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Norman Lear- A Retrospective
January 7, 2017
Perhaps one of the most influential contributors to the landscape of situational comedies and progressive writing in Hollywood, Norman Lear transformed a genre known for play-it-safe humor into a platform for how Americans experience social issues. In this week’s On Story, Lear remembers a few of his favorite episodes and how he created some of the most beloved characters in the history of television.
JONATHAN DEMME & PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON: A CONVERSATION
DECEMBER 31, 2016
In this second On Story® installation featuring Paul Thomas Anderson and Jonathan Demme, the duo look back on the vision, style, influences, and creative passion for Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs, Stop Making Sense, Rachel Getting Married and Something Wild.
BREAKING BAD: A CONVERSATION WITH VINCE GILLiGAN
DECEMBER 24, 2016
Breaking Bad drove into television like a dump truck filled with nitroglycerine. Chained to a hyper growth curve and vociferous viewership, Vince Gilligan oversaw a monstrous hit turned cultural phenomenon with this serialized masterpiece. Casual fans to fervent fanatics will find something to chew on in this personal reflection.
THE SCREENWRITER'S PATH
DECEMBER 17, 2016
The road to screen can be a punishing, rigorous trek. In this episode, a storied collection of creators, behind some legendary films (Braveheart, Empire Strikes Back, and Lethal Weapon) relive some of their most memorable journeys, marked by each step along the way. Featuring Lawrence Kasdan, Shane Black, and Randall Wallace. Film: Northeast Front, an Austin Film Festival 2010 Official Selection, by Angela Torres Camerena
THELMA & LOUISE:
A CONVERSATION WITH CALLIE KHOURI
DECEMBER 10, 2016
Callie Khouri reflects upon her experience working with Ridley Scott and writing the classic female-driven-buddy film, Thelma and Louise. Followed by Avram Dodson’s short film, Pistachio Milk, a coming of age tale about a young suitor using only his wits and a bottle of pistachio milk to pursue his love interest.
Chris Cooper: A CONVERSATION on ACTing
December 3, 2016
Chris Cooper, the Academy Award® winning Best Supporting Actor, for his role in the comedy-drama Adaptation, discusses his acting career in both film and television. Cooper looks back on how he managed to navigate through his roles in iconic films such as Lone Star, Adaptation, American Beauty, Seabiscuit, and August: Osage County among many others.
A CONVERSATION WITH A TV LEGEND
NOVEMBER 26, 2016
Comedy titan Carl Reiner looks back on creating The Dick Van Dyke Show, how the show evolved over the course of its five seasons, and the collaborative efforts of the writers and actors involved. Reiner recalls special moments from behind the scenes and, ultimately, how the creative vision was translated to the screen.
THE HEART OF FILM
November 18, 2016
How to tether a rocketship; or how to keep your high-flying creations grounded and accessible. In this week's fascinating discussion, the brilliant tacticians behind such classics as Edward Scissorhands, Toy Story, and Up wade deep in the underlying mechanics of structure and where to find resonant truth in its rigid formalities.
Re-imagining The Classics
November 12, 2016
The writers of re-imagined classics and popular franchises such as Ghost, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, Twins and Snow White and the Huntsman deliberate how to keep stories fresh while remaining faithful to the original version. Accompanied by Spencer and Lloyd Harvey’s short film Jack & Jill, a fresh take on the classic nursery rhyme that follows a young Australian girl who finds an inventive way to contact her father, a soldier stationed in New Guinea during WWII.
THE LEFT AND WRITE:
POLITICALLY DRIVEN NARRATIVES
NOVEMBER 5, 2016
Beau Willimon (creator House of Cards) and Eli Attie (writer The West Wing) debate politically-driven narratives, power struggles, and dramatizing the truths and fictions that comprise ideologically-charged stories. Accompanied by Topher Field’s short film, The Hustle, offering a glimpse inside a swindler’s artful technique and deception.
the elements of horror
OCTOBER 29, 2016
Professional horror writers explore how great drama lies at the core of the most frightening films, and discuss the style and techniques used to invoke fear, suspense and thrills that linger long after the credits roll. Followed by Lynne Vincent McCarthy’s STRANGEFACE, a haunting and suspenseful short film about a peculiar and defiant young girl who unexpectedly finds companionship.
heroes and anti-heroes: Loving the villain
OCTOBER 22, 2016
The voices behind THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, BRIDESMAIDS, and RACHEL GETTING MARRIED deliberate how the most impressionable characters – both good and evil - are compelling because of their flaws, complexities, and personal truths. Accompanied by the short film, MENTIROSO by writer/director Will Shipley about trailing a young boy whose incessant lies are almost as far-fetched as an astonishing encounter with the most beautiful girl in town.
zombies and groot - bringing comics to life
OCTOBER 8, 2016
RECTIFY: RAY MCKINNON ON CHARACTERS AND CULTURE
OCTOBER 1, 2016
america ferrera on the storyteller's responsibility
SEPTEMBER 24, 2016
Producer/Emmy®-award winning actress, America Ferrera talks about her early roles in film and television including the hit show Ugly Betty, Real Women Have Curves, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and working with Ryan Piers Williams on the independent film The Dry Land.
a conversation with Oliver stone and john milius
SEPTEMBER 17, 2016
One of the oldest genres has long been obsessed with the pain, patriotism and catastrophic honesty of battle. In this episode, two stalwarts, behind such classics as Red Dawn, Born on the 4th of July, and Apocalypse Now, deconstruct the life and death realities of working in the war machine. Featuring Oliver Stone and John Milius. Film: Veterans by Miguel Alvarez.
comedy that resonates
SEPTEMBER 10, 2016
Curb Your Enthusiasm and Seinfeld writer/producer Alec Berg and Bridesmaids director and Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig pull back the curtain to show how they create comedy that resonates with us all. Followed by the hilarious short film Spit by writer/director Benjamin Hayes. Paul will never have his first kiss until he overcomes his fear of saliva.