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WILDsound Performer: ANDREW FARR

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ANDREW FARR: http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/andrew_farr.html

Height: 5’8

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Blue/Green

Andrew is a terrific young actor with a wide range. He’s definitely on the rise.

Watch Andrew perform in the selection screenplays:

June 2015 Reading
Written by Sean Elwood

June 2015 Reading
Written by Michael Damien

June 2015 Reading
Written by Gregory Lane

June 2015 Reading
Written by Kevin Bibo

February 2015 Reading
Written by Verlynn Kneifl & Laurie Larsen

February 2015 Reading
Written by J. Alan Hostetter


Feature Script Performance: I’M STILL HERE, by Sean Elwood (plus interview)

Watch the Feature Screenplay Reading of I’M STILL HERE:


NARRATOR – Sean Kaufman
RYAN – Andrew Farr
KAYLA – Antosia Fiedur
MICHELLE – Susan Wilson
DR. ROSENBERG – Julian Ford

Matthew Toffolo interviews winning writer Sean Elwood:

Matthew: What has been your experience going through the WILDsound Festival rounds. From your original submission to the final product of your full feature screenplay reading?

Sean: My experience (working with WILDsound) has been a great one. The festival’s crew has been extremely helpful with their critique toward my screenplay to help make it better and easier to read, and the comments they left will remain with me as I venture on to new screenplays and stories. The readings of my script have allowed me to see the story and the characters come to life—something every screenwriter wants to see, I’m sure.

Matthew: What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Sean: What motivated me to write this screenplay are stories and movies that focus on the same subject matter as seen in I’m Still Here, and wanting to bring something new the table. The idea alone intrigued me enough to really brainstorm about it and add a new twist and vision to it, something that audiences haven’t really seen in a movie. I was also motivated by the visuals in my head when thinking of the scenes as I progressed through the script, and how challenging it was to put it onto paper. I needed it to make sense, while it didn’t make sense—if that makes sense.

Matthew: Without giving away too much of your story, what would you call the place your main character is situated in your screenplay?

Sean: About 95% of I’m Still Here takes place within Ryan’s home—his safe haven. It’s the place that he is most familiar with, yet he can’t shake off the feeling that something about it seems off after he has had his near-death experience. He is stuck in between fear and confusion, as well as determination as he attempts to solve the mystery that surrounds this sudden haunting of his home, or the subtle surrealism that is brought along with it.

Matthew: Have you had previous life experiences with known people who have been in a coma?

Sean: I have not personally known anyone who has been in a coma before, but I have heard and read plenty of stories of people who have either been in a coma, or have known someone who has. Most of the stories have the patients recalling experiencing small, minute things, like remembering what nurses, doctors, or relatives have talked about while having conversations around the patient, and having surreal dreams that almost make sense, but just not quite.

Matthew: How would you describe your main character in one sentence?

Sean: Ryan is a determined, yet sensitive, young gentleman who won’t go down without a fight, even if it breaks him, physically or mentally.

Matthew: This script is written for a low budget/cost movie, but with high potential for box office interest? Was this done on purpose or was this just how the story turned out?

Sean: That is correct, and it was done both on purpose and it was just how the story turned out. I typically enjoy writing screenplays that lean more toward lower budget productions. I feel that the more limited the budget is, the more creative both the writer and the director have to be in order to produce the right atmosphere and storytelling. It has high potential for box office interest because the story is one that will keep you guessing until the end, a story that tests your sanity just as much as it does the characters’, a story that, even after it is over, will keep you thinking and asking questions.

Matthew: What was your favorite TV show when you were a child?

Sean: I actually never really watched too much TV when I was a child. I played outside more than anything, but when I did, my imagination went wild, and I didn’t necessarily need TV to entertain me. However, I did watch some shows, such as “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” and “Goosebumps,” as well as your typical Saturday morning cartoons and nature documentaries. Nothing that inspired me to write the stories that I write in today’s time, but shows that inspired me to write nonetheless.

Matthew: If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be?

Sean: Mary Roach. She is an author of non-fiction books on science topics, such as cadavers, ghosts, sex, the digestive system, and astronauts. She is one of the most entertaining non-fiction writers I’ve read where she puts explanations in layman’s terms so that she can include jokes and witty remarks to help make the reader not only understand the subject matter, but laugh at it as well. I have a feeling that she would make one hell of a dinner date.

Matthew: Do you believe in ghosts?

