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Winning DIVERSITY Feature Screenplay: LIKE A BLOODY MONKEY by Maurizio Caduto

Logline: A Malay trans woman is forced into prostitution in jail and fights to survive and regain power over herself.

Synopsis: Malaysia, 1998: KARIM collects his brother Amir from the beach while Amir’s friends make fun of him. Flash forward to 2015 and we met ZEHRA as she leaves boyfriend DAVE in bed and goes to work. At work she talks to her friend Farah, a trans woman who is showing off her surgery. On being asked if Zehra wants breast work done, she says she is happy being as God made her. On the way to a club that night, Dave coerces Zehra into oral sex in his car despite watching police cameras. At the club we see a man (SHAVED HEAD MAN) leave before they enter. Zehra and Dave dance until the club is raided by police. Dave abandons Zehra and the police check her ID – we discover that she was Karim from the first scene. A police officer offers to let her go in exchange for sex and she assaults him. She is arrested for the assault and for “cross-dressing”, sentenced to 1 year in prison.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Zehra: Zena Driver
Warden: Nick Baillie
Menni/Jensen: Peter Mark Raphael
Dave/Peter: Russell Batcher
Farah: Valerie Courville
Hafiz: Ryan Singh

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

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

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Hugh Ritchie, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

TV BEST SCENE Reading of DARK HEROES, by Peter Sims

 

Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure

Four scientifically enhanced heroes, shunned by society after defending the planet from an alien attack, set out to redeem themselves by rescuing their alien-napped leader only to discover that they have secrets from their past that even they don’t know about. The heroes must find the answers to learn about their true selves and save the Earth.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Neptus: Nick Baillie
Mercurius: Fabio Abreu
Satius: Lindsay Gerro

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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

Winning SHORT Screenplay – THE RECEIPT, by Hazel Allan

Watch the October 2017 Winning Short Screenplay.

Genre: Drama, Crime

A coffee shop customer allows his ignorance to get the better of him.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Esme: Lindsay Gerro
Zak: Nick Baillie
Man: Dennis Barham
Police: Fabio Abreu

Get to know the writer: 

What is your screenplay about?

It’s the story of Zak, a coffee shop customer who allows his ignorance to get the better of him.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama/tragedy.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Many years ago I witnessed a waitress having her hair pulled by a huge bully of a man. I chose to turn a blind eye and that decision has haunted me ever since. I want her to know I’m sorry and that I still think about her.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Harrowing. Chilling.

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

‘Barefoot in the Park’. It’s my “go to movie” whenever I need cheering up.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I scribbled the original at the breakfast table one morning and typed it up later that day. The re-write took about two days to get to a point where I was happy with it.

How many stories have you written?

Hundreds, possibly even thousands, since I was a little girl. I now have three published children’s novels and approximately twenty screenplays of varying lengths.

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

‘Let’s Go Crazy’ by Prince. I love the lyrics. And what about that guitar solo! He’s my musical hero.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The ending was the most difficult part to write. I have a tendency to write in shorter time than what appears on the screen. I desperately wanted to get across Zak’s desolation and regret but found this a challenge within the constraints of such a short piece.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My family, books, animals, food, politics, music, coffee. Not necessarily in that order!

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

I wanted to try my hand at writing something short and snappy. I tend to get carried away and write too much so this felt like the ideal opportunity to practise a spot of self editing. I was most impressed with the initial feedback and found the comments very thorough, encouraging and constructive. I took on board the recommendations and felt they really helped me to reflect and develop my story and my style of writing.

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

My experience of Film Freeway has been a really positive one. I now look forward to their emails which have some great advice about festivals and competitions. At one point during the process of entering this competition I posted the wrong submission (duh!) and Film Freeway was extremely helpful and swift in replying to my call for help and sorting out my refund. Highly recommended.

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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

WILDsound Performer Jan. 17th Event: NICK BAILLIE

Actor NICK BAILLIE will be performing at the January 17 2016 Writing Festival event.

See the winning screenplays that will be performed at the festival on the 17th

nick_baillieHeight: 6’0

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Brown

Watch Selected Scripts Nick has performed at the festival in the last year.

