Winning TV PILOT Reading of FAMILY SECRETS, by Allison Osborne

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Abigail Sullivan thinks she’s successfully run from her mob past, until the FBI catches up to her and gives her an ultimatum. Help them catch the rest of her criminal family or go to jail for the rest of her life.

Cast List:

Alvarez: Gary Graham
Ryker: James Dooley
Narrator: Val Cole
Brad: John Fray
Abigail: Kelci Stephenson

Get to know the writer: 

 1. What is your TV Pilot screenplay about?

Family Secrets is about a girl growing up in the mob and deciding to escape and leave that life behind. She starts a new life that is quickly interrupted by the FBI. They give her an ultimatum: help the FBI hunt down amd catch her criminal family, or get thrown in jail.

2. Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

I feel like my screenplay involves a different take on the classic mob genre, with relatable characters and exciting action scenes.

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

Intriguing. Exciting.

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

24 and Justified.

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

I’ve been working on this script for about 6 months.

6. How many stories have you written?

Over a dozen different short stories, novels, and scripts

7. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Fast Car – Tracy Chapman

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

This screenplay is actually from one of my novels. The challenge was taking a novel and making it visual and for the screen.

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

Animals and vet care.

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

This festival seemed very good and the feedback i have recieved has been very constructive!

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

I really like FilmFreeway. Its great having all my submissions in one place.

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

Just keep writing. It sounds silly, but if you want to be a writer, you have to write. Also, dont be afraid to be criticized.

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

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MYSTERY 1st Scene Script – THE PLAYLISTS, by Michael Kotsiros

Genre: Mystery, Drama, Suspense

A married couple are separately lured to a remote location by a gifted but troubled composer, who uses music to reveal his hidden agenda.

CAST LIST:

Kelly: Andrea Meister
Mary: Ida Jagaric
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Rachel: Kerrie Lamb
Joel: Sean C. Dwyer
Chubby Courier: Jarod Terrell

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

THE PLAYLISTS is about a married couple who are separately lured to a remote cottage by Lewis, a troubled but gifted musician. Lewis has links to the couple from his past and wants closure for wrongs that occurred. Lewis has serious psychological problems and has befriended three muses, two of which help him produce music. The dark muse, Archibald, has influenced Lewis to devise this evil plan, whilst Clara, the good muse, tries to influence him to surrender his sinister plan.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

THE PLAYLISTS is primarily a psychological thriller but can also be defined as a mystery drama.

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

THE PLAYLISTS is unique in nature and though it doesn’t have the typical twist found in most thrillers, it is raw and real in nature. I have shared the script with several friends and all have said that they were deeply engaged and couldn’t wait to see how things pan out.

Also, from a production point of view, it wouldn’t be very expensive to produce and I can definitely see it generating some great profits at the box office.

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

Musically insane

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

THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST

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

I’ve had the idea in my mind for over ten years. I outlined the plot about three years ago and finished the script last year.

7. How many stories have you written?

Three

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) by Dead or Alive

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

The dilemma of ending the script with a twist or going with my original thoughts. Whilst I enjoy a good twist I think that many thrillers are over saturated with THE twist. As a viewer, I find myself trying to work out what the twist is going to be, rather than watching the story unfold. In the end I went with an ending that is sort of predictable but also isn’t. Most viewers will be waiting for a twist and the ending doesn’t deliver this and the prospect of catching viewers off guard appealed to me.

However, I do have a twist in my back pocket should I revise the script.

I have sent my script to several screenwriting services and most have suggested that a twist is required.

Whilst I humbly accept all feedback, I’m going with what makes me feel comfortable at this stage but am definitely open to revising the script.

Also, time was another issue. I have a demanding corporate role, so finding the time to have the right headspace to write was definitely challenging.

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

Fitness and health. I am becoming more healthy each year and am enjoying rewarding my body with health food and a solid workout plan. I feel happier and healthier as I age and love the confidence and control this gives me.

It’s amazing how good we can feel when we reward our bodies. I’m all about being happy, so whilst I do enjoy a bit of pizza here and there, the shadier side of food has mostly lost its glitter for me.

I also love music, hence the link to my screenplay THE PLAYLISTS. Since a young child, I immediately conjure up a story when listening to music; and sometimes I’m even the star J

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

My experience with FilmFreeway platform has been a positive one. Everything is detailed and clear to follow. I also really like that you can conveniently see the history and outcome of festivals entered.

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

I entered my screenplay to about five festivals. THE PLAYLISTS was shortlisted in three of the five competitions and made the quarter finals for each. I was pleased with the result since this has been my first submission of a screenplay.

The feedback I received from L.A. Festival was really helpful (and I have taken this on board should I go down the path of developing a new ending). I also have to say that the tone of the feedback was quite constructive and down-to-earth. Some of the other feedback I’ve received has been quite blunt, one in practically told me to give up my story as it wasn’t good enough for the big screen.

