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ISA’s Table Read Event: Offbeat by Marshall Gillson


Join us online for the celebration of the Grand prize-winning script for the 2020 Table Read My Screenplay Competition: OffBeat by Marshall "gripp" Gillson.

This pilot will have you laughing and contemplating important issues like misogyny and the effect of success. The table read will be directed by Randall Winston (Mixed-ish, Scrubs) and produced by Dan Samiljan. Cast includes: Baiinga Bangura, Anthony M. Bertram, Jackson Davis, Karen Eilbacher, Kim Estes, Borge Etienne, Ivana Lis, Keyara Milliner, Tiana Okoye, Claudia Restrepo, Kelsey Scott and Eddie Williams.
The table read will be followed by a Q&A with Marshall Gillson, Randall Winston and Dan Samiljan.

WHEN: Friday, November 20th at 5pm PST / 8pm EST. Check your time zone

WHERE: Zoom. A Zoom link will be emailed to you prior to the event. 















Marshall "gripp" Gillson - Grand Prize Winning Writer

Photo by: Carlie Febo

Marshall "gripp" Gillson is a writer / programmer / educator based primarily on the internet. Marshall graduated from Morehouse College in 2009 and the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2012. Their work is multimedia and interdisciplinary, ranging from written word to performance art to electronic installation. Their original pilot, Offbeat, was the Grand Prize winner of the 2020 Table Read My Screenplay competition. In 2018, their short script Shyla won the Bolt by Barnstorm festival. The resulting film was selected by the 2019 Roxbury International Film Festival where Marshall was awarded the Kay Bourne Emerging Filmmaker Award. Their scripts were also recognized by the 2020 SUNYWide Film Festival, The Film Empire's 2019 Diversity Mentorship Program, and the 2017 Hollywood Just4Shorts Film and Screenplay Competition. In 2019, they co-wrote and co-produced the afrofuturistic stageplay SPIRIT, which premiered in October at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
In addition to scriptwriting, Marshall has presented work in a variety of forms.
They have appeared on stage as an actor and a poet, self-published and been printed in literary magazines, built digital chapbooks and Twitter bots, and taught college courses and workshops. Much of their work is fantastical, surreal, and absurdist. Their art confronts race, gender, mental imbalance, loneliness, existential dread, and sometimes robots. In their spare time, they enjoy board games, avoiding attention, and writing biographies in the third person.

Randall Keenan Winston - Director

Randall Winston is the producer and director of many beloved comedy series including Grace & Frankie, Scrubs, Cougar Town, and Spin City. A native of Detroit, Randall studied Communications at Ohio University before heading west to follow his dreams. After sneaking onto the Paramount lot to hand out his resume, someone asked 6’6” Winston to help hang a picture in his office and the next thing he knew, Randall was working for legendary writer/producer Gary David Goldberg (Family Ties). Randall is currently Executive Producer of ABC’s hit comedies American Housewife and Mixed-ish. He resides in Los Angeles with his husband Michael, their children Spencer and Marlo, and dog Sunny.



Dan Samiljan - Producer

Dan Samiljan is a writer and director based in Los Angeles, CA. He started his career as a producer and editor for the Safdie Brothers before moving to Los Angeles to pursue directing. Over the past few years, Dan has created content for NBC and TBS as well as numerous short films and music videos, which have played at film festivals around the world, including SXSW, Slamdance, Palm Springs, and Austin Film Fest. Most recently, Dan was invited by 20th Digital Studios to write and direct the short film The Gillymuck for Hulu’s first annual Huluween Film Fest, which is now being developed into a feature film. Dan is currently Head of Development for Randall Winston's Stellinc and helped bring ABC’s groundbreaking hit comedy series Mixedish to the air.



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