Interview with Screenwriter Carmine Bicchetti (HALFWAY TO HEAVEN)

1. What is your screenplay about?

Halfway to Heaven is the story of George “Georgie” Quinn, a big time movie director in 1930’s Hollywood, and his “Girl Friday” Cookie. When Georgie dies in the midst of making a musical, his ghost appears only to Cookie, and they assume that she’s got to help him finish the picture so that he can pass on to the other side. The best friends soon realize that Georgie’s unfinished business is not the picture, but helping Cookie achieve her dreams as a director.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Halfway to Heaven is a classic screwball comedy but rather than focus on romance, it’s characters are bonded by friendships.

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

I think I’ve taken an old genre and updated it by incorporating LGBTQ characters as well as a strong feminist angle, which speaks to today’s audience.

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

Sentimental screwball

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

Moonstruck

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

On and off about 18 months.

7. How many stories have you written?

This is my 4th screenplay and 2nd time in this festival.

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

“Just what I needed” by The Cars

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

I wrote this screenplay when I lost my father, I think writing about the fantasy of someone being able to communicate to you from the other side helped me cope with the grief I was going through.

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

I am quite an old soul, I love old movies, I love music and I love to cook.

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

It’s been nothing but surprising and fun. I can’t believe the success I have found.

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

I entered and won the festival last year, it was a great experience and the feedback I had received on that screenplay really propelled me to make it better. The feedback I received this time was eye opening and so constructive, I value the response from this festival more than any others I have entered as your readers really take the time to address the nuances of a script.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

When Hollywood’s biggest director dies, his drunken ghost remains on Earth to help his best girl Friday complete one last picture.

CAST LIST:

Narration: Allison Kampf
Wadsworth – Shawn Devlin
Henry/Georgie: Geoff Mays
Cookie: Julie Sheppard

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