Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Michael Scott Myers is 2016 Guest of Honor




Robert E. Howard Days is proud to announce that our 2016 Guest of Honor is Michael Scott Myers, the screenwriter for The Whole Wide World.

Howard fans and movie buffs alike know that this 1996 movie is Mr. Myers adaptation of Novalyne Price Ellis' memoir novel, One Who Walked Alone, an account of the time she spent with Robert E. Howard in Cross Plains. The Whole Wide World, starring Vincent D'Onofrio and Renee Zellweger, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1996 and won the Seattle Film Festival award later that same year. Mr. Myers was later nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for best first screenplay (along with Zellweger for Best Actress) and won the 1997 Lone Star Award (for films shot in Texas) for best screenplay.

What some people do not know is that Michael Scott Myers is a former student of Novalyne Price Ellis when she taught in Lafayette, Louisiana. With this year being the 20th anniversary of TWWW and the 30th anniversary of Mrs. Ellis novel, Mr. Myers is double qualified to be the Howard Days Guest of Honor!

In addition to LOWDOWN, a short film which won first prize at the Ft. Worth Film Festival in 1998 and the River Run Film Festival in 1999, Myers completed four other screenplay adaptations - TO THE BRIGHT AND SHINING SUN by James Lee Burke, BLOOD TEST by Edward DeAngelo for CBS, COME AND GO MOLLY SNOW for Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions and FINE LINES by Simon Beckett. His most recent project is THE BLACK MASS OF BROTHER SPRINGER, adapted from the novel by Charles Willeford.

Michael currently lives back in Lafayette and is the creator and curator of the Cane Fire Film Series which runs monthly at the Acadiana Center for the Arts.

While at Howard Days this year, we'll have a screening of The Whole Wide World with additional commentary by the movie's screenwriter. Michael will also tell of his time spent with Novalyne Price Ellis and he will be the keynote speaker at the Friday Celebration Banquet.


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