DIVERSITY 1st Scene Screenplay Reading: Rainbow Hunting, by Conor McFarland

Unable to talk to his crush without vomiting, a nervous nineteen-year-old decides to confess his feelings during a work convention, but finds himself conflicted when he hits it off with the hotel clerk.

CAST LIST:

Kevin: Geoff Mays
Gordon: Gene Abella
Katie: Kiran Friesen
Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
Marshall: Sean Ballatyne
Audrey: Caroline Concordia
Fred: Ted Powers

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: Amateurs, by Alice Hartzog

Genre: Comedy

Returning to his hometown following a disastrous breakup, a former rock star tries to redeem himself by helping others–and finds himself entangled in an unlikely romance

CAST LIST:

Drew: Sean Ballatyne
Davis: Gene Abella
Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
Hayes: Ted Powers
Shawna: Kiran Friesen
Punk Girl: Caroline Concordia

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: The Ambigious Couch Affair, by Cecilia Michelangeli

Randall and Evelyn run a struggling furniture store in a quiet community. The peace is disturbed when a nervous would-be armed robber, Parker Ray, enters the store demanding money.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
Randall: Geoff Mays
Evelyn: Kiran Friesen

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 1st Scene of DEFYING THE TIDE, by Anna Bamberger

Watch the October 2017 Winning 1st Scene Screenplay.

A gripping history of a young Jewish mother and her baby desperately hiding from Hitler, and a courageous German woman who offered her help.

Genre: History, Drama

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
Meyer Fromm: Brandon Knox
Frieda: Premika Leo
Ruth Abraham: Julie McCarthy
Ruth’s Rabbi: James Boutcher
Old Man: Luke Robinson
Walter Abraham: Rob Notman
Housekeeper: Lindsay Rolland Mills

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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

 

 

Watch 1st Scene Winner: MINSAE: THE DARK KINGDOM, by Jennifer Sparkman

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MINSAE: THE DARK KINGDOM, by Jennifer Sparkman

SYNOPSIS:

In the early 1940s in North Carolina as the soldiers prepare to go to War, Julianne balances the life on the farm with her family and being a showgirl for the army brats.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Helen Kas
JULIANNE – Holly Sarchfield
MARGARET – Laura Kyswaty
DUNKEN – Vincent Marciano
CHESTER – Andy Bridge
HERMAN – David Schaap
RAVENNA – Joan Ban

Watch 1st Scene Winner: JACK’S MERMAID, by Lois Wickstrom

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JACK’S MERMAID, by Lois Wickstrom

SYNOPSIS:

When the mysterious toy store owner gives orphaned Jack a real mermaid, his aunt and uncle must learn the difference between real and imaginary, before the mermaid kidnaps him, and they never see him again.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Helen Kas
JACK – Andy Bridge
BUDDY – Vincent Marciano
BARSIN – David Schaap
DARA – Holly Sarchfield
DOLLY – Laura Kyswaty
GRANDMA – Joan Ban

 

Watch 1st Scene Winner: FOR THE LOVE OF PETE, by David Kurtz

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FOR THE LOVE OF PETE, by David Kurtz

SYNOPSIS:

A beautiful fighter pilot drags a mild-mannered investment banker into helping her rescue her kidnapped parents.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Helen Kas
PETE – Vincent Marciano
JOY – Holly Sarchfield
MOTHER – Laura Kyswaty
GRANDMOTHER – Joan Ban