COMEDY Best Scene Script Reading of FOR THE LOVE OF PETE by David Kurtz

 

CAST LIST: 

NARRATION: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Maria: Elizabeth Skidmore
Peter: Yehuda Fisher

Get to know the writer: 

 1. What is your screenplay about?

CHARMER is at heart a love story about extreme opposites attracting. The Meet Cute occurs on Page 1, but the protagonists’ relationship evolves and deepens over the next 100 pages as they face life threatening obstacles at every turn of their hostage-rescue adventure.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

CHARMER is a road-trip script in the romantic-comedy/adventure genres.

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

More than one generation of moviegoers has had little exposure to the classic road-trip movie or the fast paced, sometimes witty dialogue of films from the 30’s and 40’s. Setting CHARMER” in a contemporary adventure/action setting could appeal to Millennials (ages 21-37) and up.

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

INFATUATION HAPPENS

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

Probably Mr. and Mrs. Smith

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

4-5 years, on and off.

7. How many stories have you written?

Several, with CHARMER my only ‘finished’ full length feature script.

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

NOBODY DOES IT BETTER (Carly Simon)

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

It took me years to learn how to format (as styles change) and how to edit.

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

Family, then movies and cooking

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

The monthly competitions and fast feedback were appealing. Comments on my first entry were written enthusiastically.

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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

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COMEDY Best Scene Script Reading of CARNATION, Matthew W. Bertsch & Richard L. Nunez

 

CAST LIST:

NARRATION: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Larry: Scott McCulloch
Pete: Dan Cristofori
PA System: Elizabeth Skidmore
Gabriel: Yehuda Fisher

Get to know the writer: 

 1. What is your screenplay about?

‘Carnation is a modern-day telling of ‘A Christmas Carol’ where instead of a stingy old miser, our main character is a calloused redneck named Larry. Through his own demise, Larry is transported to the hereafter but is given a second chance at life by being sent back to earth as a series of animals.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

‘Carnation is an inspirational comedy.

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

The world is presently in a really dark place. Through humor and light-hearted fun, ‘Carnation aims to inspire and heal.

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

Get woke!

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

The Fisher King

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

A few years

7. How many stories have you written?

4-5 completed works and many others in progress.

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

Anything Alter Bridge. My favorite is probably “Wayward One”.

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

Time is our most precious gift…and our worse enemy.

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

Life itself; I milk it for all it’s worth. I have a creative spirit and I’m always “inventing” things. I have a card game named “Shadow” coming out very soon. Check it out on Indiegogo.

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

FilmFreeway is awesome. What more can be said?

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

I’ve really been looking for avenues to showcase ‘Carnation. I feel it is a timely and much needed work that is relevant to our present climate. The feedback I received on the screenplay was so helpful; many valid points and good advice.

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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 of GIACOMO BONDAMENTE: THE WORLD’S GREATEST HERO, by Jim Corona

A bumbling, arrogant actor becomes the last resort to disrupt a vindictive mafioso’s ingenious plot to heist gold from an Italian convent through an ancient Roman aqueduct.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR: Becky Shrimpton
Giacomo: Scott Beaudin
Drypuss: Allan Brunet
Quint: Anthony Tran
Vittorio: Merlin Simard
Milly: Salma Dharsee

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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 Script Reading of LIFE COACH, by Sandy Basran

 

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Logline: A young Indian male’s shaky self-confidence with women leads him to enlist an immature but fast talking co-worker as a life coach and friend who ultimately helps him break free from a manipulative girlfriend who threatens their friendship.

CAST LIST:

NARRATION: Julie C. Sheppard
Sandy – Peter Nelson
Harry – Trevor Marlatt
911 Operator – Katelyn Vanier

Get to know the writer: 

1. What is your screenplay about?

 It’s about two young men finding what each had been lacking: a genuine and amusing friendship that arises unexpectedly from the throes of a manipulative romantic relationship, shyness, selfishness, self-pity and an inkling of insecurity.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy.

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

It’s funny, relatable and inexpensive to make.  Well, I’m not sure of the last reason.  I want to believe the first two.  The humor comes from the relatable part if I may make this answer even more complicated.  We’ve all seen a friend get involved with someone who isn’t the best partner for him or her.  Some of us react maturely.  Some of us react as the characters in this script.

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

Selfishly funny.

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

Rain Man.

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

2011

7. How many stories have you written?

Three.

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

I Am Trying to Break Your Heart by Wilco

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

A debilitating lack of self-confidence that I was writing something funny and good.  Perhaps that a natural reaction when one isn’t educated or trained to write a screenplay or when one’s circle of friends and family aren’t tagged with “aspirational” before their title.

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

Lawyering.  Is that a word?  Sounds like something someone would say when lying about being a lawyer.  My passion lies in representing minorities and hard-working people of Chicago who don’t have access or believe they don’t have access to quality and compassionate legal representation.  In addition, my beautiful family including my wife, 8 month old boy and parents.  A close third to all of this is devouring the NBA and a clear first when the Bulls are good.

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

There’s an actual relationship which makes all the difference.  The human touch of receiving a personalized email and replies to questions erases the distance inherent in electronic/social media communication and geographic distance.

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

 I saw the feedback others had received and viewed some of the readings.  It’s easy to conclude that this isn’t a money grab.  There’s a genuine interest in your work and performing it quite well in terms of the reading.

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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 Script Reading of VENUS HATES MARS, by Ricky Long

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Logline: Told in a specified three act setup, we take a humorous and dramatic look at three separate couples trying to maintain their seemingly odd relationships…

CAST LIST:

NARRATION: Vanessa Quagliara
Angela – Fiona Mongillo
Preston – Peter Nelson

Get to know the writer: 

What is your screenplay about?

In a trilogy of interwoven stories, three 30 something Atlanta women struggle to maintain their complicated relationships.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

I would classify this tale as a romantic dramedy.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I feel the universal theme of love and happiness combined with rich, real, and relatable characters will be a hit with audiences.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Two words to describe this story is Funny and Real.

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

  Hmm, I have several films I have watched a lot. But to pick one, I’d say today it’s “True Romance” directed by Tony Scott. Tomorrow it may be something else.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I’ve worked on this script for the past 4 years.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve written 5 other screenplays of many different genres, as well as created and wrote a 10 episode crime drama series.

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

 
I have many favorites so like my movies, I can’t pick just one. So I will say “I Can’t Help It” by MJ; “Mountains (extended 10 minute version)” by Prince; and “Two Dope Boyz (In A Cadillac)” by Outkast.

 

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

During the completion writing of this screenplay, I faced personal family conflict, a bitter breakup from a true love ending in court, a reluctant move to another state, and a loss of employment. But I prevailed!

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

In addition to writing screenplays, I also have a love for writing, producing, and recording music.

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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 Script Reading of TINDERELLA, by Jane Henning

Genre: Rom-Com

Logline: When the king of Tinder perfects his game to the staggering tune of two swipes a day and a couple of daily rolls in the hay, he develops a serious case of pussy affluenza until he meets his match: Tinderella, she’s the deftest swiper in the east with the handle: ‘Wanna f69k?’ In a world where getting laid is as easy as ordering takeout, can two pros find love?

CAST LIST:

NARRATION – Sean Ballantyne
Older Brit – Peter Nelson
Shea – Julie C. Sheppard
Latino Dude – Trevor Marlatt

Get to know the writer: 

What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay is a modern day re-telling of Cinderella. It’s the story of a daughter who finds herself in the constraints of a not so great family situation. At its core is heart, hope and love.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

RomCom

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

Hollywood has all but forgotten about the romcom genre. I am hoping my feature can do its part to bring the genre back and get girl friendly films back into theaters. My version takes this simple romantic comedy and iconic children’s story and completely turns it on its head in a fun and funny compelling way.

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

Date Night

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

Probably “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” which is why the nod to that film is peppered throughout this script.

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

1 year

7. How many stories have you written?

6 completed screenplays

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

Billy Joel, “Just the Way You Are”

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

Making the ending not just unexpected but fantastic!

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

I am passionate about early Hollywood, interior design, poverty alleviation, the political climate of our nation after having worked as the former Executive Assistant to President Trump,

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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