Novel Transcript Reading: PERFECTION, by J.L. Spelbring

The personification of Aryan purity, Ellyssa’s spent her whole life under her creator’s strict training and guidance; her purpose is to eradicate inferior beings. She was genetically engineered to be the perfect soldier: strong, intelligent, unemotional, and telepathic. Only Ellyssa isn’t perfect. Ellyssa feels emotions–a fact she’s spent her life concealing. Until she encounters the epitome of inferiority: a dark-haired boy raised among renegades hiding since the Nazis won the war a century ago. He speaks to her telepathically, pushing thoughts into her mind, despite the impossibility of such a substandard person having psychic abilities. But he does. His unspoken words and visions of a place she’s never visited make Ellyssa question her creator. Confused and afraid her secret will be discovered, Ellyssa runs away, embarking on a journey where she discovers there is more to her than perfection.

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Performed by Carina Cojeen

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

NOVEL Transcript Reading: OCAAT, by Ruthie Robinson

A More Than Skin Romances are my self-published romance titles. Stories under this heading will have an African American woman as the heroine and the hero will be a man of other ethnicities or nationalities. These stories will be interesting and entertaining, filled with warmth, humor, sex, and love. These are stories that demonstrate that it’s the characters of the hero and heroines the ultimately matter. Their values, their traits are what attract them to each other, and it’s those things that mean the most, as we are so much more than skin.Sydney King doesn’t have much in the way of family or money, but she has guts and intelligence in spades, and big dreams for her future. When she transfers to The Woodlands High School for ninth grade, she finds herself in way over her head and looks for help.Graham Garrison has everything—money, freedom, and charm; the darling of his community. His senior year is all about having fun and looking forward to college. He admires Sydney’s drive and dedication and agrees to tutor her.They’re an unlikely pair, but Graham and Sydney form a powerful bond. But then their friend Brian becomes convinced there’s a rash of missing children afoot, reaching the highest echelon of their neighborhood. When everything they knew about their home is under fire, will their feelings for each other carry them through?

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Performed by Carina Cojeen

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

Novel Transcript Reading of APEX FIVE by Sarah Katz

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For millennia, the people of the Plane have worshipped five megaliths as relics of the mysterious Zaam. In recent years, the nation of Tabira has employed remarkably advanced technology to subjugate the entire Plane and eradicate all belief in the Zaam.

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Woman 1 – KYANA TERESA

Woman 2 – PAOLA SCATTOLON

Narration – PETER NELSON

Young Male  – NICK DOLAN

Other Young Male – ADRIAN CARLOS CARTER

Young Woman – KATELYN VARADI

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel
Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Novel Transcript Reading of THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT by Wilson Jackson

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Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

THE BIG BAD WOLF MEETS DEXTER One city. Two killers. A serial killer who preys on adulterers. A supernatural shape-shifter who kills unknowingly once it becomes human again. The city knows about the serial killer calling himself Sin Killer and leaving a weird poem on his victims. He is blamed for all the murders including the ones he does not commit. Questions arise throughout the city whether Sin Killer is also capable of cannibalism since the victims are eaten and mutilated. As the body count continues to grow, Police Captain Frank Penn is under heavy fire. He knows there is more than one killer in his city, but must keep it to himself until he solves the case. With a plate full of trouble, he tries to withstand pressure from the mayor, the FBI, a city in fear, and two killers on the loose. Plus, the knowledge of the supernatural killer is his own nephew. Frank Penn must make a decision that will change his life forever.

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel
Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Novel Transcript Reading of Desert Rock by Scott Meehan

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Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

In 2003, a female soldier approaches Major David Allan and gives him a crystal marble, telling him that he must keep it with him at all times. When he goes on Christmas Leave from Balad, Iraq, the C-5 Air Force jet is shot down in the wasteland of Iraq…and he is the only survivor.

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel
Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Novel Transcript: Space Tangents by Jerry L. Harvey Jr.

Performed by Kat Smiley

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Four Rednecks from Kansas are abducted by aliens and have an unbelievable adventure as they travel to several planets, fight Kelvekians, battle the Elvi, rescue a damsel in distress, party with Elvis and then, there is the incident on Herpe.

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Novel Transcript Reading of Spirit Of The Amaroq by James Charles

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Performed by Esther Thibault

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox