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DIVERSITY TV PILOT: CORNELIUS ADAMS, by Jonathan D. Mabee

 

A veteran on the rebound from war, finds himself in the midst of a galactic struggle for the soul of the universe.

Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama, War

CAST LIST:

Marrt: Isaiah Kolundzic
Breeta: Erica Levene
Chloe the Sheep: Cari Haim
Narration: Esther Thibault
Cornelius: Gabriel Darku
Captain Tek: Julie Sheppard
Sessi Obre: Charles Gordon

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Hugh Fraser, Andy Camp, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

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

Best Scene Reading of FROM A KID’S POINT OF VIEW, by Chad Smith

 

Genre: Fantasy/Comedy

A man’s mother-in-law puts a voodoo hex on him to overcome work problems, bad habits, and kidnappers.

Narrator: Val Cole
Jack: Gabriel Darku
Carl: Neil Bennett
Mary: Lauren Toffan

Get to know the writer: 

 What is your screenplay about?

A man’s mother-in-law puts a voodoo hex on him to overcome work problems, bad habits and kidnappers. The bad thing is it backfires and he and his wife have to deal with a different set of problems while coping with everything else.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Fantasy and comedy.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I think people might find it entertaining, coming from a different prospective.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Different entertainment.

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

It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

5 years.

How many stories have you written?

5

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

Mountain Jam by The Allman Brothers Band

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Too many rewrites.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Trying not to get too old as I grow older.

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

To get a read. Good.

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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

Best Scene Reading of MARLOWE, by Mark Mc Quown

 

Genre: Action/Adventure with Animation

Marlowe is a brown, Virginia field mouse that moves into the farm house where he meets eleven-year-old Cole who thinks he is an alien and teaches him to speak and wear a suit. In the end, Marlowe saves Cole and a small conclave of humans and animals from the appetite of a voracious virus that kills almost all animal life on the planet in less than a year.

Narrator: Val Cole
Cole: Gabriel Darku
Lloyd: Neil Bennett
Louise: Lauren Toffan

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

“Marlowe” is about a mouse who saves the world from a hungry virus with the help of two teenagers

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Action/Adventure

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Because the screenplay is also an animal rights movie and we need to spread the word about animal rights.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Incredibly fantastic

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

Harry Potter

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

One year

How many stories have you written?

In the thirties

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

Tea For The Tillerman, Cat Stevens

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Making it fit in the parameters of the book it was taken from.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Acting, Directing design

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

Excellent, very organized.

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

The Festival has a good buzz from writers and the feedback I received was just excellent.
 

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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

SHORT SCREENPLAY – PROTEST SEEN by Donald J. Bingle

Watch the Winning January 2017 Short Screenplay.

Best Scene from the screenplay PROTEST SEEN Screenplay
Written by Donald J Bingle

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
PROTESTER – David Straus
YOUNG MAN – Gabriel Darku
FLAME BOY – Nick Wicht
GIVER – Charles Gordon
BUSINESS WOMAN – Shannon McNally

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama

What if they held a protest and nobody paid attention?


Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

It’s about how America reacts to protest.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Dark humor; drama.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

In just a few pages, it touches on the commitment of protesters, the importance of protest movements, the futility of protest movements, and the apathy of the American public.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Protesting apathy.

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

Hard to say. No VCRs or DVRs when I was a kid. Probably something like the original Journey to the Center of the Earth (with Pat Boone) or Harvey (Jimmy Stewart) or Princess Bride.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I wrote it many years ago, but the process of actually writing it wasn’t that extended. It’s only a few pages.

How many stories have you written?

I have five books and fifty or so shorter stories published in the thriller, mystery, science fiction, horror, steampunk, comedy, romance, and memoir genres, along with a couple screenplays and a dozen or so adventures for role-playing game systems. More about me and my writing at http://www.donaldjbingle.com.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

It was a creativity exercise triggered by a prompt.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Screenplay formatting is a challenge for those who primarily write short stories.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Causation. People don’t think about both the intended and unintended consequences of their actions and they don’t seem to care about the reasons why people may disagree with them about all sorts of important subjects.

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

The feedback was specific, helpful, and good. I entered because I believe Protest Seen would make a good, limited budget, limit cast, limited location project for a film student to tackle and submit to film festivals, but I don’t have ready access to people who might be looking for that kind of project.

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

Understand not only your strengths, but your weaknesses, and challenge yourself to write things you never would have imagined yourself writing to develop your craft and expand your skill sets.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

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