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Film Mode Entertainment’s THE HARROWING Makes 2018 World Premiere Screening in Berlin

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

Clay Epstein’s Film Mode Entertainment presents the World Market Premiere screening and EFM debut of their newest thriller THE HARROWING in Berlin. The world premiere screening will take place on Friday, February 18th at 11:05 AM at dffb-Kino.

Written and directed by veteran horror director JON KEEYES (AMERICAN NIGHTMARE, FALL DOWN DEAD), the film stars the legendary MICHAEL IRONSIDE (TOTAL RECALL, SCANNERS), who among being nominated for almost a dozen awards, has become widely known for his depiction of fearsome villains in this genre.

The cast is further bolstered by MATTHEW TOMPKINS (SICARIO), and ARNOLD VOSLOO (THE MUMMY, G.I. JOE). The premiere screening in Berlin takes place on February 18th.

“We’re thrilled to screen THE HARROWING to distributors and audiences for the very first time in Berlin.” Said Epstein. “Horror and thriller fans are in for the ride of their lives with THE HARROWING – a gripping, mind-bending, nail-biter of a film that has a great deal of worldwide commercial appeal with the recent success of the genre.”

Garnering over $733 million in ticket sales in 2017, the biggest box office year ever for horror, THE HARROWING is a perfect addition to the marketplace.

The horror/thriller follows a Vice Detective (TOMPKINS), who is wrongly accused of the ritualistic murder of his best friend. Bent on finding the truth, he is plunged into Hell when he goes undercover and discovers the truth behind a demonic myth.

Jon Keeyes, Director: “As a life long genre fan, The Harrowing is a movie that is going to get audiences excited across the world. We’ve carefully crafted an intelligent, suspenseful, tense thriller that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats while driving them down a road of psychological twists and turns. Right out of the gate, we pull them in with an explosive opening sequence, and then keep them guessing as the mystery unfolds until we blow their minds in the final moments. Being able to construct such an intricate puzzle like this – that is both entertaining and thought provoking – has been a joy.”

Matthew Tompkins, Producer: “The Harrowing is carefully constructed to be a powerful synergy of elements that make it one of those rare ‘elevated’ genre films with true crossover appeal to a wide variety of hardcore fans…The film is a potent mix of horror and supernatural elements that underpin a very smart, disturbing, and complicated psychological thriller…the idea of being able to drive the narrative utilizing all of these things, to truly pull that off, from both a commercial and artistic perspective, was a fantastic opportunity for us as Filmmakers.”

BROKEN GHOST Scares Up an World Premiere Screening in Berlin

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

Clay Epstein’s Film Mode Entertainment announces the acquisition and world market premiere screening of BROKEN GHOST, a new and captivating story of one girl’s struggle with bullies and her rise to confront her demons, starring SCOTTIE THOMPSON (DEAD ON ARRIVAL, SKYLINE, STAR TREK).

The world market premiere screening of BROKEN GHOST took place on Friday, February 16th at 2:25 PM in CinemaxX18. Encore screenings to follow and by appointment with Film Mode Entertainment.

Directed by the prolific RICHARD GRAY (THE LOOKALIKE, SUGAR MOUNTAIN), BROKEN GHOST focuses on a family desperate to leave behind their past secrets for a fresh start in a small town.

The talented female-driven cast is further bolstered by NICK FARNELL (SUGAR MOUNTAIN, THE MULE), DEVON BAGBY (RAY DONOVAN) and introducing AUTRY HAYDON-WILSON.

“The entire Film Mode Entertainment team is thrilled to be working with Richie Gray again on another captivating film that raises the genre bar to the next level.” Said Epstein. “With his keen sense of taught storytelling and perfectly placed scares, we are looking forward to brining this spectacular commercially driven film to audiences around the world.”

Desperate for a new life, Imogen (HAYDON-WILSON) and her family move to Montana in an attempt to escape a secretive past from the big city. Eager to make a new life for herself, Imogen must overcome new tormentors, old secrets, and a strange presence in the attic. In one girl’s fight to rise up, this family eventually discovers that the ghosts of their pasts are not the only ones they have to deal with.

“It’s great to be working with Clay and the Film Mode Entertainment team once again,” said Gray. “I was so taken by the originality of the powerfully female-driven script and Imogen’s story of rising above harrowing bullying and depression. The entire story took hold of me and it became clear we had to be able to tell it on such a large canvas. We all fell in love with Montana, and we all love ghost stories, yet the combination of both the haunted and human elements of BROKEN GHOST are what dragged the filmmaking team in and continue to do so.”

“Hosea” Now Filming in Oklahoma

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Hosea Productions, in association with Small Group Films and the Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO), is pleased to announce the start of production in Oklahoma City for the feature film “Hosea”.

“Hosea” is a drama written and directed by Ryan Daniel Dobson (“The Romantics”) and produced by Suzanne Watson (“The Office”) and Avril Z. Speaks (“Jinn”). The film stars Camille Rowe (“Rock’n Roll”), Avi Nash (“The Walking Dead”), Josh Pence (“La La Land”), Patrick Cavanaugh (“Mad Men”) and Oklahoma’s very own Tim Fall (“Salem”).

The film, which is utilizing the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program administered by OF+MO, has begun principal photography in Oklahoma City. Additional photography is scheduled to occur in the surrounding region with the production scheduled to conclude filming in March.

“Ever since moving to Oklahoma for college, I have been entranced by the raw beauty of this state. From the dark red clay to the enormous cumulus clouds, there is a sense of visual drama here that would excite any filmmaker,” said Writer/Director Ryan Daniel Dobson. “The initial inspiration for this film came to me as part of my theological studies at Southern Nazarene University and while teaching at Casady School, so it seemed only right to film the movie where the idea was born!”

“Hosea” tells the story of a young call girl who is given the opportunity to lead a different kind of life when she discovers that her childhood sweetheart has moved back to town. But their relationship is put to the test in the face of substance abuse, mental illness and the messiness of true love. In the midst of that darkness, she must fight to gain a sense of self-worth and acceptance by believing there is good inside of her.

Producer Suzanne Watson also has strong ties to Oklahoma, having been raised in Tulsa. “When I was a little girl growing up in Oklahoma, I dreamed of moving to Hollywood to make movies,” said Watson. “It’s been fun to see my life come full circle and be able to bring this very special production back to my home state to be filmed! The opportunity of filming ‘Hosea’ in Oklahoma City would not have been possible without the support of OF+MO and the incredibly hardworking crew base Oklahoma provides.”

“There is value in Oklahoma natives and expatriates returning home to create and invest in both our state’s indigenous film industry and overall economy,” said OF+MO Director Tava Maloy Sofsky. “Ryan and Suzanne’s decision to bring their film ‘home’ speaks volumes to the effectiveness of the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program as it provides more job opportunities for our local film industry members and continues the growth of our infrastructure.”

“THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI” CROSSES $100 MILLION WORLDWIDE BOX OFFICE GROSS

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Steve Gilula and Nancy Utley announced today that Martin McDonagh’s Academy Award nominated and Golden Globe-winning Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, financed by Fox Searchlight Pictures and Film4, crossed $100 million in worldwide gross on Monday, February 12, 2018. The film has amassed over $45 million in U.S. box office since it began its platform release November 10, 2017, with a widest release of 1726 theaters across the country on February 2, 2018. Nominated for 7 Academy Awards including Best Picture and 9 BAFTA Awards including Best Film, Three Billboards is currently the 12th highest-grossing domestic release in Fox Searchlight history. As of next week, Three Billboards is expected to become the studio’s 10th highest-grossing domestic release.

Released on January 12, 2018 in the United Kingdom, Three Billboards has already collected over $14 million in receipts there, and has added robust returns from Australia of nearly $7 million and Spain, where the film has passed $5 million. Globally, Three Billboards has passed the worldwide total for Academy Award-winning Best Picture Birdman ($103 million).

After its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival last fall,Three Billboards has received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress (Frances McDormand), Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson), Best Original Screenplay (Martin McDonagh), Best Original Score and Best Editing. Other major accolades garnered include Best Ensemble, Best Actress (Frances McDormand) and Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell) from The Screen Actors’ Guild and Best Ensemble, Best Actress (Frances McDormand), and Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell) from the Broadcast Film Critics. In January, the film won Best Picture, Best Actress (Frances McDormand), Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell) and Best Screenplay (Martin McDonagh) at the Golden Globe Awards. The film has won seven audience awards including Toronto’s Grolsch People’s Choice Award. It recently won Best Film from the London Film Critics Circle.

