Archive for June 17th, 2011

Galway Fleadh Masterclass

17th June 2011 by Maura McHugh

Galway Film Fleadh 2011The Galway Film Fleadh in association with IFTA are delighted to announce the Screenwriter-in-Residence programme: Gill Dennis is a man who ‘knows that the way to learn is to listen, and to ask the questions that will find the heart of the subject. He starts at the heart of his subject, no matter how difficult and moves to the center with unerring accuracy. He’s an expert communicator, which serves him both as a teacher and writer.’.

Gill studied screenwriting with Frank Daniel at The American Film Institute and in the past ten years, he has mentored over a new generation of filmmakers there, including Jonathan Levine (The Wackness), Jacob Estes (Mean Creek) and Goran Dukic (Wristcutters). He has also conducted workshops throughout the US, Europe and Australia. His work covers all genres from the multi-award-winning story of Johnny Cash in Walk The Line (2005) to the cult classic Return To Oz (1985) and many others along the way. Gill’s tremendous talent drew the attention of some of Hollywood’s finest, such as Francis Ford Coppola, Sam Peckinpah, James Mangold, Caleb Deschanel, Ed Harris, Azazel Jacobs, Frank Pierson, and Victor Nunez and he was asked to work on scripts as diverse as Apocalypse Now, Pollock and The Black Stallion.

Gill is currently Master Filmmaker in Residence at the American Film Institute.

Gill Dennis’s writing credits include:

He wrote the documentaries The Man on Lincoln’s Nose (2001) and A Few Notes On Our Food Problem (1968), both nominated for Long Form Academy Awards. He has two screenplays presently in pre-production; Spanish Blood (written with the director Azazel Jacobs) and Forever (written with the director Tatia Pilieva).

In other guises, he played the Sergeant in Azazel Jacobs’ The Good Times Kid (2005) and has won the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for Distinguished Direction in theatre.

Gill will be giving us an insight into his collaborating and rewriting skills whilst also focusing on how stories are discovered, discussed and structurally examined. He will be giving a masterclass for screenwriters (script editors and producers are also invited to attend) at this year’s fleadh as well as giving one-on-one consults to individual screenwriters.

The Master Class will take place at 2pm on Wednesday the 6th of July: in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway and costs €50. For further information or to apply for a place, contact Brónagh Keys at 091-562200 or email: masterclasses@galwayfilmfleadh.com

Please note places are limited. Deadline for applications: Friday the 24th of June.