|Madeline Dennis-Yates, BA ’15
The work of Madeline Dennis-Yates, a May graduate of the English Department, was chosen for the final selection of both the Source Festival in June and the DC Shorts Film Festival which ended Sept. 20.
Maddie’s play in the Source Festival was “A Bouquet a Day” a ten-minute play in which a delivery man must help an artist who believes she will die if she is not given flowers every day. It was one of 6 finalists to have public readings.
Her film script “Fireworks For A Funeral” was inspired by Maddie’s reading about a company that actually inserts people’s ashes into fireworks. The comedy deals with two sisters, one who is arrested for bringing fireworks into an airport. The other arrested as an accomplice. Her film script was also one of six finalists. The play was read by actors and playwrights, some of whom came from as far away as California.
This year was the 12th year of the DC Shorts Film Festival, the largest short film festival on the East Coast. There were entries from twenty-four countries. Moviemaker Magazine recently called it the “coolest short film festival.”
Maddie is now reading scripts for the Abingdon Theatre in New York, an off-Broadway theater that produces only