Interview with Winning Screenwriter Ron Riekki (FOR GOOD BEHAVIOR)

July 2018 Winning SHORT Thriller Screenplay.

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Ron Riekki: A lawyer brings in an actress to teach an inmate how to cry on the stand for his upcoming trial.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama. Crime. Maybe even horror, depending on the director.

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It offers up three fantastic roles for actors. And it can be shot all in one location.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Intense acting.

5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

It’s a tie between Popeye, Natural Born Killers, and Hamlet Maybe Macbeth too.

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I’ve done touchups on it for several years now.

7. How many stories have you written?

Oh my God, a lot. I’m prolific as hell. Just do an internet search under “Ron Riekki” and you’ll see a bunch of my writing, and that’s just the online published writing.

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

That’s probably a tie between Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer,” The Mummers’ “March of the Dawn,” Slayer’s “Angel of Death,” Elliott Smith’s “Between the Bars,” Hector Berlioz’s “Songe d’une nuit du sabbat,” Ice Cube’s “AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted,” Loco Locass’ “La censure pour l’echafaud,” and The Dead Milkmen’s “Big Time Operator.” But Petos’ “Asian Ytimessa” is closing in on that list, as is Grimes’ “Oblivion,” and Amoc’s “Kiallaseh.” But that’s when I can control what I’m listening to. In reality it’s probably a bunch of horrible songs that always get played on the radio; I’ve been known to block my ears in grocery stores to try to avoid the worst of songs.

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I didn’t have obstacles to finish it. I really like to write so I’m not big into writer’s block. It must be fun for people who have it though. They get to work harder for the finish line. it tends to pour out of me. I think the hardest thing, come to think of it, was that I didn’t have a computer at the time, so I had to borrow one from a friend and write when they were asleep.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Basketball, my girlfriend, learning about medicine, teaching, nature, and Saami and Karelian and Finn culture.

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

They rule.

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

It seemed like a cool festival. And it is. Thank you for selecting my play. As far as feedback for the play, I didn’t know how to incorporate more backstory, so I left it as is so that I could hear it read. Kelly, in particular, did a great job of letting me hear the voice out loud, but everyone with your festival is great. Thank you to the cast and crew. Thank you very much.

Genre: Thriller, Drama

A lawyer has an award-winning actress come into a prison to teach his client how to cry on the stand.


Lawyer: Shawn Devlin
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Leeann: Kelly Seo
Teej: Abbas Wahab

Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 20-50 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every single month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto, and Los Angeles at least 3 times a month. Go to for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

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