We could not be more delighted to have writer/director Paul Haggis as our 2011 Screenwriters Tribute Honoree. Haggis first gained recognition in Hollywood after writing Million Dollar Baby, directed by Clint Eastwood and garnering Haggis his first Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. In 2005, Haggis wrote and directed Crash, which went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay for Haggis.
His next collaboration with Clint Eastwood were the WWII companion pieces Flags of our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima (Academy Award nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay) and since then, he was written and directed films like In the Valley of Elah and The Next Three Days. Haggis' work also extends off the screen. He is currently writing a highly anticipated exposé on the Church of Scientology as well as serving as co-founder of Artists for Peace and Justice, an organization that is dedicated to improving schools, hospitals and general living conditions in Haiti. To get to a free screenwriting tips from Haggis himself, check out this link from the Dialogue Series!