NYC Festival 1st Scene TV PILOT: SEEN, by Colin J. Murphy

Seen follows Caleb Jamison, a NYC writer and podcaster who is quick-witted, sensitive and has a pop culture reference at his fingertips to pull out at any moment. Basically, he is the person who slays the GIFs in a group chat. After continually taking a back seat in his own life, Caleb’s friend Sophie creates a fake profile for Caleb to make him seem like a massive success. And why not, because everything on the internet is fake anyways. After a chance encounter with a group of “elite gays” at his restaurant job, Caleb tries to integrate the group (which is helped by the fact he has one very pretty part of his body). As Caleb begins to build this fictional persona, the dissonance between who he really is and who he wants to be starts to show cracks in his personality. But, what ugliness can using instant gratification to boost your insecurities actually reveal?

Narrator: Julie Sheppard
Caleb: Steve Rizzo
Cres: Sean Ballantyne

Writer Biography – Colin J Murphy

Colin J Murphy is an NYU Tisch alum who began his writing career in TYA with pieces workshopped by the Atlantic Theater Company. Making to the transition to film, Murphy self-produced while training at UCB. Bound, Colin’s previous project, is a four part mini-series written and directed by Murphy currently streaming with over 10K views on the pilot. The action/drama follows a queer protagonist trying to find love while kicking ass. It stars Book of Mormon’s Jack Ball and features Black Lighting’s Rob Morean and The Politician’s Julia Schlaepfer. Bound has screened a part of multiple festivals and has garnered award nominations for Best LGBTQ short, Best Supporting actress for Schlaepfer and Audience Choice.

By femalefilmfestival

The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes. Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival. This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way. When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival. A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.

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