THRILLER Best Scene Script Reading of FOOTSTEPS OF MY FATHER, by Erik V. Wolter

 

 

Genre: Drama, War, Thriller, Family

Logline: An American teenager struggles to believe in his German American father, a controversial writer accused of being a Nazi spy, only to discover they are more alike than he ever imagined.

CAST LIST:

NARRATION: Julie C. Sheppard
Attorney Fritz – Peter Nelson
Cohen – Sean Ballantyne
Robert – Trevor Marlatt
Pretty woman – Katelyn Vanier

Get to know the writer: 

  1. What is the screenplay about?

Logline: When a German immigrant faces deportation during WWII for alleged Nazi ties, his combative teenage son takes on the FBI and struggles to keep the family together.

Drawing parallels to the prejudice and profiling in post 9/11 America, FOOTSTEPS OF MY FATHER is an untold story of WWII, exposing egregious violations of civil liberties by government with striking relevance to every American’s relationship to their government today. The screenplay is based on a true story and adapted from my book, “Loyalty on Trial: One American’s Battle with the FBI.”

The story begins in 1942 and is told from the point of view of Kai, the impetuous native-born teenage son of Arthur, a naturalized citizen, who is targeted by the FBI as disloyal for his alleged pro-Hitler writings in the mid 1930’s.  Kai’s secret “Blue Notebook” of poems and commentary serves as an outlet for his anger and frustration.

Kai naively assumes that justice will win out. Instead, his trust that the system works equally for all is tested. and his entire family is torn apart. He sees his normal life of an American teenager spin out of control, and blames Arthur’s pride and his refusal to apologize to the judge.

Kai’s inability to understand his father’s commitment to his innocence, and Arthur’s unwillingness to back down or betray himself for any reason, even for his family, becomes a divisive force in the father-son relationship.

Once Arthur is incarcerated at Ellis Island and scheduled for deportation, Kai quits school to help his mother make do. Soon after, justice eludes Kai one more time, his mother, an enemy alien, is arrested and interned and Gabi, his childhood sweetheart, is deported with her family. With no hope in sight, he’s forced to survive on the streets of New York and care for his little sister.

Without any parental guidance, Kai turns to Arthur’s attorney and an elderly Jewish neighbor to help sort out his frustrations. Only then does Kai come to grips with his selfishness, reassess his own loyalties, begin his quest to save his father and ensure that the family’s good name is reestablished. At the same time, he must figure out who he truly is at heart, and what it is that he ultimately longs for.

After a former teacher discovers the Blue Notebook, Kai see the opportunity to channel his anger and utilize his writing talent to try and save his parents from deportation. With the teacher’s counseling, Kai argues for public support through letters to the editor and even makes an eleventh-hour desperate personal appeal to the Supreme Court for a reversal.

By the end of his personal journey, we see Kai as a hopelessly loyal young man who will stop at nothing to protect his family, friends, and country.

  1. What genre does your screenplay fall under?

Historic/Thriller/Coming of Age/War

  1. Why should this screenplay be turned into a movie?

Drawing parallels to the prejudice and profiling in post 9/11 America, FOOTSTEPS OF MY FATHER offers an untold story of WWII while exposing egregious violations of civil liberties by the government with striking relevance to every American’s relationship to their government today.

The screenplay is based on a true story and adapted from my book, “Loyalty on Trial: One American’s Battle with the FBI.” Actual historical events, characters, and dramatic action from WWII, including those from the Emmy nominated and acclaimed documentary “Children of Internment,” are the inspiration for this story.

This is a coming-of-age story that illuminates a dark period of America’s history by focusing on the human lives affected by government policies, rather than lecturing. By grounding the story in a teenager’s very real and relatable emotions, it delivers a powerful message that should resonate with audiences of all ages.

Despite a rising tide of xenophobia in America and abroad, the relevance of what happened nearly seventy-five years ago remains an untold story.

  1. How would you describe this screenplay in two words?

Heart wrenching

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

“Break the Stage” the movie is my first produced film. I wrote the screenplay and was executive producer. Expected release is mid-2018. I have watch “Break the Stage” countless times.

  1. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

My book, “Loyalty on Trial: One American’s Battle With the FBI” came out in 2004. I wrote the first draft of this screenplay, titled then as Loyalty on Trial, in 2005. Who works on a script for 12 years? One who has a passion for a script based on a true story of immigration that since 9-11 seems to be repeating itself. During this time, I wrote many other screenplays as well.

  1. How many stories have you written?

My resume lists twenty-six, nine of which were collaborations with various other writers.

  1. What is your favorite song?

Anything by James Taylor

  1. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The first obstacle was adapting a 430-page nonfiction book into a movie. The second would be not listening to the naysayers who said it’s a period piece. The third would be finding the right balance between the historical truth and dramatizing for maximum entertainment. And the ongoing obstacle is not to give up and let it go.

  1. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Family, friends, politics, skiing, and tennis.

  1. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

Very positive experience. User friendly process.

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

The opportunity to see a performance of pages from my script was the number one factor. Additionally, the chance for feedback is always attractive. In this case the feedback was extremely helpful and useful for my never-ending rewriting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

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October 2017 THRILLER Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

Submit your Thriller/Suspense Screenplay to the Festival: https://thrillersuspensefestival.com/

 

ACTORNOVEL Reading – FORBIDDED
October 2017 Reading
by F. Stone

ACTORNOVEL Reading – KILER CONVERSATIONS
October 2017 Reading
by Stephanie Parker McKean

ACTORCRIME BEST SCENE Screenplay – VINDICATION
October 2017 Reading
by Louetta Jensen

ACTORTHRILLER BEST SCENE Screenplay – CURIOUS BUDDIES
October 2017 Reading
by Janet Caulfield
ACTORTHRILLER 1st Scene Screenplay – BUNNYMAN BRIDGE
October 2017 Reading
by Colin K. Stewart

ACTORADVENTURE 1st SCENE Screenplay – THE MONSTER HUNTERS CODE
October 2017 Reading
by Ryan Brannan
ACTORFAN FICTION BATMAN Screenplay – LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY
October 2017 Reading
by Rob Ayling

ACTORFAN FICTION BEST SCENE Screenplay – BLACK WIDOW: FUGITIVE
October 2017 Reading
by Brooke Elowe
ACTORCRIME TV PILOT Screenplay – THE BIGGEST LITTLE
October 2017 Reading
by Craig Page

ACTORACTION FEATURE Screenplay – NOWHERE-VILLE
October 2017 Reading
by Richard M. Kjeldgaard

festival posterGIRL #2, 9min, USA, Horror/Comedy
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festival posterSPEECHLESS, 7min, Horror/Thriller
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festival posterANTICA, 11min., Canada, Horror/Thriller
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festival posterLIZ DRIVES, 8min, Australia, Horror
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festival posterMILK MAN, 10min., UK, Horror/Comedy
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festival posterMY BODY, 6min, Germany, Horror
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festival posterSTUDDED NIGHTMARE, 9min., Canada, Horror
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festival posterTHE DARKNESS KEEPER, 18min, Spain, Thriller/Suspense
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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Winning THRILLER 1st Scene Script – BUNNYMAN BRIDGE, by Colin K Stewart

 

Genre: Thriller, Crime, Mystery

After the tragic loss of her husband in a line of duty shooting, Detective Joan Fortune collapses and loses their unborn child. In the ensuing weeks, Joan’s life begins to crumble around her as she desperately tries to find the drug lords responsible for her husband’s murder. Things change for Joan when a local priest brings in a three year old girl who was left abandoned at his church. Joan’s heart melts upon meeting her.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Gage: Connor Lyon
Ed: Dan Cristofori
Mike: Shaun Mazoka
Todd:: Brennan Clost
Mrs Zachary: Julie C. Sheppard
Joan: Rachel Rain Packota

Get to know the writer:

 What is your screenplay about?

It’s a supernatural story about a malevolent spirit reliving its past to reclaim its family..

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Supernatural horror…

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

The book written by, Ronald J. Van Wynsberg, is an awesome read… If done right, I think it could rival with other cult classics like ‘Halloween’ or ‘Friday the 13th’… It has all the elements of a supernatural horror with an ending no one sees coming.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Movie worthy…

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

Halloween…

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

6 months…

How many stories have you written?

To many to count…but several that have made their way into producer’s hands…

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

I am a fan of Country Music… If I had to pick one…’Wide Open Spaces’ by the Dixie Chicks

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Time…

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Golf…

You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

User-friendly website; Professional…

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

The fact that the festival was looking for the genre to which I absolutely love… Very excited…

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

THRILLER Best Scene Screenplay – CURIOUS BUDDIES, by Janet Caulfield

Genre: Crime, Thriller

It’s not your Mother’s Buddy Movie. It’s a combo meal! It’s a little bit of LETHAL WEAPON, DIE HARD, THE SOCIAL NETWORK with a SIDE of TAKEN. Experienced FBI Agent hires and befriends a young INTERNET ENTREPRENEUR to help rescue a six year old girl taken Hostage in a FALL OUT SHELTER by a Ruthless Psychopath.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Anna: Norma Dunphy
Josh: David Occhipinti
Bill: Dennis Barham
Operator: Lindsay Gerro

Get to know the writer: 

1. What is your screenplay about?

Curious Buddies is about the rescue of a six year old girl taken hostage in a fall out shelter by a ruthless psychopath. The story centers around the trials and tribulations of a veteran FBI agent and the assistance of a young internet entrepreneur during the case investigation to save her.  It’s a whirlwind, action packed thriller, spanning three days set in Washington DC, New York and San Francisco. There are subtle sub themes throughout the screenplay, like the curious friendships and relationships that develop between the characters. For example, the buddy bond between the FBI agent and the internet guru, and the young girl and the psychopath.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Action, Thriller, Drama

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Curious Buddies should be made into a movie because it would appeal to die hard fans of shows like True Detective, Criminal Minds and The Good Wife. I think it would draw millennials because there are several scenes between the FBI agent and the internet entrepreneur, some comical, where they learn to respect each other and their professions. There’s a lot of action, twists and turns in the plot that would keep an audience interested.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?   

 Provocative, Riveting

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

Rear Window..

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay? 

About four years. I’ve done several minor rewrites.

7. How many stories have you written?

I have written about a dozen screenplays. Seven are finished and copyrighted. The others I’m still working on and collaborating with another writer for a TV MOW pilot.

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

Secret World by Peter Gabriel

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

None.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Music, art and sports.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

My experiences have all been very positive. Great feedback and response to my submissions.

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

I think what influenced me to enter the festival is the creative professional actors and posts by Wildsound and the LA FilmFreeway festival. I’ve been following Wildsound, Matthew since I started writing about five years ago. The feedback was spot on. Especially about how my plot for Curious Buddies is all over the place, and needs to be more concise. What is it Shakespeare said?  Brevity is the soul of wit. I could definitely use more of that.
I also need to focus on my formatting.
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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

September 2017 THRILLER Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

Submit your Thriller/Suspense Screenplay to the Festival: https://thrillersuspensefestival.com/

 

ACTORTV THRILLER Best Scene Screenplay – JOYTON SHREW
September 2017 Reading
by Ian Bradburn

ACTOR1st Scene Screenplay – SERAPHINA
September 2017 Reading
by Joe Tofuri

ACTORSTUDENT 1st Scene Screenplay – THE BOXMAN
September 2017 Reading
by Alexander Beale

ACTORTV 1st Scene Screenplay – CELTIC BLOOD
September 2017 Reading
by Richard William Masterson

ACTORTV 1st Scene Screenplay – KODAK MOMENT
September 2017 Reading
by John Cruz Alarid

ACTORFAN FICTION Screenplay – WELCOME TO CRYSTAL LAKE (Friday the 13th)
September 2017 Reading
by Mike Mead

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – QUANTICO Show
September 2017 Reading
by Leslie Lyshkob

ACTORTHRILLER Feature Screenplay – WORD GAMES
September 2017 Reading
by Joel Stern

festival posterTWISTED SOBRIETY, 14min, Thriller/Sci-Fi
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festival posterNO WAVE, 11min, Canada, Thriller/Mystery
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festival posterAMBER, 14min, USA, Thriller/Drama
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festival posterDOMESTICITY, 4min, UK, Thriller/Drama
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festival posterFOREIGN SOUNDS, 8min, USA, Crime/Thriller
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festival posterPOND, 6min, Canada, Action/Crime
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festival posterPUSHING, 10min, USA, Family/Drama
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ACTORSHORT STORY Transcript – IN THE CEMETERY
September 2017 Reading
by Mari Tamez

 

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: THRILLER FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS

Best Film: WITHHELD

Best Performances: TWISTED SOBRIETY

Best Cinematography: NO WAVE

Best Sound Music: AMBER

Watch AUDIENCE FEEDBACK Film Festival Videos: 

TWISTED SOBRIETY, 14min, Thriller/Sci-Fi
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festival posterNO WAVE, 11min, Canada, Thriller/Mystery
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festival posterAMBER, 14min, USA, Thriller/Drama
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festival posterDOMESTICITY, 4min, UK, Thriller/Drama
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festival posterFOREIGN SOUNDS, 8min, USA, Crime/Thriller
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festival posterPOND, 6min, Canada, Action/Crime
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festival posterWITHHELD, 15min, UK, Thriller/Drama
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The ACTION/CRIME/THRILLER SEPTEMBER 2017 FEEDBACK Film Festival was truly a great success.

The theme of the festival was “WHAT’S NOT SEEN”.

Every film showcased was about a protagonist or antagonist who is there but never seen.

NOTE: This was a showcase of the best ACTION/CRIME/THRILLER films from around the world.

This was an amazing night of watching films and then having an insightful conversation about the films and storytelling itself. This was easily one of the best audiences we had this year. The discussion was smart, and on point. Cheers to the city of Toronto.

We showcased seven films from the UK, United States, and Canada that all played to rave reviews. Every single film received a vote for best film of the night.

These are the types of genres that just don’t receive enough attention on on the film festival curcuit, especially short films. SUSPENSE is the key word. As an audience, to stay engaged, we simply need to know what’s going to happen next – while wanting to be surprised by it too. All of these films succeeded tremendously. There is an immense wealth of talent who worked on these shorts.

See you at the festivals in 2017.

– Matthew Toffolo

WITHHELD Short Film – Audience FEEDBACK from Action/Crime/Thriller 2017 Festival

WITHHELD, 15min, UK, Thriller/Drama
Directed by James Bowsher

A short psychological thriller about the power of performance between Stephanie (a phone sex worker) and an unknown caller.

CLICK HERE – and see full info and more pics of the film!

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