Keynote Speaker 

Charles Randolph

Charles Randolph, an American screenwriter and producer for film and television, is known for hard-hitting films. He started his career with The Life of David Gale (2003), then The Interpreter (2005), Love & Other Drugs (2010), The Big Short (2015), and now Bombshell.


Randolph received the Writers Guild of America West’s 2020 Paul Selvin Award in February of this year for his screenplay Bombshell, which he co-produced with Charlize Theron and Jay Roach.


In 2015, Randolph won the Academy Award for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay along with Adam McKay for co-writing The Big Short. In 2016, Randolph and McKay won Writers Guild, Academy and BAFTA Awards for the adapted screenplay for The Big Short.


Randolph was born in Nashville, Tennessee. After graduating from Yale Divinity School he worked as a cultural studies and philosophy professor at various universities in Vienna Austria (including Webster Vienna Private University) in the 1990s.

In 1997, Randolph spent a weekend giving lectures at the University of Southern California. From a chance meeting with someone who worked for the Farrelly brothers, Randolph was inspired to attempt screenwriting.

The 10th Annual SUNYWide Film Festival will be hosted by Purchase College, SUNY at a date yet to be determined due to Covid-19 pandemic. 

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