Interview with Screenwriter Janet Caulfield (THE SOCIAL POLICE)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Janet Caulfield: This Sci-Fi pilot Streamer is about an FBI agent named Logan who patrols the social network twenty years in the future. The story centers around the trials and tribulations of his encounters with criminals and law enforcement of the social network. The Sci-fi part of the story is predicated on how the agents use advanced weapons, holographic computers and most importantly Artificial Intelligence. It’s a whirlwind action packed thriller set in New York and Washington DC .

There are subtle sub themes throughout the screenplay, like the friendships and relationships that develop between the characters. For example, the
buddy bond between the FBI agent Logan and the Bitcoin Mining CEO. There’s also a romance that develops between Logan and Chloe, an agent
he meets in the research center that he takes under his wing.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Sci-Fi / Thriller

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

The Social Police should be made into a movie because I think it would appeal to Trekkies and streamers like The Expanse and Jack Ryan.
I think it would draw millennials because there are many scenes between the Social Police agents, and younger entrepreneurs such as the
Bitcoin Mining CEO where they learn to respect each other and their different life experiences. There’s a lot of action, twists and
turns in the plot that would keep an audience interested.

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

Riveting / Provocative

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

Contact. I used to be hooked on Hitchcock films like Rear Window and North by Northwest, but lately I’ve been intrigued with the late great Carl Sagan’s
vision of how the science community, politicians and society would react to pure research discoveries. I keep finding new messages each time I watch it.

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

A little over a year.

7. How many stories have you written?

I have written about a dozen screenplays.This new Streamer though has preoccupied a lot of my time. I still have 6 more episodes to write.

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

Secret World by Peter Gabriel.

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

None. This is fun for me.

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

Music.

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

My experiences have all been very positive. Great feedback and response to my
submissions.

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

Outstanding. I think what influenced me to enter the festival is the creativity and professionalism of the actors and posts by Wildsound and the LA FilmFreeway festival. I’ve been following Wildsound, Matthew since I first started writing and have always enjoyed the posts.

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

Logline: Twenty years from now, an FBI agent patrols the social media. This pilot Streamer has it all. It’s a Sci-Fi buddy thriller genre mix with a dash of comedy. Perfect for a series that could run on any of the streamers Netfix, Amazon Prime, HBO, Showtime, Apple, even Disney, just take out the cussing.

Imagine the world twenty years from now? How will we the (US) police the Social Network? Will it be part of the FBI? CIA? Find out how I see it…in this 10 part series..

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
Logan: Geoff Mays
Clarice: Hannah Ehman
Android/Celile: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Jerome/Mario: Steve Rizzo

Interview with Screenwriter Kevin Goss (TOTAH)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Kevin Goss: The screenplay is about Dennis Cleveland, the author of a popular gay book series, who returns to his hometown on the edge of the Navajo Nation when his grandmother passes away suddenly. A break-in at his grandmother’s house starts Dennis on a suspenseful search for a turquoise ankle bracelet that may tie into his parent’s death when Dennis was a child. Three people–a gorgeous cop who was his teenage crush, a delivery driver who moonlights as a drag queen, and a Native American woman who runs a local museum—attract Dennis’s attention and may have clues that he needs to solve the mystery of his past.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Suspense, thriller, mystery, romance.

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

In the words of some of TOTAH’s reviewers: “Already one of the best specs out there.” “This is truly a very well-developed crime thriller with an added layer of culture and mystery to it.”

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

Six toes.

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

GREASE (We had it on VHS when I was a kid, and teenage girls would watch it again and again while babysitting me). As an adult, it is probably a tie between BIG EDEN and UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.

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

I worked on this screenplay for a little more than a year. I am currently making it into a novel.

7. How many stories have you written?

Four. TOTAH is my first feature-length film screenplay. I also wrote DR. WANKER’S SHORT ADVENTURES, a six-episode series on YouTube; IN THE GUTTER, a short film that has been produced and selected by film festivals in Arizona, Kansas, and Massachusetts (USA) as of August, 2020; and a short screenplay called SHUTTLED.

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

“These Are Days” by 10,000 Maniacs.

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

Challenges in trying to write a film that can be produced on a low budget yet still have an engaging story and interesting visuals; two hospitalizations due to complications of Crohn’s disease.

