Chicago Festival Winning TV PILOT Screenplay: Chicago P.I., by Dave Orvis

Franklin Brewster, a detective fired from the Chicago PD following the loss of his wife and love affair with the bottle, now struggles performing private work tailing errant spouses and plugging retail theft. Then one day a rich widow begs him to solve a cold case murder. Will he take the case? Why weren’t the police successful? Is there an international element? Will his probe bring even more death?


Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Wallace: Hartley O. Gyamfi
Laura: Jennifer Misiorowski
Robbie: Joseph Ferrari
Swanson: Sheldon Graham
Franklyn: Shawn Devlin
Barbara: Lada Darewych

Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

Winning Feature Screenplay: CRUISIN’, by Jamie Benyon

Two bickering, joint smokin’, coke dealin’ drug dealers – Tuckman and Big H – discuss life’s important topics as they contemplate leaving the lifestyle and starting something new.


Narrator: Esther Thibault
Jones: Brandon Knox
TZ: Hadi Kubba
Tuckman: Luke Robinson
Hanna: Rosalie Vagalatis
Big H; Sebastian Dean Biasucci
Lydia: Tiffany Davidson