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Saturday, October 31 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Bio-Pics: Truth, Fact, and Fiction

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Creating a compelling protagonist from scratch is always a challenge. Which is why writing a bio-pic—with built-in, fully realized, three-dimensional characters—can appeal to screenwriters. But this can yield its own unique set of challenges: How do you condense a person's life into a two-hour narrative, complete with structure and nuance? How do you form a visually interesting and cinematic story when real life can often be anything but? And how do you decide whether to portray a slice of life versus an entire lifetime? Panelists will discuss their strategies on balancing truth, fact, and fiction while capturing the essence of real-life subject matter that, as a result, continues to live on in our memories.

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Michael MacCambridge

From 1988-95, Michael MacCambridge was a columnist and critic at the Austin American-Statesman, writing about movies, music and popular culture. Since then, he has written and edited several books, including America's Game: The Epic Story of How Pro Football Captured A Nation, which The Washington Post named as one of the most distinguished works of non-fiction in 2004. MacCambridge's freelance work has appeared in the New York Times, The Wall... Read More →

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Kieran Fitzgerald

writer Snowden, The Homesman, The Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez
Kieran Fitzgerald has a BA in English from Harvard University and a MFA in fiction and screenwriting from the Michener Center for Writers. He wrote and directed the feature documentary, The Ballad of Esequiel Hernández, which aired on PBS and was nominated for an Emmy in investigative journalism. With Tommy Lee Jones, he wrote The Homesman, starring Jones and Hilary Swank. He’s also written the upcoming Oliver Stone film Snowden... Read More →
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Brian Helgeland

2015 Distinguished Screenwriter; writer/director Legend, 42, A Knight’s Tale, Payback; writer L.A Confidential, Man on Fire, The Taking of Pelham 123, Conspiracy Theory, Green Zone, Blood Work, Mystic River
Brian Helgeland was born in 1961 in Providence, Rhode Island.  He was raised mainly in New Bedford, Massachusetts where his family made their living in that city’s fishing industry.  After somehow receiving an undergraduate degree in English, Brian took a site as a 'half-share' man on the fishing vessel Mondego II. A chance meeting with a book entitled “A Guide To Film School” changed... Read More →
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Kelly Marcel

writer Saving Mr. Banks, Fifty Shades of Grey; writer/executive producer Terra Nova
Kelly Marcel is known for writing Saving Mr. Banks, Fifty Shades of Grey, and writing/executive producing Terra Nova.

Saturday October 31, 2015 9:00am - 10:15am
The Omni Hotel, Capital Ballroom