Jeffrey Tambor is returning with his popular Acting Workshop; Michel Gondry will turn up for a conversation about his work to date and his latest documentary, A Thorn in the Heart (playing there); David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) will talk about his role in the success of HBO's "Eastbound and Down"; and the casts of Kick-Ass and MacGruber will each host a panel about their respective films.
I'd be remiss if I omitted two of the panels in particular: One sees our own Scott Weinberg moderating a horror panel attended by the likes of Ti West, Quentin Tarantino, Eli Roth, Matt Reeves and Ruben Fleischer, while another sees our own Erik Childress taking to task hyperbole in film criticism. We don't want to shamelessly promote either of them, obviously, but I will just say that I've heard Erik's will be "the best panel of the year" and "a total laugh riot!"
So... take that for what you will. Check out descriptions of the fest's main panels after the jump, and the rest over on their official website.
* A Conversation with Michel Gondry
The stratospheric rise of Academy Award-winning visionary Michel Gondry is one of the great success stories of modern film. Working with fellow travelers like Spike Jonze, Charlie Kaufman and Bjork, Gondry has made his mark on the film landscape with iconic work like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep. Come and enjoy what promises to be a fascinating discussion as Gondry discusses his latest, highly personal and emotionally raw documentary A Thorn in the Heart with TCM's Elvis Mitchell.
* Directing the Dead: Genre Directors Spill Their Guts
How does modern horror take gore beyond the purely grisly to the level of grand guignol art and imagination? How does bone-cracking violence and flesh-rending horror contribute to the hallowed pantheon of art and cinema? Join five of the most striking genre filmmakers in modern movies as they lock horns over the all-important issues of blood, guts and gratuitous gore. Featuring Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), Matt Reeves (Let Me In) Eli Roth (Hostel), Quentin Tarantino (Inglorious Basterds), Ti West (House of the Devil), moderated by Scott Weinberg (Cinematical)
* Filmmakers in TV: A Case Study
Carving a niche in the world of film is tough enough, and achieving the same feat on the small screen is no easier. Successfully mastering both is in yet another league, but somehow the creators of HBO's Eastbound & Down are pulling it off with style. Find out how Danny McBride (Your Highness), and filmmakers David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) and Jody Hill (Observe and Report) made it look easy in this illuminating, entertaining glimpse at the art of combining technical skill, sharp comedy writing and moving from the packed auditorium to the living room couch.
* Creating a Graphic Novel Hollywood Will Buy
Graphic novels are red hot in Hollywood now. With its combination of words and visuals in one attractive package, a comic book can be a great sales tool when pitching your project to studios. Ean Mering (Pomegranate) talks to David Wohl (Radical Publishing), Martin Shapiro (Night Owl Productions), Matt Hawkins (Top Cow) and Ted Adams (IDW Publishing) will explain how to create a graphic novel that will attract the attention of movie producers.