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2014 Austin Film Festival and Conference Schedule
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Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver

writers/producers The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014); writers The Relic, Eye For An Eye
Amanda Silver was raised in New York City and earned a BA in History from Yale University.  She was an executive assistant at Tri-Star and Paramount Pictures before enrolling at University of Southern California’s School of Cinema Television, where she received an MFA in Screenwriting.
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle was Silver’s thesis script at USC.  It was followed by an Ace Award-winning episode of the Showtime series Fallen Angels, entitled “Murder Obliquely.”

Eye For An Eye was Silver’s second collaboration with husband and partner, Rick Jaffa.  It was soon followed by The Relic.  The couple wrote and produced Rise of the Planet of the Apes at 20th Century Fox and, most recently, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

Silver’s major writing influence is her grandfather, screenwriter Sidney Buchman, who wrote several classics including Here Comes Mr. Jordan and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

Rick Jaffa, a native of DeSoto, Texas, earned his BA in History from Southern Methodist University and his MBA from the University of Southern California.

Jaffa began his entertainment career in the mailroom of the William Morris Agency.  He advanced through the ranks to become executive assistant to legendary agent Stan Kamen, then head of the Motion Picture Department.  Jaffa was subsequently promoted to agent, representing writers and directors.  In that capacity, he helped package films as diverse as Robocop and The Trip to Bountiful.

After a short stint as a studio executive, Jaffa co-wrote his first screenplay, Hellbent and Back, which sold to Hollywood Pictures.

Jaffa’s first collaboration with his wife and partner, Amanda Silver, resulted in The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, which Silver scripted and Jaffa executive produced.

Eye for an Eye was Jaffa and Silver’s first screenwriting collaboration.  It was followed by The Relic a few years later.

The couple wrote and produced Rise of the Planet of the Apes at 20th Century Fox and, most recently, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

They reside in Pacific Palisades, California, with their son, Joe, and their daughter Franki.