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This Week in Screenwriting: August 19, 2015

2014 AFF Screenplay winner for the AMC One-Hour Pilot category, Wes Brown, hired as staff writer on new AMC show, Goliath 2015 Panelist Andrea Berloff on writing Straight Outta Compton 2015 Film Juror Hannah Fidell on Six Years, and bringing A Teacher to HBO Bones and Sleepy Hollow crossover event to air October 29 2015 Panelist Stu Zicherman’s Casanova pilot review 2015 Panelist Shane Black’s …

2014 AFF Screenplay winner for the AMC One-Hour Pilot category, Wes Brown, hired as staff writer on new AMC show, Goliath

2015 Panelist Andrea Berloff on writing Straight Outta Compton

2015 Film Juror Hannah Fidell on Six Years, and bringing A Teacher to HBO

Bones and Sleepy Hollow crossover event to air October 29

2015 Panelist Stu Zicherman’s Casanova pilot review

2015 Panelist Shane Black’s Predator will reportedly reinvent the franchise

2015 Panelist Jonathan Nolan on how Blade Runner inspired his upcoming Westworld  

 

AFF First 10 Films Coverage:

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Austin Film Festival Reveals First Wave of Films for 2015

Carol Texas Premiere Writer: Phyllis Nagy; Director: Todd Haynes In an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel The Price of Salt, Carol follows two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. Starring Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacy and Cory Michael Smith. Casual New Series from Hulu Creator/Executive Producer Zander Lehmann; …

Carol

Carol

Texas Premiere
Writer: Phyllis Nagy; Director: Todd Haynes

In an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel The Price of Salt, Carol follows two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. Starring Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacy and Cory Michael Smith.


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Casual

New Series from Hulu

Creator/Executive Producer Zander Lehmann; Executive Producer/Director Jason Reitman
A comedy series about a bachelor brother and his newly divorced sister living under one roof again. Together, they coach each other through the crazy world of dating while raising her teenage daughter.

In attendance: Creator/Executive Producer Zander Lehmann; Executive Producer/Director Jason Reitman; Executive Producer Helen Estabrook; Executive Producer Liz Tigelaar; Cast Tommy Dewey, Michaela Watkins, and Tara Lynne Barr


Fallen Stars

World Premiere
Writer/Director: Brian Jett
A poignant drama that chronicles the unexpected friendship that develops between Cooper, a melancholy bartender, who at thirty-six, still isn’t sure what he wants to do with his life, and Daisy, an extremely bright but socially awkward girl in her early twenties.
In attendance: Writer/Director Brian Jett; Cast Ryan O’Nan, Michelle Ang; Producer Stephanie Marin


I saw the light

I Saw the Light

Texas Premiere
Writer/Director: Marc Abraham

I Saw the Light tells the story of the iconic, tormented singer-songwriter who revolutionized country music with his raw charisma, haunting voice and original songs, most of which are considered American standards today and have been recorded many times over by pop, rock and country artists alike. Starring Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, David Krumholtz, and Bradley Whitford.


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Memoria

World Premiere
Writer/Directors: Vladimir de Fontenay, Nina Ljeti

Ivan Cohen is a young boy living in Palo Alto, California. Unsatisfied by his slacker group of friends, his love for a girl who doesn’t know he exists, and a dysfunctional family life, he is struggling to find his place in the world. Starring Sam Dillon, Thomas Mann, Keith Stanfield, and James Franco.

In attendance: Writers/Directors Vladimir de Fontenay, Nina Ljeti; Cast James Franco, Sam Dillon


Newcomer

North American Premiere
Writer/Director: Kai Barry
When a rookie operative’s mistake costs the lives of his entire team, he’s forced on the run and must piece together the truth by re-creating the events of the ill-fated mission with only the audio recording to guide him.
In attendance: Writer/Director Kai Barry; Cast Anthony LaPaglia


The Night is Young

World Premiere
Writer/Directors: Matt Jones, Dave Hill

Over one night, two guys meet two girls and explore what it’s really like to have a drink in LA. Or two drinks… or three… or more.

In attendance: Writer/Directors/Cast Matt Jones, Dave Hill; Cast Eloise Mumford, Kelen Coleman


Paperback

World Premiere
Writer/Director: Adam Bowers

A pizza cook who’s never left his college town meets the girl of his dreams before finding out there’s a huge roadblock to them being together.

