Robert McKee and Joe Vinciguerra will discuss the enduring relevance of the films of Luis Buñuel. They will focus on the two films from the new Sondheim musical Here We Are: The Exterminating Angel and The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoise.
Robert McKee, a Fulbright scholar, is the most sought-after screenwriting lecturer around the globe. He has dedicated the last 30 years to educating and mentoring screenwriters, novelists, playwrights, poets, documentary makers, producers, and directors internationally. Those who have learned from McKee have called him “the Aristotle of our time” because of his insight into the substance, structure, style, and principles of the grand art of story.
Peter Jackson (writer/director of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Hobbit) has lauded him as “The Guru of Gurus.” For the writers of Pixar (creators of Toy Story 1, 2, & 3, Finding Nemo), McKee’s STORY Seminar is a rite of passage. Emmy Award-Winner Brian Cox also portrayed McKee in the Oscar-nominated film Adaptation.
McKee’s former students include over 60 Academy Award Winners, 200 Academy Award Nominees, 200 Emmy Award Winners, 1000 Emmy Award Nominees, 100 WGA (Writers Guild of America) Award Winners, 250 WGA Award Nominees, and 50 DGA (Directors Guild of America) Award Winners, 100 DGA Award Nominees.
A Buñuel fan, Joe Vinciguerra is the Chair of the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He co-wrote the film Mall (2014 Paragon Pictures), an adaptation of Eric Bogosian’s novel of the same name, directed by Joe Hahn. He co-wrote the film Don’t Go In The Woods (2011 Tribeca Films) directed by Vincent D’Onofrio. He has written and developed feature films for Relativity Media, New Line Cinema, Conde Naste Entertainment, Splendid Pictures, Palm Pictures, Industry Entertainment and Tony Kaye Films. Vinciguerra is currently developing a half hour comedy pilot with executive producer Charlie Gogolak, and a feature film with director Lance Acord and producer Sam Bisbee for Park Pictures. He is a proud member of the Writers Guild of America.
Part of Buñuel NYC Takeover, a series of events to celebrate the life and pioneering vision of Luis Buñuel and Stephen Sondheim.