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Gesha-Marie Bland (SELZNICK'S FOLLY) | INTERVIEW

Mar 30, 2017

Gesha-Marie Bland

SELZNICK'S FOLLY writer Gesha-Marie Bland chats with Kate about the importance of reading for screenwriters, Hollywood history, and what it's like to do a lab with Women in Film Los Angeles.

Gesha-Marie Bland

Gesha-Marie Bland, a Black List/Women in Film TV Lab Fellow, and writer of the forthcoming Alexander McQueen — Issie Blow biopic THE RIPPER with Maven Pictures, is a film/television writer from Reed College, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and NYU’s Masters Program in Cinema Studies. Represented by Curtis Brown Ltd, she is a multiple finalist in the BlueCat, American Zoetrope and Screencraft competitions, specializes in thriller, biopic, true- life and literary adaptations, including the feature scripts HEDGED OUT, SELZNICK’S FOLLY, and THE WELCOME, and pilot scripts including SCANDALGATE, and BOUDICA: LEGEND OF A QUEEN.

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THE HOUNDS OF HOUSE REARDEN | EARMOVIE

Mar 16, 2017

THE HOUNDS OF HOUSE REARDEN

Father. Son. Lycanthropes. Join us for THE HOUNDS OF HOUSE REARDEN, written by Sean Geraghty. It stars Cooper Thornton (Peter), James Callis (Sir Julius/Cortez), Greg Itzin (Sen. Warren/Hunter), Charles Shaughnessy (Cromwell/Clark), Sachin Bhatt (Raj/Ranger #1), Gregg Daniel (Leopold), Andrew Roa (Johnny Napoleon), Ben Lawson (Hastings/Collins), Laura Kai Chen (Khan), and Franklin Leonard (Narrator).

Sean Geraghty

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Sean Geraghty (THE HOUNDS OF HOUSE REARDEN) | INTERVIEW

Mar 02, 2017

Interview: Sean Geraghty

Sean Geraghty joins Franklin and Kate to talk THE HOUNDS OF HOUSE REARDEN, John Carpenter, transitioning from acting to writing, and more!

Sean Geraghty

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MAGGIE'S DAWN | EARMOVIE

Feb 16, 2017

MAGGIE'S DAWN

A post-apocalyptic thriller with an unforgettable lead, MAGGIE'S DAWN by Blaine Tyler arrives on Earmovies It stars Aisha Tyler, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Wade Williams, Jamie McShane, Blake Hood, Brett Dalton, Brian Wade, Blaine Tyler, and Daniel Hagen.

Blaine Tyler

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Blaine Tyler (MAGGIE'S DAWN) | INTERVIEW

Feb 02, 2017

Interview: Blaine Tyler

On this week’s episode of The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard and Kate Hagen, screenwriter Blaine Tyler takes us through how he went from a kid who loved wrestling to writing MAGGIE'S DAWN, a post-apocalyptic thriller with a strong female lead.

Blaine Tyler

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Allison Schroeder (HIDDEN FIGURES) and Luke Davies (LION) | INTERVIEW

Jan 20, 2017

Interview: Allison Schroeder (HIDDEN FIGURES) and Luke Davies (LION)

This week on The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard and Kate Hagen, we have two awards season interviews for you! The first interview is with Oscar-nominee Allison Schroeder, screenwriter of the smash hit HIDDEN FIGURES, and the second interview is with Oscar-nominee Luke Davies, screenwriter LION.

Allison Schroeder and Luke Davies

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Noah Oppenheim (JACKIE) | INTERVIEW

Jan 12, 2017

Interview: Noah Oppenheim (JACKIE)

Noah Oppenheim is a writer, Emmy-winning television producer, and Executive-in-charge of The Today Show. Noah joins Franklin and Kate to talk about working as a senior producer for Hardball with Chris Matthews, being a senior producer for The Today Show, writing the screenplay for JACKIE, and returning to The Today Show.

Noah Oppenheim

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Todd Komarnicki (SULLY) | INTERVIEW

Jan 06, 2017

Todd Komarnicki

SULLY screenwriter Todd Komarnicki joins Franklin and Kate to talk about perfect pitches, the power of positive thinking in writing, and much more on this week's interview episode of The Black List Table Reads!

Todd Komarnicki

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Eric Heisserer (ARRIVAL) | INTERVIEW

Dec 22, 2016

Interview: Eric Heisserer

Annual Black Lister Eric Heisserer joins Franklin and Kate to discuss ARRIVAL, his 2012 Black List script (and a 2016 Oscar-nominee!), the challenges of genre screenwriting, and much more!

Eric Heisserer

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THE MONSTERS OF MARY SHELLEY | EARMOVIE

Dec 15, 2016

THE MONSTERS OF MARY SHELLEY

Monsters. Madness. THE MONSTERS OF MARY SHELLEY, written by Ian Simpson! This supernatural biopic stars Joanne Froggatt, Tom Riley, Chike Okonkwo, Scarlett Byrne, Tom Stokes, Tommy Flanagan, and David S. Lee.

Robert Ian Simpson

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Robert Ian Simpson (THE MONSTERS OF MARY SHELLEY) | INTERVIEW

Dec 01, 2016

Interview: Robert Ian Simpson

THE MONSTERS OF MARY SHELLEY screenwriter Robert Ian Simpson joins Franklin and Kate (in her Earmovies debut!), to talk about the origin of how MONSTERS OF MARY SHELLEY came to be, favorite films, importance of authenticity, and creating a narrative for real life.

Robert Ian Simpson

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Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney (MOONLIGHT) | INTERVIEW

Nov 22, 2016

Interview: Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney (MOONLIGHT)

Brand new Oscar-winners for Best Adapted Screenplay, Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney, join Franklin to talk about the origins of 2016 Best Picture winner MOONLIGHT, their stories of growing up, and more.

Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney

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BLOOD FROM A STONE | EARMOVIE

Nov 17, 2016

BLOOD FROM A STONE

In the first Earmovie of Season 3, “Blood from a Stone” by Bill Palmer is both a tribute and a send-up of the blood-spattered heydays of irresponsible 1980’s action films. Sean Sharpstone (Paul Scheer), is a muscle-bound renegade cop wrapped in acid-wash denim and dipped in pure testosterone. It’s 1986 in Los Angeles, and Sharpstone’s loose fists and tight jeans are the only things that can stop a spider-worshipping cult from creating an invisible network that will change the face of the nation – something they’re calling a “Worldwide Web”. When Sharpstone slides behind the wheel of his t-top Camaro, rules, consequences and ethical behavior take a backseat to broken bones, severed limbs and one-liners delivered to corpses. You’re invited to sit shotgun. Starring Paul Scheer, Gregg Henry, Troy Blendell, Liza Lapira, Larry Poindexter, Alex Ashbaugh, Mousa Kraish, and Rane Jameson.

Bill Palmer

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Bill Palmer and Paul Scheer (BLOOD FROM A STONE) | INTERVIEW

Nov 03, 2016

Blood From A Stone Interview with Bill Palmer and Paul Scheer

Season three of The Black List Table Reads begins with a sit-down chat featuring BLOOD FROM A STONE star Paul Scheer, writer Bill Palmer, and Franklin. Together, they talk early movie memories, nostalgia and campiness in film, and how BLOOD FROM A STONE came to be.

Bill Palmer

Bill Palmer

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YOUNG STORYTELLERS | EARMOVIE

May 19, 2016

Young Storytellers

Four short ear movies and four short interviews with four very special writers are featured in this very special episode of BLTR! Thanks to the wonderful Young Storytellers Foundation, you will hear four stories written by 5th graders and brought to life by professional actors Gail Bianchi, Darren Bluestone, Dave Hill, Tom Lenk, Jeremy Maxwell, Vanessa Mizzone, Cuba Packett, and Darrin Revitz. Plus, Franklin sits down to have a conversation with Bill Thompson, executive director of Young Storytellers Foundation. For more information go to www.youngstorytellers.com

Bill Thompson

Bill Thompson is the executive director of Young Storytellers.

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THE HITCH | EARMOVIE

Mar 17, 2016

The Hitch

While visiting Los Angeles in 1927, young British filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock is accused of murder and must go on the run to prove his innocence in THE HITCH by Troy A. Miller. Bringing THE HITCH to life is Tom Rhys Harries, Jack Falahee, Shelley Hennig, Angela Gots, Dave Hill, Graham Hamilton, Louis Herthum, John Getz, Jayne Taini, Lauren Bass, with narration from Cooper Thornton.

Troy Anthony Miller

Troy Anthony Miller grew up in Overland Park, Kansas (a suburb of Kansas City) and is a graduate of the film production program at Northwestern University. After spending a couple years teaching English in Japan, Troy landed in Austin, Texas, where he wrote and directed the micro-budget indie film SEVERANCE, which premiered at the Austin Film Festival to audience and critical acclaim. In 2013 he returned to AFF with his feature screenplay THE HITCH, which won the Horror Screenplay Award and is currently under option with Frank Darabont’s Darkwoods Productions. In 2014, he was one of six writers selected to participate in the 2nd annual Screenwriter’s Lab sponsored by The Black List. Troy is also an accomplished improv comedian, and since 2002 has been performing, teaching, and directing shows all across the country. His nationally-touring comedy troupe CONFIDENCE MEN: IMPROVISED DAVID MAMET is a two-time winner of the B. Iden Payne Award — Austin’s version of the Tony’s — for Best Improvisational Theatre. He currently lives in Los Angeles and has a great view of the Hollywood sign that is somewhat obscured by the tops of three oddly placed and tightly bunched pine trees.

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Troy A. Miller (THE HITCH) | INTERVIEW

Mar 17, 2016

Interview: Troy A. Miller

THE HITCH screenwriter Troy A. Miller joins Franklin to chat about being terrified the first time he watched THE BIRDS while growing up with his mother, getting into acting in high school, and what lead him to write this script.

Troy A. Miller

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Jason Hellerman (SHOVEL BUDDIES) and Caitlin McFarland & Emily Gipson (ATX Festival) | INTERVIEW

Mar 11, 2016

Screenwriter Jason Hellerman, Caitlin McFarland & Emily Gipson of ATX TV Fest

On this week’s episode of The Black List Table Reads screenwriter Jason Hellerman chats with Franklin about how his 2013 Black List script SHOVEL BUDDIES became a feature length film. Then, Caitlin McFarland & Emily Gipson, founders of the Austin Television Festival (ATX TV Fest) join Franklin to talk about how their love of movies and shared interests lead them to creating their very own festival.

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Mike Rosolio (REAGAN) and Chad Hartigan (MORRIS FROM AMERICA) | EARMOVIE

Mar 03, 2016

Screenwriters Mike Rosolio and Chad Hartigan

Franklin chats with Mike Rosolio, screenwriter of the 2015 Black List script REAGAN, and Chad Hartigan, screenwriter of MORRIS FROM AMERICA, which won him the 2016 Sundance Film Festival’s Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. Mike talks to Franklin about growing up in a family of movie lovers, going from writing sketches with the sketch group Sketchup to writing scripts, and what lead him to writing REAGAN. Then, Chad talks to Franklin about being the son of missionaries in Cyprus, engrossing himself in all kinds of films, and how the film festival world changed his life.

Mike Rosolio and Chad Hartigan

Chad Hartigan is an actor and director, known for This Is Martin Bonner (2013), Morris from America (2016) and Luke and Brie Are on a First Date (2008).

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Jeffrey Belanger (LOOSE WOMEN) | EARMOVIE

Feb 26, 2016

Loose Women Screenwriter Jeffrey Belanger

Jeffrey Belanger, screenwriter of LOOSE WOMEN, joins Franklin this week to chat about how judging movies by their covers as a child began his lifelong his interest in movies, writing parody films in middle school, what inspired him to write LOOSE WOMEN, and being okay with making mistakes.

Jeffrey Belanger

Jeffrey Belanger was born in Massachusetts and raised in New Jersey. He attended the Dramatic Writing Conservatory at SUNY Purchase where he received the President’s Award for his screenplay IT KILLS! He also wrote and produced for New York based theater company The International Brain Transplant Committee. He currently lives in Los Angeles and makes nonsense on the Internet.

