WILDsound TV Spec Winner!

My Cougar Town spec was named a winner of the WILDsound TV Spec screenplay competition this April! One of the great things they do is enlist actors to perform the script and record it. Please find a pretty darn well-cast reading of the script and an interview with me here as well as below:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Susan Wilson
Jules – Pip Dwyer
Ellie – Krista Morin
Grayson – Dan Cristofori
Andy – Allan Michael Brunet
Bobby – Dan Fox
Travis – Ryan Anning
Laurie – Christina Aceto

Matthew Toffolo interviews Felicity Flesher:

1. What is your screenplay about?

“Jammin’ Me” is a Cougar Town spec script. In this episode, Jules and the Cul de Sac Crew’s world implodes when there is a wine drought.

2. Why does this script fit into the context of the show?

A wine drought is just about the worst possible thing that could happen to Jules and the Crew. And thus, one of the most hilarious. They have to scramble and take action to preserve their livelihood while breaking apart at the seams.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

For almost all of my life, my favorite movies have been the Indiana Jones trilogy. Growing up, I thought this meant that I should be an archaeologist and I started building my life around that career path. However, sometime in high school, I started getting into filmmaking and I realized that the career that really attracted me was that of the people that made Indiana Jones, not the character himself. Ever since, I’ve been dedicated to writing stories.

4. What TV shows did you watch when you were a kid?

I was a weird kid with weird parents, so the shows that interested me were a lot of the older British ones like Are You Being Served?, Allo, Allo, Sherlock Holmes, etc. While I want to be a good ‘Murican, I’m still drawn to a lot of shows from across the pond like QI and The IT Crowd probably because it’s a sensibility and humor that I was exposed to as I was developing my own voice.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

One of my favorite artists is Ray McKinnon, who won the Oscar for his short film “The Accountant” and who now gives us Rectify. I love his take on the South and I think it’s a perspective that has been missing for a long time. I also love a lot of the more stylized film directors like Wes Anderson, Edgar Wright, the Coen Brothers and Jean-Pierre Jeunet and how they are able to use their visuals in interesting ways to support great stories. In the comedy world, there are far too many artists that I’d kill to work with, so I won’t bore you with a list.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

This Cougar Town script is actually the first television script I ever wrote. It began as an assignment for a college class and the experience and feedback spurred me to continue hacking away in TV.

7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

In 5 years, the dream would be to work on a writing staff with cool people writing stuff that moves us and makes us laugh. My first job in Hollywood was as a PA on The Odd Couple where I was able to see a writing staff that worked hard, but clearly enjoyed each other’s presence and cracking jokes with their friends all day. I hope that one day I can be a part of a similar community. 

8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

About that writing routine… I need to work on getting one of those.

My process often begins with a set of notes I keep that range anywhere from a full plot to a character name that inspires me to a funny phrase I heard one day. Sometimes it’s those smallest details that are peculiar enough to warrant a full script for me.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

There is life beyond a video screen??? 

But actually, I enjoy playing tennis and still hold a great deal of passion for my alma mater, Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.

10. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Dear Writers — you people enjoy reading advice, but maybe ignore people like me for a while, stop procrastinating, and just start telling your own stories.

Rails to Reels Film Festival Selection

The short film I helmed, “COLT,” will be screening in its first official film festival!

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You can see it in Meridian, Mississippi at the inaugural Rails to Reels Film Festival on Saturday, October 18 at the Brickhaus Bar & Grill. It will screen at 10:30am and 3:00pm.

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Carleton College Alumni Admissions Representative

I’m happy to say that I just signed up to be a representative for the College’s Admissions Department. I will be connecting prospective students and high schools in my region to Carleton via personal contact, school visits, and college fairs. I hope that more people can discover what a great place Carleton can be!

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Unreal Film Festival

The Unreal Film Festival officially selected “It Won’t Fit in a Killing Jar” for this year’s fest! It is part of a 4 day showcase of international horror, sci-fi, and fantasy films.

Our short will screen Monday, September 29 at the Evergreen Theatre in Memphis, TN. 

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Officially a Carleton College Alumna!

I can now officially say that I am a Carleton College alumna after our Class of 2014 graduation this weekend. I also found out that I graduated magna cum laude – just icing on the cake!

Also, I will be losing my carleton.edu email address soon, so I may now be contacted via email at felicitykflesher@gmail.com

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Best of Mississippi!

Thanks to the Delta International Film and Video Festival, the short I co-created with Hannah White, “It Won’t Fit in a Killing Jar” won the Best of Mississippi award! Also thanks to Delta State University and Ron Douglas for hosting!

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Killer Kudzu NOW Online!

The Oxford Film Festival Community Film that I wrote, Killer Kudzu, is now available to watch on YouTube. I hope you enjoy it. It was fun to write, the fest was fun to attend, and it’s a fun final product!

Killing Jar in Tupelo Film Festival

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The short film Hannah White and I created this year at Carleton, “It Won’t Fit in a Killing Jar” just got accepted into the 11th Annual Tupelo Film Festival!

Our short film is based on a short story I wrote about a woman haunted by her insect-loving husband’s death.

Sarah Price as Blithe

Sarah Price as Blithe

The Festival is April 17-19 at the Malco Theatre in Tupelo, MS. More details to come.

http://www.tupelofilmfestival.net

Theatre Oxford’s The Pillowman

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Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman, the play I’m Assistant Directing opens today at 7:30pm at the Powerhouse in Oxford, MS! It also runs Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm.

The Pillowman is a wickedly dark and witty play about a writer being held by the police in a totalitarian state when they discover that some of his stories resemble gruesome crimes in the area.

Given the dark themes and adult language, this production is for mature audiences only.

The production stars William Chandler, Zach Duane, Inés Joris and David Mckell, is directed by David Hanson and produced by Meaghin Burke.

William Chandler as Katurian

William Chandler as Katurian

I also helped make a short film featured in the play. Seen here:

The Writer and the Writer's Brother

The Writer and the Writer’s Brother

Comps Short Film Premieres!

I just presented my comps film to my CAMS department peers – my last official assignment in college.

And good news, fans! That film is now online! Feel free to watch and share my short about the true story and historical scandal of brothers John and Samuel Colt.