Interview with Actor/Writer Brian Falduto (NOSEBLEED)

NOSEBLEED was the winner of BEST PERFROMANCES at the LGBTQ+ Feedback Film Festival in May 2021.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

I was actually in acting class at AMAW studios & we were doing this exercise where we went around & “type-casted” each other to help give one another a brief understanding of how others might see/perceive us; the goal being to allow some insight into how to self-market in the industry. When it came to my turn, everyone’s response seemed to be something along the lines of like, “I could see you doing like a Lena Dunham ‘Girls’ thing where you create & star in your own material.” And I remember walking away from class just being like, “Great, more work.” I took the note to heart though & I went home & cleaned up a rough script I had written a year or so back – completely therapeutically & in an effort to process a break up – but I brought it to class & everyone was like, “Yes.” Eventually, I asked my scene partner if he’d ever be down to film it with me if I got a team together & he was in .. so the rest is history I suppose!

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

I think it’s evident from the final product but we took a fairly simplistic approach in order to deliver that “slice of life” feel. Most of the work actually just came in pre & post production. Filming just took one day. I’d say a couple months total.

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

Toxic relationship.

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

I am a songwriter – & I know I’m good at that – but I’ve never written my own screenplay before. When I saw the final footage, I was really doubtful that my writing was strong enough. I stepped away from it for a little while & then came back to it & the time away seemed to allow a more forgiving intake of it over time. So I’d say me being hard on myself was the biggest obstacle – classic example of “I’m my own worst critic.”

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

Oh wow! It was so sweet. I sent the video to my best friend right away essentially & she was like “these were all my thoughts on the film too, they took the words right out of my mouth.” I just couldn’t believe how nice people were in their commentary. And I felt like they really got what I was going for – which is a cool feeling.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?

I’m still not sure that’s what I want to do! I make music primarily. But I really enjoyed putting a story down in this format & I’m enjoying the process of sharing it so we shall see.

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

Embarrassingly probably School of Rock .. embarrassing only because I was in it .. which has resulted in me coincidentally seeing it the most.

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

Seems adequate enough!

9. What is your favorite meal?

A boneless buffalo chicken quesadilla with a side of tater tots please.

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

I’m actually a certified Life Coach, so more work in that arena is always on deck. And as I mentioned, I am a songwriter. I call my genre of music “gay country.” I released a music video this past year for a song called “God Loves Me Too” – which won an award at the International Independent Music Video Awards. And I’m currently shopping around some demos for my next album. So hopefully more music in the near future!

Interview with POET Mark Kirkbride (The Note Pinned To My Heart Reads)

1) What is the theme of your poem?

How personality vastly affects experience but with somewhat random outcomes.

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

No one thing but I wanted to write a poem at two different speeds. It was also supposed to be more comedic than it ended up being.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

I started off writing song lyrics in my teens, which quickly morphed into poetry and I’ve been writing it ever since.

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

Mary Shelley.

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

I thought it would be interesting to hear my words in the voice of another – as indeed it was.

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

Yes, as well as poetry, I write short stories, novels and, more recently, a novella. A lot of these works are listed on my website: https://markkirkbride.com/

7) What is your passion in life?

Writing, reading, exploring the natural world, as well as exploring the arts (plays, galleries etc, when possible).

Watch the POETRY Reading:

The Note Pinned to my Heart Reads…, by Mark Kirkbride

I have been struck by lightning, twice,
once in the neck, once in the Trossachs.
I crawled out of a crash with whiplash
and made a bleeding, limping dash
across the border. Armed guards fired.
I’ve stowed away on boats and planes
and jumped from high-speed, foreign trains.

You keep the curtains closed all day
and never come out before dark.
It’s a wonder we ever met.
I found you wandering the streets
like Aphrodite in a nightie.

I’ve been in fights, been read my rights.
I changed my surname by deed poll
and still got chased by Interpol.
I’ve phoned from every call box,
mailed cards from every post box,
just to tell you, ‘I’m on my way
and getting closer every day.’

