Best Scene Reading of ATHENS, by M. Lee Brutsche

Winning Screenplay – ATHENS
Written by M. Lee Brutsche

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Frances Townend
FBI TASK – Peter Mark Raphael
NICK – Jonah Akler-Silliman
KIRK – Christopher Huron
LEAD MEDIC – Charles Gordon

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Mystery, Drama, Thriller

After disappearing at the end of the second world war and being sent to Ohio to help in the treatment of psychopathy, two Nazi scientists mysteriously disappear, only to start an elaborate plot against Senator Church of Ohio and by extension, America.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

It’s in the late ’50s, and the FBI and CIA have opposing views with confronting communism.

To the point, they fight each other.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Suspense, psyop thriller.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Utterly original. Nothing about this script has been explored before such as –

– The MK-Ultra program.

– The “Paperclip” Op that brought the Nazis over to help with the
Manhattan project.

– The Odessa ratline they escaped through, etc

How would you describe this script in two words?

Saddle up

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

Goodfellas

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

6 months (I have two different versions since completing this one)

How many stories have you written?

On this one, four

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

Blue October, Fear

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Still am – the story is three scripts. There’s one version that should be Shutter Island meets Jacobs Ladder.

Another version should be character based on the Nazi Scientist and the FBI agent (one dealing with tragedy, the other dealing with a tragic past). The third version should take a direct and simple plot placing the CIA and FBI on a collision course, in the realm of “Sicario.”

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Nothing

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

The imagination, premise, and cinematic originality is unrivaled…to the point, only a Tarrantino could appreciate it.

It’s nailing the three act structure I appear to not be good at. For example, on the Black list, half my scores are 10’s, and the other half are 6’s. The tens are on premise, setting, dialogue, structure, while the 6s are on plot and pacing.


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Winning FAN FICTION SPEC of EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, by Marc Mulcahy

FAN FICTION Film and Writing Festival

Winning Screenplay – EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND
Written by Marc Mulcahy

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
MARIE – Frances Townend
RAY – Peter Mark Raphael
DEBRA – Kayla Farris
JEFFREY – Jonah Akler-Silliman
ROBERT – Christopher Huron
AMY – Vanessa Quagliara
FRANK – Charles Gordon

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Family

It’s Marie vs Debra in a cat & mouse game for control of who’s cleaning the house.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay based on the TV SERIES “Everybody Loves Raymond” about?

It’s about seeing what we all figured would happen eventually; that Marie’s constant meddling and being a nuisance in general, would lead to Debra’s insanity.

How does this episode fit into the context of the series?

I actually thought this plot line was a no-brainer for Debra. I would have done this myself given the same situation.

How would you describe this script in two words?

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Get to know the short film: THE NEON STRUGGLE, 38min, USA, Documentary

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Playing at the Thursday April 6th, LA Film Festival

THE NEON STRUGGLE, 38min, USA, Documentary
Directed by Bert Simonis

A family fights to keep their neon sign business alive as the light of the industry fades away. The process of creating these delicate signs is beautifully photographed to capture the intricacy of this populist American art form. Interviews with neon historians and experts are interspersed with vintage neon signs from across the United States.

Director’s Statement:

When we saw a Jumbotron screen in Las Vegas projecting the image of a neon sign, something clicked. It was as though the image was adding insult to injury. As we dug into the history of making neon for commercial use, we discovered that there are a series of “Mom and Pop” shops around the country that make neon signs for the local businesses. Many of these shops are now going the way of…

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Get to know the short film: THE LONG GOODBYE: AN ALZHEIMER’S STORY, 5min, USA, Documentary

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Playing at the Thursday April 6th, LA Film Festival

  MOVIE POSTERTHE LONG GOODBYE: AN ALZHEIMER’S STORY, 5min, USA, Documentary
Directed by Christian J. Harris

An intimate short story about Alzheimers and it’s effect on it’s victims and caregivers. Get an inside look of what it’s like to live with this disease through the eyes of a couple who just won’t give in.

Director’s Statement:

“I did this film initially to raise awareness to how emotionally crushing it is to not only be the victim of Alzheimers but to be a caregiver. In this case it’s a husband caring for his wife who he’s essentially lost. I wanted to really harp in on “Long Goodbye” adage and to express that Alzheimers and Dementia are long, tortuous ways to lose a loved one. After showing friends and family they made it clear that this should be shared and that it might have the…

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Get to know the short film: GEORGE, 7min, USA, Documentary

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Playing at the Thursday April 6th, LA Film Festival

GEORGE, 7min, USA, Documentary
Directed by Mary Gerretsen

A short profile documentary about a man’s life and journey through love, loss and illness.

Film Type:Documentary, Short, Student

Runtime:7 minutes 16 seconds

Completion Date:January 1, 2016

Production Budget:200 USD

Country of Origin:United States

Country of Filming:United States

Film Language:English

Shooting Format:Digital

Aspect Ratio:16:9

Film Color:Color

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Get to know the short film: UNCLE ALBERT, 11min, USA, Dark Comedy

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UNCLE ALBERT, 11min, USA, Dark Comedy
Directed by Summer Blake

A dark comedy about the nuances of emotional response; Karen’s left emotionless following the death of her distant Uncle, Albert, she’ll stop at nothing to prove to fellow guests that she can indeed feel “sad.”

Director’s Statement:

If we prick our finger we cry. But when someone else pricks their finger, how do we feel? Is there a right and a wrong response?

Now consider something larger; something more concrete. Death? That’s pretty concrete. How are we supposed to feel when someone passes away forever?

These are the questions I ask with Uncle Albert and with the character of Karen, who, following her distant uncle’s funeral, begs to feel sad, yet comes up numb.

As she stares wistfully at a bunny on the street outside the wake, she wonders what it’s…

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Get to know the short film: HAVE A LITTLE FAITH, 12min, USA, Comedy

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  MOVIE POSTERHAVE A LITTLE FAITH, 12min, USA, Comedy
Directed by Ashton Avila

A rebellious teenager is determined to get kicked out of her new Christian High School and teach the new boy she meets there what it really means to “have a little Faith”.

Director’s Statement:

“Have A Little Faith”, while set in Bible School, to me, it is not about religion or Christianity. It’s about a high school girl who has entered an oppressive environment with a past of hurt and anger. Driven by that pain and frustration, she sets out to destroy everything in her path until she meets a boy, who through his friendship, can show her the power of love and acceptance.

Film Type:Short, Student

Runtime:12 minutes 28 seconds

Completion Date:September 25, 2016

Production Budget:5,000 USD

Country of Origin:United States

Country of Filming:United States

Film Language:English

Shooting Format:Digital

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