On March 6-7, RTF students participated in a workshop led by Jonathan Estrin. Mr. Estrin is a noted screenwriter and producer in Hollywood. In addition to serving as Executive Producer on a number of notable television series in the 1980’s and 1990’s, his writing credits include Jasper Texas, a 2003 Showtime film about the true story of a black man chained to the back of a pickup truck and dragged to his death.
The workshop, titled “From Facts to Feature” focused on the process of bringing true stories to the screen. Beginning with a screening of Jasper Texas, Mr. Estrin led students through the process of acquiring the rights to a true story and writing the screenplay. Each student then pitched an idea for a screenplay based on a true story to Mr. Estrin, who discussed in depth with each student the viability of their ideas.