An in-depth conversation with notable filmmakers on the fundamentals of story, creating characters, and the writing process. Moderated by Nina Metz (Film, Theatre, and TV Critic for the Chicago Tribune), we’ll screen work, cite examples, and discuss a range of topics about the craft of the conception stage.


Nina Metz
Jared Hess
Aaron Schneider
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