Interview with Screenwriter Stuart Calloway (ONE YEAR IN AMHERST)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Stuart Calloway: The year 1969, and 15 year old Clark Calloway, because his father Calvin thinks he lacks a “work ethic,” goes to work at a gas station in Amherst. There he meets an older boy, Dan Mallow aka Tyro, who introduces him to marijuana. When Calvin discovers Clark’s drug use, they fall out. Later at the station Tyro extorts money from a customer, a 16 year old girl that Clark falls for; and in the resulting fallout from this theft/extortion both Clark and Tyro are forced to flee to a mountain hideout where Clark learns the truth about Tyro.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Family. Drama. Coming-of-Age. Teen romance.

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

Because PG-rated family movies can be big money makers. And because movies like “One Year In Amherst” can serve as an antidote to the obscenity, vulgarity and violence which currently dominates both film and television.

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

Authentic. Original.

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

“I, Claudius”, the BBC television adaptation of the Robert Graves’ novel.

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

I wrote the novella “One Year In Amherst” in 1981. I adapted it for film in 2017.

7. How many stories have you written?

I have written several stories and plays, in addition to one full-length novel, “Son of My Hope” (from which “One Year In Amherst” is excerpted). Almost all of my writing was done previous to 1985. After 1985, I had to go to work to support my wife and children. I retired from business in 2015.

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

I like Classical music. I also like to listen Broadway show tunes and other classic melodies sung by Linda Eder.

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

Getting back into the frame of mind I possessed when I first wrote the novella, in 1981.

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

I am a practicing Latter Day Saint (i.e. Mormon).

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

Film Freeway is a very nice interface. I only hope it is good for something other than winning awards (i.e., I would like to see my scripts produced).

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

After sitting in a drawer (literally) for over 30 years, I’m just trying to get my work out there.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

“One Year In Amherst” is a coming-of-age story with a dash of teen romance and sentimentality. The year is 1969 and 15 year old Clark is working at a gas station in Amherst. There he makes friends with an older boy, Dan Mallow aka Tyro, who introduces him to marijuana. When Clark’s father discovers this, they fall out. Later at the station, Tyro involves Clark in a theft, forcing them to flee to a mountain hideout where Clark learns the truth about Tyro.

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Clark: Aaron WIlliams
Liz: Barb Scheffler
Calvin: Andrew Ball

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