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

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COMEDY Best Scene Reading of THE BOOK WRITER by Kris Bauske

Doyle Tipton is a successful playwright and author, but her name causes most people to think she’s a man. She has the chops to make it as a bigtime book writer for stage musicals, but she’s never actually had a success in this area. Every time she proposes a concept to a band, they hem and haw and steal the idea without including the woman book writer. Finally, Doyle calls in a favor and gets hired, sight unseen, to write the book for a musical based on the catalog of Larry Limpet and the Lizards, a multi-platinum band that hit huge in the eighties. The only problem is, Larry Limpet is a male chauvinist in the truest style, and Doyle Tipton isn’t taking any of his shit.

CAST LIST: 

Narration – Katelyn Varadi
Larry – Sean Ballantyne
Doyle – Norma Dawn Dunphy

Writer Biography – Kris Bauske

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Kris Bauske is an internationally published and produced playwright and screen writer. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Michigan. Her first play, A Good Old Fashioned, Redneck Country Christmas, written in 2008, garnered national attention and is published by Samuel French. It has been adapted for the stage as a musical and is represented by Gary DaSilva 111 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 250 Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-6850, as are all her theatrical works. The comedy, the musical, and the sequel, A Good Old Fashioned Redneck Country Wedding, are all published by Samuel French.

The screenplay for ‘Redneck Christmas’, written by Kris, is in development with Lenz Entertainment of Toronto with an expected release date of the full-length feature film in November 2019. She has also completed screenplays for A Good Old Fashioned Redneck Country Wedding and A Good Old Fashioned Redneck Country Happy Halloween. ‘Halloween’ is currently under review by Samuel French for inclusion in its upcoming catalog.

Kris’ screenplays and film deals are handled by Ken Sherman & Associates 1275 N. Hayworth Avenue, Suite 103 Los Angeles, CA 90046 (310)273-8840.

Kris’ comedy, Simon Says has been read and approved by Mr. Neil Simon who granted permission for the use of his likeness in the script.

Kris wrote the wildly popular romantic comedy The Book Writer, which has earned Best Feature Screenplay at four film festivals worldwide. It is a Platinum Award winner in the 2018 Firefly Film Competition in Los Angeles, Winner Best Screenplay 2018 Honolulu Film Festival, Winner Best Screenplay 2018 Cosmic Film Festival, Winner Best Feature Screenplay at 2018 Shepperton Screenwriting Festival, and Winner Best Romantic Comedy Screenplay at 2018 Canadian Diversity Film Festival.

Kris was honored to write a screenplay about the tragedy of child marriages in many parts of the world. Shaida, Child Brides is due to start filming in late 2018. Her award winning stage play Whispers to the Moon premiered in 2014 at the Ft. Wayne Civic Theatre and is published by Stagescripts, Ltd. Of London, UK. A screenplay adaptation was requested by a producer in Tuscany, and production is set to begin in late 2018.

Her plays include:
The Nearly Final Almost Posthumous Play of the Not-Quite-Dead Sutton McAllister, a drawing room comedy/farce that examines the effects of stroke on the family of a world-famous playwright. The play was invited to 5 different festivals during 2015 & 2016 and was the winner of the Tennessee Stage Company’s 2017 New Play Fest.

Lay That Trumpet in Our Hands, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Susan Carol McCarthy. When the KKK kidnaps, tortures, and kills the son of their black friend and foreman, one white family refuses to back down.

The Growers, based on actual events during WWII. This extraordinary story of three German POWs working in America’s Heartland during the waning days of WWII has received significant attention nationwide.

Kris is a full member of the Dramatist’s Guild of America, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, and Film Florida. She was nominated for the 2011, 2013, & 2015 Francesca Primus award presented by ATCA for Outstanding Emerging Female Playwright. Kris was co-chair for the prestigious ICWP 2014, 2015, & 2016 50/50 Applause Awards. She continues to write, produce, and direct from her home near Orlando, FL. Her website is http://www.krisbauske.com Twitter: @IntlPlaywright

Writer Statement

There is a lot of prejudice in the world. I prefer to face it head on using humor to shine a light on biases, bigotry, and misogyny. Every word of this screenplay is inspired by actual events which makes me all the more determined to see it produced and shared. Considering the awareness that the #MeToo movement has inspired, there has never been a better time to produce female-written stories about strong women standing up for themselves with grace and humor. If you want a screenplay that will touch audiences everywhere, now is the time, and this is the script!

COMEDY Best Scene Reading of THE PERFECT GIFT, by John Scott Schaf

 

Genre: Comedy, Romance

An insensitive 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 but for self discovery.

Scene #1 – CAST LIST:

Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Hank: David Straus
Clerk: Esther Thibault

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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 WONDERFUL INVENTION OF DR. BLANK, by Obayed Khan

 

Genre: Comedy

A larger than life story of a mad scientist tries to invent something that works to impress a girl

CAST LIST:

Officer #1: Ted Powers
Officer #2: Luke Robinson
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Old Lady #1: Brianna Riche
Old Lady #2: Kimberley Wells

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

The story is about a scientist who is trying to impress a girl with his inventions which is blogs about.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

This screenplay is a comedy that is very meta. The humour in this screenplay is twofold as every joke is both a pun and also taken more literally than audiences would expect it to be. It is very visual and a lot of the comedy is physical.

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

It would be a very interesting challenge for any director to try an bring the larger than life aspects to screen and portray them in a way that is believable to audiences who will have certain expectations for the type of world the film is set in.

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

very literally

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

Taken starring Liam Neeson

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

I wrote the first draft over a period of three months but have since revisited it constantly to tweak an improve over two years now.

7. How many stories have you written?

I have written a handful of of short films as I prefer the format over longer stories because it is easier or me to fine tune every single detail and make every single word count.

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

All Star by Smashmouth is my go-to Karaoke song.

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

Making the hard choice to cut scenes and lines because they were not up to the same standard as the rest of the screenplay despite the fact that I liked a lot of them.

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

I enjoy photography and photo editing. I love using photoshop and editing pictures is a hobby of mine.

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

It has been very hit and miss for me, personally.

12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I’m glad I took the opportunity to enter and I’m happy that it was actually performed too!

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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

COMEDY Best Scene Reading of ORCHIDS UNDERWEAR AND TORTELLINI, by James Rosenfield

Genre: Comedy, Crime, Adventure

When live wire cougar/underwear CEO Sybil Sabine decides to wed her hunk young poster boy, all hell breaks loose, including blackmail, kidnapping, and murder. Will our heroine make it to the altar?

CAST LIST:

Lucia: Brianna Riche
Mrs. Sergio: Kesley Dann
Amado:John Marcucci
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Alfonsio: Daniel Cristofori
Papa: Ted Powers
Bodyguard: Luke Robinson
Aida: Kimberley Wells

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

Having a ball with such diverse themes as truly powerful women CEO’s; a May December hot romance, this time the man is the magnificent youth; every Mafia/Godfather film ever written; a jolly pitch for pansexuality; a wise and dignified warning against getting stoned too well and too often.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Hum…well, romantic comedy; farcical murder mystery; family life among the ultra wealthy;a warning to all overprotective mothers.

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

Because that’s how it conceived itself in my mind and it might provide enough fun to make some bucks…we hope.

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

Far out, man (2 words? You jest)

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

Either GONE WITH THE WIND or BRINGING UP BABY. My artistic ethos was born, evolved, even petrified by 1940. So sue me.

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

Off and on, I’d estimate five years.

7. How many stories have you written?

Tons– do you mean, short, long, narrative, dramatic?

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

I like the romantic duets from Gounod’s ROMEO ET JULIETTE. My tender heart has proved a damn troublemaker in art and in life, and it’s lovely to hear it transposed to superb themes, voices, and the work of other gifted artists.

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

Time involved in reality demands– making a living, then retiring, health issues, and a feeling it could be so much better…and trying to prove it.

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

Gardening, especially trees; nature, especially in our superb mountains and the every day working out of the myriad aspects of life about me; all aspects of human psychic interworkings, either within or between other souls. I adore music.

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

Fine.

12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I make a point to constantly submit my material; you never know where and how it will land. Writing is not meant to snooze on a shelf. The opportunity of course for my work to be seen and heard. Some feedback is highly useful; others, well, to each his own.

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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

COMEDY Best Scene Reading of THE HEIST, by Ryan Northcott

 

Genre: Comedy, Crime

Two hapless thieves attempt to rob a payday loan store, but two of the patrons have other plans.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Kyle: Daniel Cristofori
Slim: Luke Robinson

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

The screenplay is a darkly comical look at what it takes to survive on the fringes of society, and what lengths people would go to in order to get ahead.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Action, comedy, dark comedy

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

Because it would make for a hilarious short film and also be a hell of a lot of fun to produce!

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

Get yours.

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

Pulp Fiction

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

Two months on/off

7. How many stories have you written?

5 or 6

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

‘The World is Yours’ by Nas

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

Figuring out how to create characters whose motivation/fears align with their actions.

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

Producing, film industry in general. Outside of film, motorcycles, cars, snowboarding.

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

Very positive.

12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

Thought it would be a fit, the feedback I received was awesome and really helped.

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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

COMEDY BEST SCENE Reading: THE SKY BELOW, by Stacey D’Erasmo

Genre: Drama, Comedy

The story of Gabriel Callahan’s life, beginning with his father’s abandonment when Gabriel was a child and tracing his ambivalent search for wholeness through adolescence and into adulthood.

CAST LIST:

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Robin: Salma Dharsee
Taxi Driver: Zazu Oke
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Lim: Allan Michael Brunet
Aunty Chin: Courtney Keir

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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