Interview with Poet Anika Anderson

1) What is the theme of your poem?

The theme of the poem is self discovery. Finding one’s true self.

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

I began a journey of self discovery by making the choice to have a deeper relationship with The Most High (creator of heaven, earth and me).

I began to take a deeper look at who I was, what my life was like up until this point and who I am in Him. A healing process began that helped me to begin to see things differently. It helped to change the way I looked at life. It helped me to be grateful for small things and I began to discover my worth and purpose. This journey is a continual process and as each day passes I am learning more and more.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

I have been writing poems on and off for several years and I have watched it change and evolve.

4) If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would

that be?

I know this says one person but there are two people I would like at the table Maya Angelou and Lisa Nichols

5) What influenced you to submit to have your poetry performed by a

a professional actor?

I wanted to share my poetry with others and I wanted to know what it would sound like being read by a professional actor. I wanted the emotion of the poem captured. If it being read can provide encouragement to one person then it was worth it.

6) Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

I started a short script which I am in the process of completing. There are also two books that I am also working on.

7) What is your passion in life?

To share my life experience and what I have learned with others in order to provide encouragement. To share my voice and encourage others to find theirs.

Live Again, Anika Anderson

Alive but not living
Surviving but not thriving
Wearing masks, hiding identities
Controlled but not in control
Conforming to roles, titles and positions
Giving all but feeling empty
The meaning of me lost
A life summed
On that precipice of life, I awakened to a revelation
That the the key to me was found in my Creator
The Creator and His creation a relationship never fully explored
So I began seeking to know and understand
About my purpose and design in His master plan
What I discovered was peace, love , joy, trust and intimacy with Him
Most of all I discovered how to live again

Interview with Writer Kristen Andersen (Kissing Fish)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your short story about?

Kristen Andersen: Kissing Fish is about an intense connection with nature, one’s mother, and deep feelings of love, joy, and confidence.

2. What genres would you say this story is in?

The story is under a category or genre I like to call, “Unconscious Fiction”. However, I think it could be generally categorized as a short story, fiction, or maybe even fantasy?

3. How would you describe this story in two words?

Heartfelt and Intuitive

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

I have seen these movies countless times in my life and know the dialogues like a sing-along: Jurassic Park, Club Paradise, Return of the Jedi, Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone, and The Darjeeling Limited.

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

I have multiple favorite songs and being a musician too, I have to name them all. :O)

Pink Floyd, Fearless; Eric Clapton version of, Classical Gas; The Kinks, Strangers & This Time Tomorrow; Led Zeppelin, Bron-Yr-Aur; Shankar Jaikishan, Title Music from Merchant Ivory’s Film Bombay Talkie; Billie Holiday versions of, Them There Eyes & The Very Thought of You; Culture, Pyaka; Bob Dylan, A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall; Chris Cornell, Sunshower; Jimi Hendrix, May This Be Love; David Bowie, Sound & Vision; Ravi Shankar, Raga Rasia; Favorite Soundtrack, The Darjeeling Limited; Acustalapse, Universe.

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

All-time favorite will always be, William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

7. What motivated you to write this story?

My prolific and consistent dreams inspire and motivate me to write an 11 Volume series called Unconscious Memories and the story “Kissing Fish” is from Volume I: Up to the Dreamer. Volume II: Dream into the Music is coming out soon and I am extremely excited to continue writing!

8. If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

I knew you said 3 famous hilarious actors/artists/musicians to have dinner with…

❤ Jack Black-Jim Carrey-Steve Carell ❤

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

Apart from writing, I am passionate about music, fine art, plant life, and education.

10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I love the idea of my writing coming to life through performance. I would really like to see my book series grow and inspire others to connect with their unconscious minds and learn from their dream memories!

11. Any advice or tips you would like to pass on to other writers?

Never stop writing and always believe in your voice!

