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Write When You Get Work
November 2, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Join local filmmaker and Williams alum Stacy Cochran for a screening of her latest film, Write When You Get Work, followed by a reception. Cochran will be joined by Emmy-nominated writer and executive producer (and fellow Williams alum) Michael Sardo for a conversation about the film and Cochran;s work.
Write When You Get Work is a thorny romantic comedy set in New York City at a private school for girls and in the world outside its exclusive walls. Written and directed by Stacy Cochran and shot on Super16 film by Oscar-winning cinematographer Robert Elswit, ASC, the film stars Finn Wittrock (American Horror Story), Rachel Keller (Legion), Emily Mortimer (Mary Poppins Returns), Scott Cohen (The Fix), Jessica Hecht (Friends), and Andrew Schulz (There’s Johnny!). It premiered in the Narrative Competition at SXSW in 2018.
Director, producer, and screenwriter Stacy Cochran is based in New York. Her feature film debut, My New Gun (Columbia TriStar), starring Diane Lane and James LeGros, premiered in Director’s Fortnight at Cannes and earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best First Feature. Subsequent projects as writer-director include the Touchstone/Interscope title Boys, starring Winona Ryder; the short documentary Richard Lester! about the director, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and will appear on the Criterion Channel in 2019; and Drop Back Ten, which premiered in Dramatic Competition at Sundance. Cochran attended Williams College as a political science major and earned an MFA in Film at Columbia University. She was an Arthur Levitt Artist-in-Residence at Williams College.
Michael Sardo has worked on hundreds of episodes of television, including The Tracey Ullman Show, Grace Under Fire, Wings, Picket Fences, Caroline in the City, American Embassy, and Rizzoli & Isles. He has developed and written series pilots for HBO, Showtime, Starz, TNT, ABC, NBC, Lifetime, and USA networks. He was the creator, showrunner, and executive producer of the series Fairly Legal and Normal. Current projects include the half-hour comedy pilot Sagittarius Meets Cancer, adapted from a Russian script, for Storyworld Entertainment; nonfiction event program The Ten; and the series adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel The Heart Goes Last for MGM Television. He is an alumnus of Williams College.