Best Scene Reading of Serial School by Paul Pastore — First Scene Screenplay Festival

A sadistic school for serial killers terrorizes New York with horrifying torture and mutilation. CAST LIST: Delbacher – Russell Batcher Bobby – Luke Robinson Narration – Alex Clay Lizzie – Vanessa Burns Jesse – Sydney Addison-Rudat Maria – Pip Dwyer Submit exclusively via FilmFreeway: *** Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com Director: Kierston Drier Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne […]

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Winning Short Screenplay – Last Minute by Ray Salazar — First Scene Screenplay Festival

Originally posted on Los Angeles feedback film festival: LAST MINUTE Written by Ray Salazar CAST LIST: NARRATOR – Laura Kyswaty JANE – Kelly Daly JESSE – Gabriel Darku SYNOPSIS: Drama A guy buys an ingredient for his girlfriend’s cupcake recipe that is going to be entered into a contest. Get to know the winning writer:…

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1st Scene Screenplay Reading of Kyds Game by Marc Rosenberg — First Scene Screenplay Festival

An ex-CIA operative is recruited to collect damning video evidence that could turn the Russian population against its current President, but finds himself caught in a web of deceit and danger. CAST LIST: Wexler: Kevin Robinson Boy Rebel: Kevin Gabel Narration: Laura Kyswaty Supervisor: Peter Nelson Girl/Camera: Emily Weir Marc Rosenberg is an American screenwriter […]

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1st Scene Screenplay Reading of Kyds Game by Marc Rosenberg — First Scene Screenplay Festival

An ex-CIA operative is recruited to collect damning video evidence that could turn the Russian population against its current President, but finds himself caught in a web of deceit and danger. CAST LIST: Wexler: Kevin Robinson Boy Rebel: Kevin Gabel Narration: Laura Kyswaty Supervisor: Peter Nelson Girl/Camera: Emily Weir Marc Rosenberg is an American screenwriter […]

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1st Scene Screenplay Reading: CRAZY PILL, by Ariana Berenson — First Scene Screenplay Festival

Taking regular medication for her mental illness, Olivia confides in her therapist Brooke over the need to get her own life back on track, free of her parents. Meets Ian at a party, her anxieties soon go into retreat as a relationship soon develops between them. However, Olivia becomes steadily suspicious of Ian, after she […]

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Winning SHORT Screenplay Reading: Samantha, by Kieran Freemantle — First Scene Screenplay Festival

A teenage girl struggles to readapt to home and school life after surviving a highly publicized crime. CAST LIST: Narration: Esther Thibault Sam: Mojeane Sadr Emily: Victoria Murdoch Mary: Julie Sheppard —- Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson Festival Directors: […]

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Director Biography – Lucas Longacre (FOOD CART)

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Lucas Longacre’s extensive technical expertise was earned through over 20 years in the industry; dangling from the rafters as a grip for Nickelodeon, shining a light into Paul McCartney’s face as PA for MTV, running tapes and batteries for cable news at ground zero during the 9-11 attacks, capturing location audio for Extreme Makeover Home Edition, interviewing celebrities on red carpet events, recording audio for Rockstar Games at their motion capture studio. Directing Alec Baldwin for US Open spots (more like being directed by Alec Baldwin); Lucas has worked professionally in almost every position in almost every format. Buy him a beer and he will chew your ear off for hours with his weird adventures.

He’s THE one-man band, producing and directing from behind the camera with audio gear dangling from his belt. And as he will remind his students at the Art Institute of Portland (where he teaches part time), “Audio is the 50% of your product, and the most underappreciated part.”

Lucas’ skills allowed Iron Way to capture our feature length documentary, Big Dream, in 4 countries on a limited budget and even smaller timeline, and created the visual narrative for the first food series of its kind, now on it’s 5th season at PBS.

His short films have been accepted into festivals and won awards. Once upon a time he won 2nd best fight choreography for his short, Beat, at the Action on Film Festival. He’s been profiled in the Oregon Business Journal. He is currently wrapping post production on his latest short film Food Cart, a lampoon and celebration of the Portland food scene.

Director Statement

For the past 10 years I have been working in verité documentary. I missed working in the fiction narrative space and was looking for a project to leverage my resources in both the food world and the film world, bridging these two communities together that rarely intersect. When my friend Damian approached me with his idea to simultaneously poke-fun at and celebrate the Portland Food scene, I knew I found my next short film.
Writing the script gave me an opportunity to add in a lot of the issues and frustrations I’ve had covering food stories with the show and do so in a humorous and creative way. Like any industry (I’m looking at you, Hollywood) the rhetoric rarely matches the reality. I think factory farming is one of the greatest moral stains on our food system and future generations will look back in horror at what we’ve created. Outsourcing the moral hazard and turning a blind eye to how we treat sentient beings is horrific. At the end of the day, the fault lies with the consumer. To paraphrase Joseph Stalin: “A single death is a tragedy. A million deaths is a statistic.” I also enjoyed poking fun at the self-seriousness of the food world. I adore the food scene in Portland (it’s one of the reasons I moved there) and I hope the film is received as a lampoon and not an attack. The people we are satirizing are my friends and I really wanted them in on the joke, hence the cameos and casting decisions. The only way we improve is by taking a serious, unabashed look in the mirror and that was our intention with making this film. Well, first to entertain. Then to hopefully educate, just a little.