Back to All Events

Beyond Words 2019

  • Writers Guild Theater 135 S. Doheny Dr. Beverly Hills, CA 90211 (map)

The Writers Guild of America West and the Writers Guild Foundation present Beyond Words, our annual celebration of Writers Guild Award nominees for adapted, original, and documentary screenplays.


BRYAN WOODS & SCOTT BECK - A Quiet Place (Screenplay by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck and John Krasinski, Story by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck)

BO BURNHAM – Eighth Grade

JOE ROBERT COLE - Black Panther (Written by Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole. Based on the Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.)

BRIAN CURRIE - Green Book (Written by Nick Vallelonga & Brian Currie & Peter Farrelly)

LAUREN GREENFIELD - Generation Wealth

NICOLE HOLOFCENER – Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty. Based on the book by Lee Israel.)


GABE POLSKY - In Search of Greatness

KEVIN WILLMOTT - BlacKkKlansman (Written by Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee. Based on the book by Ron Stallworth.)

Moderated by SUSANNAH GRANT (Confirmation, Erin Brockovich)

Stay tuned for more panelist announcements!

Limited VIP tickets are available. Tickets include a seat among the front rows and access to the VIP pre-reception attended by the panelists.

VIP pre-reception starts at 6:30pm. Doors open at 7pm. Event starts at 7:30pm.

All events advertised on our “Events” page are open to anyone who wants to buy a ticket – not just WGA members!

In the case the event is sold out, we will have a first come, first serve stand-by line at the event. The stand-by line does not guarantee entry into the event.

Proceeds benefit the Foundation’s library, archive and other outreach programs.
Got a question about events? E-mail us at

All Writers Guild Foundation events are subject to our Event Ticket Policy.


Bo Burnham - Eighth Grade

Bo Burnham17330.jpg

Bo Burnham  (director/writer) is a comedian from Boston, Massachusetts. He has made three hour-long live comedy specials — “Words Words Words,” “what.,” and “Make Happy”— and directed specials for Jerrod Carmichael and Chris Rock. Eighth Grade is his first film. 

Lauren Greenfield - Generation Wealth


Named by the New York Times as “America’s foremost visual chronicler of the plutocracy, Emmy-award-winning filmmaker/photographer Lauren Greenfield has produced groundbreaking work on consumerism, youth culture and gender for the last 25 years.  Her documentary films Generation Wealth,The Queen of Versailles and Thin, and photography books Generation Wealth, Fast Forward and Girl Culture, have provoked international dialogue about some of the most important issues of our time.  The Queen ofVersailles was the opening night film of Sundance 2012 where it won the Best Documentary Director Award.  Her record-breaking, Super Bowl ad #LikeAGirl  (250+ million views) earned her 14 Cannes Lions and the Most Awarded Director by AdAge, the first woman in commercial history to ever top this list. Greenfield’s Generation Wealth film opened the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, screened at Berlinale, SXSW, and is being released by Amazon Studios. Generation Wealth also garnered her The Paris Photography Prize (PX3) and the Photographer of the Year from the Art Directors Club. The companion exhibition has travelled around the world and will open at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Copenhagen) in Fall 2019.  In September 2018, Greenfield was given the LA Film Festival Spirit of Independence Award.