Interview with Screenwriter Edward Tyndall (Feliz Navidad)

1. What is your screenplay about?

Feliz Navidad takes a look at dismantling traditional gender roles in a warm comedy set in the heart of Tejano America.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Feliz Navidad is a lighthearted comedy.

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

I think the film explores a culture and subject matter that doesn’t receive as much representation as it could in film. It’s also a comedy that crosses cultural divides and speaks to innate human truths regarding love, family and the importance of acceptance.

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

Heartfelt and compassionate.

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

Apocalypse Now.

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

Six months.

7. How many stories have you written?

Ten (including one piece of short fiction).

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

The Streets of Laredo by Harry Jackson.

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

I’m an obsessive re-writer so getting the script to a place where I feel like I can put it into the world is ALWAYS a challenge.

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

I love working in documentary as well as writing narrative films.

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

I’ve found Film Freeway to be very easy to work with. I love it as a submission platform.

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

I entered the festival because of the focus on animation and writing as well as the feedback component. I found the feedback to be great! I’ve had a wonderful experience with the festival thus far.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

Luis just wants to bake cookies, but his tough-as-nails father has other plans, until a South Texas miracle makes everyone rethink the meaning of love and acceptance. Feliz Navidad takes a scrumptious look at dismantling traditional gender roles in this warm comedy set in the heart of Tejano America.

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Hannah Ehman

Writer Biography – Edward Tyndall

Edward Tyndall’s award-winning films have screened at top international film festivals including the Tribeca and London Film Festivals. His screenplays have won and placed at premiere screenwriting competitions including the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, the Denver Film Festival, the Oaxaca Film Festival and the Austin Film Festival’s Screenwriters Conference. His documentary work has aired on television in the US and Canada, and has been distributed internationally.

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