Sean: I would love to believe in them, but out of some of the strange and scary experiences I’ve had before, none have been paranormal enough to where I could consider it ghostly, so I stand in between as a believer and non-believer. However, I find life more exciting to believe that they do exist, and that those bumps in the night are not of the house settling or a tree branch scraping the window, but of something more sinister. It is the “want to believe that they exist” that allows me to love horror and be inspired to write thrilling stories of the supernatural, the scary, and the unknown.

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Interview with Verlynn Kneifl & Laurie Larsen, February 2015 Feature Screenplay Winners

    Watch the Feature Screenplay reading of “TO DIE IN TENNESSEE” (the Lewis & Clark story)


    NARRATOR – Holly Sarchfield
    Lewis – Andrew Farr
    Clark – Ryan Fisher
    Various Roles – Geoff Mays
    Various Roles – Andy Bridge

Matthew Toffolo interviews the winning writers Verlynn Kneifl & Laurie Larsen:

Matthew: What is your screenplay about?

Verlynn: William Clark recalls the perilous Lewis & Clark Expedition and its aftermath, casting a startling new perspective on the impetuous life and mysterious death of his fellow explorer, Meriwether Lewis. Lewis died on his way to Washington to defend actions he’d taken as governor of the Louisiana Territory. He was troubled. He was known to be ill, probably with malaria, which was not an uncommon malady at that time. He died at Grinder’s Stand, an isolated accommodation for travelers on the Natchez Trace. James Neelly, a man of dubious character, informed Thomas Jefferson that Lewis had died by his own hand. Neelly was later known to be in possession of some of Lewis’s personal effects, including an expensive set of custom-made pistols. No official investigation was ever conducted into Lewis’s death. Lost in the pages of history were the words of a witness, a black man who insisted until the day of his death that Governor Lewis was murdered at Grinder’s Stand.

Matthew: Why should this script be made into a movie?

Verlynn: Recently, a niece in California sent me a magazine clipping titled, “What is the most gripping true story you’ve ever read?” Answer: The Journals of Lewis & Clark. The story of the Lewis & Clark Expedition and its aftermath is one of the most dramatic events in American history, yet with the exception of “The Far Horizons” (1955), which fell far short of tapping the tremendous possibilities of the subject matter, no major film has ever been produced on this subject.

Matthew: If you can go for dinner with one person dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Laurie: Laurie (co-writer): Clint Eastwood. We have a business proposition for him.

Matthew: What was your favorite television show as a kid?

Verlynn: Nothing comes to mind. I was more interested in wandering the outdoors. I grew up on a ranch in The Devil’s Nest, an area of hilly, rugged terrain on the Nebraska side of the Missouri River. Here, on a hillside, a curious formation of trees and brush clearly spells out the word, DEVIL. (This anomaly is especially startling when viewed from the air.) According to Native American lore, outlaws Jesse and Frank James once hid out in this area. Our ranch was about eleven miles from Calumet Bluff, where Lewis & Clark met with the Yankton Sioux at the end of August in 1804.

Matthew: Who was your hero growing up?

Verlynn: Zane Grey. I checked his books out of the library, then went back and read them all over again. I think it was the first time I began to wonder what it would be like to be a writer.

Matthew: Where in the world would you like to travel to that you haven’t been yet?

Verlynn: Off the western coast of Scotland lies the isle of Bute. Here in ancient times dwelt the clan of MacRididh, later anglicized to MacKirdy. Five MacKirdy brothers were the only survivors of the 1666 English massacre of the Scottish Presbyterians. Coming upon an unattended open boat, they crossed the treacherous North Channel of the Irish Sea in a blinding snowstorm and found refuge in northern Ireland. The oldest of the five was my ancestor. He was a direct descendant of King James IV of Scotland. He married Margaret Stewart, whose lineage traces back to King Robert I, also known as “Robert the Bruce.” I’d like to walk in their footsteps and see some of what they saw.

Matthew: What’s been the best year of your life?

Verlynn: The year I attended Frederick Manfred’s creative writing class at the University of South Dakota. He taught me to believe in possibilities.

Matthew: Besides your writing talent, what else are you good at?

Verlynn: I won an art course from Art Instruction Schools in a Draw Me contest when I was sixteen. I learned to look at the world in a different way. The contrast of shapes and colors, the effects of light and shadow. I love the visual arts.

Matthew: Do you have a favorite possession?

