ACTION Festival TV 1st Scene Reading: Orpheus, by Richard Giarraffa

Set in Ancient Greece, our protagonist Orpheus gets entangled with the god Apollo, who teaches him how to play his lyre, becoming a muse and an instrument used by gods for their bidding. Within the year he turns 18, Orpheus performs alongside other Apollo protégés and is chosen to go abroad with Jason and become an Argonaut by playing his instrument. After experiencing war and coming into the full realisation of what it means to be chosen, Orpheus now determines in himself to free himself from this burden, be a free man and free from the bidding of the gods.

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Steve Rizzo
Orpheus: Geoff Mays
Eurydice: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Apollo: Sean Ballantyne

ACTION/ADVENTURE 1st Scene Script Reading: Dragons Of The Gloaming, by Joel McElvaney

A group of teenage Dungeons & Dragons players get zapped into their game—and into the bodies of their characters. Still scared teens on the inside, the game characters must work together to find a hidden castle and defeat a poison-breathing dragon in order to return to their normal lives—and selves.

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Allison Kampf
Lumbu: Bill Poulin
Gruber: Sean Ballantyne

ACTION Best Scene Script Reading: THE UNJUST, by Scott Cahill

In the endless war against ruthless drug cartels, sometimes the greatest danger lies from within. A maverick DEA agent wages a rogue battle for revenge and redemption on the streets of Los Angeles and Guadalajara.

CAST LIST :

Narrator: Val Cole
Jenkins: Trevor Howes
Rodriguez: Ted Powers

 

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 Reading: TRIAD CROSSING, by Mark Donnell

 

Logline: Upon his release from prison after serving a six year sentence for a crime he didn’t commit, a former soldier teams up with a military buddy to hunt down the men that framed him.

CAST LIST:
NARRATION – SARAH DESOUZA-COELHO
Matt – 7 – SEAN BALLANTYNE
Vincent/Thad – 2 – GENE ABELA
Lyle/Brix – 2 – THOMAS FOURMIER

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 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

ACTION Best Scene Screenplay Reading: CEDARS OF GOD, by Scott Cahill

After the ambassador of Israel and a DEA undercover agent are killed in terror attacks, a maverick DEA agent and Mossad agent race to track down the killers, pitting the two on a collision course of vengeance and deception.

CAST LIST:

Narration – KATELYN VARADI
Jenkins (30s) – 11 – LOGAN FORSYTH
Ricardo – 5 – 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

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