Winning TV PILOT Reading – WHEN THE WORLD WAS SQUARE, by Irwin Greenstein

Winning Screenplay – WHEN THE WORLD WAS SQUARE
Written by Irwin Greenstein

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Frances Townend
NEAL – Peter Mark Raphael
ALLEN – Jonah Akler-Silliman
JACK – Christopher Huron
CAROLYN – Vanessa Quagliara
HENRY – Charles Gordon
SHEILA Kayla Farris

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Romance, Drama, LGBT

A moody, intense drama about the Beat Generation of writers during their time in San Francisco. Focusing on Allen Ginsberg, this pilot tells the story of their tragically entwined lives as they struggle with the responsibility and tediumof a “normal” life and try to recapture their identity.

What is your TV Pilot screenplay about?

Their fierce appetites for sex, drugs and freedom of expression push Beat icons Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassady to defy taboos of repressive 1950s America and ignite the anti-establishment insurgence that still makes headlines today.

Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

Commercially, “When the World was Square” presents the flip-side of Mad Men — the unrefined and raw sexuality and hipster fashions that have been largely ignored. Creatively, it presents and birth of America’s gay rights movement and pivot point toward the individual freedoms of expression we now enjoy.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Sexy and addictive.

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

Black Sails

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About 2 years.

How many stories have you written?

In terms of fiction, I’ve written my fair share of unproduced screenplays and unpublished novels — combined I would say about 10. But I’m a professional writer and I write non-fiction every day that’s available to me, so my output is very high.

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

Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon.”

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Facing the challenge of integrating the research and history of the Beats into a compelling, structured narrative. You want to remain true to the original souls but at the same time portray their lives in a commercial and prescribed format.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Sports cars. It’s an expensive habit. Right now I have an old Porsche. Don’t ask about the repair bills. But drop the top on a beautiful day here in South Georgia and the experience is all worth it.

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

I would say it’s the dream of every aspiring screenwriter to see their work performed by people passionate about their craft, and short of a full-blown production a table read is really inspiring. The feedback was great. I took it all to heart and a few weeks laters ended up with a much-improved version.

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

In retrospect, I would urge you all to stay in medical school. Short of that, strive for originality because even if you find yourself eventually drifting into commercial trends at least you would have started in place that’s true to yourself.


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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

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Winning SHORT Screenplay – SUNFLOWER CARE, by Della Greenawalt

Winning Screenplay – SUNFLOWER CARE
Written by Della Greenawalt

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Geoff Mays
DORIS – Cassandra Guthrie
GHOST – Dan Cristofori
DIRECTOR – Jane Hailes

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy

Feisty elderly Senior Doris is being taken into a nursing home, and boy is she not happy about it! But once settled in for the night, a ghostly figure awakens her, speaking to her from her bedroom Mirror, demanding to her that it is “time to go”.

 


Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Doris is a hundred year old fighter who tries to stay out of a care facility for elders as well as outsmarting the Grim Reaper who has appeared yet again to take her from among the living. She beats the Reaper, but not the care center – yet.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy, Supernatural, Fantasy.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

100 year old Doris is so popular with everyone who has read this script, and she could carry a movie with all her adventures. It would be in the vein of Fried Green Tomatoes. She is tough and funny.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Bittersweet and funny.

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

The Princess Bride. It always makes me laugh.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I wrote it in a day, spent a week tweaking it with the workshop members’ input. (I am a member of 5150, the Academy of Film Writing’s invitation only workshop run by Nicholls Fellow and working screenwriter Max Adams.)

How many stories have you written?

4 Screenplays (features) in various states of rewrite, half a dozen shorts, one comedy essay (that won my college’s humor contest) and a few more that got published (also during college) and some gathering dust in a drawer.

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

There are so many. “What a Wonderful Life” by Louie Armstrong is high up on that list.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

None. It was a class assignment at the Academy of Film Writing and was so popular that I developed it into a short script. Once Doris was fleshed out, her story wrote itself!

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I volunteer at an animal shelter walking dogs and bringing some home to give them a break from those concrete cages, posting photos to help get them adopted.

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

The feedback was fabulous! As for entering the contest, some of my peers in workshop had entered in the past, winning and getting read by actors. They enjoyed the experience and encouraged me to enter.

 

 

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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February 2017 – Interviews with Stunt Performers

Read 3 interviews conducted last month with 3 stunt performers working in the industry today. You’ll be amazed what these artists go through on set and the lengths they’ll push themselves to make sure their stunt best serves the film.

