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Interview with Horton Foote

Jerry Lincecum

Sound | c. 1986

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  •  Foote discusses his writing strategies and process, which include journal writing and meditation  
  •  Foote talks about the inception and development of his Tony Award-winning play The Trip to Bountiful 
  •  Foote on film adaptations and his Academy Award-winning screenplay for To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)  
  •  Foote discusses the process of writing the original screenplay for Tender Mercies (1983), which won Foote a second Academy Award.  
  •  Description of Foote's Orphans' Home Cycle, a trilogy of plays. Each play in the trilogy is comprised of three one-act plays.  
  •  On the decline of the film industry and Foote's forays into filmmaking  
  •  Foote identifies key influences on his work 
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Jerry B. Lincecum (English Professor, specialist of Texas and Southwestern literature, Folklorist) interviews writer Horton Foote. Foote, a native of Wharton, TX, discusses his writing processes from idea to finished product, the writers who influenced him, and how experience informs his writing. He specifically references the experiences of writing Tender Mercies and the screenplay for Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. He also comments on trends and evolution in the Hollywood studio system, and the differences between writing for his own projects versus being a writer for hire.