Austin Film Festival publishes "On Story" for aspiring filmmakers —
July 2, 2020

Austin Film Festival publishes “On Story” for aspiring filmmakers

By Liz Lopez

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“On Story – Screenwriters and Filmmakers on Their Iconic Films” gives readers an opportunity to learn about the career and stories from renowned, award-winning screenwriters and filmmakers. If you want to know more about the production of films such as “L.A. Confidential,” “Thelma & Louise,” “Groundhog Day,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Silence of the Lambs,” “In the Name of the Father,” “Apollo 13,” and more, this is the book for you.

Book participants during the film festival include filmmakers Shane Black (“Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”), Paul Feig (“Spy”), Ashley Miller (“X-Men: First Class), Nicole Perlman (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) Robin Swicord (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”), and Alvaro Rodriguez (“Machete”).

Interviews and panel discussions with celebrities such as Ron Howard, Callie Khouri, Jonathan Demme, Ted Tally, Jenny Lumet and Harold Ramis are all part of this book. The artists talk about creating stories that resonate with one’s life experiences or topical social issues, as well as how to create appealing characters and bring them to life. Their insights, production tales and fresh, practical, and proven advice make this book ideal for film lovers, screenwriting students, filmmakers and screenwriters seeking inspiration.

The book is co-edited by Austin Film Festival Co-founder and Executive Director Barbara Morgan and Maya Perez, producer of the Emmy-winning PBS series Austin Film Festival’s On-Story, with a foreword written by James Franco. In 2012, Barbara and Maya assembled transcripts from the archives of over 20 years of AFF panels and post-film-screening Q&As. Their goal was to make these fascinating and insightful film discussions available to a larger audience than the festival’s attendees.

“On Story – Screenwriters and Filmmakers on Their Iconic Films” was published in October 2016, just in time for the 23rd Annual Austin Film Festival. The book can be ordered here.

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About On Story 

Austin Film Festival is dedicated to furthering the art, craft and business of filmmakers and screenwriters, and recognizing their contributions to film, television and new media. A natural progression of the AFF mission, The On Story Project consists of a variety of entertaining and informative programs presented in different media platforms to give viewers an inside look at the creative process behind some of the most popular and critically acclaimed films and television shows.

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