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Saturday, October 31 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
X, Y, and Why: Writing Gender and Sexuality

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Writing gender and sexuality can both easily fall prey to stereotypes and clichés – two things the industry has seriously struggled with overcoming. In this panel, Rodrigo Garcia (Albert Nobbs, Mother and Child), Jack Burditt (30 Rock, Mindy Project, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), and Kathy Greenberg (The L-Word) will discuss writing complex characters that break stereotypical molds and why this is important to the landscape of film and television.

Moderators
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Bethany Johnson

Moderator
Bethany Johnson is an aspiring screenwriter who currently divides her time between Texas and California. She has written 3 original feature films and a novel, and worked as a script consultant, story developer and ghostwriter on several projects. She is currently writing a horror/mystery television series.

Panelists
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Jack Burditt

creator Last Man Standing; writer/executive producer Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Mindy Project, 30 Rock; writer/co-producer Frasier
Born and raised in Cleveland, OH, and later in Burbank, CA, graduated from Burbank High School. Worked too many odd jobs to list, but did longer stints at Six Flags Magic Mountain, Lockheed, the Los Angeles Daily News and the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, before becoming a script reader (Disney, Tri-Star) and later a TV writer.  Credits include “Mad About You,” “Frasier,” “Just Shoot Me,” “The New... Read More →
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Rodrigo Garcia

writer/director Last Days in the Desert, Mother and Child, Nine Lives; director Albert Nobbs; executive producer In Treatment
Mexican director Rodrigo Garcia has directed a variety of independent films, including the award-winning “Nine Lives”; the three-time Academy Award-nominated feature “Albert Nobbs,” starring Glenn Close; and “Mother and Child,” starring Annette Bening, Naomi Watts and Samuel L. Jackson. In 2000,Rodrigo’s first film as a writer and director, “Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at... Read More →
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Kathy Greenberg

co-creator The L Word; writer Ratatouille, Gnomeo & Juliet
Kathy Greenberg began her film career as an executive at IndieProd/Tristar (The Quick and the Dead, Mary Reilly) then as VP at Jim Henson films (Buddy, Good Boy, Muppets in Space) and SVP Working Title (Elizabeth, Hi-Lo Country) before leaving to write. Greenberg is the Co-creator of the Showtime series The L Word and was a writer with Emily Cook on Pixar’s Ratatouile and Disney’s Gnomeo and Juliet. Cook and Greenberg have written for... Read More →


Saturday October 31, 2015 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Omni Hotel, Capital Ballroom

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