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Interview with First Scene Screenplay Winner (HELLCAT) J. Alan Hostetter

I’ve been writing for 40 years, but not self-promoting. The WILDsound Festival is giving me a chance to finally flaunt my wares. It’s time.

– J. Alan Hostetter, on the WILDsound experience.

    Watch the Winning 1st Scene Screenplay HELLCAT:


    NARRATOR – Ryan Fisher
    Guise – Geoff Mays
    Sterner – Andy Bridge
    Fries – Andrew Farr
    Cat – Holly Sarchfield

Matthew Toffolo interviews J. Alan Hostetter:

Matthew: What is your screenplay about?

J. Alan: “Hellcat” is about a Pennsylvania state police detective who investigates a blackmail plot as it is going awry, various leads connecting a mysterious woman who once partially castrated her rapist.

Matthew: Why should this script be made into a movie?

J. Alan: Not only is it a tightly plotted thriller, with memorable–even iconic–characters, but the story is actually about something, exploring whether it is more cruel and unusual to put a sex offender in prison for possibly decades or give him an early parole if he agrees to a partial castration. You can’t change a sex offender’s brain, but you can reduce his testosterone production by half by removing one testicle, reducing the likelihood of a repeat offense. And then of course the climax kicks ass.

Matthew: If you can go for dinner with one person dead or alive, who would it be and why?

J. Alan: Off the top of my head, I’d say Anthony Bourdain would make a great dinner companion. I have a lot to learn about food and I’m pretty sure he’d know what restaurant to go to and what to order. And he’d be a blast to talk to as we get properly soused.

Matthew: What was your favorite television show as a kid?

J. Alan: I loved “Combat” and “The Man From UNCLE” as a kid. I loved to play war. Then I got older and wiser and revered Martin Luther King and Gandhi and Christ. I was a very religious Christian teenager, a conscientious objector to war and a virgin until I was 29.

Matthew: What’s been the best year of your life?

J. Alan: I can’t say any single year stands out as my best. Maybe the year after my daughter was born. That was pretty great. I hope it’s a year yet to come. I’ve never been very successful. I’d like to find out what that’s like.

Matthew: Besides your writing talent, what else are you good at?

J. Alan: I’m a pretty good Director of Photography. I’m fast on my feet and I know where to put the lights. It’s a learned skill, a hard-earned learned skill.

Matthew: Do you have a favorite possession?

J. Alan: My favorite possession is my iPhone 6 Plus. I’m on it every day all day long. I wrote an entire musical of 40 songs about the Battle of Gettysburg on my 3S. So many great apps!

Matthew: What has been the best compliment you have ever received?

J. Alan: I don’t fish for compliments but I recently heard my wife tell a friend I was a good man. That’s really as good as it gets.

Interview with Alan Hostetter, February 2015 Novel Festival Winner (HELLCAT)

HELLCAT is a detective story about a blackmail plot gone wrong, where many elements of the investigation lead back to a mysterious woman with a notorious past. (As a teenager, she partially castrated her rapist.) The book explores the cultural effect of her vengeance as well as the effect it had on her life.

    WATCH the Novel Reading performed by actress Frances Townend

Matthew Toffolo interviews Alan Hostetter:

Matthew: What is your experience in the world of writing?

Alan: I’ve been writing plays, screenplays and novels for over thirty years.

Matthew: How many stories/novels have you written?

Alan: I’ve written several screenplays, a musical and three novels.

Matthew: What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Alan: The movies I’ve watched most often are “Star Wars” and “Dr. Zhivago.”

Matthew: What artist would you love to work with?

Alan: I’d love to work with Charlize Theron some day.

Matthew: Do you have a routine, structure in place to write?

Alan: I have no set process for writing. I just follow my instincts, which I advise others to do.

Matthew: Besides writing, what else are you passionate about?

Alan: I’m a film and movie guy, a gaffer and cameraman by trade, and love my work.

Matthew: What influenced your to submit to WILDsound?

Alan: After working in a vacuum as a writer for many years, I’m interested in sharing my writing work now more than ever.

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