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From sell-out panels to one-on-one interviews, the Writers Guild Foundation follows every major writer and trend in film and TV. Check out our collection of over 80 not-to-be-missed titles.

Mark Boal - Writers on Writing

Mark Boal - Writers on Writing

$19.95 Format: DVD    Date: Mar 19, 2010

The Writers Guild Foundation presents a one-on-one interview with screenwriter Mark Boal, moderated by F.X. Feeney. Boal’s Playboy Magazine article “Death and Dishonor,” was adapted into the film, In the Valley of Elah. Following this first taste of Hollywood, Boal wrote The Hurt Locker, based on his experiences as an embedded journalist with an Explosives Ordnance Disposal unit in 2004 Iraq.

Boal pitched the idea to filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow, whom he had met when she was developing a television series based on an article he had written in 2002. The two decided to pursue the project as an independent film, and Boal went to work writing a “spec” script.

Boal, who majored in Philosophy, graduated with honors from Oberlin College. At age 23 he wrote an acclaimed Village Voice series of articles about the rise of surveillance in America, which led to his writing a weekly column for the paper entitled ‘The Monitor.’ He subsequently covered politics, technology, crime and the youth and drug cultures in stories for a variety of national publications, including Rolling Stone, Brill’s Content, Mother Jones, and Playboy, among others. He lives in Los Angeles.

Anna Hamilton Phelan - Writers on Writing

Anna Hamilton Phelan - Writers on Writing

$19.95 Format: DVD    Date: Mar 19, 2010

The Writers Guild Foundation presents an interview with Anna Hamilton Phelan about her work and career. She began with the screenplay for Mask, an original feature for Universal based on the life of Rocky Dennis and his mother, Rusty, which starred Cher and Eric Stoltz, and for which she received a Writers Guild nomination for best original screenplay and the Scott Newman Award for realistic depiction of drug abuse in a motion picture.
Her next screenplay, Gorillas in the Mist, was based on the life and work of Dian Fossey with the mountain gorillas in Rwanda, Africa, which starred Sigourney Weaver and garnered her Writers Guild and Academy nominations for best screenplay adaptation.
She shared writing credit on In Love and War, which was based on the love story between Ernest Hemingway (Chris O’Donnell) and an American nurse (Sandra Bullock) during World War I in Italy.
For HBO Phelan wrote and produced Into the Homeland, an original film about a father’s (Powers Boothe) search for his daughter that takes him into the world of a white supremacist enclave in Idaho. She also co-wrote Girl, Interrupted, starring Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie, which was based on a true story of girls in a mental institution in the 1960s. She wrote the script for Amelia, sharing writing credit with Ron Bass.

Sublime Primetime 2009

Sublime Primetime 2009

$19.95 Format: DVD    Date: Mar 19, 2010

Sublime Primetime is a unique event produced by the Writers Guild and the Writers Guild Foundation. The 2009 edition features a diverse line-up of acclaimed Emmy-nominated television writers sharing personal stories and industry insights on their craft. Some of the finest writers in the industry gathered on the WGA theater stage to discuss their work and the business of writing for the medium. Panelists are Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse (Lost), Andre and Maria Jacquemetton (Mad Men), Billy Kimball and Ian Maxtone-Graham (The Simpsons), Rob Kutner (The Daily Show With Jon Stewart), Jack Burditt (30 Rock), Michael Sucsy (Grey Gardens). Moderated by Rainn Wilson (The Office).

Beyond Words 2010

Beyond Words 2010

$24.95 Format: DVD    Date: Mar 18, 2010

In this special event, ten Academy Award-nominated screenwriters from prominent 2010 movies talk about their work in a panel discussion. Hosted by writer and director Judd Apatow, the writers describe their nominated projects and other works. The guests are Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker), James Cameron (Avatar), Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart), Geoffrey Fletcher (Precious: Based on the Novel Push By Sapphire), Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek) Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (The Hangover), Scott Neustadter (500 Days of Summer), and Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air).

Changing the World: One Story at a Time

Changing the World: One Story at a Time

$19.95 Format: DVD    Date: Mar 17, 2010

Humanitas and the Writers Guild Foundation present an evening of discussion with major Humanitas writers as they discuss how their work has made a difference. How has their work helped to change lives? How have their stories been used to effect educational or social change? Speakers include Kirk Ellis (Anne Frank, John Adams), Rob Lotterstein (The War at Home), Paris Qualles (A Raisin in the Sun), David Shore (House M.D.). Moderated by John Horn (LA Times). Presented with Humanitas to benefit the Writers Guild Foundation Shavelson-Webb Library and other Foundation programs.

Francis Veber - Writers on Writing

Francis Veber - Writers on Writing

$19.95 Format: DVD    Date: Dec 15, 2009

This prolific French writer and director originally intended to become a doctor but switched to journalism before finding his calling on the stage and screen. Francis Veber began his writing career while serving in the military, contributing to an army publication. After his military discharge, he worked as a radio reporter and then segued to writing scripts for television and theater.
With 1971′s Il etait une fois un flic (There Once Was a Cop) (1971), Veber began his feature career in earnest. For much of the 1970s, he served as writer of a number of successful, farcical comedies. Among his more popular scripts were Le Grand blond avec une chaussure noire (The Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe) (1973), La Cage aux folles (1978), for which he shared an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, and Annaud’s Coup de tete (Hot Head) (1979). Veber made his directorial debut with Le Jouet in 1976.
Several of his films proved so successful in his native France that Hollywood soon beckoned. No less a talent than Billy Wilder used a Veber’s play for the basis of the celebrated director’s final film, Buddy Buddy (1981). Veber made his American directorial debut with Three Fugitives (1989). He returned to France in the early 1990s, picking up where he left off. Veber crafted one of his biggest hits and most artistically satisfying films with 1998′s Le Diner de cons (The Dinner Game). He continued his winning streak into the new century, writing and directing the hits Le placard (The Closet) in 2001 and La doublure (The Valet) in 2006.

David McKenna - Writers On Writing

David McKenna - Writers On Writing

$19.95 Format: DVD    Date: Oct 29, 2009

David McKenna, screenwriter, sold his spec script “American History X” to New Line Cinema at the age of 26. Since then he has written or co-written Body Shots, Get Carter, Blow and S.W.A.T.and made forays into writing both television and video games. He is interviewed by author and critic F.X. Feeney about his career and approach to his work. An entertaining, educational, and inspirational Q&A.

Ronald D. Moore - Writers on Writing

Ronald D. Moore - Writers on Writing

$19.95 Format: DVD    Date: Jul 30, 2009

RONALD D. MOORE is one of the most prominent writers of television science fiction working today. Most recently he was writer/executive producer of Battlestar Galactica. Previous writing credits include Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (where he was also co-executive producer and and Good Vs. Evil. In addition to writing, Moore also executive produced Roswell in its final seasons, and the acclaimed HBO series Carnivale. He is the winner of two Peabody Awards, an Emmy (plus many nominations) and a Hugo Award, as well as a WGA nomination.

Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci - Writers on Writing

Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci - Writers on Writing

$19.95 Format: DVD    Date: Jul 8, 2009

ALEX KURTZMAN and ROBERTO ORCI are one of the hottest writing teams in Hollywood today. Collaborators since high school, the two started in television as writers for the popular series Hercules and Xena: Warrior Princess. Their ascent was rapid: the two became head writers of the latter series at the tender young age of 23. In 2003, Kurtzman and Orci were approached to write for J.J. Abrams’ wildly popular television spy thriller Alias, and eventually ascended to be executive producers of the show.

Michael Patrick King - Writers on Writing (two-disc set)

Michael Patrick King - Writers on Writing (two-disc set)

$19.95 Format: DVD    Date: Jun 18, 2009

Michael Patrick King is best known as the writer/director and executive producer of the HBO series Sex and the City. For his work on that show he has received three Golden Globe Awards for best comedy series as well as the Emmy® Award for best comedy series, the Emmy® Award for best direction and numerous Writers Guild and Directors Guild Award nominations.
His television career began when he joined the writing staff of Murphy Brown during the infamous Dan Quayle year. His latest television credit is the Emmy® nominated but short-lived HBO series The Comeback, which he created with and for Lisa Kudrow, and which has become a cult favorite.
King started his career in NYC as a playwright and a stand-up comic. His plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles and at the Aspen Comedy Festival. He was the artistic director of arcade… a performance space that he founded in Los Angeles dedicated to launching new and exciting work. In 2008 he wrote and directed his first film, the romantic comedy blockbuster Sex and the City.

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