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LOOSE WOMEN | EARMOVIE

Feb 25, 2016

Loose Women

Put your spurs and saddle up for LOOSE WOMEN by Jeffrey Belanger. The Loose Women are an infamous gang of sharpshooters led by Pistol Dick Pete Daly, but when the Women have a falling out with Pete, they’re forced to discover just what sort of gang they want to be. LOOSE WOMEN stars Robin Weigert, TaiVon McKinney, Sandy Martin, Lee Garlington, Sarah Jane Morris, Bailey Noble, Rya Kihlstedt, John Billingsley, John Piper Ferguson, and Robert Baker, and it’s narrated by Evan Todd.

Jeffrey Belanger

Jeffrey Belanger was born in Massachusetts and raised in New Jersey. He attended the Dramatic Writing Conservatory at SUNY Purchase where he received the President’s Award for his screenplay IT KILLS! He also wrote and produced for New York based theater company The International Brain Transplant Committee. He currently lives in Los Angeles and makes nonsense on the Internet.

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Kristina Lauren Anderson (CATHERINE THE GREAT) and Isaac Adamson (BUBBLES) | INTERVIEW

Feb 18, 2016

Screenwriters Kristina Lauren Anderson and Isaac Adamson

Franklin chats with Kristina Lauren Anderson, screenwriter of FOREVER JIAYING, 1937, and the #1 script on the 2014 Black List, CATHERINE THE GREAT. They’ll discuss Kristina’s transition from quiet theater kid to writer, the importance of research, and how CATHERINE happened. Then, Franklin chats with Isaac Adamson, screenwriter of the #1 script on the 2015 Black List, BUBBLES. They’ll discuss his fiction writing career, his transition into script writing, and what led him to write a biopic about Michael Jackson’s chimp, Bubbles.

Kristina Lauren Anderson and Isaac Adamson

Kristina Lauren Anderson is a screenwriter living in Los Angeles, hailing from Laguna Niguel, CA. Her screenplay CATHERINE THE GREAT was the number one script on the 2014 Black List. The script is being produced by Gil Netter (LIFE OF PI, THE BLIND SIDE) and will be directed by Barbra Streisand. Kristina has since written films for Warner Bros, Paramount, and StudioCanal. FOREVER JIAYING, 1937 was her first script.

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FOREVER JIAYING, 1937 | EARMOVIE

Feb 11, 2016

Forever Jiaying, 1937

The Black List Table Reads brings you a powerful and poignant script set in China during the Nanking Massacre. FOREVER JIAYING, 1937 by Kristina Lauren Anderson, follows an American woman who moves to Shanghai to be with her husband, unaware that her world is about to be upended. Forever Jiaying stars Jessika Van, Georgina Haig, Erin Cummings, Amy Hill, Kerr Smith, Ryan McPartlin, Patrick Fabian, Chris Pang, Tom Choi, and Cooper Thornton.

Kristina Lauren Anderson

Kristina Lauren Anderson is a screenwriter living in Los Angeles, hailing from Laguna Niguel, CA. Her screenplay CATHERINE THE GREAT was the number one script on the 2014 Black List. The script is being produced by Gil Netter (LIFE OF PI, THE BLIND SIDE) and will be directed by Barbra Streisand. Kristina has since written films for Warner Bros, Paramount, and StudioCanal. FOREVER JIAYING, 1937 was her first script.

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Josh Singer (SPOTLIGHT) | INTERVIEW

Feb 10, 2016

Josh Singer, Screenwriter Of Spotlight

Franklin chats with Josh Singer, the writer of Oscar-winning sensation SPOTLIGHT, an annual Black List script. They’ll discuss Josh’s beginnings in theater, writing for THE WEST WING, and how writing THE FIFTH ESTATE led to SPOTLIGHT.

Josh Singer

Josh Singer is an American film and television writer and producer, whose work includes writing and producing episodes of The West Wing, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Lie to Me, and the FOX science-fiction series Fringe. In 2006, he was nominated for a WGA award. He co-wrote Spotlight (2015), which won him the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

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Lindsay Doran Part Two | INTERVIEW

Feb 04, 2016

Lindsay Doran

In Part 2 of Franklin’s interview with Lindsay, she discusses the production of STRANGER THAN FICTION, making movie deals when cell phones were brand new, how Lindsay became involved with Positive Psychology, and what it can teach us about storytelling.

Lindsay Doran

Lindsay Doran is an American film producer and studio executive who has worked on such films as This Is Spinal Tap, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Sense and Sensibility, Stranger Than Fiction, and Nanny McPhee.

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Jason Wilborn and Chris Kyle (JODY) | INTERVIEW

Jan 28, 2016

Jody Screenwriters Jason Wilborn and Chris Kyle

JODY screenwriters Jason Wilborn and Chris Kyle join Franklin to talk about how they met, how they came up with the idea of JODY, a love story they we wanted to tell, and why writing in a room together helped them flesh out their script.

Jason Wilborn and Chris Kyle

Jason Wilborn is a film and television writer with experience working on one-hour dramas across multiple genres. He has written and produced episodes for a number of award-winning, critically acclaimed series including: DAMAGES (DirecTV), BROTHERS & SISTERS (ABC), AMERICAN DREAMS (NBC), and CASTLE (ABC). He co-wrote JODY, which appears in the second season of the Black List Table Reads. A native Californian, Jason earned a BA in English from U.C. Berkeley and played linebacker on two nationally ranked Golden Bear football teams. He signed a free agent contract with the Seattle Seahawks at the end of his senior year. Jason resides in Culver City with his wife and their two young daughters. Chris Kyle is a film and television writer who has written screenplays for Disney and Universal, and he co-wrote JODY, which appears on the second season of the Black List Table Reads. He’s developing an animated TV series with Cosmic Toast Studios, and he won the award for best screenplay at the British Animation Film Festival in 2013. Chris received his MFA in screenwriting from UCLA, where he received the Jack Nicholson, Samuel Goldwyn, and Abraham Polonsky awards. Chris studied English and Latin at Duke. “He’s a pretty good guy,

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JODY | EARMOVIE

Jan 28, 2016

Jody

JODY by Jason Wilborn and Chris Kyle is a totally unique sports love story set against the backdrop of professional football. JODY stars Ed Quinn, Ashley Greene, Constance Zimmer, Emily Osment, Michael Dempsey, Jonathan Goldstein, Aimee Teegarden, Matt Barr, Carter Hastings, JR Lemon, and Cooper Thornton.

