Watch Short Film: Aryan Blood (A short story turned movie)

Written by Albert Russo

Narration by Becky Shrimpton

Visual Design by Kimberly Villarruel

Produced by Matthew Toffolo

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Short Story: MURIEL AND THE GOOD EATS, by Lionel Walfish

Performed by Geoff Mays

A food critic takes it up a notch.

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Short Story: THE WAYS OF CATS, by Garon Whited

Performed by Geoff Mays

Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

The secret life of cats and how they view humans.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Horror, probably.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Intelligent cats.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

“The Day the Earth Stood Still”

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

The opening theme to “Doctor Who.”

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

“The Moon is a Harsh Mistress,” by Robert Heinlein

What motivated you to write this story?

An angry cat.

If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would
that be?

Dead people, by and large, are not fit company at the dinner table. Undead,
possibly.

I would prefer to have had dinner with Christopher Lee when he was alive.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Role-playing games, because they allow for a high degree of creativity and
imagination.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

Someone sent me a link.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

First, don’t do it.
Second, if you ignore the first bit, go back to class and study how your
language is put together–then don’t become a writer.
Third, having ignored the advice to not do it twice, and studied how you
language is put together, write whatever you want. Pick something and chase
it down, follow it to the end, wring it out until the rag is dry. DO NOT go
chasing rabbits; pick a story and stick with it. That’s the secret.

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

SHORT STORY Best Scene Reading of TERROR AT THE STERLING, by Jeff Dawson

 

Genre: Horror

“Terror at the Sterling” is a short horror story based on actual events where the desk clerk is required to perform a simple eviction that plunges him back to the unsolved murders from thirty years ago.

CAST LIST:

Narrator/Mel: Hugh Ritchie
RJ: Nick Baillie
911 Operator: Susan Q. Wilson
Sergeant: Allan Michael Brunet

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your short story about? Let’s use the blurb for this one:

February 2013. The day started out normal enough for Mel: emails, phone calls, and general business issues. His normal routine was about to be disrupted when the new General Manager, Cheryl, told him and Jimmy to evict the two hookers whose rent was three days past due. Mel shivered at the thought. The last eviction, six months ago, still haunted him. He couldn’t erase the memory of the blood and gore, he and his partner RJ witnessed. What they saw reminded him of story the ole’ timer told him about the unsolved murders of two oil men in 1973.

Join Mel, as he embarks on a simple eviction that plunges him into the horrors and truths of the crimes from 1973.

2. What genres would you say this story is in?

Horror/Suspense. Some readers have compared it to Stephen King’s “The Shining.”

3. How would you describe this story in two words?

Hair-raisingly frightful

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

Patton

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

Johnny Rivers, “Dancing in the Moonlight.” It was my high school (RIP 7-20-2009) favorite song back in the day

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Not really.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

Lee Shendelman, the night clerk at the Sterling told me about this bizarre event when they were evicting two residents. Short version, he went to the room-card key didn’t work. Desk manager came up-card key didn’t work. Tried a master. Door opened to a tornado strike! Found the guys. Went back to the room. Everything was in place-nothing destroyed. How’s that for a plot line?

8. If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would
that be?

Erwin Rommel. Next to George Patton, he was an expert tactician. Lucky for us we had George or might all be speaking German.

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

Model railroading, World War Two and fishing.

10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

Exposure, what else. I submitted it several times before it was picked. Anxious to see how the performers pulled it off.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

I’ve lost count how many people have told me they have a story and don’t know where to start. It’s simple, stop procrastinating, sit down and start doing it.

12. For more information on other works, please visit my Amazon page:

https://www.amazon.com/Jeff-Dawson/e/B0054DRYIO/ref=la_B0054DRYIO_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1518015307&sr=1-2

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Short Story Reading of EVERYTHING, by Lionel Walfish

Performed by Carina Cojeen

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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

Short Story Reading of UNREQUITED LOVE by Heidi Rhonehouse

Performed by Carina Cojeen

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your story about?

This story is a small piece of my own life story. I was married for 8 years and it was an extremely difficult road filled with rejection, disappointment and a lot of grief. This story of “Ruth” and her unrequited love tells the story of disappointment and rejection, but it also tells about the growth that comes with such an experience and the potential it has to bring healing and renewed hope and a better understanding of what true love does look like.

2. What genres would you say this story is in?

non-fiction/faith

3. How would you describe this story in two words?

transparent, hopeful.

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

I would say “Milo & Otis” only because a little girl I used to babysit years ago was obsessed with it and we would watch it over and over and over and over and over every day, all day. At least it was a cute movie!

5. What is your favorite song?

There’s a lot of songs I love, but one of my most recent favorites is “It is Well,” performed by Kristene DiMarco (It Is Well – Kristene DiMarco & Bethel Music – You Make Me Brave …
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNqo4Un2uZI )
(Or, what song have you listened to the
most times in your life?)

