Taxi Driver (pictured) screenwriter Paul Schrader received the festival’s third annual Screenwriters Tribute in 2000. In the ensuing decade and a half, Schrader has directed The Canyons, starring Lindsay Lohan, and The Dying of the Light, with Nicolas Cage, among others. The festival screened the breakout hit Girlfight, the first film from writer-director Karyn Kusama and actor Michelle Rodriguez. Rodriguez went on to hit it big with The Fast and the Furious franchise, while Kusama directed the Diablo Cody script, Jennifer’s Body, and the Charlize Theron-starring Aeon Flux.
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Bob Fosse’s Cabaret, Alfred Hitchcock’s Marnie, Ronald Neame’s The Pride of Miss Jean Brodie: all films written by 1999’s Screenwriters Tributee Jay Presson Allen. The screenwriter, playwright, director and producer was on hand for the fourth annual NFF, where a staged reading of one of her unproduced scripts was also put on for local audiences. Other attendees included Twin Falls Idaho director/co-writer Michael Polish and writer Mark Polish, as well as Tod Williams, director of The Adventures of Sebastian Cole, which featured Entourage star Adrien Grenier in one of his first roles, and co-star Margaret Colin.
On the heels of the 1997 international breakout The Full Monty, NFF screened the Berlin-set Run Lola Run (pictured), a highly inventive action film in which a woman has 20 minutes to obtain 100,000 Deutsche Mark in order to save her life. The film was the third effort from writer-director Tom Tykwer, who would go on to co-direct 2013’s Cloud Atlas with the Wachowski siblings (The Matrix), and the Krzysztof Kieślowski-scripted Heaven, starring Cate Blanchett. Tykwer’s regular editor Mathilde Bonnefoy won an Academy Award last Sunday for her work on Laura Poitras’s documentary CITIZENFOUR.
Thursday, March 26 at 6:30 PM | Dreamland Main Theater
Directed by: Noah Baumbach
94 MIN / USA / COLOR / 2014 / ENGLISH
An intergenerational comedy of manners about aging, ambition and success, Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young is the Brooklyn-based filmmaker’s delightful follow-up to 2013’s Frances Ha. Ben Stiller (NFF Board Member) and Naomi Watts star as Josh and Cornelia Srebnick, a happily married, middle-aged couple in New York who are coming to terms with not being able to have a family. Seeking inspiration for Josh’s umpteenth edit of his cerebral new film, the Srebnicks meet Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried), a free-spirited young couple whose spontaneity captivates their new 40-something friends.
Ring Lardner, Jr., who won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Woman of the Year, received the festival’s first ever Screenwriters Tribute in 1998. After many years of success, Lardner (pictured, right, in his mug shot) was eventually blacklisted by the Hollywood studios during the Red Scare in the 1940s and 1950s as a member for the “Hollywood Ten,” but his legacy lives on today.
Welcome to 1997, the 2nd annual Nantucket Film Festival, and the second post in our series countdown to this year’s 20th Anniversary edition. Perhaps the biggest breakout of the festival was The Full Monty, written by first time screenwriter Simon Beaufoy, who would go on to be nominated for an Academy Award months later, and win — years later — for 2008’s Slumdog Millionaire. The film, about a motley crew of six unemployed men who form a striptease act, played Opening Night to a standing ovation. The festival also screened Forgotten Silver, a mockumentary directed by Peter Jackson (pictured right, on set), who would go on to hit it big with The Lord of the Rings franchise, scooping up his own Oscar hardware for Best Director with 2003’s The Return of The King. Miguel Arteta brought his directorial debut Star Maps to Nantucket, and returned in subsequent years with hits like The Good Girl and Chuck and Buck.