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PANEL: Actor-Director's Talk

Just because you are an accomplished actor, does it mean you will be a good director? Does working as an actor help prepare you for the complicated task of directing a film? Are actors more sensitive to other actors needs and wants in a film production? And setting out first as a director, what skills are gained that might make you a good actor? Many illustrious actors and directors have tried their hand at both roles. Some have had remarkable success in the two careers; some find they are far better at one, then the other. For the Actors and Directors panel, we have assembled a stellar ensemble of working actor/directors, who will discuss the intersection between the two disciplines and explore how sometimes having worked on both sides of the fence is a plus, while other times not so much.

PANELISTS:

Michael Cristofer's screenplays include Falling in Love, with Meryl Streep and Robert DeNiro, The Witches of Eastwick, with Jack Nicholson, and The Bonfire of the Vanities, directed by Brian De Palma. His directing credits include Gia, starring Angelina Jolie. As a stage actor he appeared in Body of Water with Christine Lahti, and A View from the Bridge with Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson. Film roles include The Other Woman, with Natalie Portman, and Chronic, with Tim Roth. He is currently appearing in the TV series Mr. Robot as the head of Evil Corp.

Griffin Dunneis an accomplished actor, director and producer. Dunne's recent feature film credits include Dallas Buyers Club starring Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, Last Night, starring Sam Worthington and Keira Knightley and Allen Hughes' Broken City starring Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe. This Fall he can be seen in Daryl Wein's Consumed, which recently premiered at the LA Film Festival. Dunne's feature film directorial debut was 1997's Addicted to Love, starring Meg Ryan and Matthew Broderick, which he followed one year later with Practical Magic starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. Most recently Mr. Dunne directed a short film with Emma Stone for Peter Farrelly's comedic anthology Movie 43. On television, Dunne has recently recurred on the Showtime series House of Lies playing opposite Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell and the Fox series Red Band Society opposite Octavia Spencer. He recently wrapped a series long arc on the WGN series, Manhattan.

Mary Stuart Masterson's four-decade film, TV and theater career includes roles in At Close Range, Some Kind of Wonderful, Fried Green Tomatoes, Benny and Joon, and the Broadway musical, Nine. Mary Stuart directed the award-winning The Cake Eaters starring Kristen Stewart. She produced the micro-budget feature, Tickling Leo, written and directed by her husband, Jeremy Davidson. After a long hiatus to begin her family, Mary Stuart is currently developing her next directing project Stupid Fast, to be shot in the Hudson Valley.

Ross Partridge is the writer, director and lead actor in the feature film Lamb. Ross co-produced the Duplass Bros' The Do-Deca-Pentathlon and was also a producer of the HBO documentary, Uncle Frank. He directed the feature film Interstate 84, starring Kevin Dillon and Clifton James, and most recently directed the critically acclaimed web-series Wedlock, with Mark Duplass, Rob Corddry and Jennifer Lafleur. As an actor, he has appeared on numerous TV shows and independent films such as The Midnight Swim, The Off Hours, The Freebie, and Baghead.

Moderator:

Martha Frankel is the author of the memoir Hats & Eyeglasses: A Family Love Affair with Gambling, the executive director of the Woodstock Writers Festival and the host of the weekly show, Woodstock Writers Radio on Radio Woodstock 100.1. Find out more at woodstockwriters.com

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