Short Story Reading: TONGUE IN CHEEK, by Lionel Walfish

Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

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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

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Short Story Reading: Initiation Season by Sean McElhose

Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Get to know the writer:
 
What is your short story about?

There’s this sort of frustration I have surrounding certain initiation rituals and in-group thinking. The idea was to create a specific emotion as an example.

What genres would you say this story is in?

It’s fiction without skewing to far from a simple reality.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Expressive indignation

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Yes

What motivated you to write this story?

Anger

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

Jack Kerouac

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Painting, reading, flying, mountain climbing, and learning new things.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

Curiosity

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

The trick to writing is in using words in a certain order that makes a sort of sense.

 

 

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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: Give Me Truth or Give Me Silence, by Melissa R Mendelson

Performed by Laura Kyswaty

 Get to know the writer:

What is your short story about?

Give Me Truth or Give Me Silence is a Dystopian short story, where individuals are forced to speak the truth, but like with any other society, there are those that still lie. But it might be the last lie that they will ever speak.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Science-Fiction

How would you describe this story in two words?

Honesty Hurts

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Since I was eight-years-old, I’ve seen a lot of movies and a lot of television shows, but one of my favorite movies is Suicide Kings, which is an intensely written Drama, where the truth is a cool hand played right up to the last bluff.

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

Again, I’ve been listening to music since I was eight, and I have many favorites. And I love U2, and I especially love their song, The Troubles.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

My Cousin Estelle, who passed this year and may she rest in peace, used to give me books when I was a kid, and I would read right through them, looking for more. But one of my favorite books that she gave me is Charlotte’s Web, and I still have it somewhere in a bin downstairs in the basement.

What motivated you to write this story?

I am part of this community called, HitRecord, and they do Weekly Writing Challenges. One of the challenges was to create a Utopia or Dystopia, so I created, Give Me Truth or Give Me Silence.

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

Stephen King. He will always be my favorite author, and a few have told me that some of my writing reminds them of his work.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

One of my hobbies is to write Parody Lyrics, and I don’t do it often. But when I do, I like to base the lyrics around my favorite television shows such as Supernatural and Killjoys.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I have been coming to WildSound for a long time now, and with their reviews on my writing, I have been able to make my stories more than what they started out as. And I love the opportunities that they provide such as these readings to give my stories a platform, where they can not only be read but heard.

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

Look for inspiration. Sometimes, I like driving around town, passing through neighborhoods, and I have created some of my favorite short stories based off those drives like Faded Shades of Rainbow and Cellar Dawn.

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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: The Moon Haters by Simon Ciappara

Performed by actor Peter-Mark Raphael

Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

Coastal trade around the UK only became smuggling after the imposition of taxes . From the as early as the 13th century “Owlers” as they were known exported wool from the coast of Norfolk evading the duty demanded by the King and Exchequer . Trading across the North Sea with the European sea ports was so much quicker and easier than going over land by wagon and pack horse. Rural coastal communities saw them selves as “Free Traders” and “employed ” a huge amount of man power and thus were their own security, “Watch the wall my darling whilst the gentlemen go by”. The organisation of these large gangs of smugglers was no mean feat, and required near military control and command. The following is based on recorded fact and conversational supposition, the places and “goods” are real , the people are a product of imagination.

Why should this story be read by people?

This tale is historically accurate and expresses the struggle to survive in a rural coastal community.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Atmospheric Characterful

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

The Italian Job ( The Original!)

How long have you been working on this story?

Gathering the knowledge of places and tall stories from coastal Pubs has taken many enjoyable years.

Corroborating with court records and newspapers of the period online and at the Norfolk Heritage centre also a huge pleasure all be it less convivial.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Many over the years but currently “The Name Of The Wind” & “A Wise Mans Fear” the first two of “The King Killer Chronicles” by Patric Rothfus

What motivated you to write this story?

This story needs telling and I wanted to share it.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

In a time traveling dinner with Dickens and Kipling but all so to read over their shoulders as the ink hit the page.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love to travel of the beaten track, slowly, in my camper capturing photos, smells, echoes, tastes and conversations over a glass of something local.

What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

I Think I just “Dared” myself.

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

If you don’t tell your story nobody else will.

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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: GOD’S HANDS by Michael Coleman

Watch the August 2017 Winning Short Story Reading.

Performed by actor Peter-Mark Raphael

Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

My story is similar to the Fly & Face-Off. Its Gothic Sci-fi medical horror.

Why should this story be read by people?

I think the right reader might make the story live.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Scary future!

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

The Crow

How long have you been working on this story?

10years+ – It was accessed by NIScreen & got a favourable report. Prob is I am not a scriptwriter!

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Mila 18.

What motivated you to write this story?

The idea came to me when reading about the 1st Heart Transplant.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

William Butler Yeats!!

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Restoring the Irish language and watersports and family.

What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

There is a great movie in this story!

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

Be persistent – I need to try and heed my own good advice.

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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 Flatulent Fred by Bill Lawrence

Performed by Val Cole

 What is your short story about?

Supernatural vengeance against a corporate bully

What genres would you say this story is in?

Horror, business, computers

How would you describe this story in two words?

Supernatural vengeance

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

High Plains Drifter (That’s for real and I never thought about it until you asked that question. I like the spooky coincidence considering my last answer)

What is your favorite song?

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

Thunder Road (Springsteen)

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

August 1914 by Solzhenitsyn. It’s been a long time since I read it though.

What motivated you to write this story?

Niece and nephew wanted a ghost story with a hint of childish humor.

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

Jesus. Of course, I have it every Sunday so no big deal.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Freedom

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

An email

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

Not until I have success.

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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

Story Transcript Reading of They Drove on Streets Paved with Kindness by John Bauer

Performed by Val Cole

Get to know the writer:

What is your short story about?

They Drove on Streets Paved with Kindness narrates how God operates in strange ways. He never pounds the table, showing who He really is. Instead, He seats the table with a cast of arguing brothers, their irreligious father and Roman Catholic mother, decrepit nuns, and a car ready for the junk heap, named Lucy. Oh yeah, there’s this white-haired man who’s not related to anyone who flits in and out. In the end, well, I’m not going to tell you the end. Simply, though, God blesses individuals whether they deserve it or not. Strange God.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Family, Inspirational, Christian, Contemporary Adult

How would you describe this story in two words?

God’s Grace

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Tie-It’s A Wonderful Life and the Big Lebowski

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

Suzanne by Leonard Cohen

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Everything written by Ernest Hemingway. His prose was pure.
Farewell to Arms; The Sun Also Rises.

What motivated you to write this story?

Maybe, as a result of hearing or reading this story, it moves others to love others a little bit more, and show their love in positive ways.

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

Jesus Christ, of course – but since he was God and you are asking for a person— I would like to have dinner with Muhammad Ali, several evenings after he’d recover from the Thrilla in Manila with Joe Frazier.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Grandkids come first. Being a productive human being, second.
Notre Dame football, NY Jets, Mets, and Knicks, a masochistic third.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I would like to eventually write a screenplay and see it brought to film. This was a first step. To subject it to public criticism and critique which will only refine it and make it better. Maybe a producer will hear it and be interested.

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

There’s only a puddle of sweat awaiting you as a writer.
Drink plenty of water so you don’t get dehydrated.
And, if you are old, like me, have a toilet nearby.

 

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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