Jason Wilborn and Chris Kyle

Jason Wilborn is a film and television writer with experience working on one-hour dramas across multiple genres. He has written and produced episodes for a number of award-winning, critically acclaimed series including: DAMAGES (DirecTV), BROTHERS & SISTERS (ABC), AMERICAN DREAMS (NBC), and CASTLE (ABC). He co-wrote JODY, which appears in the second season of the Black List Table Reads. A native Californian, Jason earned a BA in English from U.C. Berkeley and played linebacker on two nationally ranked Golden Bear football teams. He signed a free agent contract with the Seattle Seahawks at the end of his senior year. Jason resides in Culver City with his wife and their two young daughters. Chris Kyle is a film and television writer who has written screenplays for Disney and Universal, and he co-wrote JODY, which appears on the second season of the Black List Table Reads. He’s developing an animated TV series with Cosmic Toast Studios, and he won the award for best screenplay at the British Animation Film Festival in 2013. Chris received his MFA in screenwriting from UCLA, where he received the Jack Nicholson, Samuel Goldwyn, and Abraham Polonsky awards. Chris studied English and Latin at Duke. “He’s a pretty good guy,

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HOSERS | EARMOVIE

Jan 26, 2016

Hosers: LIVE from The Fast Company Innovation Festival

We're proud to present a live script reading of Jacob Isser’s HOSERS (a half-hour television pilot) recorded at The Fast Company Innovation Festival in New York City. HOSERS stars Jason Biggs, Bruce Altman, Katrina Bowden, Nick D’Agosto, Rumer Willis, Amy Rutberg, Geoffrey Arend, Anthony Ramos, Judy Gold, and is narrated by Franklin Leonard.

Jacob Isser

Jacob has sold, optioned, and written projects on assignment, including feature comedy DANNY GRAVES’ MAN CAVE, sold to Joe Roth and Sony Pictures, graphic novel THE EXPENDABLE ONE, adapted for Intrepid Pictures, and HOW THE FRENCH DO IT, a short story for Nikki Finke’s HollywoodDementia.com. His pilot HOSERS was presented as a live reading at the Skirball Center in New York, in association with Fast Company and Black List Live!. Recently named to the 2015 Young & Hungry List.

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Charles Randolph (THE BIG SHORT) and Billy Ray (THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES) | INTERVIEW

Jan 21, 2016

Screenwriters Charles Randolph and Billy Ray

Franklin chats with screenwriter Charles Randolph about his 2016 Academy Award winning screenplay for THE BIG SHORT. Then, Franklin talks with screenwriter Billy Ray (2014 Academy Award nominee for CAPTAIN PHILLIPS and 2014 Black List Labs Mentor) about his most recent project, THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES, which he wrote and directed.

Charles Randolph and Billy Ray

Billy Ray is an American screenwriter and director. He began writing for television and movies in 1994 with Color of Night. He has written numerous movies including Volcano and Hart's War. He was one of the creators and writers of the science fiction show Earth 2. On August 10, 2015, it was announced that he will be writing the screenplay that Martin Scorsese will direct of an adaptation of The Devil in the White City, which will star Leonardo DiCaprio. Charles Randolph is an American screenwriter and producer for film and television. Randolph has written screenplays for several films and TV movies including The Life of David Gale (2003), The Interpreter (2005), and Love & Other Drugs (2010). Randolph received nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay and BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for co-writing The Big Short in 2015.

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ANGEL'S FLIGHT | EARMOVIE

Jan 14, 2016

Angel’s Flight

ANGEL'S FLIGHT from screenwriter Jill Isaacs has been described by a Black List reader as “An LA origin story in the high noir tradition of CHINATOWN. A spectacular script that is as ambitious as it is satisfying.” It stars Ignacio Serricchio, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Anne Heche, Richard Cabral, Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Trucco, W. Earl Brown, Rod McLachlan, Alex Quijano, and Tara Sands.

Jill Isaacs

Jill Isaacs is a bilingual, bicultural native of Los Angeles. She has been a member of the Writers Guild since 1990, and often gravitates towards true stories -- mystery, history, politics and biographies, and is known for her quirky dialogue and surprise endings. In addition to writing for film and television, Jill distributes World Cinema throughout the Spanish-speaking world. As Chief of Acquisitions for Cine Mundial, Jill works closely with Cineteca Nacional to bring foreign and art house films to Mexico. Jill is also developing and curating two new subscription Video-on-Demand channels, World Cinema and Films of the Spanish-Speaking World. ANGEL'S FLIGHT is a passion project on many levels for Jill. Having worked for years in various segments of the Spanish language motion picture industry, the U.S. Latino landscape is an area of tremendous interest to her, especially the general market interest in the immigrant experience. ANGEL'S FLIGHT was recently honored by the Writers Guild of America and selected for their 2015 Feature Writer Access Program.

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Jill Isaacs (ANGEL'S FLIGHT) | INTERVIEW

Jan 14, 2016

Angel’s Flight screenwriter Jill Isaacs

Jill Isaacs, screenwriter of ANGEL'S FLIGHT and a 2015 Feature Writer Access Project Honoree, joins Franklin this week to chat about how ANGEL'S FLIGHT is her homage to CHINATOWN with a Latin twist, her first cinematic epiphany, and why you should write at your own pace.

Jill Isaacs

Jill Isaacs is a bilingual, bicultural native of Los Angeles. She has been a member of the Writers Guild since 1990, and often gravitates towards true stories -- mystery, history, politics and biographies, and is known for her quirky dialogue and surprise endings. In addition to writing for film and television, Jill distributes World Cinema throughout the Spanish-speaking world. As Chief of Acquisitions for Cine Mundial, Jill works closely with Cineteca Nacional to bring foreign and art house films to Mexico. Jill is also developing and curating two new subscription Video-on-Demand channels, World Cinema and Films of the Spanish-Speaking World. ANGEL'S FLIGHT is a passion project on many levels for Jill. Having worked for years in various segments of the Spanish language motion picture industry, the U.S. Latino landscape is an area of tremendous interest to her, especially the general market interest in the immigrant experience. ANGEL'S FLIGHT was recently honored by the Writers Guild of America and selected for their 2015 Feature Writer Access Program.

