1. What is your screenplay about?
A teenage hustler has an encounter with a cop in 1970s NYC
2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?
3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
The script is not as straightforward as it seems. On surface level, it might seem like a standard LGBT movie about a sex worker, but both characters are potentially straight, but have a same-sex encounter. The reasons for each might be the same or might be different. It’s important to me, as a writer, to keep character motivations open and vague in the actual writing itself so that the director and actors can have more freedom with how they interpret it. With that said, I try my best to include hints and small persuasive elements in the writing to help steer them where I want them to go. This story, I feel, takes a standard approach to LGBT storytelling, but flips it on it’s head. In response you have two strong-willed characters battling for power in one moment of connection.
4. How would you describe this script in two words?
5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
Probably Steel Magnolias haha
6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
The first draft was originally written about 6 years ago.
7. How many stories have you written?
Dozens, but I have so many ideas that haven’t been put down on paper yet.
8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)
Hm, I don’t think I have a favorite song. However, I do love Two Doors Down by Dolly Parton!
9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
The original was missing something and it took me about 6 years to realize what it was. I made a tweak in who one of the characters is and the time period of the script – from there on it was smooth selling because it finally clicked.
10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Very much into hiking and camping – being outdoors.
11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?
This was my first entry using FilmFreeway and it was super easy to use.
12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
I’m usually very private with my writing, but I felt it was time I took a chance on hearing what others thought. This was a story I felt very confident in and so I took the chance and submitted. I was very pleased with the reading I received and felt the mood and tone was able to be understood from the writing, which is always a huge concern for me. I usually feel people might not “get it” but I felt you guys did.
Watch the Screenplay Reading:
A teenage hustler and a cop have an encounter on the streets in 1970’s New York City.
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Cop: Allan Michael Brunet
Hustler: Steve Rizzo