LA Festival Best Scene: BELLES OF THE DAY, by Jayne DAlessandro Cox

 Logline: Although dead, he still survives in the hearts of the women who loved him. (Synopsis: Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson flashback to Jefferson’s early years and his journey to manhood, during his final days confined to his alcove bed, giving the audience a fly-on-the-wall perspective of the personal life and events that shaped his illustrious life.)

CAST LIST:

Helper Slav: Peter Nelson
Wormley: Kaleb Alexander
Narrator: Elizabeth Morriss
Eston: Peter Mark Rapheal
Sally Hemmings: Jen Daniels

 

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

LA Festival Best Scene Reading: DRAGONSTEEL, by Sam Tracton

After breaking a sacred law in an attempt to protect his sister from the monsters that killed their mother, Cedric Armor must master a mystical shield in order to stop a war from breaking out.

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Shala: Hartley O. Gyamfi
Kylar: Sheldon Graham

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

LA Festival Best Scene Reading: Two Parts: THE DISC, by Dewayne Hill

Part 1:

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Bishop: Ron Boyd
Priest Jacob: Peter Nelson

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Part 2:


CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Priest Jacob: Peter Nelson
Agent Hudson: Lyndsay Clarkson

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

LA Festival Best Scene Reading: EMERGENCY PSYCHIATRIC SERVICE-EPS Pilot, by Holly Scarabosio

Psychiatric nurse Helena moves from Milwaukee to San Francisco to take a new job — accompanied by her fiancé Jake. They plan to start a new life together — she as a psychiatric nurse at a prominent EPS—Emergency Psychiatric Services; he as a computer tech and would-be writer. Plans don’t always work out.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Bill Poulin

Gaytan: Peter Nelson
Helena: Lyndsay Clarkson
Samantha: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Jackie: Victoria Murdoch

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

LA Festival Best Scene Reading: GLASS ANGEL, by Lea Ann Vandygriff

A prominent family in Ireland is torn apart by a deadly accident. Sir Andrew turns away from his crippled daughter, Calina, because he cannot bare the sight of her. He slips into a depression and turns to alcohol for comfort. Sir Andrew’s estranged sister for help. Lady Amelia not backing down from her brother’s fury gives him an ultimatum.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Sir. Andrew: David Jackson
Edward: Ron Boyd
Mildred: Victoria Murdoch
Anna: Lyndsay Clarkson

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 TV Spec Screenplay: Rick and Morty – What Have You Learnt Morty? by Javier Torregrosa

Genre: Comedy, Adventure

Morty struggles to study for his exam, Rick decides to help Morty to learn by showing him first hand. Meanwhile Jerry starts a new job that doesn’t turn out as expected.

CAST LIST:

Mortar: Pearl Ho
Beth: Julie C. Sheppard
Jerry: Twain Ward
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Rick: Peter Nelson
Morty: John Leung
Summer: Katelyn Vanier

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Short Screenplay – TREED by Sally Spitzli

Watch the July 2016 Winning 1pg. Short Screenplay 

TREED by Sally Spitzli

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy

This is a black & white silent comedy short with subtitles.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
VOICE OVER – Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

A woman uses a child to con a guy at Christmas.

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

It’s a funny little black & white “short” that an audience would enjoy.

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

Universal appeal.

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

“The Wizard of Oz”

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

I worked on the 1-page script a total of 5 minutes, but the story goes back decades. When I was a divorced parent of a little girl, times were tough and we couldn’t afford the $50 Christmas tree we saw on a lot. My daughter was only 8 years old, but had a sophisticated sense of humor. When I told the salesman I only had $10 to spend, he told me he was sorry but they didn’t have any trees for that price. As he walked away, my daughter tugged at my coat and said, “Mommy, does that mean we can’t have Christmas?” Her timing was perfect and her delivery was Oscar-worthy. The man turned around, looked at her angelic face and said, “Of course, you’re going to have Christmas, Honey.” He took my 10 bucks, nailed the tree to a stand, tied it to the top of my beaten up old VW, and tearfully waved to us as we drove off. On the way home, my little girl said she thought that would be a good movie like those “old ones on TV.”

6. How many stories have you written?

I used to be a travel writer, radio/TV/print commercial copywriter. Presently, I have a TV movie screenplay ready for purchase and I have almost completed a novel. The screenplay is a sweet story that deals with families and Alzheimer’s. The novel is raw and deals with spousal abuse, infidelity and murder.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

It looked like fun and I already had the story in mind.

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

Trying to fit it on one page.

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

My family, (including the dog) home, charities.

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

If something touches you, chances are it will touch other people, as well. Write it down.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne