Interview with Screenwriter Eva Bennett (THE MOUNTAINS ARE CALLING)

1. What is your screenplay about?

S​et in a small town nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, recovering heroin addict Mason Summers has just moved back in with his parents after a stay in rehab. The day after he arrives, he comes home to his darkest secret sitting on his couch- 18 year old Abigail Summers. The daughter Mason never told anyone about, who he gave up in secret weeks after her birth, the memory that has haunted him since. With nowhere else to go, Abigail is invited to stay at the Summers household until she sets out for college in the fall. Can Mason learn to be the father that Abigail has never had?

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Family Drama

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

The script takes a look at the damage generational trauma can cause a family, and the often painful process that healing that trauma can be. It also touches on the opioid crisis, and the affects that has on families. The script is heartwarming while also being real, and shows the grittier side of a family that has been through such difficult experiences, but also how those experiences can be overcome. The characters are relatable while being flawed, and you can’t help but root for them as the story unfolds.

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

Generational forgiveness.

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

Gosh, there are so many. Any of the Harry Potter movies! Besides those, probably The Perks of Being a Wallflower, A Walk in the Woods, and The Judge.

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

I first started writing the screenplay in 2018, when I was 24. But last year, I took a class on writing a screenplay, and completely rewrote the script from the beginning. So it feels like a completely different story from when I started.

7. How many stories have you written?

I’ve been writing stories for most of my life! I’ve got about five ideas currently that I’m working on developing.

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

State Lines – Novo Amor. I’ve actually got an extensive playlist I made for writing the script, and that’s what I listen to most often. Novo Amor features pretty prominently on it.

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

I had never written a screenplay before, and originally didn’t know anything about it. So I constantly had to push past feeling out of my element, or doubting my writing. But it was a lot of fun to learn a new way of writing and telling stories.

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

Music! I was a music major in college, and I love singing. I work in music currently.

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

It’s been a wonderful and overwhelmingly positive experience so far! I think it’s a great way to find out about new festivals, and get your work out there for the world to see.

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

The concept sounded unique, and like a great opportunity. Having the script performed is a dream, and hearing actors saying the lines I wrote felt so surreal. I’ve been really pleased working with this festival. I think the communication is helpful and prompt, and the opportunities presented are amazing to have access to! I also love getting feedback on the script, as it helps me to view it with a different perspective and improve the story, so I’ve been grateful for that.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

Set in a small town nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, recovering heroin addict Mason Summers moves back into his parents home after leaving rehab. The day after he arrives, he comes home to find the daughter he secretly gave up for adoption 18 years prior sitting on the couch. With nowhere else to go, Abigail Summers is invited to stay with the family, and Mason is confronted with the darkest secrets of his past. Can he learn to be the father Abigail has never had?

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Dale: Sean Ballantyne
Nurse/Edith: Kyana Teresa
Masion: Geoff Mays

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