Using a Life to Tell a Story: When Real Life Becomes Fiction
Sully. LBJ. Ray Kroc. Snowden. Anita Hill. O.J… Heroes and anti-heroes, the famous and the infamous. True-life stories remain one of the few places where human drama seems to thrive on the screen. But what decisions need to be made in order to choose which stories are worth telling and how the messy events of a life get shaped into dramatic narrative? What are the unwritten rules when ellipsis, conflation, point of view and dramatic license are taken to serve the needs of entertainment and story? Our panel of veteran filmmakers and storytellers zero in on the intersection where truth meets fiction and real people’s lives and reputations are on the line.