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Just us for this live conversation with 2020 BendFilm Festival First Feature honorees Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden, hosted by Scott Mantz. Hear how they pulled together their first feature, HALF NELSON, and turned that film's success into a filmmaking career.

Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden recently co-wrote and directed CAPTAIN MARVEL. In 2006, Fleck and Boden wrote, produced, directed, and edited the feature film HALF NELSON starring Ryan Gosling, who received his first Academy Award® nomination and Spirit Award win for his performance. The film also won Movie of the Year at the AFI Awards, received Spirit Award nominations for Best Screenplay, Director, and Feature Film, and Fleck won Best Director at several regional festivals and critics group awards including the Gotham Awards, Boston Society of Film Critics’, New York Film Critics Circle and the Philadelphia Film Festival. Fleck and Boden next wrote and directed SUGAR, an introspective immigrant, sports drama following the life of a talented Dominican baseball player, which won Movie of the Year at the AFI Awards and received a Spirit Award nomination for Best Screenplay. In 2010, Fleck and Boden wrote and directed IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY starring Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifianakis and Zoë Kravitz. Their next project, MISSISSIPPI GRIND, starred Ben Mendelsohn and Ryan Reynolds and was released by A24 to critical acclaim. In television, Fleck and Boden have directed episodes of HBO’s ROOM 104 and LOOKING, as well as Showtime’s BILLIONS and THE AFFAIR. They most recently directed 4 episodes of MRS. AMERICA starring Cate Blanchett for FX on Hulu.

Scott “Movie” Mantz is a recipient of the ICG Publicists Guild Press Award (honoring outstanding entertainment journalism), and a member of the Producers Guild of America and the Critic’s Choice Association. He is a longtime host, correspondent, film critic and Emmy-nominated producer, whose credits include Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, The TODAY Show, KTLA-TV, CNN and The Official Live Golden Globes Red Carpet Preshow. He is an in-demand moderator of panels, press conferences and FYC guild Q&As for many Oscar-winning movies, most notably “Parasite,” “1917,” “Judy,” “Green Book,” “Roma,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “La La Land” and “The Shape of Water.” Mantz is also the host of the online movie shows “For Your Consideration” (for Collider) and “You Know That Scene” (for Focus Features).

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