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Friday, October 30 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Writing Ethnicity, Race, and Culture

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Join panelists for a discussion on writing ethnicity, race, and culture, and the importance of increasing diversity in the landscape of media. Screenwriters in both film and television will converse about research, breaking stereotypes, using setting as a character, and the responsibility a writer has to their work.

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Charles Ramírez Berg

Author of Latino Images in Film: Stereotypes, Subversion, and Resistance (Austin: U. of Texas Press, 2002) and Cinema of Solitude: A Critical Study of Mexican Film, 1967-1983 (Austin: U. of Texas Press, 1992) as well as Posters from the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema (Mexico City... Read More →

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Charles Burnett

writer/director Killer of Sheep, To Sleep with Anger, The Glass Shield
Charles Burnett, a native of Vicksburg, Mississippi, received a B.A. and a M.F.A. from UCLA's School of Theater, Film & Television. Killer of Sheep, his UCLA thesis film won the Critics' Prize at the Berlin Film Festival, and won the first-place honor at the Sundance Film Festival... Read More →
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Negin Farsed

co-writer/co-director 3rd Street Blackout
Negin Farsad was named one of the 50 Funniest Women by the Huffington Post, named one of the 10 Best Feminist Comedians by Paper Magazine, and was selected as a TEDFellow for her work in social justice comedy. She has written for/appeared on Comedy Central, MTV, PBS, IFC, Nickelodeon... Read More →
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John Lee Hancock

writer/director The Blind Side; writer Snow White and the Hunstman, The Magnificent Seven (upcoming); director Saving Mr. Banks
John Lee Hancock is a film writer, director and producer. His writing credits include A Perfect World, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, The Alamo, Snow White and the Huntsman and The Blind Side. His directing credits include The Rookie, The Alamo, The Blind Side, Saving Mr... Read More →

Friday October 30, 2015 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room

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