Interview with Screenwriter Robert W. McKnight (CALLE OCHO)

1. What is your screenplay about?

1. The screenplay Calle Ocho is about yet another close U.S. Senate election in Florida intersecting with a once in a life time chance for freedom in Cuba, after Castro.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

The genres are political, thriller, and women themed.

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

It should be made into a movie to lay a foundation for serious talking again about public policy and America’s founding principles.

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

Absolute Integrity.

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

“A Few Good Men.”

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

10 Years.

7. How many stories have you written?

A dozen.

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

America by Neil Diamond.

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


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

My family.

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

I have had a very positive experience with Film Filmfreeway

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

I entered the festival to publicize Calle Ocho. The initial feedback from producers, studios, and investors has been poor.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

“A critical election in Florida intersects with the opportunity for real freedom in Cuba.”

Logline: When the smart and beautiful daughter of a wealthy Cuban refugee (the most powerful conservative voice in Florida) becomes a U.S. Senator, she works cleverly and clandestinely to defy both her father and accepted political precedent to abolish the U.S. Embargo.


Narrator: Kyana Teresa
Aleja: Julie Sheppard
Senator Carreras: Geoff Mays


By matthewtoffolo

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

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