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

Acting–I’m involved with my local community theater and feel very fortunate to have been cast in movies, web series, and television commercials. I’m also passionate about the environment, and do what I can to reduce my negative impact on the ecosystem and support worthy, larger-scale sustainability efforts.

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

Film Freeway makes it easy to submit projects for consideration, and to keep track of my different projects’ status.

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

This is the first screenplay I’ve submitted to festivals. The feedback is valuable, because I can combine it with feedback I get from other festivals to determine the commonalities among those who read it. If one person has certain feedback that nobody else does, I may take it with a grain of salt. But when multiple people say the same thing, then what they’re saying probably deserves greater attention.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

Dennis Cleveland, the author of a popular gay book series, returns to his hometown of Farmington, New Mexico, when his grandmother passes away suddenly. A break-in at his grandmother’s house starts Dennis on a search for a turquoise ankle bracelet that may tie into his parent’s death when Dennis was a child.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
Dennis: Geoff Mays
Lindsey: Kyana Teresa

Interview with Screenwriter Justin Ho (INSTRUCTIONS FOR YESTERDAY)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Justin Ho: After the death of her father, 12 year old Allyson is gifted with mysterious map pieces. With the help of her friend Kyle they both find and dig up buried components for a time machine.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Science Fiction, Fantasy, Coming of age

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

I always thought of it as a childhood adventure movie from the 80s but brought into the present day. The wonder, mysteries, and curiosity I once experienced when I was a child has sadly mostly diminished. I recall being inspired by films like ET and Close Encounters Of The Third kind, which had that childlike spark of wonder. ET especially, being able to connect with the characters my age. It’s hard to make a similar childhood adventure film that takes place today, especially when it seems kids spend less and less time outside. I wanted to recapture that magic of wonder and curiosity I had as a child, and find a way to bring that into the 21st century by combining both the world of the past and the present. I’m hoping this film could be that inspiration to help someone who’s dealing with loss, to wonder about things, explore, and hopefully inspire.

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

Love Hope

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

This is a hard one… I’ll put 3… Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Children Of Men, Titanic

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

Around 1.5 years.

7. How many stories have you written?

I never really kept count, quite a lot. Narrowing it down to just screenplays, since high school probably around 12

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

It switches every now and then, grew up listening to Classic Rock and movie scores, my favorite composer is James Horner. In college I started listening to Indie Folk/Pop and constantly listened to Ingrid Michaelson. Post College to now (after getting Spotify) I’ve been obsessing over Irish Folk music haha. But if I had to choose one specific song that means a lot to me… I guess it would be “Men Of Snow” by Ingrid Michelson.

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

Every script I’ve written prior to this one I kept budget in mind. For me personally it is very difficult for me to write something if I know I don’t have the money or resources to actually film it. I just don’t have any motivation to pursue a story if I know I won’t be able to make it. It’s forced me to always think practically and realistically when I write, but has always held me back with how far to take a narrative, or what genre I wrote in. The hardest part for this screenplay was forcing myself not to think of the practicalities as much, to write big set pieces, and let go of my fear of it never being made. Truth be told this film may never be made and that realization is hard for me to handle. It’s hard for me to see a point in continuing to write a script thinking of that. But I had to push through and just toss the bottle into the ocean hoping it catches some current to land on someone’s shore. And maybe, just maybe…

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

Filmmaking in general, more specifically directing, although sadly my self deprecation and unease with my confidence often pushes me down to wonder if i should even consider myself a “director”. I have made two features and dozens of shorts, garnering awards at various festivals. But it’s still hard for me to see much of a future in continuing… that being said filmmaking is the only thing that I have… it’s hard for me to see through the fog, as I slowly push my train forward, and the tracks underneath are twisted and mangled, but at least I’m on a track… at least if I stay on these tracks I won’t be lost… it’s the broken tracks and not knowing what lies beyond the fog that pushes me toward fear. And traveling alone through it all doesn’t necessarily make it very easy. I’ve always used filmmaking and writing as a means to fill in the empty void of loneliness in my chest… it’s always been there to help… granted these past two years it’s been getting harder and harder… but it’s keeping me moving forward.

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

FilmFreeway is great. It’s simple, the only issue I’ve had is feeling guilty after submitting to festivals because of how much of a gamble it is haha. But that’s just my personal issues that I find hard to get over.

