Winning LGBT TV PILOT Reading – THE DISAPPEARANCE, by Jess Harris DiStefano

Genre: LGBT, Drama

The Disappearance is an hour long drama about a charming young sports writer, whose secret past comes back to haunt him when he accidentally discovers the whereabouts of his long lost father and younger siblings.


Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Ryan: Nick Wicht
Will: Michael Lake
Kate: Beck Lloyd
Casey: Julia Baldwin
Jamie: Alicia Payne
Fred: David Occhipinti

Get to know the writer:

What is your TV Pilot screenplay about?

The Disappearance is an hour long drama about a charming young sports writer, whose secret past comes back to haunt him when he accidentally stumbles upon the whereabouts of his long lost father and two younger siblings.

Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

Too many reasons to list off, but mainly because it’s a show I would (and most likely a whole host of other people) would want to watch.

What TV show do you keep watching over and over again?

Can’t name just one, but Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Six Feet Under, and The Sopranos are in my all-time top five.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Look Closer

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Roughly a year or so.

How many stories have you written?

Too many to count. In the past year, though, I have managed to crank out two TV pilots and a feature length.

What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Depends on my mood but I tend to listen to a lot of Vitamin String Quartet when writing.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Mainly, just finding the time given that I have a full-time job, a 3 year old, and a very needy dog.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m an avid consumer of content. Books, TV, films, webseries, fan fiction, etc. Especially if they feature positive LGBTQ+ characters and/ or storylines.

You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

I love FilmFreeway. Super easy when it comes to submitting and tracking statuses.

What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I was drawn to this festival both for the LGBTQ factor and the opportunity to have my work read out loud by a group of actors.

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

I’m a big believer in writing the story you want to write regardless of the nay sayers… because at the end of the day you simply can’t please everyone.


Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

By lgbttorontofilmfestival

Festival occurring twice a year. In Toronto in June. And in Los Angeles in September. Showcasing the best of LGBT Short Films and Screenplays from around the world.

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