Interviews conducted by Matthew Toffolo

Interview with Stunt Performer Alex Armbruster (Suicide Squad, X-Men: Days of Future Past):
Interview with Stunt Performer Alex Armbruster (Suicide Squad, X-Men: Days of Future Paste)

My most valuable stunt job has been stunt doubling for Jay Hernandez who played “El Diablo” in Suicide Squad. It was such an amazing experience working alongside actors like Will Smith and Margot Robbie and just being apart of the DC Comics world. I knew right away when I got the job that it would be a pivotal point in my career in the sense that it would probably be one of the most unique experiences that many stuntmen wouldn’t receive.

Interview with Stunt Coordinator Jennifer Badger (Pitch Perfect 3, Greenleaf Season 2):
Interview with Stunt Coordinator Jennifer Badger (Pitch Perfect 3, Greenleaf Season 2)

I’ve been up to roll cars (both by pipe ramp and cannon) on several shows but for budgetary reasons these are often the first stunts to get cut. While I’ve crashed cars many, many times, flipping one is definitely on the career bucket list. As I write this, I am scheduled to do so in about two weeks so fingers crossed that nothing changes.

Interview with Stunt Performer Lisa Dempsey (Titanic, Sully, Minority Report):
Interview with Stunt Performer Lisa Dempsey (Titanic, Sully, Minority Report)

Most recently I had the job of a lifetime doubling Kathy Bates as “The Butcher” on American Horror Story Season 6: Roanok. I doubled for her once before on Mike and Molly when she was a guest star. We had to leg wrestle with Melissa McCarthy and that was hilarious. Kathy is a class act. She is warm and funny and so appreciative. She has a great laugh. I can’t say enough good things about her.

 

February 2017 – Read best of interview with directors

Read 17 interviews with 17 directors from around the world. Each filmmaker had their film shown at the FEEDBACK Film Festival in Los Angeles or Toronto in January. Interviews conducted by Matthew Toffolo

Interview with director Rob Sprackling (MAN’S BEST FRIEND):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/22/interview-with-director-rob-sprackling-mans-best-friend/

Interview with director Ivo Huahua (STUTTER)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/22/interview-with-director-ivo-huahua-stutter/

Interview with director Jon James Smith (DO NOT DISTURB)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/11/interview-with-director-jon-james-smith-do-not-disturb/

Interview with director Oliver McMillan (WHAT’S WEARING MUMMY)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/11/interview-with-director-oliver-mcmillan-whats-wearing-mummy/

Interview with director/animator Mads Johan Øgaard (I AM DYSLEXIC):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/11/interview-with-directoranimator-mads-johan-ogaard-i-am-dyslexic/

Interview with director/animator Patrick Jenkins (PHANTOM CITY):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/11/interview-with-directoranimator-patrick-jenkins-phantom-city/

Interview with director Mary Gerretsen (ORANGE YOU GONNA DANCE WITH ME?):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/09/interview-with-director-mary-gerretsen-orange-you-gonna-dance-with-me/

Interview with director Jeremy Borison (A SENSE OF SOUND):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/09/interview-with-director-jeremy-borison-a-sense-of-sound/

Interview with the Brazilian Film Collective “we are magnolias” (The Grenade):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/09/interview-with-the-brazilian-film-collective-we-are-magnolias-the-grenade/

Interview with Actor/Screenwriter Bronwyn Szabo:
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/09/interview-with-actorscreenwriter-bronwyn-szabo/

Interview with director Irene Garces (THERE WAS A PLACE):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/02/interview-with-director-irene-garces-there-was-a-place/

Interview with director Stephanie Jaclyn (FREEMALES):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/02/interview-with-director-stephanie-jaclyn-freemales/

Interview with director Miriam Dehne (FALLING STARS):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/02/interview-with-director-miriam-dehne-falling-stars/

Interview with director Emily Pietro (COLOR):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/02/interview-with-director-emily-pietro-color/

Interview with director Vu Hoang (MARTY: A WILD WEST NEVERLAND):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/01/interview-with-director-vu-hoang-marty-a-wild-west-neverland/

Interview with director Teddy Cecil (HELIO):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/01/interview-with-director-teddy-cecil-helio/

Interview with director Daniel Greenwald (A Few Rubber Bands More):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/01/interview-with-director-daniel-greenwald-a-few-rubber-bands-more/

February 2017 – Read the best of FILM FESTIVAL Interviews

Read 12 interviews from film festivals from around the world for the month of February 12th. Interviews conducted by Matthew Toffolo

Every single month we’ll give you an insight of other film festivals from the perspective of the festival directors in various festival themes (LGBT, Experimental, Shorts, Action, Screenplay Contests etc..) from around the world. This month we have interviews with festivals from the UK, Germany, United States, and Canada.

