BEST Scene Reading: BATTLIN’ BARBARA, by A.W. Lucas

The true story of Barbara “The Mighty Atom” Buttrick-Smith, and her journey to become the first female World Bantamweight Boxing Champion while fighting the misogyny of the 1950’s.

CAST LIST:

Barbara: Kat White
Mickey: Pierre Simpson
Narrator: Val Cole
Bill: Christopher Zamat
Len: David Draper

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

LGBT Best Scene Reading: Jackie Rae. A San Francisco Story, by Kip Pearson

JR, a fierce rebellious young lesbian, defying family and convention, comes of age in San Francisco during the LGBT civil rights era of the 70s/80s. She evolves from being a scrappy activist cab driver to civil rights lawyer only to realize she can’t really change the world.

CAST LIST:

Art: Jorge Molina
Cameron: Christopher Zamat
Narrator: Val Cole
JF: Justine Christensen
Burley Patron: David Draper

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

BEST Scene Reading: LAST SUMMER, by Sahar Itani

Four friends united back again after a year from accidentally running over a pedestrian in the highway when one of them received a letter to remind them about their crime.

CAST LIST:

Bob: Jorge Molina
Narrator: Val Cole
James: Christopher Zamat
Julia: Justine Christensen

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

BEST Scene Reading: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, by Allan West

Logline: It’s the year 2098 and Blake, a narcissistic millenial who took up the option to have the age-ceasing procedure at age 50 is now facing a stark reality as he reaches his 100th birthday

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Thomas Fournier

Mabel: Delphine Roussel
Kwaz: Jolly Amaoko
Blake: Steven Holmberg

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

BEST Scene Reading: A Perfect Life, by Ganea Tiberiu

A vulgar and mean man hates his life;his job,being single,being his mother servant.

He wants a better life,living like a Hollywood star.He got it. But he finds out that it’s not the life he dreamed about; many things turned bad.
Luckily for him, this was only a bad dream. When he wakes up the man become a better person. He understood the meaning of life:”take life as it is, and enjoy it; make it your perfect life, even if sometimes it’s harder.”

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Katelyn Varadi

Glory: Delphine Roussel
Gale: Logan Forsyth Freeman

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

TV Best Scene Reading: MY SEX LIFE, by Rosalyn Rosen

CAST LIST:

Narration – STEVEN HOLMBERG
Roxanne – 9 – ANDREA IRWIN IRWIN
Trudy – 3 – KATELYN VARADI
Mindy – 7 – DELPHINE ROUSSEL
Lindy – 2 – 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 Festival Short Script: Love You More, by Jenna McCarthy

LOGLINE: A rising filmmaker’s ideas about lasting love are tested when she hits the road with her nemesis to make a movie about marriage.

SYNOPSIS: Aspiring film director Abby Spencer knows exactly what she wants in a man and a movie: a happy ending. But when sexy Blake Stuart shows up at work and rocks her world in every possible way, Abby is forced to take a good, hard look at her eight-and-a-half year relationship. Meanwhile Blake—still licking his wounds from a heartbreak of his own—manages to get his film idea picked for production, and chooses Abby to be his co-director. Soon Abby and Blake are traveling the world together, a trip marked by flaring tempers, secret truths, and heartbreaking tragedy. In the end, Abby realizes it’s up to her to decide if her life is going to turn out to be a tearjerker or a love story.

 

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Writer Biography – Jenna McCarthy

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Jenna McCarthy is an internationally published writer, corporate speaker, screenwriter, former radio personality and the author of more than a dozen books including Everything’s Relative and If It Was Easy They’d Call the Whole Damn Thing a Honeymoon, for which she sold the film/TV rights to ABC Studios. (Note: Jenna wrote and starred in the book trailer for Honeymoon, which you should watch immediately because it’s probably not often you get to see strangers in the bath tub.) Jenna’s writing has appeared in more than sixty magazines, on dozens of web sites and in several anthologies including the popular Chicken Soup series. She doesn’t like to brag, but her TED talk on marriage currently has more than five million views. When she’s not writing, she spends her time traveling the country doling out hilarious yet hard-hitting life advice. Bestselling author and screenwriter W. Bruce Cameron says this: “Jenna McCarthy isn’t just funny, she’s an amazingly gifted chronicler of modern life.” Anna Goldfarb describes Jenna as “Lena Dunham if she had kids and shopped at Costco, or Howard Stern if he had prettier hair and a thing for happy hour.” (Jenna is pretty sure this was meant as a compliment.) Author Celia Rivenbark quips, “If Chelsea Handler and Dr. Phil had a love child, it would be Jenna McCarthy.” Jenna’s quick wit, unique voice and outspoken nature make her equally engaging on page and on camera. Please visit her online at http://www.jennamccarthy.com.

 

Writer Statement

I write things. People tell me I’m funny.