April 2018 Action/Adventure Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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ACTORPREY FOR THE DAY – Feature Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Richard M. Kjeldgaarad
ACTORTV FAN FICTION PILOT: SCOOBY DOO: AGE OF AQUARIUS
April 2018 Reading
by Katie Grotzinger
ACTORESC(APE) ONLINE TV Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Christopher Kerr
ACTORTHE SHROUD TRINITY – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Frank McEvoy
ACTORTRANSIT – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Charles Lo Manto
ACTORHOMETOWN KILL BOX – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Richard Kjeldgaard
ACTORTHE FLIGHT OF SOULS – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Guy Quigley
ACTORRUNAWAY SHIP – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Carl Soderberg
ACTORTHE MUSHROOM KIND – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Steve Trebilcock
ACTORTORNADO RIDER RHODES – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Stevie T.
ACTORCAPTAIN CURTAIN ADVENTURES – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by M.R. Cooper
ACTORAPRIL’S FOLLY – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Yvonne Fein
ACTORALLEGIANCE – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Christopher Stapleton
ACTORCROWN AND STEEL Novel Reading
April 2018 Reading
by Anna L. Walls

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: John Johnson, Isabal Cupryn, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

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ACTION BEST SCENE Reading: STARLIGHT: LONG WAY HOME, by John Roger

 

Genre: Action, Animation, Adventure

A cartoon series that mirrors the conflict in the world due to xenophobia and the like.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Myrtle: Salma Dharsee
Ginzo: Allan Michael Brunet

Get to know the writer; 

 1. What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay is about discrimination between four groups and how any war will inevitably spark another one due to revenge, jealousy, or hatred. An alien lands on the planet with other worldly power that, if used by either side, could turn the tide of any war. The alien will grow up and experience both sides before making a decision on which group to help when there seems to be no clear good or evil just a difference in opinion.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

The action/adventure genre

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

I feel that the movie would offer a different view of an already awesome genre. It would give good lessons that people could apply to their lives and live overall more happy.

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

Very intense

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

The Nightmare Before Christmas

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

8 years

7. How many stories have you written?

5 stories so far

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

Lost at Sea by Skyburnsred

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

Having this be my best work yet and coming to grips with no matter how good I believe my work to be, one day it will be eclipsed.

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

I’m passionate about working out, muscle/sports cars, anime, also playing piano, and some drawing and 3D design.

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

It’s a great tool for anyone in the same field. Many options and updates keep me in the loop and it I didn’t find it I might have never been motivated to complete my work. Knowing that there’s a place where you’re work can be at least looked at is helpful.

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

I was looking for a voice over to my script before so when this opportunity came I was excited. As being the creator of something it’s hard to critique. This platform gives a couple of fresh eyes to see the work in an unbiased way. I feel that is very important and I received great feedback that propelled my in the right direction, it give guidance.

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

ACTION Best Scene Screenplay – THE SHROUD TRINITY, by Frank McEvoy

Genre: Action, Adventure

The script centers on a theft of the Shroud of Turin, Christ’s burial cloth. The Shroud is exhibited at the National Gallery of Art and stolen in a brazen, violent daylight robbery during the exhibit preparation. Happily, a trio of local heroes rises who gets it back.

CAST LIST:

Greg: Dan Fox
Bart: Fabio Abreu
Narrator: Val Cole
Sister Eleanor: Vanessa Quaglaira
Redwine: Nick Wicht
Mary Margaret: Cassandra Sirois

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

THE SHROUD TRINITY centers on a theft of the Shroud of Turin. I have it come to Washington for an exhibit (a man who runs the Shroud website told me that would never happen). A trio of heroes gets it back, young, brilliant nun, a DC detective, and a New York City street thug/alcoholic seminarian.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

The genre is action/adventure, though the case could be made that it’s a religious film as well.

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

The script should see the light of day because it’s a good, well-paced story with original characters.

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

Relic rescued.

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

A Man for All Seasons.

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

When I worked on the screenplay, it took me about four months to complete it. Sometimes, if the story is good and the situations favorable, I can burp a screenplay out quickly.

7. How many stories have you written?

With screenplays, I have two other screenplays written in draft. (Both could be finished and refined quickly.) I have three others “in development” (euphemism alert!). I actually have four screenplays total for my Shroud team.

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

Morning Glow.

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

The major one was getting my word processor on my second-hand computer to work.

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

I’m in long-term recovery, so I’m passionate about that. I’m a prison-reform activist as well.

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

The platform is an excellent, user-friendly clearinghouse for contests.

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

I knew my script out be a good fit.

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

ACTION Best Scene Reading of HOMETOWN KILL BOX, by Richard Kjeldgaard

Genre: Drama, Action/Adventure

A Marine Colonel, burnt out and suffering from PTSD after his platoon is ambushed outside Baghdad, retires early and is living in a small desert community in solitude for his remaining years. Soon this peaceful existence is interrupted when fugitive bank robbers and drug runners collide in the isolated desert town. With police outnumbered he must call on his military skills to save it from the marauding intruders.

CAST LIST:

Teller: Angelica Alejandro
Deputy: Brandon Knox
Narrator: Katelyn Varadi
Robber #1: Charles Gordon
Accomplice: Gabriel Darku
F Accomplice: Carina Cojeen

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

A career Marine Colonel, burnt out and suffering from PTSD after his Platoon is ambushed outside of Baghdad, retires early and is living in a small desert community in solitude for his remaining years. Soon this peaceful existence is interrupted when a trio of fugitive bank robbers and a group of drug runners collide in the isolated desert town. With local law enforcement outnumbered and outgunned, he must recall his military skills to save the town from the marauding intruders.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Suspense/thriller

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

The main character is someone I think everybody can relate to, the “Accidental hero” type of character audiences cheer for. Also the intertwined story lines with the Bank Robbers and the Drug Dealers ending up in the town keeps the pace of the story going and would make the audience think “Okay, what’s next?” Overall an edge of your seat kind of story.

