About the Program

July 8-28, 2013

20/20/20 is part of Stony Brook Southampton, and takes place concurrent with long-established programs in theatre and creative writing. When you attend Southampton Arts Summer, you join a community of world-class filmmakers, novelists, poets, playwrights, directors, and actors who gather in a uniquely bucolic—and cutting edge—arts incubator.

The MFA in Creative Writing and Literature at Southampton Arts had been offering screenwriting courses since its formation at Stony Brook University in 2006. In 2008 we launched the Southampton Screenwriting Conference, a cluster of intensive, 3- credit, graduate-level writing workshops held every July, bringing to campus such luminaries as Alexander Payne (The Descendants, About Schmidt, Sideways), Chris Weitz (About a Boy, New Moon—The Twilight Saga), Peter Hedges (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape), Robert Benton (Kramer vs. Kramer, Bonnie and Clyde), actor Alec Baldwin, film critic Molly Haskell, Gene Saks, and Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count On Me). In 2011 and 2012 we offered courses in DIY digital filmmaking, led by Emmy Award winning writerdirector Mitchell Kriegman.

Dramatic changes in the film industry—as an art, as a business—have opened this unique opportunity for Stony Brook University to create a high-profile, innovative, advanced training program in visual storytelling, built around an association with Killer Films, Christine Vachon’s highly regarded film production company. In the summer of 2012, we brought the Killer Master Class in Independent Filmmaking to campus, and seized the opportunity to work with Vachon to develop a fully funded, stand-alone film program in visual storytelling, the program we now call 20/20/20.

The Hamptons is an area with a rich cultural legacy, to say nothing of its world-class beaches. It's no wonder, then, that the programs at Southampton Arts are able to attract such renowned authors, playwrights, directors, and screenwriters to teach here. Our seaside campus, located in a resort area only 80 miles from New York City, has hosted intimate writing, directing, and filmmaking workshops with Annie Baker, Melissa Bank, Jon Robin Baitz, Kim Barnes, Andrew Bienen, Paula Brancato, Billy Collins, Mark Doty, Jules Feiffer, Neal Gabler, Ursula Hegi, Mary Karr, Matt Klam, Christina Lazaridi, Nick Mangano, Emily Mann, Heather McHugh, Marsha Norman, Frank Pugliese, Roger Rosenblatt, John Patrick Shanley, Frederic Tuten and Meg Wolitzer.