Interview with Screenwriter Jorge Abreu (I FEARED FOR MY LIFE)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

A satirical critique on law enforcement’s interaction with minorities, and fear seen through the lens of stereotypes and bigotry.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Psychological Drama /Horror

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

To probe the question, is killing an unarmed person justified, even if the excuse is self defense.

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

Impactful and controversial.

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

Tie between Die Hard and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

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

The idea for the script came to me in the middle of the night, and finished it within a week.

7. How many stories have you written?

Out of the many I’ve started, I completed 15 to date.

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

Sublime’s “What I got”.

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

Procrastination, and day-to-day adulting.

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

Directing and Photography.

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

My experience has been a very positive one. I like how quick, organized, and it’s ease of use.

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

My initial feedback was very positive.

Watch the Short Script Reading:

Genre: Drama

Officers experience courageous circumstances during their tours that in an instance become decisions of life and death. A therapist gets a rookie to relive his nightmarish trail of his first time drawing his firearm. She is task with concluding if his actions was justify, or racially fear based.

CAST LIST:

Janey: Pearl Ho
Officer McBrady: Peter Nelson
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Eric: John Leung
Dr. Grey: Julie C. Sheppard
Yamal: Twain Ward

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