Watch the Short Story Reading:

Performed by Allison Kampf

Kissing Fish is about an intense connection with nature, one’s
mother, and deep feelings of love, joy, and confidence. It is based-on
a dream memory of mine and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did
dreaming it!

—-

Interview with Filmmaker Evan Skladany (BE MORE WITH MEMORE)

BE MORE WITH MEMORE was the winner of BEST PERFORMANCES at the September 2020 Under 5 Minute Film Festival. 

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?
SNL’s second at-home episode really motivated me on this particular project. Suddenly all those famous comedians were making shit in their houses, just like I’d been doing during quarantine. I had the idea already in a list of comedy ideas I keep, but it was Kyle Mooney’s sketch “What’s My Name” that sparked something. He duplicated himself in his house for this party where all the guests were him. The second I saw it, I was like, “Oh shit that’s right you can do that!” 

From there, I became highly motivated once I got other people involved. I asked a neighbor to do the voice-over, and she said yes. She does professional voice work, so I realized I’d better have a script to show her. She sent back the recording pretty quickly, and then my friend put music behind it, and it was off to the races.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?
Oh god, probably two months. It’s always longer than I’d like.

3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?Pharmaceutical Nightmare.

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?
Aside from figuring out the effects (which was actually fun for me), and how to have my neighbor shoot me safely during quarantine in New York, my biggest obstacle tends to be myself. Gotta fight fear and laziness constantly. 


5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?
Pure joy and gratitude. It’s such a treat to have that video. You can never hear enough about your own work, especially when it’s positive, but this festival is special because of this feature. So cool to hear the things people noticed or appreciated, and the different ways the film registered with different viewers. 

WATCH THE AUDIENCE FEEDBACK VIDEO:


6. How did you come up with the idea for this short film?
I’ve always wanted to parody a drug ad–those barrages of side effects are so crazy. There’s one out there now that says, “Do not take this drug if you’ve traveled to a country where fungal infections are common.” What countries are those? I probably wrote the idea down late-night while I was watching something like that on TV. I kept looking at the note I wrote and thinking, “That one might work.” 

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?
Dazed and Confused. I love movies that make you feel like you’re living in the film with the characters, and Dazed and Confused does that better than anything I’ve seen. 

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?
I love it. It’s like the common application for college–one click and you can send everything over. It’s very labor-saving.

9. What song have you listened to the most times in your life?
No One Knows, by Queens of the Stone Age. It never gets old. 

10. What is next for you? A new film?

I have a French chef character, Guillaume Robert, whom I created at some open mics just before quarantine, and I’ve made a couple shorts featuring him since. I took a family vacation and got a bunch of footage for Guillaume on Cape Cod, which I’m trying to edit into something coherent now.  

Interview with Filmmaker Armeara Blackwell (THROUGH THESE EYES)

THROUGH THESE EYES played to rave reviews at the September 2020 Experimental, Dance, Music Festival. 

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Armeara Blackwell: I had been watching, even from a younger age, all of the police brutality and race related that had been taken place in the US and it always broke my heart. It was the recent stories like Breonna Taylor’s, George Floyd, and  Ahmaud Arbery that gave me that extra push to wantto express how I felt. What better way to express myself then the only way I knew how, through dance. My social media had been flooded with BLM, frustration, hurt, anger, injustices, police brutality, protests, and other things of that nature. I wanted to use my platform, even if I didn’t have thousands of followers or likes, I wanted to make my platform a safe place to express the emotions of those recent events. This could have just been another dance that I choreographed, recorded on my phone, and put in my back pocket. However, it deserved much more than that. The world needed to see this piece, they needed to see that even the youth are hurting, they needed to see that we will no longer be silenced. 


2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

It took about 2 weeks. 


3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?

The 2 words I would have to use to describe this film would be, Powerful & Relevent. 


4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

Personally, I think my biggest obstacles was choosing which shots to place in the final product of the video. I had a slight idea of what I wanted, but we had a lot of good content which made it hard to decide. Huge shoutout to my videographer and editor. 


