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Go behind the scenes to learn from Sundance Advisors in our Conversations from the Labs series. This collection of videos will deepen your understanding of all the creative disciplines that are supported through our Labs including Feature Film Directing and Writing, TV Writing, Emerging Media, Documentary, Producing, Film Music, and Theater.

In this video, seven screenwriters share their approach to taking the next step after they've finished the first draft of their work. Join Howard Rodman, Walter Mosley, Doug Wright, Erin Cressida Wilson, Naomi Foner, Susannah Grant and John Gatins as they discuss their rewriting process. You'll learn how they manage next steps, what they look for, questions they ask themselves and tips for keeping motivated. The advice and insight shared will serve writers at all stages of their creative journey.

Other conversations in the series include those with editor Dylan Tichenor, actor/director Ed Harris, writer/director Karyn Kusama, writer/director/producer Kasi Lemmons, cinematographer Stephen Goldblatt, and others.

Screenwriter
Naomi Foner has spent her career as a screenwriter exploring the exquisite complications of family. She was nominated for an Academy Award and received the PEN West and Golden Globe Awards for her original screenplay RUNNING ON EMPTY, starring River Phoenix and directed by Sidney Lumet. Agricultural Fair. more...
Writer / Director / Producer
John Gatins graduated from Vassar College and drove to Los Angeles to become a movie star. In six years he had tended bar, parked cars, been a nanny, and watered Brad Pitt's plants. Gatins also starred in the movies WITCHBOARD II and LEPRECHAUN Ill. At age 26, Gatins returned to Vassar to participate in the New York Stage and Film Summer Theater Festival. Afterward, he wrote a one-act play that eventually became his debut screenplay, SMELLS LIKE TEEN SUICIDE. After Disney bought the script, MTV and Paramount approached him to rewrite VARSITY BLUES. more...
Screenwriter / Director / Producer
Susannah Grant is an Academy Award-nominated writer, producer, and director whose resume includes film, television and streaming platforms. In features, Grant is perhaps best known for writing the screenplay for ERIN BROCKOVICH, which earned her an Academy Award nomination, a BAFTA nomination and a WGA nomination. Additional feature credits include screenplays for THE SOLOIST, IN HER SHOES, 28 DAYS, EVER AFTER, POCAHONTAS, CHARLOTTE'S WEB and THE 5TH WAVE. Additionally in 2007, Grant wrote and directed CATCH AND RELEASE. more...
Writer / Producer
Erin Cressida Wilson won the Independent Spirit Award for her first film, SECRETARY. Other films include THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, CHLOE, MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN and FUR: AN IMAGINARY PORTRAIT OF DIANE ARBUS. She is currently writing the live action musical, SNOW WHITE, with Pasek & Paul for Marc Platt Productions at Disney. more...
Writer / Director / Actor
Doug Wright was most recently represented on Broadway by the musical WAR PAINT, starring Patti Lu Pone and Christine Ebersole, which played at the Nederlander Theater. His earlier plays include I AM MY OWN WIFE (Tony Award, Pulitzer Prize), POSTERITY, and QUILLS (Obie Award), as well as books for the musicals GREY GARDENS (Tony Nomination), THE LITTLE MERMAID and HANDS ON A HARDBODY (Drama Desk nomination). more...
Writer
Walter Mosley is one of the most versatile and admired writers in America today. He is the author of close to 60 critically-acclaimed books, including the just-released John Woman, Down the River Unto the Sea, and the bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. Mosley's books have been adapted for film and television with new projects in development. His work has been translated into 25 languages and includes literary fiction, science fiction, political monographs, and a young adult novel. more...
Screenwriter / Novelist / Educator
Howard A. Rodman is a screenwriter, novelist, and educator. His feature adaptation of the book SAVAGE GRACE for Killer Films and director Tom Kalin, starring Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne as mother and son, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for a Spirit Award for Best Screenplay. His other films include AUGUST, starring Josh Hartnett, Naomie Harris, Rip Torn, and David Bowie, and Joe Gould's SECRET, which opened the 2000 Sundance Festival. more...

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