Interview with Screenwriter Justin Lifflander (THE PLOWSHARE PARADOX)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Justin Lifflander: My screenplay is about how the end of the Cold War changed the lives of players on both sides.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Romance, Drama

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

It tells an important and little known true story about how Americans and Russians worked together to reduce the risk of nuclear war, and got to know each other in the process.

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

Touching and insightful.

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

Monty Python and The Holy Grail

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

About seven years.

7. How many stories have you written?

One memoir (in English and Russian) and a half dozen short stories.

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

Talking Heads: Naïve Melody

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

Finding blocks of undisturbed time to focus.

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

Humanitarian clowning.

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

I think it’s a great platform for budding screen writers to seek out feedback and professional attention.

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

I liked the title of the festival, since my story is also a romance. The feedback I received was slightly useful. There were one or two bits of specific advice, but the rest seemed general and fawning, not terribly useful for helping me to improve my work.

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

When the arms race suddenly ended…

The Plowshare Paradox is the true story of two men whose lives are turned upside down at the end of the Cold War. Decorated hero Vladimir Sadovnikov spent his life proudly building nuclear weapons to defend his beloved country, his Party, his workers and his family. He disintegrates, both physically and emotionally, as the world he thought he knew and the system he believed in dissolve around him.


Narration: Carina Cojeen
Vladimir: Caleb Jaques
Defense Minister: Sean Ballantyne


By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival

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