Interview with Screenwriter Jude Quintiere (UNDER THE ROSE)

Matthew Toffolo: What is you screenplay about?

Jude Quintiere: This is a true story of profound love between a vibrant young feminist and a nationally celebrated Roman Catholic priest, which takes place in the shifting beliefs of the 60’s. This transformational love affair was investigated by the FBI and violated the strictest taboos of society, Mother Church and family values. Their love spanned 20 years through the birth of their three children, all in absolute secrecy – Under the Rose -sub rosa.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?


Why should your screenplay be made into a movie?

My interest in writing this visual love story for the screen grows out of my catholic background of contradictions and unanswered questions, created by those tumultuous 60’s. This era of political stress, Vatican Two, and the war in Vietnam has become the DNA of my writing. I believe that this is a perfect time for this story to come to life.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Forbidden love.

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

“Jules and Jim”

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

One year.

How many stories have you written?


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

“Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The “adaptation” contract.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Art in History.

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


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

To see what other writers are doing.
Very good.

Watch Screenplay Reading:

Logline: During the tumultuous 60s, a vibrant feminist finds love with a celebrated Catholic priest, sparking a fierce war between the Church, the FBI, and a man who lived by the code, “Once a priest, always a priest”. Based on a true story.

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Flavia: Jennifer Misiorowski
Fatheer Flanagan: Joseph Ferrari
Father Patti: Sean Balllantyne
Harry: Sheldon Graham


By matthewtoffolo

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

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