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Best Scenes of the Screenplay THE UNDERTOW by Louisa C de Cossey

The Undertow charters the relationship between a mother and daughter in 1990’s Ireland. As one comes to terms with her sexuality, the other struggles to find her independence and agency in a country where the personal is political and being oneself can come with grave consequences.

Synopsis:

Set in rural Ireland, Undertow is a character portrait of a unique and powerful mother/daughter relationship. The film focuses on a pivotal year in the life of our protagonist, Saoirse 15, a fiercely independent young woman.

Saoirse struggles to understand her mother Tara, when she comes out to her husband during Saoirse's senior year in secondary school. Tara's confession initially breaks up Saoirse’s family at a time when Saoirse is first learning about her own sexuality. In a country where homosexuality is illegal, Saoirse must keep her mother's secret and steer her own course.

Saoirse and her father find solace through sailing at sea, but with a tumultuous marriage on its last leg, Saoirse must find a way to accept her mother’s new relationship and a sudden change of scenery.

Through a series of increasingly rebellious acts, Saoirse comes to understand her own limitations and redefines her perception of Tara and her unconventional family.

CAST LIST:

Soairse – Sydney Addison-Rudat
Sean – Luke Robinson
Narration – Vanessa Burns
Bill – Russell Batcher
Tara – Pip Dwyer

Writer Biography – Louisa de Cossy

Louisa

Louisa is a graduate cum laude from UC Berkeley’s Art Practice Department where she specialized in film production. After graduating, Louisa studied and then worked at the Saul Zaentz media center where she helped to run the Berkeley Digital Film Institute. During that time Louisa consulted on the production and development of films such as Zaytoun, Witness11, IOU, and most recently Up Pohnpei.

 

http://www.louisadecossy.com

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

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Best Scene Reading #3: TOUCH, by Scott Timmins

Genre: Psychological Horror/Thriller

When a troubled teenaged daughter of a Lutheran pastor, who no longer believes in God, discovers she has the ‘gift’ of second sight she must decide whether or not to use her power to help local police stop a serial killer. The decision this suicidal young woman choses is a twist no one will see coming, with audiences debating the ending long after this “Se7en meets The Dead Zone” film is over.

CAST LIST:

FBI Profiler: Liam Kinahan
Michelle: Mandy May Cheetham
Narrator: Anjelica Alejandro
Pastor Barton: Adrian Currie
Det. Schmidt: John Leung

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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

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Best Scene Reading #1: TOUCH, by Scott Timmins

Genre: Psychological Horror/Thriller

When a troubled teenaged daughter of a Lutheran pastor, who no longer believes in God, discovers she has the ‘gift’ of second sight she must decide whether or not to use her power to help local police stop a serial killer. The decision this suicidal young woman choses is a twist no one will see coming, with audiences debating the ending long after this “Se7en meets The Dead Zone” film is over.

CAST LIST:

Det. Schmidt: John Leung
Michelle: Mandy May Cheetham
Narrator: Anjelica Alejandro
Pastor Barton: Adrian Currie
Rick: Liam Kinahan

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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 Catatonic Christmas by Mike Hoberg

 

CAST LIST:

Billy – Geoff Mays
Doris – Katelyn Varadi
Narration – Norma Dawn Dunphy
Doug – Shawn Devlin
Jim – Sean Ballantyne

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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

Screenplay Festival: Thursday August 23rd – Winning Best Scene Screenplays

CAST LIST: Regan Brown, David Lapsley, Hartley O. Gyamfi, Justin Hay, Esther Rogers, Georgia Grant

BEST SCENE SCRIPTS and CAST BREAKDOWN:

Best Scene: CORNFIELDS by Fernely Durand

Wendy – 1 – Georgia Grant
Sam – 3 – David Lapsley
Narration – Justin Hay
Rocky – 14 – Hartley O. Gyamfi
Beth – 14 – Esther Rogers

