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Lessons From A Hollywood Director With Ken Kwapis – Ep #159

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Ken Kwapis has been a motion picture and television director for four decades Hedirected eleven feature films among them A Walk In The Woods Big Miracle He s JustNot That Into You and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Kwapis helped launch nine television series including The Larry Sanders Show TheBernie Mac Show and The Office He earned an Emmy nomination for directing theGay Witch Hunt episode of The Office He also earned an Emmy nomination for hiswork as a producer-director of Malcolm In the Middle Kwapis contributed episodes tosuch shows Freaks and Geeks Parks and Recreation Santa Clarita Diet and OneMississippi Most recently he directed the entire second season of Space Force He is currently prepping the feature Thelma based on the real-life story of the mother of John Kennedy Toole author of A Confederacy of Dunces Toole died before his novelwas published and his mother Thelma spent over a decade trying to find a home for herson s masterpiece In addition to his film and television work Kwapis is the author of the memoir But What I Really Want To Do is Direct published by St Martin s Press Kwapis studied filmmaking at Northwestern University and the University ofSouthern California He won the Student Academy Award in Dramatic Achievementfor his USC film For Heaven s Sake a contemporary

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