Thursday, January 17, 2013

Screenwriting Panel

Folks, it's that time of year again.  Classes have started back up, syllabi handed out, and students already back into study mode.  The start of the spring semester also marks the start of our monthly panels.  This month, we're happy to announce a fantastic screenwriting panel featuring some kick ass ladies and gents from the Austin area.  Check out the panelists' bios below and we hope to see you at our next meeting and panel on January 30th.

Screenwriting Panelists

JILL CHAMBERLAIN is the Founding Director of The Screenplay Workshop, Austin’s only dedicated screenwriting instruction program. As a screenwriting coach, story consultant and instructor, she’s helped hundreds of writers find the best trajectory for their story ideas and given them the tools they need to fully execute professional screenplays. Jill is also a professional screenwriter and script doctor whose work has been seen in theaters across the U.S. and on three continents. Jill studied in the MFA film program at Columbia University, where she also received her undergraduate degree in English.

MATT DY (Screenplay Competition Director at Austin Film Festival)
Matt attended the University of Texas at Austin and received a Bachelor of Science in Radio/TV/Film in 2005. During his time there, he served as the Co-Director for the University Filmmakers’ Alliance Film Conference and first worked for Austin Film Festival as an intern for the Screenplay Competition Department. After his internship, Matt continued working for AFF by helping evaluate First Round scripts as a reader for the Screenplay Competition and eventually was hired as the organization’s Office Manager. After two years in that position, he assumed the role of Screenplay Competition Director, where he helped facilitate over 4400 screenplay entries in 2010. This is his second year as the Director of the Competition. Matt has also written several short and feature screenplays and a stage play that was performed at FronteraFest in Austin.

MICHELLE MOWER (Writer/Director)
Michelle Mower received her B.A. degree in Radio/Television from the University in Houston in 2000. After graduation, Michelle went to work for an NBC affiliate as Associate Producer for the morning news program where her primary job was writing news copy. In 2003, Michelle left broadcast news to work for Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP), a non-profit media arts organization based in Houston. Her primary function as Program Coordinator was to organize SWAMP’s professional development workshops, youth programs, film screenings, monthly filmmakers salons and special events. Through her work with SWAMP, Michelle started Lights! Camera! Action! Summer Moviemaking Camp for teens and the annual Business of Film Conference, which takes place annually at Rice University. She has served on the boards of Texas Motion Picture Alliance (TXMPA), Women In Film and Television (WiFT) and currently sits on the advisory board for Houston Community College’s Department of Film and Audio Production. Michelle has written, produced and/or directed a number of short films and music videos, as well as two feature films. Her debut feature film The Preacher’s Daughter premiered on Lifetime Movie Network on August 31, 2012 and garnered the highest ratings of any movie on the network in 2012. Michelle’s next project is a yet-to-be titled suspense thriller which will begin production in April, 2013.

Writer and performer OWEN EGERTON is one of the talents behind the award-winning The Sinus Show and Master Pancake Theater at the Alamo Drafthouse Theatre. Egerton has written screenplays for Fox, Warner Brothers, and Disney studios. The screenplay Bobbie Sue, which he co-wrote with his partners Russell Sharman and Chris Mass, was honored on the 2008 Blacklist before being purchased by Warner Brothers. Voted Best Local Author of 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012 by The Austin Chronicle, Egerton is also the author of the novel The Book of Harold, which is currently in development as a television series with Warner Bros. Television. His new novel, Everyone Says That at the End of the World will be released this April.

Wednesday, January 30
WIC Meeting: 7 - 7:30 pm
Screenwriting Panel: 7:30 - 8:30 pm
CMA 3.120, Free Admission
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