Winning COMEDY Feature Screenplay Reading: Johnny’s Pico, by Sean Monahan, Scott Hennelly

A pair of hapless private detectives, middle-aged brothers Craig and Timmy, are sick of Los Angeles and finally moving home… until they stumble into the middle of a murder investigation and the crosshairs of the Irish Mafia. Their only way out is to actually become the detectives they had always pretended to be.

CAST LIST:

Wessels: Ted Powers
Maggie: Caroline Concordia
Karen: Kiran Friesen
Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
Craig: Geoff Mays
Timmy: Gene Abella
Kane: Sean Ballatyne

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

Watch Winning Comedy Short Screenplay: BOWLING FOR CONCUBINES by Vanessa Marlowe

BOWLING FOR CONCUBINES
Written by Vanessa Marlowe
Read 10 Questions with the writer

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Mockumentary, Comedy

Investigative reporters, Jean Burbank and Robert Ibsen, explore the highly controversial game of Bowling for Concubines in this satirical mockumentary. Involving bowling balls and actual human concubines as pins, B.F.C. forces a nation to question its own morals. Should fun come at any cost? Some say yes. These questions and more will be answered via variously dubious testimonies.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
MAN – Michael Gaty
NATASHA – Kiran Friesen
BORIS – David Occhipinti
MISS WINDIG – Judy Thrush
TALL LANKY GUY – Dan Cristofori
CLERK – Mark Boutros
KOYLA – Sean Ballantyne
CAROL – Viktoria Napolenova

 

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

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Short Screenplay – Bowling for Concubines by Vanessa Marlowe

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Bowling for Concubines by Vanessa Marlowe

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Mockumentary, Comedy

Investigative reporters, Jean Burbank and Robert Ibsen, explore the highly controversial game of Bowling for Concubines in this satirical mockumentary. Involving bowling balls and actual human concubines as pins, B.F.C. forces a nation to question its own morals. Should fun come at any cost? Some say yes. These questions and more will be answered via variously dubious testimonies.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
MAN – Michael Gaty
NATASHA – Kiran Friesen
BORIS – David Occhipinti
MISS WINDIG – Judy Thrush
TALL LANKY GUY – Dan Cristofori
CLERK – Mark Boutros
KOYLA – Sean Ballantyne
CAROL – Viktoria Napolenova

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

It’s about people’s fascination with violence and sex – somethings some of us can’t get enough of – expressed in the form of a violent game that releases humanity’s own repressed and erratic nature by breaking all the rules.

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

“Bowling for Concubines” would make a very compelling film because the issues addressed – violence, sex, religion and our very own moral values – are forever relevant. Also, the story expressed as a satire helps us to not only evaluate the absurdity of our own warped behavior, but hopefully, laugh at it as well.

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

Sexual Revolution!!

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

It’s a tie between Back To The Future and Wizard of Oz.

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

I worked on it for six months.

6. How many stories have you written?

Many short stories…one feature screenplay and 3 features in-process, two unpublished novels that I’m adapting into additional screenplays… A handful of short films, and a few sketches as well. The hope is the writer finishes his/her projects and doesn’t let them all collect dust! 😛

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

The film “Bowling for Columbine” had such a unique title when I first heard it that I immediately went to “Bowling for Concubines” (As the comedic mind corrupts all.) which I thought was a strange notion, then feeling passionately about the topic of sex trafficking, women’s rights, violence and sexual abuse, decided to tie it in there somehow.

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

Just trying to end it. A strong ending is very challenging for me.

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

Creatively speaking…acting. Comedy. Dancing. Filmmaking. Art. Interior Design. Colors. Textures…Personally…Exercise. Nature. Meditation. Nutrition. Love. Globally…Women and children’s rights. Water access, health care access, education. Treating the earth with respect and helping to heal it and ourselves in the process. World peace.

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

Just trying to get my work out there. I think the concern is always wanting it to be polished as possible but sometimes you just gotta put it out there and hope for the best. I will always continue to work on my material as best I can in the time that I can focus on it. The feedback was helpful, constructive. I always feel like everyone has a different perception of what can be interpreted as offensive. Writing comedy you’re going to offend people at some point but comedy doesn’t apologize, so neither can I. You can’t make everyone happy, but you can try to convey a solid message and make some people laugh, and maybe give them food for thought as they get into bed at night or as they criticize some aspect in irritation. I’d rather my work made people angry than inspired them to just go home and eat potato chips and completely forget about what they just saw or read. I mean if I’m not moving someone to feeling something, than I’m not doing my job.

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

Get yourself into a quiet, peaceful place of rigid discipline and routine when it comes to writing. If your mind isn’t at peace, than it’s hard to concentrate. Finding the discipline I think to do it is easier than being able to concentrate if, as most writers and artists at some point have experienced, times are tough and you’re struggling financially or whatever. But, as Charles Dickens wrote, “It was the best of the times, it was the worst of times…” Through it all, the truly dedicated, determined prevail in completing their work and seeing it through. If you want to start a revolution, it starts with that first word on that magical paper.

Find what inspires you and light that fire I say! 🙂

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Watch the April 2016 Winning TV Comedy Screenplay

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TV PILOT: MARRIAGE EQUALITY
by Jamie Pierce

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Romance

A gay couple deals with two life-changing events on Mother’s Day.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
ANDREW – Michael Lake
ANTHONY – Noah Casey
STACY/ANDREW – Sandra Krstin
JUDY – Kiran Friesen
DAD – Dennis Barham

Short Comedy Screenplay Reading – Gary’s Girls by Mckenzie Trent

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Short Screenplay – Gary’s Girls by Mckenzie Trent

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Drama

A young woman with too many bumps in the road is in the process of giving up on life when an unlikely source, her dad’s new girlfriend and her former high school resident mean girl, pushes her out of her comfort zone.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufman
STEPHANIE – Sandra Krstin
MEREDITH – Kiran Friesen
GARY – Michael Lake
HOST – Noah Casey
CARL – Dennis Barham

Get to know writer Mckenzie Trent:

1. What is your short screenplay about?

A young woman is forced to go to dinner with her dad’s new girlfriend, who happens to be a former school nemesis.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Ultimately it’s a story about an unlikely friendship between two women. For it to be funny and still a woman’s character story is a tougher accomplishment these days. If expanded, I think it could be quite an adventure for these women and their goofy man in common.

This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this script in two words?

Rival comedy

What TV show do you keep watching over and over again?

The Office, Arrested Development

This is a very tight, emotionally engaging and fun screenplay. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About a year

How many stories have you written?

Too many? Probably 6 or 7 that were finished and shot.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

A really fun and successful improvised scene in a class. I just couldn’t let the idea go afterwards.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

It was originally a small web series and expanding it into a longer short provided its own challenges with character development and story pacing.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Acting! And I’m really into my women’s basketball league.

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

I was looking for guidance and some approval that I was on the right track. I agreed with most of the feedback.

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

Keep writing. And write what you love, not what you think other people want to read. Force them to pay attention to your material first.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Today’s Screenplay Reading: Death Don’t Us Part by Olaf Baumann

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DEATH DON’T US PART
Written by Olaf Baumann
Read 10 Questions with the writers

SYNOPSIS:

A feature film about the quest for true love and the intricacies of being dead.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Fran Townend
CHARLEY – Bubba
EMMA – Jane Smythe
DINA – Kiran Friesen
ROSCOE/NAPOLEAN – Peter Nelson
HELEN – Becky Shrimpton
STEVE – Sean Ballantyne