By Melina Gills | Indiewire February 25, 2014 at 4:46PM
The arts-centric television network Ovation has just announced two film-related programs for this year: the Film Independent Directors Close-Up Series and the "Dinner and a Movie" Salon Series. Providing "behind-the-scenes viewpoint of the artistry of independent filmmaking," these programs should interest filmmakers and cinephiles alike.
The Directors Close-Up Series will present five panels with some of the most important television and film directors working today. These include Oscar nominee Alfonso Cuarón ("Gravity," "Children of Men," "Y Tu Mama También"), another current Oscar contender, Alexander Payne ("Nebraska," "Election"), TV directors Ernest Dickerson ("The Walking Dead" and "The Wire") and Jeremy Podeswa ("Boardwalk Empire" and "The Newsroom"); and Jill Soloway, the prolific TV writer who had her directorial film debut last year with "Afternoon Delight."
The program will also feature guests such as actress and director Julie Delpy ("Before Sunset"), "True Detective" creator and writer Nick Pizzolatto, and screenwriter Scott Neustadter ("The Spectacular Now"). The evening events will take place weekly from February through March 2014 at The Landmark – West Los Angeles.
President of Film Independent Josh Welsh said of the collaboration with SVP Scott Woodward and the rest of the Ovation organization: "Ovation continues to show its great appreciation for film as an art form both on and off the air. Thanks to their support, we are able to present a stellar line-up in our 2014 Directors series, as well as a series of new, exclusive events for the filmmaking community."
The organizations are also collaborating on the invitation-only quarterly series "Dinner and Movie," which invites independent filmmakers, donors and film leaders to a screening followed by a dinner and discussion.