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Best Scene Table Reading: THE HOOPLA by Thomas Nesti

Watch the March 2016 Winning Best Scene Reading

THE HOOPLA Best Scene Reading:


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?


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?


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.


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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

March 13 2016 Writing Festival Event

This week’s screenplay festival is a showcase of faith, triumph, and ideals. We will be showcasing a feature screenplay, short screenplay, and two best scenes of a feature.

Here are the details of the works that will be performed.

#1 – Feature Screenplay – GATES OF HELL

Written by: Everett House and Pamela Green

Genre: Biography, Drama

Synopsis: GATES OF HELL is a biography of a tenacious Christian youth, including being institutionalized and undergoing years of shock treatment and other atrocities while maintaining his faith.

#2 – Short Screenplay – BEST INTERESTS

Written by James M. Freeman

Genre: Action, History, Drama

Synopsis: To protest inhumane treatment and unfair rejection of his application for refugee status, a teenage Vietnamese asylum seeker challenges the authority of a Hong Kong detention camp commandant, resisting the commandant’s efforts to force him to repatriate.


Written by Janyce Lapore

Genre: Drama

Synopsis: The actions of 4 girls, from the same Italian family, coming of age in a small steel mill town in the late 60’s, threatens the very fiber of Italian American life as each girl defies tradition and expectation to find a future that lies beyond the bou… See more

$4 – Best Scene – THE HOOPLA

Written by Thomas Nesti

Genre: Drama, Comedy

Synopsis: Asher tries to have a serious relationship for the first time in his life while he works in a struggling movie theater trying to survive.