This series focuses on the inspiration and creative process at the conception of the filmmaking process. It includes interviews and footage from leading screenwriters and filmmakers discussing their craft and films, recorded at past Austin Film Festival panels and screenings. Each episode pairs these conversations with a short film from an emerging filmmaker; these shorts have previously screened at the Austin Film Festival.
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Deconstructing Dog Day Afternoon (Episode #411)
KQED Plus: Wed, Sep 17, 2014 -- 11:30 PM
Frank Pierson's Academy Award-winning Dog Day Afternoon elevates the classic crime genre through its exploration of textured characters and rationale. Screenwriters Robin Swicord (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Peter Craig (The Town) examine the story's masterful reveal of information and its surprising, but inevitable and honest conclusion.
- KQED Plus: Thu, Sep 18, 2014 -- 5:30 AM
Jonathan Demme and Paul Thomas Anderson: A Conversation (Episode #414)
KQED Plus: Wed, Sep 17, 2014 -- 12:30 AM
In this second installation featuring Paul Thomas Anderson and Jonathan Demme,the duo look back on the vision, style, influences, and creative passion for Demme's The Silence of the Lambs, Stop Making Sense, Rachel Getting Married and Something Wild.
Philadelphia: A Look Back (Episode #410)
KQED Plus: Wed, Sep 10, 2014 -- 11:30 PM
Ron Nyswaner recounts the social impact of his screenplay Philadelphia, a bold film released during a delicate time in history. Followed by Oliver Kember's Puzzled, about a young boy whose only chance at survival on the playground is to outsmart the other children.
- KQED Plus: Thu, Sep 11, 2014 -- 5:30 AM
Greaser's Palace: A Conversation with Jonathan Demme and Paul Thomas Anderson (Episode #413)
KQED Plus: Wed, Sep 10, 2014 -- 12:30 AM
Filmmaking legends Paul Thomas Anderson and Jonathan Demme pay tribute to Robert Downey Sr.'s cult classic Greaser's Palace. Next, Andrew Napier's short film, Grandma's Not a Toaster, where a whiskey-guzzling mother-to-be aims to enlist her neurotic brother in attempt to thieve from their ailing grandmother's fortune.
Rectify: Ray McKinnon On Characters & Culture (Episode #409)
KQED Plus: Wed, Sep 3, 2014 -- 11:30 PM
Ray McKinnon, creator of the Sundance Channel's breakout hit, Rectify, details how to capture the personality of a culture through establishing strong characters, tone, and atmosphere. The short film Spanola Pepper Sauce Company follows, directed by McKinnon and written by Graham Gordy, suggesting there's more brewing in Spanola, AK than just its fine pepper sauce cooking.
- KQED Plus: Thu, Sep 4, 2014 -- 5:30 AM
Re-Imagining The Classics (Episode #303)
KQED Plus: Mon, Sep 1, 2014 -- 11:30 PM
The writers of re-imagined classics and popular franchises such as Ghost, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, Twins and Snow White and the Huntsman deliberate how to keep stories fresh while remaining faithful to the original version. Accompanied by Spencer and Lloyd Harvey's short film Jack & Jill, a fresh take on the classic nursery rhyme that follows a young Australian girl who finds an inventive way to contact her father, a soldier stationed in New Guinea during WWII.
- KQED Plus: Tue, Sep 2, 2014 -- 5:30 AM