NARRATOR: Becky Shrimpton
Jed: Merlin Simard
Will: Scott Beaudin
Henson: Allan Brunet
Get to know the writer:
1. What is your screenplay about?
A retired gunman, Will Kincaid, returns from a cattle drive and believing his brother, Jed, has the local clumsy laundress, Annie, in the family way, he marries her himself only to discover she’s a virgin. Not to mention her cooking skills are lacking, and the catastrophes in the kitchen laughable to everyone but Will.
Will tries to talk her into divorcing him and when he allows his ex-fiance to move back into their home, it’s the final straw for Annie. She leaves him, moves back to town and finds she’s the beneficiary of her deceased uncle’s fortune but to inherit it, she must marry and bear children within three years. When she appears before the circuit court judge for a divorce so she can look for a suitable husband, the judge says Will has to appear before him and confess to the extra-marital affair with his “ex” before he’ll grant it.
Ignorant of Annie’s new-found fortune, Will realizes he misses Annie, wants her back. When she approaches him for the divorce, he refuses – then the parade of men begin appearing at his door asking him to confess his infidelities to the judge so they can start courtin’ Annie — All the while someone tries to kill the estranged couple.
2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?
Western and rom-com.
3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
When I pay to see a movie, I want to leave the theater knowing I’ve been entertained and with “Courtin’ Annie,” I would. And not only that, I’d have a smile on my face when I left. I would hope others would feel the same way and that’s the reason I’d like to see this made into a movie.
4. How would you describe this script in two words?
Entertaining and fun.
5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
“It’s a Wonderful Life” – most every Christmas.
6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
It took about two months to complete, but then I’m not working on it all the time.
7. How many stories have you written?
To date, I’ve completed 23 screenplays, two of which are shorts and one a pilot for a series. Three have been optioned.
8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the
most times in your life?)
I have no favorite but I prefer music from the 40s through the 70s. I guess you could say I’m a romantic at heart because I love singers such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, etc. I can understand the lyrics. Guess that dates me, doesn’t it?
9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
Actually, because I had so much fun with it, there were no obstacles.
10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Right now, with the exception of my family, my only passion is coming up with new ideas and putting them down on paper in the form of screenplays. I also dabble at painting – and have over the years – but can’t say I’m really passionate about it at this particular time in my life.
Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson
Camera Operator: Mary Cox