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Alfonso Cuaron to Open 13th Annual Film Independent Directors Close-Up

Alfonso Cuaron to Open 13th Annual Film Independent Directors Close-Up

Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced the guest speakers and program for the 13 th annual Film Independent Directors Close-Up series, taking place from February 11 - March 12, 2014 at The Landmark - West Los Angeles. The Film Independent Directors Close-Up offers filmmakers and film lovers a unique opportunity to hear directly from the best independent directors and their collaborators, as they explore specific aspects of their craft.

Discussing their work across five separate panels will be Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity), Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace), Ernest Dickerson (The Walking Dead, The Wire), Jeremy Podeswa (Boardwalk Empire, The Newsroom), and Jill Soloway (Afternoon Delight). Additional guests include writer/producer Scott Neustadter (The Spectacular Now), actor Tom Bower (Out of the Furnace, Crazy Heart) and casting director Ronna Kress (Out of the Furnace, Saving Mr. Banks).

Moderators include David Ansen, Artistic Director, Los Angeles Film Festival; Catherine Hardwicke, director, Twilight, Thirteen; and Alan Poul, executive producer/director, The Newsroom, Swingtown, Six Feet Under.

Over the course of five consecutive weeks, filmmakers and film lovers will hear firsthand from prolific directors whose originality, ingenuity, and talent have set them apart as leaders in their craft. Each night will delve into specific aspects of directing-writing, casting and eliciting compelling performances from actors are among the topics that will be covered. The 2014 Film Independent Directors Close-Up sponsors include Ovation, America's only arts network, Landmark Theatres, the Directors Guild of America, and SAGindie.

"This is such an exciting time for directors," said Maria Bozzi, Film Independent's Senior Director of Education. "They can work across multiple mediums that provide incredible latitude for creative experimentation. Our Directors Close-Up this year reflects this new age of creative opportunity in that we are covering the acclaimed work of directors ranging from big budget digital 3D films to smaller independents and groundbreaking television, covering the full spectrum of visual storytelling today."

This year's panels will cover the following topics:
February 11 Alfonso Cuaron: The Force Behind Gravity
February 19 Writing and Directing?
February 26 The Independent Spirit: A Directors Roundtable
March 5 Casting and Directing Actors
March 12 Television: Directing Outside of the Lines

Past panelists include Ben Affleck, Bill Condon, Guillermo del Toro, Lena Dunham, Ava DuVernay, David Fincher, William Friedkin, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicole Holofcener, Spike Jonze, Kasi Lemmons, Tom McCarthy, Mike Mills, Jeff Nichols, Alexander Payne, Jason Reitman, Julian Schnabel, Mike White, Benh Zeitlin and many more.


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