COMEDY 1st Scene Screenplay: WIPE, by Edward Hicklin

Tommy was never taught how to wipe his butt properly, and was therefore teased for most of his childhood and beyond. After a particularly heinous prank takes his life, Tommy vows supernatural revenge against the summer camp that played host to his early demise.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
Tommy (M): Steve Rizzo
Kid #1/Random Kid/Random Kid #2 (F): Kyana Teresa
Henry (M): Scott Beaudin

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

Director Biography – Regina Banali (IN THE BLOOD)

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The first movie she saw in a theater was 2001 A space odyssey at 3 years old. She talked about it and the music so much her parents bought an LP of the soundtrack and played it to occupy her when they wanted alone time. Since then she has been obsessed with cinema and especially films with great music. Like many directors, Regina Banali began her career in front of the camera, appearing in over 50 film and television roles over two decades earning her chops on both ultra low budget movies and blockbusters. One of her first acting roles was as a mermaid in Steven Spielberg’s “Hook”. Her first feature as a director was the film “QUIET RIOT: Well Now You’re Here, There’s No Way Back” a rock documentary on the 80’s metal band Quiet Riot. An early pioneer of crowdfunding, she raised the seed money on Kickstarter in the summer of 2010, long before crowdfunding was a common funding strategy. The film was quickly acquired by the Showtime Network for a two-year license. “In The Blood” is her first narrative short and she wrote and directed it to pay tongue in cheek homage to the great spaghetti westerns of the ’60s and ’70s which in her opinion was the best period for films and music.

Director Statement

The inspiration for “In The Blood” comes from many places. First of all, I am a huge fan of spaghetti westerns. Sergio Leone is one of my favorite directors, and I have always felt that the 60s and 70s were the best decades for film and music. We were in Milan and I was watching a spaghetti western on tv in Italian. I had no idea what anyone was saying but I was mesmerized. That was the moment that first sparked “In The Blood”. I wrote the script, which was drawn from many spaghetti westerns I have seen and loved, and cast my husband Frankie as the dark and brooding villain Sartana. I was very excited and inspired as we started pre-production. We were looking forward to making this together.

Then we were hit with a curveball. Frankie was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer and given six months to live. In the hospital I was crossing every one of our plans off our to-do list out loud and Frankie insisted we still make the film. He said he still wanted to ride off into that sunset. I think he didn’t want to take my project away from me. I didn’t see how we could do it, how I could focus on this in light of the battle we were in for his life. But after a few months and a lot of stress, I gathered my team and restructured the schedule. It was a two-day shoot but considering how time-consuming pre-pro is and the fact that I am Frankie’s caregiver the only way to move forward was to plan just day one of the shoot and do pre-pro on for that day while juggling hospitals, doctors, treatments and medications. We shot the first day and then booked day two a month out and spent the next month juggling that pre-pro with Frankie’s care. As draining as it was, having the creative outlet saved my sanity.

Frankie was such a trooper during production. You can’t tell in the final cut but he could hardly walk by day two of production. Holding up his gun was difficult for more than a few seconds. Our lead actress Tal is a superstar. She reminded me of a young Rachel Welch or Claudia Cardinale. She is so much more than a pretty face, she is a powerhouse actress. She embodied the 60’s bombshell and absolutely killed it as Dolores. Everyone in the cast, the crew, and the location managers went the extra mile to bring “In The Blood” to life…and after many rounds of chemo, Frankie is much better. The six months prognosis is out the window. It has been eight months and his tumors are shrinking. He’s back to living his life and we are adjusting to our new normal. I hope you enjoy “In The Blood”, our labor of love, in the spirit in which it is intended.

Regina Banali

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COMEDY Festival WINNING Feature Screenplay: OLD SCRATCH, by Ty Clancey

When a coup in Hell forces the Devil (Old Scratch) into Witness Protection within a small, idyllic town – he must find a way to reclaim his position before his usurpers unleash the Anti-Christ and destroy him and mankind for good.

CAST LIST:

Carl: Wayne Yuan
Lilith: Melie Rondeau
Mara: Regan Brown
Narration: Kat Smiley
Scratch: Sean Ballatyne
Rebecca: Cassandra Guthrie
Megoth: Hugh Ritchie

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

COMEDY 1pg. Short Screenplay: School Reunion, by Allan West

When two old friends meet up at a school reunion, it doesn’t take long for the conversation to go from chatty to catty!

