AMPAS president Frank Pierson spoke in honor of the memory of his colleague, Frank Daniel, at a screenwriting panel in Prague dedicated to his revolutionary teaching style.
Daniel (known as Frantisek Daniel in his native Czechoslovakia, where he produced Oscar winner “The Little Shop on Main Street”) mentored generations of maverick filmmakers including David Lynch, Terrence Mallick and Julie Taymor during his years at Columbia and as a founder of AFI and the Sundance Institute.
“There isn’t a screenwriting program today that wasn’t influenced by him,” Pierson said.
Prague’s FAMU film school, where Daniel began his caree, hosted the four-day event, which wrapped Saturday. Sponsors included the U.S. Embassy and Stillking Films, which has its own script development program.