“Going the Distance” with JMU Alum Geoff LaTulippe

Last night, students lined up outside Grafton Stovall Theater to see a free screening of Going the Distance, staring Justin Long and Drew Barrymore. Afterward JMU Alum and the films screenwriter, Geoff LaTulippe, answered questions from the audience. The film received a great response from the audience and many students had insightful questions for Geoff. Geoff’s demeanor was one just like a college student; he was laid back and spoke some vulgar language. He still provided the audience with beneficial words of advice. He told them, “you’re going to be poor at home, you’re going to be poor wherever you are, so be poor where the most opportunity is.” And in his field he said  you are going to have to pick your battles. Geoff lost a lot more battles then he won. He had to fight hard to keep certain scenes, such as the one were Charlie Day is sitting on the toilet in plain view and the Thanksgiving dinner table scene after the incident with Long and Barrymore.

Geoff has some scripts in the working, but he was only able to speak of one. He is currently working on the script for Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament, based off the novel by S.G. Browne.

What did you think of the film and what Geoff had to say afterward?

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