January 2018 – Interviews with award winning screenwriters:

7 Screenwriter Interviews from award winners:

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Carl F. Zimmermann (TOE TAG MURDERS)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Carl F. Zimmermann (TOE TAG MURDERS)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter JoAnn Hess (FRAMER)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter JoAnn Hess (FRAMER)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Robert Cox (DRAGONSONG)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Robert Cox (DRAGONSONG)

Interview with Winning TV PILOT Writer Katie Grotzinger (MINNIE NOIR)
Interview with Winning TV PILOT Writer Katie Grotzinger (MINNIE NOIR)

Interview with Winning TV Pilot Writer Ed Vela (PSI-COM)
Interview with Winning TV Pilot Writer Ed Vela (PSI-COM)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Sheri Davenport (EYES OF DAWN)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Sheri Davenport (EYES OF DAWN)

Interview with winning screenwriters Edward Ocean & Michael Sgueglia (THE NOWHERE MAN)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2018/01/09/interview-with-winning-screenwriters-edward-ocean-michael-sgueglia-the-nowhere-man/

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Screenplay Festival: January 21, 2018 Event

The FEEDBACK Screenplay Festival’s 3rd event of 2018 features a full reading of a LGBT feature screenplay that is considered one of the top spec scripts in the world today. Plus, readings of 12 best scenes in various genres.

If there was a theme to this evening, it would be “It’s never what it seems”.

Full cast list available next week.

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LGBT Feature Screenplay Reading of Love is Free Will, by Amanda Samaroo

Genre: Drama, Romance, Sports

In the mountains of North Carolina a high school football coach’s love for his teenage daughter comes into clash with his religious views when he learns that she is a lesbian in this story of family and acceptance.

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STAGE PLAY Best Scene Script Reading of RARE COINS SPEND, by Beth Fine

Genre: Historical Fiction Drama

Rare Coins Spent describes how St. Lawrence, Rome’s Archdeacon in 258 A.D., traded treasures from wealthy Christians for supplies to help poor congregants. Meanwhile, pernicious decadence, warfare, and inflation were bringing Rome to the brink of bankruptcy which Caesar Valerian then obtusely blamed on Christians and ordered their leaders’ immediate death.

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SHORT STORY Best Scene Script Reading of TERROR AT THE STERLING, by Jeff Dawson

Genre: Horror

“Terror at the Sterling” is a short horror story based on actual events where the desk clerk is required to perform a simple eviction that plunges him back to the unsolved murders from thirty years ago.

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HORROR Best Scene Script 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.

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HORROR Best Scene Script Reading of REVELATION, by Jonah Jones

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Three demons, four humans and the whole angel hierarchy are involved in the mess-up that has ensued after a botched Apocalypse. While the angels seek to cover their mistakes, the humans and the demons set out to discover the truth and the future of their species.

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DRAMA Best Scene Script Reading of 12 BARS, by Charmaine Inezia Lewis

Genre: Drama, Inspirational

A successful teacher’s forced return to her small hometown brings about the fight of her life as she struggles to hold together the family torn apart by her mother’s death.

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DRAMA Best Scene Script Reading of SPRING FORWARD, by Christine L. Keefer

Genre: Drama

An advertising associate from Los Angeles, is about to embark on a most desired promotion when she is asked to accompany some very special clients in New York for a Sunday brunch. She celebrates her promotion on a Saturday night, forgets to set her clocks ahead for daylight savings time, misses her flight, loses her job and starts a process of soul searching, metamorphic events that change her life for the better.

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SPORTS Best Scene Script Reading of FULL CONTACT, by Dave Kraft

Genre: Sports Action Drama

When the NFL’s most feared linebacker demolishes a division opponent, his QB best friend with a career-jeopardizing hit, only the power of forgiveness and one Super Bowl dream can stop their lives from spiraling out of control and lift them back to triumph.

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COMEDY Best Scene Script Reading of Cesar and Max, by Susan Klos

Genre: comedy, road trip, coming of age, bromance

When teenaged boys, Cesar and Max, best friends from very different socio-economic backgrounds, get into trouble at home and at school, they take off to Mexico in search of Cesar’s long lost father and along the way learn the importance of friendship and family.

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CRIME Best Scene Script Reading of Infidelity by Akil Goin and Kareem Richardson

Genre: Crime/Drama

An ambitious lawyer’s heart, morals, career and relationship is tested when she’s seduced and blackmailed into defending an old flame for her best friend’s murder.

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FAMILY SHORT Best Scene Script Reading of CHRISTMAS WINGS, by Lily Rose

Genre: Animation, Fantasy

Zarna is a shadow fairy born without wings. To fit in she steals wings from living creatures. This year she’s looking for her own set of Christmas Wings.

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SCI-FI Best Scene Script Reading of The Time Job by Thomas Tinnerello

Genre: Sci-Fi / Action

The Time Job is a Sci-Fi Action Thriller about Jerry, a down-on-his-luck thief who time travels to help a mysterious tycoon steal an artifact from 1931, but when the heist ends disastrously Jerry must race to retrieve the artifact and return to the present or be erased from existence.

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WESTERN Best Scene Script Reading of Silver Skull Creek by Ryan Gallant

Genre: Vampire/Western

When ranch-hand Ben Marsh’s fiance is kidnapped by a gang of outlaws under the thrall of an ancient bloodsucking evil, he strikes a desperate deal with the gang’s ousted leader to hunt down the band and rescue his beloved.

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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

APRIL 2017 WINNING SCREENPLAYS

Watch the winning screenplay readings performed by professional actors at the festival in APRIL 2017. 14 winning screenplays!

ACTORFAMILY FEATURE Screenplay – QUEST FOR LIGHT
April 2017 Reading
Written by Byron Anderson
ACTORFAN FICTION TV PILOT Screenplay – THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR
April 2017 Reading
Written by Richard Mueller
ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – BOB’S BURGERS
April 2017 Reading
Written by Matthew J. Gonzalez
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – PAST PRESENCE
April 2017 Reading
Written by Kevin Mongelli
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – SPARKS
April 2017 Reading
Written by Jon Freda
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – THE DEBT
April 2017 Reading
Written by Michelle Patkowski
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – SANDSTORM
April 2017 Reading
Written by Neil Chase
ACTORTHRILLER SHORT Screenplay – COLD COMFORT
April 2017 Reading
Written by Mick Sims
ACTORWAR SHORT Screenplay – ELEVEN YEARS OF LIGHT
April 2017 Reading
Written by Keith Soforic
ACTORFANTASY SHORT Screenplay – POLLY
April 2017 Reading
Written by Eric P. Granger
ACTORLAST SCENE Screenplay – SHOULD I DIE BEFORE I WAKE
April 2017 Reading
Written by Nicholas R. Zingarelli
ACTORLGBT BEST Scene Screenplay – 2-12 DELTA
April 2017 Reading
Written by David Brichetto
ACTORCOMEDY BEST Scene Screenplay – SEEKING WILL FERRELL
April 2017 Reading
Written by Rob Ingalls
ACTORCOMEDY BEST Scene Screenplay – FATE’S PECULIAR SENSE OF HUMOR
April 2017 Reading
Written by N. Triton

Laszlo Tamasfi – March 2017 BEST SCENE Screenplay Winner

Winning Screenplay – THE INTERVIEW
Written by Laszlo TamasfiCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
AGENT – Dan Cristofori
SARAH – Jane Hailes

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Thriller, Horror

When a mysterious black box haunts a young couple they take it to a supernatural expert. With the help a strange boy they examine each item inside the box, each item having a more haunting story than the last.
Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

‘Exiles’ is a feature length horror anthology. It’s about a séance held in an oddities museum, and the strange objects that the medium examines. In the case of ‘The Interview’ –the segment performed- this object is a dog collar.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Horror/Supernatural

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It would make a really interesting, strange horror movie. I like the idea of turning genre tropes on their head and playing with audience expectations. And it could be made on a low budget!

How would you describe this script in two words?

Strange, weird

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

The Fly (1986)
It was the very first horror movie that I saw as a child (I think I was about nine) and it absolutely blew my mind. When I rediscovered it as an adult it managed to blow my mind all over again: it’s a masterpiece, and I watch it quite frequently.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

The short films that make up the body of the anthology were written out of order, over the course of three years.

How many stories have you written?

Although ‘Exiles’ is only my second feature length movie script, I also write comic books. I’ve been publishing my flash fiction webcomic since 2014 (www.observatorycomics.com), which at this point is a library of about sixty or so short stories. I also have a horror miniseries coming out the end of March from American Gothic Press (the comic publishing imprint of Famous Monsters of Filmland) called ‘Invisible Hands’, which I’m very proud of!

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

I’m a HUGE Nine Inch Nails fan! I couldn’t pick just one song, but I’ve definitely listened to more NIN than any other music in my life…. combined.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Honestly, it was nothing but joy to write. I had no deadlines and I did it on my own terms. It was one of the best writing experiences of my life.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Nine Inch Nails, horror comics, animals, and LGBTQ+ equality.

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

I was really excited to see actors perform a table read of my script! I thought this would be very useful to gauge how well the story works. I also felt that the initial feedback was encouraging and insightful.

 

 

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

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Dale Baker and Herschel Medlin – March 2017 BEST SCENE Screenplay Winner

Winning Screenplay – TURN THE TABLES
Written by Dale Baker and Herschel MedlinCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Frances Townend
EMCEE – Peter Mark Raphael
CARL – Jonah Akler-Silliman
JOE – Christopher Huron
HENRY – Charles Gordon

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Music, turntables, big hair, brawls, girls, and revenge are just a few words to describe this story of Generation X. Turn the Tables is the bare-knuckle yet hilarious flashback tale of love lost, again and again, like the scratches on a 12″ vinyl record.


Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

High school mobile DJ’s Travis and Carl set their sights on the DJ World Championship, while heartache, complicated home lives, and a rival DJ crew are all hell-bent on their destruction.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama/Coming of Age

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Music is enjoyed by nearly everyone in the world. Nearly all your memories from your life have a soundtrack of the era attached to them. This film would show the background on how that soundtrack is delivered while keeping non DJ enthusiasts entertained.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Generation X.

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

Aliens (1986)/Can’t Buy Me Love (1987)

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Part time, off and on for several years.

How many stories have you written?

Six. (Not just screenplays)

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

ACDC-Back in Black
Van Halen – Unchained

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Receiving feedback and making changes to the script. It is constantly under construction. With co-writers, many times it is a struggle to come to a consensus on how a scene will play out. Many hours went into these brainstorming sessions.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Camping. Shooting guns.

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

The feedback that we received was very insightful and it let us know that we still had a lot of work to do.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

M. Lee Brutsche – March 2017 BEST SCENE Screenplay Winner

Winning Screenplay – ATHENS
Written by M. Lee BrutscheCAST 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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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

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Della Greenawalt – March 2017 SHORT Screenplay Winner

Winning Screenplay – SUNFLOWER CARE
Written by Della GreenawaltCAST 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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