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Sunday, October 29 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Great Adaptations

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Book-to-film adaptations may sound like they’re a walk in the park – they’re equipped with a thorough storyline, highly developed characters, and of course, a built-in fan base – but the art of writing them is as advantageous as it is demanding. Characters in novels have an elaborately developed inner life, and visually depicting subtext and nuance in a compelling narrative can be a challenge, especially within the constraints of a 90-minute film. Screenwriters behind some of recent history’s greatest adaptations will discuss translating themes and literary devices to the screen, working with authors, and where and when to take creative liberties.

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Barbara Morgan

Executive Director, Austin Film Festival

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Sarah Gubbins

writer/co-creator/executive director I Love Dick
Sarah Gubbins is the Co-Creator, Writer and Executive Producer of I Love Dick with Jill Soloway Co-Creating, Executive Producing and Directing. Sarah is a Chicago playwright who’s play’s include: The Kid Thing, Cocked, fml: how Carson McCullers’s saved my life, and The Drinking... Read More →
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Marc Haimes

writer Kubo and the Two Strings, Nimona, Girl Who Drank the Moon, Untitled Mark Boal Project
Growing up in Bethesda MD, Marc's love of scary books, freaky comics, bad television and great movies propelled him out to Los Angeles… where he tripped and fell into a corporate dream job as a creative executive for Dreamworks Studios. However, in 2011 Marc tore off his tie and... Read More →
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Eric Heisserer

writer/director Hours; writer Arrival, The Thing, Final Destination 5
Eric Heisserer is a screenwriter and author who recently won the Writers Guild of America award for his screenplay Arrival, for which he also received an Academy Award nomination. The film, directed by Denis Villeneuve, and starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, is a sci-fi thriller... Read More →

Sunday October 29, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom