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Reel Montclair: Dialogue with the Screenwriter

Reel Montclair, the film conversation series created by the Film Institute at Montclair State, has partnered with the Writer’s Guild of America, East to present Dialogue with the Screenwriter. This monthly, in depth discussion series will feature some of the most fascinating writers working in film and TV today, from award winning, seasoned scribes to new, emerging voices in cinematic storytelling.

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The Dialogue with the Screenwriter series will probe, analyze, study, explore, and most of all, celebrate the art and craft of visual storytelling.

All dates for the discussion series are FREE and open to the general public.

Dialogue with the Screenwriter will be held in the School of Communication and Media’s new 197-seat Presentation Hall beginning in October.


Previous Dialogues

November 13 with Screenwriters Shari Springer Berman and Bob Pulcini
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Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini are an Oscar and Emmy-nominated filmmaking team. They wrote and directed AMERICAN SPLENDOR which won over 30 awards including: Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival; FIPRESCI Award, Cannes Film Festival; The Writers’ Guild Award for Best Adapted Screenplay; Best Picture and Best Screenplay, Los Angeles Film Critics Association and National Society of Film Critics and Best Adapted Screenplay Nomination, Academy Awards. CINEMA VERITE (2011), starring Diane Lane, James Gandolfini and Tim Robbins received nine Emmy nominations including Best Movie, Outstanding Directing and a win for Best Editing. In addition, the
HBO movie received three Golden Globe nominations, a SAG nomination as well as ACE, GLAAD and Writer’s Guild Award wins.

THE NANNY DIARIES (2007) starring Scarlett Johansson, Laura Linney, Chris Evans and Alicia Keys was the highest grossing film directed by a woman of that year and premiered at The Venice Film Festival. Other films include THE EXTRA MAN (Kevin Kline and Paul Dano) and GIRL MOST LIKELY (Kristen Wiig,
Annette Benning and Matt Dillon). Berman and Pulcini’s award winning documentaries include OFF THE MENU: THE LAST DAYS OF CHASEN’S and THE YOUNG AND THE DEAD.

The team’s most recent film, TEN THOUSAND SAINTS, premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and was selected as a NEW YORK TIMES critic’s pick. The film stars Ethan Hawke, Hailee Steinfeld, Asa Butterfield, Emile Hirsch and Emily Mortimer. LE CAFE DE BALZAC, Berman and Pulcini’s comedic short starring Paul Giamatti, premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival as part of the Amazon series THE NEW YORKER PRESENTS.

Dialogue with a Screenwriter will be held in the new School of Communication and Media’s 197-seat Presentation Hall.

The conversation is FREE and open to the public but registration is required.

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The first of our discussions was October 2 with Screenwriter George Pelecanos

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As HBO’s new prestige drama, The Deuce premieres this Fall, join us for an intriguing, in-depth conversation with its award winning writer and Executive Producer, George Pelecanos.

Pelecanos, an acclaimed novelist, was a producer, writer, and story editor for the HBO dramatic series, The Wire, winner of the Peabody Award, the AFI Award, and the Edgar, and he was nominated for an Emmy for his writing on that show. He was a writer and co-producer on the World War II miniseries The Pacific, produced by Steven Spielberg, and worked as a writer and Executive Producer on the HBO series Treme. Pelecanos has also published 20 novels set in and around Washington, D.C. and has been called “the poet laureate of the D.C. crime world,” by Esquire Magazine.

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