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.
Selling Non-Fiction to an Audience: A Conversation with Terry George (#505) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Terry George (writer/director Hotel Rwanda; writer In the Name of the Father) reflects on the art of fictionalizing fact and placing ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances as a storytelling vehicle. Followed by Dean Loxton's short film, Under, about a train operator struggling to deal with a traumatic event and finding solace in an unsuspecting way.
- KQED Life: Sat, Sep 5, 2015 -- 5:00pm Remind me
Rectify: Ray McKinnon On Characters & Culture (#409H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
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.
The Left and Write: Politically Driven Narratives (#506) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Beau Willimon (creator House of Cards) and Eli Attie (writer The West Wing) debate politically-driven narratives, power struggles, and dramatizing the truths and fictions that comprise ideologically-charged stories. Accompanied by Topher Field's short film, The Hustle, offering a glimpse inside a swindler's artful technique and deception.
- KQED Life: Sat, Sep 12, 2015 -- 5:00pm Remind me
Men In Black: A Conversation with Ed Solomon (#408H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Men in Black writer, Ed Solomon, explores the genesis of the movie and its journey from pre-production through post. Solomon documents his experiences getting fired and re-hired on the project, the evolution of the story, and working with the cast and crew.
Indie Filmmaking in Hollywood: A Conversation with Jay Duplass (#507) Duration: 26:47 STEREO TVG
Jay Duplass (writer/director Jeff Who Lives at Home, The Puffy Chair) recollects his journey with brother Mark Duplass onto the DIY indie film scene, along with their specific approach to storytelling. Followed by Future Home, the story of a father, son, and a time-travelling killer android, in a short film by Ramin Serry.
- KQED Life: Sat, Sep 19, 2015 -- 5:00pm Remind me
Groundhog Day: Deconstructing The Comedy Classic (#508) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Danny Rubin, co-writer of Groundhog Day, deconstructs the unconventional romantic comedy's progression from script to screen and reminisces on his unique collaboration with the legendary Harold Ramis.
- KQED Life: Sat, Sep 26, 2015 -- 5:00pm Remind me
Neo Noir: The Modern Day Film Noir (#412) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
Shane Black and Brian Helgeland discuss the modern day Neo Noir - a genre-bending response to the Film Noirs of the 1940s and 50s - and dissect the basic styles, impulses, themes, and tones that embrace this form of storytelling.