Comedy Festival Testimonial – June 8 2020

 Screenwriter Andrew Fisk (GEEKS: A LOVE STORY)

The festival did a reading of another feature length screenplay of mine, as well as some other creative works. So this was certainly an incentive. The feedback I received for “Geeks” was incredibly helpful. It let me see the screenplay in a way I had not seen before and got my brain moving in a new direction. I got rid of all the scenes that were slowing the story down and streamlined it. This screenplay is so much better now than it was a few months ago.

Festival for Comedy-A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

CAST LIST:

SHANNON – 3 – ETHEL ABRAY
NARRATION – TED POWERS
TODD – 11 – DANIEL JONES
CD NARRATOR – 8 – OLIVIA BARRETT

 

TV SCRIPT MOVIE of Bojack Horseman, by Kayla Kristofco

CAST LIST:

Narrator – Val Cole
Princess Carolyn – Esther Teeboo
Bojack – Steve Rizzo
Stefani/Diane – Lindy Thurrell
Carol the Pigeon – Danielle Nicole
Mr. Peanutbutter – Geoff Mays
Todd – Manny Pacheco

Produced by Matthew Toffolo

Editor & Visual Design by Kimberly Villarruel

COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay: ONE MORE ZERO, by Toni Nagy

Two artists from NYC become disillusioned by their urban existence and decide to escape to rural New Hampshire to start an art collective in an effort to shift the current paradigm of consciousness – yet what they didn’t anticipate was how differing ideologies would impact their naive idealistic vision.

CAST LIST:

Faith: Jordan Boscariol
Narrator: William Poulin
Marcul: Steven Holmberg
Kevin: Gabriel Darku

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 SCRIPT MOVIE: Elizabeth Bennet Is Dead, by Edith Woi & Jean-Marie Mazaleyrat

– Synopsis – “Elizabeth Bennet is Dead” is written along the lines of films such as “Bridget Jones’s Diary” with its modern take of Mark Darcy, from Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”. Also, it is similar to “The Wedding Planner” with its comedy and charm.

The story is about Paulette “Polly” Hapsburg, an African American woman who moves to London after hearing the news about the death of Elizabeth Bennet, Mark Darcy’s wife. She succeeds in winning his heart after being mistaken as a member of the Austrian royal house of the Habsburg. Now their relationship has to stand the test of their pride and prejudice as well the fact Polly might face jail by impersonating royalty.

– Summary of where we are when the best scene occurs.- The scene can happen anywhere in the US. Small town or city would work. The scene is an a typical open plan office like on the TV Series “The Office”. The scene is at the beginning of the film setting up the story and the Protagonists on her comedic adventure.

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Esther Thibault
Polly: Val Cole
Mark Darcy: Geoff Mays
Disc Jockey: Matt Barnes
Peter: Steve Rizzo

Visual Deign by Kimberly Villarruel

Produced by Matthew Toffolo

SCRIPT MOVIE: Fate’s Peculiar Sense of Humour, by N. Triton

In 2009 London, Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, finally finds a person that could spell the end of her being trapped in the body of a dirty, ugly beggar, and get reunited with her long-lost love Ares, the god of war, who is now instigating violence and anarchy through social media. That person is Dr. Drake, a university teacher who lives with his mother, is disliked by his students and shies away from any form of physical contact with women. Can a person who has never experienced love actually bring this emotion of true love back to a world that has reached its apogee of cynicism?

CAST LIST:

Narartor: Matt Barnes
HELEN: Val Cole
SUE: Esther Teeboo
Mr. KAEMON: Manny Pacheco
HUGH JORGAN: Geoff Mays

Visual Design and Editor Kimberly Villarruel

Produced by Matthew Toffolo

Script Movie: The Upside Downings, by Sean Sullivan

An untraditional family where the kids are adults and the parents are kids, navigate through their work, school and home lives while never losing their sense of humor.

CAST LIST:

Narration: Danielle Nicole
Howard Downing – Sean Tabaras
Carol Downing – Val Cole
Billy Downing – Geoff Mays
Kate Downing – Esther Teeboo

Editor and Visual Design by Kimberly Villarruel

Produced by Matthew Toffolo

COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay Reading: No Probllama, by Krystal Bird

CAST LIST:

Host – 2 – Adrian Carter
Mad Scientist – 2 – Sean Ballantyne
NARRATION – Norma Dunphy
Evie (40s) – 22 – Andrea Irwin
Dave (40s) – 32 – Trevor Howes

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

Screenplay MOVIE: THE WONDERFUL INVENTION OF DR. BLANK, BY OBAYED KHAN

The story follows a scientist named Dr Blank who is terrible at inventing things but wants as he attempts to gain fame and fortune in his numerous attempts at inventing things that sound cool but don’t work the way you expect them to.

When the scene occurs, Dr Blank *decides* he should become an evil scientist instead and instead of inventing he resorts to stealing inventions as it would be more evil.  The scene is of Dr Blank stealing a death ray created by another more successful evil scientist, Dr Painkiller and the scene occurs from the point of view of two inept security guards who are supposed to be keeping an eye on it.

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Val Cole
Officer #2 – Manny Pacheco
Officer #1 – Geoff Mays
Old Lady #2 – Danielle Niole
Old Lady #1 – Esther Thibault

VIsual Design & Editor: Kimberly VIllarruel

Produced by Matthew Toffolo

Screenplay MOVIE: THE PERFECT GIFT, by John Scott Schaf

An intensive workaholic, in order to save his marriage, goes on a Valentine’s Day journey for the perfect gift. It becomes a journey not only for gifts bur for self-discovery.

In this scene Hank is frantically trying to find an alternate gift for his wife since his procrastination has made his originally planned gift unattainable.

Visual Design & Editor: Kimberly Villarruel
Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Voice Over Performers:
Narrator: Matt Barnes
Hank: Geoff Mays
Apple Genius: Manny Pacheco
Sales Clerk: Esther Thibault
Clerk: Steve Rizzo

Best Scene SCRIPT MOVIE: Tugnutt: A Love Supreme by Nate Yacos

Written by Nathan 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.

Editor & Visual Design by Kimberly Villarruel

Voice Actors:

Sean Ballantyne
Matt Barnes
Christopher Bautista
Cassandra Guthrie
Allison Kampf
Erica Levine
Luke Robinson

Produced by Matthew Toffolo