Female Festival 1st Scene Reading: PROSE, by Melinda-Catherine Gross

​Helen Vernon must make a devil’s bargain weighing the fate of her soul against her own violent desires when she is cast in a sinister production of William Shakespeare’s cannibalistic tragedy, Titus Andronicus.​


Narrator: Kyana Teresa
Helen: Julie Sheppard
Chelsea/Sydney: Elizabeth Rose Morris
Ned/Peter: Geoff Mays
Jackson/Freddy: Sean Ballantyne

Writer Biography – Melinda-Catherine Gross

Once a classically trained stage actress and stuntwoman, Melinda-Catherine made her way from the Rocky Mountains to Los Angeles to pursue cinematic storytelling. Working as a writer and producer in YouTube’s comedic pop-culture stratosphere for many years, she is excited to be branching back to her roots: grotesque horror, queer decadence, and a folksy still-beating heart.

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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