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Saturday, October 31 • 4:30pm - 5:45pm
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With its enchanting landscape rich with character and history, Texas is an inspiration to natives and visitors alike. For Bill Witliff (Lonesome Dove), John Lee Hancock (The Rookie, The Alamo), and Bill Broyles (Cast Away), who make up the first generation of prominent Texas filmmakers, Texas provided the cultural and physical backdrop to their development as storytellers. We'll ask them how a Lonestar upbringing shaped their perspectives as writers and, after very storied careers, how their philosophies and approaches to storytelling have evolved.

Moderators
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Gregory Curtis

Moderator; Former Editor of Texas Monthly
Gregory Curtis was the Editor of Texas Monthly from 1981-2000. During his editorship, the magazine won many prizes including five National Magazine Awards. In 2000, it was selected by the Columbia Journalism Review as one of the ten best magazine editors in the country. Curtis has... Read More →

Panelists
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Bill Broyles

writer Cast Away, Apollo 13, The Polar Express, Unfaithful, Jarhead, China Beach
Bill Broyles grew up in Baytown, Texas, attended Rice University and Oxford University, worked in the civil rights movement, and finished out the Sixties as a Marine infantry lieutenant in Vietnam. As a journalist he was the founding editor of Texas Monthly and from 1982 to 1984 was... 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 →
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Bill Wittliff

2015 Presenter of the Extraordinary Contribution to Film – Actor Award; founder The Wittliff Collections
William Dale (Bill) Wittliff was born in Taft,  Texas, in 1940.  After his parents divorced, he moved with his mother and brother to Gregory, Texas and then to Edna, Texas.  When his mother remarried, the family moved to a ranch in Blanco in the hill country of central Texas... Read More →

Community Partners

Saturday October 31, 2015 4:30pm - 5:45pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall

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