Screenplay Festival: May 3, 2018 Event

A showcase of a LGBT feature screenplay, plus 8 best scene feature film readings.

LGBT Feature Screenplay of FALLING STAR, by Katie Marshall

Genre: Drama, Romance

Driven to a mental breakdown by those profiting from her fame, a young pop star is forced to keep her sexuality a secret and faces a deadly choice until a chance encounter with a hotel chef transforms both of their lives.

CAST LIST:

Tony: Russell Batcher
Guy: Peter Nelson
Chad: David Straus
Sarah: Norma Dawn Dunphy
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Brooke: Ariel Booker
Alexa: Elizabeth Owens Skidmore
Terri: Esther Thibault

COMEDY Best Scene Reading of THE PERFECT GIFT, by John Scott Schaf

Genre: Comedy, Romance

An insensitive workaholic, in order to save his marriage, goes on a Valentine’s Day journey for the perfect gift. It becomes a journey not only for gifts but for self discovery.

Scene #1 – CAST LIST:

Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Hank: David Straus
Clerk: Esther Thibault

Scene #2 – CAST LIST:

Erin: Esther Thibault
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Clerk: Peter Nelson
Hank: David Straus

COMEDY Best Scene Reading of BARNABY OF MULCH, by John Broadhead

Genre: Comedy, Crime

A tortured small town playwright, struggling to write a historical play for the town’s annual centennial celebration, casts a mysterious stranger who has plans to kill one of the townspeople to satisfy a long-term grudge.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Will: Peter Nelson
Father Bob: Russell Batcher

FEMALE Festival Best Scene Reading of I WILL LOVE YOU, by Anich D’Jae

Genre: Drama, Romance

Imagine Waiting to Exhale meets Rachel Getting Married. It’s been nearly ten years since the Wright sisters lost their father. Yet they’re still dealing with the aftermath of life without their parents. Chian Wright, the oldest of four, has taken care of her family since she was thirteen, and watched her mother died tragically during the birth of her youngest sister Micah. Years later she’s still haunted by that fateful day.

CAST LIST:

Micah: Elizabeth Owens Skidmore
Chian: Ariel Booker
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Chelsea: Norma Dawn Dunphy
Mariah: Esther Thibault

FEMALE Festival Best Scene Reading of THE ACCIDENT, by Tanisha Bazemore

Genre: Drama

“The Accident” is a film about Theresa, a woman with a victim mentality who feels that everything in her life is in turmoil. As she experiences having a major accident the wounds of her past love resurface. Will she end up losing him for good because of her own insecurities?

CAST LIST:

Office Bob: Russell Batcher
Hosea: Chad: David Straus
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Theresa: Norma Dawn Dunphy
Officer Jeremy: Peter Nelson

THRILLER Best Scene Reading of THE PLAYLISTS, by by Michael Kotsiros

Genre: Thriller, Drama

A married couple are separately lured to a remote location by a gifted but troubled composer, who uses music to reveal his hidden agenda.

CAST LIST:

Joel: Russell Batcher
Lewis: Peter Nelson
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Rachel: Elizabeth Owens Skidmore
Archibald: David Straus
Chiara: Ariel Booker

Best Scene Reading of WOLVES OF WESTMINSTER, by Jonah Jones

Genre: Drama

A new screenplay by the writer.

CAST LIST:

Ragfrank: Peter Nelson
Roderick: David Straus
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Eleanor: Esther Thibault
Abigail: Norma Dawn Dunphy
Passerby: Russell Batcher

Best Scene 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.

CAST LIST:

Pastor Barton: Russell Batcher
Det. Jansen: Peter Nelson
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Michelle: Esther Thibault
Det. Schmidt: David Straus

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

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