Best Screenwriter Interviews of January 2019


Interview with Screenwriter Tayler Carter (FLUIDITY)
Interview with Screenwriter Tayler Carter (FLUIDITY)

Interview with Screenwriter Eileen Wilson (THE CLICHE)
Interview with Screenwriter Eileen Wilson (THE CLICHE)

Interview with Screenwriter Zach Paul Brown (CAIROS)
Interview with Screenwriter Zach Paul Brown (CAIROS)

Interview with Screenwriter James Zeankowski (MIND FORCE)
Interview with Screenwriter James Zeankowski (MIND FORCE)

Interview with Screenwriter Alan Rosenfeld (Jonny Quest: The Terror of Dr. Zin)
Interview with Screenwriter Alan Rosenfeld (Jonny Quest: The Terror of Dr. Zin)

Interview with Screenwriter Elizabeth Shum (THE GOLDBERGS TV Spec Screenplay)
Interview with Screenwriter Elizabeth Shum (THE GOLDBERGS TV Spec Screenplay)

Interview with Screenwriter Mona Fuller (SALACIOUS)
Interview with Screenwriter Mona Fuller (SALACIOUS)

Interview with Screenwriter Steven Prowse (THE NIGHT WITCHES)
Interview with Screenwriter Steven Prowse (THE NIGHT WITCHES)

Interview with Screenwriter Tara C. Hall (WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST)
Interview with Screenwriter Tara C. Hall (WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST)

Interview with Screenwriter Michael Aliotti (JIMMY)
Interview with Screenwriter Michael Aliotti (JIMMY)

Interview with Screenwriter Steve Feld (AND THEN, THIS HAPPENED)
Interview with Screenwriter Steve Feld (AND THEN, THIS HAPPENED)

Interview with Screenwriter Jessi Thind (UP AND AWAY – Superman Script)
Interview with Screenwriter Jessi Thind (UP AND AWAY – Superman Script)

Interview with Screenwriter P.J. Palmer (NORTH STAR)
Interview with Screenwriter P.J. Palmer (NORTH STAR)

Interview with Screenwriter Helen Marsh (Alice Through the Microscope)
Interview with Screenwriter Helen Marsh (Alice Through the Microscope)

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October 2018 – Read the best of Screenwriter Interviews

Interviews by Matthew Toffolo

Touch the link and read 35 different interviews with the best of new screenwriters from around the world.

Interview with Screenwriter Sara Landucci (STRONG ENOUGH)
Interview with Screenwriter Sara Landucci (STRONG ENOUGH)

Interview with Screenwriter 42 Tribes (Nyobaywa)
Interview with Screenwriter 42 Tribes (Nyobaywa)

Interview with Screenwriter Rita Martinos (ON THE VERGE)
Interview with Screenwriter Rita Martinos (ON THE VERGE)

Interview with Screenwriter M.V. Montgomery (DON-JOHN’S DISAPPOINTED MAM)
Interview with Screenwriter M.V. Montgomery (DON-JOHN’S DISAPPOINTED MAM)

Interview with Screenwriter Colleen Asbury (The Dance of the Desert Mermaids)
Interview with Screenwriter Colleen Asbury (The Dance of the Desert Mermaids)

Interview with Screenwriter Chloë J. Hightower (Monochrome)
Interview with Screenwriter Chloë J. Hightower (Monochrome)

Interview with Screenwriter Travis Darkow (HOW DID WE GET HERE?)
Interview with Screenwriter Travis Darkow (HOW DID WE GET HERE?)

Interview with Debasree Banerjee (GERALDINE HALL)
Interview with Debasree Banerjee (GERALDINE HALL)

Interview with Screenwriters Jeff & Julia Heinen (COFFEE IN SOUTHTOWN)
Interview with Screenwriters Jeff & Julia Heinen (COFFEE IN SOUTHTOWN)
Very good. Helps us track submission and awards very easily.

Interview with Screenwriter Daniel Cook (HELL ON EARTH)
Interview with Screenwriter Daniel Cook (HELL ON EARTH)

Interview with Screenwriter Sheila Warren (MOVING ON)
Interview with Screenwriter Sheila Warren (MOVING ON)

Interview with Screenwriter Frank Baruch (WHERE KOMAINU CRY)
Interview with Screenwriter Frank Baruch (WHERE KOMAINU CRY)

Interview with Screenwriter Richard Geiwitz (WIGGLE ROOM)
Interview with Screenwriter Richard Geiwitz (WIGGLE ROOM)

Interview with Screenwriter Iannis Aliferis (Samantha Rutledge PI, A Killer Case)
Interview with Screenwriter Iannis Aliferis (Samantha Rutledge PI, A Killer Case)

Interview with Screenwriter Ricardo Fleshman (KILLING MOSES)
Interview with Screenwriter Ricardo Fleshman (KILLING MOSES)

Interview with Screenwriter Hank Biro (SPACE FISH)
Interview with Screenwriter Hank Biro (SPACE FISH)

Interview with Screenwriter Toni Nagy (The Masses)
Interview with Screenwriter Toni Nagy (The Masses)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Agnese Pagliarani (TO HELL AND BACK)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Agnese Pagliarani (TO HELL AND BACK)

Interview with Screenplay Writer Adam Lapallo (WOLFPACK FENCERS)
Interview with Screenplay Writer Adam Lapallo (WOLFPACK FENCERS)

Interview with Screenplay Writer Terry Connell (PLANS FOR THE HOLIDAYS)
Interview with Screenplay Writer Terry Connell (PLANS FOR THE HOLIDAYS)

Interview with Screenplay Writer Todd Bird (LITTLE EARTHQUAKES)
Interview with Screenplay Writer Todd Bird (LITTLE EARTHQUAKES)

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

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Waide Riddle (Dear Tom Hardy: I love you)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Waide Riddle (Dear Tom Hardy: I love you)

Interview with Winning Screenwriters Nicholas Downs, Susan Mac Nicol (SIGHT UNSEEN)
Interview with Winning Screenwriters Nicholas Downs, Susan Mac Nicol (SIGHT UNSEEN)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Dallas Rico (MARRED)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Dallas Rico (MARRED)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter S.W. Andersen (SOMEWHERE BETWEEN LOVE AND JUSTICE)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter S.W. Andersen (SOMEWHERE BETWEEN LOVE AND JUSTICE)

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

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Fritz Mueller (ANAHNA)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Fritz Mueller (ANAHNA)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Christianne Charles (CAKE)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Christianne Charles (CAKE)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Leah Pollack (MARKED)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Leah Pollack (MARKED)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Andrew Ward (BROWN DOG)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Andrew Ward (BROWN DOG)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Michael Zielinski (CHRISTMAS PAST AND PRESENT)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Michael Zielinski (CHRISTMAS PAST AND PRESENT)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Julian Blondell (Xightfall)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Julian Blondell (Xightfall)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Nate Yacos (Tugnutt: A Love Supreme)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Nate Yacos (Tugnutt: A Love Supreme)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Cicely Wynne (REMEMBER KENT STATE)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Cicely Wynne (REMEMBER KENT STATE)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Mirka Kettunen (MAJOR TOM AND THE ALIEN GIRL)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Mirka Kettunen (MAJOR TOM AND THE ALIEN GIRL)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Rodrigo Juatco (HERO OF HEROES)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Rodrigo Juatco (HERO OF HEROES)

Interview with Festival Director Amanda Macchia (Toronto Indie Doc Fest)

Amanda Macchia is an independent director and producer from Toronto, and the founder of Moderna Pictures. She founded the production company upon completing her undergraduate degree in journalism and documentary filmmaking at Ryerson University, where she began collaborating on student film projects and as a production assistant at the CBC. Since then, she has worked for industry leaders at both Rogers Communications and VICE Media, and curates the Toronto Indie Doc Fest film festival, now in its second year of programming.

 

I recently chatted with Amanda about the Indie Doc Festival:

Matthew Toffolo: What is your Film Festival succeeding at doing for filmmakers?

Amanda Macchia: Toronto Indie Doc Fest is an affordable opportunity for independent filmmakers to have their documentaries screen at a historical cinema in one of the biggest film cities in the world.

Matthew: What would you expect to experience if you attend the festival this year (2016)?

Amanda: You can expect a well-curated showcase of short to mid-length documentaries from all over the world for an affordable entry fee. Because we are a small festival, we take great care in ensuring the limited amount of time we do have to screen films is packed with the best quality subjects and cinematic executions of those subjects.

Matthew: What are the qualifications for the selected films?

Amanda: We currently accept any documentary, or mockumentary, films that have running times of under 50 minutes. Any subject goes, but we are especially interested in films that explore subjects or personalities that you normally would not get a chance to learn about.

Matthew: Do you think that some films really don’t get a fair shake from film festivals? And if so, why?

Amanda: Absolutely. There are so many variables that go into whether festivals – especially the larger and more prestigious festivals – will program your film. Often, as an independent filmmaker, particularly one that is working with little to no budget, you don’t necessarily have a chance of getting programmed. And although TIDF obviously cannot offer the kind of benefits that you would derive from having your film screen at these other festivals, we can and do offer a realistic opportunity to have your film screened in a proper cinema to a diverse audience.

Matthew: What motivates you and your team to do this festival?

Amanda: This festival was born out of my own frustration with getting some of my own independent documentaries to screen in Toronto and other major cities around the world in an affordable manner. Not every film you make is Harlan County, USA, so there should be festival options for filmmakers who are making great films and telling incredible stories, but may not be at the point in their career where they are receiving funding and initiating large-scale productions that would qualify for more competitive festivals.

Matthew: How has the festival changed since its inception?

Amanda: This is the second annual TIDF, so we have not seen much change since last year, although we do hope more filmmakers are aware of our festival this year and will therefore have a bigger and more diverse pool of content to choose from when programming.

Matthew: Where do you see the festival by 2020?

Amanda: I would like to see this festival grow outwards, rather than internally. Our goal is not to have more consecutive days of programming in Toronto necessarily, but rather to have simultaneous one-day festivals in other major cities in North America, such as Montreal and New York.

Matthew: What film have you seen the most times in your life?

Amanda: The Last Waltz

Matthew: In one sentence, what makes a great film?

Amanda: For me, a great film is not so much in the story, but in the themes hovering beneath the surface and how they are delivered visually. White Chimney, for example, a Finnish documentary we programmed last year, outlines the story of the tragic and mysterious death of the actress Sirkka Sari in 1939. You might read that description and wonder why you would care about the death of a Nordic actress that you’ve likely never heard of that took place 77 years ago. But you would care – because the film isn’t really a documentation of her death – it’s a film about youth, nostalgia, and other themes that I find difficult to even formulate words for in my mind, but they are there on the screen.

Sorry, that was not one sentence.

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Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 10-20 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto on the last Thursday of every single month. Go tohttp://www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

Interview with Festival President Sergey Mavrody (Blow-Up Film Festival)

The 2016 BLOW-UP ARTHOUSE FILM FESTIVAL brings the most original storytellers together with very adventurous audiences for its annual program of dramatic and documentary films, shorts, animations, experimental films, and student work. The Festival was named after the Michelangelo Antonioni’s iconic film “Blow-Up”.

For more information, to go: http://www.blowupfilmfest.com/

I recently sat down with the Festival President Sergey Mavrody:

  • What is your Film Festival succeeding at doing for filmmakers?

We believe we succeed in promoting authentic voices that can awaken new ideas that have the power to push creative boundaries, spark new levels of compassion and understanding, and even lead to social change.

  • What would you expect to experience if you attend the festival this year (2016)?

I would expect to bring the most original storytellers together with very adventurous audiences. It would be a great range of quality art-house films from all over the world. I would also expect a smart audience, people, who love art-house films.

  • What are the qualifications for the selected films?

The Festival welcomes serious, independent films aimed at a specific audience rather than a mass-market consumer. We would like to see films made primarily for aesthetic and philosophical reasons rather than commercial profit. The festival would like to approach the caliber of films made by such great directors as Eisenstein, Antonioni, Fellini, Tarkovsky, Godard, Truffaut, Kurosawa.

  • Do you think that some films really don’t get a fair shake from film festivals? And if so, why?

Yes and no. On one hand, many films have to try very hard to get seen and recognized. On the other hand it is hard to miss a truly great and talented film.

  • What motivates you and your team to do this festival?

The main motivation would be to discover new talented artists promoting that type of films that fit well into our vision, that push creative limits and educate audiences. On the other hand, if we have passion we don’t really need a motivation.

  • How has the festival changed since its inception?

The festival is always evolving. We have changed names, concepts, and places of screening, websites, staff, jury, method of film submission.  This is a great question and answer could be very long.

