Interview with Screenwriter Lyndal Simpson (THE FARRELL GIRL)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Lyndal Simpson: Two abused young girls survive the brutal massacre of their family only to be separated in the state care system. Shaun “Fish” Whiting, the main suspect in the killings, remains at large and the exact circumstances of the Farrell family slaughter are shrouded in mystery. Twenty years on the estranged sisters exist as psychologically damaged adults. Their fragile existence is shattered when Fish returns to hunt them down once more. They must find one another before he finds them, and when they do, demons from the past must be finally confronted.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama. Thriller. Crime.

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

“The Farrell Girl” packs a strong emotional punch while tackling some very heavy social issues – namely child sexual abuse, and violence against women and girls in the home.

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Interview with Screenwriter Clara BIJL (For Better Or For Worse)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Clara BIJL: An American-born woman who’s deemed to be an “illegal” attempts to avoid deportation at any cost, only to find that her seemingly fool-proof plan has backfired.

2. You say that it’s based on “True Event”. Can you expand on that?

13 millions individuals do not have already access to citizenship documents.

Then there are people who are born to parents who want to be off-the-grid.

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

It’s an interesting unique story. It’s something most people don’t believe happens. It’s relevant with today’s America.

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

Corky and humorous.

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

Groundhog day.

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

About 10 years.

7. How many stories have you written?

I’ve probably…

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Interview with Filmmaker Hannah de Groot (TIME AT WOODPINE)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

TIME AT WOODPINE played to rave reviews at the April 2020 Female Film Festival.

A Film Freeway Preferred Festival:

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Hannah de Groot: I really leaned into the collaborative process, with my cast and crew motivating me with their fresh perspectives, creativity, and hard work whenever I felt discouraged. Because this was my senior thesis, I knew that this film would be seen as the culmination of my college career, and that the opportunity to make it was a fleeting privilege and a gift.

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

1 year

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

Girlhood Together

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

I have lupus, a disease which can be unpredictable and debilitating at…

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Interview with Filmmaker Suyoung Jang (SHATTERED)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

SHATTERED played to rave reviews at the April 2020 Female Film Festival.

A Film Freeway Preferred Festival:

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Suyoung Jang: Before I started to study computer animation at Ringling College of Art+Design, I had studied History at Ewha Womans University in South Korea, one of the oldest universities and the first women’s university in Korea. Studying and living in all female environment was unique experience in my life. There were so many talented women, but as soon as they had graduated school, they started to struggle only because of their gender. Lots of companies in South Korea rejected my friends’ application. We needed to put our photo and clarify our gender on resume, and it was not illegal at that point in Korea. Same as US, Korean society educated girls “your right is as important as man”, but right after we get…

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Interview with Filmmaker Laura D’Antoni (CYCLE)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

CYCLE was the winner of BEST FILM at the April 2020 FEMALE Feedback Film Festival.

A Film Freeway Preferred Festival:

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Laura D’Antoni: I wanted to make a film that had a strong message, was visually interesting but also personal to me. This film shines a light on what it’s like for children in domestic abuse situations- it’s very confusing when a mother can’t leave the relationship because for a kid it’s a very black and white answer: If somebody is hurting you, you should leave.

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

It took about 1 1/2 years to make this short. Post-production always takes much longer than expected, and we ended up adding a lot of sound effects to enhance the story.

3. How would you describe your…

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Interview with Filmmaker Sophia Stoller (SCREAMING SHAPES)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

SCREAMING SHAPES played to raves reviews at the Los Angeles Experimental, Dance, Music Festival in February 2020.

Submit to the festival via FilmFreeway:

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Sophia Stoller: The seed of the idea for this film began at an artist residency in 2017 called the Cohan Collective, directed by Robert Cohan of the Martha Graham Dance Company, Yolande Yorke-Edgell, and John Pennington. This wonderful residency brought together choreographers and composers to workshop ideas together, developing collaborations where music and dance were tightly woven together. On the first day of the residency I was paired with composer Peter S. Shin and we were tasked to create something in an hour with no prep time. We were both so inspired by what we made that we decided to continue developing it, first into a longer piece for the stage, and eventually into this film. The stage…

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Interview with Filmmaker Elizabeth Lewis (WATERS OF MARCH)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

WATERS OF MARCH played to rave reviews at the April 2020 ANIMATION FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto.

Submit to the Animation Fesival via FilmFreeway:

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Elizabeth Lewis: The illness and death of my brother, the most important person in my life, who died a year earlier.By a strange twist of fate, he died in March.

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

It took eight months

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

lyrical and poignant

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

There were no real obstacles and working on it day after day was pure joy.What concerned me for months, though, was that I hadn’t contacted the singer Stacey Kent for permission to use the song. When I finally…

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Interview with Screenwriter Drew Robinson (BEAUTIFUL SURFACES)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Drew Robinson: What if you could live forever? Beautiful Surfaces is a science fiction, coming of age television drama. Set in a dystopian future where aging has been eradicated, the series explores how immortality affects societal norms, relationships and the human psyche. Echoing many of the issues that today’s millennials face, the series offers audiences, of all ages, the opportunity to reflect on contemporary issues through the lens of a science fiction setting.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Science fiction/drama/speculative fiction

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

I think that this script would be a great pilot for a tv series. The search for meaning and purpose that Mia, Alejandro and many of the characters grapple with in this series reflect my own struggles as a millennial. The millennial relationships with privacy, with debt, and with…

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Interview with Screenwriter Christian Jilka (CAPTURE THE FLAG)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Christian Jilka: It is about a history professor, who meets a petty thief. Together they hatch a plan to score easy money. Things go awry when the score becomes a priceless vintage diamond and one of the professor’s students wants in to make her dreams of becoming a pop star true.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Crime, Drama, Dark Comedy

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

Because it aims to entertain without having to sacrifice its own artistic voice. It is a familiar story (that of people chasing money), but it is told with a fresh new spin and some unique characters at its heart.

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

Wild and Unexpected.

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

That is a very hard question…

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Interview with Filmmaker Laura D’Antoni (CYCLE)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

CYCLE was the winner of BEST FILM at the April 2020 FEMALE Feedback Film Festival.

A Film Freeway Preferred Festival:

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Laura D’Antoni: I wanted to make a film that had a strong message, was visually interesting but also personal to me. This film shines a light on what it’s like for children in domestic abuse situations- it’s very confusing when a mother can’t leave the relationship because for a kid it’s a very black and white answer: If somebody is hurting you, you should leave.

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

It took about 1 1/2 years to make this short. Post-production always takes much longer than expected, and we ended up adding a lot of sound effects to enhance the story.

3. How would you describe your…

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