Robert Towne, known primarily as one of Hollywood’s top screenwriters, presents clips from some of his most lauded films and talks with members of the audience during an extended Q&A period. He wiil then present his latest film, the soon-to-be-released Ask the Dust, starring Colin Farrell and Salma Hayek, which he wrote and directed. Towne began his career as an actor and writer for low-budget impresario Roger Corman. His scriptwriting led to Oscar nominations for The Last Detail (1973) and Shampoo (1975) and one win for Chinatown (1974). Expanding his range, Towne made his directorial debut with the controversial Personal Best (1982) but continued to write, with recent screenplays for the box-office smashes Days of Thunder (1990) and Mission Impossible (I and II; 1996 and 2000).