Interview with Screenwriter Dedra L. Stevenson (LUMAN)

1. What is your screenplay about?

It’s about a woman of a certain age, who’s more or less given her life to her family, but feels that her sacrifice has been less than appreciated. She also can’t help but wonder if, it’s all because she didn’t really value herself enough, so her family didn’t?

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama, Family, Women, Inspirational

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

This screenplay should be made into a movie because so many women of my generation have made sacrifices for the good of their family, only to turn to food or other comforts because they don’t feel appreciated by the family, least of all their husbands. There may even be a slight tinge of jealousy for their daughters, as these girls are stronger and know what they want more.

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

Self-reflection and awareness.

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

As Good as it Gets

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

This one page screenplay (for this project) took me an afternoon to write because it was so close to my heart.

7. How many stories have you written?

8 books, with a 9th on the way. 4 Feature Screenplays and 2 short screenplays.

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

Hero by Mariah Carey

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

Finding the quiet place in the house, so that I could pay attention long enough.

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

Films and spending time on the beach.

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

Fairly good.

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

I was truly amazed and inspired.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

A middle aged woman discovers the secrets of her unfulfilled life and what’s missing from her story.

Narrator: Julie Sheppard
Lumen: Hannah Ehman


By matthewtoffolo

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

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