5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

I was overwhelmed. Completely overwhelmed with joy at these amazing reactions. Not one person had anything bad to say about it and I couldn’t be happier. I couldn’t help but smile while watching and listening to all of the feedback. It is greatly appreciated. 

WATCH THE AUDIENCE FEEDBACK VIDEO:

6. How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

One night I was up trying to choreograph a dance to send to my friends so they could learn it. I had went through a bunch of different songs, but each time a chose a song I couldn’t think of any movement. Then I had come across this song that I’d initially saw on Instagram. I put The song on, stood up, and the movement just started flowing out of me like a waterfall. I started and finished the piece that same night. I recorded myself doing it and as I sat back watching the piece I started to get visions/ideas for a concept video. I had always wanted to do a concept video and what better way to start than here. It’s relevant, powerful, it has a message, it’s impactful, and it’s coming from the youth. I showed The recording to my mother the next morning and she too said that I needed to do an official video. Thus, “Through These Eyes” was born. 

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?


I’ve seen a lot of Tyler Perry plays/movies. It motivates you, but it also gives you a good laugh. 


8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?


I think it’s great! It allows you to build your own platform as well as choose from a variety of film festivals. It allows you to literally choose the festival that best fits you and there’s something for everybody. It also gives you an opportunity to submit to multiple festivals giving yourself more exposure. I would highly recommend it and I’ll be submitting again. 

9. What song have you listened to the most times in your life?

I find that the music that I listen to the most is the music I can vibe out to. Music that I turn on late at night that’s slow and I’ll just dance to it in my room. No cussing, not even a lot of singing, it just music that you can flow to and allow it to move through your body. 


10. What is next for you? A new film?

I want to dance. I want to take/teach classes and yes make a new film in the near future. 


Here is the link to the video on YouTube: 
https://youtu.be/5ev3GEX3oe4
Here is the link to the video on Instagram: 
https://www.instagram.com/tv/CBn2QkNnlOJ/?igshid=16fxz8jfpzc9p

Interview with Filmmaker Björn Granberg (ART IS ANGST)

ART IS ANGST was the winner of BEST ANIMATION at the August 2020 Animation Feedback Film Festival.

 Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Björn Granberg: I have always been interested in the art of animation. 

Using 3d software suits me well, since it combines technical aspects with artistic creation. 

The animation short, Art is Angst, first of all started with my intention to 

develop my animation skills, and to learn more about the software.

The idea to the story began with my intention of creating characters that could communicate emotional expressions without using words.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

It actually took a couple of years… about four, I think. 

I started the short with some vague ideas about the characters, and then began modelling them. During this process I decided to switch software, which caused some more work. 

I also think that I could have used a more efficient workflow. Hopefully that will shorten the time to complete my next animation short. 

However, Art is angst, has been a side project apart from my ordinary job as a teacher. 

Besides that, I have made it all by myself, including sounds for example. 

3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?

Brutal and Breaking

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

As an independent creator there can be problems with getting the time to focus on a project. I have though learnt to work in shorter moments, with a lot of breaks. 

Another thing is that I decided to make Art is Angst by myself. That was very enjoyable and a great learning experience for me, but of course made the whole process longer.

And obviously there were problems of a technical nature. I suppose everyone working digitally knows what mean. The earlier in the process you can resolve any issues, the better. 

In worst cases you have to spend time making a lot of things all over again.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

It was a great experience, to see that people far away, with no relation to me, had a deep look into my animation. And 

I felt very glad to see and hear the audience pointing out things in my short, that conformed with things I put an effort in when making it.

It could e.g. be comments on details about the characters and the progression of the story. Their positive response really pushes me to continue making more animations. 

WATCH THE AUDIENCE FEEDBACK VIDEO:

6. How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

One starting point was that I wanted to create ugly characters, looking a bit different from how 3d characters often look in films. For example, I tried to avoid making them totally symmetrical, and I also put an effort on the texturing. 

