RealtoReel 2017

Real to Reel is a collaboration between filmmakers and storytellers. Filmmaking teams have only 5 days to write, shoot, edit—and screen a film based on stories from ten local storytellers. The kicker: none of the teams had heard the stories before they were presented.  Decided by you…the winning team walks away with a $2,000 cash prize!!


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Upcoming Events


October 25th / 6:30 PM / Story District HQ / 3329 Georgia Ave, NW

Happy Hour on October 25 at Story District HQ. It’s a great opportunity for us to explain in more detail and answer questions, as well as for you to meet storytellers and other filmmakers and share tips. If all goes well, we’ll get some actors and composers in the mix, too, so you can plan ahead.  To RSVP, Click HERE.


STORYTELLERS: Present Their Stories
November 3rd / Miracle Theater / 535 8th Street, SE

Check out just a few of our AMAZING storytellers:

Chancellor Gaffney is a man who takes his carb days very seriously. He believes laughter is the best medicine, but he isn’t a doctor. He won Male Best Personality of his 8th grade class. He’s also a fan of subject verb agreement.



Monique Diop is from the East Coast of the United States, Born in Newark NJ and raised there as well as in Western Pennsylvania. Monique is a professional contractor for the US Federal Government and a community activist who is in her second term as a Ward 8 Commissioner who serves the Bellevue Community. Her main focus is bettering education and recreation for all Ward 8 residents. In her spare time Monique loves telling stories to unsuspecting strangers, teaching seniors PC basics ,and moving the crowd of the LGBTQ Community on the Ask Rayceen Show.


Meredith Whipple’s life includes storytelling, playing in a steel band, and fighting for open and accessible technology for all.



Andrea Jones is a freelance museum education consultant specializing in creating role-playing experiences and other wondrous ways to learn. She likes to make things out of wood, listen to podcasts, and watch Netflix shows featuring a strong female lead. She has performed mildly inappropriate stories around the DC area, including the Capital Fringe Festival, Story District’s “Out/Spoken,” and the Perfect Liar’s Club.

Other storytellers include:

Darryl Smith
Morgan Givens
Caitlin Reilly

FILMMAKERS: Screen the Films
November 10th / Miracle Theater / 535 8th Street, SE



MIRACLE THEATER / 535 8th Street, SE, Washington, DC

METRO / The theater is located 1.5 blocks from Eastern Market Metro. This area is also served by Metro and Circulator buses at stops within blocks of the theater.

ACCESSIBILITY / Wheelchair Accessible Restrooms / The Miracle is equipped with one wheelchair accessible restroom near the entrance on the building’s main floor and one backstage. Seat Accessibility / There are designated wheelchair and companion seats in the front section of main floor seating. Services for Patrons with Disabilities / Theatre representatives are available to meet patrons with disabilities in the lobby of the building to escort them to designated wheelchair accessible areas as needed. Hearing and Vision Assistive Devices / The Miracle is equipped with devices for assistive listening, audio description and closed captioning. Inquire at the Box Office to receive a device to better assist you with your movie-going experience. Policy on Guide Dogs and Service Animals / Although animals are not permitted in the theatre, an exception is made for guide dogs and service animals.


Want to see your story made into a short film? Pitch us your story or idea. Keep in mind that not all stories can be turned into film easily. The best candidates will have a lot of action, a setting that can be filmed, characters that can be cast, drama, tension, and a strong narrative arc. If most of the story happens through your internal thoughts, it will be hard to film. If it takes place on a roller coaster, it will be hard to film. Get it? And you may pitch a story you’ve performed before.


  1. All film teams must apply to participate. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  2. Ten (10) teams will be selected to compete. Teams will be selected by October 14, 2017.
  3. All applications must include 3 samples of previous work in the form of links.

Past Years


Game Night

Based on a true story by Mikael Johnson

Team: Tragedy Plus Time

A game of Washingtoniana may decide the the future career path of a young professional.

Grand Prize Winner

A True Friend

Based on a true story by Brooke Lancaster

Team: Poets Eating Lions in the Stone Den

The value of a close friendship is questioned when a shocking secret is revealed.

The Amazing Birth

Based on a true story by Jenny Splitter

Team: DC Dogs

A pregnant woman takes an unusual journey in hopes of having the perfect birth experience.

Plus One

Based on a true story by Joseph Price

Team TPN

Trapped with a strange couple at a wedding reception, a new couple get a lesson on life, love, and marriage.

