1. What is your screenplay about?
My story is about self-acceptance, even if you don’t fit “the norm,” so that you can confidently step into the best version of yourself.
2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?
Comedy, dramedy, fantasy, female-driven
3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
So that people, particularly women, can see that it’s okay to be bold, outspoken, and live unapologetically outside of the lines of conformity. Plus, this screenplay has three fantastic roles for older female actors, which serves an audience demographic that is sorely lacking.
4. How would you describe this script in two words?
Forgiveness and Acceptance
5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
The Wizard of Oz (I watched it over and over as a kid, and several times as an adult)
6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
At least 15 years. The story weaves together several stories of my past that I’ve used in my comedy routines and comedy blogs (I’m a comedian).
7. How many stories have you written?
Hundreds–If you count books and magazine articles I’ve written, plus my blog posts, comedy routines, speeches, screenplays and teleplays.
8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)
September by Earth, Wind, and Fire
9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
It was hard to determine where and how to end the story. The story in the screenplay is based on my life—which is an ongoing story.
10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
My family, my friends, my dog, music, travel, the beach, hiking remote trails
11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?
It was easy as pie. Everything worked as expected.
12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
I researched several festivals and screenplay contests and I was impressed with the level of quality of past winners in this one. And after my screenplay became one of those esteemed winners, I was extremely impressed with the feedback and notes I received. There is one suggestion in particular that I’m very excited about, and I plan to address it in my next rewrite.
Watch the Screenplay Reading:
After being told her whole life she’s “a bit much,” an outspoken middle-aged woman has an existential crisis when a first date asks her, “Do you want red or white wine?” Unsure how to answer, she retreats to the restroom in embarrassment, where both sides of her psyche recount her past to help her determine if authenticity is a plus or a minus when it comes to new relationships.
Narration: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Waiter: Andy Camp
Robert: Geoff Mays
Marlene: Kyana Teresa