Interview with Screenwriter Phillip Hollins (BLACKBALLED)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Phillip Hollins: ‘Blackballed,’ centers on an awkward relationship between a black FBI agent and the newly elected white supremacist leader whose daughter, by some twist of fate, gets a heart transplant from the FBI agent’s son, causing them to flee together from hate group leaders who wish them harm.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Psychological thriller/drama

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

“Blackballed” tackles social issues in an entertaining way, yet is far from anything on TV today. You can say, made in the mold of “Breaking Bad” & “No Country for Old Men” but on steroids.

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

Intense and Explosive

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

Untouchables, Hacksaw Ridge & Mad Max: Fury Road

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

Always a work in progress.

7. How many stories have you written?

Over a dozen.

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

N/A. Way too many to name.

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

Blackballed involves a sensitive subject that’s fast and in your face. Yet was important not to over tell this story. When you finish reading the script, the one word I hope you’ll say is “Wow”.

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

Spending time with family and pets, making pizza, thinking of new ideas.

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

Filmfreeway allows us enter a variety of contests with hopes of competing at a larger scale.

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

All screenwriters want to know how their work stacks up among their peers. It’s important to gain traction. WILDSound has a reputation of being a solid contest. The feedback was great. It mirrored similar comments from other competitions.

Screenplay Reading: 

CAST LIST:

Bucky: Scott Hilton
Nicole: Nadine Charleson
Narration: Esther Tribault
Travis: Pierre Simpson
Dr. Pendergrass: Ron Boyce

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