Saturday, March 17, 2012
9:30AM – 5PM
200 Hudson St. (at Canal), New York, NY
IFP’s Script to Screen Conference is the place for writers and writer/directors to explore the art, craft, and business of writing and creating the next generation of independent film and media.
Script to Screen explores new opportunities available to indie filmmakers and directly connects aspiring and working creatives to the decision-makers of the film, television, and new-media world.
Now more than ever filmmakers have myriad opportunities available to develop, create, and fund their latest projects. But in this rapidly changing environment – and with so many projects for the industry to choose from – writers and writer/directors of all levels still struggle to get their latest work seen, sold, and produced.
Script to Screen is anchored by with Bennett Miller, the Oscar-nominated director of Moneyball and Capote, as well as a Screenwriter’s Roundtable featuring up-and-coming auteurs Ry Russo-Young (Nobody Walks), Leslye Headland (Bachelorette), Madeline Olnek (Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same) and Liza Johnson (Return).
Creative Writing game led by comedians Ethan T. Berlin and Eric Bryant, the creators of IFC’s new comedy game show “Bunk.”
The Surrealist game “Exquisite Corpse,” where attending writers will draft live a screenplay to be performed and analyzed later in the day by novelist and comic memoirist Jonathan Ames (creator, “Bored to Death”).
For the third year, selected crowd-sourced projects will be pitched for feedback from a panel of experts including Cinetic’s Dana O’Keefe, producers Ron Simons (Gun Hill Road) and Dia Sokol (creator & executive producer, MTV’s “16 & Pregnant”) and CollegeHumor.com senior writer David Young.
All Script to Screen attendees will also participate in the Networking Lunch, where heads of major screenwriting organizations and contests as well as content creators are available to meet and chat about their programs, and the ways they can advance writers’ careers. Participating organizations include WGAE, Nantucket Film Festival and Screenplay Competition, NYCScreenwriters.org, and the New York Television Festival, as well Pitch Workshops panelists and other producers.
Noah Baumbach (writer/director, Greenberg)
Lisa Cholodenko (writer/director, The Kids are Alright)
Lee Daniels (director/producer, Precious)
Catherine Hardwick (director, Twilight)
Todd Haynes (writer/director, I’m Not There)
Mark Heyman (writer, Black Swan)
Barry Levinson (writer/director, Diner, Sleepers)
James Schamus (CEO, Focus Features; screenwriter, Brokeback Mountain, The Ice Storm)
Photo: Barry Levinson at Script to Screen 2011. By Phillip Stearns.