SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME follows Max (Keith Paulson), his best friend Sal (Nick Offerman) and a woman they both adore, Lyla (Jess Weixler) through 35 years of mandatory but apparently unfulfilling entanglements at weddings, funerals, hospitals, eateries, divorce courts…and the tool shed. It’s a beautiful commentary on the cycle of life, which it breaks down into humorous and, at times, heart-warming bite-size segments.
When a young man named Bernhard finds a set of instructions in a letter to a prostitute—instructions written by his father—the life of his family is turned upside down. STILL LIFE is the disturbing story of a family that doesn’t talk much, but who all feel the need to act in very expressive and destructive ways. First-time director Sebastian Meise ends STILL LIFE with a sense of repression that is not meant to satisfy; it is meant to reveal, then close, then leave it up to viewers to open it up again.
Exactly who are the people responsible for taking a concept from script to screen…and what does it really take to get a film made? Find out from some of Hollywood’s most notable “power” producers.
It seems that everyone in Hollywood has written a script…but what separates the top of the heap from the bottom of the pile? And what does a successful screenwriter do to make the written page translate to the silver screen? Learn tips of the trade from this panel presented by the Austin Film Festival and the Dallas Screenwriters Association.