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'Cosmos' Writer-Director Ann Druyan Is Coming to AFI's 2014 Sloan Seminar

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood April 24, 2014 at 2:58PM

The AFI Conservatory’s 2014 Sloan Seminar guest will be Ann Druyan, who writes, executive producers and directs the buzzy science documentary series “Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey,” which follows up on the original Carl Sagan PBS series from 1980.
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Ann Druyan
Ann Druyan

The AFI Conservatory’s 2014 Sloan Seminar guest will be Ann Druyan, who writes, executive producers and directs the buzzy science documentary series “Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey,” which follows up on the original Carl Sagan PBS series from 1980.

Druyan, who previously served as Creative Director on NASA's Voyager Interstellar Message Project, will speak to AFI Conservatory Fellows on campus May 2. The Sloan Seminar is held only once a year and features a select filmmaker whose work in science and technology has greatly impacted the art form.

Past participants include performance-capture guru Andy Serkis and "Breaking Bad" showrunner Vince Gilligan.

Our TOH! review of “Cosmos” is here.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.