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Screenplay Live 2005

Ryan and Anastasia Anastasia runs the final rehearsal as Ryan looks on.

SCREENPLAY LIVE returned for its second year to the High Falls Film Festival in Rochester, NY, with a live reading of 2005 BlueCat Finalist, THE BREAK-IN by Ryan David Jahn.

In keeping with the High Fall Film Festival's mission of celebrating women in film, Anastasia Cerankosky, a recent MFA graduate from Rochester Institute of Technology's School of Film and Animation, directed this year's script reading.

Gordy Hoffman moderates the post-reading Gordy Hoffman moderates the post-reading Q.& A. with Ryan and Anastasia.

Rochester Talent, a local casting agency, generously donated their services again to Screenplay Live, assisting Anastasia in casting the script with local Rochester actors. Ryan sat in on a final rehearsal to answer questions and experience the priceless anguish of hearing his words destroyed. In a perplexing turn of events, Andy Pagana, half of the writing team who won the 2004 BlueCat, showed up at the rehearsal unannounced with a large camera. He was asked to leave, and didn't.

A Q&A with Ryan and Anastasia, moderated by Gordy Hoffman, followed the reading.

Ryan at Rehearsal Ryan considers revisions of THE BREAK-IN at rehearsal.

We look forward to our 3rd Screenplay Live at High Falls in November!

THE BREAK-IN by Ryan David Jahn

After a man kills a burglar in self-defense, he elects to leave the body in his bathtub, setting out on an obsessive hunt to discover the identity of his victim, who happens to be his identical twin.

Ryan watches his script read Ryan watches his script read live at SCREENPLAY LIVE 2005.

"Screenplay Live! allowed me something most unproduced screenwriters never get: the ability to see my work performed in front of an audience. It was an invaluable, learning experience to see an audience react emotionally to a story that, until then, was only the page. You never know how an audience will react, and their comments during the Q&A guided me through a rewrite. What Gordy and BlueCat do with Screenplay Live! is, in its way, more valuable than money." Ryan David Jahn

The High Falls Film Festival is held annually in Rochester, New York, the birthplace of the women's rights movement and motion picture film.

Ryan David Jahn lives and works in Los Angeles. His first novel, The Dreaming, was published as a paperback original in 1998. His second, American Loser, was published in serial installments by Underground Voices. He has also several short stories published.

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Special Thanks:

Catherine Wyler, Artistic Director
High Falls Film Festival
June Foster, Director
Rochester/Fingerlakes Film Office
Eric Cubitt, Founder, Inc.