ACTORTV PILOT SCRIPT – UP COUNTRY MOTORS
November 2014 Reading
Written by John Fuhrman

ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – DOUBLE CROSS
November 2014 Reading
Written by Cat Stewart & Stephen Hoover

ACTORBEST SCENE SCRIPT – A THEATRE NEAR YOU
November 2014 Reading
Written by Jason Reeves

ACTORTV SPEC – RICK & MORTY “Crime and Punishrick”
November 2014 Reading
Written by Michael Kellner

ACTORTV SPEC – MODERN FAMILY “Chairity Case”
November 2014 Reading
Written by Josh Bressler

ACTORFEATURE SCRIPT – 66 West
October 2015 Reading
Written by Christopher Willis

ACTORSTAGE PLAY – Scary Scary Night
October 2015 Reading
Written by E. Michael Lunsford

ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – PTSD
September 2015 Reading
Written by Paul Myerberg

1st Scene Screenplay Festival Announces its September 2015 Winners

Watch the Winning Readings for the 1st Scene and Short Screenplay Winners

Script #1 – 1st Scene Reading of HOW TO HOLD IS ALL IN
September 2015 Reading
Written by Gwen Goodkin
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/how_to_hold_it_all_in.html

SYNOPSIS:

How to Hold it All in is about a guy who’s lost the loves of his life.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Angelica Alejandro
LYLE – Gabriel Darku
MARV – Ben Hur
CHIC-JINX – Chris Reid-Geisler

Script #2 – 1st Scene Reading of FACSIMILE
September 2015 Reading
Written by Gary Makin
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/facsimile.html

SYNOPSIS:

In a future Los Angeles, a homicide detective’s investigation into the attempted murder of a young woman becomes the ultimate case of identity theft when a powerful corporation is implicated.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Angelica Alejandro
WOMAN – Laura Kyswaty
MORALES – Ben Hur
ORTIZ/DRIVER – Gabriel Darku
TAXI DRIVER – Chris Reid-Geisler
EVERS – Holly Sarchfield

Script #3 – SHORT SCRIPT – PTSD
September 2015 Reading
Written by Paul Myerberg
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/ptsd.html

SYNOPSIS:

A PTSD soldier, living on the streets, finds his anonymity shattered when he saves a woman from assault.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sara Price
MAX CARNEY – Sako Kababji
NEPTUNE – Elizabeth Owens Scidmore
KATRINA – Kelly Daly
GANGBANGER – Adam Martignetti
COUNSELOR – Nick Baillie
POLICEMAN – Dan Cristofori

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Short Screenplay PTSD by Paul Myerberg (plus interview)

Watch the Short Screenplay Reading of PTSD:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sara Price
MAX CARNEY – Sako Kababji
NEPTUNE – Elizabeth Owens Scidmore
KATRINA – Kelly Daly
GANGBANGER – Adam Martignetti
COUNSELOR – Nick Baillie
POLICEMAN – Dan Cristofori

Get to know writer Paul Myerberg:

1. What is your screenplay about?

A PTSD soldier, living on the streets, finds his anonymity shattered when he saves a woman from assault.

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

It’s themes of loneliness are universal as are the push-pull of love and violence.

3. How would you describe this story in one sentence?

An action/drama which takes a reclusive, PTSD soldier from solitude to taking the first steps back to a normal life with his family.

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

I have no idea. Films that pop to mind are everything from Alien to Lawrence of Arabia to Groundhog Day. All these were great in their own way.

5. This is a very tight, emotionally engaging and fun screenplay. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

6-8 months.

6. How many stories have you written?

Around 15.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I needed a new avenue in which to promote my work. I thought a short screenplay would be an ideal vehicle. Once I decided on an approximate length I started to think in terms of how to create a beginning, middle and end in such a short time. From there, subject matter. PTSD is an affliction I’ve delved into before, and in fact have a full-length screenplay, Skilled To Kill, about a PTSD character. Although Skilled To Kill is also an action/drama, it’s very different than this short.

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

This went relatively easy. I was fortunate to get some outstanding feedback along the way from my wife, my ProSeries alumni group, and WILDsound. Good, non-destructive feedback is vital for me as a writer.

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

Music. 🙂 120 years ago I was a singer-song writer, and all this time later I’m getting played in Spain, the UK and Europe, and am currently awaiting contracts on a re-release of an album of my songs. I sang and wrote under the name Paul Martin, and find music as exciting as writing screenplays, although on a different pallet.

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

WILDsound seems more in touch with the writer than other contest or festivals. Some contests are very arbitrary and it’s like shoving your work and money into a dark hole, never to be seen or heard from again. WILDsound’s feedback was succinct and identified the area that needed work, as well as gave me encouragement.

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

Keep writing. Keep going. Keep trying.

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