Tribeca Talks: Director's Series - Alexander Payne with Dick Cavett

Tribeca Talks: Directors Series

60 MINUTES

TRIBECA TALKS: DIRECTOR'S SERIES - ALEXANDER PAYNE WITH DICK CAVETT

Academy Award-winner Alexander Payne will discuss his career as the writer/director of notable satires and dark comedies Election, Citizen Ruth and Downsizing, as well as family comedy-dramas The Descendants, About Schmidt and Nebraska. Payne will be joined by the renowned comedian and former television host, Dick Cavett, whose work on the Dick Cavett Show landed him three Emmy Awards. The two Nebraska natives will discuss their lives as creators and the nuances of telling a great story.

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Alexander Payne

Alexander Payne

Alexander Payne was born in Rome, the son of a sculptor father and professor mother, and was raised largely in Scotland and Benin. He left Stanford after two years to work as a salmon fisherman, a bus driver, a pool man and a translator. A lifelong asthmatic, he moved to Nebraska for theraputic reasons and grew so fascinated by the rituals and customs of the American plains that he picked up a movie camera as a way of documenting them before they vanish forever. After seven feature films, he is currently at work on his second volume of poetry; his first, Shadings and Shadowings, was published in 1991.