Master Class/Narrative: Screenwriting for Independent Film
Filmmaker Kevin Willmott provides an overview of screenwriting, with an emphasis on problem-solving, low-budget filmmaking, and understanding how studio writing works. The master class serves as an opportunity both for seasoned writers to discuss their screenplays and for beginners to learn the nuts-and-bolts of starting a project. Willmott is the co-writer of Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq,” which screens at SLIFF. His films as a writer-director include “C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America,” “The Only Good Indian,” “Destination Planet Negro,” and “Jayhawkers.” Willmott is an associate professor in the Film Studies Department of Kansas University.
Mean Streets is a program of The Divided City: An Urban Humanities Initiative. With the support of the Mellon Foundation, Washington U.’s Center for the Humanities, in partnership with the College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Design, is engaged in a four-year initiative called The Divided City, which addresses one of the most persistent and vexing issues in urban studies: segregation.