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Nantucket Film Festival to Honor ‘Chinatown’ Screenwriter Robert Towne, More Awards and Panels Announced

Nantucket Film Festival to Honor 'Chinatown' Screenwriter Robert Towne, More Awards and Panels Announced

The Nantucket Film Festival has announced screenwriter Robert Towne as the recipient of the 2015 Screenwriters’ Tribute. Town is best known for the Academy Award-winning script for “Chinatown,” as well as “Shampoo,” “Mission: Impossible” and uncredited work on “The Godfather” and “Bonnie and Clyde.”
“In our 20th anniversary year we could not be more thrilled to honor the incomparable Robert Towne, said Mystelle Brabbée, Executive Director of the Nantucket Film Festival. “As a festival that recognizes achievements in screenwriting, Towne’s body of work has truly changed the landscape of American cinema.”
The festival will also honor Liz Garbus, director of “What Happened, Miss Simone?” with the Special Achievement in Documentary Storytelling Award, and Leslye Headland, writer-director of “Sleeping with Other People,” which will screen as a Spotlight Film at the festival, with the New Voices in Screenwriting Award. 
The festival will also present an anniversary Visionary Award to Bob and Suzanne Wright at the ceremony, which will take place on June 27 and will be hosted by comedian David Steinberg. Towne will also participate in an “In Their Shoes…” conversation at the festival with Chris Matthews of MSNBC’s “Hardball” and NBC’s “The Chris Matthews Show.  
The EPIX network will also present a special panel, “Women Behind the Words: Stories from Hollywood’s Front Lines.” Moderated by NPR’s Ophira Eisenberg, the panel will feature an in-depth and lively discussion between USC Professor Stacy L. Smith, A&E Network’s President and CEO Nancy Dubuc, and additional panelists to be announced in the coming weeks.
For other panels, events, tickets and more, check out the Nantucket Film Festival website.

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