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Winning Feature Film: THE NEW SCHOOL by Evan R. Schullery

SYNOPSIS

Northwood High School is in lockdown after gunshots are heard. Two months earlier, troubled teenager, Justin Koenig joins Carol O’Connell’s class. But Carol is made uneasy by her new pupil, which is made worse when a former colleague is fatally wounded in a Boston school. With Northwood staff and parents discussing whether teachers should be armed, Carol decides to take matters into her own hand. Applying to take a controversial training program, and getting a gun permit, Carol tries to convince colleague Heather of Justin’s fascination with the recent Boston shooting. However following an outburst, Carol is suspended, but soon pieces together clues that Justin is going to carry out a shooting. Rushing to the school, she accidentally shoots Heather in an effort to stop Justin. With Carol arrested, a shocked Justin dumps a bag from his locker.

CAST LIST:

Mr. Koenig: Nick Hendrik
Justin: Gabriel Darku
Demarco : Scott McCullogh
Narrator: Matt Barnes
Carol: Susan Wilson
Heather: Kyana Teresa
Patricia: Olivia Barret

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

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SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL: AUGUST 9, 2018 EVENT

 A showcase of a winning Action Feature Screenplay, and 5 short scripts.

 
CAST LIST:
Amber Copeland, Neil Bennett, Ryan Singh, Kevin P. Gabel, Carina Cojeen, Charles Gordon

 ACTION Feature Screenplay: OPERATION BROTHER SAM by Gustavo Freitas

Genre: Action, Political Thriller

During the Cold War, an intelligence officer, haunted by the death of his wife, must confront a corrupt politician who plans to start a military dictatorship in Brazil.

CAST LIST:

Thomas: Charles Gordon
Camilla: Amber Copeland
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Mark: Kevin P. Gabel
Colton: Neil Bennett
Garrett: Ryan Singh

LGBT Short Screenplay: CONVERTED by Dana Quercioli

Genre: Comedy

Andy McCloskey escaped gay conversion therapy to become a drag queen, going from pray-the-gay-away to slay all day.

CAST LIST:

David: Neil Bennett
Dr. Tomassini: Charles Gordon
Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
Andy: Kevin P. Gabel
Deven: Amber Copeland
Danny: Ryan Singh

LGBT Short Screenplay: SKATE NIGHT by Kate Whitehead

Genre: Comedy

Agoraphobic skateboarder Cindy has a life that is rich in avatars but poor in human interaction. When she decides to make the leap to dating live people, everything turns out to be just as chaotic as she had feared.

CAST LIST:

DJ Strangelove: Neil Bennett
Genie: Kevin P. Gabel
Narrator: Charles Gordon
Jolene: Carina Cojeen
Cindy: Amber Copeland
Police Officer: Ryan Singh

LGBT Short Screenplay: OLDFISH by Kate Whitehead, Esha Khan

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Tariq and Kylee want to put Grandma in a home. Unfortunately, Grandma’s girlfriend Mrs. Zane is not ready to give her up.

CAST LIST:

Dr. Harriet: Charles Gordon
Tariq: Kevin P. Gabel
Narrator: Neil Bennett
Organ Player: Carina Cojeen
Kylee: Amber Copeland

COMEDY Short Screenplay: COUNTRY ROADS by Stephen Bodossian

Genre: Comedy

A lazy father takes his four-year-old daughter to rural North Jersey to meet her favorite movie character, Bambi, in hopes of proving to her that he is a fun dad and to gain a parenting win over his ex-wife. He soon learns that finding Bambi is much more difficult than anticipated.

CAST LIST:

Allie: Carina Cojeen
Narrator: Kevin P. Gabel
Eddie: Ryan Singh
Nicole: Amber Copeland

1pg. COMEDY Short Screenplay: HEART OF GOLD by Daniele Lince

Genre: Comedy, Drama

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Ricky: Ryan Singh
Silvia: Amber Copeland

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Winning Feature Screenplays for June 2018

ACTORFALLING STAR – Feature Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Katie Marshall

Submit your Film & Screenplay via FilmFreeway:

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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

Feature Screenplay – AMERICAN SNAKE PIT, by Dan Tomasulo

Genre: Drama, Comedy, Crime

Young Doctor Dan is a stuck-in-graduate school, some-day-would-be psychologist with a failing marriage and dead-end job. Desperate to change his place in the world, he takes a job at Walden House. This group home recently took on violent patients from the notorious Willowbrook, the worst asylum in American history. Doctor Dan attends an employment seminar and discovers he’s the only one applying for the job. He accepts the offer with no clue what awaits him.

CAST LIST:

Mayor Billings: Daniel Cristofori
Gwennie: Kimberley Wells
Chief Willy: Ted Powers
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Dr. Dan: John Marcucci
Taimi: Kesley Dann
Harold: Luke Robinson
Meredith: Brianna Riche

Get to know the writer:

 What is your screenplay about?

Based on a true story of a young doctor who takes over and attempts to save a group home comprised of the most troubled patients from Willowbrook, the worst asylum in American history.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Historical / Drama (Although it recently won the category for best comedy / drama)

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

American Snake Pit is in the vein of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. The true story aspect makes this the first movie of its kind concerning the treatment of psychologically-disturbed patients coming from the infamous Willowbrook Institute, a hell on earth Bobby Kennedy called a “snake pit” in 1965. The movie is a heart-warming and surprisingly funny story of patients not just surviving, but flourishing for the first time in their lives, proving the resilience and hope of the human spirit.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Disturbingly hopeful.

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

All of Me

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

One year—but the memoir it is based on—10 years.

How many stories have you written?

Over 50. A little over half of them have been published.

