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All the Write Moves: If Beale Street Could Talk

Like his previous film, the Oscar-winning drama Moonlight (2016), Barry Jenkins’ new picture, If Beale Street Could Talk, might seem like a difficult artifact from which to extract screenwriting lessons. While both films have received considerable ac...

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Peter Hedges on Ben Is Back

When novelist, playwright and Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Peter Hedges sat down to write the screenplay for the new addiction drama Ben Is Back, he drew from a personal place. “I grew up in a family ravaged by alcoholism,” Hedges said.

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‘Destroyer’ Director Karyn Kusama On Why Working Closely With Screenwriters Is Essential To Her Process

Traditionally, a director won’t see a script until it’s been written, rewritten, polished, and perfected to the nth degree. Then, when the script is in a near-perfect state, the screenwriter relinquishes control and sits idly by as the director takes...

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Foreign Film Spotlight: The Cakemaker’s Ofir Raul

Eight years after beginning work on his first feature film, multi-award-winning writer-director Ofir Raul Graizer’s film The Cakemaker is Israel’s submission for the foreign film category of this year’s Academy Awards®.

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Director Lenny Abrahamson on 'Little Stranger'

From the outside, The Little Stranger is a British gothic film born of themes of death, memory and the supernatural. From the inside, it’s an exercise in team work.

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Write On with Writer/Director/Producer Aya Tanimura

Aya Tanimura shares how she got her start as a storyteller, her first break directing music videos for Katy Perry, and how writing for the music business differs from writing for films. 

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Writer-Director Lauren Miller Rogen on Her Process, Acting, and Producing Your Own Projects

Not everyone can sublimate personal tragedy into a story about abandonment and Alzheimer’s disease and make it funny. Yet that’s what writer-director Lauren Miller Rogen did with Like Father, her feature film directorial debut. Miller Rogen spoke wit...

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Madeline Zima Makes her Writing and Directorial Debut with "Warm Human Magic" at Dances With Films Festival

At the age of two, actress Madeline Zima performed in her first TV commercial. From there, she went on to roles in The Nanny, Californication and Heroes. Recently, Madeline stepped into a whole new type of role — that of writer-director.

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