LGBT Best Scene Reading of DADDY, by Bernard Leed

Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama

Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Jeremy: Michael Lake
Brett: Nick Wicht
Rachel: Alicia Payne

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Best friends BRETT and RACHEL are professionally and sexually satisfied twenty-somethings who can’t seem to find meaningful romantic relationships. Though only a few years out of college, the two feel mature beyond their years. When they both start dating older men, they think they’ve found the solutions to their problems. But as the relationships progress, all four characters’ insecurities come to glaring light.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Romantic Comedy, LGBTQ

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Because these relationships are very rarely depicted in film. Because rom-coms need to adapt to the way we actually date. Because it requires zero special effects. And because it can serve as a fantastic acting showcase for a variety of actors.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Snappy. Heartfelt.

What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
The Sound of Music

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Roughly one year

How many stories have you written?

A few dozen.

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

Without question, Weezer’s ‘Say It Ain’t So’.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

It takes a lot of energy for me to share my work. Overcoming that shyness was the greatest obstacle.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Musical theater, Pilates, my daily crossword, RuPaul’s Drag Race

What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

It’s important to me to write stories about LGBTQ characters, and thus entering LGBTQ festivals was a no-brainer. This feedback was particularly thorough compared to other festivals I’ve entered, offering not only criticism and solutions but also excellent points of reference and thoughtful prompts. It was clear to me that the reader not only took notes on my screenplay but really invested in it.


Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

By lgbttorontofilmfestival

Festival occurring twice a year. In Toronto in June. And in Los Angeles in September. Showcasing the best of LGBT Short Films and Screenplays from around the world.

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