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Sundance Film Festival 2013 Exclusive Screenwriter InterviewsLate summer and early fall is the time of year when Sundance favorites find their way into select theatres, VOD channels and the occasional iTunes stream or download. Back in January, we posted a series of exclusive interviews with screenwriters from five films in competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Now that you can see all of these films for yourself, we thought it would be a good time to revisit these interviews and pull out some choice words for the aspiring screenwriter in all of us. Check out interview excerpts below to learn lessons from the screenwriters of C.O.G., Mother of George, Austenland, Concussion, and The Kings of Summer. More »

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the kings of summer toy's house movie titlesFor those of us who eagerly await the release of festival hits in theatres near us, we track film reviews during their festival runs and make our lists of must-see films in the hopes that at least one screen nearby will get a limited run of the festival darlings later in the year (or even next year). So, if you live in New York or Los Angeles, and you’ve been waiting to see the Sundance comedy favorite Toy’s House (because of our in-depth interview with its screenwriter Chris Galletta, naturally), you’d be forgiven for not realizing that the film already opened in very limited release this weekend, albeit as the movie now known as The Kings of Summer. This Sundance breakout certainly isn’t the only film that stood out at this year’s festival to get a new title, nor is this a new trend altogether, which made me ponder this thought: why do movie titles matter so much? More »

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For those of us who can remember life before we were plugged into technology, we may remember a time when we had nothing better to do but disappear into a forest with our buddies and wreak havoc out of the eyesight and earshot of the grown-up world. Those days, however, have come to pass. Now that Sundance 2013 has also come to pass, so too shall our series of interviews with screenwriters of feature films from this year’s U.S. Dramatic Competition. For our final interview, we present our conversation with Toy’s House screenwriter Chris Galletta, who describes the influence of Amblin Entertainment movies on his first produced feature-length screenplay, the waiting game to find the right director for the project, and the decision to stop trying to write like the next Charlie Kaufman and start writing what he knows. More »