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Saturday, October 15 • 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Sporting the Screenplay

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Bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. A half-court shot at the final buzzer. A Hail Mary in overtime. Sports are naturally full of drama, and the movies that capture this best condense the highest highs and lowest lows into narrative journeys that inspire. Wondering how much research is involved in sports films? Or how writers incorporate other plotlines and themes into a sports-centric narrative? Hear from writers of films such as Hoosiers, The Rookie, Kingpin, The Blind Side, and Creed as they discuss what goes into making a sports script a slam dunk.

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R.B. Brenner

Moderator; Director of the School of Journalism, UT Austin
R.B. Brenner is a professor and the director of the School of Journalism at the University of Texas. He arrived at UT-Austin in August 2014 from Stanford University, where he joined the faculty four years earlier after leaving The Washington Post. At The Post, his roles included Metro Editor, Sunday Editor and Deputy Universal News Editor. He was one of the primary editors of the newspaper’s coverage of the Virginia Tech... Read More →

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Aaron Covington

writer Creed; director
Aaron Covington grew up in Michigan City, Indiana. He’s a graduate of Ohio State University and the University of Southern California where he received an MFA in film production. At USC he teamed up with Ryan Coogler to collaborate on “Creed” which released in 2015 to positive reviews. Aaron continues to pursue writing and directing opportunities in Los Angeles, California.   
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Bobby Farrelly

co-writer Dumb & Dumber; co-writer/director There’s Something About Mary, Me Myself & Irene, Shallow Hal, Stuck on You, Dumb and Dumber To
Recognized worldwide for their distinct comedic sensibility, Bobby Farrelly and his brother Peter have garnered notable and global commercial success with their heartfelt and raucously funny films. Bobby made his directorial debut in 1994 with the film Dumb & Dumber. A commercial success, Dumb & Dumber went on to gross over $246 million worldwide and launched Jim Carrey’s career. Building off the overwhelming response to the... Read More →
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John Lee Hancock

writer/director The Alamo, The Blind Side; director The Rookie, Saving Mr. Banks, The Founder (2016); writer A Perfect World, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
John Lee Hancock is a film writer, director and producer. His writing credits include A Perfect World, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, The Alamo, Snow White and the Huntsman and The Blind Side. His directing credits include The Rookie, The Alamo, The Blind Side, Saving Mr. Banks and The Founder, set to be released in 2016. Producing credits include My Dog Skip as well as the television shows, L.A. Doctors and Falcone.
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Angelo Pizzo

writer/producer Rudy, Hoosiers; writer/director My All American
Angelo Pizzo grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, the son of a Sicilian immigrant.  After remaining in Bloomington long enough to earn a bachelor’s degree in political science at Indiana University, Pizzo moved to the West Coast to attend film school at the University of Southern California.  After studying three years in the History, Theory, and Criticsim department he left to begin his career in the story department at Warner... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 12:30pm - 1:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room

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