Matthew Toffolo: What gave you the idea to write this very short story?
Ann G. Avery: My story is based on a work-in-progress screenplay that I started in my screenwriting class last year. I am in the process of re-writing it and haven’t yet decided whether it ought to be short or full-length.
2) How many stories/screenplays have you written?
In 2015 I wrote a short screenplay that won the best short screenplay award at the TeaDance Film Festival in South Carolina. After that, I returned to college and took screenwriting with John Shaw at Santa Barbara City College where I learned some of the finer points of the craft. I have several projects that are incubating which have been temporarily sidelined while I grapple with college algebra.
3) What movie have you watched the most times in your life?
I love quirky films that depict human frailty alongside human greatness. Little Miss Sunshine embodies that beautifully. I couldn’t, however, answer this truthfully if I didn’t include all of Federico Fellini’s films. In my film studies class I wrote about La Dolce Vita and the significance of the final scene with Paola and Marcello: He cannot hear her as she calls to him across the watery divide; there is a momentary recognition there, of something inside Paola, a purity, that Marcello has lost.
4) What’s your favorite thing about twitter? What’s your least favorite thing about twitter?
I love Twitter for its openness, but dislike the subtle classism that pervades. It reminds me of the popular kids in high school running everything all over again! But on the flip side, that can be approached as a good thing when it inspires one to stand up and be oneself in the middle of it all.
5) Who would you really like to have dinner with? (dead or alive)
My mother, who left us far too soon.
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Performed by Carina Cojeen
An Unexpected Rescue
by Ann G. Avery
Mia trembled as she struggled to open the door. Her keys slipped through her shaking fingers onto the ground. At the end of the hallway, moonlight illuminated the outline of a figure moving toward her. Then, the space was filled with light: Kai, the skateboarding angel, appeared. Kai pulled Mia into his arms, and they skated away.