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Case Study: THE KITCHEN with Writer/Director Andrea Berloff

Andrea Berloff

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UNDER THE SHADOW: Developing Character and Story with Babak Anvari

Filmmaker Babak Anvari breaks down how he developed core characters and story elements for his award-winning film, UNDER THE SHADOW.

Babak Anvari

Writer, Director, Producer

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Making Documentaries Using Archival Footage with Penny Lane

Penny Lane

Filmmaker

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BOYS DON'T CRY: A Case Study with Writer/Director Kimberly Peirce

Hear how writer/director Kimberly Peirce developed BOYS DON'T CRY and took it from the Sundance Labs to winning an Oscar

Kimberly Ane Peirce

Writer/Director

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From Twitter to HBO: How Sujata Day Launched Her Career

Writer/actor Sujata Day (HBO’s INSECURE) talks about how she used the internet to launch her career and make a short film.

Sujata Day

Actor/Writer

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Making Short Films

Join Senior Short Film Programmer, Mike Plante and learn about the art and craft of making short films and strategizing for festival and distribution opportunities.

Mike Plante

Senior Programmer, Sundance Institute

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Brave Storytelling

Stories transport and ​can ​transform us. They allow us to know ourselves and others, and to find meaning in our lives and in our world. They cross borders, transcend culture, and allow us to frame our worlds through new lenses. To create rich stories takes​ courage​ and a willingness to ​do the deep work. Ilyse McKimmie, Kimberly Peirce, Heather Rae, Tyger Williams, Justin Chon, and Rudy Valdez discuss.

Heather Rae

Producer, Director

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Peter Sollett: RAISING VICTOR VARGAS Case Study

Peter Sollett talks working with non-actors, improvisation, and developing a story framework via RAISING VICTOR VARGAS.

Peter Sollett

Director

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Innovation & Adaptation with John August

Whether you’re writing a game, app, musical, or a screenplay, John August explains how to innovate for your audience.

John August

Screenwriter, Novelist, Software Developer

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Ritesh Batra: THE LUNCHBOX Case Study

Ritesh Batra (THE LUNCHBOX) breaks down refining tone and time, making characters real, and using your roots for discovery.

Ritesh Batra

Writer, Director

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Joan Tewkesbury on Getting Started

Joan Tewkesbury recounts how she went from stay-at-home mom to script supervisor to screenwriter & director with Robert Altman as her champion.

Joan Tewkesbury

Screenwriter

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Go Deeper: Tyger Williams on Screenwriting

Tyger Williams (MENACE II SOCIETY) explains his process of creating authentic characters, a structure that serves his story and essential info on starting your career.

Tyger Williams

Screenwriter

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Screenwriter Liz Hannah on THE POST

Liz Hannah talks about finding the central story of the first screenplay she ever sold (THE POST) and how it went on to be an Academy Award nominee.

Liz Hannah

Screenwriter

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Telling Stories Across Mediums with Michael Showalter & More

Prolific writers talk about how they write across features, TV, and theatre, and how these changing mediums can influence story

Michael Showalter

Writer, Director, Producer

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Taika Waititi on Going From Indies to Hollywood

International director Taika Waititi discusses how his roots in indie film prepared him to direct major Hollywood films

Taika Waititi

Filmmaker

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Screenwriting with Kasi Lemmons & Christopher Grant

Advisor Kasi Lemmons discusses her writing process with mentee Christopher Grant at the 2018 Screenwriters Lab.

Kasi Lemmons

Actress, Director, Writer

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The Future of Indie TV with Steven Soderbergh & More

Veteran ​S​howrunners ​discuss the changing landscape of TV and how indie has a unique space in this expanding medium​.

Steven Soderbergh

Writer, Director, Producer

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An Artist’s Journey with Cherien Dabis

Often times finding your creative truth is difficult and lonely. Innovators share how they left the road and forged their own path to creative success.

Cherien Dabis

Filmmaker

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Breaking into TV Writing with Lena Waithe & Tom Fontana

Showrunners and Advisors Lena Waithe and Tom Fontana ​discuss what it takes to break into ​writing for episodic television​.​

Tom Fontana

Writer

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The Art & Craft of Screenwriting with Scott Frank

Master ​S​creenwriter Scott Frank shares ​his ​best practices on the ​art and ​craft of ​screen​writing​ ​that he ​learned throughout his prolific career​.​

Scott Frank

Screenwriter

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Art & Activism

Filmmakers discuss using their art to create social change.

Silas Howard

Writer, Director

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A Day in the Life of a Screenwriter

Writers from the 2018 S​c​reenwriters Lab share their ​thoughts on ​how they find inspiration and sustain themselves financially, ​emotionally, ​and creatively.​

Beth De Araújo

Screenwriter

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The Screenwriting Process with Emerging Writers

Writers from the 2018 Screenwriters Lab share their insights on the screenwriting process, including going from shorts to features.

Eimi Imanishi

Screenwriter

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Living Your Truth As a Writer with Angelica Nwandu

Screenwriter and media mogul Angelica Nwandu describes her unique path into a fulfilling creative life.

Angelica Nwandu

Screenwriter, Media Mogul