ACTION Best Scene Screenplay Reading: BRICKS AND BONES, by Mark Donnell

Overview: Jason Brickman yields for no one and even after spending years in prison his goals are still crystal clear for him. But from the moment the audience finds out that Brickman will be released the barriers that stand in his way steadily get stronger and more complex. That fact that Brickman is connected with bikers and ex-military men means that the two – in some ways similar – cultures will be a strong element of this story. The characters are tough, no-nonsense, and they aren’t ever going to back down. The stakes are fairly clear in this narrative – lives are clearly on the line – but the grudge match is riddled with more than just Lyle’s death and the history between Brix and Matt slowly but surely comes to light. The biggest issues in this screenplay, however, are the structure, characterization, and plot development.

CAST LIST:

Narration – DELPHINE ROUSSEL
Lyle (40s) – 2 – LOGAN FORSYTH
Thad – 3 – THOMAS FOURNIER
Matt (50s) – 7 – Sean Ballantyne
Vincent (40s) – 2 – JOLLY AMOAKO

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

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ACTION Best Scene Screenplay Reading: CADILLAC MIKE, by Julian Brantley

Mike is confident and his morals and good nature are what set him apart. The opening of this story shows Mike going about his everyday routine, whether it’s going to the gas station to fill up or working security at a strip club. This screenplay has a certain rhythm that follows Mike as he goes from a typical routine to a clear mission. What’s great about the hook of this story is that Mike’s characterization is made very clear through three interactions – with Old Skool, Dwayne, and Curtis.

CAST LIST:

Narration – THOMAS FOURNIER
Mike (40s black) – 6 – JOLLY AMOAKO
Old Skool (60s) – 7 – LOGAN FORSYTH

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

ACTION Best Scene: OPERATION BABYLIFT, by John McCarney

Genre: Action, History

In an intertwining story based on true events, three very different men desperately save as many babies from war-torn Vietnam as they can.

CAST LIST:

Daly: Jolly Amoako
Narrator: Kat Smiley
Jenkins: Bryan Kling
Ambassador: Ted Powers

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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