Interview with Screenwriter Samantha Hallenus (PUPPY PROMISE)

What is your screenplay about?

Puppy Promise is about a young male migrant child who is undetected by the government and is fearless.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

The subject matter is very timely due to all the migrant children coming into the United States.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Modern Adventure

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

I don’t know – Legally Blonde – I watched it a lot. Disney Animated films – I have watched some of those a lot too – some of my more recent favorites are Big Hero 6 and Meet the Robinsons. The Freshman with Matthew Broderick and Marlon Brando War Games – I’ve seen that one a lot. The first Harry Potter is my favorite and I’ve watched that one quite a few times. I don’t think I’ve watched a lot of newer movies as many times.

How many stories have you written?

Not sure, I think I have about 10 finished/working scripts – there are always small changes.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

As a child, I wanted to be an animator but my dream was taken away. I’m closer to 50 now but got a little less than four years to get there. I teach children’s art on Saturdays in my community. I like participating with the community in events especially when it comes to children and art. I’m trying to get more involved again as COVID restrictions lift.

What is your favorite meal?


What has been your experiences submitting to the FilmFreeway submission platform site?

It worked – like it better than that thing that is not user friendly at all or I would submit more. I think it is called CoverFly.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

Summary: Gunner, a young undocumented immigrant, is promised by a neighbor’s uncle a puppy. He needs to find a way to make it to the train station and make a delivery.


Narrator: Allison Kampf
Jorge (M): Bill Poulin
Gunner (M): Steve Rizzo
Johnny’s Mom (F): Hannah Ehman
Johnny (M): Andy Camp

By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival

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