It's my belief that stay at home fathers are underrepresented in current film and television. So I decided to do something about it and wrote a feature length screenplay called SURPRISE DIVORCE.
I'm raising funds to attend the Catalina Film Festival, September 27-October 1st. It's the ideal opportunity to network with industry executives and hopefully connect with and sell my screenplay. Festival attendance and networking are the next necessary steps to successfully sell this screenplay.
Several years ago I was complaining to my late father that I was not able to attend a Festival for Acting. My dad recommended raising funds on Kickstarter, and I poo poo'd it. He believed I had plenty of friends who would help when and where I need it. So I'm finally taking his sage advice and reaching out.
Surprise Divorce is a story of a stay at home father/husband (Kevin) caught off guard by his wife’s (Anne) desire to end their lengthy marriage. Kevin is forced to confront divorce from the perspective of a traditional “housewife”. Having no job or preparation to step into “the real world” the screenplay follows him as he gets back on his feet, works through his pain and comes out the other side. Using therapy, laughter, and tears he makes his way through the modern world’s new sexual politics. Politics that still view a stay at home father’s work as not a real job. Surprise Divorce examines love, family, and divorce in a modern world that is slow to adapt to its new realities.
Surprise Divorce has been quite successful on the festival circuit. To date this is a listing of the screenplay’s accomplishments:
- Hollywood Boulevard Film Festival- Best Dramatic Screenplay 2017
- Chandler International Film Festival- Best Dramatic Screenplay December 2016
- American Movie Awards- Bronze Award 2017
- International Independent Film Awards- Platinum Winner Feature Scripts 2017
- Los Angeles New Wave International Film Festival- Honorable Mention 2017
- Las Vegas International Screenwriting Competition- Feature Screenplay: Drama Runner-Up 2017
Surprise Divorce is a Finalist in the following Film Festivals: Catalina Film Festival, Windy City Film Festival, Short Stop International Film Festival, The Golden Script Competition, and Peachtree Village International Film Festival. It is also an Official selection in these Film Festivals: Feel The Reel Film Festival, London Independent Film Awards, Finish Line Script Competition, Oaxaca FilmFest, The European Independent Film Awards, Filmmakers International Screenwriting Awards with award notifications pending.
Any funds above and beyond the original request will support my attendance at additional festivals as well as script submissions to new festivals.
Risks and challenges
Unless the Big Quake happens and California breaks away from mainland US I'm heading to Catalina!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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