1st Scene THRILLER Screenplay Reading: Angel City, by Al Mertens

July, 1977. After reuniting with family in the backwoods town of Angel City, a young black man struggles to survive after sparking a chain of catastrophic events. A tale of Southern Gothic horror.

CAST LIST:

Marian: Vanessa Quagliara
Jamie: Daniel Jones
Jake: Luke Robinson
Narrator: Regan Brown
Carol: Cassandra Guthrie
Old Cook: Julie Sheppard
Latham: Scott McCullouch

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

THRILLER Best Scene Reading: Chance, by John Fraser

CAST LIST:

NARRATION – Tracy Rowland
Emma – Rebecca MacDonald
Martine – Krista Barzso

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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THRILLER Best Scene Screenplay: Chupacabra, by Aaron Willett, Jayesh Patel

“A small town Texas community is torn at the seams when lies, cover ups, and deception muddy up the waters of the true terror that lurks in the wild.”

Chief Blake is fair on justice and well liked, but now all of his instincts and decisions are hauled into question as a series of gruesome accidents and violent misfortune run rampant on a farming community that prides itself on good clean Christian country living. Once a beautiful place for fishing, swimming, and hiking, Cuero has turned into a terrifying pit of heart-stopping murders and horror. Innocent hikers start disappearing and farm animals are turning up brutally mauled in a small Texas border town. Violent town hall meetings trigger outrage about how to handle the situation. What this once tightly knit community doesn’t realize however is that fear and chaos are just the start of their worst nightmare. This story was inspired by true events.

CAST LIST:
Group Member 1: Ron Boyd
Group Member: Shawn Devlin
Ashley: Hannah Ehman
Narration: Bree Ali
Fraternity Guy: Michael Ruhs

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

Solitaire Short Film – Audience FEEDBACK from the THRILLER Festival Nov. 2019

SOLITAIRE, 15min., USA, Thriller/Drama

Directed by Paola Bernardini & Wayland Bell

In this dark comedy we follow a young woman who has secluded herself in her palatial estate from any human interaction. When she hires a handyman in the hopes of relieving her lack of companion ship, she finds herself overwhelmed with attachment to this man which quickly snowballs when he attempts to leave the estate.

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THRILLER Best Scene Reading: The Dirty Blonde, by Sven Anarki

A gritty Noir detective wakes up in modern day San Francisco where he is given a second chance to solve the case that killed his partner in 1945.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Sid: James Chapman
Angela: Regan Brown
Frank: Brandon Knox

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

THRILLER Best Scene Reading: MISCREATION, by Mark Donnell

A genetic mutation used by the CIA must choose the fate of a fellow Dugway experiment as they join forces to find a cure.

CAST LIST:

Janet: Angelica Alejandro
Dr. Robinson: Peter Nelson
Narrator: Elizabeth Morriss
Lt. Coza: Kaleb Alexander
Dr. Brown: Peter Mark Rapheal

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

Director – Hamish Robertson (HIDEOUS)

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Director Statement

Though I have worked on various short films at college and university, I was aware that making an ambitious short, such as Hideous, would be a considerable jump. Despite the films relatively modest setting of a flower shop, there were still inevitable complications in finding legal areas of Glasgow to film in, undertaking the correct legal procedures to safely film with firearms, managing large groups of extras and even securing the perfect florist that would, not only meet the criteria aesthetically, but also shelter a cast and crew of over ten people. Everyone is praying that you’ll be able to manage it all without having a mental breakdown, including yourself. It’s funny how you want your film to be this completely mind blowing experience for audiences, and on set it becomes that, but for all the wrong reasons. You learn very quickly that you have to get your shot in the can and move on to the next one and that there is no time to linger on perfectionist details. You just pray that it won’t turn out garbage and sometimes you’re pleasantly surprised. I had a completely exhilarating experience on this project and with each film I remember why I love the medium so much.