COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay Reading: For Love or Music, by Scott Sawitz

Ashley Powell is an ordinary bar singer when she rockets to fame overnight from a viral video. The song she was playing becomes a hit and she winds up on the fast track to musical stardom. She’s carrying a big secret though: she can only write music when she’s miserable after a break up.
With an album on the way she’s forced to write it the only way she knows how: breaking hearts.
When the great love of her life falls into her life, she’s forced to choose between happiness or success.

CAST LIST:

Skylar: David Rowan
Sara: Victoria Murdoch
Narration: Esther Thibault
Matt: Sebastian Biasucci
Ashley: Mojeane Sadr

 


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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Denissa Palmer, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

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COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay Reading: The Outlaw Josey From Wales, by Mark Spurlock

After learning his brother is missing a Welch not so outlaw must leave his country and travel to America to find him. With the help of an Indian tracker and a gay sheep herder, the three leave an everlasting mark on American history.

CAST LIST:
Bison Bob: Sean Ballantyne
Man at Table: Allen Brunet
Narration: Isabel Kruse
Josey: Brandon Knox
Popeye: Aaron Williams


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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Denissa Palmer, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

COMEDY Screenplay: GOOD NEWS DESK – Watch 3 best scenes from script.

COMPUTER SCENE:

CAST LIST:
Maryanne: Isabel Kruse
Narrator: Val Cole
Melville: Geoff Mays
Polly: Bianca Alongi

NEWSPAPER SCENE:

CAST LIST:
Blandings: Jarrod Terrill
Patroni: Elle A
Marty: Geoff Mays
Narrator: Val Cole
Stone: Ryan Singh
Joe: Neil Bennett

COP SCENE:

CAST LIST:
Patroni: Ell A
Narrator: Val Cole
Crawford: Geoff Mays
Polly: Bianca Alongi

“The Good News Desk” is written along the lines of ‘The Other Guys’ and “The Heat’. It is an action, ‘buddy’ film featuring two strong comic female actors. Suzanne Patroni, a tough, cynical crime reporter, finds her career in free-fall after getting too close to the action. She’s demoted to the good news ‘features’ desk to work alongside her total opposite, Polly, a real-life Pollyanna. While covering what should have been a completely innocent story of a local philanthropist, Patroni and Polly witness a vicious attack by a drug cartel. Patroni jumps back into action, contrary to her editor’s orders and in spite of the backlash from a previous disastrous story that nearly destroyed her career – and her life. Her reckless pursuit of the bad guys puts her – and Polly – in harm’s way. They are pursued by cartel henchmen in a frantic urban car chase, shot at, kidnapped, and left to die in a wildlife refuge pursued by a hungry mountain lion. Patroni relishes the danger, nurturing what seems to be a death wish. Polly responds with unexpected resourcefulness. As they dig deeper to find the truth about the cartels, Patroni faces her personal demons and also uncovers the corruption permeating her world – the cops, the newspaper, and the people she trusts have all been tempted and turned by the cartel’s unlimited money. Against the odds, Patroni gets the scoop of her career. Although full of action, the story has many comic turns prompted by the complete incompatibility of the coarse and cynical Patroni and the eternally optimistic, but surprisingly canny Polly. Ultimately, it is Patroni’s journey of redemption and achievement that provides a sweet and funny ending.

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Denissa Palmer, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay Reading: Take a ‘Pause Out of Crime, by Mary C. Ferrara

A menopausal woman is gifted a stolen necklace, and a couple of dim-witted criminals want it back. Hot flashes could be hotter than the necklace itself in saving the day.

CAST LIST:

Salesman: Jarrod Terrill
Carlos: Ryan Singh
Narrator: Val Cole
Sam: Geoff Mays
Max: Neil Bennett

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Denissa Palmer, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay Reading: Good Intentions, by Sandy Tovray Greenberg

After a nasty breakup, Tara’s vow to live drama-free is thwarted when she meets her dream man, but some well-meaning plans backfire, jeopardizing her relationship, and forcing her to question the definition of “good” intentions.

CAST LIST:

Tara: Elle A
Darcy: Isabel Kruse
Narrator: Val Cole
Logan: Geoff Mays
Mindy: Bianca Alongi

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Denissa Palmer, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay Reading: Raymond Carver and Derrida’s Zombie Army, by James Fitzmaurice

It’s the 1960s and a blizzard is raging in Iowa City, a place where Kurt Vonnegut, Jr teaches in the Writers’ Workshop and Gayatri Spivak holds classes in literary theory. This evening Raymond Carver is worried about his wife’s possible infidelity.

CAST LIST:

Maryann: Elle A
Wildhack: Bianca Alongi
Narrator: Val Cole
Carver: Neil Bennett
Lois: Isabel Kruse

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Denissa Palmer, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay: Fate’s Peculiar Sense of Humour, by N. Triton

The story is a romantic comedy set in London during the 2009 financial crisis. People are becoming more and more cynical and true love is fainting away. Aphrodite (the Goddess of Love and Beauty) has been blamed by Zeus for the deterioration of love and was punished to live for eternity into the body of an ugly drunkard beggar (named AfroDude).

CAST LIST:

Nigel: Jarrod Terrill
Web Viewer: Isabel Kruse
Male Web Viewer: Ryan Singh
Narrator: Val Cole
Hugh Jorgen: Geoff Mays
Dr. Drake: Neil Bennett
Helen: Elle A

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Denissa Palmer, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch