A Conversation and Reception with Masters of Comedy Babaloo Mandel & Lowell Ganz
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"All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up." Chock-full of classic lines, noir style, pitch-perfect direction by Billy Wilder and an iconic performance by Gloria Swanson, Sunset Boulevard is one of the great American films. Here's your chance to see this classic the way it was meant to be seen - on the big screen. Plus, you can enjoy some wine and cheese beforehand and help raise funds for the Colony Theatre. Premiering in 1950, the film follows a struggling screenwriter (William Holden) who becomes a kept man to a fading silent film star clinging to delusions of staging a comeback. Learn More
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Learn from the masters! The Writers Guild Foundation is proud to present this special spring interview series, which will take place at the Writers Guild Theater. The series is part of the Foundation's ongoing Writers on Writing program. A light reception in the theater lobby will follow the session with appetizer form Chipotle Grill and beverages, including Pravda Vodka cocktails.
Mandel and Ganz met in a Hollywood comedy club while the former was working as a joke writer and the latter was working as a staff writer on "The Odd Couple." Both transplanted writers from New York who idolized Billy Wilder, they quickly became good friends. The day after his wedding, Mandel finally accepted Ganz's offer to team up to write TV sitcoms, with their first collaboration being the hit series "Laverne and Shirley." The relationships that they developed in TV would serve them well in features; their TV colleagues included such future film heavyweights as Ron Howard, Garry Marshall, and Penny Marshall (who directed their hit, A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN, 1992). Though some critics characterize Ganz/Mandel projects as sitcoms writ large, the pair offers strengths that are rare in modern comedy writing: strong story structure and rich characterizations enhanced by Mandel's flair for killer punchlines.
About the Ticket Supplier: Writers Guild FoundationOriginally founded in 1966 by James R Webb and a group of other prominent screenwriters, the Writers Guild Foundation has evolved considerably over the last decade. For years its library was its major program, and today its focus is on the two areas of historical preservation and education. Working closely with the Writers Guild of America, west, the Foundation provides a number of services and programs to both working writers and the public.
In recent years the Foundation has developed a broad range of initiatives designed to:
- preserve the history of screenwriting as an artform
-promote writing for film and television as literature in its own right
- collect and preserve the best and most representative film and television writing from each year for present and future generations to study
-provide primary and continuing educational opportunities for professional writers and students
-and raise public consciousness about what writers do and the importance of good writing in the collaborative arts of film and television.