Genre: Biography, Drama, History
An embittered slave succeeds in business and buys his freedom, but inner peace eludes him until he joins forces with white abolitionists to risk life and limb as an Underground Railroad “conductor” pursued by slave owners and a sociopathic slave hunter.
Get to know the writer:
1. What is your screenplay about?
The true story of a former slave turned successful business who saved more than 400 of his brothers.
2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?
3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
This American hero’s story is little known and has never been filmed.
4. How would you describe this script in two words?
Engaging & awe-inspiring.
5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
“Singin in the Rain” (for the sheer joy).
6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
Two years (with other projects intervening).
7. How many stories have you written?
Eleven screenplays (shorts and features)
8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)
“Send in the Clowns” (for the pathos) and “Singin’ in the Rain” (for the youthful, joyful attitude)
9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
The wish to include too many exciting incidents that would have been episodic; the worry that blacks may resent a white person’s interpretation of their story.
10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
I am passionate about fairness/justice in society and politics.
Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson
Camera Op: Mary Cox