1. What is your screenplay about?
The plight of migrants today is a very sad, frustrating, and surprisingly controversial story. My story asks what would happen if a group of rescued migrants found an uncharted island location to live in peace and harmony. But, like the Eden in the Bible, there is trouble in paradise. The migrants find that their ideal island is run by pirates who divide them into three camps separated by 12-foot bamboo walls: Africans, South Asians, and Arabs; and, have turned each group against each other; each believing the pirates, whom they call Isleños, are protecting them from the other groups. The captain of their rescue ship along with 30 female passengers are held for ransom by the pirates so the challenge is for the remaining crew to convince the three warring villages to help mount a rescue.
2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?
I enjoy action/adventure films with a touch of humor. I believe “Finding Eden” falls into that category.
3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
Migration and the issues surrounding the hardships and heartaches of the people involved are worth seeing on the screen in my view.
4. How would you describe this script in two words?
5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
It took about six months to complete the research and write it.
7. How many stories have you written?
I have written six books on leadership (still available on Amazon) and five screenplays. It was suggested by a screenwriting group that I belong to in New Orleans that it would help get “Finding Eden” noticed more if I wrote it as a novel too. I have done that and we are a couple of months away from publication.
8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)
“Question” by the Moody Blues.
9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
Obstacles I faced included: obtaining reality checks on the actual travel routes of migrants across the Sahara and through the Mediterranean Sea; current screenplay formatting techniques (thanks to Dave Trottier for his feedback); and, being constantly unable to stop fussing with the final version of the story.
10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Leadership and personal temperament. I am the co-developer of “The Basic Elements of Temperament,” a model that assists new leaders enhance self-awareness. It is the subject of several of my books and I conduct workshops on it.
11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?
This was the first time I entered and was pleased with the results.
12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
Until you hear someone actually speak the lines you wrote, it is often difficult to see if you hit the mark or not. I wanted to experience that and felt extremely happy with the feedback I received.
Watch the Screenplay Reading:
“Captured along with 30 female asylum-seekers by modern-day pirates on a remote utopian island, Captain Anna Kruger struggles to escape while her rescue ship’s crew attempts to unite warring African, Arab and Asian villages to mount a rescue.”
Narration: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Chike: Bill Poulin
Desta: Geoff Mays
Kruger: Hannah Ehman