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SCRIPT MOVIE: AMERICAN SNAKE PIT, by Daniel Tomasulo

Based on the writer’s novel. In 1987, following a public outcry about its questionable medical practices, Staten Island’s Willowbrook State School for people with intellectual disabilities closed its doors for good.

Flat broke and almost finished with graduate school, Dan Tomasulo — now a core faculty member at Columbia University’s Spirituality Mind Body Institute — was hired to relocate Willowbrook’s most severely disabled inhabitants into a groundbreaking community-based group home.

Point in script: At this point in the script, I’d already left my wife, gotten the new job and been assaulted by Sophia—where there is now died blood on my jacket

CAST LIST:
NARRATOR – Lindy Thurrell
ALBERT – Steve Rizzo
DR. DAN – Geoff Mays
TAIMI – Esther Teeboo

TV Script Movie: MIRACLE COVE, by Al Cool

SERIES: Set in 1970, this rainforest tale follows a damaged son wanting to save his sisters from their violent father by taking a dangerous logging job. There, he must live with his decision in a world intertwined with a twisted employer, workplace thugs, mentors and an alluring lover — a world he might not survive.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Tom: Steve Rizzo
Johnny: Manny Pacheco
Herbie: Geoff Mays
Weylin: Matt Barnes
Annaleigh: Lindy Thurrell
Bunny: Katie Clark

SCREENPLAY MOVIE: BLIND VAMPIRE, by Eric White

Synopsis:
A blind vampire survives thanks to her seeing-eye dog.

Summary of where we are when the best scene occurs:

The opening scene scripts the 17th-century barn action sequence leading to the vampire Dreven’s blinding. This scene, 350 years later in the modern world, shows Dreven having adapted to her blindness through the use of a service dog.

Visual Design by Kimberly Villarrueel

Produced by Matthew Toffolo

CAST LIST:
Matt Barnes
Val Cole
Danielle Nicole
Manny Pacheco
Steve Rizzo
Esther Teeboo
Lindy Thurrell

Winning Feature Screenplay Reading: SAILING SARAH, by Phil Davey

After 14 years in jail, a father seeks to reconnect with his daughter.

CAST LIST:

Beth: Judy Thrush
Ling: Daniel Jones
Lucas: Peter Nelson
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Jason: Steve Rizzo
Sarah: Emily Weir
Julie: Caroline Concordia


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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Denissa Palmer, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

Screenplay Movie: CATCH!, by Jerry Nield

Synopsis: Could David really defeat Goliath?

A historical madcap comedy drama depicting family values, romance, morals, religion, gambling, corruption and revenge.

Written by Jerry Nield
Produced by Matthew Toffolo
Visual Design and Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Voice Over Performers:

Matt Barnes
Val Cole
Geoff Mays
Danielle Nicole
Manny Pacheco
Steve Rizzo

Screenplay MOVIE: NORTHWOOD, by John Fraser

 

Genre: Action, Thriller

The commander of a nuclear submarine struggles to deal with an accident during NATO submarine exercises that quickly escalates into a deadly international conflict.

Visual Design by Kimberly Villarruel

Produced by Matthew Toffolo

CAST LIST:
Narration: Matt Barnes
Jack: Manny Pacheco
Geoff: Geoff Mays
Tom: Sean Tabares
Alex: Steve Rizzo
Maryam: Val Cole

Feature Screenplay Reading: Ube Bubog Volume 1 #School of Hard Knocks, by Sway Stagall

Ding Bangus, a skateboarding Filipino college dropout is mistakenly marked for death by motorcycle riding vigilante assassins and must rely on Clutch ‘Cobra’ Carsten – a crazy American UFC fighter wannabe – to save his life!

CAST LIST:
Various: Madeleine Eddy
Governor Mukong: Isai Riveras Blas
Narrator: Val Cole
Ding: Dustin Ragucos
Clutch: Steve Rizzo

Writer Biography

Writers should go out into the world, far away from their comfort zones, and find a story to tell that is truly meaningful. There are so many stories the world is just holding onto.. But it’s no mystery why armchair novelists are having ‘writer’s block’, they aren’t tapping into these tremendous human interest stories – without a champion, that are waiting, just over their horizon.

Writer Statement

A good martial arts comedy film is about the human spirit rising to meet an intractable social problem – and overcoming it.

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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