Interview with Screenwriter Gloria Browne-Marshall (Sergeant Freeman)

1. What is your screenplay about?

African-American Army Sergeant Stella Freeman’s college-bound daughter Keisha goes missing on the day Freeman becomes the first woman to train the Army’s new Urban Terrorism platoon. A single mom and widow, Freeman is fighting to find her daughter while the Army pressures her to represent women in this life-changing assignment to lead the platoon, filled with in-fighting soldiers. To rescue her daughter, Sergeant Freeman must enter the enemies’ lair of White supremacists led by a rogue ex-military criminal terrorizing a poverty-stricken Pennsylvania town he’s using to hoard weapons for a race war.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Action/Drama

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

“Sergeant Freeman” captures the imagination and emotions of all parents who must fight to save their children while remaining a tense mystery that exposes the theater-goer to the frightening world of America’s domestic terrorists and as a compelling story of good or evil.

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

Avenging Mother

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

Hidden Figures
Braveheart

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

2012

7. How many stories have you written?

One screenplay, 8 books, 4 published poems, 7 produced stage plays and 5 short stories.

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

“Do right Man/Do right Woman” by Aretha Franklin

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

I spent a great deal of time, effort and money on screenwriting classes, books, research and years refining the script. My obstacles continue to be finding the constructive input of film producers to help refine my screenplay into the best work possible.

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

Social justice.

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

Filmfreeway has been a great site for me to use.

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

“Sergeant Freeman” is a compelling story and unusual because the protagonist is a Black single mother with a teenage daughter.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

African-American Army Sergeant Stella Freeman’s college-bound daughter Keisha goes missing on the day Freeman becomes the first woman to train the Army’s new Urban Terrorism platoon. A single mom and widow, Freeman is fighting to find her daughter while the Army pressures her to represent women in this life-changing assignment to lead a Special Urban Forces platoon but it’s filled with in-fighting soldiers. To rescue her daughter, Sergeant Freeman must enter the enemies lair of White supremacists led by a rogue ex-military criminal terrorizing a poverty-stricken Pennsylvania town he’s using to horde weapons for a race war.

CAST LIST:

Narration: Steve Rizzo
Carruthers: Sean Ballantyne
Danzer: Bill Poulin
Freeman: Kyana Teresa
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