Interview with Writer Pat Jourdan (DECEMBER)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your story about?

Pat Jourdan : The story is about the secret lives of holiday towns once summer visitors have left.

What genre?

It is in a plain literary genre.

Describe it in two words

Season’s end.

What film have you seen the most in your life?

Great Expectations (David Lean version)

What is your favorite song?

A Whiter Shade of Pale (Procol Harum)

Do you have an all-time favourite novel?

Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathaniel West

What motivated you to write this story?

Noticing the changes in the last weeks of Sepember.

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

Emily Bronte

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am an artist, usually painting in oils

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

Testing if it worked in another medium, and through the voice of someone else.

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

Get a big (real book, with pages) dictionary and read it, discover more words. Read as many books as possible. Books you don’t like are just as valuable, as they are teaching you what works and what does not. Always have biro & paper or other means to jot something down as it occurs to you -writing is not some ‘grand’ occupation at a desk!

 

Synopsis: A café closes for the winter and the waitress re-invents herself.

Performed by Esther Thibault

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Interview with Writer Peter Inson (HATS OFF TO THE TEACHERS, SMASHED)

Matthew Toffolo: What are my short stories about?

Peter Inson: A practical joke

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

Humour/psychological realism

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

Teachers tricked

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

The Magnificent Seven.

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

The House of the Rising Sun by the Animals.

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

Brighton Rock by Graham Greene.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

To amuse reluctant readers.

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

My paternal grandfather, William Henry, killed in WW2, six years before I was born.

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

Beekeeping, good homes for children, choral singing.

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

To see reactions to it. To publicize my work more generally.

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

Persist. Think hard about the commitment required. Find enjoyment in it.

Watch Short Story Readings: 

Interview with Writer Diane Elliott (Remembering Momma)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your short story about?

Diane Elliott: A failed mother/daughter relationship

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

General fiction

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

Hauntingly powerful

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

I’ve never seem any movie more than once

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

Classical Music—never interested in pop

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

Anna Karenina

7. What motivated you to write this story?

The need for resolution with my relationship with my mother.

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

President Lincoln.

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

Gardening

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

My theater background

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

Write about the subjects that build on your inner passion

 

Performed by Esther Thibault

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Interview with Screenplay Writer Adam Lapallo (WOLFPACK FENCERS)

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 1. What is your screenplay about?

Wolfpack Fencers is a TV sports drama about the goings-on of a college fencing club, specifically of a group of four freshmen entering the scene and finding their place.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Sports Drama/Comedy.

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

Wolfpack Fencers is set in the unique, vastly under-represented world of modern fencing. When most people think of fencing on screen, they go to The Princess Bride, which admittedly has some fantastic choreography, but modern fencing community has been largely untapped by film and television. I’ve spent ten years as a competitive fencer, all through my high school and college years, and I’ve gotten to know the sport and the people, and I’ve found that fencing is a never-ceasing opportunity for drama and suspense.

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

College Fencing.

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

Difficult to say, but most likely the Harry Potter series.

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

I’ve been tossing the idea of a fencing-based sports drama around for years, probably since high school. In my junior year of college, I finally sat down and, in a 12-hour, coffee-fueled writing sesh in my hometown Panera, banged out a first draft and submitted it to the Virginia Screenwriting Competition. It was eliminated early on, but the judges sent me some really helpful feedback and I spent the next year editing that draft. I resubmitted it the following year and won the competition, achieving a huge milestone in my screenwriting career.

7. How many stories have you written?

Simply put, a lot. I’ve written 2-3 full-length novels, five feature screenplays, two television pilots, and numerous short films and short stories.

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

It tends to change pretty frequently, but “Piano Man” by Billy Joel currently has the top spot for me.

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

Criticism. Having my script rejected by the Virginia Screenwriting Competition and being told all of its problems was a difficult pill to swallow. It took some time to come around to it, but after I’d shelved my pride and learned to look at the feedback from an objective standpoint, incorporating the judges’ critiques into my next draft was very doable. The end result was a winning screenplay which I feel is much stronger than the original version.

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

Well, fencing. Like I said before, I’ve spent the past 10 years as a competitive fencer. Wolfpack is based on my life experiences as a high school and college fencer. I’m currently nationally-rated in all three weapons, a 3-time Junior Olympic competitor, and a part-time coach and armorer. I was also ranked #1 in Virginia for the 2016-17 Men’s Foil season. I also served as Head Coach and Treasurer of VCU’s Quidditch team, the Wizengamot, and am an active member of the Virginia Screenwriter’s Forum.

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

FilmFreeway is an excellent resource for filmmakers. It’s an easy-to-use platform that does a great job connecting independent artists and film festivals.

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

 I’m always open to feedback on my work. This festival has been a great learning experience at a reasonable cost.

Watch the Script Reading:

LOGLINE: Four college freshmen band together through their university Fencing Club. Together, they find their place in this new world and learn what it means to be teammates in a solo sport.

GENRE: Sports, Drama, Comedy

CAST LIST:

Gillian: Regan Brown
Miles: Hartley O. Gyamfi
Narrator: Allen Michael Brunet
Rockhard: Georgia Grant
Geo: Kevin Gabel

Interview with Screenplay Writers Charzette Torrence & Danielle Johnson (JILLIAN’S PEAK)

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Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Charzette Torrence & Danielle Johnson: This inspirational story is based loosely on Charzette Torrence life and the stages that she took to find her true self. It is a dramatic series examining one woman’s inner turmoil when confronted with her own sexuality. Jillian struggles to reconcile her feelings, seemingly attracted to both men and women and unsure of where her true love really lies. She faces challenges from family, friends, and church members. As she becomes a lesbian in the African American community. Once Jillian comes out as a lesbian. How does she navigate and understand the gay community and the issue that affect the community? Also, will she find love? Jillian wants to understand what will truly make her happy. But mainly she seeks to explore her hidden nagging feeling of “I am a closet Lesbian?” Jillian pursues her truth in New York. She lives with Gail, her best friend from college, a self-assured lesbian who challenges Jillian’s ideas and beliefs about herself and her life.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama, Family, Love, Self-Discover, and Acceptance

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

JILLIAN’S PEAK is told in 15-18 minutes episodic series increments over 12 episodes first season.

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

Dramatic, and Inspirational.

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

I look at a lot of movies. Then I critic them from a viewer point.

My favorite now is Black Panther and Wonder Woman. Danielle like Stars Wars and War movie.

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

We have been working on the screenplay for seven 8 Years

7. How many stories have you written?

This is Danielle and I first but we have written 12 episodes

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

Our Favorite songs are Minnie Riperton – Loving you, and Steve wonder- The Songs of the Key of Life .

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

Funding to hire a crew to film. Also, finding and literary agent network to put it on television or steaming service, like Netflix, hula or Amazon .

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

My art Prevalent I got accepted in Art Basel This year as raising artist with Spectrum in

Miami. FL Dec 5-9
https://www.charzette.com/art-basel-prevalent-soical-art-exhi

Danelle is passionate about her music
https://www.deejayandcatsproduction.com/

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

I love Film Freeway. It is very easy to use

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

To change the way the world think about African American Lesbian and the LGBTQI culture. By show the world who we are. Also, to get the script out in the industry. So that It can be film for television or steaming platform. Your feedback was excellent It help us to improve our script. Thanks

Jillian Thomas an African American woman who is afraid of marrying a man. Because deep down inside she knows the truth that is a lesbian. She has been struggling with the truth for years that she is gay.

CAST LIST:

Keith: Kevin Gabel

Sherry: Regan Brown

Narrator: Hartley O. Gyamfi

Jillian: Georgia Grant

Gail: Ariel Brooker

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Interview with Winning Screenwriter Robert David Simpson (THE HUNT FOR CHUCK BERRY)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Robert David Simpson: It’s about Aliens finding a satellite from Earth, a record, and music and then going to Earth to seek out the musician- Chuck Berry and bring him back.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

SCI-FI COMEDY

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

We all need a good laugh and kids may like it also and…it promotes outer space discoveries.

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

Funny, strange

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

Probably – ‘ 2001 Space Oddessy’

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

Several days while in the hospital

7. How many stories have you written?

One book and eight scripts in the last year.

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

‘ ‘It’s a Beautiful World’ by ‘ Louise Armstrong

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

None, really.

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

Making films

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

So far, so good.

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

Influence? I am now 69 yrs of age and at that age, one wonders how much time one has left, so I did my best to write eight different genres in one year and entered them into eight different Festivals earlier this year.

 

In 1970,a NASA satellite,’Voyager 1′,was shot into space and in 2017 lands on planet X68 in Andromeda star system. Small humanoids,living there, go ecstatic apon hearing a recorded version of Chuck Berry music, found on a record within the satellite. They decide to head out to find this human and bring him home to teach them more! The hunt starts!

CAST LIST:

Taro: Kevin Gabel

Supreme Leader: Allen Michael Brunet

Narrator: Regan Brown

Nori: Ariel Brooker

Yoo: Georgia Grant

Uzu: Hartley O. Gyamfi

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Interview with Novelist Bogdan Dzakovic (FORTRESS OF DECEIT)

1. What is your novel about?

This is an autobiographical account of my 32 year adventure in the federal government. Beginning my career with enthusiasm and idealism and ending with the belief that our own government is more a threat to this country than anything that can be dreamed up from outside. Between the two, the events I witnessed or participated in which infused in me these hard lessons of reality. This includes our efforts to prevent the 9/11 terrorist attacks (yes, we knew it was going to happen) followed by the retribution of a vengeful federal government that demonstrated its more interested in maintaining its lucrative and unaccountable status quo than in serving the country – no matter how many people it kills.

On the positive side, the book also demonstrates what moral, highly motivated individuals and groups can accomplish once they learn to ignore the limitations that society and the system imposes on them.

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

Nonfiction, horror, comedy, all rolled into one.

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

Ecce signum!

Latin for: behold the proof.

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

The Yakuza!

The ZEN master in the movie is inspirational.

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

The music of ENYA is my favorite. She has the voice of an angel.

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

The original Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Deductive reasoning is a unique way of thinking.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

I spent the first half of my career developing the expertise to identify the threat, the vulnerabilities, and attempted to prevent the calamity of the 9/11 terror attacks. Just one of a few in the entire federal government to do so. I spent the latter half of my career entombed in an entry level staff job engaged in a daily struggle just to survive. After 9/11 when I realized that Congress was engaging in a big cover up, including the 9/11 Commission, I became an official federal government whistleblower. Through experience I learned that even the whistleblower laws were designed to maintain the unaccountable status quo of the government. Once I was able to retire, I knew this story of how our government really operates had to be told.

Frederic Whitehurst (one of the first of contemporary whistleblowers engaged in trying to stop major FBI abuses in the 1980s and 90s, and a hero of mine) recently sent me an email succinctly describing the problem in government. It was written specifically addressing the FBI, but it applies directly to the entire federal government: “The problem we have with them is that they are law enforcement officers and though fools can cut and slash under the color of law for as long as they wish without accountability. Because we are a civilized society we do not cut and slash in return. We do what we do with the law, so far without violence, so far in a civilized manner. With our hands tied behind our back, blinded in both eyes and without hearing. They know it, violate the law and human rights and hide behind the badge while beating the hell out us.”

This is the reality of the deep state. If you got rid of waste, fraud and abuse in the federal government then literally at least have of our tax dollars would be eliminated. This doesn’t even count the more nefarious things our government does.

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

My mom. Didn’t get much of a chance. She died when I was eight.

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

Life, developing the mind, body, spirit.

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

Someone suggested I contribute my book, seemed like a great opportunity, particularly with a minimal budget for marketing. Really a great service you provide.

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

Don’t quit your day job. Write for yourself. Never say die.
 

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Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

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