Interview with Screenwriter MIGUEL ANGEL PARRA ANGUITA (THE PINK HOUSE)

What is your screenplay about?

Basically, the story tells us that there is a place, a home for everyone. ‘The pink house’ tells the story of Pablo, a gay guy with problems to accept his age. He lives like a youngster and never thought about LGBTI senirors. Accidentally he meets Star, an old transexual who ‘lives’ in the bar that Pablo has just bought. She makes Pablo realize how hard her life was and tells him about the situation of abandonment she and her friends live in. Pablo becomes aware of how much they worked for his actual rights and joins a crazy and funny race to find a place for Star to live in.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy, but with a social background

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

I think we owe it to the ones who came before us, the ones who fought for us to have freedom and other civil rights. Specially, the men and women who fought for LGBTI rights.

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

Fun, necessary

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

‘The NeverEnding Story’, when I was a kid.

‘Women on the verge of a nervous breakdown’, when I was young.

‘Big fish’, in the last years.

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

One year. I started it when I was studying at New York Film Academy on May 2020 and endend last spring, during the quarantine.

7. How many stories have you written?

I have lots of them, short stories, plays and scripts. ‘The pink house’ is my first feature film. Now I am working in a new one. I have some short film scripts. One of them, ‘The eternal angels’, has just been shot in August and will premiere in November.

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

Probably, ‘Because you loved me’, by Celine Dion. And since I lived in NY, I listen the ‘Hamilton’ soundtrack in loop.

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

There were so many things I wanted to tell that it was really hard to cut it, make it shorter, to ‘kill’ some characters… And also to keep the balance between the comedy tone and the hard story I wanted to tell.

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

I love to spend time with my friends and family, specially my nieces and my nephew. Plus I’m looking forward to travelling again.

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

Since I discovered FilmFreeway, it only gives me good news. The first festival I submitted ‘The pink house’ was the Madrid International Film Festival and a few days ago they gave me an award. ‘The pink house’ was one of the five Best Unproduced Scripts. I also reached the semifinals at the Nashville International Film Festival, and I got published the script and put on sell on Amazon thanks to the All Genre Screenwriting Contest. I got all of that thanks to FilmFreeway, so… thanks!

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

As ‘The pink house’ is a movie with a LGBTI story, so I found very interesting that a specialized festival like yours could tell me what they thought about the script. And the feedback was amazing! When I heard those professional actors playing my script, I started to cry!

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

Pablo, a hedonistic homosexual with problems to accept his age, meets Star, a transsexual who used to perform at the gay bar that Pablo just bought and in which he wants to open a disco. Shocked by the harsh history of her life and the situation of abandonment in which Star and some of her friends find themselves, Pablo joins a group of activists in a crazy and fun race to get a safe place for older LGBT people, In spite of the oabstacles that a homophobic town councilor puts on them.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
Raul: Scott Beaudin
Pablo : Steve Rizzo
David : Allan Michael Brunet

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