Verlynn: I thought about material possessions, things I could probably live perfectly well without (and not have to dust every now and then). I decided to go for the intangible. Second to my family, I value my relationship with co-worker Laurie Larsen. Years ago, after I’d won an award for the first play I’d ever written, Laurie called me out of the blue. We belonged to the same church. I knew her as an accomplished area musician who’d played in Nashville. I was stuck in the worst case of writer’s block I’d ever experienced, but Laurie had an interesting idea for a play. We went on to write eleven plays. One of these has been earning royalties for over twenty years. Then out of the blue, Laurie gave me a book about Lewis & Clark . . .

Matthew: What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

Laurie: We liked what we read about WILDsound. After working with Matthew Toffolo on our screenplay, we’re not surprised to note WILDsound is now rated “Most Significant” at MovieBytes.

Matthew: What has been the best compliment you have ever received?

Laurie: When WILDsound read our screenplay and commented, “This story really needs to be told.”

Interview with Angelina Carkic, First Scene Screenplay Winner (LEGRAND)

An e-mail announcing the existence of this opportunity was sent to me. I liked what they offered and I sent them my work and logline. Their feedback was particularly constructive. The person actually read and understood the story. I thank them for that and would recommend their site to all writers.

– Angelina Carkic, on the WILDsound experience.

    Watch the First Scene Reading of LEGRAND:


    NARRATOR – Ryan Fisher
    Legrand – Geoff Mays
    Foulard – Andy Bridge
    Thibodeau – Andrew Farr
    Clair – Holly Sarchfield

Matthew Toffolo interviews Angelina Carkic:

Matthew: What is your screenplay about?

Angelina: LeGrand is about a celebrated French detective who mourns the death of his unrequited love and unable to stay in the place where everywhere he turns he’s reminded of her he plans to leave the country. When a dismembered leg turns up in his antique shop, a hedge for his retirement, LeGrand takes on a last investigation and follows clues to New York.

There, the precinct captain insists he has no right to investigate and pairs him with a disgruntled detective, who is himself dealing with his own separation from wife and family and has been relegated to a desk job. At first angry to be encumbered with the persnickety French man he soon realizes LeGrand is no ordinary policeman.

It becomes soon apparent that the little man in tight fitting suits, peculiar moustache, exhibiting quirks, is far from a hindrance. LeGrand almost immediately sets the pace with the American detective trying to keep up. Detective Hopkin’s demands for evidence to support LeGrand’s suppositions and a body to prove murder, are soon provided and the two start to work together.

But the antagonist and his hit man aren’t sitting back either. With the Captain of police in their pocket they know LeGrand hasn’t been able to tell anyone of his discoveries. All they have to do now is get rid of LeGrand and Hopkins and all their carefully set plans will fall into place. Cornered in a cafe and refusing to allow the mysterious hit man, Mr. Smith, from applying his switchblade, LeGrand walks towards the exit. When three shots in the back drop him, Hopkins is devastated. He’s become attached to the little man. But LeGrand has his own carefully laid plans and the FBI swarm the premises and kill Smith. The protagonist is arrested.

Much to Hopkin’s dismay LeGrand wasn’t injured. He sees him again some time later at the site of a murdered female octogenarian. Bribed with tickets to a play and possible introduction to a famous actress, Hopkins agrees to give LeGrand access to case files of the latest murders. They set off on another investigation.

Matthew: Why should this script be made into a movie?

Angelina: This is a crime drama, a genre popular with the viewing public. The central character is a French detective, transplanted to New York City, a fish out of water, but, it is the Americans who, in his presence find themselves out of their depth. An intelligent protagonist with peculiar habits and appearance, he will bring a smile to the viewer. This is an entertaining twist on the crime drama.

Matthew: How long have you been writing stories?

Angelina: I’m a dreamer who has devoted the last three years to writing full time.

Matthew: What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Angelina: Peculiarly and without any reason, the movie, Skellig with Tim Roth, triggered something in me that sparked my need to write. I think I saw this particular show twenty times in a period of three weeks. Now, when I look at it I don’t know why. Since that initial fire was set under me I’ve written fifteen scripts.

Matthew: What artists would you love to work with?

Angelina: That is dependent on the project I would be working on. However, I have become a fan of Tim Roth and think it might be fun to work with him. There are many artists whom I admire but it would be premature to suggest at this time they might work on something I have created.

Matthew: How many stories/screenplays have you written?

Angelina: Fifteen. Five worth mentioning.

Matthew: Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

Angelina: It’s my goal to keep writing and producing scripts that will entertain. This profession is a ship that isn’t easily steered. Winds of luck can easily blow it off course as well as guide it to a safe career. We’re probably as good at daydreaming a career path as we are at daydreaming a story. Rich and famous? Maybe that would be the most satisfying answer.

Matthew: Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

Angelina: My best work happens in a noisy coffee shop. The world around me disappears and the story comes to life on the pages of my notebook. I’ll vegetate a few days and something will tickle my mind. I create the character then imagine where he’ll go and what he’ll say. Once a story has been madly penned into a first draft I go back, edit and rewrite.

Matthew: Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

Angelina: It’s my goal to keep writing and producing scripts that will entertain. This profession is a ship that isn’t easily steered. Winds of luck can easily blow it off course as well as guide it to a safe career. We’re probably as good at daydreaming a career path as we are at daydreaming a story. . Rich and famous? Maybe that would be the most satisfying answer.

Matthew: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Angelina: I’m a multiculturalist and thus enjoy movies from different countries. I particularly find the quality and sheer volume of the movies the French produce, inspiring. Yes I can understand most of them.

My family is also important to me as well as my friends. I only have a few but they are there for me, part of my support group. They also help inspire my writing.

I used to paint and sketch and loved doing it and have had two exhibitions in Montreal. That was a while ago. Now I find peace in my writing.

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

Angelina: Keep writing. It’s about the creation of the work. Anything that comes out of it is the cream on the cake. Enjoy the writing.

Interview with First Scene Screenplay Winner (HELLCAT) J. Alan Hostetter

I’ve been writing for 40 years, but not self-promoting. The WILDsound Festival is giving me a chance to finally flaunt my wares. It’s time.

– J. Alan Hostetter, on the WILDsound experience.

    Watch the Winning 1st Scene Screenplay HELLCAT:


    NARRATOR – Ryan Fisher
    Guise – Geoff Mays
    Sterner – Andy Bridge
    Fries – Andrew Farr
    Cat – Holly Sarchfield

Matthew Toffolo interviews J. Alan Hostetter:

Matthew: What is your screenplay about?

J. Alan: “Hellcat” is about a Pennsylvania state police detective who investigates a blackmail plot as it is going awry, various leads connecting a mysterious woman who once partially castrated her rapist.

Matthew: Why should this script be made into a movie?

J. Alan: Not only is it a tightly plotted thriller, with memorable–even iconic–characters, but the story is actually about something, exploring whether it is more cruel and unusual to put a sex offender in prison for possibly decades or give him an early parole if he agrees to a partial castration. You can’t change a sex offender’s brain, but you can reduce his testosterone production by half by removing one testicle, reducing the likelihood of a repeat offense. And then of course the climax kicks ass.

Matthew: If you can go for dinner with one person dead or alive, who would it be and why?

J. Alan: Off the top of my head, I’d say Anthony Bourdain would make a great dinner companion. I have a lot to learn about food and I’m pretty sure he’d know what restaurant to go to and what to order. And he’d be a blast to talk to as we get properly soused.

Matthew: What was your favorite television show as a kid?

J. Alan: I loved “Combat” and “The Man From UNCLE” as a kid. I loved to play war. Then I got older and wiser and revered Martin Luther King and Gandhi and Christ. I was a very religious Christian teenager, a conscientious objector to war and a virgin until I was 29.

Matthew: What’s been the best year of your life?

J. Alan: I can’t say any single year stands out as my best. Maybe the year after my daughter was born. That was pretty great. I hope it’s a year yet to come. I’ve never been very successful. I’d like to find out what that’s like.

Matthew: Besides your writing talent, what else are you good at?

J. Alan: I’m a pretty good Director of Photography. I’m fast on my feet and I know where to put the lights. It’s a learned skill, a hard-earned learned skill.

Matthew: Do you have a favorite possession?

J. Alan: My favorite possession is my iPhone 6 Plus. I’m on it every day all day long. I wrote an entire musical of 40 songs about the Battle of Gettysburg on my 3S. So many great apps!

Matthew: What has been the best compliment you have ever received?

J. Alan: I don’t fish for compliments but I recently heard my wife tell a friend I was a good man. That’s really as good as it gets.

Best Scene Reading: DRUNK DRIVING SCENE from the script High School Redemption

Every writer has to market his/her own work and it helps to try different avenues in an effort to get his/her work out there.

