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Germany, Crime

Sweden, Drama

December 2014 Reading
Written by David Redstone

September 2014 Reading
Written by Gina Surles

July 2014 Reading
Written by David Kurtz

July 2014 Reading
Written by Lois Wickstrom

March 2014 Reading
Written by David Jack Smith

March 2014 Reading
Written by Justuce Heninger

March 2014 Reading
Written by James Everett

4min, Comedy/Adventure, Canada

Climactic Scene – DIETRICH DANZIG
February 2015 Reading
Written by John Pisano-Thomsen

January 2015 Reading
Written by John Pisano-Thomsen

Written by Carl A. Chase

June 2015 Reading
Written by Alison C. Hall

Interview with Director James Brylowski (A Mile In These Hooves)

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video for the Short Film A MILE IN THESE HOOVES:

“A Mile In These Hooves” was awarded Best Film at the WILDsound May 2015 FEEDBACK Film Festival.

Follow the film’s progress on the facebook page- http://www.facebook.com/amileinthesehooves

Matthew Toffolo interviews director James Brylowski:

Matthew: What motivated you to make this film?

James: I knew that I wanted to make a film that encompassed my two passions, absurd and bizarre comedy and landscape cinematography. The idea of making a film about a couple of people in a 2-person donkey costume was kicking around in my head for a while. Eventually it hit me to incorporate my 2-person donkey costume idea into a road trip film, and so the journey began. I loved the idea of showing these majestic and beautiful landscapes juxtaposed by this ridiculous donkey costume walking through them.

Matthew: From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

James: Probably around 1.5 years. There was a break waiting on BravoFACT funding.

For the main shoot, we crammed 5 of us, the giant donkey costume and all of our gear and drove from Toronto to LA and back shooting. We put 14,000 KM on the rental van over the course of 3 weeks. Then, we shot in studio when we got back for another 4 days and a few little shoots around Ontario and Quebec.

Matthew: How long do you think it would REALLY take two guys to travel from Toronto to Venice Beach in a two man costume?

James: I actually worked it all out and I think that my estimates were pretty accurate. I think it’d take a team about 3 to 3.5 months to walk from Toronto to LA in a 2-person donkey costume. If someone wants to prove me wrong, I double dog dare you. *

Honestly though, I kind of don’t think anyone could do it. We shot in the South West for the majority of the shoot where it was 105-110 F degrees outside and hotter inside the costume. I don’t think you’d want to be in a costume in that heat for days on end, or for 10 min for that matter. You’d end up looking like a prune…or worse…a rotten plumb.

* Disclaimer, don’t do it…you probably won’t live for too long.

Matthew: What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

James: A Mile in these Hooves was an ambitious project from the start. I wore a lot of hats, writing, producing, directing, editing and as the cinematographer of the film, so there were times that it was tough. Thankfully, I had a lot of friends, family and colleagues who helped out.

The initial shoot across the USA was challenging, yet a ton of fun. A lot of the film is set in the south west in the desert, so there were times that it was 109 degrees and my stand ins (one was my wife, as the ass of the donkey) would wrap frozen towels around their necks in an effort to keep cool. We’d do 15 second takes, then take a break.

When shooting in studio, there were times when I had my two actors, Ned Petrie and Jordan Gray, myself with my camera, lights, a sound recordist and makeup artist all inside the donkey. Let’s just say that it was cozy. So, a lot of challenges with production can be attributed to dealing with all of the logistics of shooting in and enduring that 2-person costume.

Matthew: How is the film scene in your city and country?

James: I’m based in Toronto. Toronto and Canada has a really great film scene. We have tons of talented actors, comedians, writers, producers, directors, editors, etc. There are a lot of interesting projects coming out of Canada right now.

Matthew: What were your initial reactions when watching the Toronto audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

James: I’ve been lucky enough to have A Mile in these Hooves screen at quite a few festivals now. I think we’ve screened at around 25 festivals, so far. and, I’ve attended a bunch of them. I can honestly say that attending WILDsound was one of the most unique and interesting festival experiences. For most of the festivals I’ve attended, at the end of the shorts program, I head up to the front with the other filmmakers and do a Q&A with the audience. People ask questions about the concept, production, etc. For WILDsound, it was kind of nerve racking. I was wondering if anyone would say “well that sucked” not knowing I was sitting there. Then, it’d be awkward when Matthew would be like, “here’s that guy that made that crappy film!” and, I’d have to wave and be like “Hi everyone…that was my crappy film….hello there!” Honestly though, it was really nice to hear positive comments and feedback about my film. and, knowing that they didn’t know I was there and that they COULD have torn it apart made the comments feel really genuine and I really appreciate it. I think someone said “that’s the kind of movie I like to watch.” and, for me. It doesn’t get any better than that. For a film that’s as absurd as it is, I really poured by blood sweat and tears into it (I wept most nights), but seriously, I spent a ton of time and energy on it and there were a lot of times when I remember thinking “What if nobody cares or likes it?” In the end, if the film has made one person laugh and brought them some enjoyment, I’m happy.

