Director Biography – John Patrick Hayden (VERITAPHOBIA)

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John Patrick Hayden, a second year student in the MFA FILM program at CCNY, is a recent BAFTA student scholarship award winner , and the Princess Grace award nominee for his first year of work at CCNY.

Director Statement

Thoughts on the film Veritaphobia:
Truth is natural. Lying is processed.
Lying is flawed, it’s man made and can not last. So, the hope of this film is the joy in remembering together that lies will eventually fall before the Truth. Truth will win .
…. And please, feel free to fact check me on all of this.

Director Biography – Caitlin Dahl (THE GET TOGETHER)

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Caitlin Dahl was born in Toronto, Canada to a sisterhood of strong talented artists. She attended Ryerson University and has since written, produced and directed three short films, a documentary film and countless music videos.

Caitlin got her start as a lead editor on Tim McGraw’s videos “Suspicions”, “Southern Voice” and McGraw and Def Leppard’s “Nine Lives”. Following the release of the videos, Caitlin was invited on Tim McGraw’s North American 2008 tour to shoot and edit for documentary purposes. Upon her return to Los Angeles, Caitlin and her twin sister Melinda formed their Production Company Dahlhouse Productions where Caitlin has been the head writer, director and producer of the film and television division. Their most notable clients include: Guess, Guess by Marciano, G by Guess, Sexy Hair and Bosley Professional Strength.

Her short film “White Picket Fence”, premiered at the Dances With Films Festival, where it won an Honorable Mention for Best Short Film. Her latest short film “Grown-Ups” recently premiered at the Los Angeles Independent Filmmakers Showcase in May of 2017 and won a total of ten awards in the festival circuit.

Caitlin began her career as an actress and has since appeared in numerous commercials, films and television productions, including, Nip/Tuck (FX), House M.D. (FOX), and American Horror Story (FX). She also sings and plays lead guitar in her band The Dahls with her sister Melinda.

Caitlin is married to Executive Producer/Writer, Danny Smith on “Family Guy”. They have two children together, Waylon and Adelaide.

Director Statement

I wrote “The Get Together” after I was invited to screen my last short film “Grown-Ups” at the prestigious and Oscar qualifying Rhode Island International Film Festival. I was so inspired by what I saw on opening night that I threw away the other short film script I was working on and opted to really challenge myself and write something I could visualize being shown on opening night of the festival next year. I dug deep within myself, wrote from my own experiences, and came up with a funny, farcical piece about two couples coming together for a dinner party to help plan a wedding for their children. Once gathered, the two couples gradually expose their own marital problems, as well as a growing enchantment with each other’s partners. All of their insecurities and human foibles soon come to the surface, and all of this is exacerbated by the fact that they have unwittingly and accidently eaten fudge that has been laced with edible marijuana – which of course results in confusion, hilarity and absurdity.

I want to tell this story to explore the many issues of marriage – its value, its relevance, and the question of its sustainability. My parents’ generation were the first to question the validity and the need for marriage (the film “The Graduate” comes to mind), and for many people my age, the idea of a lifetime of monogamy flies in the face of the basic human desire for variety and adventure. As best as we try, it seems so many of us are always looking for something more – or at least different.

Winning TV SPEC Screenplay of BOJACK HORSEMAN, by Kayla Kristofco

Overview: One of the best things about this script is that you were willing to take chances and they certainly paid off. Bojack, Princess Carolyn, Diane, and Todd are at the core of this episode. Each begins with very different expectations and perspectives than they end with and the overall plotline is something that fans will immediately connect with.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Andrea Irwin Irwin Irwin

Waiter: Thomas Fournier
Mr. Peanutbutter: Jolly Amaoko
Diane: Delphine Roussel
Bojack Annaleigh: Steven Holmberg
Princess Carolyn: Katelyn Varadi
Todd: Logan Forsyth Freeman

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 Festival Testimonial – March 28 2019

I want to thank you immensely for the feedback! I’m truly grateful. Feedback and reviews are the main reasons I submit to competitions such as this one. I’m most pleased with this one in particular because the reviewer took the time to make suggestions as to how I could make the script better, most notably with some of my character relationships. 
– Chastity Lively (Screenplay, Happy Holidays)

Festival for Comedy-A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

COMEDY Best Scene: MAE DAY by Ashley Rubay and Annick Blomdahl

Mae Day is a 30-minute comedy about two bumbling cousins, Ellie and Val, who must move in with their grandmother, Mae de Rochier, when the discovers that she has dementia.

CAST LIST:

Jack – 5 – Kevin Gabel
Joe – 6 – Hartley O. Gyamfi
Narration – Allen Michael Brunet
Grandma Mae – 16 – Regan Brown
Ellie – 11 – Ariel Brooker
Val – 5 – Georgia Grant

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

COMEDY Best Scene Reading of Tugnutt: A Love Supreme by Nate Yacos

When a family man gains instant celebrity status as TV spokesman, his newfound celebrity threatens to tear his family apart and challenge his notion of a happy life.

CAST LIST:

Brandon – Geoff Mays
Blond – Katelyn Varadi
Narration – Norma Dawn Dunphy
Ted – Shawn Devlin
Redhead –Salma Dharsee

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

COMEDY Best Scene Reading of The Accidental Feminist by Blayr Austin

 

Eugene Gorfinkel is raised by an unusually controlling feminist mother and 3 aggressive sisters as his father’s in jail. He is breastfed until he’s 12. He is the quintessential Mama’s boy to the extreme.

The women in Eugene’s life hover over him constantly. Their “love” is so all encompassing that it doesn’t allow him to have a normal life. In fact, he can’t even take a women’s multivitamin without his mother’s micromanagement.

CAST LIST:

Anne (8) – Katelyn Varadi
Eugene (teen) – Geoff Mays
Narration – Shawn Devlin
Beverly (13) – Salma Dharsee
Rita (40s) – Norma Dawn Dunphy
Chad – Omar Aufi

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

COMEDY Best Scene: THE WORDSMITH by Matthew Holy

The Wordsmith is a comedy about Harry, a hapless bachelor who is forever using his words in an attempt to gain the upper hand (and failing miserably). When he goes out with Jane, a sexy and sophisticated woman he has met on a dating site, he quickly discovers that puns are not the way to her heart.

Waiter – 4 – Hartley O. Gyamfi
Narration – Regan Brown
Harry – 25 – David Lapsley
Jane – 26 – Esther Rogers

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

COMEDY Best Scene Reading of BARNABY OF MULCH, by John Broadhead

Genre: Comedy, Crime

A tortured small town playwright, struggling to write a historical play for the town’s annual centennial celebration, casts a mysterious stranger who has plans to kill one of the townspeople to satisfy a long-term grudge.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Will: Peter Nelson
Father Bob: Russell Batcher

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

“Barnaby of Mulch” is about a young writer in a podunk Texas town, whose quest to put on a play honoring the town’s legendary founder is interrupted when a stranger comes to town looking for revenge.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy – Western – Coming of Age

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

This screenplay should be a film due to the charming and lovable cast of characters who provide some rollicking entertainment value, while the story never loses its sense of heart.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Lovably epic.

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

Martin McDonagh’s “In Bruge.”

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I spent three months writing this screenplay.

7. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written too many stories to count

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

At this current moment, my favorite song is “Stranger” by Ben Caplan.

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

The biggest obstacle to writing this screenplay came during the early stages, when I knew the concept (young writer working in a tire shop) and the comedic atmosphere, but I had no context to give the story shape. Fortunately, all at once the “Barnaby play” struck me, and quickly following that came the character of Will and his quest for vengeance. I had a story.

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

I’m also passionate about filmmaking, hiking and traveling.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

FilmFreeway has been a great, easy platform for submitting to a vast number of festivals. Highly recommended.

 

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

COMEDY Best Scene Reading of MCSUCK, by Christopher Grant Frank Caggiano

CAST LIST:

Counter Girl – Victoria Urquhart
Narration – Julie C. Sheppard
Tommy – Sean Ballantyne
Frankie – Geoff Mays
Drive thru teen – Hugh Ritchie

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox