TV FESTIVAL 1st Scene Reading: JOE HOLLYWOOD, by Jane Henning

During the heyday of the 1920s, JOE KENNEDY, the patriarch of the Kennedy family, bullied for a lifetime in anti-Irish Boston sets his sights on Hollywood and the cash to support a run for the US Presidency, but Hollywood’s glitz and glamour hide a dark underbelly – it doesn’t like outsiders. Inspired by true events.


Narrator: Val Cole
Pat/Announcer: Andy Camp
Joe: Sean Ballantyne
Babe Ruth: Shawn Devlin

TV Web Series: LU VON LOSER, 8min., Germany, Web Series

Lu (32) is cynical, passive, angry, silly, a tough nut with a chronically extended middle finger and, in her own eyes, a loser. When she finds out she’s pregnant, she has no choice but to move back to her mother’s place. A dark comedy series in eight, 4- to 10-minute episodes, about a failing mother-to-be.

TV Festival 1st Scene Script Reading: SECOND CROSSING, by James Howells

A rip into a Parallel Universe has opened above a small Colorado town dropping a corpse from the sky and dumping a German U-Boat into a forest. This rip has reinvigorated shady industrialist Frank DeWitt who rules the town with an iron fist. What a first day for new sheriff Jaimie and her new to town undersheriff, Azmi.

Narrator: Julie Sheppard
Jaime: Kyana Teresa
Lester: Allan Michael Brunet
Azmi: Steve Rizzo
Bus Driver/Dewitt: Sean Ballantyne

TV FESTIVAL 1st Scene Script Reading: Letterkenny: “Dary’s Super-soft Poem”, by Jay Servedio

The hicks help Dary write a poem to woo a “cultured lass”; The hockey players run a bake sale for new jerseys.

Narrator: Julie Sheppard
Wayne: Allan Michael Brunet
Daryl: Steve Rizzo
Squirrley: Bill Poulin
Katy: Kyana Teresa

TV Festival 1st Scene Reading: Pure, by Erika Hakmiller

A 30 minute single camera comedy following Mary Smith, the most eligible pilgrim in New England whose life is turned upside down when an unexpected group of Puritans move in next door.

Narrator: Allison Kampf
Mary: Julie Sheppard
Peter: Steve Rizzo
Grace: Kyana Teresa
Paster Smith: Sean Ballantyne

Writer Biography – Erika Hakmiller

Erika Hakmiller is a Chicago based writer and comedian. She performs musical improv with Nite Brunch every Sunday at The Playground and is a regular performer at Improv Acadia in Bar Harbor, Maine. Back in Chicago she is the independent script supervisor for the iO Comedy Network, a director at Cold Reads, Hot Scripts, and an ensemble actor and writer for the iOCN team, Roll Models. Her comedy has been seen at Women’s Funny Fest, Chicago Sketchfest, iO Comedy Network, and The Mary Scruggs Works by Women Festival. Playwriting credits: Who’s Haunting? (Random Acts Chi), Break Through (Death & Pretzels), Lost and Found (The New Colony Associate Company), and A Better Brothers Grimm (The Second City Training Center). Publications: Word Brothel, The Belladonna Comedy, Little Old Lady Comedy, The Broadway Beat, and Break Through (Samuel French Anthology – Fall 2021). She has interned with The Belladonna Comedy and in the development department of Gulfstream Pictures at Warner Bros. She loves Maine, history, blueberry vodka, and in-unit laundry.

TV Festival 1st Scene Reading: Lost Boyz, by Steve Ronaldson

Set in 2000’s New Jersey, Pete thinks his wit and mean spirited teasing has made him the most popular kid in school. But it’s not until his best friend and muscle Knox gets sent away that he discovers he’s actually public enemy number 1. He’ll have to gather a group of fellow misfits and try to climb the social ladder for real this time to show the world he’s really as amazing as he think’s he is.


Pete: Sean Ballantyne

Mark: Allan Michael Brunet