Short Screenplay – THE MIDDLING CLASS, by Amanda J Bermudez

Winning Screenplay – THE MIDDLING CLASS
Written by Amanda J. Bermudez

CAST LIST:

AMAL – Frances Townend
MARJORIE – Kayla Farris
NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama

On the day of a pop quiz, Pen and Pencil meet each other on a Complicit in her own observation of the contemporary middle class, a woman viciously seduces a prosaic housewife whose husband is a hostage overseas.


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

Editor: John Johnson

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Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Winning Short Screenplay – PEN & PENCIL, by Devone Jones

Winning Screenplay – PEN & PENCIL
Written by Devone Jones

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Frances Townend
PEN – Kayla Farris
SAMANTHA – Vanessa Quagliara
PENCIL – Peter Mark Raphael
PETER – Jonah Akler-Silliman
CLASSMATE – Christopher Huron
PROFESSOR – Charles Gordon

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Romance, Animation, Comedy

On the day of a pop quiz, Pen and Pencil meet each other on a classroom desk. Meanwhile, Samantha has been juggling between work and school, she misplaces the cap to her favorite pen.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The screenplay takes place on the day of a pop-quiz, where Pencil helps Pen search for her missing cap, but Samantha, who has been juggling between school and work doesn’t remember where she left it.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Pen & Pencil would be an animation/comedy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I think Pen & Pencil should be made into a movie because it has art and education together, which makes a fun read. But when you add in its humor, it can be so much more entertaining to watch.

How would you describe this script in two words?

I’d describe this screenplay as “Artful Humor”.

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

The Mask is a movie I’d say I watched more than any other movie.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I’ve been working on this screenplay for about a year.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve written two stories.

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

I listen to the song “Changes” by Tupac Shakur a lot.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I had to drop out of school and relocate out of state to finish the screenplay.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Besides writing I’m passionate about directing and producing in the film world, but mainly about social issues and gender and racial equality in our society.

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

I was taking a screenwriting class in San Diego and that influenced me to writing this screenplay and entering it in festivals afterwards.

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Winning Short Screenplay – REBEKAH’S CLOSET, by Amy Malinda Jackson

Winning Screenplay – REBEKAH’S CLOSET
Written by Amy Malinda Jackson

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Frances Townend
REBEKAH – Kayla Farris
LITTLE GIRL 1 – Vanessa Quagliara
JACK – Peter Mark Raphael
LARRY – Jonah Akler-Silliman
RUPERT – Christopher Huron

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Romance, Drama

Rebekah is writing on her memoir Rebekah’s Closet when she begins to hear voices in her head, have flashbacks of Viet Nam, but her lover Rupert hears her make a sound and comes to encourage her to love again.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Rebekah’s Closet is about a young American woman living in Paris who grapples with the psychological ramifications of her childhood abuse.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama, Psychological Thriller, Love Story, Fantasy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It is based on my true story of growing up with horrific abuse, and transforming into an artist and writer, into a loving person somehow, after all. It didn’t have to end up that way, especially considering what was done.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Gritty, inspiring.

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

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

One year. It is based on a novel that took a decade.

How many stories have you written?

Maybe ten. But there are so many that are in my head, wanting to come out, in some form. And dreams, wanting to be written.

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

The Rolling Stones: I’m a Monkey. I don’t play it, but I want it played at my funeral. As a joke. For real.

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What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Determining what pieces of the massive story to put in, what to leave out. How to tell my story, ultimately. It’s so hard. I’m still figuring it out, actually. I have to rewrite.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Gardening, painting jungles in acrylic, doing industrial photographs that look like abstract paintings, LOVING people wherever I go (I’m a Buddhist), community advocacy where I live (I live in a disadvantaged neighborhood where we are restoring a Victorian home), yoga, mindfulness, cooking and baking.