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

James: Jurassic Park. I recently met Laura Dern (Dr Ellie Sattler) at the Maui Film Fest. I’d had a few drinks and I think I may have talked about dinosaurs for too long. Sorry Laura. #1 T-Rex fan, right here.

Trivia- what was the name of the actor-goat in Jurassic Park? (This is not so much trivia as it is a question…I’d like to know. Please email me if you have the answer.)

Matthew: What is next for you? A new film?

James: I have a few projects in development, which I’m super excited about. Things are under wraps right now.

Thanks for the interview Matthew. I just want to say to anyone who hasn’t been to WILDsound who’s reading this. Go and check it out. It’s a unique and interesting experience and most importantly, it’s fun.

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DEADLINE June 15th: FEATURE Screenplay Festival. New option to submit for only $20

DEADLINE June 15th: FEATURE Screenplay Festival – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors

NEW OPTION: Submit just to the festival for only $20. Or, submit the regular way and garner full feedback from the industry on your script for only $50.

Watch WINNING Feature Screenplay Readings – Watch videos of past winners performed by professional actors

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Watch Recent Feature Screenplay Readings:

Feature SCRIPT Performance Reading – I’M STILL HERE
June 2015 Reading
Written by Sean Elwood

Feature Script Performance Reading: ORIGINS
May 2015 Reading
Written by Michael Panek & Guershon Moreno

Feature Script Performance Reading: GOD’S WILL
May 2015 Reading
Written by Jamison P. Derfler

Feature Script Performance Reading: THE THIRD BOMB
April 2015 Reading
Written by Phillip Parker

Feature Script Performance Reading – BESA
March 2015 Reading
Written by Michael Miceli

February 2015 Reading
Written by Verlynn Kneifl & Laurie Larsen

January 2015 Reading
Written by David M. Hyde

Today’s Testimonials. Recent submitters Feedback on the Feedback on their work.

Thank you very much for your notes! They are spot-on. I agree that the story should probably focus more on Peter’s dilemma. If it ties in with Phuc’s heroin operation though, I’d need to walk that fine line of developing the subplots enough without overpowering the main story.

– David Chan, Family Guy TV Spec

Thanks to you and your team for such excellent and detailed feedback. It’s clear that those reviewing the script have put a great deal of time and effort into breaking it down and assessing it professionally – and we’re very grateful. We particularly appreciate the fact that both the strengths and the weaknesses have been highlighted, so we can see what we’re doing right, as well as which elements need work.

– Sara Myles, TV Pilot (May Contain Nuts)

Your critique of “Dear Prudence” is REMARKABLE! I am ever grateful for it… as it is time to rewrite the story; the invaluable examination is the most in-depth and inspiring that I have ever received. Thank you, endlessly. It is TRULY an inspiration for me to recreate.

– Amanda Grieme, Full Novel (Dear Prudence)

Thanks for the great advice! I worked on the “drama” this morning and I can see what you mean. I’m grateful for the amazing feedback! The turtle wins the race, right? 🙂

– Amy Kierce, 1st Chapter (Onion Grass)

The feedback was excellent and highlighted the weakness of tne writing skill, but I need more time to be “polished” I will use my feedback wisely and will give a thumbs up for wildsound to any screenwriter that is looking for feedback.

– Todz Wriging, Feature Screenplay (Bill The Pirate)

I am most pleased with the overall tone used in your feedback(s) given. Not offensive, constructive, and unlike some others out there. I have also found them all to be detailed and precise enough, with a more than adequate angle of pursuit given to me for any further rewrites that I should undertake.

– Charles Laulette, Various Feature Screenplays

Thank you so much for your feedback. It is thought provoking and helpful. I feel the urge to go back to line one and make the scenes a lot more punchy.

– Darryl Greer, 1st Scene Screenplay (The Morning After)

I appreciate the time taken to read and provide this feedback, and have found it very helpful. I am currently in the process of applying the suggested changes, and am likely to resubmit once I have done so.

– Christopher Barlow, Feature Screenplay (Injustice)


DEADLINE Feb 28th- 1st CHAPTER/FULL NOVEL Festival. FULL FEEDBACK. Get novel performed by professional actors

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STORY Read By – Frances Townend


HELLCAT is a detective story about a blackmail plot gone wrong, where many elements of the investigation lead back to a mysterious woman with a notorious past. (As a teenager, she partially castrated her rapist.) The book explores the cultural effect of her vengeance as well as the effect it had on her life.

SERENITY Chapter 3 Reading
Written by Tom Bleakley
STORY Read By – Alissa DeGrazia


An unfaithful husband headed toward divorce is prescribed a drug notorious for causing the side effect of unremembered bizarre behavior, including homicide. The husband kills his wife., but claims to remember nothing about the incident. The book asks, Who is to blame?

