Short Film: SONGBIRD, 14min., UK, Fantasy

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Shy singer Jennifer thinks her dreams are coming true when a music producer approaches her at an open mic night. But her hopes are dashed after an encounter with a mysterious old woman leaves Jennifer without a voice.

After some research, Jennifer discovers the presence of magic in the world, and sets off on a journey to retrieve her stolen voice from a foreboding place known as ‘Blackmoor Woods’. Can Jennifer find her courage as well as her voice before her future is taken from her forever?

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Director BIO: Jacob Langsner (LIFE OF DEATH DEBATES)

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Jacob Langsner is a Director, Producer, Writer, and Actor from Las Vegas, Nevada.

Langsner is currently a student at Stanford University. Beyond filmmaking, he studies ethical philosophy, creative writing, and political science. He is a published poet, having pieces in the “Stanford Daily Magazine”. Langsner also participates in the Stanford Storytelling Project. Langsner is considering an “Ethics in Society” Honors thesis, which will explore morality, ethics, and justice in the context of modern storytelling.

To date, Jacob Langsner has directed and produced over twenty short films. These projects range from experimental to documentary and dramatic narrative. Langsner’s films have received critical acclaim from multiple festivals and competitions. His documentary “Going Home” premiered at the 2018 Sonoma International Film Festival, where it was selected to open the festival. That film also received an IMPACT Documentary award. Langsner’s experimental film “How to Ride a Bike” also premiered in 2018 at FilmOneFest. That same year, his experimental film “Touched” was exhibited at Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center. Five of Langsner’s dramatic shorts have been selected to premiere at the All-American High School Film Festival (2015-2018), and one at the Scout Film Festival (2017). Langsner also received two Gold Medals at the Skills USA Digital Filmmaking 24-hour competition (2015 & 2016). In 2016, Langsner was selected for the Harvard Prize Book Award for academic excellence in concert with his artistic pursuits.

As an emerging filmmaker, Langsner participated in the “Motion Picture Producing and Directing” program at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts (Summer 2018). This program was held in partnership with Universal Studios; Langsner was one of the youngest people to direct a short film on Universal’s New York Backlot.

In 2018, Langsner also spent time managing the Instagram page for the Scout Film Festival as an invited filmmaker. Other film and writing endeavors include: participation in the Cherubs National High School Institute for Film and Video at Northwestern University (2016); participation in the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio at the University of Iowa (2016), and the study of speculative fiction and media psychology at Brown University’s pre-college program (2015).

Langsner began his artistic career with a major in Theatre at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts: a nationally acclaimed Grammy-winning arts magnet high school in Nevada. Langsner acted in over 10 plays and musicals, including leading roles as Orpheus in Sarah Ruhl’s “Eurydice”, and as Lee Baum in “The American Clock”, by Arthur Miller. Early in his high school career at the Las Vegas Academy, Langsner pioneered the creation of a new “Video Production” major. He graduated as Valedictorian, and as the first double major in Theatre and Video Production.

 

Director Statement

 

I wrote, directed, and shot “Life or Death Debates” at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts Summer production program. This film is a final testament to the breadth of knowledge I acquired at USC. It is an exercise in drawing the most impact from the fewest resources: one stark location, three actors, and six hours to shoot.
The content is inspired by my studies in philosophy during my freshman year at Stanford. As I begin to cement a plan for establishing a college major, I intend to marry my passions for filmmaking and philosophy, ultimately examining the crucial intersection between storytelling and ethics. As “Life or Death Debates” is a heartfelt goodbye to the brilliant professors and fellow filmmakers at USC, it is also an excited hello to the coming years of artistry and intellectual engagement.

Winning Sci-fi SHORT Screenplay Reading of STUCK by Katy Erin


CAST LIST:

NARRATION – Brian Carleton
Angelica (20s black) – 100 – Bree Ali
Grant (f 30s) – 92 – Stephanie Herrera

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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

Sci-Fi Best Scene Screenplay Reading of AMARIS by Ian White

Earth has been decimated by climate change. When a cynical environmental scientist and his crew aboard the International Space Station make contact with a lush and resourceful alien planet, Earth’s warring nations fight to stake a claim.

CAST LIST:

Sarah – KAT SMILEY
NARRATION – JESSICA BOWMER
James – STEVE SWITZMAN
Nate – STEPHEN SANDQUIST

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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

January 2019 Film/Story/Screenplay Winners

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festival posterTV BEST SCENE SCREENPLAY: The Immortal King Jesus by Justin Lamar Petty

festival posterTV BEST SCENE SCREENPLAY: The Portal by Farook Qais
festival posterEUROPEAN 1ST SCENE SCREENPLAY: Starfarers by David Hearne

festival poster BEST SCENE SCREENPLAY: Beast by Michael Meade
festival posterNOVEL READING: Omie 17 by G. Michael Smith

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

Top 15 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Screenplays of 2018

Watch the screenplay readings of the TOP scripts of the last year.

STORYTV PILOT Screenplay: SOL by James FOx
September 2018

ACTORFANTASY 1st SCENE Screenplay – ENTANGLED
March 2018 Reading
by Sharon Powers
ACTORTHE FIRST A.I. PRESIDENT – FANTASY 1st Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Bernard S. Smith

ACTORWinning SCI-FI 1st Scene Script: POLE by Robert Dodrill

ACTORWinning FANTASY 1st Scene Script: FORGET ME NOTS by John Dummer

ACTORSCI-FI 1st Scene Screenplay: APHELION by Karl Van Allen
August 2018

STORYSCI-FI 1st Scene Screenplay: JUBILATION by Meghan Fitzmartin
September 2018

STORYSCI-FI 1ST SCENE Screenplay: CHASING MONSTERS by Daniel Katz
October 2018

ACTORSCI-FI SHORT Screenplay – VIRTUALLY FINE
January 2018 Reading
by Gil Saint
ACTORSCI-FI SHORT Screenplay
March 2018 Reading
by Jade S. Bokhari
ACTORRAY IN SPACE – Sci-Fi Short Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by John Celona
ACTORWinning FANTASY Short Screenplay – MAYBE TOMORROW I’LL SEE YOU by Steve N. Bradford

ACTORWinning SCI-FI Short Screenplay – BRAD ACTUALLY “Trial by Trial” by Caleb Quinn

STORYSCI-FI SHORT Screenplay: THE DANCE OF THE DESERT by Colleen Asbury
October 2018

ACTORSCI-FI Short Screenplay: ALGORITHM by George Deihl Jr.
August 2018

2018 SCI-FI/FANTASY Short Screenplays (15)

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

 

ACTORSCI-FI SHORT Screenplay – VIRTUALLY FINE
January 2018 Reading
by Gil Saint
ACTOREXPERIMENTAL Short Screenplay – MOTORIST
February 2018 Reading
by Julie Thor Fryd
ACTORFAN FICTION SHORT Screenplay – FALLEN: A STAR WARS STORY
March 2018 Reading
by George Deihl Jr.
ACTORSCI-FI SHORT Screenplay
March 2018 Reading
by Jade S. Bokhari
ACTORIN THE WOODS – Short Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Rachel Greenhoe
ACTORRAY IN SPACE – Sci-Fi Short Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by John Celona
ACTOR4TH ROW CENTER – Short Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Frank Vespe

ACTORTHE BROKEN KINGDOM – Short Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Mark Renshaw

ACTORA SHORT DROP AND A SUDDEN STOP – Short Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Margaret Dane

ACTORWinning FANTASY Short Screenplay – MAYBE TOMORROW I’LL SEE YOU by Steve N. Bradford

ACTORWinning SCI-FI Short Screenplay – BRAD ACTUALLY “Trial by Trial” by Caleb Quinn

ACTORWinning HORROR Short Screenplay – THE SNEEZE by Martin Reese

ACTORWinning Short Screenplay – THE HITLER PARADOX by James Hughes

STORYSCI-FI SHORT Screenplay: THE DANCE OF THE DESERT by Colleen Asbury
October 2018

ACTORSCI-FI Short Screenplay: ALGORITHM by George Deihl Jr.
August 2018