Feature Screenplay Reading of EYES OF DAWN, by Sheri Davenport

Mata Hari — a spy who betrayed her country or a woman ahead of her time? This is the back story of Mata Hari.

CAST LIST: 

NARRATION: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Mata Hari: Marisa King
Bouchardson: Dan Cristofori
Vadime: Yehuda Fisher
Macleod: Michael Sabet
Clunt: Scott McCulloch
Sister Leonide: Elizabeth Skidmore

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

Eyes of Dawn is new look at the life of Mata Hari. It tells the story of a woman far ahead of her time, a woman in touch with the strength, beauty and power of her femininity and her sexuality. A woman who loved with passion, danced with abandon, never gave up on finding the child who was taken from her. And in the end, she was a woman betrayed by men who were threatened by her free spirit — men in power who forced her into the world of espionage and ultimately took her life.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Historical Fiction

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

Because it’s time for more films about strong women overcoming obstacles to become their whole, complete, best selves. And the subject of men who feel threatened or insecure using their power to diminish, harass and limit women has never been more relevant than it is today.

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

Powerful. Relevant

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

All About Eve

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

Two years

7. How many stories have you written?

Dozens.

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

Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

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

Still facing some obstacles as I rework it into a three part series: To make each character arc interesting and believable and to reveal what truly drives Mata Hari, what’s in her heart.

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

Theater

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

I’ve had no problems. It’s efficient.

12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I loved that the festival focuses on women’s work. Also the chance for a reading was motivating and that feedback was included. I thought my feedback was terrific. I’m impressed by the effort the reader took and how truly helpful it was. I couldn’t be happier to be a winner and have a very professional read of my script. Thank you!

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

BEST SCENE Reading from KIDICIDE by Kelly Karam

Watch the January 2017 Winning Female Festival Screenplay Reading.

Best Scene from the screenplay KIDICIDE Screenplay
Written by Kelly Karam

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – David Straus
HONEY – Shannon McNally
MALLORY – Val Cole
VICTOR – Nick Wicht
DONOVAN – Gabriel Darku
HEATHER – Catherine D’Angelo

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Female, Family, Drama, Horror, Thriller

Friends and family start dropping like flies when an award-winning mom brings home a suspicious new husband and his psychopathic son.

 Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

“Kidicide” is an “Enviro-Horror” screenplay about an award-winning chemist who infects the loving bond forged between she and her teenage daughter by impulsively bringing into their home a suspicious new husband and his psychopathic son.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Horror. Psychological Thriller.

How would you describe this script in two words?

“KIDICIDE” offers an original take on the “nature verses nurture” dilemma. What exactly do parents have control over in the raising of their children and what is simply out of their hands? Does genetics and biological factors play a bigger role on their intelligence or is it the “tribe” who raises them? And if we know with certainty what we introduce into our environment conversely affects all creatures who inhabit the earth then similarly who and what our children become exposed to will ultimately affect them as well. With this being said, “KIDICIDE” is about the family we choose and the family we don’t – and the relationships amongst family members.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Nature. Nurture.

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

Alfred Hitchcocks, “The Birds.”

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

For over two years.

How many stories have you written?

Too many to count. But “KIDICIDE” started out as a short story titled, “STAY OUT OF MY ROOM.” Afterward I wrote it into a short screenplay and because it resonated with judges and won several awards I decided to enhance the short into a feature.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Nature verses nurture dilemma has always been of interest to me.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Making sure the scientific research, although far-fetched, could be considered authentic.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love reading, walking, and listening to people tell me their stories.

What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

FEEDBACK Female Film Festival goal blew me away. I could have never imagined a festival wanting not to be around in five years because of “zero need” to balance out the powers in Hollywood. I knew this festival was without question about showcasing stories of women. And by ultimately providing phenomenal feedback writers could elevate their story, therefore, promoting the goal of FFFF being reached. Whereas, an audience member is able to finally choose a movie with a female POV. And I say, a BIG YAY to that Mister, err, Missy!


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