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WILDsound Performer: VINCE JERAD

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

VINCE JERAD: http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/vince_jerad.html

Height: 5’6

Hair: Black

Eyes: Black

Vince performed twice at the Writing Festival in 2015. Once in January as the lead in a stage play, and another in August at the villain in a Sci-Fi/Western feature screenplay.

CLICK the links and watch Vince perform in the screenplays:

January 2015 Reading
Written by Sean Elwood

January 2015 Reading
Written by Chris Payne

January 2015 Reading
Written by Roberto Lezzi

August 2015 Reading
by Loris Simon Salum

August 2015 Reading
by JC Mercer Jr.

August 2015 Reading
Written by Howard Fridkin

August 2015 Reading
Written by Leila Ben-Abdallah

TV PILOT Sitcom – WASHED UP by Leila Ben Abdallah

Watch the TV PILOT Reading of WASHED UP:


NARRATOR – Matthew Lawrence
LENA – Reetu Bambrah
BARRIE/AMIR – Julian Ford
ADAM – Vince Jerad
CONSTANCE/NADIA – Victoria Murdoch

Get to know writer Leila Ben Abdallah:

1. What is your TV PILOT screenplay about?

Washed-Up is about an Arab-American actress, Lena Hadid, who finds fame as a sexy, three-breasted alien queen on a hit sci-fi show with a devoted cult following. When she leaves the show, she finds herself too typecast to ever work again. Out of money and options, Lena moves home to the suburbs of Washington D.C. to share a condo with her metrosexual Arab father, and her hip-hop producer younger brother. In between running a successful bar, chasing women and picking out a tie, Amir supports Lena as she rebuilds her confidence, while Adam’s success as the most popular hip-hop producer in Washington D.C. inspires her to reinvent her career and her life.

2. Why should this screenplay be made into a TV Show?

My favorite sitcoms are the ones centered around characters who are very different and prone to disagree, but are forced to exist together under some circumstance outside of their control. I like watching funny characters struggle to get along and get by with other characters who are diametrically opposed to them in lifestyle, beliefs, opinions, age, politics…The storyline possibilities feel endless among the Hadid family, and there is another wealth of humor to be mined from the setting of the suburbs. The thing that really ties everything together is how much the Hadid’s love each other despite their differences, and I think this is a story with a lot of heart and a lot of potential for longevity.

3. This Pilot has a lot going for it. It’s part inside the business, part comedy, part family, part social commentary, part family, part romance. How would you describe this story in one sentence?

Lena Hadid, a washed-up actress, loses her job starring as a sexy, three-breasted Alien queen on Spaceship: Neutrino, a popular sci-fi show and is forced to move home to the suburbs to share a bachelor pad-style condo with her metrosexual Arab father and rapper younger brother.

4. What is your all-time favorite TV show?

Arrested Development. It’s just so smart and the jokes are so complex, and the series as a whole is so intricately constructed, that whenever I re-watch the series, I catch jokes that had been set-up several episodes earlier that I never noticed before. And this was before the current trend of binge-watching, so that was risky. It also really epitomizes what I love about sitcoms, that idea of very opposing characters struggling to get along under circumstances outside of their control.

5. This is a very tight, emotionally engaging and fun screenplay. How long have you been working on this TV PILOT?

I have been sitting on the idea for years, but actually writing for about 6 months, and put up a private table reading and later a public reading here in NYC at The People’s Improv Theater.

6. How many stories have you written?

This is my second T.V. pilot, I’m currently working on a third, and I have written and performed two solo-shows, one of those solo-shows I performed in the NY International Fringe Festival last summer, and my first pilot, Eight-Sixed, is available for viewing on my website, http://www.leilaben-abdallah.com.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

The brother and father characters in Washed-Up are loosely based on my own brother and father who actually do share a bachelor-pad style apartment in the suburbs of D.C. Those two are the funniest people I know, plus their relationship is so indicative of the times. It’s taking longer and longer for people of my generation to pass those benchmarks of adulthood that were set by previous generations (financial stability, marriage, kids) so it’s not unusual for fully functioning adults to live with their parents. My brother works, has a car, is a generally responsible adult; his roommate just happens to be his father. On top of that, interpersonally, they really epitomize what I love about sitcoms; they are two very different people, who are stuck together and working to get along. I have known for years that I wanted to write a sitcom about their living situation, but I also knew I wanted to insert a strong female protagonist, and after years of collecting ideas and getting inspired by my own dad and brother, I got the idea for the character of Lena, whose story is entirely fiction, but whose personality is a heightened version of mine (I think Lena is a little more self-important and pretentious than I am…but only a little!) and that is when I sat down and drew out the structure and wrote the dialogue.

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

The biggest obstacle I faced was how to take this amazing wealth of material I had to draw from (my dad and brother) and make it my own in a piece of fiction. This became easier when I came up with the character of Lena as the center of the story, as everything about her story is fiction. The characters of Amir and Adam are inspired by real people, but it was important to me that they not be verbatim presentations of my real family. In the end, the only thing I directly stole (with their blessing) is their ongoing game of hiding that gigantic teddy bear from each other around their apartment to try to scare the other. Credit where credit is due!

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

Improv, teaching, Middle Eastern/North African politics.

I practice and perform improv weekly on a house team (The Duke, Wednesdays at 9pm!) at The People’s Improv Theater here in New York City, and I occasionally teach and coach other improv teams whenever they let me. I recently fell completely in love with teaching, and it totally changed the way I look at improv.

I’m proudly half-Tunisian, and this has a way of creeping into everything I write. My dad always says you can’t understand politics until you understand history and geography, and once I started learning about those things, it opened my eyes to why exactly the region has suffered so much, and it also gives me hope that we will see some progress in my life time. I wish more people would take the time to look beyond what CNN chooses to broadcast, because there are pockets of progress (notably in Tunisia) and a lot of people who are fighting like hell for things like civil rights, freedom and democracy. History and geography has shown me that the ME/NA just has more to overcome in the pursuit of those goals, and I wish we here in the West were exposed more to the successes that have happened than just the same exhausting cycle of beheading, bombing, hijacking, kidnapping, beheading, bombing, hijacking…

If you weren’t sure whether I am passionate about Middle Eastern/North African politics or not, it’s worth mentioning that my original answer to this question was about three paragraphs long!

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

I was searching on FilmFreeway for screenwriting festivals and contests, and WILDsound was suggested to me. I love that this festival focuses on feedback, and celebrates the process. I seldom ever consider a piece done, and submitting to contests and festivals can sometimes feel like a big declaration of “FINISHED!” but it’s also important to me as a writer to share my work with the world, so this was a perfect balance between letting it loose, and allowing it to be a work in progress. When I first got word that my script would be included in WILDsound, my initial instinct was to send an email saying, “make sure you do it like this! Make sure you do it like that!”, not out of mistrust of the producers, just out of my own writerly self-doubt that the piece would not be able to speak for itself. In the end, the healthiest thing I could do would be to just let the piece go and trust the story to speak for itself and trust that WILDsound would honor the piece. So few festivals, maybe no other festival, serves writers on so many levels!

I was blown away by the thoughtful and detailed feedback. I really felt that I could incorporate the notes because I got the sense that they really got what I was trying to say. He even referenced Frasier in his notes, which I particularly appreciated as Frasier was one I turned to a lot when I was preparing the structure of Washed-Up as it is also a story of adult children co-habitating with a parent. They even took time to give a few tips on formatting, which I really appreciated.

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

If you are writing for the screen, produce your own work. If it’s a piece that is meant to be interpreted by actors, you won’t really know it’s potential or quality until it’s read by actors. I have not yet produced Washed-Up for the screen, but I adapted it and produced it onstage at The People’s Improv Theater, with the flashback sequences filmed in advance and projected between scenes. In the process of doing this, I was able to do a lot of editing, and got really in touch with areas where the story was not coming through clearly enough in the dialogue. I produced my first pilot, Eighty-Sixed, for the screen and it very much affected the way I wrote Washed-Up and helped me learn a lot very quickly about structure, since in production you have to break a script down to a really small level, and build it back up again in post. You will also really get in touch with what you are able to accomplish, and you will be constantly surprised by it. There is a film in Sundance this year that was shot on an iPhone. Everyone seems to have a DSLR these days. You can edit in iMovie, which comes on a Mac and YouTube tutorials will get you out of almost any problem. It’s not impossible; you have more resources at your disposal than you think.

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Deadline: SUBMIT TV PILOT/SPEC Script – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors

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Watch 1st Scene Screenplay Reading – REDNECK CHRISTMAS by JC Mercer Jr (plus interview)

Watch the 1st Scene Script Reading of REDNECK CHRISTMAS:


NARRATOR – Victoria Murdoch
ERNIE – Matthew Lawrence
BUCKSHOT – Julian Ford

Get to know writer JC Mercer Jr.:

1. What is the story about?

BANG! REDNECK CHRISTMAS explodes like a shotgun blast straight from the North Pole! This magically insane tale, introduces a likeable underdog with a zany quest to find his self-worth, kidnaped girlfriend and a multi-million dollar ornament before its to late.

2. Why should this movie be made?

This screenplay was written with a modest budget in mind and high market value targeting a wide range audience.

3. Describe this story in one sentence.

Likeable underdog finds self-worth, while risking his life for another.

4. What movie have you seen the most?

Rocky 4, talk about an underdog story.

5. How long have you worked on this screenplay?

This adaption of my own original story; Bigfoot in the Trailerhood took me about 3 months.

6. How many stories have you written?

I have completed 2 comedy features, 1 TV script and 5 short stories in my 4 1/2 years of writing. I’m currently working on an outline for my 3rd comedy feature.

7. What motivated you to write this?

I thought it would be cool to merge Duck Dynasty, Harry and the Hendersons, Ghost Hunters and Joe Dirt into the next absurd holiday favorite.

8. What obstacles did you face?

While juggling a full-time job, being a husband, step-dad and a home owner…yep, there were some obstacles.

9. What are other things you are passionate about?

I’m passionate about my personable friendship with God. I love that he has given and shared his humor with me. I also am passionate about my wife Katrina, with out her, I would be just another ugly duck in the pond — trying to keep float!

10. Why Wildsound?

After reading great reviews I thought it would be a great fit for me.

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Deadline: FIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL Get it performed at the festival. Full feedback

– Submit the first stages of your film, get it performed at the festival, and get full feedback!

WATCH past 1st Scene Festival readings:

Watch Feature Screenplay Reading: THE LAST ADVENTURE OF SHAY BLAZE by Howard Fridkin ( plus interview)



NARRATOR – Reetu Bambrah
BEN – Matthew Lawrence
RUFUS – Cameron LeRoy
VISITOR – Vince Jerad
SHIELA – Victoria Murdoch

Get to know writer Howard Fridkin:

1. What is your feature film screenplay about?

It’s 1874. A UFO lands in the outskirts of the peaceful town of Sea Meadow City. The lives of everyone are now threatened by a vastly intelligent 10-year-old boy from another world. His mission is to hunt down and kill his fugitive father, an important scientist, who defected from their planet with the means of annihilating their entire tyrannical civilization. The boy’s father teams up with a mysterious gunfighter in a last-ditch effort to rescue the town from the adolescent enemy, then return to his home planet to prevent any future genocidal attacks on Sea Meadow.

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

It’s a fresh twist on a variety of combined genres that doesn’t sacrifice logic for incredulous story telling in an adventure not seen before.

3. This story has a lot going for it. It’s part Family, part Western, part Sci-Fi, part Drama, part Action, part Comedy, part Fantasy. How would you describe this story in one sentence?


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

“The Good, The Bad And The Ugly”

5. This is a very tight, emotionally engaging and fun screenplay. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Unfortunately, you never stop tweaking until its sale. But the first few crucial drafts took a solid year to perfect.

6. How many stories have you written?

10 screenplays.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I love westerns! And I love science fiction! I always wanted to write a classic John Ford-style adventure with heart, heroics, sacrifice, redemption and a showdown. And I always wanted to write a classic 50’s-style sci-fi thriller where mankind faces extinction.

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

Achieving credibility in the characters after weaving together a western folklore tale into a terrifying sci-fi twist.

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

If it’s not movie related…it doesn’t hold my interest. I own my own film rating consulting company (www.filmratingadvisors.com) which I founded after my tour of duty on the MPAA ratings board. I’m also a renowned film memorabilia and classic toy collector.

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

WildSound feedback is always on target and helps me decide on what to cut, improve, develop and streamline.

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

SUBJECTIVITY!! So long as the script isn’t schlock, there is a set of eyes waiting to discover your work. Remember, Hollywood is like Alice in Wonderland, “up is down and down is up.” Keep writing. Your script is the football and you’re the quarterback…you have to make the touchdown no matter how many times they try to tackle you.

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Deadline: FEATURE Screenplay Festival – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors

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Interview with Chris Payne, winning playwright (Veils of Justice)

    Watch the Winning Stage Play reading of ‘VEILS OF JUSTICE’ by Chris Payne


    NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
    Mazen Tomedo – Vince Jerad
    Lynn – Ida Jagaric
    Chris – Rob Salerno
    Doug – Jim Canale
    Gerrie – Danielle Nicole
    Miriam – Alissa DeGrazia

Matthew Toffolo interviews playwright Chris Payne:

Matthew: What is your stage play about?

