Interview with Screenwriter Gregg Greenberg (SARAH STARTUP)

1. What is your screenplay about?

SARAH STARTUP is about a young woman who will not get married until she takes her company public on the New York Stock Exchange. Sarah’s grandmother, however, has a different plan for her.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

SARAH STARTUP is a Rom-Com, but not a traditional one. Unlike most romantic comedy heroines, Sarah does not want to settle down – at least not until she attains corporate success. Her cagey grandmother, on the other hand, fools her into falling for three very different suitors: a crunchy yoga instructor, a hunky Latin American baseball executive and a nice Jewish boy with a business ambition that mirrors Sarah’s.

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

First of all, SARAH STARTUP is flat-out funny. Its characters are hilarious, diverse and unforgettable. SARAH STARTUP also tugs at the generational heartstrings as the relationship between Sarah and her grandmother unfolds.

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

SARAH STARTUP is uniquely classic.

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

My co-writer Christopher Kublan and I wrote and produced a comedy called FRIENDS AND ROMANS which was on Netflix after winning multiple film festivals. FRIENDS AND ROMANS also has a lot of heart, focusing on a father’s relationship with his daughter.

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

We’ve been working on Sarah Startup about two years. We also created a 60 minute pilot version which has fared well in film festivals and screenplay competitions.

7. How many stories have you written?

Aside from SARAH STARTUP and FRIENDS AND ROMANS, I’ve written a handful of plays that have been staged off-off Broadway in NYC, as well as in Florida. One of my plays is a Godfather parody titled Clemenza & Tessio Are Dead which is always a fan favorite.

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

My favorite song is probably Can’t Hardly Wait by the Replacements. Or any song by the Replacements. Greatest band of all time. Fight me if you disagree.

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

Chris and I have written together before so we have a good working shorthand. That makes the writing process easier. Finding the time (and energy) to write always seems to be the toughest part.

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

Kosher deli. I am passionate about Jewish deli. It’s a cuisine that is dying in a number of cities as more Kosher delis close. That is why I am trying to singlehandedly keep the Kosher deli alive even if it kills me. And judging by my cholesterol levels it very well might. So somebody please make SARAH STARTUP soon. I want to be around to see it.

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

I love FilmFreeway. It makes the submission process simple. And it helps you track the progress of your screenplay. The hard part of marketing a screenplay is simply not knowing its status. FilmFreeway helps alleviate that concern.

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

Frankly, I’m not sure what influenced me to enter this particular festival, but I’m glad I did!

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

Sarah won’t get married until she takes a company public. Her grandmother has another idea.


Narration: Hannah Ehman
Announcer: Geoff Mays
Man’s Voice – Andy Camp
Woman’s Voice – Allison Kampf
Sarah: – Kyana Teresa

By matthewtoffolo

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

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