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

TV Festival 1st Scene Script Reading: PRIVILEGED, by Kira Liva

Three girls return to Breckden Academy for their Sophomore year of high school following their friend’s death the previous Spring. But when the investigation is re-opened and the girls discover that the Legacy Group (a respected alumni society) might be responsible, they get pulled into the investigation and quickly find themselves in a precarious position between the small town police and a society that has its own sort of power to wield over the girls’ lives and academic futures.


Veronica: Val Cole

Savvy: Julie Sheppard

Attendent: Allan Michael Brunet

Unlikely Web Series Show, Audience Feedback from Sept. 2020 TV Festival

UNLIKELY, 12min., USA, Comedy/Web Series

Directed by Kai Yost

Sara, a college freshman, arrives at her university for the first day and discovers that her random roommate is a 60 year-old woman named Rayna. On top of their peculiar living arrangement, Rayna and Sara struggle with friendship, tattoos, drugs, and parties. Sara and Rayna learn to live with each other’s differences as they progress throughout their tumultuous first semester of college.

HIGHLIGHTS: September 2020 Web Series Festival


Theme of night: Bizarre Circumstance

NOTE: Festival took place during the COVID-19 virus lockdown so all screenings were held in private.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterGHOST BFF, 18min., Canada, Drama/Web Series

festival posterUNLIKELY, 12min., USA, Comedy/Web Series

festival posterSAASY, 12min., USA, Comedy/Web Series

festival posterSTICKY, 11min., USA, Drama/Family

festival posterVELOUR, 10min, USA, Drama

festival posterNORTHERN LIGHT, 25min., France, Drama

festival posterSOMETHING SAFE, 15min. USA, Drama

festival posterSILENT MOVIE, 15min. Brazil, Drama

The beginning of a (temporary) new era.

See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!

– Matthew Toffolo