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

Knowing there’s no way I’d be able to make this film on my own with the money and resources I have, I figured I might as well submit to some screenplay competitions/festivals, so it doesn’t feel like I’ve wasted my time writing it. Also a friend of mine who read this script suggested I submit it around. To be honest I’ve only submitted to two, another one and this one. And I’m so greatful to have been recognized, it really means a lot. It’s been very hard for me emotionally lately, and this has been the oxygen that helps keep the slowly dying embers still burning.

The feedback was fantastic, I helped resuscitate me, and pushed my sinking ship further giving me hope to reopen the script and make some changes. It also warmed my heart knowing someone appreciated my script, it made me feel worth something, despite the insignificance I so often find myself drowning in. Thank you again so much for brightening up my day.
 

Watch Screenplay Reading: 

After the death of her father, 12 year old Allyson is gifted with mysterious map pieces. With the help of her friend Kyle they both find and dig up buried components for a time machine.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
Kyle: Steve Rizzo
Allyson: Hannah Ehman

Interview with Screenwriter Sina Sultani (BEACON)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Sina Sultani: Beacon follows two women who must fight to retain their memories against a kidnapper desperate to harvest them.

It’s a psychological thriller about gender identity and mental illness framed in a unique setting using a non-linear narrative. Co-created and inspired by Maxi Garcia, a prominent member of the Trans community in Vancouver, our hope is to challenge and inform our audience while showing that a minority, female-led story can be heart-pounding, poetic and deeply personal.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Beacon is a psychological thriller with a non-linear structure both narratively and physically. Our goal was to introduce allegorical imagery and hyper-realistic settings to discuss our characters’ personal challenges. Drawing in tone from films such as The Lighthouse and The Witch, we wanted to paint a world that was stark yet heartbreakingly beautiful.

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

Films involving gender-diverse, female-minority characters are few and far between, let alone projects merging multiple genres. Even though we’re marketing Beacon as a psychological thriller, it’s a deeply personal metaphor discussing a character’s journey through sexual identification and an immigrant upbringing. We believe in the importance of this project because we believe in the expansion of the conversation. Our goal is to show that conventional genres can be elevated based on diverse casting and subject matter.

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

Starkly enigmatic.

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

That’s a difficult question to answer but I’m leaning towards David Fincher’s Se7en. The complexities of the narrative, characters, and mix of drama with sardonic doses of humour demonstrates a depth of realism that I hope to achieve within my own projects. For example, the throwaway line from Kevin Spacey to Morgan Freeman’s character, “I know you,” opens a slew of questions that never get resolved. Moments like those are beautiful and surprising given how much emphasis is placed on informing/catering to the audience. Also, that ending… what more can you say?

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

Concept to first version took 1 month with additional refinements ongoing. However, if I were to quantify everything together, I would say 1½ months have been spent developing and editing the script to-date. At the time, Beacon was the quickest feature I’d written but I successfully challenged myself to complete another project within a week. That expediency is not restricted to the mechanics of turning out pages but includes the creativity involved in navigating narrative roadblocks.

7. How many stories have you written?

That’s difficult to quantify and depends on your definition of a story. If we stick to screenplays, inclusive of shorts, features and pilots, I would say approximately 15 over 7 years. However, in the past year alone I’ve been focusing exclusively on features/pilots and since September 2019 I’ve pushed out 6 scripts, with a 7th on the horizon. In saying that, I was working/re-working on one project for an entire year (2018-2019), which I was never happy with. It was a hard to pill to swallow, especially given how much time I’d invested, but going through the motions was critical in helping me develop my concepting and writing process. It showed me, like any other craft, just how important it is to continue to write and hone your skills.

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

There’s no one song, but I’d say Dr. Dre’s 2001 is an album that I constantly return to. You can feel the upswing of those songs and how it captured a time and an energy that’s been difficult to replicate. However, while writing, I lean towards film or video game soundtracks that are contextualize to the narrative I’m assembling. I find it helps to mentally place me in the required environment and facilitates the creative process.

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

The biggest challenge was finding the character’s voices, which still needs improvement. Post-Beacon I began to incorporate a new way of writing dialogue which makes the process easier and gives the characters more… character. That’s one aspect of the script that keeps me up at night.

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

As with every indie filmmaker who’s short on time and money, I’ve written, directed, produced, edited, shot and composited nearly all of my past short films. The entire process has been eye-opening and the exposure to so many different disciplines really helped to inform my understanding of the overall process while introducing me to different aspects that I never knew I’d enjoy. For example, I’ve discovered a great love of sound design. The act of layering multiple sources to create new and dynamic audio is just as exciting as developing a new concept. I also enjoy videogames and experiencing the marriage of narrative with gameplay and camera selection, which has been deeply informative and highly influential.

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

This is the first year I’ve ever used Coverfly and its experience/interface reminds me of Filmfreeway. That’s a huge compliment given that both platforms are crucial in connecting filmmakers to festivals/competitions. However, I’ve experienced a few issues with respect to multiple submissions and discount codes. It’s a combination of Coverfly’s checkout interface and most festivals offering single-use codes. That might be a separate conversation, however, the costs add up after submitting 3+ scripts across 5+ festivals. In saying that, it’d be ideal if those codes were either mutli-use or if the competitions themselves offered bulk-submissions discounts.

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

As a Canadian I always want to support fellow creatives/festivals. It’s important to bolstering our artistic community through direct investment/interaction. Additionally, the cost-to-feedback ratio was well-positioned as many festivals providing feedback can be prohibitively expensive, especially when accounting for multiple submissions. The added benefit of earning a scene-specific table read simply added to the overall experience.

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

After awakening in an abandoned shelter, two women must fight to retain their memories against a kidnapper desperate to harvest them.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
ZAKARIA (F): Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Interview with Screenwriter J. L. Paxxiel (BTW I’m An Alien)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

J. L. Paxxiel: It’s the parallel life of Trevor Noah within our multiverse and creatively weave things Trevor Noah has said in his podcast, TV show, book, and comedy tours. It touches on diversity and shows the power of a family working together. They are a quirky and dysfunctional family that doesn’t always get along but it takes a village to raise a child -an alien child at that- so they pull together.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Sci-fi. Comedy.

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

The entire series is 462 pages and 14 episodes, so I’m not sure it could be a short movie. The first four episodes could work as a movie.

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

Trevor Noah or Alien and Earthlings

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

Huckleberry Finn with Elijah Wood

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

Since October of 2019.

7. How many stories have you written?

25

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

Don’t listen to music.

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

Structure and giving Travis a proper story arc in season 2.

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

Being of service to the spiritual community.

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

I LOVE Coverfly. It’s easy.

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

I went to your website and watched the actors reading scripts. I thought it would be a fun way to improve. I was and am happy with the feedback.

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

A famous political commentator discovers his loving wife has a secret that will turn his life upside down.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
Ron Stewie/Male Voice (M): Allan Michael Brunet
Travis Noory (M): Geoff Mays
Don/Someone (M): Shawn Devlin

Interview with Screenwriter Kevin Mongelli (NAILS)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Kevin Mongelli: Jonathan has had a troubled life but has attempted to turn things around. One final decision could change everything.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama

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

Unique story on how a singular decision could make all the difference in one’s life

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

Wrong choice

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

Gattaca

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

Two months

7. How many stories have you written?

About a dozen

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

The Firebird Suite by Stravinsky

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

Struggled over the right content to tell this story

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

I am professional musician and a member of The Recording Academy (Grammys)

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

User friendly

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

It’s a challenge to write an entire story in one page and I like a challenge. Nice feedback

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
MOTHER/EX-WIFE/WOMAN (F): Val Cole – 5
MALE FRIEND/THERAPIST (M): Allan Michael Brunet – 8
JONATHAN (M): Geoff Mays – 8

Interview with Screenwriter Eileen Wilson (WATCHING)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Eileen Wilson: It’s about free speech and using your voice while you have one.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

I wrote it initially, tongue in cheek, so it’s a comedy-drama monologue. It was initially performed that way at a theatre scratch night and it’s interesting to see how different actors perform it. You can get a lot of laughs from being ‘revolting’!

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

It’s more relevant now than when I wrote it, especially with some of the current people in positions of power and their abuse of that power.

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

Current… and relevant!


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

I think it’s a combination of ‘Anchors Away’ and ‘Die Hard’. I appreciate characters with tenacity.

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

I wrote this one in about twenty minutes, it was heartfelt.

7. How many stories have you written?

I have about sixty scripts, a combination of; micro-shorts, shorts, web-episode, sitcom and feature. I’m currently over the moon as my sitcom ‘No.47 Ate my Uber!’ just made QF for Page Awards.

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

This one changes all the time. Maybe ‘Trouble’ by Elvis.

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

This one just wrote itself, I was completely honest and it fell out on the page.

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

I like equality and fairness. I’ve lived in other countries and suffered discrimination and had friends of other nationalities experience it too, so I appreciate how it feels.

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

I’ve used both Coverfly and FilmFreeway and have never had issue with either.

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

I love writing and decided that there’s no point putting something on paper if nobody reads it. It’s super if other people see an emotion in a script you’ve written and it makes them think, or feel because of it.

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

Timid Hope watches atrocities but has to speak out when her friend disappears.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
HOPE (F): Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Interview with Screenwriter Johnny Cruz (REPAIR THE CARROWS)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Johnny Cruz: It’s about a father who has to re-enter the world and round up his
estranged children, so they can see their mother before she passes.
But what it’s really “about” is the different arguments and perspectives
around keeping families together. Some families are worth keeping
together and some are better off disbanded, and I tried to give
both kinds of families an argument in each of the characters in
the script. The protagonist, Walker, is the one who has to take these
arguments into account and, in the end, make the final verdict
as to whether his family is better off disbanded or together. Obviously,
that verdict can only be reached as a consequence of whether he can
change or not. Ultimately, he decides they are fortunate enough to
have a family worth keeping together.

2.) What genres does your screenplay fall under?

In its simplest description, it’s a Drama. But I think it could also fall under
Dramedy and Adventure.

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

I’d argue it should be made into a movie because there are themes that
I think it would resonate with a lot of people, and help them figure out
what to do with their own family if they’re in a complicated situation.
At least in my experience, some of the things said in this script are
things that have gone unspoken between family members, and I think
they’d be helpful if spoken. The script also highlights the generational divide
between parents and children. Ever since the second half of the 19th Century,
every generation has left the world in a better state than it was when they found it, not without creating some new problems along the way, of course.
Yet, put simply, the Young always think that the Old have screwed everything up,
and it’s up to the Young to fix it. And the Old think they’ve done a lot to make the world better, but the Young are going to screw it all up. Both the Young and the Old are right and wrong. And I think this script shines some light on that, which would help soothe generational conflict among families.

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

Bittersweet. I know that’s one word but it’s basically two, haha.

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

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

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

I’ve been writing it on and off with three other scripts since August 2019, so
almost a year. This is the second feature script I’ve written.

7.) How many stories have you written?

I started writing in January 2019, and I’ve written 5 Feature Scripts, 3 of which are still in early drafts, I’ve written 7 Short scripts, 4 of which I’ve filmed and put up on Youtube. My channel is JohnnyCruz1998. (Am I allowed to plug my shorts?) Anyway, so I guess 12 different stories in total.

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

Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are-A Changin” and “Mr. Tambourine Man”
Most songs I listen to are ones I hear in movies. “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a favorite too.

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

How to make the script feel urgent because of the ticking clock surrounding Colleen, but also have it take it’s time and not feel rushed.

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

Besides writing, I also read books and watch a movie a day. I made a list of
the most notable Movie Directors in history, and I go down the list and watch all of a Director’s movies in order, and then I move onto the next Director and do the same. Eventually, I’ll return to a Director and rewatch some of their movies, I have a big binder where I write mini-reviews for each of the Director’s movies and write essays on certain observations I make or things I’ve learned from the Directors. Other than reading, I don’t do much that doesn’t involve movies.

Also, most of the movies I watch, I get for free from the Library. Everyone should use the Library.

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

It’s been really easy and helpful to track a scripts progress, submissions,
announcements, etc. It’s set up great, and I’ve had no problems with it.

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

I saw that selected scripts got a scene from their script read on camera which sounded cool, which I can confirm is cool after watching it, and I wanted to get a sense as to the quality of the script, see what other people thought of it. And the feedback I received was definitely very helpful and encouraging.