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

Page turner.

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

John Carpenter’s Halloween

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

Three months. Several re-writes.

7. How many stories have you written?

Specs…Three Horror, Three suspense thrillers, Five character driven dramas. Also a TV series spec and three short screenplays.

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

Wow, tricky….I’d say any song from the original BOSTON Album.

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

Inter-cutting the action sequences in the final showdown, trying to keep the pace credible. Also, did several rewrites on the development of the protagonist so he would be more sympathetic character instead of just someone who was this walking, talking action figure.

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

Reading biographies (Inspirational) Real Estate investing and photography.

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

Great experiences. A combination of encouragement and guidance through my writing screenplays have been extremely beneficial!!

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

ACTION Best Scene Reading of RUNAWAY SHIP, by Theodore Carl Soderberg

 

Genre: Horror, Thriller, Action/Adventure

After a zombie outbreak, a ship’s crew must fight for
survival as the ship heads full speed towards the Golden Gate Bridge.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Katelyn Varadi
Andy: Charles Gordon
Ted: Brandon Knox

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

I took my experience as a merchant sailor being promoted to bosun from able seaman , added a touch of the Fukushima disaster in Japan and came up with a runaway ship destined for San Francisco.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Action/ Adventure

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

My experience at sea, showcases shipboard life which I think most would enjoy; especially with the ever present clock ticking of impending doom provides an entertainment adventure of Michael Bay proportions.

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

Hollywood Screenwriting Competition, spring 2018 just gave Runaway Ship the Grand Prize award and in a word, said it was ‘brilliant.”

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

No contest- Jaws.

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

Actual writing, about one year.

7. How many stories have you written?

Ten

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

That’s a tough one, there’s a million of them; but i will say “Wonder Why” by Dion and the Belmonts- bet you never heard of them:)

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

Just the process of getting the yarn from my head to the keys in a clear, understandable entertaining fashion.

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

I’m still a nut for the water and anything to do with ships, boats, beaches….

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

FilmFreeway has been great and whenever I am in a jam, I get a fast reply.

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

ACTION Best Scene Reading of TORNADO RIDER RHODES, by Stevie T.

 

Genre: Action/Adventure, Crime, Thriller

A larger-than-life cargo pilot with one rule, no passengers, finds that to save her airline she must transport a person halfway around the globe while protecting them from ninjas and Nazis, yet delivery could mean the end of the world.

CAST LIST:

JT: Brandon Knox
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Rhodes: Katelyn Varadi
Callahan: Gabriel Darku

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

1. The story attempts to answer that age-old question; should I purchase insurance when I ship that package?

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

It is a genre buster, but one could place it in the category of Action-Adventure, Action Comedy if they really wanted to.

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

Being it is the epitome of escapist entertainment residing in its own fully realized three dimensional world with a story that plays straight while the tenor crafts a synergy between serious action and witty situational dialogue delivered through infectious banter from a dynamic engaging ensemble creating effortless humor against daredevil exploits in a highly polished character driven tale that deftly employs subversion and reinvention of tropes and clichés to keep the story fresh and contemporary without corrupting its period sensibility and all the while deconstructing the dogma of the institutionalized motion picture hero myth. Plus, it’s got something for everyone and no underlying agenda or thought-provoking message to ram down people’s throats which makes it a no-brainer to become a tentpole franchise juggernaut.

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

Popcorn Blockbuster!

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

That is hard to say, having worked in Hollywood at some of the majors for a number of years I have literally screened the movies I’ve been involved with dozens, and in some cases hundreds of times.

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

As long as it takes, took…

7. How many stories have you written?

A multitude. And then some.

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

That’s hard to say. Having a specific liking for one particular genre of music – that would be “Good Music” I find myself wandering across the spectrum to fulfill my listening enjoyment. What I have listened to the most would probably be the songs I have written and produced myself.

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

I had to battle hordes of ninjas daily – and that was before coffee.

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

I’m passionate about everything I apply myself to – currently, that would be, life.

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

Flawless.

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

ACTION Best Scene Reading of CAPTAIN CURTAIN ADVENTURES, by M.R. Cooper

 

Genre: Action/Adventure

A lost super hero from plant Curtainia discovers earth and hopes to find someone from his planet here. He befriends some children, giving them super powers, lasting up to four hours at a time, as they go on adventures all around the world and to the moon.

CAST LIST:

Mom: Angelica Alejandro
Jeff: Brandon Knox
Narrator: Katelyn Varadi
Captain Curtain: Charles Gordon
Neil: Gabriel Darku

Get to know the writer:

 
1. What is your screenplay about?

A lost alien observing earth interferes with a would be run-away and both of their lives change. Captain Curtain shares his abilities and takes his new friends on adventures that facilitate life lessons.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Science-Fiction

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

Superheroes are really popular right now. This is not a superhero story you’ve ever heard of before. An entire universe has been created with the two scripts that have been written for Captain Curtain Adventures. This script has a conscience and it’s really fun.

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

Imaginative & Creative

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

Inception

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

2.5 years

7. How many stories have you written?

8

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

My favorite song is from the “Glory” soundtrack. The name of the song is, “Charging Fort Wagner,” by James Horner.

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

It was a challenge to find the time to complete the script while working another 60 hours a week at my day job.

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

I’m passion about civil rights.

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

I love the FilmFreeway site. It is easy to use. It has the best collection of film festivals at affordable rates for screenwriters.
 

 

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox