SECTION Power of Story
RUN TIME 90 min
Saturday, January 24, 2015
3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Egyptian Theatre, Park City, Utah
The fascinating range of three-dimensional female characters on film and television these days suggest a sea change in the cultural zeitgeist. They're smart, sexual, funny, and flawed; they upend expectations, thwart our sympathies, and complicate the way we talk about gender roles.
Join brilliant, fearless storytellers Lena Dunham (Girls), Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project, The Office), Jenji Kohan (Orange Is the New Black, Weeds) and Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids, Saturday Night Live) with New Yorker critic Emily Nussbaum as they discuss antiheroes and archetypes, using humor to crash through boundaries, and how far their art will go to tell the truth.
Lena Dunham is the creator and star of the HBO series Girls, for which she received two Golden Globes and six Emmy Award nominations. In 2010, she won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay for her feature Tiny Furniture. Her book, Not That Kind of Girl, was published in September 2014. She began contributing to the New Yorker in 2012.
Mindy Kaling executive produces, writes and stars in The Mindy Project, and is known for writing and acting on Emmy Award-winning The Office. Mindy’s film credits include The 40-Year-Old Virgin, No Strings Attached, The Five-Year Engagement, and This Is The End. Mindy penned the comedic memoir, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns).
Jenji Kohan began her writing career on The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air after graduating from Columbia University. Her series writing credits include Mad About You, Sex and the City, Gilmore Girls, and Tracy Takes On…, for which she received an Emmy Award in 1999. She has developed and produced multiple pilots and series, including Showtime’s Weeds. Her latest project, Orange Is the New Black, is now streaming on Netflix.
Kristen Wiig is a prolific actor, writer and producer. From her breakout performance on Saturday Night Live to the Academy Award-nominated film Bridesmaids, Kristen has transitioned from television to film as a writer and producer. Some of her recent film and television credits include: The Skeleton Twins, Hateship Loveship, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Friends with Kids, Knocked Up, The Spoils of Babylon, etc. Kristen has been nominated for seven Emmy Awards.
Emily Nussbaum is the television critic for the New Yorker. She won the 2014 ASME Award for Best Columns And Criticism. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
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