I also wanted to make the characters express emotions without using existing words, just using mimics, gestures and verbal sounds.

Those basic ideas of the characters lead to the idea of the frustrated artist, and the relationship between him and his model.

The creation of Art is Angst might also be influenced by the Me Too movement a bit. 

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

I have always enjoyed animated movies, and I have had the opportunity to watch a lot with my children. It is hard to say, but we have watched films like Ice Age and Despicable Me over and over again. Another one is Rango, which inspired me when making the characters to Art is Angst.

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

I think the site is great. It is very easy to find festivals. It is structured very well, and gives a clear overview of what is going on. I recommend it to everyone involved in film making. 

9. What song have you listened to the most times in your life?

I listen to a lot of music, like Gary Numan, Sparks and Diorama.

To pick only one song is difficult, but if I have to, it will probably be a song from the early 80’s by Johnny Warman called “From the Jungle to the New Horizons”. It has inspired me a lot through the years. 

10. What is next for you? A new film?

I am in the early process of forming ideas for a new animation short. I think it is going to be about a man and a woman dating. So even this animation will include some unique characters. I hope it will be entertaining.

Interview with Novelist Brenda Welburn (The Time Travels Of Annie Sesstry)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your novel about?

Brenda Welburn: The Time Travels of Annie Sesstry is the story of three African American children who travel back in time with the utterance of the word “Sankofa.” They meet their ancestors and discover the challenges faced by Americans of African descent in the years of slavery and reconstruction. The book is a celebration of family, history, and culture.


2. What genres would you say this story is in?

Historical Fiction, Young Adult


3. How would you describe this story in two words?

mystical adventure

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

Ghost

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

Bridge Over Troubled Water


6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

7. What motivated you to write this story?

A desire to tell my children and grandchildren the story of their ancestors and to tell a more accurate story of the African American experience at a level middle school students could understand


8. If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would
that be?


Harriett Tubman

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

Public policies that affect children and youth


10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I have read the same portions of my book that I selected at events and I was curious to see how it sounded when read by a stranger who had no background or connection with the story. The fact that the price was reasonable made it a

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Don’t concern yourself with what other people think of the idea of you writing a book.

You can never do too much research on the process of self-publishing.

Talk to other writers about their experience

Watch NOVEL Reading:

BUY Novel on Amazon

Performed by Allison Kampf

TYPE OF STORY: Young Adult Novel

Story Synopsis:

The history of the MacElmurry-Calhoun family is told through the travels of Annie Sesstry, a smart, sassy, and artistically talented African American teen who is resistant to her parents’ efforts to instill in her an appreciation for family history and African American culture.

On a family outing Annie, her sister Emma and her cousin Josh fall through a time portal that takes them back to Crawford County Georgia in 1867 where Annie discovers a family secret of time travelers searching through the ages in an attempt to identify an ancient, unknown ancestor. The youngsters meet their fourth generation great-grand parents in the post-Civil War South of Reconstruction. Their adventures give them a whole new perspective on family and history.

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Devan Gavin (RAVE WAVE)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Devan Gavin: Rave Wave is an animated action drama about a young man, TJ, resigned to a life he doesn’t want because, when you grow up as an orphan, you learn it’s better to go with the flow than fight the system, even if that system is wrong.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Sci-fi Action Drama

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

Look, we’ve all felt lost…alone…afraid – now more than ever, we’re afraid of what the future holds and what choice we have in it.  This show is about letting the world dictate your life or choosing to make a change, and choosing not to be alone – even if that means opening yourself up to pain.  For me, I grew up in a family that moved around a lot and gave me little freedom in how I lived and this project came from my own desire to inspire others to find their voice because I too had to make the choice to not just accept the hand I was dealt, but reach for more.