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

I LOVE “Anne of Green Gables”

7. What motivated you to write this story?

It was actually a way for me to sort out what I was feeling, to express it, and try to piece together how I got to that point in my life. If I can’t figure out where I went wrong, then I am in danger of repeating the same mistakes. I decided to share the story, because I know I’m not alone in experiencing such a grief as that. Also, in hearing other people’s story of failed relationships, the biggest approach to it I’ve seen is allowing oneself to continue to be defeated and feel like a victim. I think it is so crucial to not just acknowledge where someone has hurt us, but it’s imperative that we also to take a look in the mirror, let God search our hearts to see what needs to change in us. When we do that we come out stronger and our feet are more apt to be set on solid ground onto a better and happier path.

8. If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

Well, I think I would pick an alive person, because that would be really gross to eat dinner with a dead person. LOL! Okay, seriously, I think Joni Eareckson Tada. She is an incredible lady and what a ministry she has!

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

I’ve a heart for vulnerable adults, whether they’re battling a disability or illness, homelessness, or they’re simply up in years. The vulnerable adults are often overlooked in society and of all people, these are the ones who have a story to tell. They need to know someone cares and they also need to know that despite what circumstances may look like, there is a God who loves them and He’s got them in His hand.

Aside from that, I love animals and I love to follow different pet therapy groups and see the work they do such as taking dogs and cats to hospitals and nursing homes or equine therapy organizations that help kids and adults with disabilities through interaction with the horses. I love music. I play a flute and I’m actually learning to play bagpipes and I love it! I love to be outdoors and just see all that God has made for us.

10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

Honestly, when I wrote the story, I never thought I would ever submit it someplace to be performed, but when I found out about such an opportunity, I thought it would be an incredible opportunity to reach out to even more and bring them a sense of comfort and hope. I hope it does just that.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Really, the only thing I can think of is something I’ve heard so much. Write about what you know. When we write about what we know – not just simply head knowledge, but our life experiences, our disappointments, our hopes, our faith; it let’s others know they are not alone. It doesn’t matter the genre you pick to deliver the story, when you write from your heart, your message shines through and reaches the people it was meant to reach and it can make someone’s world that much brighter.

Heidi Rhonehouse

https://heidisstorycorner.weebly.com

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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

2017 Short Story Winning Readings (23 Total)

Watch the 2017 Winning Short Story Performance Readings. All stories read and performed by professional actors:

 

ACTORSHORT Story – THE MISCREANT
January 2017 Reading
Written by Lionel Walfish

ACTORSHORT Story – THE PAPERBOY
January 2017 Reading
Written by George G. Moore

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

ACTORSHORT Story – A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE IN BUTZBACH
January 2017 Reading
Written by D.K. Christi

ACTORSHORT Story – TELL ME TO GO
January 2017 Reading
Written by Thomas Cannon

ACTORSHORT STORY – SEEDY HOTEL SEX
February 2017 Reading
Written by R. James Turley

ACTORSHORT STORY – ON THE HILL
February 2017 Reading
Written by Kenya Abney

ACTORSHORT STORY Reading – THE FERRY MAN
April 2017 Reading
Written by Jax Logan

ACTORSHORT STORY Reading – ON THE RUN
April 2017 Reading
Written by Wanda Weaver Kight

ACTORSHORT STORY Reading – THEY DROVE ON STREETS PAVED WITH KINDNESS
July 2017 Reading
by John Bauer

ACTORSHORT STORY Reading – FLATULENT FRED
July 2017 Reading
by Bill Lawrence

ACTORSHORT STORY Reading – GOD’S HANDS
August 2017 Reading
by Michael Coleman

ACTORSHORT STORY Reading – MOON HATERS
August 2017 Reading
by Simon Ciappara

ACTORSHORT STORY Reading – INITIATION SEASON
October 2017 Reading
by Sean McElhose

ACTORSHORT STORY Reading – TONGUE IN CHEEK
October 2017 Reading
by Lionel Walfish
ACTORSHORT STORY Transcript – GIVE ME TRUTH OR GIVE ME SILENCE
September 2017 Reading
by Melissa R. Mendelson

ACTORSHORT STORY Transcript – IN THE CEMETERY
September 2017 Reading
by Mari Tamez

ACTORSOMETHING MISSING Short Story Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Lionel Walfish
ACTORSHORT STORY Transcript – OFF THE HOOK
September 2017 Reading
by Lionel Walfish
ACTORSHORT STORY Reading – ARYAN BLOD
July 2017 Reading
by Albert Russo

ACTORSHORT Story – THE ATTACK
March 2017 Reading
Written by Mark Renshaw

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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