Stuck in Neutral

Based on a true story by Carrie Scheuttpelz

Team: Crowded Elevator Productions

The good deeds by a group of ghosts goes unrecognized.

Late Night

Based on a true story by Kylie Jia

Team: Cats Around Town

The subtleties of language is lost during a bizarre late night TV broadcast.


Based on a true story by Kevin Boggs

Team: Skyrocket Productions

A timid waiter asserts himself through a heated interaction with a difficult patron.

Awkward Allusion

Based on a true story by Jonica Tramposh

Team: Future Generation Productions

After the studio has closed, a personal trainer confronts an unannounced client.

24 Hour Rule

Based on a true story by Meg Massey

Team: Pirate Bears

Roommates are never easy.

The Will

Based on a true story by John Tong

Team: DC Comedy Writers

After a “beautiful funeral,” a family learns of their unique inheritances.



Based on the true story “Community Theater” by Ian McRory

Film created by Scenic Roots
Alfred Schoeninger, Director

Iain’s recent attempt at finding a girlfriend matched him with Sleeping Beauty, Play-by-Play, Sloppy Spaghetti — and one who is perfect in her silence. 2nd Runner Up


Based on the true story “Vigilante” by Alexandra Petri

Film created by Bog Honkin’ DC Dogs;
The Big Honkin’, Director

Watching too many TV crime shows often leads to Repeat Offenders.


Based on the true story “Desk Nazi” by Joseph Price

Film created by Yellow Bow Tie Productions
Joel David Santner, Director

Some people take their desk job a little too seriously.


Based on the true story “A Humor-Less Tale” by Ellen Rolfes

Film created by Key In Films
Kian McKeller, Director

An ice cream-loving girl discovers the true novelty of fighting city hall.


Based on the true story “The Big Break” by Amy Couchoud

Film created by EPK Digital;
Tony Marquez, Director

Auditioning for her big break, an actress is cast into the role of a lifetime.


Based on the true story “Going Down” by Kevin Phillips

Film created by Skyrocket Productions
Anthony Greene, Director

In an effort to save his relationship, a young man and his buddy learn that great sex is aural, nor oral. 1st Runner Up


Based on the true story “WWCD” by Amy Saidman

Film created by Tragedy Plus Time
Rob Raffety, Director

The anitdote to a soul-sucking job can be found outside your cubicle window. Grand Prize Winner


Based on the true story “Suck It, Pokemon” by James Calabrese

Film created by Heisenberg
Jose Carceres, Director

In an attempt to shoot a film about Pokemon vs. Star Wars, a team chronicles what happens when everything goes wrong.


Man of Letters

Based on a true story by Adam Ruben

Film created by Big Honkin’ Films
Austin Bragg, Director

When a man who loves words decides to venture into the world of competitive Scrabble, his
good nature quickly turns flagitious, iniquitous, maleficent, repugnant.

Grand Prize Winner

Rockin’ Robin Revelations

Based on a true story by Jessica Solomon

Film created by DC Dogs
Jonathan Zuck, Director

A young woman discovers a family secret that may impact more than her responsibility to share toys.

The Backseat Driver

Based on a true story by Elissa Laura Gross

Film created by Tragedy Plus Time
Rob Rafferty, Director

In order to prove to her father that she should be allowed to drive the family car, a newly-licensed teen is tested by a peculiar backseat driver.


The Donor

Based on a true story by Chris Love

Film created by Meridian Hill Pictures
Lance Kramer & Scott Lunt, Directors

When a gay man is asked by a lesbian couple to help them create a family, his experiences with a local sperm donor bank becomes an daunting task.



Based on a true story by Mike Kane

Film created by Yellow Bow Tie Productions
Joel David Santner, Director

A father and son bond over their desire to run a successful garage sale — not over the dining table they just sold.

Rotten Eggs

Based on a true story by Vijai Nathan

Film created by Citra Productions
Jason Baustin, Director

Pulled in many directions, a 30-something woman contemplates whether her quest for a soulmate will instead bring her a primate.

The Interview

Based on a true story by Stephanie Garibaldi

Film created by Nine Hour Films
Mary Ratliff, Director

Looking to create a new career, a woman tests her ability to stretch the truth by applying for a job well beyond her qualifications.

Oh, Granny

Based on a true story by Suzi Whaples

Film created by Amagi Productions
Erin Wildermuth, Director

It is said that fashion is cyclical and everything comes back again. However, when renamed for a new generation, the confusion often creates unintended hilarity.

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