Jay Roach on “The Art of Political Narrative”

Jay Roach's seminars will be held the week of January 29, 2018

All IOP Pritzker Fellows Seminars will be held in the IOP Living Room unless otherwise noted. 
All seminars are students only and closed to press/off the record.

Session 1 (January 30 at 3:30pm) - Kent State: A Cautionary Tale | RSVP

67 Shots is a film in development that aspires to remind us of the dangers of history repeating itself in these charged and politically polarized times. Based on the book 67 Shots: Kent State and the End of American Innocence, the film is about the tragic shooting of student protestors at Kent State University in 1970 when the National Guard fired 67 shots into the crown, killing 4 students, and injuring 9 others. With more people marching in the streets now than perhaps at any time since the 1970s, what are the factors that make this story worth telling again now? What are the issues and challenges filmmakers face in developing a screenplay that is both true to history and relevant and meaningful today?

Special Guest: Stephen Belber, screenwriter

Session 2 (February 1 at 12:30pm) - Recount: What Makes a Film Authentic? | RSVP

How do you distill 36 days of non-stop political history into a 2-hour film? Recount tells the story of Bush V. Gore, and the unprecedented battle over the Florida election recount in 2000. This seminar will explore what it means to be authentic vs. “accurate” when making historic/political films, and how “dramatic license” may allow a filmmaker to illuminate the greater truths behind political events. Special guest Ron Klain, General Counsel to the Gore Recount Committee (and former Chief of Staff to both Vice Presidents Biden and Gore), will discuss his experience watching his story become a film, and what still feels true in the era of “alternative facts.

Special Guest: Ron Klain, General Counsel to the Gore Recount Committee (and former Chief of Staff to both Vice Presidents Biden and Gore)