BIOGRAPHY Best Scene Reading of MUSICAL PAWNS, by Ron Graner

 

CAST LIST: 

Congregant 1 (f) – Lada Darewych
Congregant 2 (M) – Geoff Mays
Narration – Victoria Urquhart
Alexandre – Sean Ballantyne
Sofie – Julie C. Sheppard
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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

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WAR Best Scene Reading of THE BOUHLER HAUS, by BetteLou Tobin

CAST LIST:

Martin – Geoff Mays
Karl – Hugh Ritchie
Narration – Victoria Urquhart
Helen – Lada Darewych
Anna – Julie C. Sheppard
Wilhelm – Sean Ballantyne

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

WAR Best Scene Reading of NO HONOUR AMONG FAMILY, by Shawn McCormack

 

CAST LIST:

Savannah Murphy – Julie C. Sheppard
John Murphy – Geoff Mays
Narration – Lada Darewych
William Murphy – Sean Ballantyne
Jack Morrison – Hugh Ritchie

Get to know the writer: 

 1. What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay is about a young soldier and father in the War of 1812, having to track down defeat his vengeful father, in order to save his daughter.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

The genres that my screenplay falls under afe: Action, Historical, Period, War.

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

This screenplay should be made into a movie, because not only does it show how far a father will go to protect his family, but it’s also set during the War of 1812, between the British ND Americans and shows the starting point on how Canada was created.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Fantastic and Moving.

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

The movie that I’ve seen the most in my life would have to be: The Lion King.

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I have been working on this screenplay for a couple years.

7. How many stories have you written?

I have written about four stories so far and just finished my lastest one about: The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

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

My favorite song would have to be: I just can’t wait to be king, from the lion king soundtrack.

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

The obstacles I faced to finish this screenplay, is getting all the real-life soldiers from the war and the battles from the war perfect.

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

Apart from writing, I am passionate about cooking and am a full-time cook.

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

WAR Best Scene Reading of HOW TO HOLD IT ALL IN, by Gwen Goodkin

CAST LIST:

Harriet – Victoria Urquhart
Marv – Sean Ballantyne
Narration – Lada Darewych
Buddy – Hugh Ritchie
Henry – Geoff Mays

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

How to Hold it All In is about a man who’s reflecting on the mistakes he’s made throughout his life and how they’ve affected his closest relationships…and himself.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama, War, Historical

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

It has a solid plot and suspense. Pathos, but also commercial appeal.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Regret, reconnection

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

Wizard of Oz

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

On and off for years

7. How many stories have you written?

I’ve had ten short stories published, a few essays (https://www.gwengoodkin.com/fiction-memoir/) I’ve written a couple plays and screenplays, a television pilot, a novel…

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

Eulogy by Tool (listened to the most? Let it Go, thanks to my 3 daughters)

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

None. The obstacles to getting this on the screen are far, far greater.

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

Reading, baking and women’s rights

 

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

WAR Best Scene Reading of RED CRUCIBLE, by Ira Altman

CAST LIST:

Hershel – Hugh Ritchie
Government official – Sean Ballantyne
Narration – Victoria Urquhart
Passerby 1 – Geoff Mays
Passerby 2 -Lada Darewych

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

Hershl grows up a virtual orphan on the streets of Warsaw and the shtetl of Grodzisk between the two great wars of the twentieth century.

The early years are years of severe deprivation, the death of his mother when he’s but eight years old and abandonment by his father. The horrific twists and turns of his life cause him to join the outlawed communist party of Poland.

On the eve of WWII, he and his new bride, Hanele, escape the clutches of the invading Nazis only to become ensnared in the limitless archipelago of slavery of the various work camps of the Soviet Union.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Historical Biopic

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

It’s a dramatic depiction of events that have not even as of now been explored in film

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Red Crucible

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

Defiance

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Two years

7. How many stories have you written?

9

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

Dance Me to the End of Love

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

Multiple rewrites

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

Philosophy

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

WAR Best Scene Reading of BASS REEVES, by Sam Bass

 

CAST LIST:

Old Choctaw – Sean Ballantyne
NARRATOR (VO) – Victoria Urquhart
Narration – Julie C. Sheppard
Bass – Geoff Mays
Clerk – Hugh Ritchie

Get to know the writer: 

 1. What is your screenplay about?

BASS REEVES, U.S. Marshall is the dynamic true story of a Civil War slave that evolved from his brutal existence to becoming the first black U.S.

Marshall working under the hanging judge, Isaac Parker, This bold screenplay is a biography, adventure film noir set in the American Midwest with compelling spectator elements of; action, a bold hero, raw real life, and survival. This is an adventure that excels like the screenplays: 12 Years a Slave, True Grit and Django and has an A-list director that wants to direct if needed.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

– Biography, Action, and Adventure

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

– The bold starring character in this screenplay is a true unsung American hero that deserves recognition for his brave deeds and service to his country. This story is one of those low budget rare stories that will deliver at the box office.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

– Rare and Dynamic.

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

– The latest True Grit.

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

– Two years.

7. How many stories have you written?

– Fifty +.

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

– Born to be Wild,

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

No obstacles, it flowed as if it was meant to be written. The obstacle was in getting people to review it.

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

– Learning more about making quality interesting TV and feature films.

 

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

TV Best Scene Screenplay of RANGERS: PROGENITORS OF FREEDOM, Timothy M Kestrel

 

Genre: History, Thriller, Drama

After his attempts to escape from the American colonies fail, a young orphan woodsman Finn finds himself trapped in a remote frontier fort surrounded by troubled people with dark secrets during the French & Indian War.

CAST LIST:

Narration: Carina Cojeen
Robert: Isai Rivera Blas
Finn: Anthony Yu
Catherina: Angelica Alejandro
Richard: Xavier de Guzman
Kopf: Fabio Abreu

Get to know the writer: 

What is your TV Pilot screenplay about?

It’s about making a moral choice and to live with the consequences. The beef of the show is that the only real freedom we have is in that we all can choose our reactions to even most horrible events, but we also must accept the impact of our response.

Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

This project is unlike any of its genres because it is exciting and dangerous, yet the themes and plot are relevant to modern audiences. Evocative use of historical figures provides a classic patina to the show. Audiences will love this American saga that covers the lives of many generations, dazzling geographic milieus and incorporates solid history. The story unfolds in a verdant natural paradise where the only evil is a man. They mainly respond to the elements of American frontier folklore that is presented in a new, compelling way.

The characters, fraught with their everyday problems in a war-torn frontier, provides compelling character stories for several seasons. They all have personal, individual emotional situations and dark secrets.

They have to make tough moral choices in difficult situations with no clear right or wrong. They cannot be sure that the choices they make are the right ones. They try to balance between love, regret, loneliness, debauchery, and moral values. The relationships in the storyline are valid and authentic full of emotion, sex, passion, hard times, and complexity.

How would you describe this script in two words?

The overall story, as told, is very vivid, visual and exciting. OK, that’s more than two, but it’s from Cinequest.

What TV show do you keep watching over and over again?

Deadwood

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

2+ years

How many stories have you written?

I have written three books, three TV pilots, one short story, one short period drama for Virtual Reality, and have another five period drama stories in various stages of development.

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

The Boys Are Back in Town from Irish hard rock band Thin Lizzy.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Serious self-doubt if I can pull it off. Writing a great screenplay is difficult.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

While I’m not writing exciting period drama stories, I draw inspiration from my love of history, Stoic philosophy, and my military experience as a US Army Ranger.

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

A significant portion of the TV series I wrote takes place in Quebec. I discovered that the WILDsound Festival is growing by leaps and bounds and realized it is a perfect venue to introduce the story in Canada.

You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

I love working with FilmFreeway, I highly recommend them. They have been most supportive throughout my projects and have provided me access to many competitions I didn’t even know existed.

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

Trust your vision, take feedback with a pinch of salt, and always be writing!

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox