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Good Things Come to Those Who Wait: How the Writers/Directors of THE WAY WAY BACK Made Their Directorial Debut Their Way (Q&A Screening)

The Way Way Back, one of the most entertaining films of the summer, is from writers/directors Nat Faxon & Jim Rash. Faxon, Rash and actress Allison Janney gave a very comical Q&A. They provide a lot of educational information to screenwriters and filmmakers, as they discussed their eight year journey to get the film made their way. Video from the Q&A is included.

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Injecting Corporate America with a Taste of Its Own Medicine: A Discussion with THE EAST’s Zal Batmanglij, Ellen Page, and Patricia Clarkson (Q&A Screening)

The East is the ultimate revenge fantasy against corporations with no moral fiber, like a smaller budget indie version of Fight Club, where Freeganism replaces nihilism. Director and co-writer Zal Batmanglij and actors Ellen Page and Patricia Clarkson discuss the origins of the script, Freeganism, and what drew the actors to these roles. Includes videos from the Q&A.

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Finding the Life Behind the Moments that Resonate: Greta Gerwig Discusses FRANCES HA (Q&A Screening)

Frances Ha is a very unexpected, atypical uplifting comedy that focuses on friendship and self discovery rather than a romantic relationship. During a Q&A, Greta Gerwig discussed her collaboration with Baumbach, developing the story, casting, the film’s naturalism, and the choice to shoot in black and white.

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Divorce & Narcissism Through the Eyes of a Child in WHAT MAISIE KNEW (Q&A Screening)

What Maisie Knew is a heartbreaking and fascinating study of both divorce and narcissism, filled with realistic characters and important themes that hit home. This is the first film I can remember that shows divorce so accurately through the eyes of a young child, who doesn’t completely understand what is going on. Sure, there have …

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Writing During Production: The Development of Sundance Darling BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (Q&A Screening)

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I was at a showing a couple weeks ago of Sundance darling Beasts of the Southern Wild at the Landmark here in Los Angeles.  It was followed by a Q & A with breakout newcomers: director/co-writer Benh Zeitlin, cinematographer Ben Richardson, and first time actors Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry.  Beasts won the top award …

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The Hunter and the Hunted: Intriguing Lead Characters in Man Vs. Nature Films

One of the best and little seen films of 2012 is The Hunter, starring Willem Dafoe and written and directed by Daniel Nettheim. The Australian film, released on DVD this coming Tuesday, July 3, is full of rich themes – the most pertinent one being man versus nature. This made me think about why characters …

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