Writer-director John Landgraf has written a memoir about growing up in a dysfunctional family, writing and directing films that included a hit documentary about heroin addiction.
John Landis, who lives in New Jersey, will receive the Pen 15 Writer’s Award from the American Film Institute at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif.
He was also the recipient of the John W. Landis Fellowship at The New School for Social Research.
The award, which is given to a writer of “a life of passionate, creative, and distinctive writing,” honors the “perseverance, integrity, and passion of a writer whose work reflects an extraordinary humanity.”
John Landi, the John Landas Film Award winner, and wife, Linda, will be presented the 2017 PEN/The Writers Guild of America Screenwriter of the Year Award.
In his new memoir, Landi said his family struggles with drug addiction but he also learned to live with it, and how it could impact his ability to make a living.
“I had to deal with my parents’ drug use.
I had to cope with the fact that my father would say, ‘Well, you don’t know what’s going on in the world,’ ” Landis said.
My parents are older than me. “
I’m the youngest son in the family.
My parents are older than me.
My father’s a big man.
But, you know, the thing about drugs is, they’re the thing that you learn from. “
So when I was growing up, I was constantly dealing with the drug issues of my father.
But, you know, the thing about drugs is, they’re the thing that you learn from.
Landis’ documentary, which he shot in New York City and California, won the National Film Board of Canada’s Screenplay award for best documentary. “
The thing that I’m really proud of is that I’ve managed to do that.”
Landis’ documentary, which he shot in New York City and California, won the National Film Board of Canada’s Screenplay award for best documentary.
He also directed a film about heroin for HBO called The End.
In a press release, the PEN said that it will honor writers who “invent, invent, invent.”
It also announced that the annual John W Landis Film Award will be given out in February at the Screenwriters Guild of Canada in Toronto.
“John Landis is a writer with a life of extraordinary passion, and we are honored to honor his extraordinary legacy with this prestigious award,” said Pauline Landis-Foster, PEN president and CEO.
“His films are a tribute to his extraordinary talents, his commitment to the craft of filmmaking and to the creative process, and his willingness to take risks that challenged him to become the kind of filmmaker he is today.”
“A life that is lived with love and empathy, of a life that speaks for itself and reflects a life grounded in truth, and of a human being who finds joy in the things that are in him, will inspire the next generation of filmmakers and the next generations of writers,” Landis added.
Landi’s first feature film, 2004’s The Unseen, won an Academy Award for Best Picture.
“We’re thrilled that the PENS recognizes the work that John Land has accomplished, and will give him this recognition,” said John Landlius, president of the PENN.
“Our writers have a vital role in shaping our society, and it’s not only because of the work they do, but also because they inspire so many others.
John and Linda Landis married in 1993. “
As a producer, I’m excited to work with John to help him continue to produce and distribute new works, and as a filmmaker, I know that I can be inspired by the talent of our writers,” said producer Michael Landlii, a longtime friend of John’s.
John and Linda Landis married in 1993.
They have four children: Jodie, Jennifer, and James.
They both graduated from Stanford University.