Tinu, an Indian woman in her 40s, is going through a divorce. Leaving her acting career in Los Angeles and moving in with her parents in Buffalo, NY, Tinu attempts to rebuild her life as she pursues her back up engineering career plan with a job as a Construction Inspector. What she expects to be a devastating life change turns out to be the best thing that's ever happened to her.
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Sleazy Sam: Sean Ballantyne
Tinu: Hannah Ehman
Guss: Steve Rizzo
Get to know the writer:
1. What is your screenplay about?
My screenplay is about starting over in your mid life. Its about exploring the life that you "think" is right for you as oppose to the life that "feels" right to you.
2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?
Dramedy, Comedy, Family, Eccentric Office.
3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
I believe this show has its own unique place and theme which tells a story of failure in a comedic way. A woman in her mid 40s coming back home to her Indian-American family from sunny california and starting over in a field which is drastically different from her acting career and working in the construction industry with construction workers in a place called Buffalo where it snows 10 months a year in itself is a comedic set up in many ways.
But also thematically the story explores the theme of what TINU (the main character) calls, her "Happiness Project". Today more than ever, with a constant pressure to prove how happy one is, have we as a generation lost track of what is truly fulfilling to us versus what the world gives us as validation in terms of what fulfillment, happiness and success should look like. This story attempts to bring to light this theme through the journey of a woman who is going through a similar confusion.
4. How would you describe this script in two words?
5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
About one year.
7. How many stories have you written?
8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)
It changes with the phase of life I'm in. The current phase is all about "Let it go"
9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
I think since this is loosely based on my own experiences, it was sometimes hard to look at the overall picture more objectively and extract myself out as a writer who is telling a story and not writing a biography. Other than that, I work as an engineer now and my job is 8 hours a day 5 days a week so it's easy to fall into that grind and procrastinate. So I think the hardest part was having the discipline to really sit down and do the work.
10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
I'm passionate about dancing- I was a dancer for about 8 years in new york city before I went to LA and started acting. I'm passionate about mental health and I'm surprising myself as I write this because I'm actually getting passionate about my engineering work too.
11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?
FilmFreeway has been a very easy and user friendly platform to submit and update my work on. It has been a very good experience getting my material organized there. Also I like the different categories of film festivals and their criterias. The breakdown has helped me pick and choose the festivals that are right for me to submit to easily.
12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
I think the work you are doing at Toronto Feedback Female Film Festival is wonderful. What influenced me to submit to this festival was that the festival encouraged female driven stories that were off the beaten path and also got feedback on your work. The feedback I received was very helpful and encouraging and is helping me look at my story from an audience point of view. This is very useful to fine tune my plot and process which I so appreciate.