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The Main Event - A Storytellers Panel & Showcase with the ISA


The ISA is proud to be hosting this Sundance Institute sanctioned event at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. 

Venue: O. P. Rockwell, 268 Main Street, Park City, Utah 84060 

Theme: How To Establish Your Voice in Independent Film and Beyond - A day of special events for Screenwriters and Filmmakers 

Register for the entire day of events or you may register for each event individually.


(Your RSVP does not guarantee entry. It is first come, first serve upon arrival.)



9:00 am - 10:30 am: *Complimentary Breakfast with consultant, Jen Grisanti
How writers can unlock their work. Getting noticed in this industry goes beyond the obvious need to network, to be social, and get your face out there. It's one thing to promote yourself and show the higher-ups that you're a pleasure to work with, but it's something entirely different to prove it on the page. The ISA's Director of Community Outreach, Max Timm, will sit with one of the industry's top screenwriting consultants, Jen Grisanti, to chat about a variety of ways to ensure that your project is and remains memorable in the minds of all who read it. We will also discuss the benefits of the writing fellowships and screenplay contests, how fierce the competition is, what kind of expectations you should and should not have, and how you - as a writer and filmmaker - can rise above the competition and launch your career in the right direction.


International speaker, JEN GRISANTI, is an acclaimed story and career consultant with her own firm, Jen Grisanti Consultancy, Inc., and a writing instructor for Writers on the Verge at NBC. She spent 12 years as a studio executive, including working as Head of Current Programming at Spelling Television and VP of Current Programming at CBS/Paramount. Jen also blogs for The Huffington Post and is the author of Story Line: Finding Gold In Your Life Story; TV Writing Tool Kit: How To Write a Script That Sells; and her new book, Change Your Story, Change Your Life: A Path To Your Success. 


11:15 am – 12:00 pm: Keynote by James V. Hart
How to Lift Yourself Above the Noise and Make Your Original Voice Stand Out - with the award-winning writer James V. Hart.

JAMES V. HART (J.V.) was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and grew up in Ft. Worth Texas on Drive-In Movies and Saturday Matinees. His writing/producing credits include; Hook, directed by Steven Spielberg based on an idea by Hart's then 6 year old Son, Jake, Bram Stroker's Dracula, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, Muppet Treasure Island, directed by Brian Henson, and Contact, directed by Robert Zemeckis. 


Hart is an Executive Producer and co-writer on the animated feature, Epic, with children's book illustrator and home town friend, SMU graduate, William Joyce, and director-animator Chris Wedge, who created Ice Age and Robots with Joyce released in 2013.


TV projects include The Republic of Pirates, a.k.a. Crossbones, for NBC with Texas born writing partner, Amanda Welles, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr. series projects, Sirens of Titan, Player Piano, and 2BR02B, with his son, Jake Hart, for SYFY and UCP. Steelskin his new project for Actor/Director, Andy Serkis, and August Rush producer, Richard Lewis, is in development at Fox.


Hart's world renowned story mapping tool app, THE HART CHART, went online at the 2015 Austin Film Festival.


12:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Panel Q & A with Top Industry Professionals  

The ISA sponsored Panel will discuss the benefits of Agents, Mangers, Contests, Screenwriting Events, and Festivals to focus on what you can do to get yourself noticed and launched onto the career path you want. Hosted by the ISA’s Director of Community Outreach, Max Timm.  


Now that we know how important it is to focus on the work, and creating a unique and memorable story, this panel will detail how writers and filmmakers can utilize the professional relationships in your career life, how to navigate the agent/manager world, the best screenwriting contests to enter and why, and what to expect if and when your film is accepted into a film festival. The film festival circuit is as big as it has ever been, and planning for submission to the festivals is a daunting process. Through this panel, you will learn from a variety of industry professionals the realities of the independent world, how to approach your career from the bottom up, and the expectations you should keep and cherish throughout the long and twisting ride to the top. 

2:30 pm -­ 4:00 pm: Showcase of Scenes from Scripts by Table Read My Screenplay Contest Grand Prize Winners & Sundance Institute Feature Film Program
The ISA presents a table read of selected scenes by the Pilot and Feature Grand Prize Winning screenplays from the 2016 Table Read My Screenplay – Park City. The Feature Film Program from the Sundance Institute will also select a winning writer to have their work included in this special event. Professional actors will read the scenes aloud, allowing the writers and audience the chance to watch the written word come to life. This is an uplifting and enlightening experience for screenwriters and filmmakers alike, as the potential of these scripts are realized. See Showcase Details below.


4:00 pm – 7:00 pm: *Complimentary Cocktail Reception w/ Live Music by Melinda Ortner
The ISA will then host a Cocktail Reception sponsored by Stella Artois for all to attend. It will be a chance to chat with the professionals on the panel, actors and writers from the table read, and to introduce yourself and your talent to each other and the staff of the ISA. 


*Complimentary breakfast and evening cocktails available while supplies last. 



STEVEN ADAMS Manager/Producer Steven Adams is Head of Buffalo 8 Management, previously owner of Manager/Production Company Alta Entertainment. His first experiences were with The Paradigm Talent and Literary Agency, and Landmark Artist Management. Adams served as VFX Executive Producer with Paris based VFX house BUF. His VFX EP credits include Thor, James Cameron's Avatar, Green Lantern, Ang Lee's Life of Pi and more. He has produced the Peabody Award winning A Huey P. Newton Story, God's Waiting List, and Justice, as well as TV credits - The Culture Clash Show, Dead Souls and many more! Adams also served as President of FilmPro Finance Events and Conferences, developing business for film finance based clients. 


MICHELE TURNURE-SALLEO is a producer with over 18 years experience in the US and internationally. As an indie producer, and later as a staff producer for Banff Center for the Arts, Associate Director of Film Arts Foundation, and in her current position as Director of Filmmaker360 at San Francisco Film Society, she has helped guide hundreds of indie filmmakers through the film process. Turnure-Salleo oversees major grants, residencies and project development programs. Films include Sundance 2013 award winning film, Fruitvale (Station), Beasts of the Southern Wild - Sundance 2012 Grand Jury Prize and many more award winning films. Turnure-Salleo was associate producer on the Academy Award nominated Regret to Inform.


TROY OSBORNE PRYOR is an actor, writer, director and producer from Chicago, IL and Atlanta, GA. In addition to performing on stage, on camera and doing voiceovers, Troy is the founder and CEO of Pryor Holdings LLC, which includes his production companies, Troy Pryor Studios, G.O.O.D.; the artists' incubator, Creative Cypher; and the distribution company, Content Kings. He is also the co-founder for a Chicago Work Force Development program, helping emerging filmmakers grow in the industry. Additionally, he is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; the youngest elected Board Member SAG-AFTRA Chicago, and Co-chair of its New Media Committee. He also volunteers with several local community and film industry organizations. His years of training as an athlete taught Troy that the most powerful muscle is the mind. His goal is to inspire and to lead by example, as he strives daily to reach his full potential. For more info visit or

MAYURAN TIRUCHELVAM is a writer and co-producer of New York crime thriller The Girl is in Trouble, Village Voice critic's pick, producer of To Be Takai, Across the Sea, and The Mend. He is currently in post-production on the thriller My First Kiss and the People Involved. Mayuran is a Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellow and Film Independent Fellow and works as a freelance story, budgeting, and pre-production consultant for independent films and branded content. He is currently the artist in residence and professor at Sacred Heart University's Film and TV Masters Program and an adjunct professor at Columbia University's Graduate Film Program. His filmmaking is fueled by a vision for a more compassionate and openhearted world.




Table Read My Screenplay Contest Feature Grand Prize Winner, Andy Maycock with his fantastic thriller-mystery screenplay, The Hitchcock Murders. 


Logline: In 1953 Los Angeles, a reluctant private eye stumbles into a multiple-murder case with suspicious connections to the Master of Suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock.

ANDY MAYCOCK has been a longtime resident of upstate New York, teaching English, Cinema, Acting, and Screenwriting at Guilderland High School, where he is also the Media Director. His screenplay The Best Man's Privilege caught the eye of writer/producer/director Josh Stolberg (Good Luck Chuck), who helped Andy develop the script, which eventually became a semifinalist at the Austin Film Festival. Andy's teen-driving adventure Getaway, Inc. was a top-ten finisher in the Writers on the Storm Contest. After so many near-misses, Andy is grateful that TRMS has honored The Hitchcock Murders in such a unique way. 

Table Read My Screenplay Contest Pilot Grand Prize Winner, LS Garvey with her compelling science fiction - pilot screenplay, The Kindred

Logline: A man experiences strange events as the Kindred, a sentient being with the ability to invade people's bodies and minds, settle on Earths surface.


LS GARVEY is a writer of fantasy and science-fiction based in Venice, CA. An MFA graduate of the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts, Garvey went on to work as a creative executive at a small animation company and on the sets of several live-action productions before turning to writing full time. Garvey has written numerous features and is currently finishing her first novel, Shelby Sherman of Shermanville, a work of YA speculative fiction in the vein of Alice In Wonderland. Highlights of Garvey's career include the notification from TRMS that a reading of her first-ever pilot, The Kindred, would take place at Sundance 2016. 

The Sundance Institutes Feature Film Program selected Black Belle by Tasha Huo, their Asian American Grantee for inclusion in the ISA Showcase.


Logline: Set just after the Civil War, the story of the Black Belle follows a female assassin who specializes in revenge kills. But when a mysterious client promises to deliver the object of Black Belle's own personal revenge quest, what unravels is a brutal case that makes the hardened assassin question just how far she is willing to go to find peace, and whether peace can even be found on the other side of vengeance.


TASHA HUO's feature, Black Belle, will begin production this year and will star Zoe Kravitz with Shana Betz (Free Ride) at the helm and Mad Riot Entertainment and Brain Scratch Productions producing. We will be reading selected scenes from Black Belle. Formerly an assistant for the VP of Feature Development at Universal Pictures, working on such films as 47 Ronin, Bourne Identity and Battleship, Tasha became a full-time writer when she received a Feature Blind Deal at Warner Bros. She is currently developing a historical biopic with Sobini Films, an original supernatural pilot with John Rogers (creator, Leverage) and an original fantasy feature with Kickstart Entertainment. Her first job in Hollywood was working for Tommy Schlamme on Studio 60. Before that, her myriad education came from working with addicts on Skid Row, studying history and literature at Oxford University, and an MFA in Screenwriting from Boston University. She is currently obsessed with Sherlock, How to Train Your Dragon, and re-runs of The X-Files.


Professional actors will read the scenes aloud, allowing the writers and audience the chance to watch the written word come to life. This is an uplifting and enlightening experience for screenwriters and filmmakers alike, as the potential of these scripts are realized. 


The International Screenwriters' Associationundefined
The ISA's mission is to provide screenwriters with all the resources available to improve their craft and career. We are dedicated to providing a one-stop-shop for all creative needs. Our website is a wealth of helpful information from classes, to podcasts, to pro industry tips and tricks, most of which are free. Our Development Program is proving to be an incredible bridge, propelling the careers of emerging writers from around the world into many six figure production deals, agency representation and a multitude of other writing gigs. The ISA has supported this event in Park City for the last 6 years, and is looking forward to an excellent showcase in 2016.



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