Watch the Video Pitch for BROKEN FRAME
Get to know writer Stephen Boncella:
It’s 1975 and Mike Davis, a decorated Vietnam veteran, has trouble surving in an America plauged by high unemployment and hostile towards returning serviceman. He hopes for a fresh start in the one place he vowed never to return, the family farm he left in order to escape an abusive alcoholic father. Standing his way is Emma, the kid sister he abandoned long ago. She’s grown up to become a drug-addicted prostate and the current owner of the farm. Emma has her own plans for the farm, sell it to the highest bidder and move to LA.
2. Why should people know this story?
I feel what makes this story wonderful is that it isn’t simply a “save the farm” story. It deals the with bonds of family, no matter how tenuous they may be they can never be broken.
3. How long have you been working on this story?
I’ve been writing Broken Frame for the past two years, but the inspiration for it came to me in 1998 when my sister give me a mixed cassette tape for my birthday. On it was the song ‘COMING HOME’ by Lynyrd Skynyrd and upon hearing it the opening scene of ‘BROKEN FRAME’ immediately flashed in my brain. After listening to the song several times I had the general outline of the story. However I put the story aside for a number of years (long story on that one) until two years ago when I driving to the store one day and the song was played on the radio. It wouldn’t leave me and I felt that I had to write it.
4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?
I can’t really say that I have only one favorite movie above all others. My father and my childhood of growing up on a farm gave me my love of westerns. I rank ‘UNFORGIVEN’, ‘TRUE GRIT’ ‘DANCES WITH WOLVES’ ‘THE WILD BUNCH’ ‘THE OUTLAW JOISE WALES’ and ‘LONESOME DOVE’ as the best. I’m also a great lover of classic movies, among them ‘GONE WITH THE WIND’, ‘CASABLANCA’, ‘THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES’ and ‘BUCK PRIVATES’ are among my favorites. I think Quinten Terintino and the Coehn Brothers are not only great directors but also the best writers. Recently I saw ‘ROOM’ and I was blown away by Brie Larson’s performance.
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Narrated by Becky Shrimpton