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Saturday, October 31 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
A Conversation with the 2015 Awardees

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Join this highly anticipated conversation with the 2015 Awardees, Chris Cooper, Brian Helgeland, Norman Lear, and John Singleton, as they discuss their careers and approaches to the art, craft, and business of storytelling through film and television.

Moderators
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Barbara Morgan

Executive Director Austin Film Festival

Panelists
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Chris Cooper

Extraordinary Contribution to Film - Actor Awardee
One of the most respected character actors of our time, Chris Cooper was recognized in 2003 with an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of ‘John Laroche’ in Columbia Pictures’ “Adaptation,” written by Charlie Kauffman (“Being... 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... Read More →
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Norman Lear

Outstanding Television Writer Awardee; creator All in the Family, Good Times, Maude, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Sanford and Son; writer/producer Little Rascals, Divorce American Style
Norman Lear has enjoyed a long career in television and film, and as a political and social activist and philanthropist. Mr. Lear began his television writing career in 1950 when he and his partner, Ed Simmons, were signed to write for The Ford Star Revue, starring Jack Haley. After... Read More →
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John Singleton

Extraordinary Contribution to Film Awardee
John Singleton grew up in South Central Los Angeles and his work as a film director, producer, and screenwriter frequently depicts these turbulent, often violent roots. He studied screenwriting at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts, winning three writing... Read More →


Saturday October 31, 2015 10:45am - 12:00pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Ballroom

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