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Watch the Feature Screenplay Winning Performance Readings for 2015 (so far…)

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Watch the Winning Feature Screenplays for 2015 (so far…)

Feature SCRIPT – I’M STILL HERE
June 2015 Reading
Written by Sean Elwood
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/im_still_here_feature_script.html

SYNOPSIS:

After a car accident nearly kills him, a young man begins to experience strange occurrences around his home, leaving him to believe that his near-death experience has opened the door between the living and the dead. As he attempts to uncover the truth, he discovers that his sanity might be at stake.

Feature Script: ORIGINS
May 2015 Reading
Written by Michael Panek & Guershon Moreno
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/origins.html

SYNOPSIS:

A small group of civilans and scientist flee their homeworld after an alien invasion, and take refuge on Earth.

Feature Script: GOD’S WILL
May 2015 Reading
Written by Jamison P. Derfler
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/gods_will.html

SYNOPSIS:

“God’s Will” tells the story of Ian, a man who has the woman he loves cruelly murdered in front of him, so he makes a pact with Lucifer to get revenge — only to discover that God has sent helpers of his own to correct his path.

Feature Script: THE THIRD BOMB
April 2015 Reading
Written by Phillip Parker
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_third_bomb.html

SYNOPSIS:

“The Third Bomb” is a WWII adventure in which a top US pilot crash lands in Japanese territory and must stop an ambitious Japanese commander from capturing his secret cargo – the third atomic bomb.

Feature Script – BESA
March 2015 Reading
Written by Michael Miceli
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/besa.html

SYNOPSIS:

Besa is the story of a loyal Italian father, forced to defend his son who has inadvertently sparked a New York mob war between Sicilian and Albanian crime families.

FEATURE SCRIPT – TO DIE IN TENNESSEE
February 2015 Reading
Written by Verlynn Kneifl & Laurie Larsen
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/feature_script_to_die_in_tennessee.html

SYNOPSIS:

William Clark recalls the perilous Lewis & Clark Expedition and its aftermath, casting a startling new perspective on the impetuous life and mysterious death of fellow explorer Meriwether Lewis.

FEATURE SCRIPT: THE FIREWORKS STAND
January 2015 Reading
Written by David M. Hyde
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_fireworks_stand.html

SYNOPSIS:

When lawyer Tom Johnson drives his car into a local firework stand, which is owned by former preacher Marvin Temple. This sets up a chain of events that bring people to faith and understanding of what life is all about. .

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Watch Selected Scenes from screenplay TO DIE IN TENNESSEE

Mostly, it was positive things we heard about WILDsound and Matthew Toffolo. Also, for me, there’s a certain affinity for Canada. We used to get Canadian movies on the Bravo channel. I’ve never forgotten the sweeping prairies in a little-known Canadian film titled, “The Greening of Ian Elliot” or the frozen wilderness in “Lost in The Barrens.” Setting can be such a vital part of a story. That’s the way I see TO DIE IN TENNESSEE. The setting is almost a character in itself. It’s an adversary. The men of the Expedition fought the elements. They were bitten by snakes and chased by bears. They were almost drowned in their sleep when the river suddenly changed course, prompting Frenchman Pierre Cruzatte to say, “The river, she is like jealous woman. Stab you with knife while you sleep. Is not for nothing they call her the troubled waters.”

– Verlynn Kneifl & Laurie Larsen, on why they submitted to the WILDsound Screenplay Festival (Review)

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    Genre: Drama Historical/Biographical

    Synopsis: William Clark recalls the perilous Lewis & Clark Expedition and its aftermath, casting a startling new perspective on the impetuous life and mysterious death of fellow explorer Meriwether Lewis.

    CAST LIST:

    NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton
    WILLIAM CLARK – Julian Ford
    WILLARD – Andy Bridge
    MERIWETHER LEWIS – Chris Huron
    PETER CRUZATTE – Aaron Rothermund
    THOMAS JEFFERSON – Sean Ballantyne

Q&A with co-writer Verlynn Kneifl

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

VK: William Clark recalls the perilous Lewis & Clark Expedition and its aftermath, casting a startling new perspective on the impetuous life and mysterious death of his fellow explorer, Meriwether Lewis. Lewis died on his way to Washington to defend actions he’d taken as governor of Louisiana. He was troubled. He was known to be ill, probably with malaria. He died at Grinder’s Stand, an isolated accommodation for travelers on the Natchez Trace. James Neelly, a man of dubious character, informed Thomas Jefferson that Lewis had died by his own hand. Neelly was later known to be in possession of some of Lewis’s personal effects, including a set of custom-made pistols. No formal investigation was ever conducted into Lewis’s death. Lost in the pages of history were the words of a witness, a black man who insisted until the day of his death that Governor Lewis was murdered at Grinder’s Stand.

MT: Why should this script be made into a movie?

VK: The Lewis & Clark Expedition was one of the most dramatic and colorful events in American history, yet with the exception of Ken Burns’ documentary, the only film ever based on this event was the 1955 movie, “The Far Horizons.” Since then, a great deal of historical material has become available about this epic endeavor and the two very different men who commanded it. Also, more than two centuries later, the question is still debated. How did Lewis die? Was it suicide or murder?

MT: How long have you been writing stories?

VK: My first article was published in 1972. It was an article about the ancient art of dowsing. A practicing dowser taught me the technique and I’ve been doing it ever since. I eventually moved on to fiction, which allows more freedom to develop interesting plots and characters.

MT: What movie have you seen the most in your life?

VK: Dances With Wolves.

MT: What artists would you love to work with?

