Award-winning filmmaker Debra Granik is set to headline Spalding University’s Festival of Contemporary Writing in November. Along with her partner, Anne Rosellini, Granik received multiple Academy Award nominations for the film Winter’s Bone, which the duo co-wrote and which Granik directed. Granik’s talk takes place in Spalding University’s Auditorium, 824 S. Fourth Street, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 13. The event is free, ticketless, and open to the public.
Granik grew up in Washington, D.C., and received her MFA from the graduate film program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Granik won Best Director at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 for her first feature-length film, Down to the Bone. The film adaptation of Winter’s Bone received the 2010 Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic Film and Best Screenplay Award. The film received four Academy Award nominations in 2011 for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Actress for Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence.
Granik’s appearance headlines Spalding’s Festival of Contemporary Writing, November 10-15. The festival is Kentucky’s largest and most prestigious spring-fall reading series. Past guests include Jacqueline Woodson, Gregory Orr, Ernest J. Gaines, Yusef Komunyakaa, Pico Iyer, Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket), Bobby Moresco, Heather Raffo, and many others.
The festival is part of Spalding’s brief-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program. The four-semester program in creative writing offers concentrations in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, writing for children and young adults, playwriting, and screenwriting. Fall and Spring semesters begin in Louisville in November and May, respectively, while a summer semester with residency abroad begins in June or July and is designed to fit teachers’ schedules. For more information, see www.spalding.edu/mfa.