Great Collaborations

March 1–31, 2005


The Polar Express. 2004. USA. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Courtesy of Photofest

Why collaborate? What are the benefits—and risks—of working with the same people on multiple films? A great deal of curiosity surrounds successful film-industry collaboration, and this series addresses issues specific to that tradition, exploring the dynamic between artists who create memorable films together, and showcasing some of the industry’s strongest partnerships. The series focuses on a variety of collaborations: director/actor, director/writer, and director/producer. Each evening, a moderated conversation between the collaborators is illustrated with film clips and scene readings. On January 10, writer-director Quentin Tarantino and actor Uma Thurman discuss the films they have made together; on January 19, filmmaker Alexander Payne and his longtime writing partner Jim Taylor discuss their screenwriting process; on February 28, writer-director Richard Linklater and actor-writer Ethan Hawke discuss the films they have worked on together; and on March 2, writer-producer-director Robert Zemeckis and writer William Broyles discuss their work on Cast Away and Polar Express.

Organized by Natalie Hirniak, Manager, Department of Film and Media, The Museum of Modern Art, and Christy Prunier, a freelance producer.


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