Austin Film Festival’s 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2017, Presented by MovieMaker

Austin Film Festival’s 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2017, Presented by MovieMaker


Justin Lader and Charlie McDowell

(L-R) Charlie McDowell and Justin Lader

Who: Writing team behind this year’s The Discovery, directed by McDowell; also wrote and produced 2014’s The One I Love, McDowell’s earlier feature.

What are some of the biggest lessons you’ve learned?

Find ways to love the process, as opposed to just focusing on the end result. That’s very hard because the process is often grueling and soul-crushing. But if you can manage to find those little moments of joy in the actual writing, at the very least you’ll be healthier mentally.

What was a major turning point in your career?

Justin Lader: Making The One I Love and selling it at Sundance completely changed my life. If for no other reason, I now live in an apartment that doesn’t look like the building where they found bin Laden.


1. Jono Matt and Glen Powell 2. Ryan Piers Williams 3. Etta Devine and Gabriel Diani 4. Lena Khan 5. Trey Selman 6. Tracy Oliver 7. Justin Lader and Charlie McDowell 8. Clint Bentley and Greg Kwedar 9. Damir Konjicija and Dario Konjicija 10. Juanjo Moscardó Rius 11. Ben Snyder and Ari Issler 12. Kyle Bugg 13. Jimmy Mosqueda 14. Michael Noonan 15. Geeta Malik 16. Josh Barkey 17. Nicholas Verso 18. Minhal Baig 19. Henry Jones 20. Kevin Arbouet 21. Megan Park 22. Wes Brown 23. Louisiana Kreutz 24. Kate Nowlin 25. Elizabeth Guest

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