Wednesday, February 24, 2010

NH Film Office to present panel discussion as part of The Big Read

The New Hampshire Film & Television Office
presents as part of
The Big Read: NH Reads To Kill a Mockingbird

From Page to Screen: The Art of Adaptation

Thursday, March 11 at 7 p.m.
Keene Public Library, 60 Winter Street, Keene, NH
This panel is FREE and open to the public

Did you know that 59 of the 81 films awarded Best Picture at the Academy Awards were based on another medium? 44 of those films were adapted from novels and short stories. Since the dawn of Hollywood, filmmakers have been adapting previously published material for the big screen, including the 1962 Oscar winner To Kill a Mockingbird. This panel discussion, presented by the New Hampshire Film & Television Office as part of The Big Read: NH Reads To Kill a Mockingbird, will focus on the art of adaptation and will present attendees with first-hand insight from regional writers who have either penned an adapted screenplay or have had their original material turned into one. Discussion will also focus on adaptations in Hollywood. Attendees will be encouraged to join in on the discussion.

Panelists will include screenwriter Dana Biscotti Myskowski and writer/director Aaron Wiederspahn. The discussion will be moderated by Matthew Newton, director of the New Hampshire Film & Television Office. Additional panelists to be announced.

For more information, visit http://www.nh.gov/film/adaptation-panel.htm.

The Big Read: NH Reads To Kill a Mockingbird is a project of the Center for the Book at the NH State Library. The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest. For more information on The Big Read, visit http://bigreadnh.org.