AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL'S ON STORY PODCAST (film and television)
Beau Willimon and John Ridley

This week’s On Story from Austin Film Festival and Public Radio International, House of Cards show-runner Beau Willimon discusses his Netflix political drama, followed by 12 Years a Slave and American Crime filmmaker John Ridley.

Beau Willimon is a screenwriter, playwright and show-runner of Netflix’s highly acclaimed political drama, House of Cards. His play Farragut North, became the basis for the motion picture screenplay Ides Of March, which he co-wrote with George Clooney and Grant Heslov. The film earned Willimon the Academy Award® nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. House of Cards is set in present day Washington DC. The show starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright as Frank and Claire Underwood is based on a novel by Lord Michael Dobbs and adapted from a BBC mini-series by the same name. The fourth season of House of Cards will be available to stream on Netflix in March of 2016. Steve Scheibal spoke with Beau Willimon at the 20th Austin Film Festival in 2013.

Writer-Director John Ridley’s credits include the novels Those Who Walk in Darkness, A Conversation with the Man, and Stray Dogs, the graphic novel The American Way and the screenplays for the films Red Tails, U Turn, Three Kings, and Undercover Brother.  His script for 12 Years A Slave won the 2014 Academy Award® for Best Adapted Screenplay and he’s currently the show-runner for the ABC series, American Crime. This conversation was recorded at the 21st Austin Film Festival in 2014 and was moderated by screenwriter and Austin Film Festival favorite, Alvaro Rodriguez.

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Category:Film and Television -- posted at: 11:30am CDT

Lawrence Kasdan and Chris Carter

This week’s On Story from Austin Film Festival and Public Radio International, The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens co-writer Lawrence Kasdan describes his career in film and his early work with George Lucas and Stephen Spielberg. We’ll also hear screenwriter Damon Lindelof speaking with X-Files creator Chris Carter about Carter’s ground-breaking TV series.

Lawrence Kasdan has written, directed, or produced more than twenty-four motion pictures, among them, some of the most successful films of all time. Lawrence Kasdan was nominated for the Oscar® for Best Original Screenplay with The Big Chill and Grand Canyon as well as Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture for The Accidental Tourist which he wrote and directed. He’s recently co-written Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens as well as other coming films in the Star Wars universe. Lawrence Kasdan spoke to an audience of enthusiastic screenwriters at the 18th Austin Film Festival in 2011.

Chris Carter is best known for creating The X Files. The show originally ran for nine seasons and spawned two feature films, the spin-off series The Lone Gunmen and even crossed over with one of Carter’s other series, Millennium. Chris Carter’s revival of The X Files is set to premiere on January 24th 2016. Star Trek Into Darkness co-writer and The Leftovers co-creator Damon Lindelof spoke with Chris Carter at the 19th Austin Film Festival in 2012.

Austin Film Festival's On Story Podcast is made possible by

Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation

City Of Austin Cultural Arts Division

Texas Commission on the Arts

U.S.Institute of Museum and Library Services

Texas Library and Archives Commission

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Category:Film and Television -- posted at: 11:23am CDT

The Duplass Brothers and Jeff Nichols

This episode of On Story, film-making brothers Jay and Mark Duplass describe their early days in Austin, Texas and their rise to success from The Puffy Chair to HBO's Togetherness. In the second half of our show, Jeff Nichols, the film-maker behind Mud, starring Matthew McConaughey discusses his creative style of movie creation.

Jay and Mark Duplass have come a long way since being associated with the low budgets and naturalistic dialogue of the indie film movement known as mumblecore. The two have since collaborated on the films Cyrus , Jeff Who Lives at Home , and most recently, the HBO series Togetherness .   Actor John Merriman moderated this conversation with the Duplass Bothers on October 22nd 2011 at the 18th Austin Film Festival.

Jeff Nichols is the writer-director behind the films Shotgun Stories , Take Shelter and the critically acclaimed 2012 film, Mud starring Matthew McConaughey, Ray McKinnon and Michael Shannon. His next film, Midnight Special is slated to open in 2015. Screenwriter Christopher Boone spoke with Jeff Nichols in 2013 at the 20th Austin Film Festival.

Austin Film Festival's On Story Podcast is made possible by

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City Of Austin Cultural Arts Division

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U.S.Institute of Museum and Library Services

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Category:Film and Television -- posted at: 11:02am CDT

Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa are the screenwriting duo responsible for rebooting the Planet of the Apes franchise.  This conversation reveals their inspiration and travails in the creation two iconic films in the "Apes" cannon.  Adding to their credits is this summer's release, Jurassic World which recently had the highest grossing opening weekend in box office history.