Chris: A wife finds out that her husband has accused a young Saudi of beating, torturing and raping him, but the Muslim male defendant’s Jewish female’s lawyer shows evidence that indicates innocence – triggering the wife’s journey with her gay brother through fear, betrayals and prejudice in post 9/11 New York City.

Matthew: Why should this play be produced?

Chris: No shoulds… but the play could add value and draw paying audiences in several ways:

– Heighten a sense of connection and compassion between potentially antagonistic groups (Muslims/non-Muslims, Jews-Muslims, Straight-LGBT… an early draft received Honorable Mention from the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation’s contest for plays based on actual events that position LCBT life in positive ways, Wives and Husbands when one is hiding LGBT orientation, etc.)

– Strengthen audience commitment to take a stand for justice by witnessing ordinary people caught in extraordinary decisions the force them to choose between fear and trust, loyalty and justice, safety and truth …and to deal with their own sexual prejudices and proclivities in many forms.

Matthew: How long have you been writing stories?

Chris: Five years.

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

Chris: African Queen. Close second: The Russians Are Coming.

Matthew: What artists would you love to work with?

Chris: Wishful thinking for this play: Maryann Plunkett as the wife. Too many wonderful Jewish actresses to choose for the Defense Lawyer and Prosecutor. Same for the attractive fit 30-something gay brother. Haaz Sleiman as Saudi defendant. Vincent D’Onofrio as the husband. Douglas Hughes Director.

Matthew: How many stories/stage plays have you written?

Chris: Stage Plays: Four full length plays (all in various stages of revision), six one acts. One Novel; One Book of Poems. Several stories.

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

Chris: Working with a theater group, (stage and/or online Internet, maybe even a social justice organization like the Center for Constitutional Rights or Human Rights Watch, but one that incorporates the power of theater to tell stories)…

… anyway, as I was saying before I started musing, in five years, I’d like to be working with a group that creates stage plays that capture stories about ordinary people around the world who have made extraordinary stands for fairness and justice.

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

Chris: I work a day job three days a week and write Fri-Mon, some evenings, sleeping late, seeing friends for lunch or dinner, writing the rest of the time. I used to layout the story, using my own mix of structures from Syd Fields, Robert McKee, Vogel’s version of Campbell’s Myth… but I’ve recently finished Hal Croasmun’s Pro Series and am part way into his Master Class where he synthesizes insights and gives daily assignments that imprint the techniques used by great writers to avoid boring exposition and heighten dramatic focus.

…But before, during and after I focus on structure, I go into a creative trance that follows the characters. Sometimes I haul them back in, sometimes, the characters loosen me up and make sure I change the structure.

Then I have the mortifying readings with talented, generous actors, interview them and willing audience members, then rewrite/revise, start over.

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

Chris: My children. My cat. Lovers. Friends from all around the world in New York City. Connecting with people in struggles for fairness and justice in ways that Archbiship Tutu and his Truth and Reconciliation folks would see as really fair, not partisan. (Everyone thinks their cause is fair and just – even Hitler – so the waters can get muddy. All sides in my play that WildSound is reading believe they are right.)

Matthew: What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

Chris: I think a notice in Linked In’s Independent Theater Artists and Producers’ discussion group. I have had three table readings and learned/revised each time. But organized the readings, did a little coaching, had a director for some of the actors in the first reading, and another reading was after placing as Finalist in a contest. I applied to WildSounds because I think I will learn a lot by listening online to a reading where I have nothing to do with selecting or speaking with the actors about the story, characters or my intentions – either it will come through, or it won’t. More fodder for more rewrites!!

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

Chris: Not until I prove I can find a theater willing to produce my work and audiences who feel the time watching my plays – or, for some, interacting with them or discussing them after, was fun and had value for them.

Watch Veils of Justice, Winning Stage Play reading by Chris Payne

Stage Play Reading: VEILS OF JUSTICE
by Chris Payne

    Watch the FULL PLAY Reading NOW:


Accusations of violent rape and armed robbery by an established older American man against a young gay Saudi. If the accusations false, why? Can a Saudi get a fair trial in NYC after 9/11?


NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
Mazen Tomedo – Vince Jerad
Lynn – Ida Jagaric
Chris – Rob Salerno
Doug – Jim Canale
Gerrie – Danielle Nicole
Miriam – Alissa DeGrazia

Deadline Feb. 10th: SUBMIT your FULL PLAY or 1st ACT PLAY. Get your works showcased at 2015 festival events. FULL FEEDBACK

WINNERS get their stageplay read at the Writing Festival.

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Interview with Sean Elwood, Winner Best Scene Screenplay January 2015

When I read that each script would get feedback on how to make it better, as well as the winning script getting a full reading at their event using actors really piqued my interest. It’s always great to get constructive criticism on something you’re very serious about, no matter what it is, and WILDsound definitely delivered on their critique toward my script. The other perk of entering the festival—having your script performed—seemed interesting to me as well, as I’ve never heard of that approach coming from a screenplay festival.

– Sean Elwood on the WILDsound Experience

    WATCH BEST SCENE from “I’M STILL HERE” by Sean Elwood


    NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
    Ryan – Vince Jerad
    Kayla – Alissa DeGrazia
    Receptionist – Danielle Nicole

Interview with Sean Elwood:

1. What is your screenplay about?

“I’m Still Here” is a dark, psychological thriller that focuses on Ryan Stovall, a young man who is involved in a car accident that nearly kills him. After he’s discharged from the hospital, he begins to experience strange occurrences throughout his home that lead him to believe that his near-death experience has opened the door between the living and the dead. As he attempts to investigate the paranormal activity, he soon begins to realize that his very own sanity may be at stake, and that it’s not just the dead that he needs to worry about.

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

“I’m Still Here” is a fresh take on the psychological thriller genre that will keep you guessing until the very end of the story, and even by then it will continue to leave you thinking. It contains subtle horror elements that don’t include jump scares or frightening images, which today’s horror seems to solely rely on, but rather elements that affect the human psyche and make you question your sanity. Financially speaking, “I’m Still Here” can accommodate any budget, as it features two main and three minor roles, and technically includes only four small locations. There is no need for any CGI or extravagant special effects, but instead a director who possesses knowledge in holding suspense and delivering thrills.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

I have been writing stories since elementary school, starting off as shorts that involved my friends and I escaping from evil ghosts and monsters, and developing into screenplays, both shorts and features, by late middle school up until now.

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

Gosh, that’s a hard one. I tend to watch movies I like over and over again, but I would probably say the movie I’ve seen the most in my life would be the 2004 Dawn of the Dead remake, which I find to be an obscure movie I would watch frequently. It made a pretty big impact on my life since it was one of the first films that helped jumpstart the early 2000s zombie craze (plus I was only 14 when it came out, and I had a very obsessive personality at the time). It’s the movie that made me become obsessed with zombies, which I wrote a lot of stories and scripts about. Anything and everything about me was zombie.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

Steven Spielberg, George Romero, Danny Boyle, Mike Cahill, Neil Marshall, Alfonso Cuarón

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

Too many to count! I would say I’ve written at least 40-50 screenplays, both shorts and features, ranging from horror to thriller to drama and comedy. I’m definitely a horror guy, though.

7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

I’m actually currently studying for a degree in mortuary science so I hope to see myself working in a mortuary in 5 years. I love screenwriting though, and I would even like to open a screenwriting class one day to anyone who is interested in the field. Plus, working around dead bodies in a morgue will give me some great ideas for my next horror script.

8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

Lots and lots of brainstorming. Brainstorming in the shower, brainstorming on the toilet, brainstorming at work, brainstorming everywhere! If I come up with an idea, even for a scene in a script, I write it down somewhere. But as far as routines go, I tend to write down a lot of ideas for a script and flesh out the story around them, fitting those ideas into scenes that are most appropriate for the story. It’s not traditional in anyway, but it’s what helps me write a script, and if it works, it works. I also consult my friends and get their opinions on my stories. I figure that the best opinion is from the general audience. I like to go for what they want, not what Hollywood wants.

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

I’m passionate about photography, the outdoors, and the universe. I’d love to be able to go to space one day, and I hope that we put more effort into space exploration, because it’s actually really awesome if you sit down and put in the time to read about it.

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

This will sound really cliché, which I try to avoid, but what the hell: don’t give up. You will get turned down. You will have people not like your script. You will have major writer’s block. But don’t let any of that get in the way if you have a passion for screenwriting. Take any criticism and use it to your advantage. That’s how I learned and it’s definitely made me a better writer.