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

Born in the USA. I live in Jersey. I live in Asbury Park—You got a problem with that? J

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Moving from the book toward the screen required changes. I originally thought it would be more documentary style—but ends up it is more “inspired by” as these changes were introduced.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am a psychologist and teach at UPenn in the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program (MAPP) and designed and teach the Optimal Well-being program at Columbia’s Spirituality Mind Body Institute. My deep interest is the intersection of positive psychology and storytelling as an agent means

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Winning Feature Screenplay for March 2018

Watch readings of the winning screenplays performed by professional actors:

ACTORFEATURE Film Screenplay – POOP MOVIE
March 2018 Reading
by Byron Erwin

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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

Winning Feature Screenplay – THE DISPLACED, by Renata Manzo Scruggs

Genre: Drama, History

In 1930’s Virginia, a widow battles the government when it seizes her land to create Shenandoah National Park.

CAST LIST:

Ginny: Andrea Meister
Lebo: Jarod Terrell
Owen: Rob Notman
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Carter: Sean C. Dwyer
Esme: Kerrie Lamb
Will: Charles Gordon
Addie: Ida Jagaric

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The Displaced tells the story of the creation of Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia, from the perspective of the people living in the mountains at the time. All of the characters are fictionalized, with the exception of George Pollock, owner of Skyland and a park promoter, and Governor Harry Byrd. The movie is based on actual events, including the story of baby Thomas. The movie recounts the various ways the government lied to, and misled the local residents, many of whom –but not all — were not educated. Mostly though, they trusted their government — a trust that ended up being misplaced.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

The Displaced falls under the genres of drama and historical fiction.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This story needs to be told because the themes in The Displaced, which takes place in the 1930’s, still resonate today– the individual versus the collective good, how the government takes advantage of people who lack money and a voice, and progress versus tradition. The people displaced by the park were hardworking and self-reliant Americans who loved the freedom of living in the mountains where they had everything they needed to live. The descendants of these hardy people want their story told, and I want to help them do that.

How would you describe this script in two words?

True stories.

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

I wish I could say I’ve seen Citizen Kane or All about Eve the most times in my life, but probably it is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, because we watch it so much during the holidays.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I’ve been working on The Displaced for about two years.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve been writing stories since I was a child (I’m pushing 60) so I’ve written countless stories. In terms of screenplays, The Displaced is the third. I’m working on my sixth screenplay (an adaptation of Vein of Iron by Ellen Glasgow).

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

Although I like all types of music (my father was an opera singer), when it comes right down to it, I love Elton John. My playlists on my phone are as follows: Elton, Elton fast, Elton Favorites, Elton hiking, and Not Elton. My favorite song is “The One”.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The only obstacle I faced was my own inertia and self-doubt. The story told itself–there was only one way it could end. But I had to find a personal story within the historical events. I knew I wanted a female protagonist who was torn between the past and the future, the mountains and the city, independence and security.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about social injustice, racial prejudice and the environment. And Elton John. When I’m not writing, I like to hike, practice yoga and travel.

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

I’m thrilled to have one website that gathers all the many, many festivals and competitions. So far the experience has been good–not much to say here.

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

I entered the festival primarily for the feedback. As a new screenwriter, I need as much feedback as I can get. I thought the initial feedback was extremely helpful. I used it as a checklist for the next draft.
 

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Winning Feature Screenplay – THE LAST PRISON by Richard Geiwitz

Watch the Winning AUGUST 2017 Screenplay. 

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy,

Judith, known as the “Mother Creator” by her robots, faces a takeover when the robots feel they are not being treated fairly.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Judith: Mandy May Cheetham
R-14: Angelica Alejandro
Reeve: Ryan Yusep
Alain: Peter Mark Raphael
Joshua: Allan Michael Brunet

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The story follows Judith, a robotics genius who designed and programmed robots to mine a moon of Saturn, which is uninhabitable to man. The bots are designed to think independently and problem-solve. There are three series: administrative, worker and repair. The workers begin to resent their assigned role. They want more input into running the colony. The administrators disagree, citing their assigned programs. There’s a worker’s strike, exports stop and Judith is sent to face her creations, wondering if they are now smarter than she.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

The main genre is Sci-Fi, but social and political as well.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

 This screenplay should be made into a movie because it will be an entertaining drama set in another world, while also being thought-provoking. It looks into the future of man versus machine, creator versus creation, but also takes a look at society today.

How would you describe this script in two words?

 Frighteningly possible.

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

 “Network,” the most visionary film of all time.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

 It was written in the mid-eighties. If I recall correctly, it took about 6-8 months. My inability to land an agent put it on the shelf for a long time. I converted it into a novella, but didn’t sell it. I recently turned it back into a screenplay, updating certain technical aspects and reworking dialogue. Maybe the third time is the charm.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve written ten feature screenplays, three short scripts and two treatments. So, far, they’ve won or placed in 71 contests. There are a few other scripts from the past I might update along with new projects in the works.

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

 “Pride” – U2

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

 Technical issues. Computers, programs and robotics were different in the 1980s when this was first written. Researching the recent rewrite was fascinating. Also, creating the future as envisioned today. Of course, this is a more social issue story than scientific. So putting the Bible and Plato’s Republic into outer space was interesting.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love Asian culture, philosophy and architecture. I’m fascinated by the Feng Shui design of ancient cities in China and Japan. I love watching movies and TV series from around the world, stories you can’t find in Hollywood.

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

It’s easy to use and actually fun, like shopping on Amazon. There are a lot of festivals to choose from. It’s easy to search for festivals and the many filters save a lot of time.

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

I’ve always liked the feedback. It really points out what needs another look. Other scripts I’ve entered haven’t won, so I was completely shocked when this one did. I had to read the email a couple extra times before I believed it.

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox