Interview with Screenwriter Kim Renner (EYES OF A SWAMI)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Kim Renner: The screenplay is about Liv, a young American girl who travels to India in search of ways to better herself. She wants to heal the emotional pain she experiences from the lack of a father figure she has had in her life until now. Niraj, one of the founders of the ashram she calls home for the next few weeks, seems to begin filling this role as they slowly form a close bond. She immediately notices the mystical traits he seems to embody. When another teacher in the ashram sexually harasses Liv one evening, Niraj finds out. He avenges her violator and drives him away from the ashram, but he drags his oppressed wife along with him. Liv swears her intentions on helping to liberate her offender’s wife, all the while having to navigate the cornerstones of Indian culture and protocols. Niraj promises to mentor Liv in the secretive, supernatural powers of meditation and chakra activation. With his help, she finds a way to set her free, allowing her to be with who she truly wants. Liv faces her own demons and heals her childhood traumas, vowing to dedicate her life toward helping others learn to do the same. Through this experience, she has found her purpose.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Action/adventure

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

It’s entertaining, is enlightening and educational with regards to the Indian culture, and its message is positive and impactful.

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

Adventurous and entertaining

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

The Lord of the Rings Pt. 1

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

It took about 3 months to write.

7. How many stories have you written?

Around 10-12

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

Fast Car – Tracy Chapman

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

I faced many, but the main was time. I was in Edinburgh when I started it, and was planning to travel throughout Europe. I didn’t want to completely lose myself writing the script without losing myself in my travels a little too, so I had to find a healthy balance.

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

I’m also a yoga teacher, so I’m pretty passionate about helping people diminish their anxieties, stresses, and more through yoga and meditation. I love being a vehicle for my students that brings them somewhere else entirely—it’s no longer about me, but completely about them and their experience.

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

I like the platform; it’s organized and easy to use.

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

I wanted to get some valuable feedback on my writing so I can continue improving. I agreed with pretty much all the feedback I was given.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

Liv seeks out change in her life. She knows there is something missing, and that these issues lie within her deep past. She embarks on a journey to an ashram in India where she learns healing through yoga. She fills her missing father-figure void with an unlikely person. When she is violated by a teacher in the compound, her new mentor vows revenge on her behalf.

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
NIrja: Hartley O. Gyamfi
Liv: Jennifer Misiorowski

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