Short Screenplay Reading – LEROY’S DREAM by Diarra McCormick

March 2016 Winning Short Screenplay

Watch LEROY’S DREAM Table Reading:


LEROY – Ucal Shillingford
DARYL – Rob Notman
SONYA – Alicia Payne

Get to know writer Diarra McCormick:

1. What is your short screenplay about?

My screenplay is about a disgruntled hardworking father struggling to communicate with his combative alcoholic wife who must find the strength to pursue his true passion of becoming a world renowned painter.

2. Why should this screenplay be made into a film?

This screenplay should be made into a film because this story needs to be told. It’s universal and inspirational. Everyone has a dream that they would like to come into fruition, whatever that dream may be. This story not only displays the harsh realities and struggle to get there, but also the satisfaction of making progress. It also continues to shed light on the struggles of living in New Orleans.

3. This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this script in two words?

Triumphant struggle

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


5. This is a very tight, emotionally engaging and fun screenplay. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I worked on this screenplay for a month.

6. How many stories have you written?


7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

New Orleans has a lot of talented visual artists who are stuck working two and three low-paying jobs just to pay the exceptionally high rent that has skyrocketed since Hurricane Katrina. These artists motivated me to shed light on this situation from their perspective and the fact that some communities still haven’t been rebuilt.

8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I was very indecisive about the ending, until I realized that simpler was better.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Acting, dancing, modeling, and inspiring others.

10. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

What influenced me to enter the festival was my desire to take a chance on myself and share my story with others. What better way to do it than to enter a festival? I’m glad I did because I have a chance to be heard. My feelings on the initial feedback was that it was a good interpretation of the summary of my story.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Don’t be afraid to take a chance on yourself. Rejection is the worst feeling ever, no matter what it is you’re pursuing in life. For writers, it’s important for people to see it and get feedback, so submit your work to festivals. Festivals can become expensive, so make sure you share your writing with different people from all walks of life who don’t mind reading it. You’ll be glad you did.


Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

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