NOVEL MOVIE: Passing Loop, by Chynna Laird

Voice Over: Val Cole

Visual Design and Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Produced by Matthew Toffolo

Synopsis – Book Blurb

Seventeen-year-old Chrissella Cantenelli thought she had it made in the big city. She was in her last year of high school, she had a job in the barista shop down the street from her apartment building and her art. Who could want more? Then a phone call from her grandmother’s doctor changed her entire world.

Lily Gran was no shrinking violet. She was a tough, stubborn, independent Scottish woman who always took care of everything until she’d broken her hip. Enya, Chrissella’s mother, decided they would move to the small town of Melville, Saskatchewan to help Lily Gran with chores until she was back on her feet. Needless to say, Chrissella was less than impressed and wasn’t going to make it easy on anyone. Then tragedy hit.

Not even a month into their move, Enya fell ill. Chrissella and the grandmother she’d never known, had to pull forces together for Enya’s sake. If moving to a small town wasn’t overwhelming enough, Chrissella was slowly learning about the past her mother left behind, including the father who’d abandoned them both…or so she was told.

Can three generations of women so different, yet so much alike learn to get along in the new life they have together? Or will the pain of the past keep them from moving forward?

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March 2019 Novel & Short Story Winners


 

ACTORNOVEL TRANSCRIPT READING: ALICE 65 by Kyle Michel Sullivan
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ACTORNOVEL TRANSCRIPT READING: IN BAD COMPANY by Ke Sol
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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier

Camera Operators: Andy Camp

NOVEL Transcript Reading of The Alice 65, by Kyle Michel Sullivan

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After his father was killed in a robbery, Adam Verlain used his love of books to hide from the world, something his job as a rare book cataloguer for a small university in London is perfect for. But then that university acquires a newly discovered 1865 edition of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and wants him to fly to Los Angeles and pick it up. But Adam refuses. He hates even the thought of leaving his careful, cloistered world and only agrees to go when pressured…and told the book will be brought to him at the airport so he can return home on the very next flight.

Performed by Brian Carleton

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Hugh Fraser, Andy Camp, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

Novel Transcript Reading of The Menopause Murders by Mary Maloney & Ed Markel

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Performed by Danielle Nicole

Logline: When Debbi Dickerson, mousy codependent housewife and mother of two teens, enters the black hole of menopause, watch out. No one is safe from her hormonal rage, and when the dead bodies start piling up, her misogynist husband, Jerry—lead homicide detective on the Tacoma police force—starts to suspect his wife.

Genre: Dark Comedy/Caper

Novel Transcript Reading of The Adventures of Larson and Garrett by Aaron Dennis

Performed by Danielle Nicole

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https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Larson-Garrett-Epic-First/dp/1731228902

A wicked daemon bestows great power on evil men in exchange for worship. An unlikely duo find friendship amidst war and chaos. Godly forces collide. Larson and Garrett are two simple, young men, yet they both have their own daemons. In the face of danger, of strife, they join forces and find friends among the elves, the dwarves, and the orcs. They find knowledge and faith among the Gods. Though an evil air has permeated the once great country of Ruvonia, the band of wizards and warriors join the cause of Prince Roan, for the Magickal Prince wishes only to vanquish that evil daemon called Lagos, that vicious daemon trying to gain enough worshipers to ascend as the new God of Destruction.

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier

Camera Operators: Andy Camp

January 2019 Novel & Short Story Winners


festival posterSHORT STORY READING: An Ill Wind by Lionel Walfish
festival posterSHORT STORY READING: What He Does by Bill Jermyn
festival posterNOVEL READING: Lucy in Her Secret Wood by Christina M. Pages
festival posterNOVEL READING: My Lady Zane by Steven M. Sullivan
festival posterNOVEL READING: Omie 17 by G. Michael Smith

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier

Camera Operators: Andy Camp

Novel Transcript Reading of Lucy in Her Secret Wood by Christina M. Pages

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One night, Lucy’s angry stepfather takes eight-year-old Lucy from the little room she has been locked away in for years, puts her in the backseat of his van, and leaves her in a remote English wood. Lucy has learned to read in her ‘room years,’ and her only knowledge of nature comes from books. When she experiences the miraculous outdoors directly, she is full of wonder at the beauty and life all around her. Most of all, she is relieved to be free of her stepfather.

Performed by Val Cole

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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