About the 20/20/20 Film Program



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.

about us2013 guest speakers included: Pamela Koffler of Killer Films, writer/director Ramin Bahrani, philanthropic talent manager Jane Berliner from Authentic, Google/YOUTUBE impresario Effie T. Brown, actor and indie producer Edward Burns, development genius Lenny Crooks, filmmaker Tony Gerber, director Mary Harron (Notorious Betty Page, I Shot Andy Warhol, and Anna Nicole), Ashley Havey of the Tribeca Film Festival, casting legend Marc Hirschfeld, writer/producer experimental director Tom Kalin, cinematographer Ellen Kuras, executive producer Ilene Landress (The Sopranos, Girls), Sony Pictures Classics Executive Vice President Dylan Leiner, filmmaker and playwright Doug McGrath; Sam Morrill, senior curator at Vimeo; music supervisor Randall Poster, Stephen Raphael of Required Viewing, award-winning screenwriter and producer James Schamus, CEO of Focus Features; documentary filmmaker Greta Schiller, CEO of Bond Strategy and Influence Marc Schiller, Cinematographer Michael Simmonds, CAA packaging agent Dan Steinman, indiegogo's platform manager John Trigonis; and indie legend John Sloss, producer of over 60 films and founder of Cinetic Media and co-founder of Film Buff.

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.


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