Winning Short Story – A Far Distant Wind by L S Kleinschmidt

Performed by Val Cole

 Get to know the writer:

What is your short story about?

A Far Distant Wind tells the story of an everyday person living her life who becomes trapped in an international crisis and learns the importance of living everyday.

What genres would you say this short story is in?

Dramatic Memoir –

How would you describe this story in two words?

Tragic realities

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

I have a LONG list, but definitely one is Schindler’s List. Another is Forest Gump, and of course any movie with Sidney Poitier, Fred Astaire or directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

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

It’s not actually a song – I love Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. A favorite song is Moon River.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Again, there are many, and my favorite changes regularly, probably too regularly, but Grapes of Wrath is one of the best.

What motivated you to write this story?

A news story and my deep passion for telling stories, understanding history, and New York City

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

Again, I have a long list, but Pope John Paul and Jacqueline Kennedy would be definite choices. Their courage during terrible times and their dedication to history, country, and human freedom impressed me greatly. As a writer and lover of movies and screenwriting, I would have loved to meet Robert Osborne on TCM.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Improving literacy skills ( writing + reading as without both, a free society is lost); human rights and advocacy also can help everyday persons live happier meaningful lives.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

A recent connection I made on LinkedIn told me about the festival. I’ve been writing in multiple genres for years, and I particularly love the power and emotion of oral dramatic performance. So, I submitted the story.

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

Ideas are everywhere around you, but it is the constant gathering and personal consideration of them that makes you a writer. Being in the right place at the right time is luck, but when that stroke of luck appears, you need the talent and the experience to discover the story only you can tell. Then you have to know how to tell it right. I believe good writing is all about scene, and you learn scene and how scene delivers character, theme, and story by watching tons of movies. I do that all the time.

 

 


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Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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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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Novel Transcript: The Assignment by Georgi Ivanov Nenchev

Performed by Val Cole

Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

This is about how a simple man, a doctor, not heroic at all, brutally forced by all around him, turns into a real avenger and bringer of justice.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Action-Nemesis.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Strength and Honor.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Kozure Okami – Lone wolf and the Cub. And Hawaii 5-0.

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

“Links 2-3-4” of Rammstein.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

“Dune” of Frank Herbert.

What motivated you to write this story?

My work in Emergency, meetings with Death and some series of History channel.

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

Maybe I would like to have a dinner with Buddha and Jesus.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Martial arts and my work as anesthetist.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I would like as many people as possible to read this book and to see it filmed by
good director.

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

Write! Don`t stop trying anything!

 


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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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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.

*****

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.

*****

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

Prologue Reading: VERONICA’S PAPERS by ANTHONY COLIN WRIGHT

Performed by Val Cole.

February 2017 Winning Novel Reading.

Get to know the writer:

 What is your novel about?

A group of almost-strangers is brought together for a week-long cruise, as an experiment orchestrated by Gerald Clayton and his mistress Veronica. A trained hypnotherapist, Veronica hypnotises former friends and lovers of Gerald into not recognising him as they board a cruise ship with him and must try and find out the connection between them. Religious belief is also a theme of the book

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Literary Fiction, Mystery.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Intriguing writing.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Shakespeare in Love.

How long have you been working on this story?

Twenty years, but with other writing at the same time.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Mikhail Bulgakov: The Master and Margarita

What motivated you to write this story?

My own experience of hypnosis.

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

Meryl Streep.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Languages (I speak a number), Theatre, Birds, Basic Astronomy and Understanding of the Universe, Belief (non-traditional) in God.

What influenced you to enter your novel to get performed?

A wish for it to be better known.

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

Never give up.

*****

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

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson