ted: Brandon Knox


Genre: Action/Adventure

A lost super hero from plant Curtainia discovers earth and hopes to find someone from his planet here. He befriends some children, giving them super powers, lasting up to four hours at a time, as they go on adventures all around the world and to the moon.


Mom: Angelica Alejandro
Jeff: Brandon Knox
Narrator: Katelyn Varadi
Captain Curtain: Charles Gordon
Neil: Gabriel Darku

ACTION Best Scene Reading of APRIL’S FOLLY, by Yvonne Fein

Genre: Drama, Action/Adventure

April Taub is no-one’s nice Jewish girl. Although it is the 1960’s, Vietnam is still not much more than a dark twinkle in Robert Menzies’ eye and April doesn’t give a flying fundament about peace, pot or flower-power.


Lena: Angelica Alejandro
Nazi – Brandon Knox
Narration: Carina Cojeen
April: Katelyn Varadi
Grant: Gabriel Darku
Soot – Charles Gordon

ACTION Best Scene Reading of ALLEGIANCE, by Christopher Stapleton

Genre: Action/Adventure

High-tech mercenaries unwittingly sabotage the National Missile Defense System for a traitorous Air Force general, then stop him from launching a rogue nuclear attack on North Korea.


Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Hondo: Gabriel Darku
Jenson: Brandon Knox

BIOGRAPHY Best Scene Reading of YESHUA, by Edmund Jonah

Genre: Drama, Biography

YESHUA! is the humanizing of the Jew who became the God of millions, placing the charismatic preacher in that tense, thrilling and turbulent political time when Messiahs sprouted like wild flowers in the spring to oust the Romans from the Holy Land, and illustrating with plenty of action how his mission leads to his inevitable end on the cross.


Narrator: Gabriel Darku
Yochanan: Brandon Knox
Herodias: Angelica Alejandro

FEMALE Festival Best Scene Reading of REARRANGING ROXY, by Bridget Bell McMahon

Genre: Drama, Musical

A self-centered rocker must revive her estranged father’s holiday musical to fund her band’s last chance for a tour and to save her hometown from developers, finding love and redemption along the way


Ruby: Carina Cojeen
Ms. Barnes: Angelica Alejandro
Narrator: Brandon Knox
Roxy: Katelyn Varadi
Grayson: Charles Gordon
Gene: Gabriel Darku

FEMALE Festival Best Scene Reading of FAUK MY LIFE, by Stephanie Neroes

Genre: Drama, Romance

A skilled basketball player must try and settle into college while juggling a complicated love life with her boyfriend back home and the other college-bound girl he caught her with.


Jax: Angelica Alejandro
Harley: Carina Cojeen
Narrator: Charles Gordon
Coach Mendez: Brandon Knox
Jaymee: Katelyn Varadi
Spyder: Gabriel Darku

FEMALE Festival Best Scene Reading of DOMESTICATING SASQUASH, by Frank Vespe

Genre: Drama

Fearing they’ll be exposed and exploited, Sammy. Sasquash abandons his mate and twin babies deep in the Pacific Northwest. Shunned by the animal kingdom as freaks, Sadie Sasquash grapples with her infants in an unwelcoming world until she stumbles upon a woman lost in the woods. Slowly, they forge a friendship, and despite their differences, struggle to survive…together.


Benny: Brandon Knox
Alfie: Gabriel Darku
Narrator: Angelica Alejandro
Sammy: Charles Gordon
Sadie: Carina Cojeen
Animal Voice: Katelyn Varadi

FEMALE Festival Best Scene Reading of IN BAD COMPANY, by Ke De Sol

Genre: Drama

Inside the male dominated world of the Outlaw Motorcycle Club, families do exist.


Josh: Gabriel Darku
Narrator: Katelyn Varadi
Max: Angelica Alejandro
Seth: Charles Gordon

FEMALE Festival Best Scene Reading of THE EGG AN I, by Nicole Stuart

Genre: Drama

Natalie Monroe’s a neurotic 40-year-old, who hopes she hasn’t missed her window of time to have a baby, but her odds don’t look good. She put her personal life aside to follow her dreams but she’s unable to can’t catch a break. Natalie’s younger boyfriend isn’t supportive of her having a baby; in fact, he’s one of the many people who tells her she’s too old. Along with her fertility doctor who tells her, “you have the same chance of winning the lottery as having a baby but if you find sperm in a week you might have a 1% shot to try IVF.” Natalie begins her uncanny search for sperm, finding an unexpectant donor. Meanwhile, his ex-girlfriend stops at nothing to block Natalie from getting his sperm, finding true love and freezing one good egg.


Roger: Charles Gordon
Annette: Katelyn Varadi
Narrator: Brandon Knox
Natalie: Carina Cojeen
Katherine: Angelica Alejandro
Steve: Gabriel Darku

FANTASY/SCI-FI Festival Best Scene Reading of UNEARTHLY, by David Dalessandro

Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi

In 1902, a US Naval crew encounters an alien entity, with both tragic and surprising results.


Flynn: Brandon Knox
Narrator: Angelica Alejandro
Caleb: Charles Gordon
Redfern: Gabriel Darku

FANTASY/SCI-FI Festival Best Scene Reading of S.F.O., by Lawrence Whitener

Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Special Forces Order: Over-the-hill futuristic-SEALS recruit and train thrown-away Teens to save an entire planet from slavery. Only way to fight these savages is with Savage-24s through a Black Powder Challenge. One Bad Riot; One Bad-Ass Ranger.


Sam: Angelica Alejandro
White: Gabriel Darku
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Biker Boss: Brandon Knox
Chao: Charles Gordon

FANTASY/SCI-FI Festival Best Scene Reading of 2084, by Virgo Velasquez

Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi

In a totalitarian future society, a man whose daily work is
rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love.


Simon: Charles Gordon
Narration: Angelica Alejandro
O’Brien: Gabriel Darku
Winston Smith: Brandon Knox

FANTASY/SCI-FI Festival Best Scene Reading of ESCAPE TO PLANET B346, by Tom Thorpe

Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi

A virus-infected spaceship transports a farmer to a surreal and frightening world, where he sets out on a perilous journey to rescue his wife from reptilian aliens.


Charles: Gabriel Darku
Narrator: Angelica Alejandro
William: Brandon Knox
Elizabeth: Katelyn Varadi
Remy: Charles Gordon

FANTASY/SCI-FI Festival Best Scene Reading of HYPNOS, by Alexandra Dyranis-Maounis

Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Year 2056. A quantum machine named “Phobetor” controls society. Above other measures, dreaming is forbidden and there is absolute control of the allowed limit of sleep to 3-hours per day. Those who rebel by entering REM or a self-induced dream state, most are arrested and punished as traitors. Their penalty, essentially entering their own mind prisons where each individual’s Nightmare is personalized.


Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Hypnos: Katelyn Varadi
Daniel: Charles Gordon

FANTASY/SCI-FI Festival Best Scene Reading of SPACE TRUCKERS, by Michael DAmbrosio

Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Mercenary Mike Colby leads a crew of space truckers against their evil corporate boss (his ex-wife), and the hostile aliens she connives with to control the space trucking industry. Things get rough when Mike falls in love with the captain of the space truckers who seek their independence from the corporation.


Carnak: Gabriel Darku
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Mike: Brandon Knox
General Asher: Charles Gordon

FANTASY/SCI-FI Festival Best Scene Reading of THE GIRL WITH NO BRAIN, by Royce Adkins

Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi

An artificial intelligence, implanted into the head of a girl born without a brain, struggles between forming it’s own identity and the identity it was programmed to be.


Miracle: Katelyn Varadi
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Linda: Angelica Alejandro
Joe: Charles Gordon

FANTASY/SCI-FI Festival Best Scene Reading of THE PARADOX MAN, by Larry Thomas

Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi

During an electrical mishap, a father becomes entrapped in a dense cylindrical mass, which sends him into the timeline of a presidential assassination attempt.


Mei: Katelyn Varadi
Fuller: Charles Gordon
Narrator: Angelica Alejandro
Brad: Brandon Knox
Joey: Gabriel Darku


Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

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