Category: Screenplays

Lesbian Interest, Screenplays, Staged Reading, Women

PFP’s LezPlay Readings Are This Weekend!

  Kellee Terrell’s Screenplay GEMMA named winner of 2017 LezPlay Competition Full-length screenplay of love, life, death, and the supernatural to receive staged reading at Pride Arts Center September 8 and 9 Pride Films and Plays is delighted to announce Kellee Terrell’s screenplay GEMMA as the winner of our 2017 LezPlay Contest. Out of three dozen entries, three scripts advanced to the finals. Pride Films and Plays’ Artistic Director Nelson Rodriguez applauds the top-scoring scripts for elevating and celebrating dyke drama (and comedy), and showcasing Sapphic-centric narratives that spoke loud and queer to our judges. Terrell’s winning script will receive four days of developmental workshops, culminating in two public staged readings during LezPlay Weekend September 8-9 at Pride Arts Center in Chicago. The two finalists were THANATRON, a play by Carolyn Gage, and IT’S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE, a screenplay by Katherine Varga. LezPlay, now in its seventh year, enhances the visibility and advances the viability of women who write plays, screenplays, and teleplays in which lesbian characters and themes – past, present, and future – play a pivotal role. To judge the submissions, Allison L. Fradkin, LezPlay’s Literary Coordinator, assembled a reading team of 25 industry professionals who served asMore…

Screenplays, Staged Reading

Gay Film Weekend

This fall, Pride Films and Plays’ developmental work with writers from around the country continues with Gay Film Weekend for new screenplay development. Five finalists have been named in PFP’s 2016 Great Gay Screenplay Contest, an international contest for screenplays with LGBT characters and themes. The five screenplays will be performed as enhanced staged readings from November 11 to 13, 2016 during Gay Film Weekend at Center on Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen Theatre, 3656 N Halsted.  Tickets for the readings are pay-what-you-can at the door, and each reading is followed by a discussion with the director and the actors in the reading, and the screenwriter. Gay Film Weekend concludes with Queer Bits Fall Film Fest III on Sunday, November 13 at 7pm at Public House Theater. Performance Schedule: Friday, November 11 7pm (Sideways Down the Sky by Barry Brennessel, directed by Christopher Young) Saturday, November 12 2pm (Baby Steps by Rebecca Semik) Saturday, November 12 7pm (J’ai Fait by Edward Jordon, directed by David Mor) Sunday, November 13 11am (Happy Anniversary by Simon Graves, directed by Matt Dominguez) Sunday, November 13 330pm (Paradise at Main and Elm by Barry Brennessel, directed by Dan Pal) Below are synopses of the screenplays and biosMore…

Company News, Films, Screenplays

Counting

PFP’s first original short is Counting, directed by Dan Pal from a screenplay by Kari Morris. Counting features PFP Company Members Kenzie Siebert, Carolyn Reynolds, and Joan McGrath, and was shot on location in Chicago in July 2016. In 1951, Violet and Milly make a love promise over a penny. In 2015, the promise comes due, and Violet must face a heartbreaking reality. So far Counting has been selected for the Big as Texas Short Film Festival, where it is a nominee for Best LGBT Film, and the Equality Festival in Kiev, Ukraine. There will likely bemany more announced in January, and Dan Pal has submitted the film to festivals that have notifications as far ahead as next September. We wish Counting continued success on the festival circuit. Directed and Produced by Dan Pal Screenplay by Kari Morris Executive Producer   David Zak Milly    Kenzie Seibert Young Violet    Carolyn Reynolds Older Violet    Joan McGrath Director of Photography   Alan Dembek Costume Designer   John Nasca DIT/Editor   Don Diaz 1st Assistant Director   Kelsey O’Brien 2nd Assistant Director/Line Producer  David Collins Production Manager  Sam Bengtson Gaffer    Ian Battaglia Key Grip   J Wheeler White 1st Assistant Camera    Alex Naremore 2nd Assistant Camera    Jordan Blazak Sound Designer  More…

Films, Screenplays

Gay Film Weekend Schedule Announced

This fall, Pride Films and Plays’ developmental work with writers from around the country continues with Gay Film Weekend for new screenplay development. Five finalists and five semi-finalists have been named in PFP’s Great Gay Screenplay Contest, an international contest for screenplays with LGBT characters and themes. The finalists include a wide range of subject matter ranging from a thrilling drama about the secrets revealed when a man returns home to care for his mother, an action-packed TV pilot about gay club owners taking on the Italian mafia, an exciting crime story about a detective investigating a serial killer, a fun road trip comedy involving an unlikely pair of friends, and a touching coming-of-age tale about a friendship put to the test. The five screenplays will be performed as enhanced staged readings from November 13 to 15, 2015 during Gay Film Weekend at Center on Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen Theatre. Tickets for the readings are pay-what-you-can, and each reading is followed by a discussion with the director and the actors in the reading, and the screenwriter. Gay Film Weekend kicks off with Queer Bits Fall Film Festival on Monday, November 9 at Public House Theater. Tickets for Gay Film Weekend at CenterMore…

Contests, Screenplays

Five Great Screenplays in Gay Film Weekend, 2015

Chicago, IL – Five finalists will be named in Pride Films and Plays’ Great Gay Screenplay Contest, an international contest for screenplays with LGBT characters and themes. The finalists include a wide range of subject matter ranging from a love triangle set in France, a mystical teenage romance laced with racial tension, a set of non-actors facing possible Hollywood stardom, a sweet coming-of-age tale, and an older man’s revelation of painful secrets. The five screenplays will be performed as enhanced staged readings during Gay Film Weekend at Center on Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen Theatre November 13 to 15, 2015. Tickets for Gay Film Weekend at Center on Halsted are Pay-What-You-Can ($10 suggeted) and can be purchased at the door 3o minutes prior to the performance.  For more information on contests or productions, visit www.pridefilmsandplays.com.  

Awards, Screenplays

Christopher M. Halligan’s “1974′ Wins 2014 Great Gay Screenplay Contest

Pride Films and Plays is delighted to announce the winner of our 2014 Great Gay Screenplay contest is 1974 by Christopher M. Halligan. The victor was selected Sunday, November 16 at the conclusion of PFP’s Gay Film Week in the Hoover-Leppen Theatre of Center on Halsted. The weekend included enhanced staged readings of the top five scripts, including Agent Call Boy by James Rosenfield, The Celestial by Barry Brennessel, How to Be a Homosexual by JB Berg, and Chance Meetings by John Woodard. The week also commenced on Monday, November 10 with Queer Bits Fall Film Festival at the Public House Theatre. The festival included 10 short films all having their Chicago premieres and was followed by an entertaining talkback with Chicago filmmaker Dan Pal, whose short Scotty and Josh Get Enlightened was featured in the festival. Pride Films and Plays was delighted to have Christopher M. Halligan, Barry Brennessel, and JB Berg attend the festival weekend and hear their screenplays come to life. The screenwriters noted how exciting and important to their development it is to hear their work performed. 1974 Synopsis: 1974 breaks all the stereotypes surrounding the American Dream as an interconnected group of people must faceMore…

Awards, Films, Screenplays

PFP Announces “Boys In Summer” by Dennis Shinners the winner of the 2013 Great Gay Screenplay Contest

Pride Films and Plays is delighted to announce the winner of our 2013 Great Gay Screenplay contest is Boys In Summer by Dennis Shinners. The award was presented Sunday, November 17 at the conclusion of PFP’s Gay Film Weekend in the Hoover-Leppen Theatre of Center on Halsted. The weekend included ‘enhanced staged readings’ of the top five scripts, including The Starfish Scream by Brent Hartinger, The Passion Child by Amir Sade, Buddy Booth by Edward J. Yaeger Jr., and Saguaro by Brandon Yarns. The weekend also included screenings of the short films The Wait by Mary Guzmán, Scotty Works OUT by Dan Pal, Coffee Talk: Episodes 3 and 4 by Skyrider Films, and Hypocrites + Strippers by Kim Yaged, all having their Chicago premieres. After the contest, Dennis sent us the following note: “Holy crap!” I blurted out when it was announced that I won this year’s Pride Films and Plays’ Great Gay Screenplay contest. Not my preferred choice of words, but I hold the martini that was in hand at the time responsible. Not only was I surprised but very happy I chose to take part in this year’s tough competition amongst talented writers.  Truth be told I hadMore…

Contests, Screenplays

Five Great Screenplays, One Screening of LGBT Shorts in Gay Film Weekend

Chicago, IL – Five finalists have been named in Pride Films and Plays’ Great Gay Screenplay Contest, an international contest for screenplays with LGBT characters and themes. The finalists include a wide range of subject matter ranging from a love triangle set in France, a mystical teenage romance laced with racial tension, a set of non-actors facing possible Hollywood stardom, a sweet coming-of-age tale, and an older man’s revelation of painful secrets. The five screenplays will be performed as enhanced staged readings during Gay Film Weekend at Center on Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen Theatre November 15 to 17. Tickets can be purchased here. Our 5 finalists are: The Starfish Scream by Brent Hartinger The Passion Child by Amir Sade Boys in Summer by Dennis Shinners Buddy Booth by Edward J. Yaeger Jr. Saguaro by Brandon Yarns And here is the schedule  for the weekend: Friday, November 15 at 6pm – Kickoff Reception Friday, November 15 at 7pm – Boys in Summer by Dennis Shinners (directed by Nelson Rodriguez) Saturday, November 16 at 2pm – Buddy Booth by Edward Yaeger, Jr. (directed by Sonita Surratt) Saturday, November 16 at 5pm – Screening of Short Films Saturday, November 16 at 7pm – The StarfishMore…