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ISA’s Table Read Event: The Surveillance of Ordinary Things by Susan Brunig


Join us online for the celebration of the Grand Prize winning script for the 2021 Table Read My Screenplay Competition: The Surveillance of Ordinary Things by Susan Brunig.

The Surveillance of Ordinary Things is a fun and heart warming story of a middle-aged, suburban housewife who decides to run away and end it all until she stumbles upon an unplugged community of creative misfits and rediscovers the artist she once was.

  • Watch a performance of excerpts from the script, directed by Emmy Award Winning Director, Mary Lou Belli     
  • Q&A with Susan Brunig, Mary Lou Belli, Producer, Carolina Groppa and ISA's VP of Development, Felicity Wren

WHEN: Friday, August 13th at 6pm PT / 9pm ET Check your time zone
WHERE: Zoom. A Zoom link will be emailed to you prior to the event.

Cast includes: Christopher Ammaneul (Black Lightning), Eddie Blackwell (L.A. Macabre), Kevin Brief (Criminal Minds), Elijah Terrell Haney, Molly Kasch (House), Adriana Leonard (Empire), Bob McCracken (Sons of Anarchy), Andre Mathieu, Gilli Messer (Jessie), Jeanette O'Connor (Baskets), Preston Rowland, Kailer Scopacasa, Suanne Spoke (Whiplash), Rose Tablizo and Mecca Morgan White (Girlfriends).

The program can be viewed HERE


Susan Brunig - Grand Prize Winning Writer

Susan Brunig fell in love with Cinema while studying experimental film at Binghamton University but she fell in love with storytelling while working in Post Production at Pixar. Her screenplays have won multiple awards, most recently, the Table Read My Screenplay Genre competition with her indie drama The Surveillance of Ordinary Things. She’s an unflinching examiner of human behavior through the lens of story and is committed to the power and necessity of diverse stories and characters. Susan is a Cinestory Fellowship Winner, NYWIFT Writers Lab alum and Final Draft Big Break Drama Category Winner, focusing primarily on female-driven indie dramas.



Mary Lou Belli - Director

Two time Emmy award-winning MARY LOU BELLI has been directing television for over 30 years including NCIS New Orleans, Black Lightning, Bull, Legacies, Station 19, Sweet Magnolias, Pitch, Monk, Famous In Love, Devious Maids, The Quad, American Woman, and Hart of Dixie as well as Disney’s The Secret of Sulphur Springs, Ms. Pat, Wizards of Waverly Place, Sister, Sister, Girlfriends, and The Game. Her short film, Straight Eye for the Gay Guy won “Best Mini-short” at the California Independent Film Fest where she also premiered I Heard Something, a thriller that went on to play fests internationally. She has done ground-breaking work on web-series. Her award-winning short, America, played its 14th fest on its 4 continent at The Hague and won best short.
   Mary Lou served two terms as the Co-chair of the Women’s Steering Committee at the DGA where she also has served on the Western Director’s Council, presently she is on Leadership Council PAC and as an alternate to the National Board. She is an Honorary Board member of the Alliance of Women Directors and Advisory Board member of Women in Media and a long time member of Women In Film as well as the Peer Group Executive Committee of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
   She has served as judge and/or guest speaker for the CSU Media Arts Fest, a judge for the Miss America Outstanding Teen Pageant, a jury member at the Sapporo Short Festival, Newport Beach Film Fest, Regina International Film Festival, and The Voice awards, a lecturer at the Chautauqua Institute, and a panelist for Women In Film, the DGA, SAG, and AFTRA and the LA Times Festival of Books. She has been a guest artist at the International Thespian Festival for secondary school theatre where she gave workshops to thousands of teens and high school theatre teachers. Through her teaching, she supports many of the vibrant diversity programs including ABC/Disney, CBS, Sony, HBO Access, AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women, and Warner Bros. Directing Workshop mentoring the next generation of directors.

She is the co-author of four books: “The NEW Sitcom Career Book,” "Acting for Young Actors," and “Directors Tell the Story” which she co-wrote with fellow DGA member Bethany Rooney. Her 4th book, "Acting for the Screen" was published by Focal Press summer 2019.


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