Interview with Screenwriter J.A. Brown (Christian Morris)

What is your screenplay about?

Christian Morris is about the relationship between two best friends who have more in common then what they expected. The story is about growing up and taking responsibility for your actions and penance.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

It falls under Drama.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s a difficult and somewhat relevant subject in the world today. How many HIV medication ads to you see on TV? AIDS and HIV believe it or not affects a lot of people. I had a friend in the Military (Army) that was personally affected. He was gay and he slept with both men and woman. The story is loosely based on him. I couldn’t understand if he told any of the people he slept with. He was the real life Christian Morris.

We were in the same unit and we were friends. Once he got diagnosed with HIV the army shunned him and I always held his story in my head and one day I had to write it. He died in 2001 a year and a half after being diagnosed.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Freaking amazing…lol

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

Star Wars – The Empire Strikes Back and The Godfather part one and two.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

It took me 4 months to write. It’s been sitting on my computer for 5 years.

How many stories have you written?

I just completed my 6th Screenplay last week.

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

I listen to a lot of Jazz. I’ve listened to Kind of Blue by Miles Davis thousands of times.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Not a lot of Obstacles. Just getting my feet through the entertainment door I guess has been my biggest obstacle. I decided to wait my turn and someone will recognize my talents one day.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My beloved New York Yankees. I’m a diehard fan…lol

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

It’s been pretty easy. I just enter and cross my fingers that a script reader will believe in my work and move the process forward. It’s all about the reader with these festivals.

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

I really don’t know. I just entered something different each time hoping that this might be the one. As far as the feedback received. It was Awesome! As a writer, not all periods and commas are in the right place all the time and capitalizing Father and not capitalizing father has always been my issues since I first wrote my very first script in the 5th grade. The feedback was very helpful. I changed what was given to me the same day. I love criticism and reviews. It makes me a better writer.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

Logline: A man dying of AIDS reunites with his best friend to clear his conscience of his promiscuous past, and to lay to rest the life-long secrets kept between them.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Dominic: Geoff Mays
Christian: Steve Rizzo
Nurse Winters: Kyana Teresa
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By matthewtoffolo

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

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