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AFF Panel: A Conversation With Callie Khouri

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Austin 360

Sunday at 12:00 p.m. in the InterContinental Stephen F Austin Ballroom

Moderator: Ben Blacker

Khouri, AFF’s 2013 Distinguished Screenwriter, discussed her life and career with Blacker. They chatted about Khouri’s childhood and education in Paducah, Kentucky before moving on to her subsequent moves around the country and the machinations of writing and getting “Thelma and Louise,” her first screenplay, produced.

For more on these topics, read my interview with Khouri at statesman.com.

Memorable Khouri quotes:

“I should have grown up in New York City I could have done so much more if I’d grown up where I knew things were going on.”

“(Paducah) was a small town. I smoked a lot of pot.”

“Even in Boston in 1975, there were more movie theaters in one block than within one hundred miles of where I grew up.”

“Yes, I switched my major to drama at one of the biggest Ag and Engineering schools in the midwest.”

“When you’re writing at a higher level than you yourself would imagine, there’s something else at work there.”

“ ‘Thelma and Louise’ was the greatest writing experience I ever had (and) my only goal was to finish it.”

“Screenwriting should be a total feeling and visual experience. It all begins with a picture in my head that I find words to describe. So, don’t talk to me about words. I am a screenwriter.”

“Economy is the soul of screenwriting.”

“I was in college for 3-½ years and then I thought, you know, I think I’ve got the gist of this.”

“I am bored to tired sobs with the (expletive) subject of myself.”

“Money is power. It’s a reality to billions of women that they don’t have access to the money.”

“It was clear to me that I wasn’t going to be an actor. I don’t like people looking at me.”

“Directing is just more storytelling.”