By Judi Uthus
As part of a new cultural program, the Agoura Hills Cultural Arts Council’s “Celebration of the Arts” is presenting a two-day festival, Cinco and Ken’s “The Greatest Movies Ever Written!” Led by the blockbuster screenwriting team of Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, who co-wrote Despicable Me, the festival is placing the spotlight on screenwriters.
“Screenwriters are the unheard voice of the movie industry,” said Paul. “Yet the screenplay is the most important factor in whether or not a movie is great, and we’ll be giving screenwriters their due. There is not a single festival out there that I know of that focuses solely on screenwriters.”
Paul and Daurio have selected some of their favorite films, worthy of being watched multiple times, because they started with a great screenplay. The movies’ screenwriters will join them for Q &A panels accompanying each screening to discuss the process of writing the movie, the choices made, and how different first drafts can be from the filmed version.
“The Greatest Movies Ever Written!” will take place Friday, September 25 and Saturday, 26. Program highlights include a VIP opening reception on Friday evening followed by all-day Saturday screenings.
Schedule of events:
6 p.m: VIP reception featuring Parenthood with screenwriter Lowell Ganz; $25 includes reception and movie.
11 a.m: Despicable Me a family-oriented program with screenwriters Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio; $5 admission.
2 p.m: Tremors with screenwriters Brent Maddock & S.S. Wilson; $12 admission.
6 p.m: To be announced in the upcoming weeks on www.91301.org; $12 admission
Tickets for all events may be purchased at www.regencymovies.com. To participate in both Friday and Saturday events including the VIP reception, a VIP Package is offered at $40.
“Typically, film festivals focus on directors or actors, but this one will shine a light on how every great movie starts with a great script,” said Jaime Goldstein, Agoura Hills cultural event coordinator for the program series, Agoura Hills Cultural Arts Council Celebrate the Arts. This year, the city’s new signature series focuses on film and includes a student film program with an upcoming student show in 2016. The signature series will select an art form to celebrate annually.