The second half of our program features Danny Boyle. The Academy Award® winning director needs little introduction with a filmography including Trainspotting28 Days Later  and Slumdog Millionaire . His next film is slated to be the Steve Jobs biopic starring Michael Fassbender. This conversation was recorded in 2008 at the 15 th  Austin Film Festival and was moderated by film critic Christopher Kelly.

 

 

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Category:Film and Television -- posted at: 1:53pm CDT

Breaking Into Film

 

Screenplay competitions are a fantastic way to get started in the business, and AFF is surely no exception. Troy Anthony Miller recently signed an option with Frank Darabont's production company, Darkwoods Productions, for his winning AFF script The Hitch. Earlier this summer, AFF’s screenplay alum Oren Uziel found success in theatres nationwide after penning 22 Jump Street. And during the Festival this year, Rachel Long and Brian Pittman will present the world premiere of Dawn Patrol, a screenplay that originated out of AFF's screenplay competition and was produced by Dan Petrie, Jr, and Rick Dugdale's production company, Enderby Entertainment. These alum will provide insight into how the competition has launched their film careers, and how it can do the same for you.

 

 

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Category:Film and Television -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT

AMC, FOX and Pixar Executives

Today on Austin Film Festival’s On Story Podcast, Demystifying the Development Process with Carrie Gillogly, Jessica Julius, Lauren Neustadter, Erika Weinstein. We usually feature writers on the On Story Podcast. This episode, four executives from film and television share their perspectives on the development process. Aspiring writers get ready. These people mean business and you need to know how best to work with them. Today’s panel was recorded at the 21st Austin Film Festival and was moderated by Pam Golum.

 

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Category:Film and Television -- posted at: 1:56pm CDT

We’re highlighting three Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition success stories on this episode. Our panelists will discuss the ins and outs of the festival and offer advice on the path to the writer’s room.

 

Nkechi Okoro is a writer/co-producer on Bones and was a 2011 Austin Film Festival One-Hour Teleplay Pilot Finalist with her original drama, The Fed.

 

Christine Boylan is a writer/producer who has worked on the shows Leverage, Off the Map, Castle and Once Upon A Time. She’s currently a co-executive producer on NBC’s Constantine. Christine Boylan was Austin Film Festival’s 2004 One-Hour Teleplay Spec Winner with her Six Feet Under Spec Script titled The Strike.

 

Stephen Falk is the Creator/Showrunner of You’re The Worst, on FX and served as co-executive producer on both Weeds and Orange is the New Black.  Stephen Falk was Austin Film Festival’s 2000 Comedy Screenplay winner with his feature script, You Down With OCD?

 

This panel was recorded at the 21st Austin Film Festival in 2015 and was moderated by our own Marcie Mayhorn.

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Category:Film and Television -- posted at: 1:01pm CDT

A Conversation With Jay Duplass

Writer-director Jay Duplass has collaborated with his brother, Mark Duplass throughout his career. The two rose to prominence with their DIY shorts This is John and Scrapple, which garnered high praise at Sundance. The two followed up with a string of features in the mumblecore movement including The Puffy Chair, Cyrus and Baghead. Jay Duplass is now acting in the Amazon Studios comedy-drama Transparent and with his brother Mark, shares the helm of the HBO series Togetherness, which has been renewed for a second season. This conversation was recorded at the 21st Austin Film Festival in 2014 and was moderated by Austin American Statesman reporter Matthew Odam.

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Category:Film and Television -- posted at: 1:59pm CDT

Screenwriter Michelle Ashford is best known for her work on the 2010 miniseries, The Pacific. Her current series, Masters Of Sex is based on Thomas Maier’s biography of legendary sex researchers Dr William Masters and Virginia Johnson. The Showtime drama stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, and returns for its third season later in 2015. 

 

 Scott Frank's screenwriting credits include Little Man Tate, Get Shorty, Minority Report, Marley and Me and A Walk Among the Tombstones. He’ll be joining us this Sunday March 1st 2015 for live discussion on writing, and to mark the event, we dug into the AFF vault for a recording from way back in 1999 at the sixth Austin Film Festival.   

 

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Category:Film and Television -- posted at: 5:35pm CDT

A Conversation With Danny Boyle

Academy Award® winning director Danny Boyle needs little introduction with a filmography including Trainspotting, 28 Days Later and Slumdog Millionaire. Most recently, Boyle is the executive producer and co-creator of the Channel 4 comedy/drama Babylon and his next film is slated to be the Steve Jobs biopic starring Michael Fassbender. This conversation was recorded in 2008 at the 15th Austin Film Festival and was moderated by film critic Christopher Kelly.

 

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Category:Film and Television -- posted at: 2:37pm CDT