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Nantucket Film Festival Announces Robin Wright Event and 2015 Screenplay Finalists

Nantucket Film Festival Announces Robin Wright Event and 2015 Screenplay Finalists

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The 20th Annual Nantucket Film Festival has announced Golden Globe-winning actress Robin Wright and Emmy-Award nominated “House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon will participate in an “In Their Shoes…” conversation moderated by Chris Matthews at the Nantucket High School on Sunday, June 28. Matthews will also sit down with Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning screenwriter Robert Towne (“Chinatown”) on Friday, June 26 at the Dreamland Theater. The “In Their Shoes…” conversation series is presented at the festival by Final Draft.

Wright will pull double duty and award Variety’s Creative Impact in Television Writing Award to Willimon during the festival’s Screenwriters Tribute on Saturday, June 27. Female directors Leslye Headland and Liz Garbus will be honorees at this year’s event as well. Headland’s raunchy romantic-comedy, “Sleeping With Other People,” is featured in the Spotlight section at the festival, and Garbus’ “What Happened, Miss Simone?” will screen as the Centerpiece Film.

Organizers behind the Nantucket Film Festival have also announced the finalists for Showtime’s Tony Cox Screenplay and Television Pilot Competition. Jurors for these categories include Kyle Patrick Alvarez, director of “The Stanford Prison Experiment,” Cynthia Littleton, the TV Managing Editor at Variety, and Kate Lyn Sheil, “House of Cards” actress and “Men Go to Battle” writer. Read on for the full lineup, with synopses courtesy of The Nantucket Film Festival: 

Showtime’s Tony Cox Feature Screenplay Competition – Finalists:

“The Chronicles of Houghington”
Director: Colin Borden
In the style of “Indiana Jones,” a famous writer, whose serials are falsely based on his “real-life adventures,” finds himself thrust into a real-life adventure beyond belief.

Director: Kristen Dávila
A Pakistani plastic surgeon and gambling addict needs to make a lot of money fast, so he contacts the CIA to turn in his new neighbor, who happens to be on their Top Ten most wanted terrorist list.

“The Gloaming”
Director: Philip Aceto
An ensemble drama about a janitor, an immigrant student, and the surrounding high school where they work and attend.

Showtime’s Tony Cox Television Pilot Competitions – Hour-Long Finalists:

“Kingdom of Fife”
Director: D.L. Wright
Director: Estella Gabriel
“Wilde Life”
Director: Andrea Janakas

Showtime’s Tony Cox Television Pilot Competitions – Half-Hour Finalists:

“On Cloud Nine”
 Director: Mimi Jeffries

“Dead to Me”
Director: Stephanie Westendorf

Director: Jonathan Schwartz 

Showtime’s Tony Cox Short Screenplay Competition – Finalists:

“Boomerang the Great”
Director: Ana Dominick

“More Cow Bell”
Director: Andy Nellis

Director: Cornelius Murphy 

The 20th Annual Nantucket Film Festival runs from June 24- June 29. 

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

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