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Phyllis Nagy (CAROL) and Emma Donoghue (ROOM) | INTERVIEW

Jan 07, 2016

Screenwriters Phyllis Nagy (Carol) and Emma Donoghue (Room)

Hear from two Oscar-nominated screenwriters in this episode of Earmovies! First comes a conversation with Indie Spirit Award nominated and New York City Film Critics Circle winning screenwriter Phyllis Nagy about the Oscar-nominated CAROL. Then, Franklin chats with Emma Donoghue about ROOM, which she adapted from her own Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel.

Phyllis Nagy (Carol) and Emma Donoghue (Room)

Emma Donoghue is an Irish-Canadian playwright, literary historian, novelist, and screenwriter. Her 2010 novel Room was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and an international best-seller. Donoghue's 1995 novel Hood won the Stonewall Book Award. and Slammerkin (2000) won the Ferro-Grumley Award for Lesbian Fiction.[4] Room was adapted into a film of the same name, which Donoghue wrote the screenplay for, and she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Phyllis Nagy is an American theatre and film director, screenwriter and dramatist. Nagy was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for writing and directing Mrs. Harris (2005), her screen debut. She received Academy Award and Writers Guild of America Award nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay for Carol (2015).

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Cary Fukunaga (SIN NOMBRE) | INTERVIEW

Jan 06, 2016

Cary Fukunaga, Screenwriter and Director of Beasts of No Nation

Franklin sits down with Cary Fukunaga, screenwriter and director of BEASTS OF NO NATION, SIN NOMBRE, and director of the first season of TRUE DETECTIVE (for which he won an Emmy). They’ll discuss the process of adapting BEASTS OF NO NATION from a novel to a major motion picture, working in television, and more.

Cary Fukunaga

Cary Fukunaga is an American film director, writer, and cinematographer. He is known for writing and directing the 2009 film Sin Nombre, the 2011 film Jane Eyre and for directing and executive producing the first season of the HBO series True Detective, for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. He has received acclaim for the 2015 war drama Beasts of No Nation, in which Fukunaga was writer, director, producer, and cinematographer.

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Mickey Fisher and Brian DePetris (THE WINTER KING) | INTERVIEW

Dec 17, 2015

The Winter King screenwriters Mickey Fisher and Brian Depetris

THE WINTER KING screenwriters Mickey Fisher and Brian Depetris join Franklin this week to chat about how they met playing Santa Claus, coming up with the idea for the script walking around New York City on Valentine’s Day, and their actual writing process.

Mickey Fisher and Brian Depetris

Brian Depetris is originally from the suburbs of Detroit. He moved to NYC to study theater at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Since graduating, he has performed everywhere from off-Broadway, to off-off-Broadway, to touring the country in various venues, as well as in film, television and commercials. For the past fourteen years, he's been taking on his all-time favorite role as Santa Claus at Christmas. As a writer, Brian is currently working on the sequel to THE WINTER KING, and has written a spec comedy pilot called SIDEKICK. Mickey Fisher is originally from a small town in Ohio and was a musical theater major at Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music. There, he fell in love with writing and directing and by the time he moved to NYC, he was producing his own shows with former classmates and spending Christmas as Santa Claus. He wrote and directed three independent features as well as a bunch of original theatrical works before moving to LA to try to break into TV. In 2013, he got the opportunity of a lifetime when his spec pilot, EXTANT, was picked up by Amblin Television and sold to CBS. Executive Produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Halle Berry, EXTANT ran for two seasons. He's still not sure it wasn't all a hallucination.

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THE WINTER KING | EARMOVIE

Dec 17, 2015

The Winter King

A perfect script for the holiday season: the action-comedy, THE WINTER KING, from screenwriters Mickey Fisher and Brian Depetris. Mickey and Brian met each other while working as Santa Claus at a major department store in New York City, and hatched the idea for the script while walking around NYC on Valentine’s Day. THE WINTER KING stars Jason Ritter, Haley Joel Osment, Mae Whitman, Darren Ritchie, Kristen Johnston, Gabriel Mann, Brandon Scott, Lori Alan, Abraham Benrubi, and Cooper Thornton.

Mickey Fisher and Brian Depetris

Brian Depetris is originally from the suburbs of Detroit. He moved to NYC to study theater at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Since graduating, he has performed everywhere from off-Broadway, to off-off-Broadway, to touring the country in various venues, as well as in film, television and commercials. For the past fourteen years, he's been taking on his all-time favorite role as Santa Claus at Christmas. As a writer, Brian is currently working on the sequel to THE WINTER KING, and has written a spec comedy pilot called SIDEKICK. Mickey Fisher is originally from a small town in Ohio and was a musical theater major at Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music. There, he fell in love with writing and directing and by the time he moved to NYC, he was producing his own shows with former classmates and spending Christmas as Santa Claus. He wrote and directed three independent features as well as a bunch of original theatrical works before moving to LA to try to break into TV. In 2013, he got the opportunity of a lifetime when his spec pilot, EXTANT, was picked up by Amblin Television and sold to CBS. Executive Produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Halle Berry, EXTANT ran for two seasons. He's still not sure it wasn't all a hallucination.

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Abi Morgan (SUFFRAGETTE) and Alex Garland (EX MACHINA) | INTERVIEW

Dec 11, 2015

Screenwriter Abi Morgan (SUFFRAGETTE) and Screenwriter Alex Garland (EX MACHINA) join Franklin on th

This week, Franklin chats with two screenwriters from the United Kingdom. First, he sits down with Abi Morgan, screenwriter of SUFFRAGETTE, to talk about the challenges of adaptation and more. Then, Franklin chats with Alex Garland, the writer/director of EX MACHINA, to talk about sci-fi, beginnings in fiction writing, and beyond.

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Kimberly Barrante (CELERITAS) | INTERVIEW

Dec 03, 2015

Celeritas screenwriter Kimberly Barrante

Kimberly Barrante, screenwriter of CELERITAS, joins Franklin this week to chat about how CELERITAS started as her very first screenplay for a Screenwriting 101 class, writing a Sci-Fi novel titled “New Novel” as a child, and why talking to people could essentially lead to your next collaborator.

Kimberly Berrante

Kimberly Barrante was born and bred in Cheshire, Connecticut, the geeky offspring of a left-brained chemist and a right-brained librarian. She began her career as a playwright in New York City, after receiving a BA in Theatre from Emerson College. Kim won the 2008 Rob Parker Award for her play THE RUBIK’S CUBE, which received a full production on Emerson’s MainStage that year. Her next play, BELLY FULL OF STONES, was produced by Brown Box Theatre Project in 2010. Kim is an alum of People’s Theatre Project’s Professional Playwrights Unit, where she developed two full length works, including AN ALIEN IN INWOOD, which was a finalist in the Alliance/Kendeda National Playwriting Competition. She went on to study at Tisch NYU, earning an MFA in Dramatic Writing. Her thesis pilot, III, was later a finalist in the 2014 Script Pipeline Contest. Kim received her department’s Outstanding Writing for the Screen Award and won the 2014 Tisch Screenplay Showcase for her first feature, CELERITAS. The same script went on to be featured on Tracking Board’s Hit List and the Black List for 2014.

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CELERITAS | EARMOVIE

Dec 03, 2015

Celeritas

When a missing astronaut crash lands forty years after he launched having not aged a day, his elderly twin brother helps him escape the NASA scientists hunting him in CELERITAS by Kimberly Barrante. As the government closes in, neither brother is who they claim to be. Our presentation stars Jake Abel, Justin Chatwin, Alexandra Daddario, Christine Estabrook, Matthew Del Negro, Kevin Weisman, Adam Grimes, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Matthew Jaeger, and Cooper Thornton.

Kimberly Barrante

Kimberly Barrante was born and bred in Cheshire, Connecticut, the geeky offspring of a left-brained chemist and a right-brained librarian. She began her career as a playwright in New York City, after receiving a BA in Theatre from Emerson College. Kim won the 2008 Rob Parker Award for her play THE RUBIK’S CUBE, which received a full production on Emerson’s MainStage that year. Her next play, BELLY FULL OF STONES, was produced by Brown Box Theatre Project in 2010. Kim is an alum of People’s Theatre Project’s Professional Playwrights Unit, where she developed two full length works, including AN ALIEN IN INWOOD, which was a finalist in the Alliance/Kendeda National Playwriting Competition. She went on to study at Tisch NYU, earning an MFA in Dramatic Writing. Her thesis pilot, III, was later a finalist in the 2014 Script Pipeline Contest. Kim received her department’s Outstanding Writing for the Screen Award and won the 2014 Tisch Screenplay Showcase for her first feature, CELERITAS. The same script went on to be featured on Tracking Board’s Hit List and the Black List for 2014.

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John McNamara (TRUMBO) | INTERVIEW

Nov 25, 2015

John McNamara, Trumbo screenwriter

In celebration of the 68th anniversary of the start of the Hollywood Blacklist, Franklin sits down to chat with John McNamara, screenwriter of TRUMBO. They discuss learning Trumbo’s voice through trial and error, and what helped guide him toward the story he wanted to tell with the film.

John McNamara

John McNamara is an American writer and television producer. He attended East Grand Rapids High School located in Michigan and attended the University of Michigan and New York University.

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Jared Frieder (THREE MONTHS) | INTERVIEW

Nov 19, 2015

Jared Frieder

Jared Frieder joins Franklin this week to chat about how THREE MONTHS came to be, choosing comedy as a vehicle for a personal story, and why it’s important for writers to be constantly creating from a personal space.

Jared Frieder

Jared Frieder is a graduate of the Columbia University fiction writing program and his stories can be found in The Collective Press and The Newer York. His screenplay, THREE MONTHS, has taken top screenwriting prizes at the Austin Film Festival, the Screencraft Comedy Screenplay Contest, and the Big Bear International Film Festival Screenplay Contest. THREE MONTHS was also chosen for the 2014 Outfest Screenwriting Lab, the 2015 Sundance Intensive, and was the featured script on The Black List website. He's currently writing a dance comedy for Mason Novick's company, Lost City. He most recently co-wrote the series finale of the ABC Family drama, CHASING LIFE.

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THREE MONTHS | EARMOVIE

Nov 19, 2015

Three Months

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house during our recording of Jared Frieder’s moving dark comedy, THREE MONTHS: the story of a queer Miami teen who gets exposed to HIV, and must wait for his diagnosis. THREE MONTHS won the Austin Film Festival Best Comedy Screenplay award in 2014, and for good reason! Our presentation stars Mindy Sterling, Ritesh Rajan, Jee Young Han, Philip Casnoff, Kofi Siriboe, Gerald Downey, Frances Fisher, Obba Babatunde, Christopher Cousins, Jared Frieder, and Cooper Thornton.

Jared Frieder

Jared Frieder is a graduate of the Columbia University fiction writing program and his stories can be found in The Collective Press and The Newer York. His screenplay, THREE MONTHS, has taken top screenwriting prizes at the Austin Film Festival, the Screencraft Comedy Screenplay Contest, and the Big Bear International Film Festival Screenplay Contest. THREE MONTHS was also chosen for the 2014 Outfest Screenwriting Lab, the 2015 Sundance Intensive, and was the featured script on The Black List website. He's currently writing a dance comedy for Mason Novick's company, Lost City. He most recently co-wrote the series finale of the ABC Family drama, CHASING LIFE.

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Kent Tessman (CHROME NOIR) | INTERVIEW

Nov 12, 2015

Chrome Noir screenwriter Kent Tessman

Kent Tessman, screenwriter of CHROME NOIR, joins Franklin to talk about how he came out to Los Angeles straight out of film school in Canada to write scripts, what lead to him creating the professional screenwriting software Fade In, and the early beginnings of writing his fusion of film noir with robots.

Kent Tessman

Kent Tessman is a writer, director, and Canadian, and has been responsible for a couple of independent feature films as well as Fade In Professional Screenwriting Software.

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CHROME NOIR | EARMOVIE

Nov 12, 2015

Chrome Noir

Men in hats. Tommy guns. Robots. A film noir detective story that will have you riveted: this is Kent Tessman’s CHROME NOIR. Bringing the world of CHROME NOIR to life is Colin Hanks, Zachary Levi, Rob Morrow, Katie Lowes, Billy Burke, Stephanie Drake, Matt Bohrer, Ben Schrader, Andrea Anders, and Cooper Thornton.

Kent Tessman

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Ben Schwartz (EL FUEGO CALIENTE) | INTERVIEW

Nov 10, 2015

Ben Schwartz

Ben Schwartz (aka Jean-Ralphio of PARKS AND RECREATION, aka Clyde Oberholt of HOUSE OF LIES) joins Franklin for an in-depth conversation about how he became a writer. Ben tells us about his early days of submitting jokes to Late Night with David Letterman & SNL, sleeping in a tent at a friend’s house when he came to LA to write for ROBOT CHICKEN, and how his Black List script EL FUEGO CALIENTE (a remake of the 1991 film SOAPDISH) came about.

Ben Schwartz

Ben Schwartz is an American actor, comedian, and writer. He is known for portraying Jean-Ralphio Saperstein on the sitcom Parks and Recreation. In 2012, he joined Showtime's comedy House of Lies as the ambitious, brash, and insecure management consultant Clyde Oberholt.

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Suzanne Allain (MR. MALCOLM'S LIST) | INTERVIEW

Nov 06, 2015

Mr. Malcolm’s List screenwriter Suzanne Allain

Suzanne Allain, writer of MR. MALCOLM'S LIST, joins Franklin to talk about her origins as a writer growing up in Tallahassee, Florida, adapting the original novel MR. MALCOLM'S LIST into a script, and why taking constructive criticism is always a good idea.

Suzanne Allain

As a child growing up in Tallahassee, Florida, Suzanne Allain would frequently invent dialogue for her Barbie dolls. When Ken and Barbie were not engaged in witty repartee, Suzanne would smash their faces together while making smooching noises. Little did she know that these small beginnings, followed by a healthy dose of Jane Austen in middle school, would eventually lead her to pen a historical romantic comedy script, MR. MALCOLM’S LIST. In an attempt to break in to the industry from Florida, Suzanne uploaded her screenplay to the Black List site where it received high ratings and led to her being awarded a blind script deal at Warner Bros. Still based in Florida, Suzanne makes semi-annual trips to Los Angeles where she goes on meetings and tries to fit in with other screenwriters by hanging out in coffee shops.

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MR. MALCOLM'S LIST | EARMOVIE

Nov 06, 2015

Mr. Malcolm’s List

We head across the pond and back in history about 200 for MR. MALCOLM'S LIST by Suzanne Allain, a romantic comedy of manners and mischief. Bringing MR. MALCOLM'S LIST to life are Rose McIver, Ashley Madekwe, Tom Riley, James Bloor, Sarah Armstrong, Sonya Walger, Jon Fletcher, Ben Schrader, and Parminder Nagra.

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Kevin Oeser (TERRIBLE PARENTS) | INTERVIEW

Oct 29, 2015

Terrible Parents writer Kevin Oeser

Kevin Oeser, screenwriter of TERRIBLE PARENTS, joins Franklin this week for a walk down his filmmaking memory lane. What do a high school field trip and financial pyramid schemes have to do with the writing of a comedy about upper middle class parents going to war over the last spot in a highly desirable private elementary school? Tune in to find out!

Kevin Oeser

Kevin Oeser is a screenwriter, filmmaker, and playwright. A graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, his short films have played at festivals around the world and frequently been featured by Funny or Die, Vimeo, and Reddit. His most recent film, GRAND ZERO, was a Vimeo Staff Pick and won Best Short at the Chicago Comedy Film Festival. He is a fellow of the Black List Screenwriters' Lab, in which he workshopped his screenplay TERRIBLE PARENTS. In 2015, Kevin was named to Tracking Board's Young and Hungry List of top up-and-coming writers in Hollywood. For the stage, Kevin wrote and directed THE MILFORD PROJECT, a musical comedy whose premiere production was awarded Best of the Hollywood Fringe Festival. He's studied and performed improv and sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater for some time. As a film and television editor, Kevin's credits include the Sundance hit HELL BABY, as well as Comedy Central’s ANOTHER PERIOD and GARFUNKEL AND OATES for IFC. Kevin's entire life is more or less summed up at kevinoeser.com. Originally from Sacramento, he lives in Los Angeles with his wife and insecurities.

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TERRIBLE PARENTS | EARMOVIE

Oct 29, 2015

Terrible Parents

The comedy of private schooling in Los Angeles gets intense in TERRIBLE PARENTS from screenwriter Kevin Oeser. TERRIBLE PARENTS is brought to life by Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, Rob Huebel, Janie Haddad Tompkins, Sarah Baker, Matt Gourley, Joel Spence, Michelle Lema, Lauren Flans, and Cooper Thornton.

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THE OTHER SIDE | EARMOVIE

Oct 22, 2015

The Other Side

Set at the nexus of the Hasidic and hipster communities of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, THE OTHER SIDE is a coming-of-age story about a boy who needs to decide how he wants to live his life. It’s about the clash between modernity and tradition, the high modern and the high holy. It stars Cooper Thornton, Darren Criss, Jerry Adler, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Andrew Polk, Tammy Blanchard, Wallis Currie-Wood, Pico Alexander, Ron Tsur, Bill Raymond, and Neal Lerner.

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Stacey Maltin (THE OTHER SIDE) | INTERVIEW

Oct 22, 2015

The Other Side writer Stacey Maltin

Recorded in New York City, Franklin chats about THE OTHER SIDE with writer Stacey Maltin. Franklin and Stacey talk about how a secular Jew from San Francisco ended up being a voice-over actress in Israel, and then returned to Brooklyn to write about a Williamsburg hipster and a Hasidic Jew falling in love.

Stacey Maltin

Stacey’s first feature film “The Other Side” was selected by the screenwriting website THE BLACK LIST as a Top 10 Finalist in the Hasty Pudding Fellowship for a screenwriter focusing on satire and social commentary. That script was further selected to be a part of the Black List Table Reads series and was produced as a podcast starring Darren Criss, Eddie Kaye Thomas, and Jerry Adler. Her second feature

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Malcolm Spellman and Tim Talbott (BALLS OUT) | INTERVIEW

Oct 22, 2015

Balls Out writers Malcolm Spellman and Tim Talbott

Franklin chats with BALLS OUT writers Malcolm Spellman & Tim Talbott about the origins of the script beginning in an online message board for writers, the inspiration behind the protagonist Jim Simmers, and advice to any writers that want to do what they do.

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BALLS OUT | EARMOVIE

Oct 15, 2015

Balls Out

Get ready for this one: the obscenely funny BALLS OUT, written by Malcolm Spellman (EMPIRE) and Tim Talbott (THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT) will make you laugh. Narrated by Craig Mazin, it stars Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas, Lauren Lapkus, Matt Walsh, Eugene Cordero, Casey Wilson, Chris Cox, and Joe Wengert.

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Lindsay Doran Part One | INTERVIEW

Oct 01, 2015

Lindsay Doran

No one knows story better than Lindsay Doran. Lindsay has been a substantial part in some of the most iconic films of the last four decades everything from THIS IS SPINAL TAP to FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF. Lindsay joins Franklin to talk about growing up in the movie business of Hollywood, leaving to make movies in London after graduating UC Santa Cruz, working in Public Television for seven years in Pennsylvania, becoming an executive, and adapting her favorite book of all time, SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, into a feature film.

Lindsay Doran

Lindsay Doran is an American film producer and studio executive who has worked on such films as This Is Spinal Tap, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Sense and Sensibility, Stranger Than Fiction, and Nanny McPhee.

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Lorene Scafaria (THE MEDDLER) | INTERVIEW

Sep 24, 2015

Lorene Scafaria

Screenwriter/director/actor Lorene Scafaria (NICK AND NORAH'S INFINITE PLAYLIST, SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD) joins us this week. With Franklin, Lorene talks about how she would write action screenplays in 3rd grade, growing up in New Jersey, being the real life Lisa Simpson in college, becoming writing partners with her old roommate Bryan Sipeto, and her latest film, THE MEDDLER.

Lorene Scafaria

Lorene Scafaria is an American screenwriter, playwright, actress, singer, and film director. She is best known for her work on the films Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, the latter her debut as director in 2012.

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Graham Moore (THE IMITATION GAME) | INTERVIEW

Sep 17, 2015

Graham Moore

Academy-Award winning screenwriter and two-time annual Black Lister Graham Moore (THE IMITATION GAME) joins Franklin on this episode of Earmovies. They’ll talk about growing up, playing in a band in Chicago, how Graham went from a sound engineer to writing The Sherlockian (which became a New York Times Best Seller) and content anxiety.

Graham Moore

Graham Moore is an American screenwriter and author widely known for his 2010 novel The Sherlockian, as well as his screenplay for the historical film The Imitation Game, which topped the 2011 Black List for screenplays and won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (awarded February 2015).

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John August and Craig Mazin (SCRIPTNOTES) | INTERVIEW

Sep 10, 2015

John August and Craig Mazin

Screenwriters John August (BIG FISH, FRANKENWEENIE) and Craig Mazin (THE HANGOVER 3, IDENTITY THIEF) of the Scriptnotes podcast join Franklin for an in-depth conversation. John and Craig talk about what lead them to start their podcast (which has now hit over 200 episodes), the truth about writing teams, and when they realized when they were good as write.

John August and Craig Mazin

On their podcast Scriptnotes, screenwriters John August and Craig Mazin discuss screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters, everything from the craft to the business to the best ways to actually get yourself writing.

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Uzodinma Iweala (BEASTS OF NO NATION) | INTERVIEW

Sep 03, 2015

Uzodinma Iweala

Uzodinma Iweala joins Franklin this week. Uzo’s novel “Beasts of No Nation” was published when he was twenty three years old. In 2006, he won the New York Public Library’s Young Lions of Fiction Award, and a year later he was named one of America’s 20 Best Young Novelists by Granta magazine. Uzo joins Franklin to talk about growing up in Washington D.C. to Nigerian parents, his early fascination with paper, and how his novel (originally his Harvard senior thesis) became the film BEASTS OF NO NATION.

Uzodinma Iweala

Uzodinma Iweala is an author and physician who hails from Nigeria. His debut novel, Beasts of No Nation, is a formation of his thesis work (in creative writing) at Harvard. It depicts a child soldier in an unnamed African country. The book, published in 2005 and adapted as an award-winning film in 2015, was mentioned by Time Magazine, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Times, and Rolling Stone.

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Robert Towne (CHINATOWN) | INTERVIEW

Jul 13, 2015

Robert Towne

Check out this conversation with one of the most legendary screenwriters of all-time, Robert Towne. Towne talks with Franklin as part of the Nantucket Film Festival’s Mentor’s Brunch Series. Robert Towne’s credits include SHAMPOO, CHINATOWN (for which he won an Oscar), THE YAKUZA, and many more. Robert talks about the role of film and TV in the arc of history, how he came to writing for the screen, the decline in good filmmaking, and working on the final season of MAD MEN.

Robert Towne

Writer, director, producer, actor. Born in Los Angeles, California, USA, and raised in the seaport town of San Pedro. Got his start acting and writing for legendary exploitation director/producer Roger Corman. Came into his own during the 1970s when he was regarded as one of the finest screenwriters in Hollywood. One of the best script doctors in Hollywood, he contributed crucial scenes to such films as Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and The Godfather (1972).

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Frederick Mensch, David Oyelowo, and Elliot Lester (NIGHTINGALE) | INTERVIEW

Jun 10, 2015

Nightingale with Frederick Mensch, Elliott Lester, David Oyelowo

On this bonus episode of The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard, we hear about the the story of NIGHTINGALE, the first fully produced script discovered on blcklst.com. Writer Frederick Mensch, director Elliott Lester, and star David Oyelowo join Franklin in studio for a special conversation on how NIGHTINGALE came into existence.