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NARRATOR – Adam Martignetti
MILLIE – Kelly Daly
ROGER/NORTH – Nick Baillie
YANCEY/BROWN – Dan Christofori
JOSEPH – Sako Kababji
DOTTIE – Elizabeth Owens Scidmore
LILLY – Sara Price
Get to know writer Christopher Willis:
1. What is your screenplay about?
This is the story of a spunky teenage girl in 1935 who leaves her abject poverty in dust bowl Oklahoma to follow her dreams to Hollywood. Along the way she befriends three misfits that help her to realize that her real life is far richer than the one she’d dreamed about for so long.
2. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
It is an entertaining coming of age story set in 1935 that relates to modern day themes.
3. This story has a lot going for it. It’s part Family, part Adventure, part History, part Drama, part Action, part Comedy. How would you describe this story in one sentence?
Riffing on the Wizard of Oz, this story follows a young girl from tragic poverty in dust bowl Oklahoma to the bright lights of the 1935 Academy awards.
4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?
5. This is a very tight, emotionally engaging and fun screenplay. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
This script took about 15 months and a dozen revisions to get it to where it is now. Is it finished? I’d like to think so, but I know better.
6. How many stories have you written?
Seven features, five shorts, one TV pilot, and a bunch of short stories.
7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?
I wanted to write a coming of age story that related issues felt by teenagers today to those from 80 years ago.
8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
I received feedback regarding the “pace” of the script which required a significant rewrite.
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Mental health in children. I am a psychologist.
10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?
I won a WILDsound competition for the first ten pages of this script.
11. What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
The feedback was very helpful in guiding the rewrites.
12. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Once the creative juices have yield up a first draft, be methodical in rewriting subsequent drafts.
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