Winning 1pg Short Screenplay – ORSON WELLES ASHES, by Debra Knox

 Genre: Comedy

Charlie and Susan, a couple of Hollywood wannabes drive down Sunset Boulevard in a big black Lincoln with Orson Wells ashes in the trunk and discover what it means to not give up on your dreams.


Narrator: Julian Ford
Charlie: Steve Rizzo
Susan: Penelope Corrin

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

When two lonesome losers, Susan and Charlie, hook up in a Beverly Hills Convenient Store, they take a ride in a black Lincoln Continental down Sunset Boulevard, along with Orson Wells ashes in the trunk of the car they unite in their dysfunctional mission to reclaim what little dignity they had, striving to make a difference in a world of illusion Susan steals Orsons ashes, climbing The Hollywood Sign in an attempt to set herself and Orson free.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy, Crime, Satire

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This film speaks to the underlying truth and universality that all people deserve and want to be loved, accepted and appreciated no matter how old, or successful they are.

And it’s quirky and funny, and touching, and I love it!!!!!!!!

How would you describe this script in two words?

Bullet Bra

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

The Big Lebowski

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

2 years, that is the full-length screenplay, not this one that’s a minute long…..

How many stories have you written?

8 1/2

What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

The Spider and The Fly

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

My inner demons, along with working to make a living and keep a roof over my head, which takes up a lot of time and energy that I could be using to write!!!!!! But I like food, well not really. I’m anorexic, but my friends like food.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

acting, music, guitar, piano, dancing, watching films, film noir, nutrition. Buddhism. CATS, NYC

What influenced you to enter the festival?

I want to generate some interest in the full screenplay for Orson Wells Ashes, and thus perfect it and get it made into a fantastic motion picture, and make a living as a writer, doing what I love!


Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

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