  • Where do you see the festival by 2020?

By 2020 the festival will be making an even greater impact on the world cinema by discovering talented filmmakers and setting new standards.

  • What film have you seen the most times in your life?

The most times in my life I have seen the films I made, of course.

  • In one sentence, what makes a great film?

Well, Jean-Luc Godard once said: all you need for a great movie is a gun and a beautiful girl J That was an irony, of course. Truth: that’s what makes a great film in a nutshell. More specifically, this includes an authentic story and a sincere unpretentious artistic expression.

  • How is the film scene in your city?

The MovieMaker Magazine recently unveiled its list of cities with the best film scene. You’re probably wondering who topped the list? Well, it’s my Chicago! According to the magazine – the criteria they used include festivals, film schools, movie-related vendors, local theatres, living standards, unemployment rate, median home price and aggressive tax incentives. Chicago is also rich in filmmaking history and has seen an increase in both independent and Hollywood film productions in the last few years. As we speak, a bunch of film production trucks parked right on my street. They are filming the “Empire” TV series.

BIO: Sergey A. Mavrody

Sergey Mavrody moved to US from Moscow, Russia in 1990. He was granted a green card as an “Alien of Extraordinary Ability”.  Sergey received his first graduate degree in animation from VGIK film school, Moscow, Russia. Sergey earned his second MFA degree in Computer Animation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Sergey was a Production Designer for the Emmy Award-winning musical film “The Bridge”. Sergey produced and directed several animated films. His films have received numerous international awards.

Sergey is also a professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and DeVry University. Sergey served as a board member and as a head of the jury at several film festivals. He is a founder and a president of the Blow-Up Arthouse International Film Festival.

 

http://blowupfilmfest.com/

 

 

 

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Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 10-20 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto on the last Thursday of every single month. Go tohttp://www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

Watch the September 2015 Feature Screenplay Winner. Submit your own script by Sept. 15th

DEADLINE September 15th: FEATURE Screenplay Festival – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/screenplaycontest.html

FEATURE SCRIPT Reading of LEGACY
September 2015 Reading
Written by Marc W. Johnson

Interview with the writer:
http://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/08/31/feature-script-reading-legacy-by-marc-w-johnson/

SYNOPSIS:

After a werewolf slaughters the family of a pregnant newlywed and she loses her child, she becomes a cold-hearted hunter and uncovers it’s her best friend.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
ROSE – Erynn Brook
VIRGINIA – Pip Dwyer
GILES – Neil Kulin
BETH – Alissa DeGrazia
VINCE/MULDANO – Ryan Anning
TALBOT – Steve Rizzo

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Watch WINNING Screenplay Readings – Watch videos of past winners performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/feature_script_readings.html

READ 100s of testimonials from past submitters –
http://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/feature-screenplay-submission-testimonials-wildsound-screenplay-contest-review

Watch the best of MOTHER/DAUGHTER Stories from the Writing & Film Festival

Watch winning stories and movies showcased at the Writing and Film Festival in Mother/Daughter genre: Short, Feature, TV Screenplays. Short Stories. Novels. Stage Plays. Poems. Stories from festival made into movies:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/mother_daughter_stories.html

Deadlines to Submit your Screenplay, Novel, Story, or Poem to the festival: http://www.wildsound.ca

Watch the best of MOTHER/DAUGHTER:

DAUGHTER
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK Video
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/daughter.html
USA, Drama

TV SPEC – MOM “Strip Poker and Guilt Trip
June 2014 Reading
Written by Micah Goldman and Griff Kohout
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/mom_tv_spec.html

TV SPEC – MODERN FAMILY “Chairity Case”
November 2014 Reading
Written by Josh Bressler
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/modern_family_chairity_case.html

ALEX
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK Video
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/alex.html
14min, Spain, Family/Drama

1st SCENE SCRIPT READING – PROMISES
October 2014 Reading
Written by Lee Forgang
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/promises.html

GREECE
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK Video
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/greece.html
16min, Canada, Drama

1ST SCENE SCRIPT – MINSAE: THE DARK KINGDOM
July 2014 Reading
Written by Jennifer Sparkman
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/minsae_the_dark_kingdom.html

FIXED
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/fixed.html
7min, Australia, Comedy/Family

The Hardest Good Bye by Sean Patrowich

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