Author, screenwriter, and radio personality David Congalton will present “George Clooney Laughed: (Mostly) True Tales of a Hollywood Writer” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, at Capen Auditorium. The talk will follow the free screening of his mockumentary Authors Anonymous, and Congaltonwill discuss the process of writing for film with the audience. The movie, directed by Ellie Kanner, stars Kaley Cuoco, Chris Klein, Teri Polo, and the late Dennis Farina in his final screen role.
An Illinois State alumnus, former newspaper columnist, and freelance magazine writer, Congalton continues to be a popular radio talk show host in central California and is about to celebrate his 24th anniversary on the air. Congalton is also a producer on the upcoming horror/thriller Day Six, currently in post-production.
A second original screenplay by Congalton, Seven Sisters, is currently in pre-production with director Danny Leiner (The Sopranos and The Great New Wonderful) attached. Award-winning producer Seth Caplan (In Search of a Midnight Kiss) is producing.
Congalton is also the author of two award-winning, nonfiction books related to animals, Three Cats, Two Dogs, One Journey Through Multiple Pet Loss and When Your Pet Outlives You: Protecting Animal Companions After You Die, both from NewSage Press.
He is also a fixture on the speaking circuit throughout California, regularly sharing his experiences with writing clubs and conferences. His website is davidcongalton.com.
The talk is in honor of the 10th annual ISU Doc Project Film Festival, part of Communication Week at Illinois State. The event is sponsored by Illinois State's School of Communication, Office of the President, the Harold K. Sage Fund, the Illinois State University Foundation.
The President's Speaker Series seeks to bring innovative and enlightening speakers to the campus with the aim of providing the community with a platform to foster dialogue, cultivate enriching ideas, and continue an appreciation of learning as an active and lifelong process. All talks are free and open to the public.
For more information, or if you need special accommodations to fully participate in the Speaker Series, contact Julie Barnhill, director of Presidential and Trustee Events, at jtbarnh@IllinoisState.edu or (309) 438-8790.