When I crawl up your garden path,
your mum tells me to go away.
I can’t go on, I can’t go back.
When you wake in the morning
you will find me dead on your doorstep.

Interview with Writer Vivian Dixon Sober (THE DECEPTIVE MIRROR)

What is your short story about?

It’s about racial perception, perspective, and reality.

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

This story can be placed in eight genres: nonfiction, fiction, drama, biography, narrative, mainstream, tweens, and children.

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

Self-Love

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

Good Deeds-Tyler Perry

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

Just My Soul
Responding-Smokey Robinson

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

The Marrow of Tradition by Charles W. Chesnutt

7. What motivated you to write this story?

I was invited to write a 400-word story. I wanted to meet the challenge.

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

My father

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

I am passionate about clothes, VW Beetles, decorating, Poodles, and reading

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

My mother made me promise her that I would use my voice—via writing or voice.

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

I encourage writers to put fear behind and to believe in themselves.

Watch the Story Reading:

1 pg. Short Story

Performed by Allan Michael Brunet

Interview with Writer E J Randolph (IT’S FINALLY NIGHT)

1. What is your short story about?

This is a humorous story about a hungry vampire.

2. What genre(s) would you say this story is in?

Fantasy

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

humorous, vampire

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

Casablanca

5. Do you remember the time in your life when you realized that you wanted to write?

January 1, 2009

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

No.

7. What is your favorite meal?

Steak and fresh-baked bread

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

The person who was most supportive when I was starting to write.

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

My friends

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

I tend to give individual advice. What works for one person may not work for another.
I suppose I could say: Write if that is what is written on your soul.

Watch the Story Reading:

Narrated by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Interview with Writer Mark William Hammond (GOOD NEWS)

1. What is your short story about?

A real murder in Brooklyn

2. What genre(s) would you say this story is in?

True Story

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

Girl gone.

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

Kwaidan, 1965 Japanese movie – 4 short ghost stories directed by Masaki Kobayashi

5. Do you remember the time in your life when you realized that you wanted to write?

As a high school kid.

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

Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins

7. What is your favorite meal?

Sushi

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

The young Sophia Loren

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

Music

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

Write the story you want to read.

11. What has been your experiences submitting your work with the FilmFreeway submission platform?

FilmFreeway makes it super easy to submit your work and they do a great job of monitoring the competitions.

Watch the Story Reading:

Genre: Urban Fiction

Performed by Allan Michael Brunet

Interview with Screenwriter Samantha Hallenus (PUPPY PROMISE)

What is your screenplay about?

Puppy Promise is about a young male migrant child who is undetected by the government and is fearless.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

The subject matter is very timely due to all the migrant children coming into the United States.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Modern Adventure

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

I don’t know – Legally Blonde – I watched it a lot. Disney Animated films – I have watched some of those a lot too – some of my more recent favorites are Big Hero 6 and Meet the Robinsons. The Freshman with Matthew Broderick and Marlon Brando War Games – I’ve seen that one a lot. The first Harry Potter is my favorite and I’ve watched that one quite a few times. I don’t think I’ve watched a lot of newer movies as many times.

How many stories have you written?

Not sure, I think I have about 10 finished/working scripts – there are always small changes.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

As a child, I wanted to be an animator but my dream was taken away. I’m closer to 50 now but got a little less than four years to get there. I teach children’s art on Saturdays in my community. I like participating with the community in events especially when it comes to children and art. I’m trying to get more involved again as COVID restrictions lift.

What is your favorite meal?

Pizza

What has been your experiences submitting to the FilmFreeway submission platform site?

