Milwaukee Film Festival’s “An Evening With Paul Attanasio”
Congratulations to our five blog readers who won tickets to the Milwaukee Film Festival’s “An Evening with Paul Attanasio” last week.
We hope you enjoyed the event as much as we did!
For those of you who don’t know, Paul is the brother of Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner, Mark Attanasio and is an award-winning Hollywood writer/producer. He has worked on projects like Quiz Show, Donnie Brasco and House M.D.
On Saturday evening, Paul was a special guest at the Oriental Theatre and took part in a question and answer session where he discussed his career, influences and his thoughts on the film industry today with Artistic and Executive Director of the Film Festival, Jonathan Jackson.
We found the retrospective to be informative and incredibly interesting. Paul had attended Harvard Law School before he got an internship at the Washington Post. There, he ended up having the opportunity to audition for the role of film critic. At the young age of 24, he was selected and spent three years in the job.
During the event, Jonathan read an excerpt from a review Paul had written on the 1987 Sylvester Stallone movie, “Over the Top” and Paul laughed along with the audience as he admitted to being quite green and having “two gears”–one condescending and sarcastic about the film and one highly praising and glowing. Read Paul’s review of “Over the Top” here.
But Paul says he learned a lot during his time as a film critic and considers it his education in the industry. He made a lot of connections and he was able to develop his writing skills as well. He left the Post when producer Jerry Bruckheimer gave him a screenwriting job.
Flash forward to today and Paul’s been nominated for just about every industry award there is, including the Oscar, Emmy, and Golden Globe.
The audience was treated to clips from Paul’s movies and TV shows, followed by his insight into certain elements of the plot, characters, dialogue and more.
Toward the end of the evening, Paul looked ahead to his next projects, including reading the opening scene for The Vatican, a project he is working on with Showtime.
Finally, the audience had a chance to ask their own questions of Paul as the evening concluded.
Were you in attendance on Saturday night? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below! Have any recommendations for films that we can still have a chance to check out between now and Thursday, when the Festival wraps up? Please share!
If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Film Festival, we hope you can get there this week. More information on the festival including ticket information for all events can be found here.
–JOHN AND CAIT