SCRIPT MOVIE: First Time for Penny, by Janice Walker

Two strangers, Penny and Howard, arrive for a “get acquainted meet and greet” luncheon, arranged by their mutual friend Angela. Angela made the reservation for the luncheon at PF Chang’s Restaurant in Rookwood Plaza in the affluent community of Hyde Park in Cincinnati. The woman, Penny Monroe, has been through a rough patch since her fiance recently postponed their upcoming nuptials and called off their relationship without warning. An emotional wreck, Penny has been quite distraught over the past few months. Recently divorced Howard is devastated because he desperately loved his wife and was an unwilling party in the dissolution of their marriage. Angela thought that both needed to get out and about to breathe some fresh air and associate with someone new so that they both could begin the necessary process of putting their respective pasts behind them and forging ahead. Howard’s incessant conversation about his ex-wife Amanda drives Penny her into a chronic state of boredom. She humorously comments to herself throughout the conversation in total disbelief of Howard’s preoccupation with his ex-wife and total insensitivity. Suddenly Howard catches of glimpse of none other than his ex-wife Amanda in the same restaurant having luncheon with a male companion and he flips out determined to get her back. Once again Penny is in a familiar place — left alone to fend for herself.


Narrator: Val Cole
Penny: Esther Teeboo
Howard: Sean Tabaras
Stephanie: – Danielle Nicole
Marshall: Steve Rizzo
Server: Allison Michelle

Visual Design by Kimberly Villarruel

Produced by Matthew Toffolo

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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