On April 12, 2003, IFP MSP, in partnership with Mr. Hafed Bouassida, Chair of the Screenwriting Program at Minneapolis Community & Technical College, held the first annual screenwriting conference focused on the art and business of screenwriting geared toward screenwriters in the Upper Midwest region.
The mission of the conference is to concentrate on a singular aspect of the complex process of screenwriting each year and to highlight the business of writing. This year’s conference focused on adaptation for the screen. Guest panelists included Stephen Molton and Fred Mills.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Science’s Greg Beal also was a featured guest. Greg, who administers the Academy’s Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowships, spoke on the business side of screenwriting. Participants learned about topics such as breaking in, submissions and identifying contacts, agents, managers and production companies, education and schools, contests, the “need” to move to Hollywood, making independent films, writing from the heart vs. writing commercial.
Sometimes we learn the most about life by staring in the face of death. Jesse lives a routine life until he takes on the care of his dying mother. Faced with her daily struggle with death, all that was routine in Jesse’s life—family, girlfriend, career—is called into question as he learns that real living is never routine.
Second Tuesday Reading February 18, 2003 at 7:00 p.m.
Rich by Lorna Sherman
Based on the writings and life of Kevin Alonso Sherman, Rich explores how the ways we identify ourselves affect our lives. A white suburban teenager discovers a father he never knew he had and must come to terms with a racial heritage he never knew he shared.
Upcoming classes taught by Dr. Hafed Bouassida at MCTC To Be or Not to Be …A Producer! 3 Thursdays, December 5 -19, 6 -9 pm, $72 www.mctc.mnscu.edu
Go to ifpmsp/org to find out more about the McKnight Artist Fellowship for Screenwriters 2003
Congratulate your your fellow Screenwriters’ Workshop members as finalists in the MN Independent Film Fund Awards, Monday, December 2 at the Walker Art Center, 5:30-8 pm. Congratulations to Kim Kotila, Jane O’Reilly and Steve Larson!