FEMALE Festival Best Scene Reading: Ready to Mingle, by Olivia Belluck

Ready to Mingle follows Dr. Millie Ward, a defensive self-help columnist for the clickbait-dependent news site Nova Press. Millie thrives on applying her analytical mind to patients she cannot see, snuggled in sweaters that ensure that no one can ever see her. After a lifetime of being told she would never be enough because of her weight and her harsh disposition, she has resigned herself to living on the sidelines of everyone else’s fairy tale. That is until she is needed at the last minute to cover Nova’s behind-the-scenes column for “Ready to Mingle’s” 25th season. “Ready to Mingle” prides itself on using its famed algorithm to produce 5 perfect couples in just 10 weeks, with one being voted as “Most Likely to Last.” But as Millie immerses herself on-set, questions are raised about the psychological implications of such a show, both on its lovers and society itself. Soon Millie finds herself on a mission to dismantle the toxic fantasy “Ready to Mingle” has cultivated, to change the math, to prove that love doesn’t always follow a pattern.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Millie: Kyana Teresa
Rosa: Hannah Ehman

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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