|Winning Screenplay – REBEKAH’S CLOSET
Written by Amy Malinda Jackson
Genre: Romance, Drama
Rebekah is writing on her memoir Rebekah’s Closet when she begins to hear voices in her head, have flashbacks of Viet Nam, but her lover Rupert hears her make a sound and comes to encourage her to love again.
Get to know the writer:
What is your screenplay about?
Rebekah’s Closet is about a young American woman living in Paris who grapples with the psychological ramifications of her childhood abuse.
What genres does your screenplay fall under?
Drama, Psychological Thriller, Love Story, Fantasy
Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
It is based on my true story of growing up with horrific abuse, and transforming into an artist and writer, into a loving person somehow, after all. It didn’t have to end up that way, especially considering what was done.
How would you describe this script in two words?
What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
How long have you been working on this screenplay?
One year. It is based on a novel that took a decade.
How many stories have you written?
Maybe ten. But there are so many that are in my head, wanting to come out, in some form. And dreams, wanting to be written.
What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)
The Rolling Stones: I’m a Monkey. I don’t play it, but I want it played at my funeral. As a joke. For real.
What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
Determining what pieces of the massive story to put in, what to leave out. How to tell my story, ultimately. It’s so hard. I’m still figuring it out, actually. I have to rewrite.
Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Gardening, painting jungles in acrylic, doing industrial photographs that look like abstract paintings, LOVING people wherever I go (I’m a Buddhist), community advocacy where I live (I live in a disadvantaged neighborhood where we are restoring a Victorian home), yoga, mindfulness, cooking and baking.
What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
I want to get my stories out there. I don’t want my stories, like my paintings or photographs, to be in a closet, but to be outside. For so long I had to keep everything secret, for so long I couldn’t talk or know what had happened, but now I know the whole sequence of events. That is a major life changing event, to know the truth, for me. Secondly, I’ve not only survived, but my counselor says that I am an inspiration, that my story can help other people. Maybe the script isn’t there yet, but I’m committed to getting it there. Thirdly, I wanted to be a writer growing up, and it wasn’t allowed. I want to be a screenwriter. I want to learn this craft. It’s like a strange puzzle me, that I’m trying to figure out, at the same time that I’m trying to tell my stories, to get them out of the darkness.
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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Editor: John Johnson
Camera Operator: Kierston Drier
Casting: Sean Ballantyne