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Friday, October 26 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Script-to-Screen: Contact

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Join screenwriter James V. Hart for an in-depth look at the 1997 sci-fi classic Contact. Widely acknowledged for his storytelling and structure abilities, Hart was able to translate his skills into success with his adaptation of the 1985 Carl Sagan novel. In this panel Hart will discuss the process of adapting science fiction, the building blocks of a strong story, and the inside stories behind this Robert Zemeckis directed film.

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Greg Garrett

moderator; author; Professor, Baylor University
Greg Garrett has been a panelist and moderator at the Austin Film Festival for more than fifteen years. At the Festival, he has interviewed luminaries such as Lawrence Kasdan, James Hart, and Damon Lindelof, and led conversations on craft, genre, adaptation, and narrative. Himself... Read More →

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James V. Hart

writer Hook, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Contact, Tuck Everlasting, Muppet Treasure Island, August Rush, Epic, Crossbones; Creator, HartChart
JAMES V. HART (J.V.) was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and grew up in Ft. Worth Texas on Drive-In Movies and Saturday Matinees.His writing/producing credits include; Hook, directed by Steven Spielberg based on an idea by Hart’s then 6 year old son, Jake, Bram Stoker’s Dracula... Read More →


Friday October 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom