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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2016 FUNERAL Stories

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SEE the best of stories performed at the festival:

ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – HUSBANDS MAY COME AND GO BUT FRIENDS ARE FOREVER
December 2016 Reading
Written by Judith Marshall

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – THE BIG BANG THEORY
February 2016 Reading
Written by David Minaskanian

ACTORSHORT Story – DEAD END JOB
October 2016 Reading
Written by Alice Lacey

WILDsound Announces its January 2017 Screenplay Winners

Submit your Screenplay to the Festival today: http://www.wildsound.ca/screenplaycontest.html

Watch the 20 winning screenplays for January 2017 performed by professional actors.

http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/january_2017_winning_screenplays.html

WINNERS LIST:

1 – Feature Screenplay
– INCURBABLE by Jeff York

1 – Fan Fiction Screenplay
– UNIVERSAL SAINT BATMAN by Nathan Trumbull

2 – TV Screenplays
– MODERN FAMILY “Relax, I Got This” by Edward Pronley
– DOWN WITH BUREAUCRACY by Dimitry Pompee

6 – Best Scene Screenplays
– KIDICIDE by Kelly Karam
– THE UNCONQUERABLE by Jonathan Fear
– THE LEGEND OF YAKATUTCH by Sean Francis Ellis
– SANDWICH by Deborah Klika
– THE ROSY HUE OF THE DYING DAY by Lauren Hoekstra
– NO MORE GOODBYES by Rebekah R. Ganiere

3 – 1st Scene Screenplays
– INT. CAR NIGHT by Martin Keady
– FAN SITE by Elisha Barnes
– OCD by Quyen Tran

7 – Short Screenplays
– PROTEST SEEN by Donald J. Bingle
– DIASPORA by David Brin
– COMES AROUND by Gunnar Halldorsson
– MODERN LOVE by Hannah Dillon
– PFFF by Dimitri Devyatkin
– I CAN CATCH A BULLET by Reynaldo A. Garza
– LOVE HURTS by Michael Gavino

WILDSOUND PERFORMERS – Actors in 2016

CLICK the LINKS and learn more about the WILDsound Actors who performed at the WILDsound Monthly Writing Festival in 2016. ()

ARTISTADAM MCNAMARA ARTISTAISHA EVELYNA ARTISTALAN SCHONFIELD
ARTISTALICIA PAYNE ARTISTALICIA RYAN ARTISTALLAN MICHAEL BRUNET
ARTISTALLISON KAMPF ARTISTAMAKA UMEH ARTISTAMANDA PEREIRA
ARTISTANDREA LAWRENCE ARTISTANGELA CAVALLIN ARTISTANGELICA ALEJANDRO
ARTISTBECKY SHRIMPTON ARTISTBENJAMIN CAMENZULI ARTISTBENJAMIN HARRIS
ARTISTBRANDON KNOX ARTISTBROGAN CAULFIELD ARTISTCAN VAN WYCK
ARTISTCASSANDRA GUTHRIE ARTISTCHARLES GORDON ARTISTCHRIS REID-GEISLER
ARTISTCHRISTINA SANTOS ARTISTCHRISTOPHER HURON ARTISTCORY BERTRAND
ARTISTCOURTNEY KEIR ARTISTCRAIG ESTRELLA ARTISTDAN CRISTOFORI
ARTISTDANA THODY ARTISTDANIELLE NICOLE ARTISTDAVID GUTHRIE
ARTISTDAVID OCCHPINTI ARTISTDAVID STRAUS ARTISTDENEY FORREST
ARTISTDENNIS BARHAM ARTISTDEVIN UPHAM ARTISTDONALD MOLNAR
ARTISTDORIAN KOLINAS ARTISTELIZABETH GRIFFIN ARTISTELIZABETH OWENS SKIDMORE
ARTISTELIZABETH ROSE MORISS ARTISTERYNN BROOK ARTISTFRANCES STECYK
ARTISTGABRIEL DARKU ARTISTGEOFF MAYS ARTISTGEORGIA GRANT
ARTISTHANNAH BRENEN ARTISTHEATHER DICKE ARTISTHOLLY SARCHFIELD
ARTISTHUGH RITCHIE ARTISTISAAC ALFIE ARTISTISABELLA BONTORIN
ARTISTJANE SMYTHE ARTISTJARRID TERRELL ARTISTJEFF SINASIC
ARTISTJENNIFER FERRIS ARTISTJOHN FRAY ARTISTJOHN LESTER PHILLIPS
ARTISTJONATHAN SHABOO ARTISTJOVAN KOCIC ARTISTJUDY THRUSH
ARTISTJULIAN FORD ARTISTJULIE C SHEPPARD ARTISTKALEB ALEXANDER
ARTISTKARI-MICHAEL HELAVA ARTISTKATE VARADI ARTISTKATELYN VANIER
ARTISTKAYLA LAKHANI ARTISTKELCI STEPHENSON ARTISTKELLY DALY
ARTISTKHEON CLARKE ARTISTKIRAN FRIESEN ARTISTKRIS HAGEN
ARTISTLAURA DARBY ARTISTLAURA KYSWATY ARTISTLAUREN TOFFAN
ARTISTLAVINIA LATHAM ARTISTLORNE HIRO ARTISTMALLORY PALMER
ARTISTMANDY MAGNAN ARTISTMANDY MAY CHEETHAM ARTISTMARK BOUTROS
ARTISTMARK SPARKS ARTISTMARSHA MASON ARTISTMARTIN HUSS
ARTISTMATTHEW LAWRENCE ARTISTMAYA WOLOSZYN ARTISTMEGGIE MCKINNON
ARTISTMEGHAN ALLEN ARTISTMICHAEL GATY ARTISTMICHAEL KAZARIAN
ARTISTMICHAEL LAKE ARTISTMICHELLE ALEXANDER ARTISTMOHOGANY BROWN
ARTISTMOUI NENE ARTISTNADIA GIGI INARA ARTISTNATHAN BRAGG
ARTISTNEIL BENNETT ARTISTNEIL KULIN ARTISTNICK BAILLIE
ARTISTNICK HENDRICK WICHT ARTISTNOAH CASEY ARTISTNORMA DAWN DUNPHY
ARTISTPAUL FALKOWSKI ARTISTPERCY ALEXANDER HARRIS ARTISTPETER NELSON
ARTISTPETER-MARK RAPHAEL ARTISTPETRA O’TOOLE ARTISTRACHEL SALSBERG
ARTISTRAIS MUOI ARTISTRANDY BAUMER ARTISTRIKKI WRIGHT
ARTISTROB NOTMAN ARTISTROSELIE WILLIAMSON ARTISTRYAN ANNING
ARTISTSANDRA KRSTIN ARTISTSANDY KELLERMAN ARTISTSASHA RAJAMANI
ARTISTSCOTT BEAUDIN ARTISTSCOTT MCCULLOCH ARTISTSEAN BALLANTYNE
ARTISTSEAN KAUFMANN ARTISTSHELLY ANTONY ARTISTSTEPHEN FLETT
ARTISTSTEVE MITCHELL ARTISTSTEVE RIZZO ARTISTSUCHITHTHA DESILVA
ARTISTSUSAN Q WILSON ARTISTTEE SCHNEIDER ARTISTTRACEY BELTRANO
ARTISTUCAL SHILLINGFORD ARTISTVAL COLE ARTISTVICTORIA URQUHART
ARTISTVIKTORIA NAPOLENOVA ARTISTVINCE JERAD ARTISTZACK AMZALLAG
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WILDsound Names September 2016 Contest Winners

Watch the winning screenplay readings performed by professional actors at the festival in September 2016. 24 winning screenplays!

Deadline to submit your screenplay to the festival. Go to http://www.wildsound.ca

