Saturday Night Live Writers & Performers: Jane Curtin, Anne Beatts, Sudi Green & Sarah Schneider To Receive Creative Impact In Television Award
Saturday Night Live writers and performers Jane Curtin, Anne Beatts, Sudi Green, and Sarah Schneider
will be awarded the Creative Impact in Television Award at the Nantucket Film Festival next month with Cecily Strong presenting the award.
Screenwriter and film producer Leslie Dixon will receive the Screenwriters Tribute Award. The
Screenwriters Tribute will take place on Saturday, June 22nd, 2019.
This year NFF will honor some of entertainment’s funniest storytellers – SNL alumni writers and
performers, spanning the full history of show, Jane Curtin, Anne Beatts, Sarah Schneider, and Sudi
Green with the Creative Impact in Television Writing Award. Current SNL performer Cecily Strong will
present the Award. In a writer’s room that has been often seen as a boy’s club, these women have
distinguished themselves with notable and hilarious wit, sketches, jokes, deliveries and performances.
Curtin was a SNL regular from 1975- 1980 when she debuted as one of the original members of the Not Ready for Prime Time Players.
Beatts joined the creative team at SNL in the early years and was part of the show from 1975-1979.
Schneider was a writer with SNL from 2011-2017 and youngest co-head writers in the show’s history and is the co-creator of Comedy Central’s latest sitcom The Other Two
The festival’s prestigious Screenwriters Tribute Award will be given to screenwriter and film producer
Leslie Dixon. The award is given to a screenwriter whose writing has had a distinct impact on the
landscape of cinema. With a career spanning over 30 years in the industry Dixon’s resume of work
includes notable titles such as Mrs. Doubtfire and Freaky Friday.
“Over the years, The Nantucket Film Festival has always looked to honor the incredible work of the
industry’s screenwriters and storytellers. This year we are thrilled to be recognizing a group of trailblazing
female performers and writers whose efforts continue to leave a lasting impact on Hollywood,” said
Mystelle Brabbée, Executive Director of the Nantucket Film Festival. “From the impactful words Leslie
Dixon has brought to the screen, to the hilarious sketches from Jane Curtin, Anne Beatts, Sudi Green, and
Sarah Schneider of SNL, who have been pioneers for women in comedy, we look forward to highlighting
the evolution of female voices over the last four decades.”
NFF also announced additional Signature Programs, with the return of Late Night Storytelling hosted by
NPR’s Ask Me Another Ophira Eisenberg and The Comedy Roundtable: SNL Writers Room Gold, with
Saturday Night Live writers and performers revealing some of the best sketches that didn’t or couldn’t
air! Guests will go behind the scenes of America’s renowned comedy show, digging into how SNL writers
and cast members collaborate to take half-baked ideas to screen-ready sketches. Actress and director
Gillian Jacobs joins the festival with a screening and special conversation about her narrative directorial
debut CURATED. Jacobs is known for portraying Britta Perry on the NBC/Yahoo! Screen comedy series
COMMUNITY and Mickey Dobbs on the Netflix series LOVE. Actress Ilana Levine will also bring her
popular Podcast Little Known Facts to Nantucket where she will interview Screenwriters Tribute Honoree
Leslie Dixon. In addition, NFF will host its annual TV Pilot Script Reading with Screenwriters Colony and
bring back its daily Morning Coffee With… series along with Afternoon Tea Talks.
The Festival revealed its Feature Film lineup last month, but today announced several additions below.
NFF also announced its Short Film lineup. The Festival is proud to note this year the Shorts Programs
have achieved gender parity among the invited writers and directors.
FEATURE FILM LINEUP ADDITIONS:
Writer/Director: Sam De Jong
Would-be dancing star Goldie is on the verge of a big break when her mother is arrested, forcing her to
take care of her little sisters, in this stylish and scrappy New York City fable.
THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON
Writers/Directors: Tyler Nilson & Michael Schwartz
Zak runs away from his care home and teams with fugitive Tyler to go on the adventure of a lifetime.
Featuring Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, Zack Gottsagen, John Hawkes, Thomas Haden Church, Bruce
Dern. Winner: Audience Award, SXSW
WELCOME TO THE BEYOND
Director: Brent Huff
The surprising story of the world’s first male supermodel, who was secretly a member of a doomsday
SHORT FILM PROGRAM LINEUP CHARACTERS WELCOME
True stories profiling unforgettable individuals.
THE GUY: THE BRIAN DONAHUE STORY (Director: E.J. McLeavey-Fisher)
MEMORY VIDEO (Director: Roy Power)
TRUE BELIEVER (Director: Sarah Colt)
AFTER THE FIRE (Director: Spencer Seibert)
MACK WRESTLES (Directors: Erin Sanger, Taylor Hess)
Stories for our youngest audience members.
THE PIG ON THE HILL (Writer: John Kelly, Directors: Jamy Wheless, John Helms)
KUAP (Writer/Director: Nils Hedinger)
ONE SMALL STEP (Writer: Shaofu Zhang, Writers/Directors: Andrew Chesworth, Bobby Pontillas)
ZOG (Writer: Suzanne Lang, Writer/Director: Max Lang, Director: Daniel Snaddon, Narrator: Pierce
FAULTIER (SLOTH): Writer/Director: Julia Ocker
COLOR BIRDS (COUCOULEURS) (Writer/Director: Oana Lacroix)
SAM’S DREAM (Writer/Director: Nölwenn Roberts)
A TIGER WITH NO STRIPES (Writer/Director: Raul Robin Morales Reyes)
HORS PISTE (Writers/Directors: Leo Brunel, Loris Cavalier, Camille Jalabert, Oscar Malet)
MATILDA (Writer/Director: Irene Iborra, Director: Eduard Puertas Anfruns)
LAUGH OUT LOUD
Prepare to be amused by this scripted collection of humorous stories.
MILTON (Writer/Director: Tim Wilkime)
JACK (Writer/Director: Nick Paonessa)
CLARK (Writer/Director: Nelson Torres)
PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE DADS (Writer/Director: Jim Picariello)
WHITE GUYS SOLVE SEXISM (Writer: Eric T. Roth, Writer/Director: Christopher Guerrero)
NORA EPHRON GOES TO PRISON (Writer: Suzy Evans, Director: Hannah Elless)
BAGGAGE (Writer: Allison Spence Brown, Writer/Director: Amos Vernon)
WESTFALIA (Writer/Director: Haley Finnegan)
SHOW AND TELL
True stories illustrating notable lives and unexpected experiences.
CONNECTED (Director: Aleksandra Maciejczyk)
THE CLINIC (Director: Elivia Shaw)
JACKSON POLLOCK: BLUE POLES (Director: Alison Chernick)
LITTLE MISS SUMO (Director: Matt Kay)
THE LIKES AND DISLIKES OF MARJ BAGLEY (Director: Taylor Stanton)
Scripted stories looking forward and backward.
IN OTHER WORDS (Writer: Kenny Lucas, Writer/Director: Lola Blanc)
LABOR (Writer: Andrea Brusa, Writer/Director: Cecilia Albertini)
THE STRANGER (Writer/Director: Damon Davis)
THE MINORS (Writer/Director: Robert Machoian)
THE MOON AND THE NIGHT (Writer: Justin Omori, Writer/Director: Erin Lau)
THE THERAPIST (Writer: Eleanor Burke, Writer/Director: Ron Eyal)
WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR
Scripted stories featuring searching characters.
PALM TREES AND POWER LINES (Writer/Director: Jamie Dack)
PA’LANTE (Writer/Director: Kristian Mercado)
CHURROS (Writers/Directors: Emilie McDonald, Bruce Smolanoff)
MILKSHAKE (Writer/Director: Brittany Snow)
NO TRAVELER RETURNS (Writer/Director: Ellie Foumbi)
NAAN & BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE (Writer/Director: Urvashi Pathania)
MASTER MAGGIE (Writer: Julianna Gelinas Bonifacio, Writer/Director: Matthew Bonifacio, Starring:
Lorraine Bracco, Brian Dennehy, Kenan Thompson)
Also announced are the initial selections in the Festival’s Virtual Reality Experiences.
ENTER THE STORY: VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCES
Project Creator: Brad Lichtenstein
Key Collaborators: Beth Hubbard, Rex Miller, Jeff Fitzsimmons
THE ATOMIC TREE
Screenwriter: David Haskell
Screenwriters/Directors: Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, Adam Loften
Narration: Peter Coyote
Director/Screenwriter: Wiebe van den Ende
TRAVELING WHILE BLACK
Director: Roger Ross Williams; Co-Directors: Félix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphaël, Ayesha Nadarajah
Key Collaborators: Bonnie Nelson Schwartz, Stéphane Rituit, Ryan Horrigan, Jihan Robinson