THRILLER Last Scene Reading of SHOULD I DIE BEFORE I WAKE, by Nicholas R Zingarelli

Winning Screenplay – SHOULD I DIE BEFORE I WAKE
Written by Nicholas R. Zingarelli

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Elizabeth Morriss
ROB – Daniel Chung
TOMMY – John Fray
ANNA – Cora Matheson

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Thriller, Romance, Crime

Young gangster, Nicky Little Gypsy’s life is complicated by his girlfriend being pursued romantically by a police officer, his little brother becoming more and more interested in a life of crime and a mobster that wants him dead.


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Highlights and Winners: February 2017 THRILLER FEEDBACK Film Festival

festival posterMIDNIGHT SIGNS, 4min, Italy, Thriller/Animation
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festival posterTHE TRAITOR, 5min, Czech Republic, Action/Thriller
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festival posterMARAUDER, 13min, Canada, Action/Fantasy
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festival posterTRUE COPY, 11min, Russia, Thriller/Sci-Fi
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festival posterLAST BASE, 15min, Norway, Action/Thriller
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festival posterAPPRAISAL, 8min, UK, Thriller
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festival posterWEEKEND OF HEROES, 15min, Italy, Action/Crime
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The ACTION/THRILLER FEBRUARY 2017 FEEDBACK Film Festival was truly a great success.

The theme of the festival was “OPEN ENDED ENDINGS”.

Every film showcased had an ending for sure – but it also left a continuining story for the characters presented. So if any of these filmmakers want to make a sequel – they can!

NOTE: This was the 3rd festival showcasing the best of Action Short Films at the festival. And the 4th festival that was moderated by Amanda Lomonaco. She was terrific and will be moderating 6 more festivals in 2017.

This was one of those rare festival nights where every single film presented received multiple votes for “Best Film” of the night.

The Action / Crime / Thriller Festival nights are now becoming my favourites. Many of these terrific films don’t get a fair shake from other festival programmers because they appear to be too “mainstream” for the short film market.

Before I started the FEEDBACK Festival, I worked at more than a few film festivals, TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) being one of them. It was there where I truly understood what programmers are looking for – and the films presented at this festival are NOT what they are looking for.

When I decided to dedicate an entire festival for these genres, I have to say that I was a bit worried. I didn’t know if we were going to receive a fair share of quality films from around the world in the Action/Crime genres in particular. And boy was I wrong. Hence the reason why there are 4 more festivals in these genres scheduled in Los Angeles & Toronto in 2017.

See you at the festivals in 2017.

– Matthew Toffolo

Take a look at the Audience Feedback Videos from our NEW Film Festival. Some of the best short films in the world today were showcased.

AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS

Best Film: TRUE COPY

Best Performances: APPRAISAL

Best Cinematography: THE LAST BASE

Best Music: The music from MARAUDER

Winning THRILLER Feature Screenplay – NEMESIS, by Carl Joglar

Winning Screenplay – NEMESIS
Written by Carl Joglar

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
STROUD – Cassandra Guthrie
BURNHAM – Dan Cristofori
MONTERO – Jane Hailes

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Thriller, Crime, Action

A car wreck allows a fugitive recovery agent’s prisoner to escape into the woods where she’s forced to pursue the killer, but when the other driver finds her in the wilderness, the hunt becomes complicated and the agent begins to suspect the woman’s involvement was not by chance.

 Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

NEMESIS is about a fugitive recovery agent who, after being disgraced and fired from the U.S. Marshals, attempts to cover legal fees in a custody battle for her son by cashing in on the capture of an elusive killer. Unfortunately, she gets into a car wreck, her prisoner escapes into a vast wilderness and she’s forced to hunt him down again. But (without giving too much away), when the driver of the other vehicle finds her in the woods, the situation becomes increasingly complicated because of some hidden agendas.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

I’d say it could fall under drama, thriller and action because there are elements of all three, but if I had to categorize it, I would call it a dramatic thriller.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Just thinking about this, it occurs to me that no answer could sound very humble. I do feel very strongly about its merits, but even moreso after I started receiving so much positive feedback. People would say, “Wow, this is insane”, which I take as a compliment because you want to shake people up. I think the fact that three characters that are so different from each other are basically trapped in this environment together makes for a really curious situation. I feel like people might say, “I’ve got to see what happens when you put THESE three together.” But more than that, the main character’s journey is heart-breaking and relatable. I tried to make the ultimate example out of her. The moral of the story is “Don’t let your situation change who you are”. And who hasn’t been tempted at least once to step over that line?

How would you describe this script in two words?

“Intense” and “fast-paced”. As a writer, I have an unhealthy yet productive fear of being boring, so in a story, I’m obsessed with something either always happening or about to happen.

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

Jaws. It’s so amazing on so many levels. Story, acting, editing, etc. But Neil Simon’s The Goodbye Girl is a close second. That main character is the most charmingly hilarious train wreck I’ve ever seen. Great stuff.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I’ve worked longer on this script than I have on my marriage. I’m kidding. I actually wrote the first draft in less than a month, but of course, I’ve been making changes ever since, so it’s going on six months now and one draft kind of melds into the next, so who knows how many.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve been doing this since 1996 so I’ve lost count. If I included short scripts and commissioned scripts, the number would be ridiculous, but as far as strictly original speculative full-length screenplays.. probably 24 that I can remember. Oh! And a book. I wrote a contemporary sci-fi YA novel called THE PERILS OF QUAD. Right now I’m trying to find a home for it at a traditional publishing house.

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

Wow, that’s tough. I don’t know if this is good or bad, but ever since I was little, there’s been something about Earth, Wind and Fire’s “Fantasy”. I love it to this day and I really have no clue why. Maybe it was playing in the background the first time a girl kissed me or something. ..Right now, though, I’m addicted to Disturbed’s cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s The Sound of Silence.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Writers are going to hate me for this: There were no obstacles. There never are. I’ve never had writer’s block. If I did, I never realized it. I mean, I always get nervous when I start but once I’m off and running, that’s it. The pages start to pile up. Obviously, they don’t come out perfectly but they always come out.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My wife and child, of course. They’re my world. But the weird answer to that would be Vintage Marvel comic books. I’m not a collector, by any means. I just love the look, the feel, the simplicity, even the smell of a dog-eared silver age Marvel Comic. I guess because it brings me back to the days when my biggest problem in the world was deciding between Apple Jacks and Fruit Loops. Man, if life could always be like that. Good times.

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

I have to credit my best friend and producer, Alex Torres for that. He found out about the festival and immediately entered the screenplay. He’s the best. When I first read the feedback I received, I was pleasantly shocked because it was immediately apparent that this was a festival run by experienced and competent professionals and they clearly took the proper time to analyze the material. As a writer, you really deeply appreciate when people like this give you credit where it’s due, but also make a fair and efficient effort to help you develop the best story you can put forward.

 

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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February 2017 THRILLER Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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ACTORSHORT STORY – POST MORTEM REBELLION
February 2017 Reading
Written by Jax Lemon

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – OBEDIENCE
February 2017 Reading
Written by Michael Potts
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – HYPOTHERMIA
February 2017 Reading
Written by Jax Lemon

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – HEIDI
February 2017 Reading
Written by Keith Makenas
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – BEDLAM ON THE RAILS
February 2017 Reading
Written by Wayne E. Johnson

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – LATE NIGHT
February 2017 Reading
Written by Deepa Dharmaraj
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – EKKO
February 2017 Reading
Written by Johnny Walker

ACTORFAN FICTION Screenplay – POPEYE “SPINACH RUN”
February 2017 Reading
Written by Neil Chase
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – ECHOES OF BONNIEVILLE
February 2017 Reading
Written by Simon Schneider


festival posterMIDNIGHT SIGNS, 4min, Italy, Thriller/Animation
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festival posterTHE TRAITOR, 5min, Czech Republic, Action/Thriller
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festival posterMARAUDER, 13min, Canada, Action/Fantasy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterTRUE COPY, 11min, Russia, Thriller/Sci-Fi
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterLAST BASE, 15min, Norway, Action/Thriller
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festival posterAPPRAISAL, 8min, UK, Thriller
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festival posterWEEKEND OF HEROES, 15min, Italy, Action/Crime
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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

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January 2017 THRILLER Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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FEATURE Screenplay – INCURABLE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Jeff York

BEST Scene – KIDICIDE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Kelly Karam
BEST Scene – THE UNCONQUERABLE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Jonathan Fear

ACTORBEST Scene – THE ROSY HUE OF THE DYING DAY
January 2017 Reading
Written by Lauren Hoekstra
ACTOR1st SCENE Script – INT. CAR – NIGHT
January 2017 Reading
Written by Martin Keady

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – COMES AROUND
January 2017 Reading
Written by Gunnar Halldorsson
ACTORSHORT Story – MURDER IS A BREEZE
January 2017 Reading
Written by M Maureen Skahan

ACTORSHORT Story – MARIONETTE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Melissa R. Mendelson
ACTORSHORT Story – SHADOWS
January 2017 Reading
Written by Kelly J. Kratz

ACTORNOVEL Reading – DEADLY SERIOUS
January 2017 Reading
Written by A.J. Thibault

 

 

 

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

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Thriller Film Festival – Thursday February 23rd. 7pm. Downtown Toronto

The FEEDBACK Monthly Film Festival is back for 2017.. Our home is The Carlton Cinemas, located in the heart of downtown Toronto at 20 Carlton Street. The event runs from 7pm to 9:10pm.

Continuing to showcase the best of short films from around the world, while maintaining our audience feedback format moderated by Matthew Toffolo. Showcasing a festival twice a month in 2017 starting in February!

Tickets for 2017 are PAY WHAT YOU LIKE. Purchase your tickets online via Paypal or Credit Card. Tickets are first come first serve.

All proceeds to this month’s festival will be donated to festival cinema costs (suggestion $8 and up), which helps the monthly event:

OR, if you like to obtain seats in advance and pick them up on the day of the event (come for FREE, or make a donation), please email us at festivalevent@wildsoundfestival.com and we’ll reserve seats for you.

You can pick up the tickets on the day of the event at the cinema. Tickets are first come, first serve. This festival has sold out 48 out of its last 50 events!

You will be able to buy alcohol (beer, wine, liquor), popcorn, candy, and refreshments before the show.

Here is the full program of films. Festival starts at 7pm sharp!

FIRST ACT PROGRAM


MIDNIGHT SIGNS, 4min, Italy, Thriller/Animation
Directed by Marino Guarnieri

In a small room overlooking the Bay of Naples, a young designer, suspended in time and in the night, faces the eternal struggle of the artist who tries to tame its instruments in order to use them as an extension of himself to express their imagination.

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THE TRAITOR, 5min, Czech Republic, Action/Thriller
Directed by Oldrich Antos

A young mafia member called the Turkish has a secret relationship with Lenka, an informant of this criminal group. The Turkish and Lenka plan to escape abroad. Their escape plans are accelerated by the information that Lenka became uncomfortable for the boss and he and his men are on their way to her apartment to kill her.

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MARAUDER, 13min, Canada, Action/Fantasy
Directed by Brendon Rathbone

After the Marauder’s Motorcycle is Stolen, they go on a search to hunt down the bandits that stole it.

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TRUE COPY, 11min, Russia, Thriller/Sci-Fi
Directed by Olga Belova

Igor’s uncontrolled transformations into other people force him to turn to the only person able to stop this…

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SECOND ACT PROGRAM


LAST BASE, 15min, Norway, Action/Thriller
Directed by Aslak Danbolt

Joachim is retiring from base-jumping to become a father for the first time, but first he goes on one last adventure with his best-friend Oyvind. When a storm approaches their friendship is put to the test; Oyvind want’s to turn back, but Joachim will apparently stop at nothing to pull off his very last jump.

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APPRAISAL, 8min, UK, Thriller
Directed by James Peaty

A corporate hitman returns home for his long overdue company appraisal…but the question soon arises: who’s appraising who?

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WEEKEND OF HEROES, 15min, Italy, Action/Crime
Directed by Francesco Bovino

Once a month, a bunch of dirty cops has a guys’ Weekend in an isolated manor in the countryside. Usually they divide their monthly loot, they play cards and they drink too much. But this time there is a betrayer among them.

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2016 Novels & Short Stories

Watch the 2016 Winning Thriller/Suspense Winners performed by professional actors.

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ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – GUARDING SHAKESPEARE
December 2016 Reading
Written by Quintin Peterson
ACTORSHORT Story – THE GRAVE DIGGERS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Joseph Tsujimoto

ACTORSHORT Story – DUALITY
September 2016 Reading
Written by Devin Klos

ACTORSHORT Story – COLORED TIES
August 2016 Reading
Written by Oz Greek

ACTORSHORT Story – A DANGEROUS OCCUPATION
August 2016 Reading
Written by Randall Krzak

ACTORSHORT Story – CELIA’S NIGHT OUT
August 2016 Reading
Written by Agata Zema

ACTORCHAPTER 1 Novel – OBITER DICTA
August 2016 Reading
Written by Lucian M.

ACTORShort Story Reading – CULT FAN
June 2016 Reading
Written by Gina Lee Ronhovde
ACTORNOVEL Reading – OBITER DICTA
June 2016 Reading
Written by Lucien M.

ACTORShort Story Reading – LORNA’S ISLAND
May 2016 Reading
Written by Louise Johnson

ACTOR1st Ch. Novel Transcript – WATER FOR BLOOD
May 2016 Reading
Written by Brett Bacon

ACTORNovel Transcript Reading – INTO THE SHADOWS
March 2016 Reading
Written by Marie Jones

ACTOR1st Chapter Reading – LIZARDIAN
March 2016 Reading
Written by Melissa R. Mendelson

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson