The Art and Business of Screenwriting
A one day symposium with screenwriters and executives who will discuss how to get your idea to the page and the business side of the craft once it’s written.
Saturday, June 25th 2016, Cost is only $25.
10:00a – 5:00p at Lipscomb University Campus
Script-com 2016 Symposium
Lipscomb University Shamblin Theater
Saturday, June 25th, 2016
9:30 – Doors Open/Registration
10:00 – Introduction and First Panel: Callie Khouri
11:00 – Second Panel; Adam Londy, Callie Khouri
12:05 – Lunch Break
1:30 – Third Panel: Oscar Turner
2:30 – Fourth Panel: Brian Herskowitz
3:30 – Break
4:00 – Fifth Panel: Todd Remis
5:00 – Dismiss
Callie Khouri is the creator and executive producer of the critically acclaimed drama, Nashville, and the Oscar Award-winning screenwriter of Thelma and Louise.
Crowned “the best new drama of 2012” by outlets including USA Today, TV Guide, Entertainment Weekly, TIME Magazine, The New York Post and The Daily Beast, Nashville earned Golden Globe nominations for its lead actresses and a Writers Guild of America nomination. Khouri led the show as its creator and executive producer for four seasons from 2012 to 2016.
She may be best known for galvanizing women and sparking nationwide debate in 1991 with her screenwriting debut, Thelma and Louise, which was nominated for six Academy Awards. She won the Oscar, the Golden Globe, the Writers Guild of America Award and a PEN Literary Award for Best Original Screenplay. Thelma and Louise took home the London Film Critics Circle Award for Film of the Year, and was nominated for Best Original Screenplay by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
Khouri followed Thelma and Louise with 1995’s Something to Talk About, starring Julia Roberts, Dennis Quaid and Robert Duvall. She then made her directorial debut with Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, starring Sandra Bullock and Ashley Judd, which she also adapted for the screen. In 2006, Khouri collaborated with legendary television producer Steven Bochco and wrote and directed the television drama, Hollis and Rae. She then directed her second feature film, Mad Money, starring Diane Keaton, Katie Holmes and Queen Latifah.
Callie Khouri – Oscar winning screenwriter for THELMA & LOUISE and NASHVILLE (ABC) creator. She also scripted the romantic comedy-drama SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT and made her directorial debut with her adaptation of DIVINE SECRETS OF THE YA-YA SISTERHOOD. She directed MAD MONEY in 2008, starring Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah and Katie Holmes. She also teaches writing and directing courses at the Arts Initiative Columbia University in New York.
Oscar Turner – CEO & Founder of Gallery Road Productions, LLC, an independent film and television production company based in Atlanta, Georgia. Served as the Chief Operating Officer of Tyler Perry Studios where he was responsible for overseeing business strategy, studio operations, post production, financing and real estate. During his tenure, Tyler Perry Studios produced the feature films MEET THE BROWNS, THE FAMILY THAT PREYS, and MADEA GOES TO JAIL along with multiple seasons of the hit television series HOUSE OF PAYNE and MEET THE BROWNS.
Brian Herskowitz – Chief Creative Officer for Horror Equity Fund, a mechanism for developing and funding indie projects in the horror genre. As a writer, Brian has completed well over a dozen feature films. He teaches screenwriting for the prestigious BOSTON UNIVERSITY IN LOS ANGELES – WRITER IN HOLLWOOD PROGRAM and has taught online for UCLA EXTENSTIONS.
Adam Londy – Adam Londy serves as Vice President, Programming and Development at Comedy Central where he is responsible for developing series for the network as well as overseeing projects through production. Recent shows include BIG TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, FL, which was produced by Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films. Adam currently has shows in development with outstanding creative talent such as Channing Tatum, Jack Black, Melissa McCarthy and Olivia Wilde.
Todd Remis – Todd Transitioned from Wall Street to the film industry where he has now transferred his finance and investing skills to identifying unique opportunities to finance and produce independent films. His first film MAGIC MAGIC, which he was Executive Producer, premiered at Sundance and Cannes in 2013.
Check out highlights from past Script-com at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film Nashville TN
Session 2 went from 1:30pm – 3:30. The Filmmakers: A number of local filmmakers talked about the successes and trials of creating independent film projects here in Nashville. Lots of practical advice about writing for low-budget features.
Session 3 went from 6:30pm – 8:30. The Read: A live reading of this year’s TSA contest-winning script staged by Chris Bosen and the volunteer cast from the Ten Minute Playhouse . A new and exciting way to experience a screenplay.
Check out all the pros who helped make this a stellar event.
The EXECS of Session One!
The LOCAL FILM MAKERS of Session Two!
Josh Shreves (more)
A native of Sweden, he currently lives and works in Nashville, TN as a writer/director /editor/ DP. Josh started making movies at a very young age and quickly realized his passion for filmmaking was more then just a hobby. He directed his first feature at age 16 which was shot on 16mm film. Josh’s background is in editing. Since moving to Nashville, he has directed, shot, or edited hundreds of commercials and music videos for leading country artists and companies, including Jason Aldean, Reba McEntire, Brooks and Dunne, Verizon and the Tennessee Lottery. In 2012, Josh started production on Talon Falls, a horror movie, about a haunted house attraction where everything you think is part of the show is actually real. It is currently in post-production.
Zach Adams (more)
After graduating from Watkins Film School in Nashville, TN, Adams wrote, produced, and directed 5 short films. He is as an award-winning screenwriter, and three of his screenplays have placed in the finals of nine national screenplay competitions. Adams’ PBS Mini-Series, “Southern Haunts” . It has won 6 International Awards. He has also produced and directed music videos, feature films, TV Pilots, seen on PBS, VH1, and CMT. He’s worked with such artists as Billy Bob Thornton, James Denton, Charlie Daniels, Ronnie Milsap, Eddie Montgomery, and Mark Slaughter. Adams is developing several new TV shows, documentaries, and feature films.
Katie Groshong (more)
Actress and producer, Katie moved to Los Angeles for four years to pursue a career in acting, but in 2005 decided to move back to Nashville and start a production company with Jeff Wedding called GypsyRoot Productions. Their first project was a Super 8 short entitled, “Gracie: The Diary of a Coma Patient”, which hit the festival circuit and won them a few “Best of the Fest” awards and a “Best Cinematography” award at the Eerie Horror Film Festival. With the accumulated press and industry praise for “Gracie”, Jeff and Katie started their second project together in October 2007, a 16mm HD feature, “A Measure of the Sin”, which was adapted from an award winning story by Kristy Nielsen. Katie continues to travel for acting, but Nashville is, and always will be her home.
Jeff Wedding (more)
Director, writer, Cinematographer won Park City Film Music Festival for Musical Excellence in a Performance/Experimental Film Gracie: The Diary of a Coma Patient (2007). Also winner of PollyGrind Underground Film Festival of Las Vegas for Best of the Rest A Measure of the Sin (2013)
The READ of Session Three!
A live reading of this year’s TSA contest-winning script on stage by a group of local actors. And yes! Elvis was in the house! A nice crowd stuck around to hear the table-read of the winner of the TSA Make This Film – 2014 Screenplay Contest.
Empathy by Elvis Wilson
Thriller: a neuro-researcher developing a therapy for psychotic behavior discovers one of her research subjects murdered her sister.