Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?
S.W. Andersen: A hardened cowgirl seeks revenge against the gang leader who killed her parents and forced her into his service while she learns to open her heart to the woman she loves.
2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?
western, lesbian romance
3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
One of the things people loved about the novel it was adapted from, and it’s sequel, was how the women were unapologetic about their sexuality and their non-conformity to old west ideas of femininity. It’s also a great story about embracing ones inner strength in the face of adversity and having to make the choice between love and revenge- two very powerful, life changing, motivators.
4. How would you describe this script in two words?
5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
“Raiders of The Lost Ark.” “Pretty Woman” is a close second.
6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
Over a year since I started the adaptation from my novel.
7. How many stories have you written?
I have five published novels in lesbian romance. There’s a few more ideas in the works, including another screenplay or two.
8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)
Boy, I don’t know that I really have a favorite. There’s several I’ve heard hundreds of times and still light up when they play…tons of 80’s songs, but I do have a deep fondness for George Michael’s “Freedom 90” and The Black Crows “She Talks to Angels.”
9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
Converting the story from a first person POV novel. Also, learning to stick to only what can be seen on screen.
10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
The mountains, travel, health, and my family.
11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?
FilmFreeway has been great. It is easy to use and allows me find many opportunities in one site. Like your festival.
12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
I wanted to dip my toe in the water and see how it would be received. Feedback was a driving source since it’s my first screenplay. The feedback received was excellent and has given me a clue as to what I need to tighten up.
Sarah Sawyer has spent the last ten years reliving a nightmare. Stripped of her innocence at the tender age of thirteen, she’s grown into a woman with nothing to lose and one thing on her mind.
Narration – Ariel Brooker
Jo – Georgia Grant
Sarah – Regan Brown