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Feel The Beat

'Feel The Beat' is an urban drama, set in Toronto, Canada, about a young black girl, senior in high-school (18), who's an extraordinary tap dancer. She witnesses her parents fighting, and learns that her father is having an affair with her Godmother. She ends up at a party, where her life is turned upside down when she is raped. Drugs become a part of her life, and help her cope, as she battles her living nightmares.

All the while, she has an opportunity in New York, to audition for the most famous tapper in the world.

Will she conquer her demons, ace the audition, and find a way to free herself from the shackles of rape, or will she continue to let the pain pull her deeper into despair?

  • Melissa Veszi-Gawanas
    Writer
  • Project Type:
    Screenplay
  • Genres:
    Drama, Dance
  • Number of Pages:
    97
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • First-time Screenwriter:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Canada International Film Festival
    Vancouver, Canada
    April 9, 2016
    Royal Reel Award
Writer Biography - Melissa Veszi-Gawanas

Melissa Veszi always had a passion for story telling. She jumped into the world of acting, after graduating from the Theatre Arts program at Grant MacEwan University in 2001. Her passion for writing soon followed, as she explored poetry, short stories and even songwriting. It was 12 years ago when Melissa had the idea for a feature film, loosely based on her life. She decided to combine a dramatic story with the art of tap dance, a dance form Melissa loved, and once excelled at.

'Feel The Beat' is Melissa's first screenplay. She is now focused on turning her screenplay into a motion picture, while continuing her love for writing.

Melissa is the recipient of the Royal Reel Award, which she won at the Canada International Film Festival for 'Feel The Beat.'

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Writer Statement

Putting our ideas, our thoughts, our truths, and our creations into the world, for people to see, can be scary. It makes us vulnerable. To all writers out there, I say, "good for you!" We need to continue to tell stories, inspire, and of course entertain. Thank you to all the Film Festivals and Screenplay competitions for allowing new writers, and creative minds, like me, for the chance to be heard. We need more black made films and stories about black people, especially in this current climate.