Interview with Writer Brett Thomas (IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK)

1. What is your screenplay about?

Set in mid-1980s San Francisco during the AIDS pandemic, If These Walls Could Speak is an exploration of counterculture sexuality, protest against homophobia, and survival.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Experimental Documentary along the lines of Terrence Daivies “Of Time and the City”

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

If These Walls Could Speak documents how marginalized communities rallied to the sides of those afflicted by HIV and AIDS, in the process redefining what it means to be a victim, patient, survivor, and a true friend. Today, in the midst of another world health crisis, this film is a moving portrait of how to thrive during a pandemic.

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

Pandemic Timeliness

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

“Dreamwood” by James Broughton, “Meshes in the Afternoon” by Maya Deren, ‘Eraserhead” by David Lynch. “Day of the Locust” by John Schlesinger A room with a View by James Ivory.

6. What made you want to write stories?

Trying to make peace my experience during the AIDS epidemic and finding others are also ready to explore theirs.

7. What has been your experiences working with the FilmFreeway submission platform site?

FilmFreeway has provided me a method to submit my film “I’ll Cry Tomorrow” to audiences I couldn’t have otherwise reached.

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By matthewtoffolo

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

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