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The Power of True Stories to Drive Change

Austin Film Festival's On Story Podcast

Release Date: 07/08/2020

A Conversation with John Logan show art A Conversation with John Logan

Austin Film Festival's On Story Podcast

This week on On Story we’ll hear from three-time Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, producer, playwright John Logan, about his journey from writing for the stage to the screen. Producer Barbara Morgan, spoke with Logan about his incredible journey on a panel at the Austin Film Festival.

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A Conversation with Howard Gordon show art A Conversation with Howard Gordon

Austin Film Festival's On Story Podcast

This week on On Story we’ll hear from television writer & producer Howard Gordon on his process of creating a hit television series. Howard Gordon is a television writer and producer best known for his work on the Fox action series 24 and the award-winning Showtime thriller Homeland which he co-developed with Alex Gansa. Producer Barry Josephson spoke with Gordon at the Austin Film Festival at a panel about his process of writing for hit television.

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A Conversation with Brenda Chapman show art A Conversation with Brenda Chapman

Austin Film Festival's On Story Podcast

This week on On Story, award-winning writer and director Brenda Chapman discusses how female perspective, a love of art, and an understanding of flawed characters influenced her writing in the animated classics The Lion King, The Prince of Egypt, and Brave.

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Creating Compelling Characters show art Creating Compelling Characters

Austin Film Festival's On Story Podcast

This week on On Story we’ll hear from veteran screenwriters John Lee Hancock, Brian Helgeland, and Robin Swicord on the process of creating compelling characters.

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Creating Compelling Characters show art Creating Compelling Characters

Austin Film Festival's On Story Podcast

This week on On Story we’ll hear from veteran screenwriters John Lee Hancock, Brian Helgeland, and Robin Swicord on the process of creating compelling characters.

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Script to Screen: The Outpost show art Script to Screen: The Outpost

Austin Film Festival's On Story Podcast

This week on On Story we’ll hear from the filmmakers behind The Outpost. The film, which stars Scott Eastwood and Orlando Bloom, was adapted from Jake Tapper’s book The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor which follows the story of a team of American soldiers as they valiantly work together to survive behind enemy lines. The panel included writers Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy, director Rod Lurie, and producer Paul Merryman.

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On Writing BARRY with Alec Berg & Bill Hader show art On Writing BARRY with Alec Berg & Bill Hader

Austin Film Festival's On Story Podcast

This week on On Story we’ll hear from Bill Hader and Alec Berg, the creators of HBO’s hit crime show, Barry.

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A Conversation with Scott Alexander & Larry Karazsewski show art A Conversation with Scott Alexander & Larry Karazsewski

Austin Film Festival's On Story Podcast

This week on On Story we’ll hear from Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. Alexander & Karaszewski are a screenwriting duo, best known for their unusual biopics with larger-than-life characters. Producer Barry Josephson spoke with Alexander & Karaszewski at a panel at the Austin Film Festival.

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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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This week on On Story we’ll look at how true stories are told on the screen. From narrative films adapted from true events to documentaries that explore real individuals and incidents. We’ll talk with filmmakers and writers about the challenges behind balancing fact and fiction while staying true to the heart of the subject’s story.

 

Kieran Fitzgerald is a writer behind several projects based on true stories. He wrote the screenplay for 2016’s Snowden which depicted the events of American whistleblower Edward Snowden and co-wrote the miniseries Wormwood which examined the mysterious death of scientist and CIA employee Frank Olson in 1953. In 2007, Fitzgerald wrote and directed the documentary The Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez. The film, which is narrated by Tommy Lee Jones, investigates the killing of Esequiel Hernandez Jr. who was shot and killed by an active United States Marine near the US-Mexico border. The 1997 incident marked the first time an American civilian had been killed by an on duty military personal since the 1970 Kent State shootings. I recently spoke to Fitzgerald about the research required behind bringing true stories to the screen and films ability to highlight the emotional truths behind real events.

Next up, screenwriters behind biopics and true-life narratives discuss the power that films have to drive change. David Rabinowitz, who won an Academy Award for co-writing BlacKkKlansman, Barbara Stepansky writer of Flint, and Doug Atchison writer of Brian Banks spoke with moderator Matt Dy at Austin Film Festival in a panel co-presented by Screen Craft and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.