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Live Q&A with Continuance Pictures on Adapting Novels for the Big Screen

Continuance Pictures co-founders David Gim and Tristan Barr, joined by special guest filmmaker Alexei Slater, discussed the recent launch of Continuance Publishing, their business model for adapting novels for the big screen, and how they are “revers...

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‘The Dissident’ Asks Audiences Not to Forget Jamal Khashoggi

Many are familiar with Jamal Khashoggi based on his headline-making murder, when Khashoggi went to procure a marriage license from his embassy for Saudi Arabia in Istanbul, Turkey. Once he stepped foot inside, he never re-appeared again. While The Di...

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Write On with 'Minari' Writer-Director Lee Isaac Chung

Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film,  Minari is the story of a Korean family who start a farm in Arkansas in the 1980s. For Writer-Director Lee Isaac Chung, the film is deeply personal. “It’s really a family story… a journey tha...

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Interview with 'Dreamcatcher' Writer-Director Jacob Johnston

This week I had the extreme pleasure of speaking with writer-director Jacob Johnston about his feature debut, the haunting slasher Dreamcatcher which centers around two sisters and their mutual friends as they become entrenched in a forty-eight hour ...

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Write On with 'Supernova' Writer-Director Harry Macqueen

Supernova is the moving story of Sam (Colin Firth) and Tusker (Stanley Tucci), who after Tusker’s dementia diagnosis travel across England in an RV to visit family, friends and places from their past. 

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Tiller Russell On 'Silk Road' and Creating Fiction From Reality

Tiller Russell is no stranger to delving into the minds of detectives and the criminals they hunt. His storied career as a director, writer and producer includes the hit Netflix docu-series Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer.   While his lat...

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Nate Myers' Script 'American Terrorist: Jesse James' Challenges "Outlaw Heroes"

In light of the recent Capitol Riot in Washington, DC this past January, Nate Myer’s script “American Terrorist: Jesse James” holds a mirror up to people thinking they’re above the law à la Jesse James. The story asks white America to reexamine its s...

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Writer-Director John Swab on 'Body Brokers'

Writer-director John Swab's latest film Body Brokers follows protagonist Utah (played by Jack Kilmer); a drug addict who finds himself at the center of true-to-life rehab schemes, where patients are funneled in and out of facilities, allowing rehabs ...

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Write On with 'Land' Co-Writer Jesse Chatham

Jesse Chatham talks to guest host Sade' Sellers about how his screenplay about a bereaved woman seeking out a new life off the grid went from placing in the Nicholl Fellowship to becoming a feature directed by and starring Robin Wright ( House of Car...

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