COMEDY Best Scene: MADNESS by Cory Huizar

Assistant – 1 – Georgia Grant
Wesley – 7 – Hartley O. Gyamfi
Narration – Regan Brown
Montgomery 40s – 10 – David Lapsley
Secretary of Defense 50s – 6 – Justin Hay

COMEDY Best Scene: THE WORDSMITH by Matthew Holy

Waiter – 4 – Hartley O. Gyamfi
Narration – Regan Brown
Harry – 25 – David Lapsley
Jane – 26 – Esther Rogers

COMEDY Best Scene: MAE DAY by Ashley Rubay and Annick Blomdahl

Jack – 5 – David Lapsley
Joe – 6 – Hartley O. Gyamfi
Narration – Justin Hay
Grandma Mae – 16 – Regan Brown
Ellie – 11 – Esther Rogers
Val – 5 – Georgia Grant

SCI-FI Best Scene: 42 TRIBES by Nyobaywa

Darega – David Lapsley
Tefnut – Esther Rogers
Narration – Regan Brown
Ha-Eko – Justin Hay
HeruVenGulGah – Hartley O. Gyamfi
Okala – Georgia Grant

SCI-FI Best Scene: MAJOR TOM AND THE ALIEN GIRL by Mirka Kettunen

Narration – Justin Hay
Tom – 14 – Hartley O. Gyamfi
Scotty – 18 – Esther Rogers

LGBT Best Scene: WHEN TRUTH COMES OUT by Lissette Camacho

Yani (f) – 7 – Regan Brown
Cori (f) – 6 – Georgia Grant
Narration – David Lapsley
Rafael (m) – 13 – Hartley O. Gyamfi
Elora (f) – 13 – Esther Rogers

LGBT Best Scene: THE UNVARNISHED TALES OF THE GREEN FAIRY by Jacob Cullen

Drunken Mess – 2 – Justin Hay
Narration – Georgia Grant
Janine – 21 – Esther Rogers
Gabe – 13 – David Lapsley

LGBT Best Scene: TEN DOLLAR HOUSE by Rick Kinnebrew

Beverly – 4 – Georgia Grant
Edgar – 11 – Justin Hay
Narration – Esther Rogers
Sally – 15 – Regan Brown
Bob – 16 – David Lapsley

LGBT Best Scene: TAKE ME TO EUROHAVEN by Fatih Melek

Nikos – 8 – David Lapsley
Matt (20s) – 13 – David Lapsley
Narration – Regan Brown
Ali (20s) – 24 – Hartley O. Gyamfi
David (30s) – 15 – Justin Hay
Christian – 2 – Justin Hay

LGBT Best Scene: SOMEWHERE BETWEEN LOVE AND JUSTICE by S.W. Andersen

Narration – Esther Rogers
Jo – Georgia Grant
Sarah – Regan Brown

LGBT Best Scene: SIMON/SIMONE by Ross Munro

Narration – Regan Brown
Roger – 20 – David Lapsley
Simone – 19 – Georgia Grant

LGBT Best Scene: PLANS FOR THE HOLIDAYS by

Stephan – 10 – David Lapsley
Big Dawn – 10 – Georgia Grant
Narration – Esther Rogers
Terry – 12 – Hartley O. Gyamfi
Terry’s Mom – 6 – Regan Brown
Terry’s Dad – 4 – Justin Hay

LGBT TV Best Scene: MARRED by Dallas Rico

Joy (white 30s)- 5 – Regan Brown
Zelda (30s) black- 11 – Georgia Grant
Narration – Justin Hay
Mar 20s black- 18 – Hartley O. Gyamfi
Kaleb (30s black) – 18 – David Lapsley

LGBT TV Best Scene: ADULTHOOD by Sam Morgan Macneil

Freddie 20s – 7 – Hartley O. Gyamfi
Greta 20s – 8 – Regan Brown
Narration – Justin Hay
Tammy 20s – 13 – Esther Rogers
Ezra 20s – 15 – Georgia Grant
Sawyer 20s – 2 – David Lapsley

LGBT Best Scene: MY GIRL by Judy Spencer

Narration – Regan Brown
Vivian – 31 – Georgia Grant
Rose – 30 – Esther Rogers

LGBT Best Scene: CAKE by Christianne

Narration – Georgia Grant
Lauren (40s) – 9 – Regan Brown
Tabby (20s) – 10 – Esther Rogers

LGBT Best Scene: LITTLE EARTHQUAKES by Todd Bird

Casey – 3 – Hartley O. Gyamfi
Man/Nolan – 2 – Justin Hay
Narration – Esther Rogers
Maggie – 13 – Georgia Grant
Troy – 10 – David Lapsley

LGBT Best Scene: KINKY GRACE by Mitchell P. Ganem

Kerry – 14 – Esther Rogers
Narration – David Lapsley
Kinky – 28 – Georgia Grant
Ellen – 16 – Regan Brown

LGBT Best Scene: COMPLETE AND UNCOMPROMISED by Johna Walsh

Gabby – 3 – Regan Brown
Narration – Justin Hay
Helen – 20 – Georgia Grant
Brenda – 10 – Esther Rogers

LGBT Best Scene: CLOUDY SKIES OF CONNETICUT (pt 1) by Lissette Camacho

Frankie – 3 – Hartley O. Gyamfi
Diana – 7 – Esther Rogers
Narration – David Lapsley
Lucy – 16 – Georgia Grant
Rosa – 11 – Regan Brown

LGBT Best Scene: CHOKING BACK TEARS by Oren Weitz

Reha – 1 – Georgia Grant
Amandine – 1 – Regan Brown
Narration – Esther Rogers
Matthew – 18 – Hartley O. Gyamfi
Aaron – 6 – David Lapsley
Ruben – 1 – Justin Hay

LGBT Best Scene: A TRIP TO ROME by Joe Petricca

Narration – Hartley O. Gyamfi
Patrick – 20 – David Lapsley
Rey – 17 – Justin Hay

LGBT Best Scene: DEAR TOM HARDY by Waide Aaron Riddle

Narration – Georgia Grant
Lee – David Lapsley
Tom – Hartley O. Gyamfi

Female Best Scene: LOOKING FOR RUTH by Celeste Helminski

Denny – 4 – Justin Hay
Narration – Hartley O. Gyamfi
April – 14 – Georgia Grant
Mrs. Wallace – 11 – Regan Brown

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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

DIVERSITY 1st Scene Screenplay: SINGLE BLACK FEMALE, by Jasmine Pittman

Genre: Comedy, Romance

When a young black woman who’s unlucky in love falls for a man who seems perfect, their secrets threaten to pull them apart.

CAST LIST:

Conductor: Jolly Amoako
Narrator: Kat Smiley
Nia: Tiffany Davidson
Sloane: Dana Thody

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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

SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL: AUGUST 16, 2018 EVENT

A showcase of a winning TV screenplays, short and 1st scene scripts.

CAST LIST: Twain Ward, Pearl Ho, Elizabeth Rose Morriss, John Leung, Julie C. Sheppard, Katelyn Vanier, Peter Nelson

Female Festival TV PILOT: MY MOTHER MURDERED MY FATHER by Josephine A. Perry

Genre: Drama, Thriller

When she learns her mother’s been released on parole for the murder of her father 25 years earlier, a bi-racial woman suffering from panic attacks faces inner demons and the possibility of losing her career as a counselor for troubled teens.
(Inspired by a true event )

CAST LIST:

Dev: Twain Ward
Doug: Peter Nelson
Sally: Pearl Ho
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Francesca: Katelyn Vanier
Claudine: Julie C. Sheppard
Rob: John Leung

TV Spec Screenplay: Rick and Morty – What Have You Learnt Morty? by Javier Torregrosa

Genre: Comedy, Adventure

Morty struggles to study for his exam, Rick decides to help Morty to learn by showing him first hand. Meanwhile Jerry starts a new job that doesn’t turn out as expected.

