Interview with Screenwriter Carmine Bicchetti (TUXEDO TERRACE)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Carmine Bicchetti: At a dinner party in the Hollywood Hills, Lorenzo and Kitty (with the help of some Hollywood legends and a few unexpected guests) must convince an immigrations officer that their phony marriage is actually legitimate; or else Lorenzo could risk deportation.

Lorenzo is an Italian immigrant who’s one of the biggest hair stylists at MGM, he also happens to be homosexual, as is his wife, Kitty and her live in girlfriend Lisette.

When the INS begins investigating the validity of their marriage, Lorenzo & Kitty throw a dinner party to convince the inspector that their relationship is real so that Lorenzo can stay in the country.

Thanks to some uninvited guests, the dinner party quickly turns disastrous as the trio find hiding their secret is harder than they imagined. To make matters worse, Lorenzo thinks he’s falling in love with the INS inspector, who might be hiding a secret of his own. Hijinks ensue throughout the evening and make for a memorable visit to Tuxedo Terrace.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy with lgbt themes

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

Hollywood in the 1950’s was a machine that produced some of the most memorable entertainment in History; yet most of the industry was leading a double life, trapped in the closet and unable to live freely. Although Tuxedo Terrace is a wacky comedy, it highlights a story that hasn’t been told and reminds us of those who paved the way for today. I wrote this story as an homage to the men and women who produced beautiful art for the world while hiding in the shadows. Inspired by the films they made, and influenced by their glamour and sophistication. My dream is to share this story with the world, so we can pay respect (and have a laugh while were at it)

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

Classic Screwball

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

Moonstruck

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

2 years

7. How many stories have you written?

Blogs, travel essays and a few short skits

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

Into The Groove by Madonna

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

Trying to pay homage to the very serious issues of homophobia and immigration while also being funny.

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

Food! Born & raised in restaurants, I am very passionate about food and cocktails.

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

It’s been wonderful and I am very fortunate to have a lot of success thus far.

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

? I was looking for festivals that would understand the themes of my story and would be supportive of queer writers. The initial feedback I received was extremely constructive and truly helped me develop my story into something I am very proud of.

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

When the government begins to inspect their marriage, a gay immigrant and his lesbian wife throw a dinner party in an attempt to fool the INS; but soon realize that they aren’t the only ones hiding something.

CAST LIST:

Lisette: Bianca Alongi
Lorenzo: Ryan Singh
Narrator: Val Cole
Chip: Geoff Mays
O’Sullivan: Neil Bennett
Kitty: Elle A

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