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Short Screenplay – TO KILL GANDHI by James M Freeman

Watch the September 2016 Winning Short Screenplay

TO KILL GANDHI by James M  Freeman

What is your screenplay about?

To save the life of the woman he loves, a disillusioned Calcutta gangster must assassinate Gandhi on the eve of Indian Independence.

What genres does your 1pg. short fall under?


Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Using a distinctive historical background (Calcutta in the late 1940s), this screenplay highlights an enduring human dilemma: when, if ever, violence is justified.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Controversial & Insightful.

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


How long have you been working on this screenplay?

This is adapted from a feature screenplay (The Time of Killing), which took four years to write. The short script took about a month.

How many stories have you written?

I have written several other short scripts. I am a retired anthropology professor and non-fiction writer, whose book, “Hearts of Sorrow,” won an American Book Award.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

My screenplays are based on my decades of research in India and Southeast Asia. My present screenplay (a fictional story) was inspired by the life history of a Calcutta gangster, which I collected more than forty years ago.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Unlearning the conventions of non-fiction writing.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Refugee children and their protection.

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

If you have it in you to write, then write. Avoid naysayers. Pay attention to genuine critics, who will help you to improve.


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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

August 7, 2016 – Writing Festival Details

This week’s writing festival is a showcase of the August winning TV PILOTS, plus the winning 1st scene and short screenplays.

They will be performed by some of the top actors working in Toronto today.

Here are the details of the screenplays and stage play being performed:

#1 – TV PILOT – Surveillance by Chris Gebhardt & Jenn Russi

Genre: Drama, Crime, Thriller

When a young woman uncovers an illegal government surveillance program that uses ordinary citizens’ private lives against them, she finds herself caught between her patriotic roots and the grim reality of government service. Living with Bipolar I disorder, she must find a way to protect her own secrets and determine where she stands in the coming War on Truth.

#2- TV PILOT – Olympus Rising by C.M. Landrus

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Action, Adventure

After two thousand years of dormancy, the gods of Mount Olympus awaken as human teenagers to struggle with the immortal bonds of kinship while reclaiming their rightful places as rulers of humankind.

#3 – 1st Scene – Kabul by Vincent Masson

Genre: Drama, Thriller, War

Two boys growing up in post-9/11 Afghanistan take different paths – One becomes a soldier, the other a Taliban Fighter.

#4 – 1st Scene – Halfway by Lukas Hassel

Genre: Drama

Two recovering addicts skip out of rehab to rediscover their sober identities on their own. Determined to, for once, be winners in life, they quickly lose track of where they are going and why.

#5 – Short Screenplay – Together by Jade Syed-Bokhari

Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

As an apocalyptic asteroid heads to earth, a bereaved father hunts down his child’s killer; so dead or alive, his family is together to face the end.

#6 – Short Screenplay – To Kill Gandhi by James M. Freeman

Genre: History, Biography, Drama

In the midst of intense conflict between Muslims and Hindus fighting for India in 1946, Mallabir and his men do their utmost to regain order, no matter how brutal their means.


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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson