March 2016 Winning Feature Screenplay.
Watch MOTHS TO FLAME Feature Screenplay:
Get to know writer Fredric Maffei
1. What is your screenplay about?
Days from receiving his inheritance, young Nick hops in his truck and is California bound. Starved for a mentor/hero in his life, Nick hooks up with as canny a secret predator as ever was. One sizzling night on the town with babe-magnet Henry, and Nick flutters about him like a moth to flame. Enter Bunny! Smart and gorgeous, she’s an African-American filmmaker intent on making a documentary about Nick’s deceased dad, a little-known novelist of a bygone day. But when Bunny and Nick strike up a flame of their own, a jealous Henry looking on — there’s death to pay! Now Henry has not one but two moths to play with, to seduce, to cause to breathlessly hurl themselves against the deathly white heat of him. One delicate-winged little moth will break the cycle and fly away. One won’t.
2. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
For one, it contains one of the more memorable villains you’ll ever meet. Further, the book version won Kirkus Indie’s best thriller award in the year it was entered, Kirkus calling it “A gripping thriller with as many twists and turns as a cross-country road trip.”
3. How would you describe this script in two words?
4. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
5. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
No end to the tweaks. I tweaked more when I was younger. As an older and matured writer, it takes me less than a month to complete a polished script.
6. How many stories have you written?
I’ve ten novels up on Amazon and have written twice that many screenplays.
7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?
My wife planted the seed, I supplied roots, leaves, and all the rest.
8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
My wife, mostly.
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Music, deeply so. A retired musician, I tend toward jazz and classical.
10. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
An honor having my screenplay read aloud, invaluable the experience as a writer. The initial feedback was good, albeit a subjective thing always.
11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Your own natural voice is the best one for you, however long it takes to discover it. Guard against others drowning it out in you
Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson