Interview with Screenwriter Rodney Greenwood (ODE TO A)

1. What is your screenplay about?

A black rock star abuses alcohol to cope with the failures of the past and the reality of the present.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama

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

I think it says a lot in 12-pages. It also represents some of my own struggles and painful realities of dealing with alcohol and how it can abuse and destroy your body.

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

Deceptive euphoria.

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

Bad Boys(Michael Bay version)

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

A few months

7. How many stories have you written?

2 features, 3 comics, countless short films.

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

No Easy Way Out-Robert Tepper
From The Inside-Linkin Park

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

The pandemic, unemployment(first time in my working life) and watching my kids during it all.

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

The human experience.

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

I love FilmFreeway. The user interface and ease of submission is second to none. I’ve only had bad experiences with festivals, not the site.

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

Being a black festival was the first thing that caught my eye. I chose your festival because of the guaranteed feedback and the chance to have my script read by paid actors. I thought the latter was an awesome and unique concept for a festival. Thanks for that.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

In the clasp of the lifestyle, a black rock star teeters between invincibility and vulnerability. Incapable of knowing if tomorrow brings the former or the latter.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morris
LEN/OLD LEN: Shawn Devlin
DR. ROOSEVELT/OLD BLACK MAN: Bill Poulin
COSMO: Kyana Teresa
MARTI: Hannah Ehman
OTHER MAN: Andy Kamp

By matthewtoffolo

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

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