Filmfest 2018 Panel Discussion: From Book to Big Screen

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From Book to Big Screen: LEAVE NO TRACE


Thursday, September 27
7:00pm (following the screening of the film at 5:00pm)
Wheeler Opera House


Tickets for Film and Panel—Aspen Film and Aspen Words Members $20 | General Admission $25
Tickets for Panel Only—$15


What are the artistic challenges and rewards of translating literature into cinema? Following a screening of Leave No Trace, Aspen Words Executive Director Adrienne Brodeur will get the inside story from producer Linda Reisman and Peter Rock, author of My Abandonment, the award-winning novel upon which the film is based. First captivated by Rock’s novel while working as an editor in New York, Brodeur acquired it for publisher Houghton Mifflin. She later gave the book to Reisman, who knew it had to be made into a film. Hear why this story was so compelling to novelist, editor and filmmaker and go behind the scenes to discover its fascinating journey from book to big screen.


PANELISTS:  In addition to publishing My Abandonment, Rock is a professor at Reed College and the author of nine other works of fiction, including The Night Swimmers, which is forthcoming in 2019. Reisman was executive producer of Academy Award–nominated The Danish Girl and has produced numerous other films, including Affliction and Waking the Dead, both of which were based on novels. She is senior distinguished producer-in-residence at Emerson College. Brodeur is an award-winning editor and author with 20 years of writing, editing and publishing experience. She founded the literary magazine Zoetrope: All-Story with filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola. MODERATOR: Adrienne Brodeur, Executive Director, Aspen Words


COMMUNITY PARTNER: Aspen Words was founded in 1976 as a literary center based in Aspen, CO. A program of the Aspen Institute, its mission is to encourage writers, inspire readers and connect people through the power of stories. For more information, visit