The Annapolis Film Festival will have two programmed events with David S. Ward – one a panel and the other a special presentation at the Maryland Hall auditorium.
- (Friday 2pm-4pm, Maryland Hall) Panel: Screenwriting
Screenwriting isn’t something learned in grammar school. It feels more like a mysterious dark art, but the truth is that screenwriting is within the grasp of all who are interested. If you’ve ever told a story in your life, you already have the basic knowledge needed to write a movie. Our acclaimed panel explores the difference between the literary and visual mediums, with guidance on how to find your unique voice and work within a creative team. PANELISTS: David S. Ward, Oscar winning screenwriter, The Sting & Sleepless in Seattle Lane Shadgett, screenwriter, Jamesy Boy & Perkins ’14 Jeanne Veillette Bowerman, Editor & Online Community Manager, Script Magazine
MODERATOR: Michael I. Miller, writer, producer & member, Writers Guild of America; Advisory Board, Annapolis Film Festival
- (Saturday 5pm, Maryland Hall)
Enjoy this special presentation by David S. Ward, best known for his Oscar-winning screenplay The Sting, a popular and critical hit, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. It won seven Academy Awards including Best Picture. Following this success, Ward wrote and directed the hit baseball comedy Major League, starring Tom Berenger and Charlie Sheen, a movie filmed in Baltimore at Camden Yards. He later scored another box-office coup for his screenplay Sleepless in Seattle, for which he and co-writers Nora Ephron and Jeff Arch received an Oscar nomination. Ward’s other major credits include writing and directing Cannery Row, King Ralph, The Program, and Down Periscope; and writing numerous screenplays including The Milagro Beanfield War, The Mask of Zorro, and Flyboys starring James Franco. Currently, the director/screenwriter brings his distinguished filmography to leading the screenwriting program in the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapmen University.He has an M.F.A. in Motion Pictures from U.C.L.A. and studied political science at Pomona College, where he is a member of the board of trustees. Ward continues as an active director, with two features currently in production. The Sting will be viewed in its entirety with a Q&A to follow after the Conversation with David Ward.
HOST/INTERVIEWER: Ann Oldenburg, entertainment reporter, film critic & blogger, USA Today