AFI Fest: Saoirse Ronan, Jason Segel, Olivia Wilde Set for THR Indie Contenders Roundtable

Ramin Bahrani, Blythe Danner, Tom McCarthy, Sarah Silverman and Lily Tomlin will also join THR's Scott Feinberg for a 90-minute conversation on Nov. 8.
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Saoirse Ronan in 'Brooklyn,' Jason Segel in 'The End of the Tour' and Olivia Wilde in 'Meadowland'

An eclectic group of eight filmmakers who have received acclaim for their work on independent films in 2015 — and, in many cases, other years as well — will appear on the AFI Fest's second annual Indie Contenders Roundtable, presented by The Hollywood Reporter and moderated by yours truly, at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8, in Hollywood.

They are Ramin Bahrani (writer-director, 99 Homes), Blythe Danner (lead actress, I'll See You in My Dreams), Tom McCarthy (writer-director, Spotlight), Saoirse Ronan (lead actress, Brooklyn), Jason Segel (supporting actor, The End of the Tour), Sarah Silverman (lead actress, I Smile Back), Lily Tomlin (lead actress, Grandma) and Olivia Wilde (lead actress, Meadowland)

The 90-minute conversation — which will touch on the panelists' 2015 work, as well as their overall careers, influences, and the challenges and rewards of working on indies — will take place at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel's AFI Fest Cinema Lounge in front of a crowd of 200 AFI Fest badgeholders and ticketholders.

Video of the full conversation will subsequently appear on this blog.

The panelists for the inaugural edition in 2014 — the entirety of which you can watch here — were J.C. Chandor, Damien Chazelle, Marion Cotillard, Jake Gyllenhaal, Bill Hader, Michelle Monaghan, Kristen Stewart and Tilda Swinton.

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