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Dallas Screenwriters Association and Austin Film Festival present:
A Conversation in Film on ‘Writing Horror’ with Mick Garris and Steve Niles
Cost: DSA Members are FREE; Non-members pay $10 at the door
Award-winning filmmaker Mick Garris created and Executive Produced the MASTERS OF HORROR series, an anthology series of one-hour horror films written and directed by the most famous names in the fear-film genre: John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper, George Romero, John Landis, Dario Argento, and several others. Mick is Creator and on-camera host for FEARnet’s interview series, POST MORTEM WITH MICK GARRIS and also created the NBC spin-off, FEAR ITSELF. His feature writing credits include the horror films THE FLY II, CRITTERS 2, and RIDING THE BULLET. He is currently in production on a 4-hour miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, BAG OF BONES, which he is directing, as well as Executive Producing the feature film UNBROKEN, based on the book by Laura Hillenbrand.
Best known for works such as 30 DAYS OF NIGHT, CRIMINAL MACABRE, SIMON DARK, MYSTERY SOCIETY and BATMAN: GOTHAM COUNTY LINE, Steve Niles is a writer -- a writer of comics, novels and films. The success of 30 DAYS OF NIGHT sparked renewed interest in the horror genre; Steve's comic was released as a major motion picture in 2007 with SPIDER MAN's Sam Raimi producing, David Slade directing and Niles co-writing the screenplay. Other comics he has written that have been optioned for film include CRIMINAL MACABRE, ALEISTER ARCANE, and WAKE THE DEAD. Everyone's favorite monster hunter Cal McDonald continues in the CRIMINAL MACABRE series from Dark Horse, as well as in stories currently being published by Steve's own Bloody Pulp Books. Currently, Steve is writing an all new series for 30 DAYS OF NIGHT.
Created in 2007, Austin Film Festival’s Conversations in Film is a year-round series of film seminars that provide the public with the unique experience to interact with local and visiting filmmakers. The series is sponsored in part by the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences.
The Dallas Screenwriters Association is a 25 year old non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the craft and business of screenwriting. DSA offers monthly meetings featuring some of the best guest speakers in the industry; scene readings where members can have 10 pages of their works read aloud by a cadre of actors; workshops; seminars and networking opportunities.
Austin Film Festival is currently in its 20th year of celebrating narrative storytelling through film. In addition to the annual Festival and Conference in October, AFF presents a number of year-round programs, including Conversations in Film, script-readings, advanced and retrospective screenings, workshops and film seminars. Hosting a nationally-renowned Screenwriting Conference, Film Program, Screenplay/Teleplay Competition and Film Competition, AFF strives to champion the work of those who use the language of film to tell a story.
The two organizations represent two of the most creative communities in the country and enjoy a successful relationship, partnering often to bring the best of the screenwriting and filmmaking industries to audiences of all skill levels.
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the pros how to write a horror film with all the right twists and turns to make an audience truly scream.