“Three Billboards has been embraced by audiences around the world and its universal themes, well-served by exceptional filmmaking and performances, have furthered dialogue on important issues,” said Utley and Gilula.

Daniel Battsek, Director of Film4 said, “Martin has crafted a unique universe of emotions, issues, comedy and drama and inspired career-high performances from his talented cast. Crossing this box office milestone shows how the film has captured the zeitgeist across the globe.”

McDonagh is currently receiving rave reviews for the sold-out run of Hangmen at Atlantic Theater Company in Manhattan. His acclaimed stage work has received four Tony Award nominations and three Olivier Awards. McDonagh won an Academy Award in 2005 for his Live Action Sh

FLEXYMOVIES PRESENTS BERLIN PREMIERE OF SKY ORIGINAL THE DISUNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

FlexyMovies has picked up from Sky Italia the international rights to its original production THE DISUNITED STATES OF AMERICA, winner of best social-issue documentary and best cinematography awards at Atlanta Docufest, and will be handling sales starting at EFM in Berlin.

“World-renowned director, Luis Prieto has a knack for commercially viable films that are at the same time socially relevant, with powerful messages that speak to the global marketplace.” Said Alessandro Masi, Film & TV Business Strategist at Los Angeles based FlexyMovies. “We’re thrilled to be working with such a talented team and to be able to screen the film for buyers in Berlin.”

Prieto’s recent’s films include KIDNAP starring Halle Berry, which took in more than $30M US at the Box Office.
THE DISUNITED STATES OF AMERICA is an insight into the lives and minds of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton supporters, a portrait of their fears and beliefs in the months leading up to the unparalleled 2016 election.
“In this time of increasingly polarized American ideals, THE DISUNITED STATES OF AMERICA follows the most important voice of the 2016 Presidential election – the American people themselves, in their own words. The most important thing we can do is listen to each other, to humanize instead of demonizing those people who we disagree with. We hope this film helps start that dialogue and show that we’re not really as far apart as we think we are” says producer J.M. Logan (‘Kidnap’, ‘The Circle’, ‘Apocalypto’).

Produced by Radical Productions in collaboration with Indiana Production Company, this cinematic documentary runs for 87 minutes taken from more than 400 hours of footage by four crews across the United States, a country – according to the filmmakers’ vision – unified by core values of freedom and democracy but also divided on principle mostly by misunderstandings and lack of communication.

WIM WENDERS’ DOCUMENTARY FEATURE POPE FRANCIS – A MAN OF HIS WORD SET FOR MAY 18, 2018 U.S. RELEASE BY FOCUS FEATURES

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Focus Features has announced Wim Wender’s Pope Francis – A Man of His Word will open domestically in the U.S. on May 18, 2018. The film’s U.S. release announcement today coincides with Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent for Christians around the world. Universal Pictures International will distribute internationally. Written and directed by three-time Academy Award® nominee Wim Wenders (Buena Vista Social Club, Pina, The Salt of the Earth), the documentary is a rare co-production with the Vatican, featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and the Pope addressing his audience directly, answering the world’s questions on life, death, social justice, immigration, ecology, wealth inequality, materialism and the role of the family.

Pope Francis – A Man of His Word is intended to be a personal journey with Pope Francis, rather than a biographical documentary about him. The pope’s ideas and his message are central to this documentary, which sets out to present his work of reform and his answers to today’s global questions.

The film’s direct-to-camera visual and narrative concepts engage the audience face-to-face with the pope, creating a dialogue between him and, literally, the world. Taking questions from people of all walks of life, Pope Francis responds to farmers and workers, refugees, children and the elderly, prison inmates, and those who live in favelas and migrant camps. All of these voices and faces are a cross section of humanity that join in a conversation with Pope Francis.

While this “symphony of questions” provides the backbone for the film, it also shows the pope on his many journeys around the world, with footage of him speaking at the United Nations, addressing the Congress of the United States, mourning with those gathered at Ground Zero and at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem. He speaks to prisoners in correctional facilities and to refugees in Mediterranean camps. We see him travel to the Holy Land (Palestine and Israel) as well as to Africa, South America and Asia.