FEATURE Screenplay: LAWN BOYS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Steve Cleary
ACTORFEATURE Screenplay: LUCIDAE
September 2016 Reading
Written by Jacqueline Marett
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – OYMPUS RISING
September 2016 Reading
Written by C M Landrus
ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay: MODERN FAMILY
September 2016 Reading
Written by Chai Karve
ACTORWEBSERIES Screenplay: TREVOR AND EVOR
September 2016 Reading
Written by Sasha Siljanovic
ACTORFAN FICTION Screenplay: VIGILANTE (TMNT)
September 2016 Reading
Written by Justin Prince
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – 3 FAMILIES
September 2016 Reading
Written by J.D. Poland
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay: LOONATOONA
September 2016 Reading
Written by Shockadelic
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay: VOODOO LOVE
September 2016 Reading
Written by Frederick Julius
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay: OLD BONES
September 2016 Reading
Written by Dermott Hayes
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay: CHASING THE WIND
September 2016 Reading
Written by Corean Strong
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – IF I DIE
September 2016 Reading
Written by Jean Nicole Rivers
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – TRUE REGRET
September 2016 Reading
Written by Matt Kasper
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – JULIE & ROM
September 2016 Reading
Written by Behzad Sedghi
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – PLEASE HOLD
September 2016 Reading
Written by Tricia Stewart Shiu
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – WHAT IT FEELS LIKE
September 2016 Reading
Written by Travis Calvert
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE GOAL
September 2016 Reading
Written by Jeremy Rigby
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – RAGING LOVE
September 2016 Reading
Written by Kevin Mongelli
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – SAMMY’S PARROT
September 2016 Reading
Written by Dimitri Devyatkin
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – SAFE WORD
September 2016 Reading
Written by Darren Coyle
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – GLORIOUS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Brent Beath
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – BLAME GAME
September 2016 Reading
Written by Sonny Dyon
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – PARTNERS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Rupert Aspden
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – TO KILL GANDHI
September 2016 Reading
Written by James M. Freeman

Stephen M. Hunt – August 2016 Stage Play Winning Writer

TWO MERCHANTS OF VENICE Stage Play
Written by Stephen M. Hunt
Read 10 Questions with the writers

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton
SHYLOCK – Lorne_Hiro
PORTIA – Susan Wilson
ANTONIO – Stephen Flett
BASSANIO – David Strauss
GRATIANO – Rais Muoi
LORENZO/LANCELOT – Adam McNamara
NERISSA/SALLY – Laura Darby
JESSICA/SOPHIE – Victoria Urquhart

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: History, Drama

A radical adaptation of The Merchant of Venice that in the main rearranges Shakespeare’s text to turn the main themes on their head and to tell a very different story for 21st century audiences.

 

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Stage Play Reading – TWO MERCHANTS OF VENICE by Stephen M Hunt

Watch the August 2016 Winning Stage Play Winner.

TWO MERCHANTS OF VENICE  by Stephen M  Hunt

 

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton
SHYLOCK – Lorne_Hiro
PORTIA – Susan Wilson
ANTONIO – Stephen Flett
BASSANIO – David Strauss
GRATIANO – Rais Muoi
LORENZO/LANCELOT – Adam McNamara
NERISSA/SALLY – Laura Darby
JESSICA/SOPHIE – Victoria Urquhart

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your stage play about?

Two Merchants is a radical adaptation of The Merchant of Venice

2. Why should this play be produced?

This adaptation is unique and groundbreaking because switching around the lines of the original delivers a story with real bite for 21st century audiences that deals with feminism, anti-Semitism and homophobia.

3. How would you describe this play in two words?

Promotes inclusiveness.

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

“Lie To Me” starring Tim Roth.

5. How long have you been working on this play?

I wrote the first version in 1998 and have striven ever since to improve it.

6. How many stories have you written?

6 plays, 5 feature screenplays and 10 short screenplays.

7. What motivated you to write this play?

I’ve seen many productions (films and stage plays) of The Merchant of Venice and found them all hugely dissatisfying because they’re always an Elizabethan mish-mash of not very funny comedy that clashes with crucially important social themes.

8. What obstacles did you face to finish this play?

The biggest and most enjoyable challenge was an extremely close study of The Merchant of Venice to select lines that I could take from one character and give to another to tell a seamless, familiar yet radically different story.

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

Family.

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

Not every piece I’ve submitted to WildSound has met with their ecstatic acclaim but their inspirational feedback has been really beneficial. Consequently, they’ve produced for me readings of (1) this Shakespeare adaptation, (2) a short WWII screenplay, (3) a short screenplay about Death falling in love and (4) a one-page comedy screenplay.

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

Enter competitions like WildSound that will put your work “out there”. After the WildSound reading of my fantasy about Death falling in love, that screenplay was selected for production and begins filming on location in Maine, later this year.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson