Bass, Brooks, Khouri, Roth among speakers
Academy Award-winning screenwriters will address violence, sex and why certain scripts sell at the 2nd Annual AFI Screenwriters Weekend, part of the weeklong AFI Los Angeles Intl. Film Festival.Kicking off Oct. 22 with “An Evening With Oliver Stone,” weekend will feature a series of panel discussions: “Tall Tales and Misdemeanors: How Favorite Writers Got Their Start,” “The Power of Writing 101: The Effect of Violent Scripts on Society,” “Something Old, Something New: Why Scripts Sell” and “Flying the Coop: Escaping the Pigeonholes of Race, Sex and Creed.” Participating screenwriters include Oscar winners Ron Bass (“Rain Man”), James L. Brooks (“Terms of Endearment), Callie Khouri (“Thelma and Louise”), Eric Roth (“Forrest Gump”) and Robert Towne (“Chinatown”). Also skedded to take part are Steve Martin, Terry McMillan, Time magazine film critic Richard Schickel (who exec produced AFI’s “100 Years… 100 Movies” TV special) and Universal Pictures co-chair Stacey Snider. Weekend concludes Oct. 24 with a screening of Miramax’s “Mansfield Park.” A day pass is $125, a weekend pass $225. All events will take place at the Writer’s Guild Theater in Beverly Hills. For ticket sales and information, call Adrienne Briggs at (323) 856-7773.