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Academy Award winners come to UNCW

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Two Academy award-winning screenwriters are in the port city. UNCW's film department invited these two Oscar-worthy men to speak about their experiences.

Living in "Hollywood East," students at UNCW are the future of the movie industry. They are taking this opportunity to learn as much as they can.

Nat Faxon and Jim Rash are talking about their award winning film and some of the creative, editing, or directing decisions they made during its making.

"It was very exciting. It was an out of body experience winning, or just to be there, to be nominated. All those things were out of body experiences," Jim Rash says.

They are sharing all kinds of different stories from their hardest struggles to their most embarrassing auditions.

Faxon says it would have been nice to get an insider's perspective on the industry before graduating college.

"Sort of tell me what it's like because you get to Hollywood and it's this massive game and no one really teaches you how to play. It takes a few years to understand what's going on and what the game is," Faxon says.

It was definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity for students. They say this will help them after graduation.

"Especially for students here because the kids at this college are the future of the film industry and the writing industry. We're going to be the ones out there in just a few years and to hear from people who have experience with that and have won Oscars even, it's just an amazing opportunity," Caleb Stewart a film studies and creative writing major says.

"I know coming out of college it can be really difficult, especially acting to get yourself grounded to get a solid footing and know what to do so having them here to speak to us about that is really helpful," Elizabeth Bernardo a theatre major says.

Faxon and Rash are currently writing two different scripts and working on publicity for "The Way, Way Back," which comes out July 5th. UNCW is hosting an advanced screening of the movie which was written and directed by Faxon and Rash tomorrow night at 7:00.

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