In attendance:Writer/Director Adam Bowers


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The Teller and the Truth

World Premiere
Director: Andrew Shapter

The Teller and the Truth uncovers the truth surrounding the disappearance of Francis Wetherbee, a beautiful young bank teller who’s been missing since a 1974 bank robbery in Smithville, Texas.

In attendance: Director Andrew Shapter; All Cast and Crew


Youth

Texas Premiere
Writer/Director Paolo Sorrentino

Youth explores the lifelong bond between two friends vacationing in a luxury Swiss Alps lodge as they ponder retirement. Starring Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda.

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THIS WEEK IN SCREENWRITING: AUGUST 12, 2015

12 Screenwriters Announced for Meryl Streep’s Women Over 40 Lab, including AFF Alumni and Austinite Sarah Bird Rejection and Development: A Screenwriter Describes his First Two Years in the Business Happy Birthday, Norman Lear, 2015 AFF Outstanding Television Writer! First HBO Westworld teaser from 2015 Panelist Jonathan Nolan Issa Rae Productions Partners with FINC Entertainment Group & Dormtainment to Release Killing Lazaurs 2015 Panelists Scott …

12 Screenwriters Announced for Meryl Streep’s Women Over 40 Lab, including AFF Alumni and Austinite Sarah Bird

Rejection and Development: A Screenwriter Describes his First Two Years in the Business

Happy Birthday, Norman Lear, 2015 AFF Outstanding Television Writer!

First HBO Westworld teaser from 2015 Panelist Jonathan Nolan

Issa Rae Productions Partners with FINC Entertainment Group & Dormtainment to Release Killing Lazaurs

2015 Panelists Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber discuss Paper Towns and their adaption process

Austin Film Commission Makes Its Mark on the Indie Film Scene

2015 Panelist and Fargo creator Noah Hawley on ‘How to Avoid the Sophomore Slump’

How the CineVegas Film Festival Came Back from the Dead

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Juror Spotlight: Miguel Alvarez

On board for this year’s Narrative Student Short jury is Miguel Alvarez. Miguel is a filmmaker and lecturer at the Radio-Television-Film department of the University of Texas. In addition to writing, directing, and producing award winning short films like Tadpoles, Kid, and Mnemosyne Rising, Miguel serves as Executive Producer on Austin Film Festivals’ Lone Star Emmy Award-winning television show On Story. As EP on On …

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On board for this year’s Narrative Student Short jury is Miguel Alvarez. Miguel is a filmmaker and lecturer at the Radio-Television-Film department of the University of Texas. In addition to writing, directing, and producing award winning short films like Tadpoles, Kid, and Mnemosyne Rising, Miguel serves as Executive Producer on Austin Film Festivals’ Lone Star Emmy Award-winning television show On Story. As EP on On Story, Miguel finds excerpts from panels that take place during AFF’s Screenwriters Conference and pairs them with selected short films that played during Austin Film Festival. Miguel is a strong advocate of independent film, and his commitment to championing new and promising talent will benefit the Student Short category immensely this year. Learn more about Miguel below and check out all of our confirmed jurors here. For more information on On Story visit www.onstory.tv.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Wake up. Think about running. Think about writing. Then remember there’s an On Story fire to put out.

What’s the best part of your job?

Depends on the job! If I’m shooting, then it’s being able to tell a story visually. If it’s producing On Story, then it’s my post-production team. If it’s teaching, then it’s being called “Professor Alvarez”.

What’s your favorite movie and why?

Hmmm, tough one. Filmmakers never have just one. I’m just going to list the first ones off the top of my head.

Seven Samurai because of it’s masterful storytelling.

Amores Perros because of it’s gritty heartache.

Ratcatcher because it captures the beauty and despair of being a teen.

Children of Men because it’s the perfect minimalist sci-fi movie.

La Jetée because it’s an even more minimal sic-fi movie that is pure visual storytelling.

Tree of Life because it’s the closest thing to watching a visual symphony.

The Last American Virgin because it’s what being a teenager in the 80’s was like.

Who’s your favorite writer and why?

Favorite writer would have to be Cormac McCarthy. He’s a master wordsmith and excellent storyteller.

What’s your favorite part about Austin Film Festival?

The Fest brings such an abundance of talent and knowledge to the Conference every year that it’s become an embarrassment of riches.

What was your first job or worst job?

First job – flipping burgers at Mickey D’s. I don’t think it’s scarred me in any way…

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