Screenwriting is bringing Jon Pollono’s life full circle.
A high school jock from small-town New Hampshire, Pollono says “Movies were my first love,” and he studied film and English in college. But the theater stole his heart and he became an actor. “Being onstage in a play was terrifying, but it was that same adrenal rush as playing a sport.”
Years later, while he was studying acting in Los Angeles, he began writing monologues for himself and other thesps. That led to his starting a theater company with his classmates that produced his one-act plays. “The audience told me more about my voice as a writer than anything,” he says. Over time he became a notable playwright; his play “Lost Girls” recently opened Off Broadway to good reviews.
Now he’s working on the screenplay for “Stronger” for Mandeville Films, a project that not only brings Pollono back to movies, but also back to his New England roots. The film tells the story of Jeff Bauman, who lost his legs in the Boston Marathon bombing. As it turned out, Bauman is from a Massachusetts town just 20 minutes from where Pollono grew up.
It’s Pollono’s first script based on real people. “I loved the process, the sort of journalistic approach of chasing down the truth, and being beholden to the truth, and creating a story around that. And having the pressure, but also the challenge, of saying I’m going to love these people enough to show them, warts and all, but really honor them.”
Original Story Appeared In Variety.