Roughcut Film Symposium

Tropfest launched its inaugural Roughcut film symposium on Friday, December 7, 2012 to a sold-out audience at The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s landmark state-of-the-art Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center.


Tropfest spin-off event, Roughcut, was created to cultivate outstanding storytelling on screen and to foster a culture of dynamic and creative filmmakers, so it’s only apropos that the first ever Roughcut New York focused on the heart and soul of the filmmaking process – storytelling. The day’s programming delved into the thought process of creative thinkers and how each of their disciplines contributes to the filmmaker’s vision.

Roughcut Australia was also held for the first time in 2012 and featured an amazing lineup, including actor Geoffrey Rush and director Kieran Darcy-Smith.

Roughcut New York played host to an incredible lineup of industry talent who spoke in an intimate forum about the art of storytelling on-screen. The Keynote Address was given by best-selling author and journalist Malcolm Gladwell (The Tipping Point, Outliers), in conversation with internationally-renowned screenwriter Charles Randolph (Love and Other DrugsThe Interpreter). Other speakers included:

Liev Schreiber --- Image by © Ben Watts/Corbis Outline

Liev Schreiber, Actor/Writer/Director (Salt, X-Men: Origins, Everything is Illuminated)
Scott Rosenberg, Writer/Producer (Gone in 60 Seconds, Con Air)
Sarah Flack, Editor (Lost in Translation)Nick Law, EVP, Chief Global Creative Director, R/GA
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly Movie Critic
Jeremy Boxer, Director of Vimeo Festival + Awards, Creative Director of Vimeo
John Polson, Founder/Director of Tropfest, Director/Producer (Swimfan, Hide and Seek)

The day was moderated by Scott Foundas, Associate Director of Programming at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.