Winning Feature Screenplays for May 2018

 

ACTORFOR A GOOD LIFE – Feature Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Natalia Maslin
 

  

ACTORAMERICAN SNAKE PIT – Feature Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
Dan Tomasulo
 

 

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

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Feature Screenplay – AMERICAN SNAKE PIT, by Dan Tomasulo

Genre: Drama, Comedy, Crime

Young Doctor Dan is a stuck-in-graduate school, some-day-would-be psychologist with a failing marriage and dead-end job. Desperate to change his place in the world, he takes a job at Walden House. This group home recently took on violent patients from the notorious Willowbrook, the worst asylum in American history. Doctor Dan attends an employment seminar and discovers he’s the only one applying for the job. He accepts the offer with no clue what awaits him.

CAST LIST:

Mayor Billings: Daniel Cristofori
Gwennie: Kimberley Wells
Chief Willy: Ted Powers
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Dr. Dan: John Marcucci
Taimi: Kesley Dann
Harold: Luke Robinson
Meredith: Brianna Riche

Get to know the writer:

 What is your screenplay about?

Based on a true story of a young doctor who takes over and attempts to save a group home comprised of the most troubled patients from Willowbrook, the worst asylum in American history.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Historical / Drama (Although it recently won the category for best comedy / drama)

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

American Snake Pit is in the vein of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. The true story aspect makes this the first movie of its kind concerning the treatment of psychologically-disturbed patients coming from the infamous Willowbrook Institute, a hell on earth Bobby Kennedy called a “snake pit” in 1965. The movie is a heart-warming and surprisingly funny story of patients not just surviving, but flourishing for the first time in their lives, proving the resilience and hope of the human spirit.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Disturbingly hopeful.

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

All of Me

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

One year—but the memoir it is based on—10 years.

How many stories have you written?

Over 50. A little over half of them have been published.

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

Born in the USA. I live in Jersey. I live in Asbury Park—You got a problem with that? J

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Moving from the book toward the screen required changes. I originally thought it would be more documentary style—but ends up it is more “inspired by” as these changes were introduced.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am a psychologist and teach at UPenn in the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program (MAPP) and designed and teach the Optimal Well-being program at Columbia’s Spirituality Mind Body Institute. My deep interest is the intersection of positive psychology and storytelling as an agent means

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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

Winning Feature Screenplay for April 2018

Watch readings of the winning screenplays performed by professional actors:

ACTORPREY FOR THE DAY – Feature Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Richard M. Kjeldgaarad

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Winning Feature Screenplays for February 2018

Watch readings of the winning screenplays performed by professional actors:

 

 

ACTORLGBT FEATURE Screenplay – LOVE IS FREE WILL
February 2018 Reading
by Amanda Samaroo

 

ACTORDRAMA FEATURE Screenplay – THE DISPLACED
February 2018 Reading
by Manzo Scruggs

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

 

Winning Feature Screenplay – THE DISPLACED, by Renata Manzo Scruggs

Genre: Drama, History

In 1930’s Virginia, a widow battles the government when it seizes her land to create Shenandoah National Park.

CAST LIST:

Ginny: Andrea Meister
Lebo: Jarod Terrell
Owen: Rob Notman
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Carter: Sean C. Dwyer
Esme: Kerrie Lamb
Will: Charles Gordon
Addie: Ida Jagaric

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The Displaced tells the story of the creation of Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia, from the perspective of the people living in the mountains at the time. All of the characters are fictionalized, with the exception of George Pollock, owner of Skyland and a park promoter, and Governor Harry Byrd. The movie is based on actual events, including the story of baby Thomas. The movie recounts the various ways the government lied to, and misled the local residents, many of whom –but not all — were not educated. Mostly though, they trusted their government — a trust that ended up being misplaced.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

The Displaced falls under the genres of drama and historical fiction.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This story needs to be told because the themes in The Displaced, which takes place in the 1930’s, still resonate today– the individual versus the collective good, how the government takes advantage of people who lack money and a voice, and progress versus tradition. The people displaced by the park were hardworking and self-reliant Americans who loved the freedom of living in the mountains where they had everything they needed to live. The descendants of these hardy people want their story told, and I want to help them do that.

How would you describe this script in two words?

True stories.

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

I wish I could say I’ve seen Citizen Kane or All about Eve the most times in my life, but probably it is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, because we watch it so much during the holidays.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I’ve been working on The Displaced for about two years.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve been writing stories since I was a child (I’m pushing 60) so I’ve written countless stories. In terms of screenplays, The Displaced is the third. I’m working on my sixth screenplay (an adaptation of Vein of Iron by Ellen Glasgow).

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

Although I like all types of music (my father was an opera singer), when it comes right down to it, I love Elton John. My playlists on my phone are as follows: Elton, Elton fast, Elton Favorites, Elton hiking, and Not Elton. My favorite song is “The One”.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The only obstacle I faced was my own inertia and self-doubt. The story told itself–there was only one way it could end. But I had to find a personal story within the historical events. I knew I wanted a female protagonist who was torn between the past and the future, the mountains and the city, independence and security.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about social injustice, racial prejudice and the environment. And Elton John. When I’m not writing, I like to hike, practice yoga and travel.

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

I’m thrilled to have one website that gathers all the many, many festivals and competitions. So far the experience has been good–not much to say here.

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

I entered the festival primarily for the feedback. As a new screenwriter, I need as much feedback as I can get. I thought the initial feedback was extremely helpful. I used it as a checklist for the next draft.
 

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

2017 Feature Screenplay Winners (17)

Watch FULL readings of all the 17 feature screenplay winners performed by professional actors:

ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – INCURABLE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Jeff York
ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – PIXYLATIONS
February 2017 Reading
Written by Joe Laudati
ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – NEMESIS
March 2017 Reading
Written by Carl Joglar

ACTORFAMILY FEATURE Screenplay – QUEST FOR LIGHT
April 2017 Reading
Written by Byron Anderson
ACTORFAN FICTION FEATURE Screenplay – MARVEL ZOMBIES
May 2017 Reading
by Christopher J. Valin
ACTORACTION FEATURE Screenplay – THE FLIGHT OF THE SOULS
May 2017 Reading
by Guy Quigley
ACTORLGBT Feature Screenplay – ARRANGING MIA
June 2017 Reading
by Joanie Fox
ACTORTHRILLER Feature Screenplay – THE TWIN WITHIN
July 2017 Reading
by Gunnar E. Garrett

ACTORWINNING FEATURE Screenplay – PEACE PLEDGE
August 2017 Reading
by George M. Johnson
ACTORWINNING FEATURE Screenplay – THE LAST PRISON
August 2017 Reading
by Richard Geiwitz
ACTORANIMATION Feature Screenplay – STORM DRAGON
September 2017 Reading
by Joey Curtis & Danny Klein

ACTORTHRILLER Feature Screenplay – WORD GAMES
September 2017 Reading
by Joel Stern

ACTORACTION FEATURE Screenplay – NOWHERE-VILLE
October 2017 Reading
by Richard M. Kjeldgaard
ACTORLGBT FEATURE Screenplay – ANH SANG
November 2017 Reading
by Barry Brennessel
ACTORFAMILY FEATURE Screenplay – THE SPIRIT OF COLUMBUS
November 2017 Reading
by Eric W. Carlson
ACTORNOWHERE MAN – TIME TRAVEL Feature Screenplay
December 2017 Reading
by Edward Ocean & Michael Sgueglia
ACTOREYES OF DAWN – FEMALE Feature Screenplay
December 2017 Reading
by Sheri Davenport

Winning ANIMATION Feature Screenplay – STORM DRAGON, by Joey Curtis and Danny Klein

Watch the Winning SEPTEMBER 2017 Feature screenplay.

An outcast dragonfly unites a crew of misfit swamp critters to save the life of a boy trapped in a hurricane.

Genre: Animation, Family, Drama, Adventure

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
B-Fly/Luther: Cameron LeRoy
Skylar: Rachel Rain Packota
Tatsu: Cory Bertrand
Pondhawk: Jim Canale
Aura: Regan Brown

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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