Art of Episodic Writing

Thursday, January 26, 2:30 p.m.
Egyptian Theatre
328 Main St.
#PowerOfStory #ArtFilmWeekend
Ticket required

The episodic storytelling landscape continues to evolve, inspiring groundbreaking work populated by unforgettable characters. No longer limited by traditional production or distribution platforms, independent artists and media outlets are exploring how to reach and sustain audiences in changing times. Join Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood (Shots Fired, Beyond the Lights), Larry Karaszewski (The People v. O.J. Simpson, Big Eyes), Marti Noxon (To the Bone, UnREAL), Issa Rae (Insecure, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl), Jill Soloway (I Love Dick, Transparent), and moderator Michelle Satter (Sundance Institute) in conversation about creating and navigating the future of episodic storytelling.

Michelle Satter
Michelle Satter is the founding director of Sundance Institute's Feature Film Program, which has provided year-round and in-depth support to independent filmmakers for over 30 years. Satter is a chief architect of the Institute's programs, leading its support of scripted narrative across all forms, and its global reach of artist support with current initiatives in Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe.

Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood
Gina Prince-Bythewood wrote and directed Love & Basketball (2000 Sundance Film Festival)—which won a Film Independent Spirit Award—as well as acclaimed films The Secret Life of Bees and Beyond the Lights. Reggie Rock Bythewood made his directorial debut with the lauded Dancing in September (2001 Sundance Film Festival), and has since written Get on The Bus, and directed One Night in Vegas and Gun Hill (an NAACP Image Award winner). A new event series created by Gina and Reggie, Shots Fired, will premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

Larry Karaszewski
Larry Karaszewski has been screenwriting/producing partners with Scott Alexander for over 30 years. Together, they specialize in the biographical film genre. The team has created critically acclaimed projects such as Ed Wood, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Man on the Moon, Auto Focus, Big Eyes, and the miniseries The People v. O.J. Simpson. Their work has won Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, Golden Globes Awards, and Writers Guild Awards. They have been inducted into the Final Draft Hall of Fame.

Marti Noxon
Marti Noxon created and executive produces Bravo’s Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, and she co-created and executive produces the acclaimed Lifetime series UnREAL. Her upcoming projects include television adaptations of Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel Sharp Objects, starring Amy Adams, and Dietland. Noxon has written for and executive produced many critically acclaimed TV shows, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Grey’s Anatomy, and Brothers & Sisters. Noxon’s film screenwriting credits include I Am Number Four and Fright Night.

Issa Rae
With her unique flare and infectious sense of humor, Issa Rae's videos have garnered over 23 million views and given her over 200,000 YouTube subscribers (and counting). In addition to making Glamour's "35 Under 35" and Entertainment Weekly's "Breaking Big" lists, Rae's The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl received the Shorty Award for best web show. Rae's first book was a New York Times best seller and her HBO comedy series, Insecure, has received rave reviews.

Jill Soloway
Jill Soloway is the creator of the groundbreaking Amazon series Transparent, recipient of two Golden Globe Awards and eight Emmy Awards, including two for directing. In 2015, Soloway founded Topple, a media brand, production company, and movement that upends patriarchy and inspires protagonism for women, queer people, people of color, and allies. She co-created and directs the new Amazon series I Love Dick, adapted from the novel by Chris Kraus.


Credits

Gina Prince-Bythewood
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Larry Karaszewski
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Reggie Rock Bythewood
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Marti Noxon
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Issa Rae
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Jill Soloway
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