IN THE CLEFT Joy Comes in the Mourning Chapter 10 Reading
Written by Dana L. Goodman
STORY Read By – Krista Morin


Dana Goodman’s memoir, In the Cleft Joy Comes in the Mourning is a powerful, poignant, and utterly heart wrenching true story surrounding sickness, grief and the inevitable mourning process. Dana Goodman shares what it was like to walk through the death of her first husband to cancer, and later, the simultaneous diagnosis of her son, second husband, and mother-in-law.

Interview with Rafael Aidar, director short film THE PACKAGE

Wow … I was very moved and thrilled from the beginning to the end. Any work is only completed at the screening and we have no control over the audience’s perception. In the case of the feedback video, the producers and I were very happy about people’s grand welcoming of the film. They highlighted positive and striking points. For us, it’s another confirmation that The Package has been special hit with the audiences at the festivals we took part in – It is our feeling.

– Director Rafael Aidar on the WILDsound Experience (Review)

    Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video for THE PACKAGE

Interview with Rafael Aidar:

Matthew Toffolo: Your short film played at our festival in March 2014. How has it done since it screened? Has it played at more festivals? Distribution deal? Can be seen online?

Rafael: The Package has fortunately had – and continues to have – a long and amazing career. In 2013 and 2014 the film participated in over 125 festivals worldwide and gathered 24 awards and / or special mentions in several countries. We’ve also signed two distribution contracts in 2014: with the Austrian NGO BAOBAB – Globales Lernen, which acquired the rights to the German-speaking countries and included the short in a compilation that will serve as educational material for students; and with Outplay, which represents our film in French-speaking countries. Due to other screening invites and commitments for 2015, the film is not yet available on the internet. But that should happen soon.

MT: What motivated you to make this film? 

Rafael: Very personal reasons motivated me to make the film. I am closely acquainted with the personal drama of friends and family who live with the virus. In every case, there is anxiety in dealing with the issue before the possibility of a new romantic relationship. I felt there was the potential to make a fiction film addressing universal themes of tolerance and acceptance through a different approach. Besides, I had the opportunity to portray young people who belong to a social class that is poorly represented in Brazilian cinema, to deal with a contemporary topic (HIV / AIDS) and to build a subtle approach within the LGBT universe.

MT: From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

Rafael: In late 2011, the script for The Package was awarded the Premio Estímulo Award for Short Film, by the State of São Paulo’s Government Cultural Bureau. This is a competitive grant, which awards 12 projects per year from hundreds of competitors. We made the film with the prize, worth 80,000 Reais (approximately $ 30,000). Pre-production took place in early 2012 and the film was shot in June. Post-production was in November and the film had its world premiere at the 63rd International Festival Berlin Film in February 2013.

MT: What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

Rafael: The biggest challenge was to make a film with high production value with the grant’s minimal resources, taking into account that market prices in São Paulo are expensive and we had a crew of approximately 40 people. Upon completion of the film, our biggest challenge was to distribute the film with our own resources. There was a high investment and no financial return to recoup it. But it was all worth it. The film opened many doors in my professional and personal life. It is amazing to think that I have gained so much from my first short film.

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

Rafael: I like diversity and, despite having a few favorite movies, I don’t usually re-watch them frequently. But there are two remarkable films that I would spend my life watching over and over again: Andrei Tarkovsky’s “Stalker” and Wim Wenders’ “Wings of Desire”.

MT: What is next for you? A new film?

Rafael: I have a new short film, called Submarine that hasn’t come out yet. It was also contemplated by the Premio Estímulo award, in 2013. We shot it in September 2014, finished it in November and are already applying to festivals. Part of the crew is the same as The Package’s and the film is a co-production between Klaxon Cultura Audiovisual and Vermelho Filmes. I am also working on my first feature-length script.

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Rafael Villa Nova Aidar was born in the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil, in May 2nd,1978.

As a teenager, he took part in a variety of drama courses for theatre and for television that comprises 4 years of acting lessons. Such experience is of great importance due to the fact that it gave him the opportunity to focus on an essential area for film production: directing actors.

Rafael Aidar currently works as a free-lancer (director and scriptwriter) in the film/video industry. Also, he’s developing new personal projects, including new films and a photography book.

Matthew Toffolo, Interviewer BIO

Matthew Toffolo is the current CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival. He had worked for the organization since its inception in 2007 serving as the Short Film Festival’s moderator during the Audience Feedback sessions.

Filmmaker of over 20 short films and TV episodes. Took over full reins of the WILDsound Festival in May 2013. From then to the end of 2014, he’s presented over 90 movies at the monthly FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto, plus has had over 60 screenplays and stories performed by professional actors at the bi-monthly Writing Festival.

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