CAST LIST:

Mortar: Pearl Ho
Beth: Julie C. Sheppard
Jerry: Twain Ward
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Rick: Peter Nelson
Morty: John Leung
Summer: Katelyn Vanier

LGBT 1st Scene Screenplay: PUNKER AND PROPHET by M. V. Montgomery

Genre: Drama

Two LGBTQ women from very different backgrounds form a close bond and help to fight each other’s battles.

CAST LIST:

Heather: Julie C. Sheppard
Ginny: Pearl Ho
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Bill: Peter Nelson
Heather: Katelyn Vanier

1st Scene Screenplay: APHELION by Karl van Allen

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Following a tragic death in the family physicist Hank Keating and his research partner open a gateway to another reality, promising a second chance and unleashing a malicious alien sentience in the space between spaces, threatening to destroy everything they’ve ever known.

CAST LIST:

Diana: Katelyn Vanier
Hank: Twain Ward
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Michael: John Leung
Claire: Pearl Ho

1st Scene Screenplay: OPERATION BABYLIFT by John McCarney

Genre: Drama

The true story of a hard drinking, Bowie knife toting, Airline CEO, a Volkswagen van driving hippie and an Iowa housewife, who risk their lives, to save abandoned orphans in collapsing war torn Vietnam.

CAST LIST:

Reverend: Twain Ward
Conklin: John Leung
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Daly 50s: Peter Nelson
Leann: Katelyn Vanier

DIVERSITY Short Screenplay: BUREAU 121 by Helene Taylor

Genre: Romance, Thriller

A North Korean hacker must decide between defection and love or family and life as a cyber warfare terrorist.

CAST LIST:

Mother: Julie C. Sheppard
Jin’s Father: Peter Nelson
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Jin: John Leung
Min-Seo: Pearl Ho
General: Twain Ward

DIVERSITY Short Screenplay: I FEARED FOR MY LIFE by Jorge Abreu

Genre: Drama

Officers experience courageous circumstances during their tours that in an instance become decisions of life and death. A therapist gets a rookie to relive his nightmarish trail of his first time drawing his firearm. She is task with concluding if his actions was justify, or racially fear based.

CAST LIST:

Janey: Pearl Ho
Officer McBrady: Peter Nelson
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Eric: John Leung
Dr. Grey: Julie C. Sheppard
Yamal: Twain Ward

LGBT Short Screenplay: LOOK IN MY EYES by Eddie Baca

Genre: Drama

Gay sober military man meets Crimean Muslim taxi driver in NYC.

CAST LIST:

Karim: Twain Ward
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Eddie: Peter Nelson
Henry: John Leung

Short Screenplay 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.

CAST LIST:

Jack: John Leung
Alex: Twain Ward
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Geoff: Peter Nelson
Maryann: Katelyn Vanier

Sci-Fi Short Screenplay: ALGORITHM by by George Deihl Jr.

Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure

Designated to save her home planet, a woman must make a choice between devotion to her humanity and the glorification of The Algorithm.

CAST LIST:

The Algorithm: Peter Nelson
Male: John Leung
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Female: Pearl Ho
Ship’s Computer: Katelyn Vanier
Him: Twain Ward

Under 5min. Short: 1801 BUCK by Jalen Thompson

Genre: Thriller, Drama

A dramatic piece about the sexual exploitation an enslaved African family endures leading up to the murder of their slaveholder.

CAST LIST:

Adell: Katelyn Vanier
Amiyah: Pearl Ho
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Cassell: Twain Ward
Ibo: John Leung

Under 5min. Short: IT LIVES WITHIN by Matty Farrugia

Genre: Thriller, Drama

A middle aged woman finds herself in trouble when the power goes out and she starts hearing strange noises.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Sara: Pearl Ho
Weatherman: Peter Nelson

Short Screenplay: WHERE I’M LEFT by Annaliese von der Burg

Genre: Drama

This is a short film dealing with suicide and how it affects the loved ones left behind still searching for answers. How you can love someone so much, but sometimes everything isn’t always enough to save someone.

CAST LIST:

Man: John Leung
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Grace: Pearl Ho
Kaya: Julie C. Sheppard

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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