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ISA's Table Read Event - Elizabeth Kline Has No Friends by Emily Wahlund


Join us online for the celebration of the Grand Prize winning feature script for the Spring 2022 Table Read My Screenplay Competition  - Elizabeth Kline Has No Friends by Emily Wahlund. After being shut out from her friend's wedding, a woman goes on a mission to make a new best friend-- only to discover how hard it is to make friends in your 30s.

"A great script with some thoughtful female characters who have their own voices and intertwine well. It is fun, funny, and entertaining. The writer shows great voice, there is a genuine spark, the characters feel real even at their silliest, while also saying something about friendships in the modern world."

Watch a performance of excerpts from the script, directed by Juanesta C. "Winnie" Holmes (The Upshaws, The Neighborhood, Girlfriends, Mixed-ish), followed by a Q&A with Emily Wahlund, Juanesta C. "Winnie" Holmes, lead actor, Danielle Swanson, and ISA's VP of Development, Felicity Wren.

WHEN: Friday, August 12th at 5pm PT / 8pm ET (Check your time zone)
WHERE: Zoom. A Zoom link will be emailed to you prior to the event.

ASL Interpreters will be present at the event.

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Cast includes: 
Eddie Blackwell (S.W.A.T.) , Madison Boyd (Heart of the Manor), Jennifer Cheung (Attaway General), Ricardo Herranz (Ingobernable), Elena Hollander (Ruby), Sal Rendino (The Americans, One Moment), Peter Schiavelli (Irl), Danielle Swanson (Empire), Ianna Vasale (Slave 4U), Mecca Morgan White (Girlfriends), and ISA's Molly Kasch as narrator. 

Emily Wahlund - Grand Prize Winning Writer
Emily is a writer, director, actor, and mom living in Los Angeles.
Emily grew up in Eden Prairie, Minnesota and received her B.F.A. in acting from Carnegie Mellon University. After moving to Los Angeles, she performed stand-up comedy for many years before moving on to The Groundlings. Upon graduating from the program, Emily realized that her true passion was creating dynamic characters and telling their stories.
Emily has a diverse portfolio of comedies, thrillers, and horror. She aims to write character driven pieces with a strong focus on female voices. Her short film MOMMY has been an official selection at The California Women's Film Festival and the L.A. Women in Film Festival.
Emily's other works have been recognized by The Nicholl's Fellowship, The Austin Film Festival, UCLA, BlueCat Screenplay Competition, WeScreenplay Competition and more.
When Emily is not writing she spends every waking moment with her children -- Collin and Daphne. They are her world.

Juanesta C. "Winnie" Holmes - Director
Juanesta C. “Winnie” Holmes is a Director for sitcoms and episodic television. Juanesta launched her directing career on the hit Netflix series Family Reunion and following her directorial debut she has continued at the helm for several additional episodes. Other series she has directed include Netflix “The Upshaws,” CBS “The Neighborhood,” and Apple’s upcoming half-hour dramedy “Life With Ella.” A seasoned professional in the entertainment industry, Juanesta’s experience has contributed to her rising success as a director. Colleagues and crew members consistently describe Juanesta as warm and optimistic. Her thirty plus years in the television and film industry began as an intern at Paramount Studios. This led to a Production Assistant position in sitcoms. She diligently worked her way up to being an in-demand Script Supervisor on numerous television shows in comedies and dramas. As a Script Supervisor she has worked alongside numerous renowned directors such as, Debbie Allen, Mary Lou Belli, Hanelle Culpepper, Michael Cahill, Anthony Hemingway, Stan Lathan, Gina Prince-Bythewood, and Millicent Shelton to name a few. She has worked for major studios and networks including NBC, CBS, ABC, AMAZON, NETFLIX, HBO, SHOWTIME, DISNEY, WB, TNT, UNIVERSAL, FOX and more.

She was featured on The Entourage Podcast found on Apple podcasts, in the episode titled “Experience is the Best Teacher.” She was also selected as Director for the celebrated “Table Read My Screenplay” event sponsored by the International Screenwriters Association.

Highlighting her diverse strengths and talents, she has competed in numerous team sports and has finished 13 marathons, competed in 5 triathlons, and cycled across America.

Juanesta is extremely close to her almost centenarian father. She is passionate about family and sports. It is her goal to write and direct sports and family related stories.

Juanesta, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, graduated from Texas Christian University with a B.F.A in Radio-TV-Film.

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