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.
Charles Burnett: Film As A Means for Social Change (#613H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVPG
Writer/Director/Producer Charles Burnett shares his career development process in narrative and documentary filmmaking with Killer of Sheep (1978), his seminal film, which was definitive in highlighting African American cultural experience. Burnett's films Killer of Sheep and To Sleep with Anger were both added to the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress for being culturally significant.
- KQED Life: Sat, Oct 1, 2016 -- 5:00pm
Rodrigo Garcia On Writing Relationships (#604H) Duration: 26:48 STEREO TVPG
Writer/director Gary Ross (Pleasantville, Seabiscuit, Free State of Jones) explores lessons learned and wisdom gained over the course of his career as a storyteller, including the significance of mythology, imagination, and inventiveness throughout all parts of creation, from conception through completion of each project.
- KQED Life: Sun, Oct 2, 2016 -- 6:30pm Remind me
Daredevil: Behind The Screen (#606H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVPG
Christos and Ruth Fletcher Gage discuss the process of adapting the Marvel comic Daredevil for television. The duo break down the juxtaposition of brute realism and the moral complexity of Daredevil's characters, along with how they navigated the show's unconventional story structure in the writers room.
Rectify: Ray McKinnon On Characters & Culture (#409) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
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.
John Singleton's Classic Influences (#601H) Duration: 25:59 STEREO TVPG
John Singleton, the youngest and first African American filmmaker to win an Academy Award for his work on Boyz in the Hood, discusses his process, influences, and inspirations, from the work of acclaimed playwright August Wilson to pioneering directors Spike Lee and Federico Fellini.
- KQED Life: Sat, Oct 8, 2016 -- 5:00pm Remind me
The Path of an Action Writer: A Conversation with Robert Kamen (#605H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVPG
Rodrigo Garcia, whose credits include Albert Nobbs, Nine Lives, Mother and Child, and most recently, Last Days in the Desert, contemplates the importance of writing honest relationships in his work, and the visceral connection audiences have with stories about family. Followed by a short film from Faraday Okoro about a father and son who agree to a 'winner takes all' blitz chess game in order to settle a bet.
- KQED Life: Sun, Oct 9, 2016 -- 6:30pm Remind me
Carl Reiner: A Conversation with a TV Legend (#607H) Duration: 28:46 STEREO TVPG
Comedy titan Carl Reiner looks back on creating The Dick Van Dyke Show, how the show evolved over the course of its five seasons, and the collaborative efforts of the writers and actors involved. Reiner recalls special moments from behind the scenes and, ultimately, how the creative vision was translated to the screen.
Zombies and Groot - Bringing Comics to Life (#603) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
Nicole Perlman (Guardian of the Galaxy) and Angela Kang (The Walking Dead) explore navigating a male-dominated industry as female genre writers. The women discuss tackling comic book adaptations, the importance of character development, and the fine line between staying true to the spirit of the source material while also breathing new life into preexisting storylines.
Norman Lear - A Retrospective (#602) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
Perhaps one of the most influential contributors to the landscape of situational comedies and progressive writing in Hollywood, Norman Lear transformed a genre known for play-it-safe humor into a platform for how Americans experience social issues. In this week's On Story, Lear remembers a few of his favorite episodes and how he created some of the most beloved characters in the history of television.
- KQED Plus: Sat, Oct 15, 2016 -- 11:30pm Remind me
- KQED Plus: Sun, Oct 16, 2016 -- 5:30am Remind me
- KQED World: Tue, Oct 18, 2016 -- 7:30am Remind me
- KQED World: Tue, Oct 18, 2016 -- 1:30pm Remind me
- KQED World: Fri, Oct 21, 2016 -- 2:30am Remind me
- KQED World: Fri, Oct 21, 2016 -- 8:30am Remind me
- KQED 9: Mon, Oct 24, 2016 -- 11:30pm Remind me
- KQED 9: Tue, Oct 25, 2016 -- 5:30am Remind me
Awkward Black Girl: A Conversation with Issa Rae (#608H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVPG
Creator/director/producer/star Issa Rae discusses the unique challenges that surround creating independent webseries, the freedoms that come with doing it your own way, and how to navigate the growing sensation of developing original online content. Followed by The Unexpected, a short webisode from The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl.
Heroes and Anti-Heroes: Loving The Villain (#309) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
The voices behind The Devil Wears Prada, Bridesmaids, and Rachel Getting Married deliberate how the most impressionable characters - both good and evil - are compelling because of their flaws, complexities, and personal truths. Accompanied by the short film, Mentiroso by writer/director Will Shipley about trailing a young boy whose incessant lies are almost as far-fetched as an astonishing encounter with the most beautiful girl in town.