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Watch Award Winning Short: TASTE OF LOVE

An audiovisual ecstasy – a firework and ode to the colorful bazaar of passions!

Could it be sweet, sour, bitter or even salty? A girl embarks on an aromatic journey of love, stimulating her taste buds to the point of climax. With all senses, she explores the various forms love can take on. “Love is as diverse as our sense of taste.”

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Watch Audience FEEDBACK Video:

http://www.tasteoflove.at

Behind the Scenes
vimeo.com/paulscheufler/tasteoflovemakingof

Festivals:
Iris Prize, Brest European SFF, PÖFF Shorts, ZINEGOAK, LesGaiCineMad, MERLINKA, FILMZ,…
http://augohr.de/catalogue/taste-of-love

VIDEO PITCH for SHADOWMEN (feature script) by Julie Merrick

Watch the Video Pitch: SHADOWMEN:

Get to know writer Julie Merrick

1. What is your screenplay about?  

Logline: While struggling with the unbelievable notion that his dreams affect reality, a man begins having daytime visions of creature-like men, asking for his help.

Aaron Gray whole heartedly attempts to believe that he is recovering from a mental breakdown. He separates himself from the family he cherishes and loves because he is afraid that his dreams will once again destroy his life and the lives around him. Despite Aaron’s commitment to his therapy, deep down, he can’t shake the notion that his dreams happen in reality. Eventually a brilliant, but eccentric doctor specializing in parasomnia discovers that Aaron’s brainwaves create holograms that in fact permeate this realm. The SHADOWMEN are creature-like men that have the same ability – they attempt to communicate with Aaron, asking for his help. A villain, The CHAIRMAN, a megalomaniac with high ideals and terrifying methods of harnessing power, incarcerates the Shadowmen, torturing them to persuade them to help his cause and aid in his agenda of control. The Chairman kidnaps Aaron Gray’s son so that Aaron will join his draconian mission, however Aaron, more powerful than he believes, saves his son and frees the Shadowmen by entering a lucid dreamlike state. With full awareness and intention, Aaron fights not only the Chairman’s despotic terror, but also his own fear and need for control. 2. Why should people know this story?

This story attaches far-out, fascinating scientific theories to a universal core narrative - a man’s love and sacrifice for his family. The protagonist’s internal struggle with gravitational emotions like fear and self-doubt coupled with his compassion and special ability make Aaron Gray an intriguing character - a character that bridges vulnerability and heroism.

3. This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this story in two words?
Instinctual and mystifying

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

5. How long have you been working on this story?
Created in 2012. Reworked this year.

6. How many stories have you written?
Ten.

7. What motivated you to write this story?
An article on holograms followed by an interesting conversation with my husband and his friends.

8. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
My family, dancing, music, art, human rights, learning.

9. Any advice or tips you'd like to pass on to other writers?
Enjoy the process.

Turnstiles – Chapter 4 Novel Reading by Andrea McKenzie Raine (plus interview)

Watch the Chapter 4 Novel Reading of TURNSTILES:

Get to know writer Andrea McKenzie Raine:

1. What is your novel about?

Turnstiles is about people who are living on the margins of society and are grappling with their past. The cosmos steps in and brings these characters together, briefly, allowing dramatic changes to happen. Fortunes are reversed and inner truths are discovered. The driving premise of the book is that there is always another door to walk through, no matter how trapped one might feel.

2. Why should this novel be read by all?

I think everyone should read this book because it has a message of ‘paying it forward’ and the idea of hope and transformation.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

Turnstiles is my debut novel. However, I have been writing short stories and poetry since I was a child.

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

The Breakfast Club

5. What motivated you to write this novel?

The seed for my novel was planted when I embarked on a two-month solo backpacking trip through Western Europe in the summer of 1998. I was in London and happened to be going through a tunnel under a busy street at Hyde Park. In the tunnel, I saw a young man in his sleeping bag. It wasn’t clear to me if he was a homeless person or another backpacker finding shelter. His image stayed with me through my trip and then I came home and started writing about him. The other characters soon jumped on the page and the story began to unravel.

6. How many stories have you written?

I have also written a prequel novel to Turnstiles, which will hopefully be published by fall 2015.

7. What obstacles did you face to get your novel completed?

I’m not sure that I actually faced obstacles. Time was the biggest factor. I was writing my book while life was happening: university, work, relationships, marriage and kids. I was serious about my book, but it was a quiet project I was working on. I didn’t know if my book would ever see the light of day. Later, I took my manuscript to a writers’ conference and received encouraging and constructive feedback. Then I forged ahead and finished it, and soon after I began looking for a publisher.

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

I wish I could commit to a set routine. At the moment, I have a full-time day job and two children who are age 2 and 5. So, time is limited. I try to write later at night and on weekends, and jot down ideas on post-it notes as they come to me.

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

I am passionate about my children, reading, music and travel.

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

I saw an online advertisement for the WILDsound Festival and thought I would enter my work.

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

Keep writing. No matter what project a writer is working on — a novel, short story, play, poem or article – it is important to not drop the thread, even if it is left in the air for a little while. Let the ideas brew, and then come back to write those ideas down and flesh them out.

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Watch Video Pitch for LIVING IN BRIGHT SHADOWS, Novel by Jean Gilhead

    Watch the Video Pitch Logline for the Novel:

Get to know the writer Jean Gilhead:

1) What makes your story unique and also engaging?

As one reviewer put it:

“Although on the lean side, it’s incredibly clever and powerful and the characters practically River Dance off the page. It is fascinating to observe the way that the knock on effects of domestic violence – and the fear of its victims – filtered down through the generations.

The story also has so much magic in it when you think about how close our ties really are, and the whole Five Degrees of Separation thing…”

2) Why does the world need to know about your story?

It covers several taboo aspects of life – incest, child abuse, domestic abuse, stillbirth, depression, PTSD… (it also has it’s light moments too!) but if it can help shine a light on these difficult issues and their generational ramifications, I feel my job is done.

3) What type of music do you see in your story if it was made into a movie?

Due to the eclectic nature of the different chapters, it would have to be music that can move from drama to pathos to humor, etc.

4) What film have you seen the most in your life?

I love most types of film, but they need to have human elements of quality… compassion, humor, drama, intrigue, love, companionship…

5) What artists would you love to work with?

When writing my story, I envisioned specifically two actors playing two of the characters: Penelope Cruz as Isabella Fusciardi and Johnny Depp as Alex Devlin…

6) Do you have a set writing routine?

No, I can be sitting in a café or on my roof terrace…but as a night owl I find I’m at my most creative sitting at my PC between 10pm and 3am.

Watch Video Pitch for LINK, Novel by D.A. Karr

    Watch the Video Pitch Logline for the Novel:

Buy the book here:

Get to know the writer D.A. Carr:

1) What makes your story unique and also engaging?

With over a decade’s experience writing books and screenplays, D.A. Karr’s ‘LINK’ blends WWII flair with a Battlestar Galactica-style exploration of what it really means to be human. John Garrick is the man of the hour (and possibly the millennium), an ever-brave maverick who uncovers time jumping as the only hope of humanity surviving the work of an equally-fearless outlaw. Readers should prepare to become embroiled in a war of survival and time, in a bold adventure sure to impress any fan of Tom Clancy or Clive Cussler.

2) Why does the world need to know about your story?

“The three words describe my book – suspenseful, intriguing, and action-filled. It can best be described as a Sci-Fi mystery/thriller, where time jumping becomes the only useful way of controlling the human race. It embraces humanity throughout its existence; drawing inspiration from the battles fought during WWII; man’s connection to machines; and a unique new story around the ‘same-old’ sci-fi concepts.

3) What type of music do you see in your story if it was made into a movie?

Menancing and drama

4) What film have you seen the most in your life?

Pearl Harbor, anything Indiana Jones, Sherlock Holmes, and The Avengers

5) What artists would you love to work with?

Music – Adam Levine and Blake Sheldon
Film – Daniel Craig, Van Diesel, Angelina Jolie
Graphics – Anything Pixar

6) Other than writing and movies, what else are you passionate about?

My horse.

7) Do you have a set writing routine?

Yes. 4am in the morning. Then I go to my regular job. Then I write again for about two hours. Usually about 3-4 hours per day.

Watch January 2015 Short Story Winning Reading. Interview with writer Joan Walters

The story about a career-oriented woman who meets a homeless mother and her daughter and their lives will never be the same again.

    Watch the SHORT STORY from the WILDsound Festival. Performed by KRISTA MORIN:

Interview with writer Joan Walters:

Matthew: Why should people read/watch this story?

Joan: This story is about faith, family and getting your priorities straight and will tug at your heart strings. I think it will cause us to pause and examine our own lives, too.

Matthew: How long have you been writing stories?

Joan: I wrote this story in 1998 and am now trying to expand it into a novel.

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

Joan: I have seen the 6 Star Wars movies and the Lord of the Rings trilogy the most.

Matthew: What artists would you love to work with?

Joan: Erin Cottrell, Erin Krakow, Daniel Lissing, Melissa Gilbert, and Logan Bartholomew.

Matthew: How many stories have you written?

Joan: I have written 1 story and 1 poem for now.

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

Joan: In 5 years, I would love to have finances to pay my bills, but be able to have plenty of time to write which I don’t have now because I have to work full-time. I would love to develop a series like my favorite author Janette Oke.

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

Joan: I guess I see the story in my mind like a movie and then write down what I see.

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

Joan: I have a Praise and Worship dance and sign language ministry I use a church. I am a choreographer and dancer as well.

Matthew: What influenced you to submit to the WILDsound Festival?

Joan: I thought WILDsound would be a good venue to showcase my short story. I am very proud of it and I
think it has a good message.

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

Joan: Write what you know and love.

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DEADLINE- SHORT STORY Festival. Get your works showcased at 2015 festival events.

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Get your story performed at the Writing Festival. FULL FEEDBACK on all entries.

WATCH the Recent Winning Short Story/1st Chapter Readings:

http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/novel_and_short_story_readings.html