Sundance Film Festival 2023 - Trust the Process: A Conversation with 2022 Women Write Now Fellowship Writers & Guest Directors
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by Sadie Dean
2d ago
The Women Write Now fellows Mayanna Berrin, Kiana Butler Jabangwe, and Danielle Solomon and guest directors Logan Browning, and Nicole Byer, recently spoke with Script about their journeys to this moment, the creative process, what they learned from the fellowship both as writers and directors, advice for future fellows, and so much more. [L-R] Logan Browning, Danielle Solomon, Mayanna Berrin, Kiana Butler Jabangwe, Nicole Byer, Tika Sumpter, Candice Wilson Cherry at Hartbeat & Sundance Institute’s Women Write Now Program Premiere Screening. Courtesy of Mark Von Holden/Shutterstock Im ..read more
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Sundance Film Festival 2023 - Tangible Opportunities for the Latinx Community: A Conversation with The Latinx House Co-Founder Olga Segura
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by Sadie Dean
3d ago
The Latinx House co-founder Olga Segura shares with Script why The Latinx House organization was founded, her journey from mere Sundance attendee over a decade ago to premiering her film as a producer, the initiatives and partnerships that they’ve created over the last few years, networking advice, and much more. The Latinx House. Photo courtesy Sundance Institute/Associated Press. The founders of The Latinx House are on a mission to bring real opportunities for the Latinx storytelling landscape, by forging strategic partnerships with companies that not only talk the talk but walk the walk in ..read more
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Sundance Film Festival 2023 - The Secret as a Narrative Framing Element: A Conversation with ‘The Persian Version’ Writer-Director Maryam Keshavarz
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by Sadie Dean
3d ago
Maryam Keshavarz recently spoke with Script about why she wrote this screenplay, how she found the narrative framing element, diving into the ensemble comedy, and so much more. Coming from two countries at odds with each other, Iranian-American Leila (Layla Mohammadi) strives to find balance and embrace her opposing cultures, while boldly challenging the labels society is so quick to project upon her. When her family reunites in New York City for her father’s heart transplant, Leila navigates her relationships from arm's length in an effort to keep her “real” life separate from her family life ..read more
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How to Utilize Twist and Turns for Emotional Beats: A Conversation with 'Missing' Filmmakers Sev Ohanian, Aneesh Chaganty, Will Merrick, Nick Johnson, and Natalie Qasabian
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by Sadie Dean
5d ago
'Missing' filmmakers recently spoke with Script about breaking story, utilizing various screens and technology in service of emotional beats, what inspired them to become filmmakers, and more. From the minds behind Searching comes Missing, a thrilling roller-coaster mystery that makes you wonder how well you know those closest to you. When her mother (Nia Long) disappears while on vacation in Colombia with her new boyfriend, June’s (Storm Reid) search for answers is hindered by international red tape. Stuck thousands of miles away in Los Angeles, June creatively uses all the latest technology ..read more
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Sundance Film Festival 2023 - Emotional, Grounded Outlook in the Midst of Absurdity - An Interview with 'Onyx the Fortuitous and the Talisman of Souls' Director, Editor, Screenwriter and Actor Andrew Bowser
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by Sadie Dean
6d ago
Andrew Bowser recently spoke with Script about building Onyx's story into a narrative feature, pragmatically juggling various creative hats, working with puppets, and more. It's no wonder that Adobe Premiere was the perfect tool for his creative vision once the film hit post-production - the tool is any filmmaker's creative playground. Amateur occultist Marcus J. Trillbury, aka Onyx the Fortuitous, is struggling. He’s misunderstood at home and work, but his dreams for a new life seem to be answered when he lands a coveted invitation to the mansion of his idol Bartok the Great for a ritual to r ..read more
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SELLING YOUR SCREENPLAY: Ep. 467 - From Horror Anthology to Features with Roxanne Benjamin
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by Ashley Scott Meyers
6d ago
This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with director Roxanne Benjamin, who got her start with Horror anthologies 'VHS,' 'XX' and 'Southbound.' Roxanne talks about that and her latest project as a Director, the feature 'There's Something Wrong with the Children.' This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with director Roxanne Benjamin. She is a Writer/Director/Producer who got her start with Horror anthologies VHS, XX and Southbound. Roxanne Benjamin talks about that and her latest project as a Director, the feature There's Something Wrong with the Children. Topics also include how before working dire ..read more
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Sundance Film Festival 2023 - Navigating the Outsider Mythology with 'My Animal' Director Jacqueline Castel
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by Sadie Dean
1w ago
Jacqueline Castel recently spoke with Script about how she and Jae Matthews initially connected in the NYC music scene to later becoming creative collaborators, using the camera to capture character development, and what she hopes audiences take away from watching this film. Heather, an outcast teenage goalie, longs to play on the hockey team of her small northern town. She meets and falls in love with newcomer Jonny, an alluring but tormented figure skater. The girls’ relationship blossoms despite Heather’s struggles with her alcoholic mother, her hidden sexual orientation, and ..read more
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2023 Sundance Film Festival – Back in Person
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by Sadie Dean
1w ago
Script's editor Sadie Dean gives first impressions of the Sundance Film Festival being back in person and hot takes on films 'STILL: A Michael J. Fox Movie,' 'Cassandro,' 'Bad Behaviour,' 'Live & Die and Live,' and more! Courtesy Sundance Institute Touching down in Salt Lake City, there’s a buzz of excitement and a lot of shivering (it’s cold out here folks) as you walk out of the airport. Having flown in on the Day 1 of the festival, I regrettably missed a handful of in-person premieres and events, but the festivities were just getting started. Day Two Navigating the festival in person ca ..read more
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Sundance Film Festival 2023 - Interview with 'Aliens Abducted My Parents and Now I Feel Kinda Left Out' Director Jake Van Wagoner and Screenwriter Austin Everett
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by Sadie Dean
1w ago
Director Jake Van Wagoner and screenwriter Austin Everett speak with Script about how the story idea came to light, their creative collaboration from development to post-production, writing emotional beats and so much more. Teenage aspiring journalist Itsy is miserable when her family moves to the small town of Pebble Falls. Among the new challenges — a fixer-upper house and unfriendly high schoolers, to name a few — Itsy meets Calvin, her strange, space-obsessed neighbor and classmate. Itsy befriends Calvin in hopes of writing an exposé on the oddball for a summer internship back in New York ..read more
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Most Hitchcock Films are Harrison Films
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by Dr. Rosanne Welch
1w ago
Script contributor Dr. Rosanne Welch celebrates the female screenwriters who came before us with this month's spotlight on prolific and trailblazing screenwriter Joan Harrison, the first screenwriter to earn two Academy Award nominations in the same year. The main problem with the auteur theory that allows phrases like “Hitchcock film” to seep into our conversations is that it dismisses the work of the screenwriter who comes up with the theme, the plot, and the characters – or if they are adapting a novel, which themes, which plot lines and which characters they choose to include, combine or ..read more
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