Variety Studio Actors on Actors at 6:30 pm
Exclusive conversations between some of the most exciting actors working today. Featuring Benedict Cumberbatch “The Imitation Game” and Edward Norton “Birdman”, Jake Gyllenhaal “Nightcrawler” and Patricia Arquette “Boyhood”, Hilary Swank “The Homesman” and Tilda Swinton “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, Oscar Isaac “A Most Violent Year” and Gugu Mbatha-Raw “Belle”.
Writing the Fantastical: A Conversation With David Magee at 7:30 pm
David Magee discusses adapting Finding Neverland and Life of Pi, and how he approached translating such imaginative worlds for the screen. Followed by The Return, Jeremy Mackie’s short film about a college graduate who’s literally scared off the scene of his first job.
Side By Side, The Science, Art And Impact Of Digital Cinema at 8 pm
This documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation. It show what artists and filmmakers have been able to accomplish with both film and digital, and how their needs and innovations have helped push filmmaking in new directions. Interviews with over 70 filmmakers and industry professionals including George Lucas, David Lynch, Lars von Trier, James Cameron, Steven Soderbergh, Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, Robert Rodriguez and Walter Murch, reveal their experiences and feelings about working with film and digital — where we are now, how we got here and what the future may bring.
Ain’t It Cool with Harry Knowles at 9:30 pm
Horror guru Wes Craven, Director A Nightmare on Elm St/Scream franchises, and Harry explore the world of horror and discuss early battles with censors to the current trend on television with shows like The Walking Dead, which seem to have no limits with graphic content. Viewers will enjoy rare behind the scenes anecdotes into the making of The Swamp Thing and his lesser known art film The Fireworks Woman.
Film School Shorts Strange Bedfellows at 10 pm
The Passage of Mrs. Calabash (AFI): On an overnight train journey, a young woman and a retired professor exchange stories. Told in reverse, their deepest secrets are revealed.
A short film by Scott Tuft. The Girl and the Fox (Savannah College of Art and Design): A family living in the wilderness discovers a fox has been killing their livestock. The young daughter has no choice but to track down the animal in order to ensure their survival. A short film by Tyler J. Kupferer.
Film School Shorts Growing Pains at 10:30 pm
I Feel Stupid (UCLA) and My Name is Your First Love (Columbia): Lein is an awkward teenager, obsessed with pigeons. When her childhood friend Amber comes to visit, Lein’s world opens far beyond the pigeon coop. Directed by Milena Pastreich. A teenager works as a gardener for his neighbor. His infatuation with his employer deepens and his afternoon hedge trimming turns into an obsession. Directed by Rob Richert.