Tiller Russell On 'Silk Road' and Creating Fiction From Reality
February 25, 2021
Silk Road is not only partial truth, it's an adaptation from a Rolling Stone article written by David Kushner. "Kushner is a brilliant reporter and writer," Tiller says. "He has a nose for story and an uncanny ability to get access — access is precious. It was a fun process to take the material and trampoline off of the facts. I was able to enter into it emotionally and make the story personal. That was the most joyous aspect of writing and directing Silk Road, the ability I had to pour my experience into this story."
Fate plays a huge part in the characters' journeys in Silk Road. When asked if Tiller believes in fate, he says, "I suppose that I do in a way. I don't think life is categorial and unelectable, but I do think that people come in on a journey and cross paths for a meaning and a reason."
Written by: Vanessa KingVanessa King is an NYC-based producer, screenwriter, and professor who has worked in development with top-level industry talent for nearly two decades. Her work as a writer has received numerous awards, having earned her recognition from industry bodies including AMPAS/Oscar’s Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship (feature) and Sony Worldwide Entertainment’s Emerging Filmmaker Program (TV Series). In 2005, she co-founded the New York Screenwriters Co-Op, New York’s only free-to-the-public screenwriting workshop with over 2000 active members. Vanessa is faculty at Gotham Writer’s Workshop (NYC) and Staffordshire University (UK), where she teaches both television and screenwriting to students, beginner to post-graduate. She recently was Showrunner of the TV pilot “Two Roads”, a concept she co-created and co-wrote for Sony’s VUE Network. Vanessa is passionate about diversity and inclusion within the industry and was a consultant on Final Draft Screenwriting Software’s Diversity and Inclusion product build. She’s a board member of the Diversity List, amplifying top scripts written by female-identifying and BIPOC writers. She is a judge for the Hip Hop Film Festival, The UCLA Graduate Screenwriter’s Showcase and The 24 Hour Film Festival. She was named one of The Huffington Post’s 13 Women To Watch and for three consecutive years, has been named to Vanity Fair’s “Downtown 100”, a list that recognizing New York’s top networkers in the entertainment industry. Originally from Canada, she lives in New York City.