Interview with Screenwriter Edward Dorsey (HUGS NOT DRUGS)

1. What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay is about a goofy and chronic screw up father that accidentally ends up with a briefcase full of cocaine. He then has to figure out how to return the drugs while avoiding the cops and the cartel all before picking his kids up from orchestra practice.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Action/ comedy

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

This screenplay offers a ton of laughs with some heartfelt moments and action. It would be the perfect date night movie.

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

Slapstick Ozark

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

Probably a few good men.

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

It took about four months to outline and write but I’ve been tinkering with it here and there for about a year.

7. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written two original pilots and two spec scripts.

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

Six feet under the stars by all time low.

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

I had trouble figuring out how to end it on a cliffhanger. I originally extended the final scene but ended up cutting it so it came full circle from the beginning teaser. I was really happy with that.

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

I love hockey. Lately it’s been hard to watch since I’m a devils fan but this year is going to be a good year for sure.

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

I’ve had a really good experience. Submitting is always really simple and I can easily track how each submission turned out to see if I’m improving.

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

It was the perfect festival for my script in terms of genre and I knew the feedback was really going to help me step up the script.

My feedback was really good. There were some minor changes that I’m really glad were caught and some major suggestions that I was really excited to include.

I really want to thank you for including me in this festival. It was so exciting to be selected.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

A bumbling father trips and falls into the middle of a drug deal. The cartel and police are after him, but he still has to pick his kids up from orchestra practice.


Narrator: Val Cole
Jerry: Geoff Mays
Sheldon: Steve Rizzo


By matthewtoffolo

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

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