Interview with Screenwriter Samantha Loney (HUSH)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Samantha Loney: My screenplay is a television pilot about an FBI psychologist who comes back from maternity leave to be tasked with watching over a former special agent to solve the only case that she’s let go cold. They find that a string of child abductions might have connections to a dark government conspiracy.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Procedural, crime thriller, mystery.

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

This show has two strong female lead and discusses topics that are relevant to today. Human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of women in America.

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

Dark, fearless.


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

The Exorcist.


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

2 years.

7. How many stories have you written?

I have been writing ever since I can remember, always working on something. But I have two completed feature scripts, and five original pilot scripts.

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

My favourite song is Solsbury Hill by Peter Gabriel.


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

The main obstacle is always the research. Finding ways to let myself be creative while staying true to cases that this piece is inspired by.


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

There is nothing I am more passionate than writing, but you can always find me watching documentaries or reading biographies. I am fascinated by people’s strong feelings toward Hillary Clinton, one of the most polarizing people of our times. I would love to write a biographical film of her one day.


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

FilmFreeway is an easy way to keep track of submissions and send your work to places.

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

I submitted to this festival because it is always helpful to hear your script being read, and I am always looking for feedback to make my work better.

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

A psychologist, back from maternity leave, is asked to review the mental state of a former FBI agent, who is brought back to solve a case that destroyed her career and home life.

Can you be a woman and have it all?

CAST LIST:

Narration: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Retired Man: Ted Powers

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