VK: Directors Kevin Costner, Lasse Hallstrom or James Cameron. I also wonder what Alexander Payne would do with a script like this. I’d love to see Colin Firth as Meriwether Lewis. Lewis was President Thomas Jefferson’s secretary. He was eloquent. He was stylish in manner and dress. He oversaw Jefferson’s dinner parties and on one occasion even delivered Jefferson’s address to Congress. William Clark? Nothing “pretty” about him. He was the youngest of the “fighting Clarks” of Revolutionary War fame. His brother was the famous General George Rogers Clark, dubbed “Long Knife” by the Indians. Harriet Kennerly said of William Clark, “My pretty cousin is going to marry that homely man?”.

MT: How many stories/screenplays have you written?

VK: Laurie and I have written eleven large-cast stage plays. All have been produced, with some performed all over the United States and in Canada. I’ve had maybe thirty-six articles published, some poetry and a number of short stories. A melodrama and two short stories won area awards. I served as editor and wrote some of the articles in Lindy Lore, a collection of stories about the colorful Lindy community where I once resided. Lindy Lore was well-received, went into a second printing and is now sold out. I’m currently working on a novel set in the Sandhills region of Nebraska, just north of the Dismal River.

MT: Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

VK: Taking time off from finishing our next screenplay to sit in a theater watching TO DIE IN TENNESSEE

MT: Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

VK: Laurie provided most of the ideas for our stage plays. The theme for my novel came to me in its entirety. I knew the ending before I began. Rule of law: The farther I am from the computer, the more talkative my characters become. A line of dialogue, even a single word, can prompt a scene. I end up with multiple scenes in absolutely no chronological order. I’ll go back later and try to tame the beast. Finding time to write is the most difficult part of the process for me. Left alone, I’m likely to write all night and be awakened all day by the telephone and doorbell. I think I must have been born parked at an angle in a parallel parking world.

MT: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

VK: Reading, the great outdoors, and music. For me, music conveys all that’s left unsaid in movies. In “Castaway,” Alan Silvestri’s sound track speaks volumes in the scene where Tom Hanks has finally managed to navigate the coral reefs imprisoning him; he’s rowing away into the unknown, looking back at the island that has been his home for four years. Laurie especially appreciates music. She’s an accomplished musician in her own right.

MT: Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

VK: Read. Read everything. Scripts, plays, books, articles, short stories, newspapers. Analyze. Be on the lookout for an idea, a theme, something that excites you. Ask yourself, “What if?” I read a newspaper article with a one-line reference to the secrecy surrounding the burial place of Jack McCall, who gunned down Wild Bill Hickock in 1876. I ended up with an award-winning short story after I asked myself, What if Jack McCall was still alive? What if years ago, he intercepted a young newspaper reporter who’d gone to a rest home to interview a woodcarver? What if he told the reporter, “I got a story for you. It wasn’t me they hung in Yankton 1877. It was an actor claimin’ to be me.” Imagine your characters. Ask them questions. If your characters start talking to you at odd moments of the day, the rest will likely take care of itself.

Matthew Toffolo, Interviewer BIO

Matthew Toffolo is the current CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival. He had worked for the organization since its inception in 2007 serving as the Short Film Festival’s moderator during the Audience Feedback sessions.

Filmmaker of over 20 short films and TV episodes. Took over full reins of the WILDsound Festival in May 2013. From then to the end of 2014, he’s presented over 90 movies at the monthly FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto, plus has had over 60 screenplays and stories performed by professional actors at the bi-monthly Writing Festival.

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Watch New Video Pitch Loglines

This week we are proud to present 7 NEW VIDEO PITCH LOGLINES. Hot off the editing suite!.
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Or, please click on the links to watch the pitch for each new video, plus read everything about each script or story:

VIDEO PITCH for “Let’s Play”, by Lara Romanoff. Feature Mockumentary
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/lets_play_by_lara_romanoff.html

VIDEO PITCH for “Noises in the Cemetery”, Short Story by Mari Tamez
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/noises_in_the_cemetery_by_mari_tamez.html

VIDEO PITCH for “TO DIE IN TENNESSEE”, by VerLynn Kneifi & Laurie Larson
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/to_die_in_tennessee_by_verlynn_kneifl_and_laurie_larson.html

VIDEO PITCH for “FATHER’S LAND”, Novel by Philip Oyok
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/fathers_land_by_philip_oyok.html

VIDEO PITCH for “Friendly Sky”, Short Story by Thomas P. Taylor
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/friendly_sky_by_thomas_p_taylor.html

VIDEO PITCH for “SCHOOLIGANS”, by Sam Boseley. TV PILOT
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/shepherds_haven_by_jj_selig.html

VIDEO PITCH for “Shepherd’s Haven”, J.J. Selig
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/shepherds_haven_by_jj_selig.html
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The narration of each video pitch logline was performed by BECKY SHRIMPTON:

BECKY SHRIMPTON IS AN ACTRESS, VOICE OVER PERFORMER AND COACH IN TORONTO. SHE’S WORKED TIRELESSLY TO PERFORM HER CRAFT, TRAINING AT INSTITUTIONS AND WITH PRIVATE COACHES INTERNATIONALLY TO PROVIDE CLIENTS WITH A TOP NOTCH PERFORMANCE EVERY TIME.

She’s currently a member of the American dub cast of the hit kid’s show Fireman Sam, and will be appearing in the episode “Boxed In” of season 2 of Surviving Evil on Investigation Discovery. She now accepts her own clients to coach, training them in transferring their skills from on-camera to the voice over medium.