CAST LIST:

Narration: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Michelle: Katelyn Varadi
Louise: Miriam Capper

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

COMEDY 1st Scene Screenplay Reading: Karl Reagan: The Capitalist-Communist, by Federico Vicino

Karl Reagan is an underdog candidate running for a seat in Missouri’s House of Representatives. Set on the heels of a near-apocalyptic nuclear winter, his platform is to fuse the best characteristics of capitalism and socialism to help the common person realize the struggling American Dream. Mr. Reagan’s pitch to the electorate is a devotion to standing up to corporate greed, especially to a company called NuTech who has not fulfilled their promise of cleaning up the environment after the catastrophe. His unorthodox approach to stumping on the trail leaves voters enthused, angered, and baffled. His rival, a politically established contender named Tom Baker, uses conventional and tiresome tactics to label Karl’s candidacy as ludicrous and too idealistic. As his campaign progresses, Karl Reagan gets a slice of American values, fortitude, hardships, and inconsistencies. The electorate get a front row seat of his as well.

CAST LIST:

Eric: Matt Schichter
Karl/Randy: Ted Powers
Narration: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Marcus: Gabriel Darku
Jeff: Sean Ballantyne
Serena: Katelyn Varadi

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

HIGHLIGHTS: Chicago COMEDY Festival: Sept. 20/2019 Event.

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
BEST FILM: NOW AND NOT YET
BEST COMEDY FILM: SHORT CALF MUSCLE
BEST PERFORMANCES: COLLIDE
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: NOW AND NOT YET
BEST MUSIC: KING OF THE HOUSE

Them of night: “Skewed Perceptions”

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:


SHORT CALF MUSCLE, 13min., Netherlands, Comedy

SIRI WITH A VENGEANCE, 5min., Norway, Comedy/Thriller

HOPE IS FRENCH, 15min., France, Comedy/Relationships

COLLIDE, 10min., USA, Drama/Relationship

KING OF THE HOUSE, 11min., USA, Animation/Music

ENJOY?, 3min., USA, Comedy/Parody
 NOW AND NOT YET, 6min., USA, Drama/Crime

The 1st ever event in Chicago!!
4 festival events in 2020. 12 starting in 2021.

See you at the festivals.

HIGHLIGHTS, WINNERS & VIDEOS: JUNE 2019 COMEDY FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: ELI

BEST COMEDY: PLEASURE PALS

BEST PERFORMANCES: SCATTERED

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: ELPIDA

BEST MUSIC: MEMORY BOX

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterSCATTERED,9min., Canada, Comedy festival posterPLEASURE PALS, 10min., USA, Comedy/Animation
festival posterBIG BOOOM, 4min., Russia, Drama/Animation festival posterELI, 11min., UK, Drama
festival posterELPIDA, 7min., 7min., USA, Drama/Sci-Fi festival posterMEMORY BOX, 11min., USA, Drama
festival posterA ROOMBA’S TALE, 5min., USA, Comedy festival posterTHE SERPENT IN THE APPLE, 18min., USA, Comedy/Documentary
festival posterT.I.M: This Is Me, 4min., UK, Drama

The theme of the June 2019 DRAMA & COMEDY Feedback Film Festival in Toronto was “Reinvention of the Soul”.

Each film was about a character who reinvents themselves to a new purpose.

The 6th event of the Los Angeles festivals in 2019.

6 more festivals to go in LA this year.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

HIGHLIGHTS – DECEMBER 2019 COMEDY Short Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
BEST DRAMA FILM: THE PASSPORT
BEST COMEDY FILM: THE GET TOGETHER
BEST PERFORMANCES: APPY DAYS
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: APPY DAYS
BEST MUSIC: A DOG STORY

Theme of night: Identity. Who we are under stress and strange circumstances.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterTHE PASSPORT, 15min., China, Drama/Film Noir festival posterWHAT’S YOUR NUMBER? , 18min., USA, Drama
festival posterSERIAL KILLER SUPERSTAR, 6min., USA, Comedy/Horror festival posterA DOG’S STORY, 7min., USA, Comedy
festival posterAPPY DAYS, 20min, USA, Comedy/Family festival posterTHE GET TOGETHER, 12min., USA, Comedy

The last event for Los Angeles in 2019.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

1st Scene COMEDY Screenplay Reading: Weekend Warriors, by Brian McDevitt Jr.

A documentary camera crew records the misadventures of reservist aircraft maintainers in this workplace comedy.

CAST LIST:

PA: Daniel Jones
Narrator: Regan Brown
Virgil: Scott McCullouch
Hart’s Voice: Julie Sheppard

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

COMEDY Best Scene Script Reading: Tutankhamun Not In Common, by Robert B. Rogers

Twins born with a disorder that makes them try to kill each other 24/7 must team up to fight an evil businessman convinced the twins are the reborn Egyptian gods Horus and Seth. It’s “The Royal Tenenbaums” meets “Kick-Ass.”

CAST LIST:

Nurse: Aimee Poulin
Oliver: David Rowan
Star: Pascale Behrman
Narration: Kat Smiley
Doctor: Allan Brunet
Doctor 2: Bill Poulin
Isa: Jillian Robinson

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch