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Back by Popular Demand!
On March 30th at 7:30 pm at the Writers Guild Theater, Lindsay Doran may change everything you think you know about screenwriting.
Presented by the Black List and the WGAw Committee of Women Writers, Lindsay's talk, which was the subject of the New York Times article “Perfectly Happy, Even Without Happy Endings”and which was excerpted in her TEDx Talk titled “Saving the World vs. Kissing the Girl,” examines what the field of Positive Psychology can teach us about about the secrets of writing a satisfying movie and how our deep-seated fear of the saber-toothed tiger keeps them a secret.
Lindsay is the producer of such movies as SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (for which she was nominated for an Oscar), STRANGER THAN FICTION, NANNY MCPHEE and DEAD AGAIN. (She was also the Executive in Charge of Production on THIS IS SPINAL TAP!) She does story consulting as the Script Whisperer® on high level studio projects and has appeared on the Script Notes podcast.
Spoiler Alert: This talk gives away the ending of every movie ever made.
ABOUT LINDSAY DORAN
Lindsay Doran has worked in the movie business for more than 30 years as a studio executive and as a producer. She has served as the President and COO of United Artists Pictures and as the President of Sydney Pollack’s Mirage Productions. She currently divides her time between her producing duties and her work as “The Script Whisperer®” – story consultation for studios on high priority script development.
Lindsay’s first film credit was as Executive in Charge of Production on the mock-documentary “This is Spinal Tap.” As a producer, her credits include “Dead Again,” “Sense and Sensibility,” “Nanny McPhee” and “Stranger Than Fiction.”
As an executive, Lindsay worked on dozens of films including “The Sure Thing,” “Stand By Me,” “Pretty in Pink,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Planes Trains and Automobiles,” “The Naked Gun,” “Pet Sematary,” “Ghost,” “The Thomas Crown Affair,” and two James Bond films – “The World is Not Enough” and “Tomorrow Never Dies.”
She is an Oscar nominee and the winner of numerous awards including the Golden Globe Best Picture Award and the British Academy Award for Best Film, both for “Sense and Sensibility.” More recently she received the Pioneer Award from the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center for “igniting a movement toward Positive Film.” She was also an Advisor at the 2015 Sundance Institute Producing Lab.
Lindsay tries to be guided by the Three Rules of Drama, found in an ancient text, as the basis for what motion picture entertainment ought to be:
#1 It must be arresting and amusing to the drunk.
#2 It must address the question, “How should we live?”
#3 It must address the question, “How does the universe work?”
Simultaneously, she tries to be guided by the three rules of scene writing, found in the less ancient writings of David Mamet, regarding the three questions that must be answered in every scene:
#1 Who wants what?
#2 What happens if he or she doesn’t get it?
#3 Why now?
Note: Ticket fee exists only to cover the cost of the venue graciously offered by the WGA at a discount. Neither Lindsay Doran nor the Black List will benefit from this event.
In this buddy comedy based on true events, aspiring political Karl Rove decides he wants to become the next national chairman of the College Republicans organization. But the odds are stacked against him. With the help of his campaign manager Lee Atwater, he embarks on a road trip and discovers some dirty tricks along the way... what will happen at the contested (College) Republican Convention? Join us to find out!
In this hilarious political satire, when Ronald Reagan falls into dementia at the start of his second term, an ambitious intern is tasked with convincing the commander in chief that he is an actor playing the president in a movie.
Roselyn Sanchez (DEVIOUS MAIDS)
Jaime Camil (JANE THE VIRGIN)
Judy Reyes (SCRUBS)
Melanie Lynskey (TOGETHERNESS)
Stephanie Beatriz (BROOKLYN NINE NINE)
Don Cheadle (HOUSE OF LIES)
Natalie Martinez (KINGDOM)
Diego Boneta (SCREAM QUEENS)
Ben Schwartz (HOUSE OF LIES)
and narrated by JANE THE VIRGIN's Anthony Mendez
In this hilarious remake of SOAPDISH, telenovela icon Penelope desperately dreams of Hollywood stardom. But when a jealous co-star and scheming producer bring back the ex-lover she had killed off, suddenly her life is a soap opera crazier than the show that made her famous - EL FUEGO CALIENTE.
Full bar and concessions are available in the lobby.
Signed, limited edition movie posters will be for sale.
Black List Live! presents THE SHOWER
and COOPER THORNTON
Meteorites are crashing down on suburban Oak Valley, turning backyards and golf courses into craters and crushing people in cars and strip clubs as they try to escape. There's nowhere to hide. Nobody is safe. All is chaos.
So what happens when the fumes from the explosions start turning men into woman-eating alien monsters...!? Can a group of college friends reunited at a baby shower save the world with just booze and confectioner's sugar...!?
2014 Black List script GIFTED
Written and Directed by Tom Flynn
Armie Hammer (THE SOCIAL NETWORK, THE LONE RANGER)
Mckenna Grace (COOK, AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING, VAMPIRE DIARIES)
Gina Rodriguez (JANE THE VIRGIN)
Frances Fisher (WOMAN IN GOLD, RESURRECTION)
Gina Torres (REVENGE, SUITS)
Michael Beach (SONS OF ANARCHY)
Nick Searcy (JUSTIFIED)
GIFTED is the story of Frank Adler (Hammer), a deliberate under-achiever raising his niece Mary (Grace) in rural Florida. Things get complicated for both of them when he enrolls her in school for the first time and she is immediately labeled as gifted. For reasons that become boldly apparent, all Frank wants is for Mary to have a normal life, but standing in his way is his formidable mother Evelyn (Fisher), and the small problem that he doesn't actually have custody of Mary.