A Surprising Conversation With A Comedic Twist By Jeff and Julia Heinen
"Coffee in Southtown" is a short comedy screenplay by Jeff and Julia Heinen. Synopsis "A Bohemian woman tries to move on from a disastrous first date with handsome new developer gentrifying her neighborhood." This screenplay is an official selection of The Austin Comedy Short Film Festival Fall 2017 and Houston Comedy Film Festival 2018.
"Coffee in Southtown" Interview with Jeff and Julia Heinen.
- What is the title of your screenplay and why did you think that your screenplay was a good fit for the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival? “Austin is huge for movies, comedy and creativity. It was the perfect fit for Coffee in Southtown.”
- What inspired you to write this screenplay and how did you come up with the title? “Julia and I entered an NYC Midnight short film challenge where we were given 72 hours and three prompts: Romantic Comedy, Gentrification, and A Fortune Teller. Random prompts are fun because it is like solving a puzzle and you end up exploring characters and settings you may not necessarily explore. The title captures a pivotal scene and conveys the a fun and consciousness of setting we were going for.”
- What was your inspiration for some of the characters in your screenplay? “The characters grew organically out of the prompts. As we wrote we could hear their voices, and really like them. We wanted to explore their point of views and the snap judgements that we make every day about people of the other class in a fun and light-hearted way. In this day and age, the world needs to laugh.”
- In your mind, where do you see this story taking place and why? “It could really take place in any city where history is being encroached by progress. Our leads, Britt and Ethan represent these two spheres and although come from different sides of the issue cannot help their attraction towards one another.”
- What were some of the creative challenges that you encountered while writing this screenplay? “The time crunch and making the prompts work initially, but out came something created a screenplay that we genuinely like and are proud of.”
- Can you list any awards, nominations or official selections for this film? “2017 Yes! Let's Make a Movie Film Festival Official Selection and Nomination for Best Script. 2017 Los Angeles CineFest Semi-Finalist.”
Future Projects for Jeff and Julia Heinen
We’re doing a punch up of a one hour procedural drama pilot (with some comedic elements) featuring three female leads that made semi-finalist at the 2017 Series Fest: Featuring Women Initiative: “S3rial” Overview: A hyper intelligent FBI agent, brash Sheriff’s deputy, and sultry Interpol/DGSI agent as they solve serial crimes using S3rial, an experimental software of the FBI agent’s design. Problems occur with the day to day dangers of catching serial killers and hardened criminals as well as the world’s competing intelligence agencies wanting S3rial for themselves. Further complicating matters, the FBI agent’s own estranged sister is playing a game of cat and mouse, committing serial murders to see if her sister is as good as she thinks she is.