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SYS Episode # 164  Writer/Director/Producer/Comedian/Actor Joey Medina Joey talks about his first feature film and his new TV pilot.
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SYS Episode #165  Writer/Director Chris von Hoffman. Chris talks about his new post-apocalyptic thriller, Drifter.
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The new "Beauty & the Beast" honors the original Disney classic while deepening its story. If you're going to remake a beloved classic, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better adaptation than director Bill Condon's superb live action update of the...
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Gary Goldstein is an award winning writer for film, TV and the stage. He has written numerous films for Hallmark Channel and its sister network, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, including the comedies The Wish List, Hitched for the Holidays, This Magic Moment and My...
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Table 19 is an uneasy mix of indie comedy and maudlin narrative. The new comedy Table 19 comes with a sterling cast of comedic actors (Anna Kendrick, Craig Robinson and Lisa Kudrow among them), an indie pedigree (the story is from the Duplass brothers), and an institution...
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Logan cuts to the bone as Hugh Jackman ends his iconic role. Hugh Jackman has appeared as Wolverine onscreen nine times, but never to such a dramatic effect as in this one, his swan song. Logan is a much darker, sadder and meaner X-Men movie than any done before. In...
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Writer, actor, director Taika Waititi tells us about creating a new comedy scene in New Zealand and how to keep people feeling like they're a part of your story. He also let slip the inspirations for his What We Do in the Shadows character Viago: His mother combined...
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To write Gold, duo Patrick Massett & John Zinman drew from their background in acting to develop practical scenes. They also looked to Amadeus for inspiration on "peeling back layers" and "turning over the final card".
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Former Big Break Contest finalist and currently on the 2016 Black List, Joe Greenberg tells us how he gets to the bare bones of his stories.
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In our first ever double episode, we talk with Allison Schroeder and Ted Melfi about Hidden Figures and how subverting expectations can lead to complicated, layered characters and compelling storytelling.
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John Zaozirny, principal at Bellevue Productions, takes time out of his busy schedule to talk with us about selling scripts, scripts that top the Black List and what it means when a script is "set up."
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SYS Episode 161 Screenwriter Jack SekowskiJack talks about his recent writing assignment for The Hallmark Channel. 
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SYS Episode 162 Writer/Director/Producer Erin R. DooleyErin talks about producing short films and her recent documentary. 
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SYS Episode 163  Writer/Producer/Actor Christina MooreChristina talks about her new film, Running Wild ttarring Sharon Stone.
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Get Out is a horror movie that couldn't be more timely or terrific. Sometimes movies are so of the moment, they seem prescient. Such is the case with Get Out, a new horror film from writer/director Jordan Peele of Key & Peele fame. It's a story about racism,...
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In this podcast interview, Max Timm jumps on the line with Noah Griffith and Daniel Stewart to discuss organizing your approach to the writing process, the Inside the Writers Room Workshop, which everyone needs to check out (one of the more creative and progressive TV writing...
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Max Timm of the ISA had the fun opportunity to interview author, screenwriter, and director, Betsy Franco. It's rare to bring on a novelist to the Curious About Screenwriting podcast, but because of Betsy's connection to the industry...
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...I had planned this week to talk about La La Land. But with the new Executive Order barring refugees, immigrants and green card holders from our country, I want to use this podcast for something much more important. As filmmakers, writers, actors, directors, producers,...
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Where to start with the comedy great, Carol Leifer? Most recently the Co-EP on Better Late Than Never with Henry Winkler and William Shatner, Carol was also recently a writer and Co-EP on Devious Maids. A forever-stand-up comic, Carol came up the comedy ranks...
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In a 2017 edition of the ISA Spotlight, the ISA Development Program is highlighting six of our star writers in conversation with the co-head of the Development Program, and writing coach, Max Timm.  Get To Know Hennah: Hennah Sekandary was raised in...
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