Interview with Screenwriter Steven Karageanes (SPORTS MED)

1. What is your screenplay about?

Sports Med is a 1-hour TV drama pilot that takes an inside look at the world of sports medicine, as a top notch group of doctors, trainers, and therapists slowly comes apart under internal pressure and external forces. They take care of the top athletes…college stars, Olympians, professionals. But a young damaged Latina physician joins the group, then the group’s founder is knocked out by a heart attack. In a world where you are only as good as the stars you take care of, we watch them struggle, scratch, and resort to ridiculous levels to stay on top of a very slippery hill.

2. What genre is this?:

DRAMA

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

This show combines two genres of drama (sports drama and medical drama) and sets it outside the hospital, something never done on TV before. We also tackle social issues of body image, racism, sexual assault, mental health, suicide, and healthcare access while zeroing in on personal themes of ego, competition, personal growth, and self-identity. Plus, we get to show sports behind the curtain—on the field, in the area, during training camp, locker room, training room, rehab, and so on.

4. The script in two words:

CAFFEINE PILL

5. What movie have I seen the most times in my life:

1. Star Wars OT, 2. Broadcast News

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

First conceived in 2006 (as Painkillers), started working on it in its current form since April 2020.

7. How many stories have I written:

Fifteen short films, four features, two TV pilots, and a bunch of sketches during my Second City days

8. Favorite song:

In The Hall of the Mountain King, by Grieg

9. What obstacles did I face writing this screenplay?

I needed to figure out who the audience surrogate would be to see this world. In 2006, I needed more experience in my life to bring this story forward, and the Me Too movement and protests against racism this year helped me realize how to frame that character.

10. Apart from writing, what else am I passionate about?

Caring for performing artists (I’m actually a sports medicine physician).

11. What has been my experience with FilmFreeway?

So far, my experience has been much more positive than Withoutabox.com, which was absolutely wretched. Better layout, easier access to materials, a more user-friendly system.

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

I have known of Wildsound for many years and submitted some of my early works. I wanted to get objective feedback and your reputation led me to submit to you. The feedback I received was very encouraging but also showed thoughtfulness, and most if not all of the critiques were things I understood and agreed. Feedback from some other festivals can be scattershot and incoherent. But Wildsound did a nice job of breaking my story down and explaining the rationale behind the critique.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

Karageanes

A young sports doctor desperate to work for professional sports teams tries to fit into a well-known sports medicine group after their world-famous surgeon suffers a heart attack.

CAST LIST:

Narration: Allison Kampf

Jillian: Kyana Teresa

Alexander: Bill Poulin

Freddie/Sports Dude: Sean Ballantyne

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