BlackShirtReads – SFFF Press Release



SFFF Press contact: NaNi Rivera, 505-988-7414, [email protected]

BlackShirtReads Press contact: Joanna Smith 505-780-8211, [email protected]

On Saturday, December 5, 2015 BlackShirtReads and the Santa Fe Film Festival (SFFF) will bring an afternoon of drama to The City Different. The two-part event includes a live-performance, staged-script reading of Enchantment, a television drama pilot script, immediately followed by a powerhouse Television Drama Writing panel discussion.

High-profile actors Debrianna Mansini (“Awakening in Taos”), JD Garfield (“Breaking Bad”) and Luce Rains (“3:10 to Yuma”) headline an Enchantment cast directed by Vern Gillum—veteran of over one hundred television shows. Along with Santa Fe School of the Arts youth actors, BlackShirtReads (BSR) raises the entertainment bar with a script narrated by Hotel Santa Fe managing partner, Paul Margetson, and musical interludes played by classical guitarist Harry Musselwhite.

Early in 2015, SFFF Executive Director NaNi Rivera collaborated with BSR co-founders Kathleen Dexter and Joanna Smith to bring a screenwriting component back to the Festival and they are excited to present a starpower-packed Television Drama Writing Panel that includes Emmy winners Kirk Ellis and Bruce McKenna, Longmire head writer Hunt Baldwin, Star Trek writer Melinda Snodgrass, historian, journalist and screenwriting collaborator Hampton Sides with Santa Fe University of Art & Design professor Terry Borst moderating.

Details are as follows:

Saturday, December 5, 1:00 pm. at the Jean Cocteau Cinema, 418 Montezuma Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501, reading of Enchantment, written by Donald Davenport & Jeff Wood, directed by Vern Gillum.

Enchantment script reading tickets: $10 can be purchased at: OR

Saturday, December 5, 2:30 pm. at the Jean Cocteau Cinema, 418 Montezuma Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501, Television Drama Writing Panel.

Television Drama Writing Panel tickets: $10 can be purchased at:


Have a Walt Longmire character wish list? Netflix has just renewed Longmire for Season 5; Hunt Baldwin and the other panelists will be taking questions. Want to know what adaptations are like from both original author and adaptor? Kirk Ellis and Bruce McKenna are both working on Hampton Sides written projects.

At the script reading, there should be several producers in the audience, will Donald Davenport’s script get picked up?

Enchantment Synopsis

Julie Richardson (played by Santa Fe celebrity actress Debrianna Mansini), a big city doctor who opted to raise a family rather than practice medicine, is on the verge of accepting a job with a large corporate medical group when she is surprised by the arrival of a mysterious letter from a Santa Fe attorney informing her that she has inherited a small, Northern New Mexico ranch.   Curiously, the will specifies that she must take possession of the property in person. Arriving with her family for what is planned as simply a weekend road trip, she discovers that her unknown benefactor is actually her biological father, and she has been unwittingly selected to continue his legacy.

About the Santa Fe Film Festival

The Original Santa Fe Film Festival celebrates all facets of cinematic arts – here in New Mexico, regionally and globally. Our annual event honors everyone working both behind the scenes and on screen to bring the best of film creation, production and showings to the public. We constantly seek improvement in our respective crafts and provide filmmakers with resources to pursue their dreams. To that end, the Santa Fe Film Festival focuses on bringing together distinguished industry specialists and discriminating movie lovers through accessible screenings, panels, workshops and parties.

The Festival will continue to grow as the leading exhibition and educational portal for all things cinematic in New Mexico. The Santa Fe Film Festival is a cultural, not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.

About BlackShirtReads

BlackShirtReads is an opportunity for screenwriters to workshop their screenplays via professional readings and critique by industry professionals.  In January 2016, BSR will be accepting submissions of feature-length and TV pilot scripts. See for more information.

Following poster art courtesy, BlackShirtReads

Hunt Baldwin Photo courtesy Netflix


BSR - SFFF 2015 Double Event
BlackShirtReads – Santa Fe Film Festival Script Reading & Television Drama Writing Panel