Enjoy!

FREEDOM SHORTS
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/01/18/interview-with-festival-director-loren-w-lepre-freedom-shorts/

BERLIN EXPERIMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/01/18/interview-with-festival-director-jonatan-petre-brixel-berlin-experimental-film-festival/

LAKE VIEW FILM FESTIVAL
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/01/23/interview-with-festival-director-gabbar-punjabi-lake-view-international-film-festival/

LONDON SOUTH SHORTS
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/01/23/interview-with-festival-director-niall-trask-south-london-shorts/

AUTHOR’S INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/01/23/interview-with-festival-director-jerzain-ortega-authors-international-film-festival/

QUEER HIPPO FILM FESTIVAL
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/01/27/interview-with-festival-director-kanithea-powell-queer-hippo-international-lgbt-film-festival/

NEW HOPE FILM FESTIVAL
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/02/03/interview-with-doug-whipple-executive-director-new-hope-film-festival/

DOOR KINETIC ARTS FESTIVAL
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/02/03/interview-with-eric-simonson-creative-director-door-kinetic-arts-festival/

LAUNCH PAD SCREENWRITING COMPETITIONS
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/02/03/interview-with-jorge-gonzalez-launch-pad-screenwriting-competitions/

GENREBLAST FILM FESTIVAL
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/02/10/interview-with-nathan-ludwig-genreblast-film-festival-festival-director/

CINEMA TOUCHING DISABILTY
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/02/10/interview-with-william-greer-cinema-touching-disability-festival-director/

NYC INDIE FILM AWARDS
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/02/10/interview-with-kevin-clark-nyc-indie-film-awards-festival-director/

 

2016 WAR Films, Screenplays, Stories

See the best of the 2016 Festival: Short Films, Screenplays, Novels, Stories

 


festival posterNO WOMAN, 3min., Afghanistan, Experimental/Drama
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festival posterNO SIGNAL, 1min., Spain, Documentary
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ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – THE SPECTRAL CITY
July 2016 Reading
Written by Arthur Vincie

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE TRENCH
July 2016 Reading
Written by Chris Beadnell

ACTORSHORT Story – THOUGHT OF A SOLDIER
August 2016 Reading
Written by Cornelia Fick

ACTORBest Scene Screenplay – THE MESSIAH PROJECT
June 2016 Reading
Written by David E. Baugnon


festival posterEVERYBODY FALLS DOWN
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15min, USA, Documentary/Society


festival poster#UNITED WE WIN
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UK, 40min, War/Documentary

ACTORFeature Screenplay – CATCH THE DEVIL
April 2016 Reading
Written by Martin Blinder

ACTORBest Scene TV Pilot – THE TWO EMPERORS
February 2016 Reading
Written by Paul Gross

ACTORShort Screenplay – US NAVY CINE-KODAK
January 2016 Reading
Written by Stephen M. Hunt

 

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Johnson

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2016 SPORTS Films, Screenplays, Stories

See the best of the 2016 Festival: Short Films, Screenplays, Novels, Stories

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – FREE AGENTS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Mario Scott Waller

ACTORBEST Scene Screenplay – THE LAST INDIAN WAR
November 2016 Reading
Written by Michael Graf


festival posterTHE CHAMPION, 17min, USA, Documentary
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September 2016 Film Festival

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – CATCH!
July 2016 Reading
Written by Jerry Nield

ACTORSHORT STORY – TEARS OF JOY
July 2016 Reading
Written by I.E. Hughes

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE GOAL
September 2016 Reading
Written by Jeremy Rigby


festival posterCHAMPION
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8min, Argentina, Documentary/Animal


festival posterWRESTLING ZA’ATARI
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11min, Jordan, Documentary/Sports


festival posterFANTASY FOOTBALL: A NERD’S TALE
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2min, USA, Action/Comedy

ACTORTV PILOT – LIFE IN THE FAST LANE
January 2016 Reading
Written by Debi Calabro


festival posterCASTE A WAVE
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22min, USA, Documentary

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Johnson

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