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

HIGHLIGHTS, WINNERS & VIDEOS: February 2018 FEMALE/COMEDY FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: GF

BEST PERFORMANCES: THE FUTURE RICHARD DENISONS

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: PAPER PALACES

BEST MUSIC: MADEIRA

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterTHE CRYING CHEF, 6min., USA, Comedy
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festival posterTHE FUTURE RICHARD DENISONS, 16min, USA, Comedy/Time Travel
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterFORGOTTEN FLORA, 5min., USA, Animation/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterMADEIRA, 14min., USA, Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterPAPER PALACES, 6min., USA, Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterTHE FBI BLEW UP MY ICE SKATES, 7min., USA, Animation/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterAN ACTOR PREPARES, 4min., USA, Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterGF, 25min., USA, Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

The 2nd LOS ANGELES FEEDBACK Film Festival event of 2018 was a great success.
The theme of the event was “Perspective”.

Every film was about seeing a situation or person from a outside or future point of view.

Whenever you have a festival where every single film receives multiple votes for BEST FILM of the night, you know you have yourself a solid lineup of movies. In our over 100 FEEDBACK Film Festival events, this has only happened a few times; And this festival was one of those nights.

The February LA Festival was a showcase of the best of Female Director’s (1st HALF) and Comedy (2nd HALF) shorts. Eight of the most diverse and solid films from around the world.

Doing the festival in Los Angeles is still a work in progress. It’s almost like we are starting over again. The attendance has been great and the people really get engaged in the FEEDBACK portion of the evening. That said, people don’t know what to expect when they come. There isn’t that “regular” crowd yet because we’ve only done a handful of events so far.

One thing I’m still puzzled by is the lateness in Los Angeles. People have found it difficult arriving on time. Either because of the traffic, or because it’s a “state of mind”. There’s a saying about the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team: people arrive in the 3rd inning and leave in the 7th. They’ll get there – but they’ll get there on their own time.

The MVP of the evening was moderator Shepsut Wilson. She has only moderated 3 events and it seems like she’s been doing this for ages. There was a situation where one of the audience members tried to “overwhelm” the moderation with their negative comments about a film – without using the designated mic. Shepsut handled it so well. She and I have talked about a situation happening like this before, but you really never can be truly prepared for it. What a pro she was! A true talent in many forms, Shepsut has a bright future ahead of her. As you can see when you watch the FEEDBACK videos.

See you at the festivals. And make sure you get there by 6:55pm for the 7pm show!

– Matthew Toffolo, CEO, FEEDBACK Film Festival (Toronto & Los Angeles)

FEEDBACK FILM FESTIVAL Thursday – April 5, 2018. 7pm.

The FEEDBACK Monthly Film Festival coming to Los Angeles.. Our LA home is Regal L.A. LIVE Cinemas, located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles (beside the Staples Center) at 1000 W Olympic Blvd.. The event runs from 7pm to 9:10pm.Showcasing the best of short films from around the world, while maintaining our audience feedback format moderated by Shepsut Wilson.

Tickets for are FREE or PAY WHAT YOU LIKE. Reserve your tickets online.

If you like to obtain seats in advance and pick them up on the day of the event (come for FREE, or make a donation), please email us at latickets@wildsoundfestival.com  and we’ll reserve seats for you.

1st ACT PROGRAM – Best of DOCUMENTARY


SUNDAY DINNER, 15min., USA, Documentary
Directed by Casey Beck

For years Kwok Wai Chan has orchestrated the making of Sunday dinner. From early morning tea to shopping to the intricacies and timing of cooking the food from his childhood, sustaining a weekly tradition that now spans the generations. This is a Chinese ritual as American as apple pie.

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SCORCHED: MINE FIRES IN PENNSYLVANIA COAL COUNTRY, 6min., USA, Documentary
Directed by John Welsh

A look at the hidden legacy of coal mining in Pennsylvania by examining 5 of the approximate 80 coal mine fires that burn across the state.

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A GOOD BLINDER, 26min., USA, Documentary
Directed by Mike Grundmann

“A Good Blinder” is a documentary about 75-year-old Dan Bowman of Harrisonburg, VA who lost his sight at age 12, became a piano tuner and crafts fine furniture for charity auctions using power tools and precision instruments. He still has all 10 fingers, a lively wit and a theologically trained mind that makes for profound reflection.

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2nd ACT PROGRAM – Best of FEMALE LEADS


I PROMISED HER LIFE, 15min., Drama/Family
Directed by Robert Nazar Arjoyan

On the day of her daughter’s funeral, a grieving Armenian-American mother defies a centuries-old ritual and tests the limits of tradition as she walks the thin line between death and afterlife.

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CITY GIRL, 10min., Drama
Directed by Avery Regen

Over the course of one night out in Manhattan, three teenage girls navigate catcallers, college boys, and each other’s demons at a rooftop party.

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SPINNING IN SLOW MOTION, 12min, Australia, Drama
Directed by Tess Emmerson

Life is hard when you’re young, free, gay and single. In the space of 24 hours, twenty-five year old Tommy finds herself stood up on a date, sharing cheesecake with a baby, being lectured and patronised, sleeping with an off-again-on-again lover and eating ice cream in a 7/11 car park. She uses her youth to excuse her from any responsibility, but ultimately ends up spinning in slow motion, unable to save herself from the adult world. This slice of life, coming of age piece explores what happens when it all gets too much.

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The FEEDBACK Monthly Film Festival coming to Los Angeles.. Our LA home is Regal L.A. LIVE Cinemas, located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles (beside the Staples Center) at 1000 W Olympic Blvd.. The event runs from 7pm to 9:10pm.

Short Film: SPINNING IN SLOW MOTION, 12min, Australia, Drama

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Life is hard when you’re young, free, gay and single. In the space of 24 hours, twenty-five year old Tommy finds herself stood up on a date, sharing cheesecake with a baby, being lectured and patronised, sleeping with an off-again-on-again lover and eating ice cream in a 7/11 car park. She uses her youth to excuse her from any responsibility, but ultimately ends up spinning in slow motion, unable to save herself from the adult world. This slice of life, coming of age piece explores what happens when it all gets too much.

Project Links
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 19 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 18, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 AUD
  • Country of Origin:
    Australia
  • Country of Filming:
    Australia
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    4K Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color

Film Director: Robert Nazar Arjoyan (I PROMISED HER LIFE)

Director Biography

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As a child, award-winning filmmaker Robert Nazar Arjoyan was consumed by rock & roll and movies, especially those directed by Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg. He began playing guitar at the age of 10, and started taking his filmmaking to a professional level at the age of 14, in the early 2000s. For his higher education, he studied cinema at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and since then has worked as a writer, producer, and director of shorts, commercials, and features in Los Angeles. He typically chooses to picture edit his own projects, and often writes original music as score and diegetic music for his films.

After writing, producing, directing, and editing 3 shorts films – Pencils, Connect, MidNight FistFight – 5 commercials, and editing dozens of projects for other companies and filmmakers, Arjoyan was ready to move upwards.

His feature directorial debut, When My Sorrow Died: The Legend of Armen Ra & the Theremin, has played the world over in festivals, garnering awards and praise everywhere it screened. A focused character piece, the film chronicles the life and tribulations of the glamorously eccentric and enigmatic Theremin master Armen Ra, who alchemizes his ancient sorrow into timeless beauty with the magical power of music.

Arjoyan founded his production company, Garuna Film Group, Inc., in 2017, going on to write, produce, direct, and edit its first project – a short film entitled I Promised Her Life. It tells the story of Elena, a grieving Armenian-American mother who, on the day of her daughter’s funeral, defies a centuries-old ritual and tests the limits of tradition as she walks the thin line between death and afterlife.

Arjoyan’s next directorial feature, Kill Rock & Roll, is a visceral story ripped from his own past, one that sets its sights on innocence lost, growing up unexpectedly, and the follies of idolatry. His desire is to continue to work with stories that showcase fantastic character, working alongside actors to help shape dynamic performances, and ultimately, unforgettable films.

Director Statement

My great-grandmother died when I was 10. 18 years ago now. I was lucky to spend that first decade with Elizabeth, picking up the wisdom she was putting down. Among the various tidbits of Armenian lore she bequeathed, the ritualistic washing of one’s hands after a funeral has always stayed with me. Why should we do that, I asked. To keep the dead from coming home, she replied. Soon after her funeral – my first – I washed my hands.

But what if I hadn’t? I have returned to this question many times over the years. Would anything have happened? Could there have been some benefit? And if she did return, in what form would it have been?

I PROMISED HER LIFE explores the line between tradition and superstition. How do these tenets benefit us? Why do we hold them, and is it our right to defy them? Armenians are not ones to break from the mold. Having fought to keep our heritage alive, we are by nature traditionalists. Rebellion is often met with concern, criticism, or downright derision.

But what if your legacy was taken from you? What, if anything, is still worth holding onto? I PROMISED HER LIFE tells the story of a grieving mother, the dead daughter she hardly knew, and the lengths to which she’ll go to make things right.

I treasure my culture and explore the nooks and crannies by making movies about it. In telling this story, I invite people of all cultures to examine their own. Our traditions help define us – but not, ultimately, more so than our actions.

Short Film: I PROMISED HER LIFE, 15min., Drama/Family

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On the day of her daughter’s funeral, a grieving Armenian-American mother defies a centuries-old ritual and tests the limits of tradition as she walks the thin line between death and afterlife.

Project Links
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    drama, fantasy, magical realism, lgbt
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 21, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    33,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    Armenian, English
  • Shooting Format:
    Arri Alexa
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35
  • Film Color:
    Color