BIOGRAPHY BEST SCENE Reading of THE REDEMPTION OF JOHN PARKER, by John Connell

 

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.

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
John Parker: Gabriel Darku
Cookie: Ali Chappell
White Nurse: Val Cole
Michael: Scott McCulloch
Will: Peter-Mark Raphael

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?

Historical drama/biopic

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.

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

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