BEST SCENE Screenplay Reading: Dutchess County, by Michael Martin De Sapio

A historical drama inspired by the lives of two early American artists. When his sweetheart’s father urges him to find a “real profession,” struggling writer Washington Irving embarks with his best friend, painter Washington Allston, on an odyssey through the Hudson River country of New York. There Irving finds the inspiration and subject matter for his beloved stories “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” as well as the wisdom that helps him bear the loss of the love of his life.

Drama, History


Allston – 2 – Steve Saet
Matilda – 4 – Ella A
Narration – Barbara Bergeron
Irving – 19 – Michael Ruhs
Josiah – 2 – David Occhipinti


Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo

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