Film Independent recently announced the guest speakers and program for the 15th annual Film Independent Directors Close-Up series, taking place on Wednesday nights from February 3 – March 2 , 2016 at The Landmark.
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 director Sean Baker (Tangerine), director Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl), writer-director Charlie Kaufman and co-director Duke Johnson (Anomalisa), writer Meg Le Fauve (Inside Out), director David Robert Mitchell (It Follows), director James Ponsoldt (The End of the Tour) and director Chloé Zhao (Songs My Brothers Taught Me). Additional participants to be announced.
Over the course of five consecutive weeks, filmmakers and film lovers will hear firsthand from these esteemed writers and directors whose originality, ingenuity and talent have set them apart as leaders in their craft. Each night will delve into specific aspects of developing and directing—writing, casting and eliciting compelling performances from actors are among the topics that will be covered.
“We’re bringing together a fantastic group of filmmakers with some of the most groundbreaking work this year,” said Maria Raquel Bozzi, Film Independent’s Senior Director of Education and International Initiatives. “From Anomalisa to Tangerine and everything in between, our 2016 Directors Close Up represents all that’s exciting in cinema these days.”
This year’s schedule includes:
February 3— James Ponsoldt: Bringing to Life The End of the Tour
February 10—Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson: Developing Anomalisa
February 17— The Storytellers: Writers and Directors
February 24 – The Independent Spirit: A Directors Roundtable
March 2— Sean Baker: A Tangerine Case Study
Past panelists include Ben Affleck, Bill Condon, Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro, Julie Delpy, Lena Dunham, Ava DuVernay, David Fincher, William Friedkin, Dan Gilroy, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicole Holofcener, Spike Jonze, Kasi Lemmons, Richard Linklater, Tom McCarthy, Mike Mills, Jeff Nichols, Alexander Payne, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Jason Reitman, Julian Schnabel, Justin Simien, Jill Soloway, Mike White, Benh Zeitlin and many more.
The 2016 Film Independent Directors Close-Up sponsors include Landmark Theatres, the Directors Guild of America, and SAGindie.
All panels will take place at The Landmark (10850 West Pico Boulevard at Westwood Boulevard) on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm and will be followed by receptions.
Film Independent is the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the LA Film Festival and Film Independent at LACMA.
For more information on the schedule and to buy passes, www.filmindependent.org/event/directors-close-up-2016 or call 310.432.1213.