Edward Zwick, director,
"Glory" and "Legends of the Fall"
No story is too big or too small for director Edward Zwick. He made his directorial debut with About Last Night …, his 1986 adaptation of the David Mamet play Sexual Perversity in Chicago. He followed up the Brat Pack dramedy with Glory, the Civil War race drama that marked the first of three collaborations with Denzel Washington, who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as escaped slave and Union Army soldier Private Silias Trip. On the strength of Glory, Zwick would go on to direct more period and contemporary epics set during a time of conflict, most notably Legends of the Fall, The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond, and Defiance, as well as Courage Under Fire and The Siege with Denzel Washington. But he’s also found time to direct the intimate dramedies Leaving Normal and Love & Other Drugs. His next film, the Bobby Fischer drama Pawn Sacrifice with Tobey Maguire, will open in 2015. Edward Zwick will receive the 2014 Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award during the Austin Film Festival Awards Luncheon at 12:15 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Austin Club. In addition, the Austin Film Festival presents A Conversation with Edward Zwick at 3:15 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Inter-Continental Stephen F. Austin Hotel. He also will participate in the Austin Film Festival’s A Conversation with the 2014 Awardees at 10:45 a.m. Oct. 25 at the Inter-Continental Stephen F. Austin Hotel and the panel It’s A Wonderful So-Called Life, at 1:15 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Inter-Continental Stephen F. Austin Hotel with Winnie Holzman, whom he collaborated with on the TV shows thirtysomething, My So-Called Life, and Once and Again.
Aired: Oct. 23, 2014
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