Adapting for the Screen


A discussion among producers, writers and directors Carl Effenson (Producer of Mudbound), Devon Jersild (co-writer of Benjamin’s Crossing) and Mark Gordon (Writer/Director of Awakening in Taos). Each of the participants has completed or is working on film projects adapted from literature. The conversation is about the joys and challenges of translating a previously published book into the medium of film. Themes of the films include women’s issues, equality, finding one’s own unique voice as a writer, and bringing intimate subjects onto a world stage. Each of the filmmakers will share personal experiences of working on long-term and meaningful projects outside mainstream Hollywood. This includes the inside story about the trials and tribulations of the day-to-day hard work that is “the glamour of filmmaking!” Don’t miss this stimulating morning about how to adapt books for the screen.


Associated Film: Mudbound Trailer

Date/Time: Saturday, June 9, 10:00am

Venue: MSU Reynolds Recital Hall in Howard Hall


Devon Jersild is co-writer of the screenplay Benjamin’s Crossing. Winner of the O. Henry prize, she has published a range of fiction and nonfiction (Happy Hours: Alcohol in a Woman’s Life), and is a clinical psychologist with a full-time psychotherapy practice.

Carl Effenson is a Texas based film producer—his film Mudbound was released by Netflix and nominated for four Academy Awards at the 2018 Oscars.

Mark Gordon has dedicated the past 10 years bringing Awakening in Taos: The Mabel Dodge Luhan Story to life. It is his first feature length biographical documentary.