– Writer Stephanie Sharp on the WILDsound Screenplay Festival (Review)

    Watch the Best Scene from the script High School Redemption:


    NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton

Q&A with the Writer Stephanie Sharp:

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Stephanie Sharp: ‘High School Redemption’ (WGA Registered)

After his arrogance leads to a DUI accident in which his wife and four others lose their lives, Daniel is visited by an angel who sends him back through time to his high school days for a second chance at life and in doing so, gives Daniel the opportunity to save Nicole’s life via an ultimate sacrifice. This ‘divine’ offer is due mainly in part to Nicole’s repeated prayer requests for Daniel and the uplifting of his heavy heart. Can Daniel change things, or is his “redo” destined to end the same as his first? Daniel’s decision becomes evident through the redemption and heart-breaking sacrifice he portrays in the story and the decision he makes to save Nicole’s life. This premise of the story basically highlights the strong points in the script outlining the concept of this inspirational, faith-based, fantasy film.

**The official ‘Movie Script Video Pitch’ as well as top-rated script reviews can be accessed via the following website at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jX2cmlo-IeE&feature=youtu.be&hd=1 as well as a table read (via professional actors) of the infamous ‘drunk-driving scene’ (that ultimately takes Nicole’s life) via the following website at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_kEHUytLzA. The actual script itself can be accessed via http://www.screenwritershowcase.com/scripts/s724.pdf for a full review as well as a view of the promotional movie poster at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1639089772983164&l=b6a708a7e4.

Official Logline:
In exchange for a devastating sacrifice, an abusive alcoholic (killing his wife in a drunk-driving accident) receives a divine offer to relive his high school days in order to bring her back.

MT: Why should this script be made into a movie?

SS: Given the films currently being released by Hollywood, there is a strong need for more uplifting and inspirational films that speak to the heart. There is a generally broad audience for this particular genre so when a script that truly speaks to the heart presents itself, it would be wise for people to take notice. There is also a message within the depth of the story that addresses bullying and it’s affect on our family, friends and society as a whole. We should never pass up the opportunity to have our lives touched and our spirits heightened, be it through visuals, literates or our own lives.

Official Script Reviews:
“This is one of the better single-location scripts I’ve seen, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it actually got made somewhere down the road.” — Lynne Pembroke Professional Screenplay Coverage (Coverscript.com)
“I think this story is an excellent idea. I particularly liked ‘Love and Let Die’ as a recurring theme. The idea of emotional sacrifice for others is very profound and important for everyone to learn, especially the young. I would love to see this play.”
— The Talentville Town Council
“This was a great story of sacrifice and redemption.” — **** Jonathan McCorvey (Screenwriter)
“The possible making of a strong film.” — LS (Critique Section of Writer’s Literary Services)
“A good marketable story line.” — Sam Sherman (Script Editor)
“A script that is fittingly concise, ensuring that it is a fast read with a great surprising (yet unexpected ending) and that explores big thems meant for movies with fascinating ‘what if’ questions.” — 2014 Sunscreen Film Festival Coverage

MT: How long have you been writing stories?

SS: I have been writing stories for pretty much as long as I can remember. I currently have several manuscripts that have publishing options available as well as a total of 3 additional full-feature scripts and one short.

MT: What movie have you seen the most in your life?

SS: I am a sucker for 80’s suburbia type movies, such as Goonies (for example). I have seen Goonies several dozen times and refer to it as one of my all-time favorites.

MT: What artists would you love to work with?

SS: Ironically, I see more of a potential need for new up-and-coming artists, actors, etc. who are trying to make their stand in the world of entertainment and I stand firm in the possibility of giving these individuals a chance to stake their claim in this world of uncertainty as they are given a chance to play out roles of endearment, love and positivity.

MT: How many stories/screenplays have you written?

SS: I have written a total of 4 full-feature scripts and one short.

MT: Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

SS: I would love to have at least one of my scripts (particularly this one, ‘High School Redemption’) optioned/produced and be under management with an agent to further along the success of my additional literary works of art.

MT: Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

SS: I make it a habit to use each evening, after returning home from a full-time administrative position, to write at least 1-2 hours prior to bedtime.

MT: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

SS: I am very passionate about vintage black and white stock photography. I have personally designed a website (via an on-line store) called ‘Memories and Beyond (Vintage Stock Photography) which can be accessed via the net at http://memoriesandbeyond.com/.

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

SS: Never give up. I think that making it in Hollywood is a possibility. I don’t believe that there are a line of soldiers protecting the boundaries of the entertainment industry, allowing only those well-known names to enter. Everyone is always looking for a good, well-written story to capture the heart of the audience. My belief is that if you have a great story that needs (and should) be told, as soon as that right agent or producer takes the time to review the full script, that eagle might very well fly.