Much like Tj, my relationship with my family left me defeated by those close to me, clinging to what I was hated for, and isolated to everything but music.  I may not have his superpowers, but my life has given me a creative mind to see worlds where man evolves through technology, monsters can be heroes, and growing up finally gets a guidebook.  I’ve spent years dreaming of what other worlds would look like and how they could be built.  My hope is that this show connects with others who feel powerless to the struggles life throws at them and inspires the belief that, although our struggles may differ, we can ease the suffering and nurture our talents to build something better together.

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

Character-driven

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

Spirited Away

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

2 years

7. How many stories have you written?

12

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

“Mama Look at Me Now” by Galantis

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

In the process of writing this screenplay, I faced continued conflicts with my mental health as I maintained my demanding college schedule, only to graduate during a pandemic.  Nevertheless, I persisted in my goal to understand my characters, my message, and myself in order to bring out the most potential from my script.  I am still fighting my inner demons and growing as a writer, but facing these challenges with a strong sense of determination and creative thinking reminds me that no obstacle is too great to be overcome.

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

I have a passion for mental health that extends into a love for music and how media can assist in the development of a healthier and happier sense of self.  Many problems today arise from unhealthy social behaviors brought on by feelings of fear, sadness, and especially isolation.  By better understanding why people think the way they do and applying that knowledge to the media they take in, I believe it is possible to encourage a deeper understanding of each other to grow and advance as a united community.

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

The site has been easy to use and understand.  It feels very user friendly.

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

My influence to enter the festival was seeing a professional reaction to the piece and understanding the parts of the script that required adjustments.  I’m glad my character development translated well in terms of each character suffering from their own trauma that can be explored in future episodes.   The feedback is quite useful in adjusting descriptions, grammar, and visuals to more appropriately depict the themes I am attempting to voice.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

TJ is a superhuman in the budding world of new technology, questionable morality, and an endless line of people dragging him into the role of a superhero to help fix their problems while, admittedly, improving his powers.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
TJ: Geoff Mays
Lana: Kyana Teresa

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Lisa Defazio (MISSION BROWN)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Lisa Defazio: It is about a couple caught in a clash of desire and control set in a picture-perfect setting of domesticity and a woman’s desperate attempts to appease her husband, who she loves. Relatable tensions and resentments build. The power pivots with the use of a most unexpected device.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Dark comedy

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

The pristine reality and the farcical aspirations we all try to portray are scrutinized and revealed within this plot. The bumbling adoring sexy wife with a healthy

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

Gritty glamour

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

Moonstuck

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

Eighteen months

7. How many stories have you written?

I have always written and continue to do so, I have completed another short film called BLOSSOM that did well winning numerous laurels. Currently, I have two concepts that I have recently finished for on-demand viewing both are in m a mini-series format.

The first is based on a female anti-hero who struggles with her desires and competing longings called ‘Appetite’. The lead is gritty and flawed, her experience of the world is absurd, full of denial contrasted with brutal honesty. Her life is a pendulum, exalting mental states of fantasy clash with everyday banality. She is going to get this thing called life right despite the comical absurdity of her reality. The series is sexy and has a very current female take on being.

The second mini-series ‘ADC Limited’ is the reversal of hard-earned mediocrity the female lead has sacrificed to achieve. Her poor judgment of men and bad timing create her ultimate undoing. Standing to lose it all she puts everything she has into one absurd idea and her new business is borne. Cutting insights into humanity are explored with warmth honesty and humor.

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

Naive Melody – Talking heads

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

One of the obstacles I had was to ensure I had articulated the motivation of each character and to not assume people knew them as I do. The involvement of a professional screenwriter was key to this.

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

Art, expression and freedom. I actively support the arts and frequently attend live theatre, comedy, live music and film. As a vintage collector, I have a sizable collection of vintage clothing and furniture that I started as a teenager.

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

I found FilmFreeway to be an excellent platform, very user friendly, and a great hub of what’s on.

