(NOVAC Director of Programs Ashley Charbonnet gets real with Screenwriter Gordy Hoffman)
Hoffman’s screenplay, Love Liza, directed by Todd Louiso and starring his brother, Philip Seymour Hoffman, won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. Hoffman made his feature directorial debut with his script, A Coat of Snow, which world premiered at the 2005 Locarno International Film Festival and screened at the Milan Film Festival. Also an educator, Gordy Hoffman has taught screenwriting at the USC School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles and has led workshops all over North America, Poland, Australia and the United Kingdom. Hoffman founded the BlueCat Screenplay Competition in 1998 and remains its judge.
Moderated by NOVAC Director of Programs, Ashley Charbonnet, Gordy spoke about his process, the nature of the screenwriter and his personal journey as an artist and filmmaker. While technology and advancements in cinematography, post-production and even producing have changed aspects of filmmaking, Hoffman made it clear that the art and craft of storytelling has and will remain the same.
“If Louisiana’s film industry is to grow and sustain itself, it is imperative that developing filmmakers have an opportunity to hear from artists at Hoffman’s level not only about industry, but about process, technique and why artistic and aesthetic choices are made,” says Charbonnet. “This is how we will contribute not only a crew base, but add our own voices to this century-old filmmaking tradition.”
Through these intimate and moderated discussions, NOVAC’s Conversation Series are designed to designed to provide filmmakers and film lovers insight into the processes, challenges, career paths and aesthetic choices of visiting and local artists. During the 2012 calendar year and beyond, NOVAC will continue to offer its Conversation Series to the community, featuring other visiting and local filmmakers, along with its year-long educational programming and filmmaker support services.
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