2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Always Talk to Strangers: Telling True Stories

Monday, March 16
3:30PM - 4:30PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 15
Austin Convention Center


How do you make an amazing true story into an equally amazing magazine piece, book, feature film, documentary, TV show or anything else? What are the secrets of finding great subjects, how do you get them to talk to you, and how to do connect the loose ends of real life when you need to tie up a narrative? Journalists Joshuah Bearman (ARGO) & Joshua Davis (SPARE PARTS) have written dozens of nonfiction stories for The New Yorker, This American Life, Wired, Rolling Stone and more. Most of their work has been optioned and adapted into movies and shows. They are the cofounders of Epic Magazine, a new online publishing venture and production company devoted to finding and adapting great true stories. They are joined by filmmaker Chris Smith (AMERICAN MOVIE, COLLAPSE) and more in a candid discussion about nonfiction storytelling and what to do when you meet a weirdo.


Chris Smith


Blue Mark Productions

Chris Smith's documentary credits include AMERICAN MOVIE, THE YES MEN, COLLAPSE & THE JEFFREY DAHMER FILES.

Joshuah Bearman


Epic Magazine


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