The Global Fund is a parodical global economic institution, headquartered in Washington, whose Director and Staff attempt –and often fail– to rule over the various countries of the world. They clash and try to make an arrangement with the Presidenta of a country in debt.
Get to know the writer:
1. What is your TV PILOT screenplay about?
Paul Bicker is the Director of the Global Fund, an international public institution that tries to prescribe what to do to the various countries of the world. In the pilot, Bicker pretends to address the huge debt of a South American country with an incompetent government. He reaches a deal with the ignorant and arrogant Presidenta of Platonia to trade off the economic policy dictated by the Global Fund with permission for the country to keep its domestic politics and elections, which generates a catastrophe.
2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?
Political satire. Comedy.
3. Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?
The Trump’s presidency, Brexit, the rising of populist and nationalist movements, have opened a new golden era for political satire. But no sitcom has dealt yet with the global institutions, such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and alike, which have recently become more and more powerful over the entire world economy and are now the main target of politicians’ and voters’ backlash in many countries.
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?
Several years doing academic research on the global institutions in Washington, and about a year to write the satirical version.
7. How many stories have you written?
I have published a dozen academic monographs, textbooks and non-fictions essays; I have also a satirical campus novel written; this is my first TV screenplay.
8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)
As time goes by.
9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
I know the technocratic jargon and the political speech well, but I needed to give a different voice to every character, which I was not used to do.
10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?
So far it has offered me this nice opportunity to have a video for promotion, which I didn’t find elsewhere.
12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
The initial feedback was very helpful, although the reviewers didn’t know much about the global institutions that I am satirizing and I had to clarify. This confirms that this TV show is necessary for the education of the public about the importance of the current governance of the world; I think a satirical comedy may be an effective way to explain how they work and to call the attention to the opportunities and perils they bring about.
Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Director: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel
Camera Op: Mary Cox