THRILLER Festival Best Scene Reading: Opposition Research. by T. R. Schumer

When a brilliant young law grad with a talent for speed-reading takes a well paid gig scraping bulk data for dirt on a rival political candidate, his idealistic naiveté and misplaced loyalty land him in the crosshairs of powerful enemies, the FBI, and his murderous boss.

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Geoff Mays
Dillan: Allan Michael Brunet
John: Shawn Devlin

Writer Biography

Tracy Schumer is a former freelance journalist, the author of five novels, a licensed pilot and a blue-water sailor. She has completed two global circumnavigations and traveled to 109 countries. She currently resides in Switzerland. To date she’s garnered 17 finalist awards and accolades, view her complete awards list here: https://writers.coverfly.com/profile/author37298#accolades.
https://www.trschumer.com/

HIGHLIGHT & VIDEOS: DECEMBER 2020 THRILLER/SUSPENSE Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
BEST CRIME/THRILLER FILM: IMAGINARY FRIEND
BEST ACTION FILM: THE LAST PIZZA
BEST PERFORMANCES: RETRIEVAL
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: ZEALANDIA
BEST SOUND & MUSIC: EMBLEM

Theme of night: Changing conventional thought.

NOTE: Festival took place during the COVID-19 virus lockdown so all screenings were held in private.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterZEALANDIA
13min.
New Zealand
Sci-Fi
festival posterCURIOSITY
5min.
USA
Sci-Fi/Horror
festival posterWORLDLINE ABYSS
3min.
UK
Sci-Fi/Experimental
festival posterRETRIEVAL
10min.
USA
Sci-Fi/Action
festival posterDARK DAY
7min.
USA
Thriller/Crime
festival posterEMBLEM
25min.
USA
Action/Sci-Fi
festival posterTHE LAST PIZZA
7min.
China
Action/Comedy
festival posterFUJIYAMA
9min.
USA
Action/Crime
festival posterIMAGINARY FRIEND
16min.
USA
Crime/Thriller
ODYSSEY OMEGA
24min.
USA
Mystery/Sci-Fi

The beginning of a (temporary) new era.

See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!

– Matthew Toffolo

Director Biography – Matt Szymanowski (DARK DAY)

Matt Szymanowski wrote, produced and directed his debut feature, a Sundance Screenwriting Lab Finalist The Purple Onion. The film premiered at the Cinequest Film Festival and went on to play a dozen festivals Internationally, winning the Best Feature: Drama-Comedy at the Indie Gathering International Film Festival. Cinemation Studios distributed the film in summer 2017 on all major VOD platforms. Szymanowski’s award winning short films have played at over 20 film festivals globally, including Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, San Francisco International, Tirana International, and Warsaw International, among others. He wrote and self-published the novel Cupertino, a dark tale about troubled adolescents loosely inspired by his teen years in the technology hub that’s home to Apple Computers.

The American-born son of Polish immigrants, Szymanowski returned to his parents native Poland to study film and theatre directing at the prestigious Polish National Film School in Lodz. A Berlinale Talents and MacDowell Colony fellow, he has a BA in Humanities from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and an MFA in Writing for Film and TV from Emerson College in Boston. “Glorious Empire” is his second feature film and is scheduled to shoot at the end of 2020.

HIGHLIGHT & VIDEOS: OCTOBER 2020 THRILLER/SUSPENSE Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
BEST THRILLER FILM: MIRROR FINISH
BEST HORROR FILM: MALAKOUT
BEST PERFORMANCES: VIRTUALLY HAPPY
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: ABSENCE
BEST SOUND & MUSIC: STAY

Theme of night: Death and Rebirth

NOTE: Festival took place during the COVID-19 virus lockdown so all screenings were held in private.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterABSENCE, 13min., Germany, Sci-Fi/Thriller



festival posterVIRTUALLY HAPPY, 11min., USA, Sci-Fi/Magical Realism



festival posterIRONFIN, 2min., USA, Sci-Fi/Animation



festival posterGOD GLITCH, 8min., Netherlands, Sci-Fi/Romance



festival posterSTAY , 6min., USA, Thriller/Crime



festival posterSNUB NOSE, 11min., USA, Thriller/Crime



festival posterMILK, 5min., USA, Thriller/Crime



festival posterMIRROR FINISH, 10min., Canada, Thriller/Crime



festival posterSWEET TOOTH, 4min., USA, Horror
festival posterEVERY CORNER, 8min., USA, Horror
festival posterMALAKOUT, 11min., Iran, Animation/Sci-Fi



festival posterINVASION, 16min., USA, Horror/Suspense



The beginning of a (temporary) new era.

See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!

– Matthew Toffolo