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Saturday, October 26 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
The Power of True Stories to Drive Change co-presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ScreenCraft

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When it comes to making films that change hearts and minds, nothing is as powerful as “Based on a True Story.” Great stories, well told, can highlight injustice, communicate compelling issues, and move people to rise up to action. But can any real-world protagonist be a perfect hero? And what happens when the real life events don’t line up with three acts?

Join us as we ask some of the most accomplished writers and filmmakers of biopics and true-life narratives how they tackle these complex issues, and how they stay grounded at the intersection of real life and fiction.

This panel is co-presented by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ScreenCraft.

Must have an AFF Producers, Conference, Weekend, or Lone Star Badge for entry.

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Matt Dy

Manager, Lit Entertainment Group; Former Director of Script Competitions, Austin Film Festival

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David Rabinowitz

co-writer BlacKkKlansman
David Rabinowitz is an Academy Award-winning co-writer of the Spike Lee film BlacKkKlansman. He got his start working as a multimedia producer for the Wall Street Journal. Since, he's worked as a freelance video editor, motion graphics artist, and screenwriter. David is from East... Read More →
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Barbara Stepansky

writer Flint; 2013 Nicholl Fellow
Barbara Stepansky is a WGA Award winner, a Nicholl Fellow and an award-winning independent film director. Born in Poland, her father's involvement in the Solidarity movement led to the family relocating to Germany. After receiving a degree in philosophy of science from University... Read More →
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Doug Atchison

writer Brian Banks; writer/director Akeelah and the Bee
Doug Atchison wrote and directed the award-winning feature film, Akeelah and the Bee, released by Lionsgate and starring Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett, and Keke Palmer.  Akeelah was a commercial and critical success for which Doug was awarded the NAACP Image Award for Best Screenplay... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 3:00pm - 4:15pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom presented by International Screenwriters’ Association 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701