 

 

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

After his wife falls ill, an aging man living in the Alaskan Wilderness has to re-enter the world to round up his estranged children so they can see their mother before she passes.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
FREIGHTHOPPER (M): Shawn Devlin
WALKER (M) Sean Ballantyne

Interview with Screenwriter Alexander Etseyatse (OTIS N THE DOUGH BOYS)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Alexander Etseyatse: A full year after COVID – 19 “Coronavirus” hits New York City, a recently fired young mentally unstable Black Chef attempt to reclaim his glory days by starting a catering company with his old friends and winning back his ex-fiancee and daughter after a force stays at a psychiatric clinic.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama, with some comedy.

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

Because it’s very timely and needed, a lot of mentally ill people suffer because of a lack of knowledge on how to deal with it.

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

World Bidding

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

Do The Right Thing

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

About 2 years

7. How many stories have you written?

Over 20 stories in the last 20 years.

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

Human Nature by Michael Jackson, it’s a song that takes me back to my youth

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

It’s not finished, it’s 85% done but should be able to finish it up this year.

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

Filmmaking, I love the whole process.

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

It’s pretty good, it’s streamlined everything to make it’s easy as possible.

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

I really wanted to get a live read without me casting it and putting a read together. I wanted to see it in someone else hands. The reception has been very positive.

 

 

 

 

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

A full year after COVID – 19 “Coronavirus” hits New York City, a recently fired young mentally unstable Black Chef attempt to reclaim his glory days by starting a catering company with his old friends and winning back his ex-fiancee and daughter after a force stays at a psychiatric clinic.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
LUIS/TELLER (M): Allan Michael Brunet
OTIS/DERRICK (M): Geoff Mays
NURSE BELLS(F): Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Interview with Screenwriter Monika Naidoo (Proof Positive)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Monika Naidoo: PROOF POSITIVE is about friendship, the belief in basic human kindness, and the power of the human connection.

For high school senior Grady Haynes, life doesn’t get much better. A local baseball star with a full scholarship to UCLA, the center of the popular crowd with a gorgeous girlfriend, and plans to head out on a month-long backpacking trip the day after graduation – Grady is living his dream… a dream that is crushed with the push of a send button and killed the second the message was ‘successfully sent’. Now he is stuck in an 18″ x18″ nightmare – the size of his wheelchair cushion. As he is sucked into a self-destructive tailspin, his best friend and only other accident survivor must act fast to prove that there is still a big and beautiful world out there full of places to see and people that care. All while time is running out.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

I call it an Inspirational Family Drama

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

Not too many movies deal with disability. Stories like Grady’s are historically underrepresented and deserve to be shared. Also, more than ever, we need narratives that show what can be achieved when people come together. It is the little, not-so-random acts of kindness that can make the biggest difference.

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

Heartwarmingly inspirational

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

I have seen countless movies multiple times for different reasons, be it the dialogue, visuals, soundtrack, acting, story, or any combination thereof. Impossible to say which one raked up the most views.

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

I finished the first draft in about two months, put it aside for a few weeks, then went back for a rewrite and countless edits over another two months or so.

7. How many stories have you written?

I have been scribbling stories whenever and wherever they’d come into my head ever since I was a kid, never even started counting. I do have two novels in print, five finished screenplays, two in progress, and several ideas floating around.

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

I have been playing the guitar since I was little, and music has always been a big part of my life. As a result, I don’t have just one favorite song. It always depends on the mood of the moment.

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

Time – there’s never enough of it. Like many writers, I have a full-time day job and a family.

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

I love to create, if not with words, then with paint, pencils, wood, leather, and pretty much anything that’s available.

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

Love the platform! Easy to use with great features you won’t find anywhere else.

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

I really wanted to have my screenplay professionally read and a link to the recording that I can use to promote it. It is a great tool to get exposure. The festival did a fantastic job! The initial feedback was very helpful. I’d wholeheartedly recommend entering this festival!

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

When a tragic accident sends his best friend into a wheelchair and a dangerous, self-destructive tailspin, a desperate high school senior must act fast to prove that there is still a big and beautiful world out there full of places to see and people that care. PROOF POSITIVE is an inspirational drama that proves how much healing power not-so-random acts of kindness can have.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
JASON (M): Sean Ballantyne
GRADY (M): Bill Poulin
NICK/ALEX (M): Steve Rizzo