COMEDY 1st Scene Screenplay Reading: Karl Reagan: The Capitalist-Communist, by Federico Vicino

Karl Reagan is an underdog candidate running for a seat in Missouri’s House of Representatives. Set on the heels of a near-apocalyptic nuclear winter, his platform is to fuse the best characteristics of capitalism and socialism to help the common person realize the struggling American Dream. Mr. Reagan’s pitch to the electorate is a devotion to standing up to corporate greed, especially to a company called NuTech who has not fulfilled their promise of cleaning up the environment after the catastrophe. His unorthodox approach to stumping on the trail leaves voters enthused, angered, and baffled. His rival, a politically established contender named Tom Baker, uses conventional and tiresome tactics to label Karl’s candidacy as ludicrous and too idealistic. As his campaign progresses, Karl Reagan gets a slice of American values, fortitude, hardships, and inconsistencies. The electorate get a front row seat of his as well.

CAST LIST:

Eric: Matt Schichter
Karl/Randy: Ted Powers
Narration: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Marcus: Gabriel Darku
Jeff: Sean Ballantyne
Serena: Katelyn Varadi

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 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 Best Scene Reading: Age-Dive, by Ryan Mutama

A struggling comedian with an unsuccessful dating life finds compatibility in a woman nearly twenty years his senior, but their difference in age triggers insecurities that he lacks the wisdom to manage.

CAST LIST:

Tara: Justine Christensen
Narrator: Jordan Boscariol
Andrew: Gabriel Darku
Lance: Fabio Abrue

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

Winning COMEDY Festival TV PILOT Reading: GOOD AND EVIL, by Michael Corleone

Ancient beings Good, Evil, and other abstract concepts must band together to survive the perils of the modern world.

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Good: Aaron Williams
Evil: Natalie Morgan
Tommy: Andrew Ball
Beauty: Barb Scheffer
Joy: Cassandra Guthrie
Timmy: Kaleb Alexander
Tony: 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

1st Scene Screenplay Reading of Something New, by Michael Abel

Along the Bayou outside of New Orleans. After a bachelorette and her party get out of control she wakes up with a charming rogue two days before her wedding… As her memory returns, she realizes he’s the least of her problems!

CAST LIST:
Geneva: Erica Levene
Emmy: Cari Haim
Narration: Esther Thibault
Bob: Charles Gordon
Bradley: Gabriel Darku
Kimberly: Julie Sheppard

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Hugh Fraser, Andy Camp, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

COMEDY BEST SCENE Reading – SANDWICH by Deborah Klika

Watch the January 2017 Winning Comedy Best Scene Reading.

Best Scene from the screenplay SANDWICH Screenplay
Written by Deborah Klika

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Nick Wicht
SUSIE – Val Cole
DIANA – Catherine D’Angelo
WILL – David Straus
SURVEYOR – Gabriel Darku

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Animation

Centres on the lives of Suzie, writer, mother of three, her mother, feminist academic Diana, best friend and ex corporate warrior Toni, and the depressive yet helpful neighbour Will.

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Life in the suburbs when everybody needs you and nobody wants you.

What genres does your screenplay under?

TV comedy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s Blue Velvet meets Modern Family and exposes a darkly comic view of what goes on between the hours of 9-3 in suburbia. When the cat’s at work the mice……

How would you describe this script in two words?

Blue Suburbia

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

The Apartment by Billy Wilder

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

On and off for eight years

How many stories have you written?

Three TV comedy pilots, two more as developer/creator

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

When living in suburbia I asked what happens when you lose the identity you had in the workplace.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

That feedback from commissioners was “why would anyone want to see a comedy about women in their forties?” from women in their thirties with no children. A lack of knowledge or understanding about that time in one’s life.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Teaching, comedy and screenwriting research.

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

I was attracted to this festival because it offered readings with actors and I was keen to see how the script “read.” The feedback was thorough and perceptive, it focused on the comedy and how to make that stronger rather than the fact it was about “women.”

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

Keep at it. Get lots of feedback and even if you don’t agree with the feedback there is a reason the reader felt compelled to comment on that aspect or at the point, so ask yourself why.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson


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COMEDY SHORT SCREENPLAY – MODERN LOVE by Hannah Dillon

Watch the January 2017 Winning Comedy Short Screenplay Reading.

Best Scene from the screenplay MODERN LOVE Screenplay
Written by Hannah Dillon

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Charles Gordon
BONNIE – Shannon McNally
GRANDMA – Val Cole
SANDRA – Catherine D’Angelo
JOEL – Nick Wicht
BILL – David Straus
NOAH – Gabriel Darku

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Sci-Fi, Comedy, Romance, Family

In 2065, Sandra brings her Artificially Intelligent boyfriend home to meet her grandmother, who struggles to accept him.


Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

When Sandra brings her Artificially Intelligent boyfriend home for dinner, her family struggles to accept him. In addition to the nerves that come with meeting a significant other’s family, this boyfriend has to overcome a deep-rooted prejudice against robots. Great. Let’s see how Sandra’s overbearing, Jewish grandmother reacts.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Sci-Fi, Comedy, Family

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This story exposes an important social issue in an engaging, digestible way. It’s really about the struggles of any “unconventional” couple (LGBTQ, interracial, etc.), and the cyclical nature of social progress from generation to generation. Anyone who has ever been rejected by his or her significant other’s family will relate to this story. More importantly, people who feel you should only date “your own,” may even be able to take a step back and question that impulse. I believe this story could have a great impact if made into a film.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Provocative and silly.

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

When Harry Met Sally.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I worked on various iterations of this story for about eight months. I am currently working on a pilot inspired by the two main characters and their relationship.

How many stories have you written?

I have written three feature screenplays, many more short screenplays, short stories, poems, and songs. I am constantly writing.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Years ago, a family member of mine did not approve of my former partner, and it stuck with me. I was very close with that family member, and was not expecting his negative reaction. Others told me to “let it go,” because he was old, and from “a different time.” I tried to imagine: If I was very old, and my granddaughter brought home a lover, is there any kind of person I would find unsuitable? Any kind of religion? Race? Sexual identity? As I wracked my brain, the only thing I could think was, “as long as it’s human.” That’s when it clicked: if my hypothetical granddaughter were to bring home a robot, I would, in fact, question that love, and my hate would sound all too familiar. It also sounded ridiculous when aimed at a robot. I thought, what a perfectly absurd metaphor to use to expose the idiocy of real prejudice. At the end of the day, it’s just fear of the unfamiliar.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

There are a lot of big themes at play here, and a lot of different ways to tell this story. I had to explore several avenues before I found the one that felt right.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love music (which I also write) and comedy, and care deeply about social justice.

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

I saw a few videos of previous readings, and I loved the idea. The initial feedback was very helpful.

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

My only advice is to write what’s in your gut. It’s the only thing worth reading, and the only voice nobody else has. Plus, it’s in your gut—don’t let that fester.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

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