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Sunday, October 27 • 1:15pm - 2:30pm
To Live and Write in L.A. … or Not: Do You Have to Live in Los Angeles to Make It as a Screenwriter? presented by DePaul University

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The standard answer to the question of relocating to Los Angeles is: Yes, do it. While there are advantages in making the move, it’s not the right choice for everyone. For those mulling over this question or wanting to learn ways to break in as a screenwriter while not living in L.A., this panel comprised of writers who have lived and worked in Hollywood will address key issues related to: L.A. … or not?

This panel is presented by DePaul University School of Cinematic Arts.

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

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Gary Novak

writer Scott’s Dead; writer/director Sweet 16; director Angels with a Cause; producer Undocumented
Gary Novak is a producer, writer, and director with over thirty years of experience in the industry. His work includes commercials, documentaries, television series, and feature films. Projects include Scott’s Dead starring Michael Rooker, the award-winning documentary Angels with... Read More →
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Chris Parrish

writer Curb Your Enthusiasm, The King of Queens, American Dragon: Jake Long, John Krasinski & Natasha Lyonne, Thrill Ride, Jim Henson’s Goldilocks
Chris Parrish was a story consultant on Curb Your Enthusiasm, a staff writer on The King of Queens and a story editor on Disney Channel’s American Dragon: Jake Long. Chris has written and sold television comedy pilots for Fox, Paramount, NBC, Disney Channel, Steve Levitan and... Read More →
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Anna Maria Hozian

writer/director Other People’s Children; writer Anchor Baby, Someday, Ohio
Anna Maria Hozian is the writer/director of the Other People's Children web series, which has been making its way around the world in over twenty festivals ranging from Rio to Bilboa to Melbourne to Seoul. Anna was also one of twelve women chosen for the inaugural year of the New... Read More →
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Brad Riddell

writer American Pie: Band Camp, Crooked Arrows, Road Trip II, Slap Shot III, Other People’s Children, Back to the Grind
Brad Riddell has written four produced feature films for Hollywood studios including Paramount, MTV, and Universal. His first film, American Pie: Band Camp, remains one of the highest grossing live-action DVD releases in history, and is now syndicated on TBS. His most recent feature... Read More →
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Fatou Samba

editor Redningsskøyta, Nattpatruljen, Skjulte Skatter, Kari Traa Leikane, Robinsonekspedisjonen, Paradise Hotel; field director Robinsonekspedisjonen, Meglerkampen
Fatou Samba is an editor, director and writer who got her start working in reality television back in Norway where she’s from. There she field-directed and edited shows like the Norwegian versions of Survivor, Cops and Paradise Hotel. Since transitioning into writing she has placed... Read More →


Sunday October 27, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701