2014 Austin Film Festival and Conference Schedule
Saturday, October 25 • 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Independent Filmmaking Track: Directing Your Own Script

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The prospect of directing your own script is an exciting one. Though this endeavor hands you the creative reins of the project as a whole, it also presents a new set of obstacles and responsibilities to navigate. After all, writing a script is free, but shooting a film can cost an exorbitant amount. So how should your roles as writer and director affect and inform one another? Writer-directors will share their own experiences and constructive advice crucial for aspiring multi-taskers.

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Jason Strouse

writer/director Teacher of the Year
Jason began his writing career on NBC’s Caroline in the City. He then returned to his first love, stand-up comedy, and appeared regularly at the Laugh Factory, The Improv and The Comedy Store before leaving the stage and becoming a teacher in Los Angeles. As Head Coach of Varsity... Read More →
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Jay Martin

writer/director 7 Minutes
7 Minutes is Jay Martin’s first feature. He has directed music videos for Death Cab for Cutie, Nas, Plain White T’s, Kid Rock, Melissa Etheridge, Christina Perri and Dashboard Confessional, among many others. He’s been directing music videos and commercials since 2003. Jay started... Read More →
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Justin Simien

writer/director Dear White People
Justin Simien (Director, Writer and Producer) was recently lauded as one of Variety's "10 Directors to Watch." He earned a Streamy Award nomination for the web series "INST MSGS," which was distributed by Revision 3. In addition to producing and directing online companion pieces... Read More →
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Ryan Piers Williams

writer/director The Dry Land, X/Y (2014); producer Kilimanjaro
Twitter: @rpierswilliamsRyan Piers Williams was born and raised in El Paso, TX. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. Upon graduation, he worked for Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney on several productions... Read More →

Saturday October 25, 2014 2:45pm - 4:00pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Assembly Room

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