12. What influenced you to enter the festival?

What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received? As a screenplay, I felt the festival was the right fit for my project. The feedback was invaluable, even when collaborating you have a fixed perception and have assumptions you are confident any reader will make. The feedback for Mission Brown was revelatory – straight forward and precise. I found it greatly rewarding.

A typical couple and their cat named Neville – In a neighbourhood near you.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
Woman: Victoria Urquart

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Aimee Pitta (Becoming Elizabeth)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Aimee Pitta: Elizabeth has settled her entire life, especially when it comes to love, but what if a little magic could change the past, present and the future? When Elizabeth gets caught in a lightening storm, unknown to her, her love life and career hinge on the key moments of her 20’s, 30’s and 50’s, as they play out in parallel and ultimately merge into her true destiny.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Dramedy by way of magic realism.

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

Because it’s unique, compelling, funny and heartwarming and it’s a concept so many people can relate too in terms of the paths they’ve chosen for their lives and it has strong, dynamic female roles.

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

Unique, fun.

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

Stranger Than Fiction, Last Chance Harvey

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

2 years

7. How many stories have you written?

Too many to count.

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

Come Rain Or Come Shine.

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

Took a while to figure out the time frame and streaming the high concept so that it wasn’t confusing.

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

Education, pet rescue.

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

First time using it, was easy.

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

I thought I’d take a chance and I think it paid off.

Elizabeth is a woman who has settled her entire life, especially when it comes to love. But what if a little magic could change the past, the present, and the future? In this Romantic Fantasy we simultaneously follow Elizabeth in her 20s, 30s, and 50s as the key moments of her life intertwine and ultimately merge into her true destiny.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
Random Student/Frank: Shawn Devlin
Elizabeth: Victoria Urquart
Charles: Sean Ballantyn

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Rachel van Geenhoven (I, Lolita)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Rachel van Geenhoven: Sexuality in cinema is so often centered around the experience of men. To the point that there’s a term for the was the camera looks at women. “I, Lolita” reclaims a story that completely erased the girl who was supposedly at its center, and then looks at one of the more complex and controversial ways that women assert their power over their own sexuality. It’s sort of rare that feminism and sex-positivity go hand-in-hand, and this film begins to bridge that gap.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Romantic comedy, coming-of-age, dramedy

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

I’ve never seen anything quite like it on the screen! There are so few stories that center women’s sexuality, or sisterhood, and the overlap in particular is quite rare! That aside, it’s also just funny and weird and relatable and sexy.

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

Empowering, sex-positive

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

Probably “Groundhog Day”! Haha

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

I wrote a short version of it years ago, and it became something close to the current version in revisions, but i kept revising and revising until it was unrecognizable, and the resulting script held my attention for several years. When I found the draft that led to this script, it was very exciting. I had all but forgotten about this iteration and it was already almost complete.

7. How many stories have you written?

Begun, or finished? A million. And…hmmm. Dozens.

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

Most recently it’s “Masterpiece (acoustic version)” by Big Thief. Ever? Maybe “Sadie” by Joanna Newsom.

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

I had a new infant! I did all of the revisions on my phone while he was sleeping on me.

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

Getting everyone in the world to a sustainable existence.

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

It’s pretty easy to use!

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

I realized that the major contests are still plagued by the same problems that have kept women out of the spotlight for so long. Whether judges realize it or not, their idea of good cinema is shaped and limited by what has come before. I wanted to find something specifically looking to fight those prejudices and elevate our voices and stories. I’m so pleased that this particular story landed! The voiceover reading was excellent and I have high hopes that this contest will connect me with people who would like to bring this kind of story to life!

Watch the Screenplay Reading:


The fantasy is reborn in a sixteen year old Mormon girl dying to “lose her innocence” to her older, risk-averse tutor. Fuck the Humbert Humberts of the world. This Lolita is telling her own story.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
SUSAN/MARIETTA: Victoria Urquart
COP 2/ROBERT: Shawn Devlin
COP: Sean Ballantyne