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BEST Scene Reading of THE DEN, by Kelsey Ann Wacker & Nathan Simpson

 

Genre: Drama

Based on true events.

CAST LIST:

Penny: Jennifer Vallance
Myna: Rachel Rain Packota
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Sean: Geoff Mays
Jamie: <a href="Allan Cooke
Joanne: Lesley Ballantyne

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

A struggling actress achieves the role of a lifetime under the auspices of a brilliant and mysterious actor at a legendary Off-Broadway theatre. As the play nears opening, tempers flare, boundaries are crossed and the lines between fiction and reality begin to blur.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama, Thriller

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This past year, stories of the abuse long perpetrated against women in the entertainment industry have suddenly gained widespread infamy. We’ve written a narrative that brings the audience inside this very phenomenon and allows them to feel the manipulation firsthand. Our movie is both a wakeup call and a cautionary tale.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

“American Nightmare”

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

The movies I’ve seen the most were all movies I loved in my childhood: Hocus Pocus, Center Stage, Legally Blonde… I felt a little silly saying that… until I realized that they are all original, uplifting films featuring unique and strong female characters!

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Ten months now!

7. How many stories have you written?

More than I can count. But this is my first feature screenplay.

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

“A Case of You” – Joni Mitchell. Her starry, honey vocals aching with wine-soaked, reproachful longing… gets me every time. I really like John Denver too. Something about folk-singer pathos must really do it for me.

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

When you’re writing about broken people, manipulators, trauma, psychological and physical violence, you have to bring yourself into some difficult places, mentally speaking. To really tell the truth of the story we had to launch ourselves into the pain, fear, lust, chaos, et cetera, that entails this sort of situation… and sometimes you’d do anything to avoid having to do that. You’d procrastinate. Write fluff. It took real focus and lots of do-overs to actually get to the beating heart of each scene, and that’s something we’ll probably continue working on until we start shooting.

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

I love baking– specifically desserts. I’m a triathlete and a tough mudder legionnaire, my boyfriend and I lift weights together… and cook together. I’m from Florida so love citrus fruits, as well as sunbathing and beach days. I miss those. New York winters don’t exactly accommodate my priorities. I’ve been a dancer since I was quite young, specializing in Balanchine ballet and Modern. Oh, and I adore my cat. We’re best friends. She sleeps on my head.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

We are quite happy with FilmFreeway. Without it we wouldn’t have found your contest, for starters, and with it we’ve been able to efficiently submit to a wide range of contests that would previously have been outside of our awareness.

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

The feedback we received from WILDsound was honest, constructive and, above all, practical advice. We swiftly implemented the notes we were given and our screenplay quickly grew to new heights, becomingly instantly more readable and engaging.

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Best Scene Reading of TURN THE TABLES, by Dale Baker and Herschel Medlin

Winning Screenplay – TURN THE TABLES
Written by Dale Baker and Herschel Medlin

CAST 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