Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?
Everett Moss: This story is about a Kurdish refugee that thinks he can earn the approval/praise/love of others by outworking everyone around him. This mentality was instilled in him as a young orphan and followed him to America – when he got adopted. Ultimately, he realizes that he doesn’t need to be “the best” in order to be loved and accepted.
2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?
Drama. Coming of Age.
3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
I think it gives a unique voice to a people group that isn’t often represented (the Kurds). It also tackles some big identity issues that young people face on a daily basis.
4. How would you describe this script in two words?
Heartfelt, and bittersweet.
5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
Probably Tombstone… Silver Linings Playbook is a close second.
6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
I finished this screenplay in about a year.
7. How many stories have you written?
I’ve written 3 screenplays, working on the 4th.
8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)
The song I’ve listened to the most recently would be… Probably… “Beer Never Broke my Heart” by Luke Combs.
9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
This was my first solo screenplay, so just a lot of trial and error.
10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?
Very easy, very helpful. 10/10. Would use it again.
12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
This script is still a work in progress and has gone through many drafts… There are still a few things I’d like to do with it, but I thought it was a story that needs to be told. I was pleased with the feedback I received.
In his senior year of high school, an adopted refugee learns that he doesn’t need to earn the approval of others, and in the process, gets better at coping with his anxiety.
Narration – KATELYN VARADI
Alex – 10 – LOGAN FORSYTH
Nabil – 13 – JOLLY AMOAKO