Interview with Screenwriter Michael Gaty (CRY FOR ME)

1. What is your screenplay about?

Cry For Me is a coming of age, queer self-love story whiich follows Sam, a young gay man on the pursuit to cry, who loses himself in an intimate affair.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Dramedy.

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

Honestly, I don’t think there’s been a more perfect time for this screenplay to be produced. It’s equal parts relatable in it’s comedy and heartbreaking in it’s tragedy. It forces it’s audience to ask themselves: what does it mean to be a man? Especially a gay man. And, can we love others before we learn to love ourselves?

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

Innately queer.

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

Stand by Me.

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

Hard to tell at this point, I think around 2 years in total.

7. How many stories have you written?

More than I’ve shared with the world.

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

Right now: If Only You Knew – Patti LaBelle. In general, probably Strangers in the Night by Frank Sinatra, or maybe Everytime We Say Goodbye, by Ella Fitzgerald.

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

Writing a screenplay (or anything for that matter) is like a marathon. The hardest part for me was trusting my gut, followed by sharing my work with others.

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

When I’m not working in the arts, as an actor or director, I tend to enjoy solitary activities. I’m a pretty avid gardener and baker.

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

During Covid-caused isolation, the one thing I had was my own work. So i combed through festival and contest guidelines, and figured if I could hear my words out loud, I would know if they are working or not. I always welcome the feedback! That’s how I learn.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

A coming of age, self-love story following a young gay man on the pursuit to cry, who loses himself in an intimate affair.

CAST LIST:

Sam: Steve Rizzo

Ken: Sean Ballantyne

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