The 11th Annual American Gem
Short Script Contest Winners


Winners | Biography | Logline | InterviewScript Excerpt

Glory Hole

American Gem Short Script Contest

3rd Place Winner

Glory Hole

Kristen Alario
of Tomball, TX



Kristen Alario

Kristen has been writing screenplays for over five years. She has placed in several contests and has attended screenwriting conferences and workshops in Houston, Austin and Los Angeles. With one short filmed, she hopes to see more of her work come to life. In addition to screenplays, she has also written several short stage plays.



A Pentecostal teen gets kicked out of the house by her faith healing father. When she finds a job in a seedy adult book store, she takes control of her life and saves her asthmatic sister in the process.


Interview Part 1.

I knew I wanted to be screenwriter when I finally listened to the stories in my head.

I know I've succeeded when I'm a panelist at the Austin Film Festival:)

My inspiration to write Glory Hole was a mixture of things. Mainly, I had just discovered what the term "glory hole" meant. Around the same time, I read a news article about a faith healing preacher who died from a snake bite. I mixed the two subjects to develop my story.


Interview Part 1.

FilmMakers Magazine: What inspired you to write?
Kristen Alario: Daily life, things I read and see.

FilmMakers Magazine: Is this your first script and how long did it take you to complete?
Kristen Alario: I've written many short scripts. It took me about 3 months to complete.

FilmMakers Magazine: Do you have a set routine, place and time management for writing?
Kristen Alario: No routine, I'm a stay-at-home mom so I can write anytime.

FilmMakers Magazine: Do you believe screenplay contests are important for aspiring screenwriters and why?
Kristen Alario: YES. It puts experience under your belt. When you place in contests, it validates you have a talent as well as looks good on your resume.

FilmMakers Magazine: What influenced you to enter the American Gem Short Script Contest?
Kristen Alario: I wanted to enter American Gem because of it's reputation and had good prizes for it's winners.

FilmMakers Magazine: What script would you urge aspiring writers to read and why?
Kristen Alario: just read Carol starring Cate Blanchett. It's an easy script to read.

FilmMakers Magazine: Beside screenwriting what are you passionate about and why?
Kristen Alario: Family and animals.

FilmMakers Magazine: Who is your favorite Screenwriter and Why?
Kristen Alario: I don't really have a favorite.

FilmMakers Magazine: Name the director you would love to work with and why?
Kristen Alario:
Too many to list.

FilmMakers Magazine: Name the actor you would love to work with and why?
Kristen Alario:
Casey Affleck, love his work.

FilmMakers Magazine: Any tips and things learned along the way to pass on to others?
Kristen Alario:
Have patience. It can takes years to get noticed.

FilmMakers Magazine: What's next for you?
Kristen Alario:
Finishing my feature length script.

FilmMakers Magazine: Where do you see yourself in five years from now?
Kristen Alario:
I have no idea:)


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