Interview with Screenwriter Stephen Witty (Whittaker, Alger, and Dick)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Stephen Witty: The confluence of three political characters in the anti-Communist hysteria of the 1940s — Whittaker Chambers, Alger Hiss, and Richard Nixon–and the difficulty ever sorting out lies and getting to the bottom of the truth.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama mixed with comic interludes.

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

Because it’s a good story and relevant to these fraught times.

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

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

Citizen Kane

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

Including research, at least four years.

7. How many stories have you written?

A number of short stories, many poems, a novel, a couple of screenplays.

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

Quiet Girl (I believe that’s the title), the melody by Leonard Bernstein — not sure who wrote the lyrics.

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

My own impatience, feelings of dissatisfaction, and tendency.
to lose faith.

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

Horses. My wife and daughter, Jazz. Painting. Experiencing great art, in many forms.

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

Very positive, friendly and responsive to any questions that came up.

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

I wanted to get my screenplay made, well-made, and have the satisfaction of sharing the feelings underlying the story.

Watch Screenplay Reading: 

An interconnected story about Whittaker Chambers, Alger Hiss, and Richard Nixon against the background of the hysteria of the post-war 1940s.


Esther: Norma Dunphy
Narrator: Esther Thibault
Bagley: Isaiah Kolundzic
Chambers: Dan Cristofori

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