It worked – like it better than that thing that is not user friendly at all or I would submit more. I think it is called CoverFly.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

Summary: Gunner, a young undocumented immigrant, is promised by a neighbor’s uncle a puppy. He needs to find a way to make it to the train station and make a delivery.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
Jorge (M): Bill Poulin
Gunner (M): Steve Rizzo
Johnny’s Mom (F): Hannah Ehman
Johnny (M): Andy Camp
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Interview with Screenwriter Megan Milo (Do My Tears Look Fat?)

What is your screenplay about?

This one-page screenplay happens in a college dorm room. A pair of girl best friends are reaching the end of an emotional conversation, and their makeup is ruined from their tears. Finding it funny, they decide to commemorate the event by taking ugly photos together.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I believe it showcases the closeness and emotional arcs that female friendships have. Women feel safe and vulnerable together and often that closeness leads to an ability to take even serious situations lightly.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Versatile laughter.

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

The Goonies definitely.

How many stories have you written?

Counting even the shorter ones, at least 40 or 50? I’m still in college, so I’m working up to the big numbers!

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love food. I think it’s my love language. It’s an art that you can actually experience – not just hear or only see. You get to interact with it.

What is your favorite meal?

Pasta. But fresh pasta and homemade sauce. So simple and so satisfying.

What has been your experiences submitting to the FilmFreeway submission platform site?

I love FilmFreeway! I have submitted several projects here. Not all of them are winners, but that’s just how it goes. This platform is super easy to understand and it’s really helpful to see the progress in which your submission is at.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

Comedy Scene

Two young girls cope with humor at the end of a very emotional discussion.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Bill Poulin
Shantal (F): Allison Kampf
Trinity (F): Hannah Ehman
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Interview with Screenwriter Steve MacManus (SLIM CHANCE)

1. What is your screenplay about?

“My screenplay is about life and death in 1970s Sicily.”

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

“Actually, i think it should be developed as a series.”

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

“Worryingly nihilistic!”

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

“Up in the Air, with George Clooney.”

5. How many stories have you written?

“I write comic books. So, quite a few!”

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

“I am passionate about Key West. I have visited twice and long to ring the tip bell in Sloppy Joe’s once more.”

7. What is your favorite meal?

“Duck a l’orange. Yum!”

8. What has been your experiences submitting to the FilmFreeway submission platform site?

“My experience of submitting to the FilmFreeway submission platform has been Inspiring, Fun and Collaborative.”

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
Chance (M): Bill Poulin
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Interview with Screenwriter Maggie Anwer (Covid nights | Dating during corona)

What is your screenplay about?

About a couple get stuck in two different countries, they couldn’t see each other and the time is totally different, we will see how they would deal with this situation will they break up or have an open relationship or what? will see

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

as it’s a real story talking about the feeling and the panic attacks and struggling that any couple faces during these hard times, as it’s a document for what is going on these days.

How would you describe this script in two words?

confusion, love

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

Cinema Paradiso

How many stories have you written?

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Filmmaking check the link below about my work

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maggie_Anwer
http://www.imdb.com/Maggie Anwer

What is your favorite meal?

Dinner

What has been your experiences submitting to the FilmFreeway submission platform site?

satisfied, easy

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
Mike: Bill Poulin
Mag: Hannah Ehman
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Interview with Screenwriter Ben Fiore (THE COMEBACK)

What is your screenplay about?

“The Comeback” is about a corrupt fight manager who bets against his own struggling boxer.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Boxing has always been an intriguing subject that involves corruption, organized crime, and intense drama.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Hard-hitting.

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

“Jaws”, my favorite film of all time.

How many stories have you written?

About 50.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Family, film, health, and kindness to others.

What is your favorite meal?

Ravioli and meatballs.

What has been your experiences submitting to the FilmFreeway submission platform site?

Excellent. Easy and quick. Love using FilmFreeway.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

GENRE: Drama (Boxing)

LOGLINE: The corrupt intentions of a fight manager come to light as his battered boxer lays badly injured on the dressing room table.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
Johnny (M): Bill Poulin
Charlie (M): Steve Rizzo
Goon (M): Andy Camp
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