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Genre: Biography, Drama, History

An embittered slave succeeds in business and buys his freedom, but inner peace eludes him until he joins forces with white abolitionists to risk life and limb as an Underground Railroad “conductor” pursued by slave owners and a sociopathic slave hunter.

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
John Parker: Gabriel Darku
Cookie: Ali Chappell
White Nurse: Val Cole
Michael: Scott McCulloch
Will: Peter-Mark Raphael

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

The true story of a former slave turned successful business who saved more than 400 of his brothers.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Historical drama/biopic

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

This American hero’s story is little known and has never been filmed.

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

Engaging & awe-inspiring.

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

“Singin in the Rain” (for the sheer joy).

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

Two years (with other projects intervening).

7. How many stories have you written?

Eleven screenplays (shorts and features)

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

“Send in the Clowns” (for the pathos) and “Singin’ in the Rain” (for the youthful, joyful attitude)

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

The wish to include too many exciting incidents that would have been episodic; the worry that blacks may resent a white person’s interpretation of their story.

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

I am passionate about fairness/justice in society and politics.


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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

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BIO of director Jarek Zabczynski

Jared Zabczynski- See director BIO

Jarek’s professional film career began almost right out of high school, and in the most unexpected of places, the basement of the Pepsi Bottling Group in NY where he directed and produced corporate industrials, training videos, and other marketing and presentation tools. After breaking away from the stronghold of the corporate world, Jarek’s bigger vision, accompanied by his entrepreneurial spirit drove him to create his childhood dream, “Jester Pictures.” He began with a steady stream of graphic design and video production.

Jarek’s networking efforts provided him an opportunity to produce and direct the “Spammy Awards” for Hollywood Producer Don Murphy. Later that year Jarek was awarded with a grand prize for his video submission to a video contest held by Paramount Pictures, gaining him access to Industrial Light and Magic and the team behind that summer’s blockbuster movie “Transformers.”

In 2008 Jarek directed his first music video for NY pop/hip-hop artist, Theory. The video “Change,” went on to win the BET award for “Most Inspirational Music Video for an Independent Artist.” He soon after continued along the music video path collaborating with Island / Def Jam’s Chrisette Michele to edit her new music video “Love is You.” Later that year Jarek was hired to record a series of live concerts for Broadway’s Adam Pascal of RENT and Aida fame. He then produced and directed Adam’s first music video for his song “Single Drop of You,” which won “Best Music Video” at the Moondance Film Festival in Colorado.

When Theory was ready to make his next video, the choice for Director/Producer was obvious. Jarek’s vision for the song “We’ll Be Alright,” literally took him to new heights, showcasing some aerial views along the Hudson River in NY. The video takes you on a journey through space and time having been the first ever video filmed on the “Walkway over the Hudson,” the world’s longest and highest pedestrian bridge. “We’ll Be Alright” went on win “Best Music Video” at several festivals including The Garden State, Nevada, and Las Vegas Film Festivals.

His next music video endeavors would take him overseas to France, Spain and most recently Italy. Commercially, he would also begin working on several commercials for department store Lord and Taylor and well as public service announcements for the Red Cross, featuring supermodel Niki Taylor. His latest music video project took him to Miami, where he shot and directed “Bajo el Sol” for the artist Monique, from NBC’s The Voice. His pursuit of becoming more and more involved in the film industry lead him to finally tackle a series of short films. Teaming up with actor and writer, Ryan Katzer, they chose Jack is Pretty as their first narrative project. When what began as a 6 page concept, blossomed into more of a short feature, with a feature length script already in the works. Proud of their first film together, the duo is currently planning several other shorts, as well as their first feature.

festival posterJACK IS PRETTY

26min, USA, Fantasy/Family

BIO of director Tyler Lionel Parr (IRONIED)

Tyler Lionel Parr- See director BIO

Tyler has been an avid performer in theatre for the past 25 years in such shows as West Side Story, Hamlet, Art, Romeo & Juliet, History of the Devil, Trojan Woman and August: Osage County.

He has won several awards for his roles in comedic and dramatic productions such as George F. Walker’s – Problem Child and funniest comedic show – Fully Insured.

Tyler has just recently been awarded the National Screen Institute of Canada – Brian Linehan Award for Best Actor (Ironied).

