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Interview: C. Wrenn Ball – Katie Wright | 2018 January Screenwriters Lab

Interview: C. Wrenn Ball – Katie Wright | 2018 January Screenwriters Lab

Last January I sat down with USC grad C. Wrenn Ball and his debut project which comes with some definite hype as it received the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship. I was curious about his background and rapport with film, the particularities of what is an ambitious turn of the 19th century portrait might look like in terms of research, on paper and on the big screen and the merging of gender and family dynamics with the first baby steps of aviation. Katie Wright‘s logline reads like this: just as the Wright Brothers are about to capitalize on the invention of their airplane, Orville is badly injured in a public crash, and sister Katie unexpectedly emerges to lead their business. Fighting resistance from businessmen, society, and even her own brothers, she strives to keep the family together and claim her place as part of their legacy. Based on the forgotten true story.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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