March 2016 Feature Screenplay Winners

Watch the 2 winning feature screenplay table readings from the festival in March 2016. 

Feature Screenplay – MOTHS TO FLAME
Written by Fredric Maffe

SYNOPSIS:

Genres: Horror, Thriller

Days from receiving his inheritance, young Nick hops in his truck and is California bound. Starved for a mentor/hero in his life, Nick hooks up with as canny a secret predator as ever was. One sizzling night on the town with babe-magnet Henry, and Nick flutters about him like a moth to flame. Enter Bunny! Smart and gorgeous, she’s an African-American filmmaker intent on making a documentary about Nick’s deceased dad, a little-known novelist of a bygone day. But when Bunny and Nick strike up a flame of their own, a jealous Henry looking on — there’s death to pay! Now Henry has not one but two moths to play with, to seduce, to cause to breathlessly hurl themselves against the deathly white heat of him. One delicate-winged little moth will break the cycle and fly away. One won’t.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Fran Townend
NICK – John Marcucci
HENRY – Jonathan Robbins
SYLVIA/BARBIE – Annie MacKay
BUNNY – Nikita Ivy Boston

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Feature Screenplay – GATES OF HELL
March 2016 Reading
Written by Pamela Green and Everett House Sr.

SYNOPSIS:

Genres: Drama, Family

Entails the life of Everett House as he grows up in a poor, Christian home in a Midwest city following the Great Depression, portraying his passion for playing the steel guitar just as his invalid father had, and then, beginning at age 17, portraying Everett’s years in a mental asylum. While in the institution, Everett undergoes shock treatment and other psychiatric practices popular to that era. But through it all, Everett finds God to be his stable source of strength, hope, and deliverance, and he is left with a divine promise concerning his future that his testimony will one day be used to warn mankind of the mark in the forehead.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
EVERETT – Ryan Anning
MABEL – Alicia Ryan
VARIOUS – Steve Rizzo
VARIOUS – Suchiththa DeSilva
VARIOUS – Nadia Gigi Inara

 

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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Best Scene Table Reading: SCREAMING MY HEART OUT by Janyce Lapore

Watch the March 2016 Winning Best Scene Reading

SCREAMING MY HEART OUT Best Scene Reading:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
MANNY – Suchiththa DeSilva
DON – Steve Rizzo
DOCTOR – Ryan Anning
TONI – Alicia Ryan
BABS – Nadia Gigi Inara

Get to know Janyce Lapore:

1. What is your screenplay about?

“Screaming My Heart Out” is the dramatic tale of a large Italian family of girls coming of age in a small steel mill town in the late ’60’s

The Scarletta family live in row houses near a large, roaring Steel Mill. It’s 1968, and as tradition dictates, the men work in the mill, and the women work in their homes. But, times are changing, and the Scarletta girls know it. Toni, a vibrant hairdresser with big dreams, wants to escape this blue collar world, where her neighborhood, alive with Motown music and passionate love affairs, defines her . She and her conservative sister, Celia, and cousin Babs, wearing GoGo boots and carrying a transistor radio struggle, each in her own way, to find their independence . But, It’s their youngest cousin, the fragile, Lisa Marie, the mother of 5, who attempts a sudden act of violence that shatters the certainty of this “Old World” family forever.

This is a deeply felt story of love, pain, joy and sisterhood, as four girls, with strength and dignity, overcome the obstacles they face and come into their own as women.

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

I have been told that “Screaming My Heart Out” will never get made because, “No one wants to see a film all about women”. It is for that very reason that I want to make a film that portrays the profound strength, dignity and beauty of not just Italian women, but all women who struggle to find their own truth and independence.

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

Hilarious and heartbreaking.

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

“The Godfather” 1

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

“Screaming My Heart Out’ is the film adaptation of my play, “Ferris Wheel “. I have been working on both scripts for quite some time. “Ferris Wheel” is now published by Dramatic Publishing in English, Dutch and soon, German. “Ferris Wheel” premiered in New York City and has been produced in several live theaters. Dan Lauria read “Ferris Wheel” and brought me to Los Angeles to have a reading of the play. It was then that he advised me to write the screenplay version, which is now “Screaming My Heart Out”.

