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MovieMaker Presents: Austin Film Festival’s 25 Screenwriters to Watch, 2016

MovieMaker Presents: Austin Film Festival’s 25 Screenwriters to Watch, 2016


Brian Klugman

Who: Co-wrote The Words (2012) with Lee Sternthal; wrote, directed and starred in Baby, Baby, Baby (2015)

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

I’ve learned when I take time off of a project, it’s very hard to get back in to it. Another lesson I’ve learned, which may sound trite and hackney, is that writing truly is rewriting.

What’s the hardest scene or project you’ve ever had to write?

Writing action is challenging. I usually try to paint the character into a corner and then see if there is a way to get them out of an impossible situation.

Who’s your favorite screenwriter?

Frank Pierson, Waldo Salt, Robert Towne and Paddy Chayefsky are some pretty good role models.

Do you have a favorite or memorable experience at Austin Film Festival?

It was pouring, I mean cats and dogs. We went to the theater the morning of the screening of my film Baby Baby Baby only to find a small lake filling the theater. I was in a panic but somehow by the time the movie started, the theater was clean and the movie went off without a hitch. It all just fell kind of magical.


1. Annie Silverstein 2. Jared Frieder 3. Mike Covino and Sam Kretchmar 4.Troy Anthony Miller 5. Kieran Fitzgerald 6. Ya’ke Smith 7. Brian Klugman 8. Nina Ljeti 9. Kevin Hamedani 10. Eric Haywood 11. Andrew Lanham 12. Julie Howe 13. Tess Morris 14. Matt Cook 15. Monica Zanetti 16. VJ Boyd 17. Edward Ricourt 18. David Broyles 19. Sasha Gordon 20. Eric Hueber 21. Faraday Okoro 22. Arturo Ruiz Serrano 23. Maya Perez 24. Max Taxe 25. Negin Farsad

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