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.


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.



Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Sept. 2016 Winner: Feature Screenplay – LAWN BOYS by Steve Cleary

Watch the September 2016 Winning Comedy Screenplay. 

Written by Steve Cleary


Genre: Screwball Comedy

When a pretentious ad man levels down to work on his best friend’s landscaping crew, he must sharpen his new skills in order to prevent a rival lawn service from ruining their hometown’s natural beauty with artificial grass.


NARRATOR – Steve Rizzo
STEVE – Kaleb Alexander
SUNNY – Heather Dicke
MIKE/BRIAN – Steve Mitchell
MUNGO – John Fray
HEIKO – Dan Cristofori
RIPPY – Randy Baumer
VARIOUS – Norma Dawn Dunphy

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

‘Lawn Boys’ is about a city guy who learns to bloom where he’s planted by taking a job on his buddy’s landscaping crew back in his South Jersey hometown.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

‘Lawn Boys’ is a broad comedy.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

‘Lawn Boys’ is outrageously funny, while being grounded in reality and has a lot of heart. It’s refreshingly original and sure to leave anyone who watches it with a smile.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Outrageously Funny!

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

That would have to be ‘A Christmas Story’, by default.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I first came up with the idea way back in 2009 and picked at it over the years since. I fully committed to writing it last fall and it took me about six months to get it fully polished.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve written a couple dozen or so, but only six have made it into fully realized screenplays. I’m currently working on two other screenplay ideas and have several more in the pipeline.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I kept having situations and lines of dialogue coming to mind as if they were from a movie I’ve seen several times. This is the comedy movie I’ve always wanted to have playing on a lazy hungover Saturday afternoon.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The ideal being to write full-time, I had to tear myself away from it in order to find freelance work to pay the bills.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about living a life of radical self-expression and freedom to explore the wonders of nature and mankind.

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

Yes! Get coverage wherever you can find it. When I posted an early draft of ‘Lawn Boys’ to a couple of listing sites, the feedback from reviewers and other writers helped me improve the script immeasurably.

Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne



Interview with filmmaker Erik Linthorst (TURKEY)

Erik Linthorst’s short film “TURKEY” was the Winner of Best Film at the FEEDBACK Film Festival in September. A pure family comedy that had the sold out audience laughing throughout.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video from the Festival:

Interview with filmmaker Erik Linthorst:

1. What motivated you to make this film?

The desire to transition from writing to writing and directing, and just wanting to be able to see something I’ve written on the big screen.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

About a month for writing, a month of prep, a 4 day shoot, and then about 9 months of post (working on it very part time). So about a year total.

3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?

Family Clusterf@%k

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

Three separate construction projects going on within a 500 foot radius of the house during production.

5. Tone-wise, this is a very tough film to pull off because it’s a comedy but with heart (family). The actors were exceptional. Did you do a lot of rehearsal/prep time with them?

No, we did a table read, and then maybe one run through on set before cameras rolled. But the whole cast was made up of consummate professionals with substantial resumes in front of the camera. They were all great to work with.

6. What were your initial reactions when watching the Toronto audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

Gratified that people seemed to get it, and like it. I like hearing the comparisons to Modern Family. One of my hopes is that this film will function as a tv writing sample. We’ve had a tough time getting into top festivals because of the length and because it’s not avant-garde or experimental or edgy, but I made this to be entertaining and I’m so glad that people seemed to be entertained.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

It’s probably a tie between Forrest Gump and Happy Gilmore. HG probably edges out because I spent a week in Chicago and discovered the View and Brew (a bar that shows movies) and they screened it every night, and I went like six times that week.

8. What is next for you? A new film?

I have a new feature spec I’d like to direct, and also a novel I’m trying to option to adapt and direct.