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WINNING Short Screenplay Reading: Agwajing: The Sanatorium, by Michael O’Rourke

Based on historical events, “Agwajiing” is a short script about young Ojibwe sisters, who have been removed from their reservation to undergo open-air therapy for tuberculosis at a Minnesota sanitarium during the harsh winter of 1920. When one of them dies in bed of exposure to extreme cold, the survivor must perform traditional rituals to ensure her sister’s soul reaches the Northern Lights.

CAST LIST:

Jimmy: Thomas Fournier
Doctor: Peter Valdron
Narrator: Justine Christensen
Margaret: Georgia Grant
Charlotte: Rebecca MacDonald

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

Top WILDsound Festival Screenplays of 2019

Watch the winning readings performed by professional actors. 11 screenplays in total.

3 Feature Screenplays:

WINNING FEATURE SCREENPLAY: THE GREATEST HEIGHT, BY HELEN MARSH
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2019/11/18/winning-feature-screenplay-the-greatest-height-by-helen-marsh/

FEATURE SCREENPLAY READING: UBE BUBOG VOLUME 1 #SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS, BY SWAY STAGALL
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2019/03/20/feature-screenplay-reading-ube-bubog-volume-1-school-of-hard-knocks-by-sway-stagall/

WINNING FEATURE SCREENPLAY READING: SAILING SARAH, BY PHIL DAVEY
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2019/06/18/winning-feature-screenplay-reading-sailing-sarah-by-phil-davey/

5 Best Scene Readings:

BEST SCENE READING: UNWELCOME, BY FEDERICO CASAL
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2019/12/15/best-scene-reading-unwelcome-by-federico-casal/

BEST SCENE SCREENPLAY READING: THE REAL THING, BY MATTHEW PAPADOPOULOS
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2019/11/18/best-scene-screenplay-reading-the-real-thing-by-matthew-papadopoulos/

BEST SCENE SCRIPT READING; AMONG US, BY ARTURO PORTILLO
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2019/10/25/best-scene-script-reading-among-us-by-arturo-portillo/

BEST SCENE READING: THE EVENING, BY ALAN HARRINGTON
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2019/10/30/best-scene-reading-the-evening-by-alan-harrington/

FAN FICTION BEST SCENE READING: THE FLASH, BY AYINDE I. RICCO
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2019/09/11/fan-fiction-best-scene-reading-the-flash-by-ayinde-i-ricco/

3 Short Screenplays:

WINNING SHORT SCREENPLAY: THE BRIGHT FIRE, BY ZOU ZOU
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2019/12/15/winning-short-screenplay-the-bright-fire-by-zou-zou/

WINNING SHORT SCREENPLAY: DEPORTACIÓN, BY MEGAN CAULFIELD
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2019/10/30/winning-short-screenplay-deportacion-by-megan-caulfield/

WINNING SHORT SCREENPLAY: HERETICS, BY ADON BLAKE
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2019/10/08/winning-short-screenplay-heretics-by-adon-blake/

BEST Scene Reading: NEEMA AND SID, by M v Montgomery

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Neema: Kristen MacCulloch
Sid: Camila Aguirre

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

BEST Scene Reading of HIT THE SWTICH, by LaToya Morgan, Jan Johnson Goldberger (Story)

Two rival South Los Angeles. gangs, one Black and one Latino, battle each other for money, respect and territory. The contest takes place in the city’s largest underground low-rider championship.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Esther Thibault
Luis: Brandon Knox
Hector: Hadi Kubba
Junior: Luke Robinson
Tanya: Rosalie Vagalatis

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Denissa Palmer, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

JULY 2019 SHORT SCREENPLAY WINNING READINGS

FilmFreeway exclusive Festival:

 

ACTORSCI-FI SHORT SCREENPLAY: THE LAST BREATH OF WINTER, by Thom Holland
July 2019 Winner

ACTOR SHORT SCREENPLAY: SAMANTHA, by Kieran Freemantle
July 2019 Winner

ACTORANIMATION SHORT SCREENPLAY: CHRISTMAS FEATHERS, by Christopher Sartorius
July 2019 Winner

ACTORLGBT SHORT SCREENPLAY: OWEN, by Becca Toth
July 2019 Winner

ACTORLGBT SHORT SCREENPLAY: NANAY’S LULLABY, by Drew Stephens
July 2019 Winner

ACTORCOMEDY SHORT SCREENPLAY: HERCULEAN TASK, by Mark Allard Will
July 2019 Winner

 

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Denissa Palmer, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

 

Interview with Screenwriter Katie Grotzinger (SCOOBY-DOO: AGE OF AQUARIUS)

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If there is a theme to this episode it would be “Modern Nostalgia”

Great chatting with the very talented writer Katie Grotzinger. You can see for yourself at her website filled with all of her writings: https://www.kathleengrotzinger.com/

Matthew chats with Katie (2:03) about her winning Scooby-Doo TV spec screenplay, plus her other spec scripts and original works.

You can also watch the Winning Screenplay Reading performed by professional actors at the Fan Fiction Screenplay Festival.

Genre: Crime, Mystery, Drama, Animation

A reinvention of the iconic television series. Think RIVERDALE.

CAST LIST:

Cass: Salma Dharsee
Velma: Courtney Keir
Daphne: Marissa Otto
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Shaggy: Hugh Ritchie
Fred: Isaiah Kolundzic
Officer Rogers: Allan Michael Brunet
Red: Zazu Oke

This episode was sponsored by the 1 page short story contest.

Deadline August 8th – 1pg. Short Story Contest

Why Screenplay Contests work: Interview with Screenwriter Michael Meade (Friday the 13th: Vengeance)

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Or go to https://www.wildsoundpodcast.com/ and listen.

The theme of this episode is that Screenplay Contests Work! As we see from interviewing Michael Meade from Portland, Oregon.

Interview starts at (3:17). Matthew Toffolo chats with Michael about his Fan Fiction screenplay win “Welcome to Crystal Lake”, based on the Friday the 13th series, in 2017.

Watch the screenplay reading

Two years later, Michael is the writer of the feature film of Friday the 13th, called “Vengeance”, coming to a cinema near you in a few weeks.

Watch the Trailer for Friday the 13th: Vengeance

And join the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/F13Vengeance/

Michael also talks about currently working rewrites on the feature film “Nightfall”, his original screenplay that was optioned and is set to go into production next year, directed by Matthew Tibbenhaum.

This podcast was sponsored by the 1 Page Screenplay Contest. Submit your 400 word or less story and get it performed by a professional actor and made into a video.