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From Competition to Career

Austin Film Festival's On Story Podcast

Release Date: 03/18/2020

Seinfeld: A Retrospective show art Seinfeld: A Retrospective

Austin Film Festival's On Story Podcast

This week on On Story we’ll hear from Seinfeld writer David Mandel. David Mandel was the executive producer and showrunner of the Emmy Award-winning TV show Veep, was an executive producer and director of Curb Your Enthusiasm, and was a writer for several seasons of Seinfeld.

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A Conversation with Gillian Flynn show art A Conversation with Gillian Flynn

Austin Film Festival's On Story Podcast

This week on On Story we’ll hear from Gillian Flynn, the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Gone Girl.

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A Conversation with Ed Solomon show art A Conversation with Ed Solomon

Austin Film Festival's On Story Podcast

This week on On Story we’ll hear from writer Ed Solomon, whose work includes Men in Black and the Bill & Ted films, about his process of turning an idea into a story.

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Research - A Writers Best Friend...Or Worst Enemy show art Research - A Writers Best Friend...Or Worst Enemy

Austin Film Festival's On Story Podcast

This week on On Story, a conversation with The Queen’s Gambit co-creator, Scott Frank and Chernobyl researcher Mimi Munson. Frank is an Academy Award nominated screenwriter whose recent project, The Queen’s Gambit, won Best Miniseries at the Golden Globes. I spoke with Frank and Munson at the 2020 virtual Austin Film Festival about their frequent collaboration and how research plays a crucial part in developing projects.

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A Conversation with Damon Lindelof show art A Conversation with Damon Lindelof

Austin Film Festival's On Story Podcast

This week on On Story, Emmy-award winning television creator and screenwriter Damon Lindelof joins us for a conversation about the HBO series Watchmen. The series was nominated for 26 Emmy awards - ultimately winning 11, including Best Limited Series.

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A Conversation with Kevin Willmott show art A Conversation with Kevin Willmott

Austin Film Festival's On Story Podcast

This week on On Story, critically acclaimed writer, Kevin Willmott, joins us for an in-depth conversation on balancing messages of social justice with entertainment. His filmography includes collaborations with filmmaker Spike Lee on Da 5 Bloods, Chi-Raq, and  BlacKkKlansman – which one the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay 2019.

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The Obituary of Tunde Johnson show art The Obituary of Tunde Johnson

Austin Film Festival's On Story Podcast

This week on On Story, filmmakers Stanley Kalu and Ali Leroi discuss the journey of bringing The Obituary of Tunde Johnson from a screenplay competition to the screen. The film follows an African-American teenager that is trapped in a terrifying time loop after being shot to death by police.

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A Conversation with Akiva Goldsman show art A Conversation with Akiva Goldsman

Austin Film Festival's On Story Podcast

This week on On Story, a conversation with industry veteran, Akiva Goldsman. Goldsman has written across multiple genres -- from superhero movies to biographies tackling mental health issues. Some of his most recognizable film credits include Batman Forever and Batman and Robin, The Client, The Da Vinci Code, and the four-time Academy Award Winner A Beautiful Mind, which earned Goldsman a win for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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On Writing The Little Things show art On Writing The Little Things

Austin Film Festival's On Story Podcast

This week on On Story, John Lee Hancock discusses writing and directing The Little Things. The film stars Denzel Washington, Jared Leto, and Rami Malek, and follows two police officers in pursuit of a serial killer terrorizing Los Angeles in the 1990s.

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A Conversation with Amy Talkington show art A Conversation with Amy Talkington

Austin Film Festival's On Story Podcast

This week on On Story, a conversation with award-winning screenwriter, director, and author Amy Talkington. Talkington discusses writing the series finale episode of Hulu’s Emmy-nominated hit series Little Fires Everywhere, which she also co-executive produced.

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More Episodes

This week on On Story Matt Dy, discusses the journey of navigating competitions to careers with Austin Film Festival screenplay competition alumni, Eric Haywood, co-executive producer of FOR LIFE; Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis, co-writers of THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA; and Charmaine DeGraté, writer and co-executive producer of DAISY JONES & THE SIX.

Austin Film Festival’s script competition is currently accepting submissions for 2020. March 27 is the early deadline, April 17 is the regular deadline, and May 15 is the late deadline. All entrants receive free reader comments and advancing writers will be afforded exclusive panels, workshops, and networking opportunities at Austin Film Festival’s annual writers conference this October 22 - 29. For more information and to submit please visit www.austinfilmfestival.com