Throughout the film, Pope Francis shares his vision of the Church and his deep concern for the poor, his involvement in environmental issues and social justice, and his call for peace in areas of conflict and between world religions. There is also a presence of Saint Francis in the film, connecting back to the pope’s namesake, through accounts of legendary moments in the Saint’s own life as a reformer and ecologist.

In an era of deep distrust of politicians and people in power, when lies and corruption and alternative facts are the order of the day, Pope Francis – A Man of His Word shows us a person who lives what he preaches and who has gained the trust of people of all faith traditions and cultures across the world.

Pope Francis – A Man of His Word is produced by Mr. Wenders with Samanta Gandolfi Branca, Alessandro Lo Monaco (The World’s Smallest Army), Andrea Gambetta and David Rosier (The Salt of the Earth). The film is a production of Célestes Images, Centro Televisivo Vaticano, Solares Fondazione delle Arti, PTS Art’s Factory, Neue Road Movies, Fondazione Solares Suisse, and Decia Films.

“Black Panther” to Become First Marvel Studios Film to be Released in the ScreenX Format

Monday, February 12th, 2018

ScreenX, the world’s first multi-projection system that provides a 270-degree panoramic film viewing experience within a theatre setting, announced today that Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” will be featured in the stunning ScreenX format.

“Black Panther” is the first film from Marvel Studios to be converted into ScreenX, and the latest collaboration between The Walt Disney Studios and CJ 4DPLEX. The film will be released in ScreenX on a global scale, with showings in eight different countries. In addition to opening in ScreenX, audiences around the world will also be able to see “Black Panther” in 4DX – another immersive format from CJ 4DPLEX that features motion seats and environmental effects.

“Black Panther” will be available at 101 ScreenX locations on three different continents. It will play in Korea, China, United States, Turkey, Vietnam, Thailand, Japan and Indonesia.

Speaking about the film’s ScreenX release, Dave Hollis, President, Theatrical Distribution, The Walt Disney Studios, said “The immersive world of Wakanda is perfect for the panoramic ScreenX format, and we know from our previous collaborations with the ScreenX team that it will deliver an outstanding moviegoing experience for ‘Black Panther.’ ”

“Each time Disney teams with us to convert one of their films into ScreenX or 4DX, we see a magnificent reaction at the movie theatre. As the first Marvel film in ScreenX, ‘Black Panther’ promises to elicit an amazing reaction from fans by immersing them into the Marvel Cinematic Universe at a new and thrilling level ,” said James Kang, Executive Vice President of ScreenX Division, CGV.

BREAKING GLASS CHOOSES TO PLAY THE DEVIL

Monday, February 12th, 2018

Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired North American rights to the mystical, LGBT drama PLAY THE DEVIL. Breaking Glass acquired rights to the film in February in a deal negotiated between Breaking Glass CEO Rich Wolff and Bahamian writer/director Maria Govan (Rain) of Play the Devil Pictures Limited. The film will arrive on DVD & VOD on May 15.

Described as a film that evokes a “powerful sense of place” (The Hollywood Reporter) and explores “complex depictions of male relationships” (Shadow and Act), PLAY THE DEVIL stars Petrice Jones (‘Step Up: High Water’, iBoy, Spotless), and newcomers Gareth Jenkins, Akil Nicholas, and Penelope Spencer.

The film held its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival, and went on to play numerous other festivals, including Woodstock Film Festival where the film won Best Female Feature Director, Cleveland International Film Festival, MiFo LGBT Film Festival Miami, Vancouver Queer Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, and qFLIX Philadelphia where it took home the Jury Award for Best Feature Film.

PLAY THE DEVIL follows Gregory, a gifted working-class teenager from Paramin, who stars in a theater play that brings him to the attention of James, an affluent businessman. The two men strike an uncanny friendship as James takes Greg under his wing, pushing him to discover himself professionally, creatively, and intimately. Confused, Greg must at once deal with the return of his drug addicted father, and navigate through the early days of adulthood. As Carnival Monday approaches and the locals prepare for the annual male initiation parade, Greg must confront James – an act which will cumulate in life changing events for him.

“Govan’s stunning and exotic film, set against the lush and mysterious Carnival, tells the classic story of seduction between older and younger, while retaining a firm footing in the strict taboos of Trinidadian culture”, said Richard Ross, Co-President of Breaking Glass. “This assured second feature deftly navigates a culture steeped in repressed sexual desires, anchored by secrets, lies, and homophobia, that leads to a powerful and inevitable tragic conclusion.”

ACADEMY AWARD® WINNER GEOFFREY FLETCHER TO PEN SCREENPLAY FOR CJ ENTERTAINMENT’S ENGLISH LANGUAGE REMAKE OF HORROR-THRILLER “THE HOUSEMAID”

Monday, February 12th, 2018

It was announced today that an English language remake of Vietnam’s highest grossing horror film of all time “The Housemaid” has been greenlit by CJ Entertainment, Korea’s leading entertainment conglomerate, and Academy Award® winner Geoffrey Fletcher will write the adapted screenplay.

Fletcher won an Academy Award® for Best Adapted Screenplay for “Precious” in 2010, becoming the first African American to receive an Academy Award® for writing. He also wrote the upcoming “Trial By Fire”, based on The New Yorker article by David Grann, with Ed Zwick directing and Laura Dern and Jack O’Connell starring.

“The Housemaid” is a Vietnamese film, written and directed by Derek Nguyen, produced by Timothy Linh Bui, which CJ Entertainment financed and produced. Released in 2016, the film was a massive hit with a story that explores racial and social themes through a period/romance/horror film. The remake will stay true to this concept, taking place in the deep South during the Reconstruction Era.

CJ Entertainment is financing, developing and producing the new English language remake. Producers are Don Handfield (The Founder), through his Motor production banner, Timothy Linh Bui (producer of the original Vietnamese “Housemaid”) via his Happy Canvas production label, CJ Entertainment’s Tae Sung Jeong and Francis Chung. CJ Entertainment’s Mike Im is executive producing along with Derek Nguyen.

Fred Lee, CJ Entertainment’s Los Angeles-based Director of Development, and Jihyun Ok, CJ’s Seoul-based Director of Development, will oversee development of the project.

Geoffrey Fletcher said: “The opportunity to reimagine this compelling story in the context of American history is incredibly exciting. Collaborating with CJ Entertainment and Motor, an international team of talents, is equally thrilling and this unique project speaks to the creative power of diverse voices. Derek Nguyen’s cinematic fable, produced by Timothy Bui, is perfect for Reconstruction Era reinvention, especially today.”

Francis Chung, VP of Global Co-Productions and Head of U.S. Production at ‎CJ Entertainment, said: “One of the main reasons why horror films are performing so well is the polished writing and elevated level of storytelling. Knowing the bar has been set so much higher in this category, we recognize the necessity of allowing an extremely gifted writer like Geoffrey Fletcher take the reins to craft a compelling new version of the story. We’re beyond excited to put the story in Geoffrey’s hands and equally excited to be partnering with Don and Tim to bring this new version to a global audience.”

“Don Handfield said: “When Tim Bui showed me The Housemaid that he shot in Vietnam, it had all the elements of a transcendent horror film: a thrilling story, a mind-blowing twist, and most importantly, a deeper layer of allegory and metaphor that felt so relevant in today’s socio-political climate. I knew it would require a special writer for the US adaptation, and had been wanting to work with my ping pong adversary Geoffrey Fletcher for years. He was the only writer we approached and he responded immediately. Thrilled to be making this film with him, Timothy, and the incredible team at CJ”

Timothy Linh Bui said: “When Derek and I first developed the project for Vietnam, we both felt it naturally lent itself to an adaptation in the US due to similar themes of oppression and resistance that led to both the French Indochina War and the American Civil War. I am inspired that Geoffrey shares in this same vision and I am thrilled to partner with Don and the CJ team on this film.”

Writer of the original film Derek Nguyen said: “When writing the original script for The Housemaid, I became aware of the many parallels between the lives of Vietnamese indentured servants during the French colonial period and African American slaves in the American South. It’s an honor to have a celebrated screenwriter such as Geoffrey Fletcher shed light on the horrors of brutal injustice in a new version that will not only entertain but provoke thought.”

CJ has become aggressive in adapting some of its most popular films for the global marketplace. “The Housemaid” now joins recently announced projects like “The Vanished” and “Hide and Seek” on CJ’s growing slate of English language film adaptions, reinforcing the company’s commitment to building out a strong industry leadership position in the feature production space.

Geoffrey Fletcher is represented by CAA. Derek Nguyen is represented by Andre Des Rochers at Gray Krauss Sandler Des Rochers LLP and Jeffry Melnick at Eighth Square Entertainment

USC Libraries Scripter honors “Call Me by Your Name” and “Handmaid’s Tale”

Sunday, February 11th, 2018

The authors and screenwriters behind the film “Call Me by Your Name,” and the television series “The Handmaid’s Tale” received the 30th-annual USC Libraries Scripter Award in the Feb. 10 ceremony at USC’s Doheny Memorial Library.

The Scripter Award recognizes the year’s best cinematic adaptation of the written word, and includes feature film and television adaptations.

In her welcoming remarks, USC Libraries Dean Catherine Quinlan paid tribute to the legacy of the Scripter Awards, “Scripter is celebrating its 30th birthday, and whether it’s your first Scripter or your thirtieth, I am grateful to everyone who has supported this fine, enduring Trojan tradition.”

USC Provost Michael Quick hailed the importance of libraries. “More than places where students have a space to learn and faculty have collections from which to launch their scholarship, libraries are the core for what we stand for in higher education,” he said.

In the television category, the selection committee chose “Offred,” the first episode of the “The Handmaid’s Tale,” written for the screen by creator and executive producer Bruce Miller. The series, streaming on Hulu, is based on the 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood.

Miller acknowledged Doheny Library, which hosted the ceremony. “The Handmaid’s Tale has been very wonderfully and generously feted over the last few months, but there’s something about getting an award in a library that is particularly wonderful.”

The other finalists were the writers behind episodes of “Alias Grace” (distributed by Netflix), “Big Little Lies” (HBO), “Genius” (National Geographic), “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” (HBO), and “Mindhunter” (Netflix).

In the film category, the winners were writer André Aciman, author of “Call Me by Your Name,” and screenwriter-director James Ivory, who adapted Aciman’s work for the screen.

Ivory, a USC alumnus, noted that he had been to Doheny Library before. “I left this building exactly 60 years ago when I graduated from the USC film school and they had the ceremony out in front of the library, and I haven’t been back since — not to this building. It’s amazing to come back,” Ivory said. “I’m glad to be back for an adaptation of a very good book. As you know, I’ve made my career and name through adaptations.”

Due to a three-way tie in the nominating round, seven films were eligible this year. The other finalist films were “The Disaster Artist” (distributed by A24), “Logan” (20th Century Fox), “The Lost City of Z” (Amazon Studios), “Molly’s Game” (STX Entertainment), “Mudbound” (Netflix), and “Wonder Woman” (Warner Bros.).

Earlier in the evening, Quinlan honored USC trustees and longtime USC Libraries supporters Ronald and Valerie Sugar as the 2018 Ex Libris Award winners. In receiving the award, Ronald Sugar said, “The libraries are an essential underpinning of the mission of this university. And as the university grows and evolves to meet a world of social and technological change, so must its libraries. Catherine, you and your team have provided more than a decade of innovative leadership to advance and expand the reach of this precious academic resource.”

Legendary writer-director-producer Francis Ford Coppola received the 2018 Literary Achievement Award. Coppola noted that his films based on earlier written works gave possessive credit to the original author. The 1972 classic “The Godfather,” for example, which Coppola directed and adapted for the screen, was marketed as “Mario Puzo’s ‘The Godfather’” — not “Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘The Godfather.’” “Anyone who’s adapted screenplays,” Coppola explained, “knows the author did the heavy lifting.”

In-kind donors to the event included A24 Films, Amazon Studios, Hulu, Netflix, Picador USA, and Urth Caffé.

Scripter began in 1988, co-founded by USC Libraries board members Glenn Sonnenberg and Marjorie Lord. For more information about Scripter—including additional images from the ceremony—visit scripter.usc.edu.