In Their Shoes...® provides Nantucket Film Festival audiences with an in-depth and revealing glimpse into the work of major screenwriters, actors, and other film artists. These hour-long conversations are always among the highlights of the festival, with past talks including many of our past Screenwriters Tribute honorees as well the likes of Robin Wright, Glenn Close, Frank Langella, Jim Carrey, and Meg Ryan.

Presented by Cecelia Joyce Johnson

 A  discussion between NFF’s Oscar® -winning Screenwriters Tribute recipient, Tom McCarthy, Emmy Award-winning Actor Bobby Cannavale, and Chris Matthews. They will talk about their bodies of work and the importance of shining a light on today’s key issues, including the relevance of the media. This conversation is sure to be a memorable one.

Tom McCarthy

Tom McCarthy is an Oscar®-winning filmmaker—a prolific writer, director, actor, and producer. McCarthy’s most recent film, Spotlight, which he wrote and directed, won the Oscar for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay (for McCarthy and co-writer Josh Singer). McCarthy began his career as a working actor, then burst onto the filmmaking scene with his critically acclaimed first feature, The Station Agent, starring Michelle Williams, Peter Dinklage, Bobby Cannavale, and Patricia Clarkson. Other credits include the critically acclaimed The Visitor, Up, and Win Win. McCarthy is also currently working on projects such as the Netflix series 13 Reason Why and the just announced Christopher Robin.


Bobby Cannavale

Bobby Cannavale is a critically-acclaimed actor whose feature film roles include Win Win, The Station Agent, Ant-Man, Chef, and the upcoming Going Places. He received Emmy Awards for his roles on Boardwalk Empire and Will & Grace, and was twice Emmy-nominated for Nurse Jackie. Other TV work includes Vinyl, Master of None, and the upcoming season of Mr. Robot. On the stage, Cannavale has appeared in The Big Knife, Glengarry Glen Ross, and received Tony nominations for both Mauritius and The Motherf**ker with the Hat, winning a Drama Desk Award for the latter.


Event: Thursday, June 22 At Dreamland Main Theater
Conversation at 4:30 Pm


Hosted by Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews brings the outspoken and impeccable interviewing skills he has honed on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews engage renowned Festival guests in in-depth conversations. Here at the Nantucket Film Festival, Matthews has delved into the lives and careers of Nancy Meyers, Vera Farmiga, Charlie Kaufman, David O. Russell, Spike Jonze, and Steve Martin.



Join the award winning co-creators of Showtime’s Episodes in a lively discussion with Ophira Eisenberg about their careers, writer's room secrets, and on set bloopers. Having worked on some of the most beloved sitcoms of the 1990s, these two have a treasure trove of stories and advice. Crane and Klarik are to receive NFF's Creative Impact in Television Writing Award.

David Crane

David Crane is best known as the Emmy® award winning co-creator of Friends. Crane also co-created the Kirstie Alley comedy Veronica’s Closet, The Powers That Be, and the much-beloved HBO series, Dream On, for which he received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. Crane is currently the co-creator with Jeffrey Klarik of Showtime's Episodes, starring Matt LeBlanc, which is about to launch its fifth and final season.

Jeffrey Klarik

Jeffrey Klarik has been a television writer and producer for over 25 years. Klarik's work on the hit comedy Mad About You earned him a Golden Globe award and a Emmy® nomination. With David Crane, he co-created the award winning comedy The Class and Showtime's Episodes. Klarik directed all seven episodes of the final season of the show.

Event: Saturday, June 24 At Dreamland Studio Theater
Conversation at 2:30 Pm


Hosted by Ophira Eisenberg

Ophira Eisenberg is a comic, writer, and the host of NPR’s trivia comedy show Ask Me Another, where she has interviewed and played silly games with the likes of Patrick Stewart, Penn Jillette, Ethan Hawke, Uzo Aduba, Natasha Lyonne, Lewis Black, and Aimee Mann. She has appeared on HBO’s Girls, The Late Late Show, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, and Today, as well as on Comedy Central and VH1.