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.
Documentary filmmakers are widening their influence in American society. Join an outstanding panel of prominent filmmakers as they explore the diverse aesthetics being employed in creating documentaries, the wide-ranging outcomes their work has on societal issues and legal cases, and their ability to make a living in this exciting but challenging field. Panelists include Barbara Kopple [“Harlan County, USA,” “Hot Type: 150 Years of The Nation,” and “Miss Sharon Jones!”]; Tony Stone [“Peter And The Farm”]; Todd Wider and Jedd Wider [“God Knows Where I Am”]; Amy Geller and Allie Humenuk [“The Guys Next Door”]; and John Stanton [The Last Bay Scallop?].” Recorded 8/27/16.Producer: MCTV
The New York Times Op-Docs series invites both renowned and emerging filmmakers to contribute new short opinion documentaries reflecting a wide series of styles and subject matter, including current affairs, contemporary life, and historical subjects. Now in its fifth season, the Op Docs initiative at The New York Times is part of the growing “Film As Journalism” phenomenon. Lindsay Crouse, The Times’ Coordinating Producer of Op Docs, will present several of these excellent short documentaries. She will offer background and context on the entire Op Docs program and address how it advances the journalistic enterprise of the online edition of America’s leading newspaper. Recorded 8/27/16.Producer: MCTV
Join actors Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard for conversation and coffee in a lively exchange with Jay Craven. Recorded 8/27/16.Producer: MCTV
Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival presents Book to Film: A Conversation with noted authors Russell Banks and Jay Parini.Producer: MCTV