Interview with Howard W. Robertson (THE FORGE)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Howard W. Robertson: Isaac McClure is caught between his mother’s Ehattesaht world and his father’s Scottish. Born at Fort Astoria in 1824, he conceals his Native American identity to come back over the Oregon trail in 1853. He becomes part of racist pioneer society, is outed by chance, and an intense peripeteia ensues.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama; Historical; Adventure; Western; Philosophical Tale.

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

Because racism among the Oregon Trail pioneers has not been adequately dealt with before this movie. We as a culture need to go through an honest re-evaluation of who we were, who we are, and who we will become.

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

Profound; revisionist.

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

Doctor Zhivago.

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

The screenplay took me six months to write.

7. How many stories have you written?

Two novellas, a book of stories, and a screenplay.

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

“The Moon and the Sky,” by Sade.

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

None.

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

History; Politics.

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

FilmFreeway is excellent.

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

I’m trying to get a movie made from my screenplay, and Screenplay Festival looked like it could help me do that.

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

Isaac McClure is caught between his mother’s Ehattesaht world and his father’s Scottish. Born at Fort Astoria in 1824, he conceals his Native American identity to come back over the Oregon trail in 1853. He becomes part of racist pioneer society, is outed by chance, and an intense peripeteia ensues.

CAST LIST:

NARRATION – Marcus Bernacci
Isaac – David Jackson
Royal – Neil Bennett

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