6. How many stories have you written?

I have written 7 screenplays and 2 plays. Both plays, “Ferris Wheel” and “Dolores Rain”, have been produced in major theaters. Two of my screenplays, “Screaming My Heart Out” and “10 Minutes From Paradise” have both won major film festival awards.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I grew up in the world of “Screaming My Heart”. I watched my 4 aunts struggle against tradition, expectation and fear. This is a tribute to those brave women.

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

I was a single parent working two jobs. Trying to find time to write was difficult, but I knew what I wanted to say, so I never stopped writing.

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

I am also a painter. Like my scripts, my paintings tell a specific story. My paintings were most recently displayed at the wonderful Torche Gallery in New Jersey.

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

I always research the festivals I enter. I was intrigued by WildSound. I had heard many good things about this festival, and they all turned out to be true. The feedback was right on the money. I agreed with every suggestion and was able to tweak the script. I do think it’s now complete.

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

There is no reason or excuse to not follow your greatest passion.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Best Scene Table Reading: THE HOOPLA by Thomas Nesti

Watch the March 2016 Winning Best Scene Reading

THE HOOPLA Best Scene Reading:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
GRACE – Nadia Gigi Inara
ASHER – Steve Rizzo

Get to know writer Thomas Nesti:

1. What is your screenplay about?

Love and the world’s last movie theater.

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

It breaks the rules. *audience oohs*

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

Innocence lost.

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

Halloween

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

Since September.

6. How many stories have you written?

Really only one that I keep changing.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Escapism.

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

This one time the computer froze. #firstworldproblems

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

Fitness and lying on questionnaires.

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

WildSound offers more than most festivals and is very Canadian – accepting, honest, and encouraging. I hear they even give brownies to the actors.

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

– Whenever possible, have your final confrontation in a hall of funhouse mirrors.
– You need at least one dance and/or rap battle.
– Have them lose their cell phones – no one wants to watch people text their way out of problems.
– Set it in a fake city so you don’t piss anyone off
– Try not to climax too early.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

WILDsound Performer March 13th Event: Steve Rizzo

Actor will be performing at the March 13 2016 Writing Festival event.

See the winning screenplays that will be performed at the festival

steve_rizzo_smallSTEVE RIZZO

Height: 5’9

Hair: Bald

Eyes: Brown

Watch the screenplays the actor has performed in the past at the festival:

ACTOR1st Scene – THREE PLAY
March 2015 Reading
Written by John-Arthur Ingram

ACTOR1st Scene – THE SINGING TREE
March 2015 Reading
Written by Marilyn Pesola & Peter Moss

ACTORFeature Script – BESA
March 2015 Reading
Written by Michael Miceli

ACTORBest Scene – LONELY HEROES
March 2015 Reading
Written by Eddie Upnick

ACTORX-Mas Scene – MEMORIES OF LIFE’S DREAMS
March 2015 Reading
Written by June Fleming

ACTORShort Script- WRITER’S DUEL
April 2015 Reading
Written by Ellery VanDooyeweert

ACTOR1st Scene: LITTLE PROFESSOR
April 2015 Reading
Written by Monte Light & Cooper Holmes

ACTOR1st Scene: GOOD NIGHT, CRONKITE
April 2015 Reading
Written by Rita Doyle Roberts

ACTORFeature Script- ORIGINS
April 2015 Reading
Written by Michael Panek & Guershon Moreno

ACTORStage Play Reading of GLUTTONY & LUST are FRIENDS
September 2015 Reading
Written by Matthew Weaver

ACTORFEATURE SCRIPT Reading of LEGACY
September 2015 Reading
Written by Marc W. Johnson

WILDsound Performer: STEVE RIZZO

See the 100s of actors who performed at the Writing Festival in 2015: http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/wildsound_performers.html

STEVE RIZZO: http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/steve_rizzo.html

Height: 5’9

Hair: Bald

Eyes: Brown

The man with the voice for radio, Steve is also a frequent voice over artist for the Writing Festival. He also performed at the Writing Festival in March, April, and September 2015.

Watch Steve perform in selected screenplays:

ACTORFEATURE SCRIPT Reading of LEGACY
September 2015 Reading
Written by Marc W. Johnson

ACTORStage Play Reading of GLUTTONY & LUST are FRIENDS
September 2015 Reading
Written by Matthew Weaver

ACTORFeature Script- ORIGINS
April 2015 Reading
Written by Michael Panek & Guershon Moreno

ACTOR1st Scene: LITTLE PROFESSOR
April 2015 Reading
Written by Monte Light & Cooper Holmes

ACTOR1st Scene – THREE PLAY
March 2015 Reading
Written by John-Arthur Ingram

ACTOR1st Scene – THE SINGING TREE
March 2015 Reading
Written by Marilyn Pesola & Peter Moss

ACTORFeature Script – BESA
March 2015 Reading
Written by Michael Miceli

WILDsound Announces its Feature Screenplay Winners for September 2015

Watch readings of the two feature screenplay winners for September 2015.

Script #1 – FEATURE SCRIPT Reading of LEGACY
September 2015 Reading
Written by Marc W. Johnson
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/legacy_feature_script.html

Genres: Supernatural, Thriller, Action

SYNOPSIS:

After a werewolf slaughters the family of a pregnant newlywed and she loses her child, she becomes a cold-hearted hunter and uncovers it’s her best friend.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
ROSE – Erynn Brook
VIRGINIA – Pip Dwyer
GILES – Neil Kulin
BETH – Alissa DeGrazia
VINCE/MULDANO – Ryan Anning
TALBOT – Steve Rizzo

Script #2 – FEATURE SCRIPT Reading of THREE PLAY
September 2015 Reading
Written by John-Arthur Ingram
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/feature_three_play.html

Genres: Comedy, Fantasy

SYNOPSIS:

Oliver, a neurotic who’s hopelessly in love with his best friend Blake, finally comes out to both his shameless girlfriend, Silvia, and Blake. This revelation backfires when Oliver discovers Silvia and Blake are in madly in love. As a final act of desperation, Oliver magically switches bodies with Silvia days before her wedding to Blake.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Laura Kyswaty
OLIVER – Gabriel Darku
SILVIA – Holly Sarchfield
BLAKE – Chris Reid-Geisler
MAGGIE – Allison Kampf
MARCO – Ben Hur
JOSEPHINE/PARKER – Angelica Alejandro

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Deadline: FEATURE Screenplay Festival – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/screenplaycontest.html

Watch WINNING Screenplay Readings – Watch videos of past winners performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/feature_script_readings.html

READ 100s of testimonials from past submitters –
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/feature-screenplay-submission-testimonials-wildsound-screenplay-contest-review

Winning Feature Script Reading: LEGACY by Marc W Johnson

Watch the Feature Screenplay Performance Reading of LEGACY:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
ROSE – Erynn Brook
VIRGINIA – Pip Dwyer
GILES – Neil Kulin
BETH – Alissa DeGrazia
VINCE/MULDANO – Ryan Anning
TALBOT – Steve Rizzo

Get to know writer Marc W. Johnson:

1. What is your screenplay about?

After a werewolf slaughters the family of a pregnant newlywed and she loses her child, she becomes a cold-hearted hunter and uncovers it’s her best friend.

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

Because in my humble opinion, there hasn’t been a decent werewolf movie that ties the Grimm Fairytale of Red Riding Hood to the present day, and who doesn’t want to see an action packed werewolf movie with swords, guns and gore.

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

Buffy meets Dog Soldiers.

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

That’s kind of a toss-up between Halloween (’78) Halloween II (’81), and Aliens. I love how the two Halloweens blend together, you can’t really watch one without the other, and Aliens, well, you got aliens, space marines, and firepower, what’s not to love.

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

Well, all screenplays, even “finished” ones are works in progress but, I have been working, and reworking this screenplay for about 3 years.

6. How many stories have you written?

To date, I have written two feature screenplays and three short screenplays.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I wanted to write an action packed werewolf movie with heart.

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

While working on this screenplay I attend college full time.

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

Meat and peanut M&M’s: honestly though, family and friends.

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

I had heard rumors the feedback was genuine, and it did NOT disappoint. It helped me get to what you are about to watch and enjoy! Thanks for that WILDsound!

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

Well, there are probably more experienced writers out there than I am at the moment and, as my granddad used to say “Free advice is worth what you pay for it.” However, at this point in my own journey, all I can be comfortable saying is – Always be open to feedback, and sleep on it before accepting it as gospel, or totally dismissing it. This is the only way you will become skilled as to whether those giving it know what they are doing.

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Deadline: FEATURE Screenplay Festival – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/screenplaycontest.html

Watch WINNING Screenplay Readings – Watch videos of past winners performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/feature_script_readings.html

READ 100s of testimonials from past submitters –
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/feature-screenplay-submission-testimonials-wildsound-screenplay-contest-review