FEMALE Festival Best Scene Reading of SADIE SASQUASH, by Frank Vespe


Genre: Drama

Fearing they’ll be exposed and exploited, Sammy. Sasquash abandons his mate and twin babies deep in the Pacific Northwest. Shunned by the animal kingdom as freaks, Sadie Sasquash grapples with her infants in an unwelcoming world until she stumbles upon a woman lost in the woods. Slowly, they forge a friendship, and despite their differences, struggle to survive…together.


Benny: Brandon Knox
Alfie: Gabriel Darku
Narrator: Angelica Alejandro
Sammy: Charles Gordon
Sadie: Carina Cojeen
Animal Voice: Katelyn Varadi

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

Whenever I saw or read reports about Sasquatch/Big Foot sightings, it was referred as “There HE is; let’s get HIM,” Never did I hear, “There SHE is; let’s get HER,” but I always thought Sasquatch was a vulnerable, frightened female, abandoned by her mate, struggling to survive, an outcast in the animal kingdom as a “freak,” not human, not animal.
Soon, I imagined a human female under similar circumstances, being abandoned by her mate, and what would happen if these two females crossed paths, leading to friendship or adversity?

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Genre is Drama, Family, Sci-Fi/Fantasy.

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

The story of Sadie Sasquash and Mackenzie Price, not Sasquatch as she has trouble saying tch, transcends our differences, whether racial, religion and gender, to show every living thing can coexist and needs to be loved. Especially today, where so much bigotry continues.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Unconditional Love

5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

The movies I’ve seen the most: Wizard of Oz, Officer and a Gentleman, Somewhere in Time. (I’m still frightened of those flying monkeys.)

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I started writing Sadie Sasquash a year ago as a comedic TV pilot, having Sadie brought to NYC’s Lower East Side and live peacefully among the artist community, but after having FFFF review it a few times, with wonderful insight, the story took on its own direction, and is now a 76 page, dramatic screenplay.

7. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written and published over 100 stories in Long Island newspapers and fumble between seven screenplays and three TV pilots, and rewrite/tweak every day.

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

My most played song is Billy Idol’s Rebel Yell. As a camera operator mostly, my first gig was MTV’s New Year’s Eve party in NYC with Billy Idol, Van Halen and Stray Cats, but Rebel Yell, especially when you’re ten feet from him, took hold of me, and when I need a jolt of adrenaline, blast it.

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

My biggest obstacle was transitioning from a 30 minute TV pilot to a screenplay and finding a satisfying ending. (I get very emotional and teary, more than teary, reading my last few pages.)

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My biggest passion is shooting and editing video projects all over the New York area, meeting so many awesome people, discovering new cultures. (I shot a five-day Punjabe wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic last year, but don’t drink or brush your teeth with the water, I was sick for seven days and lost ten pounds.)

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

Filmfreeway is a pleasure to work with; always current festivals, well defined, well explained, and their customer person Ana is nice.)


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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

By femalefilmfestival

The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes. Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival. This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way. When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival. A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.

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