Winning Short Story – The Ferry Man by Jax Logan

Performed by Amaka Umeh

Get to know the writer:

What is your short story about?

A serial killer.

What genres would you say this short story is in?

horror

How would you describe this story in two words?

Grim Reaper

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Lord of the Rings

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

Sting / So lonely

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

I like a lot of the Ken Follett books

What motivated you to write this story?

I was working on a film script with the same theme and thought it would make a great one pager.

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

Taylor Swift (yes, I am shallow) and there would have to be desert.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My kids (most of the time)

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I saw a promotional email from FilmFreeway

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

Before you jump in to something, understand what you’re jumping in to.

Novel Transcript: THE RABBIT CULTURE, by Tito Capaldo

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Performed by Amaka Umeh

 What is your novel about?

The Rabbit Culture” tells the story of the adoption process of a 7-year-old Romanian boy after the fall of Communism. Written in a direct, vivid style, the novel explores a variety of subject matter , like : overpopulation , religions, politics , open adoptions etc..etc..

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Narrative nonfiction , religion , politic , nature

How would you describe this story in two words?

Natural Order of Things

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Pretty Women

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

‘Blowin’ in the wind

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

The Odyssey

What motivated you to write this story?

Share this true story with people. I want readers to take away from my writing , that we humans do we do part of the same Pack; that Christian, Muslim, Jew, Baptist, Buddhist, etc … are adjectives of the most important thing: “The Person”. That the only law that is given us to know is that of “Natural Order of Things”. That religion is a purely personal, and that it is good that God remain in the background and that no one has the presumption to elect himself His representative on earth .That for more than 2000 years we have been slaves of the worst kind: mental slaves of the so-called prophets or spiritual leaders. As we know, the Olympus collapsed …. it is very likely that in this century will inevitably fall even the Holy See, Mecca and the Wailing Wall.

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

Socrates

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Flight , I am a fire fighting Pilot ;
Scuba diving

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

In many cases, the adoption of a child inevitably has many problems due to the trauma of abandonment. I wanted to share my experience with both the couples who are planning to adopt a child and be with people, seeking the root causes, which often have to do with nature, religion, politics, etc. .. etc. ..
I was forced visit many of the darkest places of human nature, and I have learned to appreciate and enjoy many things that are often taken for granted, only because the benevolent fate bestowed them upon us.

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

Be yourself, think with your mind

Short Story Reading of THE ATTACK by Mark Renshaw

Performed by Val Cole

 Get to know the writer:

What is your short story about?

It’s about a guy experiencing a severe panic attack. From his perspective, he views these incidents more like battles, as if he’s being assailed by an invisible force. Using this viewpoint helps him to focus through the pain and fight back.

What genres would you say this short story is in?

Drama.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Grief, recovery.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

I’m a sucker for the original Star Wars trilogy.

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

My favourite song changes as time goes by. One of the ones I keep going back to though is Dream On by Aerosmith.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

One of the few books I’ve read numerous times is Legend by David Gemmell.

What motivated you to write this story?

At the time, I was trying to cope with the loss of my mother and I was experiencing anxiety and panic attacks for the first time in my life. Writing this was quite cathartic.

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

Isaac Asimov. He’s my literary hero.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love turning my work into produced films. I’ve produced two of my own stories so far and I’m in post-production of a third. It’s amazing to see what I’ve written given life on the screen.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I entered a Doctor Who TV script into the Fanfiction Festival a couple of years ago, and it won a table read. It was wonderful to see the script performed by real actors so I decided to try something similar with one of my short stories.


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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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February 2017 Novel & Short Story Winners

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

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – MEI MENG: THE LOST PANDA
February 2017 Reading
Written by Andrew Fisk

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – SIMULATION
February 2017 Reading
Written by Ami Blackwelder

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – VERONICA’S PAPERS
February 2017 Reading
Written by Anthony Colin Wright

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – FORTUNATE SON
February 2017 Reading
Written by Daniel T. Pawlowski

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

ACTORSHORT STORY – THE POET
February 2017 Reading
Written by Stephen Karnaghan

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

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Winning Short Story: Post Mortem Rebellion by Jax Lemon

Performed by Geoff Mays

Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

A serial killer wakes up 30 years after a cryogenic life sentence just to find that a surviving victim has cloned his victims for revenge.

Why should this story be read by people?

It’s a hell of a ride with a great payoff.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Sci-fi thriller

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

I like Pulp Fiction – can never seem to get enough of it. Cures hangovers, the blues, lazy Sunday afternoon boredom, etc.

How long have you been working on this story?

I had the idea for the story probably 20 years ago but I think the this version is the best. Took me a morning to write.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Lord of the Rings

What motivated you to write this story?

I write thriller film scripts and it was a challenge to write a mini-thriller in 400 words.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Oh – it must be Banksy – that’d be fun! And he could paint the walls on the way home.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I mostly write film scripts so watching movies is a must! 🙂

What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

I received a promo email from FilmFreeWay.

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

Follow your passion – and don’t expect to get rich.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Winning Short Story: THE POET by Stephen Karnaghan

Performed by Geoff Mays

 
Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

‘The Poet’ is a story about the lies we have to live in order to be accepted and praised. Even at the end of time, the protagonist has to lie to be accepted, when his truth is lost for ever.

Why should this story be read by people?

All the artists of the world, working to be recognised, and working to have their work loved by the masses have to create a body of work that is accepted. Is this the true message they want to put across? How would they react in the same circumstances?

How would you describe this story in two words?

Truth lost

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

‘Koyaanisqatsi’ by Phillip Glass.

How long have you been working on this story?

As I work on several things at the same time, it is difficult to say how long it takes me to write something. I really wanted to write something positive, that at the end of time truth would take centre stage. However, I couldn’t write that.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

At the moment my favorite novel is ‘The Beckett Trilogy’. Each time I read it I find new writing to enjoy.

What motivated you to write this story?

After reading ‘The Beckett Trilogy’ I thought about death and how it is treated in commercial literature. From my initial planning I thought about the end of time and how it would be treated.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

I would like to have dinner with a really successful writer in order to understand their idea generation process.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am passionate about composing music that has not been heard before. Music that helps people create.

What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

My main aim is for my writing to have an audience. The Novel Festival is the best way of doing this.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Winning Short Story: Seedy Hotel Sex by R James Turley

Performed by Geoff Mays

 Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

A guy angered from rejection.

Why should this story be read by people?

Because I think a lot of people can relate to getting rejected by someone they lust after.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Lonely heart.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Major League.

How long have you been working on this story?

One day

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

No, just love fiction.

What motivated you to write this story?

I wanted to write something erotic.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Sir Paul McCartney

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Baseball

What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

An email

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

Just keep writing.

*****

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting: Sean Ballantyne