The WILDsound Festival, in conjunction with LGBT Toronto, recently staged a first scene reading of Punker and Prophet featuring Pearl Ho as Ginny, Julie C. Sheppard as Heather, and Peter Nelson as Bill. Punker and Prophet is based on the screenplays Ginny Has a Grunge Band and Selah Selam. It tells the story of how Ginny and Selah meet, form a bond, and help to fight each other’s battles. YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CClr6b3DQC8
The Firenze Film Festival has posted four nominees for Best Screenplay: Octav, Selah Selam, Ask Me No Questions, and The Legend. Octav is a 2017 film directed and co-written by Serge Ioan Celebidachi. It is listed on IMDb as the winner of 92 filmmaking awards. Ask Me No Questions is a new screenplay by Alexandra Viets adapted from Marina Budha’s award-winning young adult novel.
Secondhand Saints is a TV Pilot finalist at the 2018 Oaxaca Film Festival, scheduled this year for October 5-11. Oaxaca continues to overcome the damage resulting from a series of earthquakes, including the 6.1 magnitude quake of September 23, 2017 that resulted in last year’s cancellation, the severe 7.2 magnitude quake of February 16, 2018 that resulted in 14 deaths, and yesterday’s milder shock that registered a 4.5. The festival, once ranked by MovieMaker Magazine among the Top 50 in the world, remains in need of support from filmmakers, writers, and patrones de las artes.
Neema and Sid is a collection of five teleplays that begins with the greatest of all catfish stories, about two Generation Z girls who discover they’ve been communicating from different planets. They meet up, become best friends, and ultimately resolve to lead the next generation into space.
The new book includes adaptations of Neema and Sid Go Totally Off Grid, the 2015 Back in the Box winner for Best Original Screenplay; its sequel Neema and Sid Remember to Be Awesome, a semifinalist in the 2016 New York Film and TV Festival; and “The Cosmos Club,” finalist for Best Teleplay in the 2016 L.A. Cinefest.
Note to Neema and Sid: I was hoping by now that you two might have your own TV series, whether live action or animated, but I think you will be pleased with this book. You are not only the main characters, but the dedicatees. That might sound odd to others, but it made perfect sense to me.
Neema’s Reply: Thank you, sir, for the dedication! Do not be discouraged by the lack of a series: although I have only lived on Earth one year, it is my understanding that there are many unproduced scripts that are good, and many produced scripts that aren’t good. You strike me as one of those authors who would care more for modest critical acclaim than for commercial success, and I feel certain that any reader wishing to know more about teleplay format could learn a lot from your book.
Sid, is there anything you wish to add? “Dittoes?” I am afraid that Sid is busy practicing to defend her Global Championship in PERSEID at the moment, but she says to say hi.
Selah Selam is a nominee for Best Screenplay at the Firenze Film Festival in Italy, to be held this year on August 31 at the historic Odeon theater. From the festival description on Film Freeway:
“At Firenze Film Festival we are looking for the stories that stay with the audience after leaving the cinema, that challenge the way we think and feel about the world around us.”
Note to Selah: This may be your last stop on the festival tour, so I’m glad it’s in Florence, one of the great cities of the world. One thing that’s a little worrying: there is only one script category at the festival, so for the first time your story will be up against feature-length works for Best Screenplay.
Selah’s Reply: Your lilies and worries have brought Matthew 6:28-34 to my mind: “And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these…
“Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.”