Join distinguished American author Russell Banks for a conversation with Jay Parini on the subject of the novel as source material for feature films. Find out how one’s book actually does get made into a film – or not, in many cases. Russell Banks is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist for “Continental Drift” and “Cloudsplitter” and is a winner of the Literature Award from The American Academy of Arts and Letters. Two of his novels, “The Sweet Hereafter” and “Affliction” have been made into widely acclaimed films, with “The Sweet Hereafter” having won the Grand Prix and International Critics Award at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival. Jay Parini is a poet, novelist, critic, screenwriter and the Axinn Professor of English at Middlebury College. His novel, “The Last Station,” made it to the big screen in 2009 with leads Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren. Recorded 8/26/16.
Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival presents Book to Film: A Conversation with noted authors Russell Banks and Jay Parini.Producer: MCTV