In 2013, the Milwaukee Film Festival was proud to pay tribute to acclaimed writer/producer Paul Attanasio. Over his 25 years in the business he has been nominated for (or won) every major award, including the Academy Award, the BAFTA, the Writers’ Guild of America Award, the Emmy, the Peabody Award, and the Golden Globe. Attanasio is the creator of the award-winning Baltimore-based cop drama HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET, based on a book by THE WIRE creator David Simon. Just a year after HOMICIDE’s debut, his script for the Robert Redford-directed QUIZ SHOW starring Ralph Fiennes was nominated for an Oscar. Since then, his film work has included scripts for DISCLOSURE, DONNIE BRASCO, SPHERE, THE SUM OF ALL FEARS, and THE GOOD GERMAN. In television, Attanasio followed his initial success with an even bigger one, as executive producer of the world’s most watched television show (82 million viewers), HOUSE M.D.
On Saturday, October 5, Paul Attanasio sat with Milwaukee Film's Artistic & Executive Director Jonathan Jackson at the Oriental Theatre to discuss his career, explore clips from his work, discuss his influences, and talk about Attanasio’s thoughts on the evolution of writing for TV and film today and how the forms are more similar than ever before.
UWM Peck School of the Arts
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