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Write On with 'One Night in Miami' Screenwriter Kemp Powers

One Night in Miami screenwriter Kemp Powers discusses adapting his own play into a film, how his previous work as a journalist informs his screenwriting, the real history behind the film's events, and more.  Inspired by real events, the movie is a fi...

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Write On with 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' Writer Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom writer Ruben Santiago-Hudson discusses with guest host Sade' Sellers his relationship with August Wilson, the characters of Levee and Ma, and much more.  Starring Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman, the film, adapted f...

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'The Climb' Shows The Hard Work of A Good Bromance Makes the Downhill Moments Worth It

The bromance has long been examined on the indie movie scene and The Climb absolutely owes a debt to the Duplass brothers, and even broader pieces like I Love You, Man. That said, The Climb is an achievement that stands all on its own. Stemming from ...

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'Skylines' Breaks Barriers in Sci-Fi Screenwriting

Skylines — the third installment of a sci-fi action trilogy whose creation spans the last decade and was made on a relatively small budget — breaks barriers when it comes to writing sci-fi with heavy special effects for the big screen, and also bends...

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Write On with 'The Beach House' Writer-Director Jeffrey A. Brown

The Beach House writer-director Jeffrey A. Brown discusses working within the horror genre, his writing process on the film, how his experience as a location scout helped him, and much more.  The Beach House follows two troubled college sweethearts o...

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'Hunter Hunter' Writer-Director Shawn Linden on the Horror of Battling Nature

Final Draft spoke with writer-director Shawn Linden on his survival-horror film, "Hunter Hunter" starring Devon Sawa and Nick Stahl. A fur-trapping family in the remote wilderness finds themselves in a battle with nature: a hungry and dangerous wolf.

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Director April Mullen on Independent Film & 'Wander'

Aaron Eckhart, Tommy Lee Jones, and Heather Graham star in April Mullen's new edge-of-your-seat thriller, Wander, in which a paranoid private investigator with a troubled past is hired to investigate a suspicious death in the town of Wander. He soon ...

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Write On with 'Archenemy' Writer-Director Adam Egypt Mortimer

Archenemy co-writer and director Adam Egypt Mortimer discusses his approach to working in different genres, the tricky balance of withholding and disclosing information to the audience, and more.  In the movie, a teen meets a mysterious man played by...

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Director John Suits On Sci-Fi, Editing and His New Film 'Breach'

Director John Suits opened up about his current project, Breach, starring Bruce Willis, Thomas Jane and Rachel Nichols. Written by Edward Drake and Corey Large, this sci-fi action film takes us on a journey through deep space, where aboard an interst...

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