He has been nominated for best actor in shows such as Daniel McIvor’s – Never Swim Alone and the notable Yazmina Riza’s – Art. He has performed and toured throughout Canada and performed in shows as far abroad as Prague and Turkey with the auspicious group Black Hand Theatre. He has appeared on several television shows such as ‘Curious and Unusual Deaths, Breakout, Inventions That Shook the World, The History Network, CBC, Discovery Network and commercials, as well as many principal roles in independent short films.

Born in Woodstock Ontario, Canada, he has lived from coast to coast and is currently living in Toronto, where he works as an actor, director and filmmaker. Tyler is the owner and Artistic Director of Figurehead Films. His first film, Dragonfly, was accepted into the Short Film Corner at the 2012 Festival De Cannes and the Toronto Independent Film Festival.

festival posterIRONIED

11min, Canada, Drama/Comedy

BIO of director Michael Vidler (MINE)

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Michael P. Vidler is a creative and enthusiastic ?lmmaker from Vancouver, Canada. At a young age Michael took a fervent interest in film and storytelling. He would write short narratives from his bedroom in the attic, and cast unsuspecting friends and family member to act in said narratives. In the years since this Michael has gone on to work in the industry as an editor and camera operator for CityTV in Vancouver. As well as his professional career Michael has continued to write, direct and produce his own short films.

These films have screened at festivals around the work, such as The Atlantic Film Festival, The New York Independent Film Festival, and the Bronx Film Festival. Along with this Michael has recently completed his MFA in film from Raindance. While completing his Masters Michael wrote and directed the short film Mine which has been playing at festivals world wide and took home several awards. It won the Best International Short Film award at the Williamsburg Film Festival, a Silver award from the Spotlight Horror Film Awards and a Best Actress Award at the Macabre Fair Film Festival for Paula Spur’s performance of Dianne. Since the completion of Mine Michael has continued to explore filmmaking and is now currently working on developing his first feature film.

festival posterMINE

29min, Canada, Drama/Thriller

Bio of Director James Ersted (MONTH TO MONTH)

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Born and raised in San Jose, CA. Worked as a sound mixer for the last eight years in Los Angeles on shows like Nathan For You, Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories, and Comedy Bang! Bang! Has also mixed dozens of feature films, short films, and documentaries. “Month to Month” is the first film that James has directed in almost ten years, but it will not be his last. After a long hiatus, he is finally making the transition from sound.

Director Statement

The inspiration for this film came from seeing artist after artist get discouraged and leave Los Angeles. I started to imagine that they hadn’t actually moved back to their hometown, but instead disappeared through a portal.

festival posterMONTH TO MONTH

12min, USA, Drama/Fantasy

Get to know the short film: CAST A WAVE, 22min, USA, Documentary

  MOVIE POSTERCAST A WAVE, 22min, USA, Documentary
Directed by Fancy Fechser

The word “surf” originated in India in 1599, yet surfing has only existed there for the past ten years. In this groundbreaking short film we take audiences to the small fishing village of Mahabalipuram on the Indian east coast, where we meet local and visiting surfers, relatives of surfers and locals. We see firsthand how surf culture is impacting the community and how a new wave of connectivity between Indians and their once-feared ocean has given birth to a model for global environmental transformation.

Brad Gerlach, professional surfer and world-renowned surf instructor, who’s appeared in over 50 surf films and videos including Step Into Liquid (2003) and Thicker Than Water (2000) partners with Mumu’s Surf School in Mahabalipuram. Brad coaches the Indian surfers in a two-day workshop using his innovative method WaveKi, an on-land mind and body movement system he created. WaveKi is designed to help surfers improve their surfing while quieting their minds and tuning into and harmonizing with the power of the ocean.

Inspiring characters illustrate how surfing breaks down caste barriers, transcends social constructs and replaces them with a common ground where surfers can meet eye-to-eye and build community. Despite surfing not having Indian origins, the film shows how it does share common values inherently found in India’s many philosophies and religions. Finally, the surfers in the training partner with WaveKi’s philanthropic organization Ocean Alliance Project and the children of the village to clean up trash on the beach.

This will be the beginning of an ongoing program, overseen by Mumu, where children keep the beach clean in exchange for using donated surf equipment to foster the next generation of environmentally conscious surfers.

Runtime: 22 minutes 26 seconds

Completion Date: July 1, 2015

Country of Origin: United States

Country of Filming: India

Film Language: English

Film Color: Color