FEMALE Festival 1st Scene TV Script Reading: Bedford Arms, by Clea Montville-Wood

After her father’s death and Margo, an evil step-mother by all accounts, stops helping Willa pay for school escaping to Greenwich Village is Willa’s only option. Though she doesn’t know anyone except her aunt, Willa soon finds a sense of home at Bedford Arms, a place filled with eccentric and strange inhabitants. But Willa is in search of something more as she seeks out her mother and possibly a deeper understanding of herself. There’s plenty of room for Willa to grow into her own over the course of a series and that is why this story works. Though there are subtle hints of the supernatural early in this story, the grounded motives and goals provide a perfect balance.

Narrator: Steve Rizzo
Mother/Phyllis: Julie Sheppard
Willa: Hannah Ehman
Margo: Kyana Teresa

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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