How does a writer get from the last page of his script from opening night of his movie? The Independent Feature Project, in association with the Writers Guilde Of America East will host a Conference on Screenplay Development, April 4-6, in Manhattan.
Holding master classes that weekend will be playwrights Arthur Miller, Wallace Shawn and Jules Feiffer. On April 4, Miller will discuss the screen adaptation of The Crucible with Circle In The Square producing director, Gregory Mosher.
April 5, Feiffer (Elliott Loves, Feiffer's People) will talk with screenwriter Walter Bernstein about his Hollywood blacklist years. Also that day, Shawn will discuss adapting his latest play, The Designated Mourner, for film. Clips from the movie will be screened. The play debuted in London and is being prepared for its U.S. stage premiere at Steppenwolf Studio in Chicago March 23.
Other featured writers at the conference will be Griffin Dunne, John Turturro, Bob Balaban and Michael Weller, who did the screen adaptation for Milos Foreman's Ragtime.
As part of the event, New Dramatists will offer an April 5 reading of Reading Turgenev, an adaptation of William Trevor's novel by Elizabeth Egloff (Phaedra, The Lover), an alumnus of the New Dramatists Screenplay Workshop. As defined on IFP's website (http://www.ifp.org) "From Script to Screen" was launched six years ago to provide independent filmmakers with an opportunity to explore the script development process in greater depth. The three days of master classes, plus pitching workshops and panel discussions, are aimed to give participants "something tangible, be it a business card, advice from an attorney or a commitment to read the script."
Tickets range from $50 for a student's one-day pass to $260 for general, 3-day admission. To register -- by March 26 -- call (212) 465-8244.
--By David Lefkowitz