Program for Friday, April 11
Story Day 2014 will examine moving images: animation, feature documentary and television, as well as short documentary and video. Through an engaging and interactive series of discussions with accomplished storytellers, the audience will take part in a fun and informative day that will also feature interactive storytelling, winners of the student contest, and presentation of the 2014 Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square to Emmy-winning screenwriter, producer and actor Danny Strong, who will also deliver the keynote address.
Strong’s "Game Change," the 2012 HBO production about the 2008 presidential election, won a Golden Globe, a primetime Emmy, a Writers Guild of America Award and a Producers Guild of America Award. His 2008 HBO film "Recount," about the 2000 presidential election, won a primetime Emmy. Strong also wrote Lee Daniels' "The Butler" and "Mockingjay," the two-part "Hunger Games" finale set for release later this year and in 2015.
Strong is also an accomplished Hollywood actor, having played roles in the TV series "Mad Men," "Grey's Anatomy," "How I Met Your Mother," "Seinfeld," "Gilmore Girls" and, early in his career, the character Jonathan Levinson in the hit show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." He also acted as a producer on many of his projects, including "The Butler," "Game Change" and "Recount."
Story Day is the annual conference for Story in the Public Square, a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal that studies and celebrates public storytelling.
9-9:25 - Arrival and coffee
9:25-9:35 - Welcomes and housekeeping
Announcement and logistics of on-site audience filmmaking: open to all, but voluntary
9:35-9:45 - First audience poll
9:45-10:35 - Animation block
Agnieszka Woznicka, animation artist and associate professor, Rhode Island School of Design. (15 minutes for screening of maker's work, 35 minutes for presentation, discussion, audience Q&A)
Moderator: Karen Bordeleau
10:35-10:50 - Audience filmmaking and break
10:50-11:35 - Feature documentary block
Teja Arboleda, documentarian, writer, and educator (15 minutes for screening of maker's work, 35 minutes for presentation, discussion, audience Q&A)
Moderator: Michael Budd
11:35-11:40 - Second audience poll
11:40-11:50 - Audience filmmaking and break
11:50-noon - Transportation to Ochre Court for lunch
Noon-1 - Lunch at Ochre Court
1:15-2 - Pell Center Prize presentation and keynote address
Danny Strong, on Hollywood public storytelling. Followed by 15 minute Q&A.
2-2:05 - Student contest winners
2:05-2:10 - Third audience poll
2:10-3 - TV block
Jim Taricani, investigative television reporter, WJAR-TV, NBC 10 (15 minutes for screening of maker's work, 35 minutes for presentation, discussion, audience Q&A)
Moderator: G. Wayne Miller
3-3:10 - Audience filmmaking and break
3:10-4 - Short documentary/video block
Kendall Moore, University of Rhode Island (15 minutes for screening of maker's work, 35 minutes for presentation, discussion, audience Q&A)
Moderator: Jamie McGuire
4-4:05 - Fourth and final audience poll
4:05-4:15 - Discussion of audience poll questions
4:15-4:45 - Showing and discussion of audience films
4:45-5 - Conclusion and farewell
5-7:30 - Dinner, at a place of one's choosing
7:30 - Screening of Danny Strong's award-winning "Game Change"