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Scriptwriting Contest

Finalist Readings

Five scripts made it to the finalist position. As finalists, they are offered a 10-minute live reading of an excerpt

from each script, read by actors, thus offering the screenwriters the opportunity to hear their words out loud.

MONday, MARCH 15, 5:30 PM 

Live streaming 

Reading of excerpts from the five finalist scripts
directed by Jillie Simon


Bones of Ribbon by A.M. Sanders

When a new teacher arrives in the Australian Outback, he unites with a strong-willed, compassionate student
counsellor to fight the systemic racism, homophobia, transphobia, and child abuse plaguing the town.

In Hyding by Carlos Perez

Dr. Jekyll has perfected a medical formula that will bring back a part of himself that was lost because of his                father's mistreatment, and now that Miss Hyde has entered the picture, she has no intention of leaving. This is a          transgender woman version of the Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde Tale.

I Promise You This by Todd G. Sorrell

​An Air Force Sergeant and mixed race young man take on anti-gay policies, workplace and domestic hostilities,

and even the threat of terminal illness to win at love.

The Hunters by Karl Shefelman

​Two trouble-making brothers, Will (11) and Charlie (14) are sent to live with their estranged father in West

Africa, only to find themselves in a desperate fight for their lives when a group camping trip in the desert goes

terribly wrong. Based on a true story.

Those Who Wander by David Neal and Oscar Sanchez

In the 1950's South, an aimless young lawyer finds himself torn between his racist family and community

on one side and his six-year old client and a beautiful black woman on the other.

Post-reading discussion moderated by
Brigitte Gauthier



The Hunters

by Karl Shefelman

St. Directions - Jillie Simon

Will- Sammy Voit
Charlie- Tirosh Schneider
Stuart- Brian Faherty
Alain- Sebastian Beacon
Jack- Asa James

In Hyding

by Carl Perez

St. Directions - Bettina Bilger

Dr. Lanyon- James Kenneth Feuer
Poole- Jeffrey Alan Solomon
Dr. Jekyll/Miss Hyde- Sebastian Beacon
James- Damien Hughes
Utterson- Paul Walling

Bones of Ribbon

by AM Sanders

St. Directions - Toni Belafonte

Amelia- Katie Fabel
Rufus- Paul Walling
Tony- Jeffrey Alan Solomon
Claire- Bettina Bilger
Andy- James Kenneth Feuer
Patrick- Kyle Mac
Rachel- Sarah MacDonnell
Vicky- Zoe Anastassiou
Grace- Brooke Vianey
Jay- Jillie Simon
Quizmaster- Damien Hughes

I Promise You This
by Todd G. Sorrell

St. Directions - Sarah MacDonnell

Mia- Fanny Lawren
Liling- Michelle Miners
Tex- Philipe Preston
Monroe Weatherton- Brian Faherty
Meghan- Paula Rossman
Shane- Ethan Ingle
Shy Airman- Tirosh Schneider
Adam Holland- Paul Walling
Paula- Bettina Bilger
Junjie- Alex Oh

Those Who Wander
by David Neal & Oscar Sanchez
St. Directions - Philipe D. Preston

Mary- Toni Belafonte
Ben- Kyle Mac
Ailene- Jillie Simon
Joanie- Brooke Vianey
Grace- Paula Rossman - Jillie Simon.j
Jillie Simon
Actor/ Director

Actor-singer/producer/writer/director Jillie Simon began her career in theater, acting with luminaries such as Marlo Thomas (Cleveland Playhouse) & Marian Seldes (StagePlays Theater). Off-Broadway work includes performing in "Tony & Tina's Wedding" and at the Public Theater. Film work includes roles in "Confess" w/ Melissa Leo, "You Have The Right to Remain Violent",

dir. Roberto Monticello, "A Beautiful Mind", dir. Ron Howard, and 2020 releases, rock-n-roll dramedy "The Incoherents" w/ Annette O'Toole and dramedy "Prince Harming". Her latest film "Beyond Adversity", is slated to be released in 2021. She's also performed improv and sketch comedy at Upright Citizens Brigade. "Hungry", a short film she wrote, co-directed & co-

produced, co-starring Eric Roberts - after being honored with 18 awards, including 8 Best Actress/Best Performance/Outstanding Actress - was acquired by IndiePix Films and is now streaming worldwide. Her new, and multi-award-winning short film "A Chance" is currently in

the festival circuit (though on hiatus til the pandemic is over).

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