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

I want to get my stories out there. I don’t want my stories, like my paintings or photographs, to be in a closet, but to be outside. For so long I had to keep everything secret, for so long I couldn’t talk or know what had happened, but now I know the whole sequence of events. That is a major life changing event, to know the truth, for me. Secondly, I’ve not only survived, but my counselor says that I am an inspiration, that my story can help other people. Maybe the script isn’t there yet, but I’m committed to getting it there. Thirdly, I wanted to be a writer growing up, and it wasn’t allowed. I want to be a screenwriter. I want to learn this craft. It’s like a strange puzzle me, that I’m trying to figure out, at the same time that I’m trying to tell my stories, to get them out of the darkness.

http://www.amyjackson.cc

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Get to know the short film: THE NEON STRUGGLE, 38min, USA, Documentary

Playing at the Thursday April 6th, LA Film Festival

THE NEON STRUGGLE, 38min, USA, Documentary
Directed by Bert Simonis

A family fights to keep their neon sign business alive as the light of the industry fades away. The process of creating these delicate signs is beautifully photographed to capture the intricacy of this populist American art form. Interviews with neon historians and experts are interspersed with vintage neon signs from across the United States.

Director’s Statement:

When we saw a Jumbotron screen in Las Vegas projecting the image of a neon sign, something clicked. It was as though the image was adding insult to injury. As we dug into the history of making neon for commercial use, we discovered that there are a series of “Mom and Pop” shops around the country that make neon signs for the local businesses. Many of these shops are now going the way of the family farm, as large industries are providing LED and Jumbotron signs that can be instantly customized to display anything.

When we found Rio Score III, working quietly in a small shop in the Inland Empire, we struck gold. Rio was taught the trade by his grandfather who started out in Los Angeles, and whose shop working on many studio films. As business slowed, Rio moved his family out of L.A. to fill a void in Riverside County. Now, as business is slowing again, he is examining the future of his trade, his family and the legacy of generations of “tube benders”.

We hope you will enjoy meeting Rio, learning about his craft and will take a different look at the next neon sign that you see.

John C. Brown and Bert Simonis

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Get to know the short film: THE LONG GOODBYE: AN ALZHEIMER’S STORY, 5min, USA, Documentary

Playing at the Thursday April 6th, LA Film Festival

  MOVIE POSTERTHE LONG GOODBYE: AN ALZHEIMER’S STORY, 5min, USA, Documentary
Directed by Christian J. Harris

An intimate short story about Alzheimers and it’s effect on it’s victims and caregivers. Get an inside look of what it’s like to live with this disease through the eyes of a couple who just won’t give in.

Director’s Statement:

“I did this film initially to raise awareness to how emotionally crushing it is to not only be the victim of Alzheimers but to be a caregiver. In this case it’s a husband caring for his wife who he’s essentially lost. I wanted to really harp in on “Long Goodbye” adage and to express that Alzheimers and Dementia are long, tortuous ways to lose a loved one. After showing friends and family they made it clear that this should be shared and that it might have the power to hit people where it counts and really raise awareness.”

Film Type:Documentary, Short, Web / New Media

Genres:Documentary, Journalism, Short Story

Runtime:5 minutes 42 seconds

Completion Date:August 1, 2016

Country of Origin:United States

Country of Filming:United States

Film Language:English

Shooting Format:Digital

Aspect Ratio:16:9

Film Color:Color

First-time Filmmaker:Yes

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Get to know the short film: GEORGE, 7min, USA, Documentary

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GEORGE, 7min, USA, Documentary
Directed by Mary Gerretsen

A short profile documentary about a man’s life and journey through love, loss and illness.

Film Type:Documentary, Short, Student

Runtime:7 minutes 16 seconds

Completion Date:January 1, 2016

Production Budget:200 USD

Country of Origin:United States

Country of Filming:United States

Film Language:English

Shooting Format:Digital

Aspect Ratio:16:9

Film Color:Color

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Get to know the short film: UNCLE ALBERT, 11min, USA, Dark Comedy

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UNCLE ALBERT, 11min, USA, Dark Comedy
Directed by Summer Blake

A dark comedy about the nuances of emotional response; Karen’s left emotionless following the death of her distant Uncle, Albert, she’ll stop at nothing to prove to fellow guests that she can indeed feel “sad.”

Director’s Statement:

If we prick our finger we cry. But when someone else pricks their finger, how do we feel? Is there a right and a wrong response?

Now consider something larger; something more concrete. Death? That’s pretty concrete. How are we supposed to feel when someone passes away forever?

These are the questions I ask with Uncle Albert and with the character of Karen, who, following her distant uncle’s funeral, begs to feel sad, yet comes up numb.

As she stares wistfully at a bunny on the street outside the wake, she wonders what it’s like to be unaware of one’s own mortality. And then boom – the bunny is hit by a car – and Karen’s still emotionless.

I often struggle with my own emotional response, wondering: if there’s a “right” way to feel, am I wrong?

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