Interview with Screenwriter Kip Pearson (NORTH BEACH NOIR)

1. What is your screenplay about?

This is a detective/noir story set in the 1950’s with the main character as a woman cross dressing as a man. This is an era where wearing more than 3 articles of clothing of the other sex could get you arrested, or worse. Mitch/Meesh settles into a new life in the old North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco to unravel a missing persons case as well as a few other cases. But Mitch, who passes well as a man, also just wants to live openly with his(her) girlfriend, Penny. Besides being a good detective story, it is also a glimpse into the lives of the LGBTQ+ community of that era.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Crime, Noir, LGBTQ+, History, Women

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

It’s a great story with characters we should all care about. There is not enough visibility for lesbian women on the masculine end of the scale and this film would showcase a very dynamic actor in the lead role. It is a piece of San Francisco history and an exciting world. The potential production design for a 50s era film could put it up there with The Marvelous Mrs Mail, The Queen’s Gambit and other period shows and movies. It is currently written as a 120 page feature but could also be produced as a limited 3-4-5 episode miniseries.

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

Badass Woman?

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

Life’s too short to watch the same movie too many times, there’s so much great content out there these days.

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

It was in my head for about a year, then I spent another 6-9 months researching and writing it.

7. How many stories have you written?

Quite a few, Probably 3-4 that could be produced.

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

Too many to list.

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

I love San Francisco and have spent time in North Beach. I guess the biggest obstacle was getting the first draft to a deadline I had set for myself. The rewrites came pretty easy after that.

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

Filmmaking in general, I’ve produced a short and hope to produce and direct a couple of things I’ve written.

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


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

I wanted a festival that had an LGBT focus as I think that is the best audience for this story, although I would hope it stands as a good crime/detective story on its own. The feedback was good and will look at some structural things that were suggested.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

Post- War San Francisco. A smart young detective with a dangerous secret lands in town to start a new life. But is it really safe for her anywhere.


Narrator: Allison Kampf
Hastings: Steve Rizzo
Mitch: Geoff Mays
Francine: Val Cole

By matthewtoffolo

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

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