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Join us on the evening of October 26th, 2019 for the ISA Table Read Austin event during the 26th Annual Austin Film Festival and Writers Conference.  The event will feature a live table read of the TRMS Austin Grand Prize-winning feature screenplay, Dirty Words by Rachel Kempf.

Sit back and enjoy the funny, quick-paced story which was a PAGE Semifinalist in 2019 and has won a place in the hearts of ISA, and many others, landing Rachel on the ISA Development Slate.

Where:  Driskill Hotel, Maximillian Room - 604 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
When: 7-9pm
*Please note registration does not guarantee admittance. If you are an AFF badge holder, you do not need to register here.

The table read will be directed by Liz Fisher.

Liz Fisher is an interdisciplinary director, producer, writer, and actor based in Austin. Her directing work centers on new plays and exciting reimaginings of classic texts. She is a recipient of the Princess Grace Award in Theatre, the Stage Directors and Choreographers National Directing Award [Kennedy Center], and an Eugene O’Neill Theater Center fellowship. She is an award winning actress, starring in films that have premiered at the Venice Film Festival, SXSW, and the Austin Film Festival. As an award winning playwright, she has been invited to residencies across the country to develop new plays that focus on transmedia storytelling. Liz has presented at SXSW Interactive and academic conferences on her work in blending technology and theater. She has been a visiting guest artist for the University of Arkansas, the University of Texas at Austin's Department of Theatre and Dance, St. Edward's University, Southwestern University’s Sarofim School of Fine Arts, and the Mary McDermott Visiting Artist at Mary Baldwin University. In addition to her artistic accomplishments, Liz is also a successful producer and arts manager who has run arts incubators, produced five play cycles, and managed interdisciplinary, new work festivals. Currently, she is the Co-Artistic Director of Whirligig and the Program Coordinator for Shakespeare at Winedale. SDC Associate Member. MFA: Texas State University.


Rachel Kempf - Dirty Words
Rachel Kempf is a Los-Angeles based screenwriter with a passion for kick-ass female-driven comedy and a shameful history of writing smutty romance novels (don’t judge). She received a Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting from the University of Texas at Austin in 2015. While at UT, she co-created the webseries Texting with Gosling and was listed in Variety Magazine’s 110 Students to Watch list. Her comedy feature and pilot scripts have gained numerous accolades from NexTV Writing and Pitch Competition, Slamdance, Cinestory, ATX Television Pitch Fest, Script Pipeline, Hollyshorts, and the PAGE Awards, where two of her romantic comedy scripts, Dirty Words and Loser’s Guide to Love, were 2019 semifinalists. After being awarded a special distinction prize in the Gidden Media / Stage 32 Romantic Comedy Contest, she received a development deal from Gidden Media and is currently at work with them on romantic comedy for people who hate weddings. 


For a full schedule of AFF panels, events and films, click HERE.


AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL furthers the art and craft of storytelling by inspiring and championing the work of writers, filmmakers, and all artists who use written and visual language to tell a story.  Known as the “Writers Festival” since its inception 26 years ago, Austin Film Festival recognizes the importance of narrative at the core of filmmaking. By celebrating the work of storytellers; those committed to crafting intricate worlds, fully-formed characters, and diverse perspectives, AFF bolsters its reputation as a champion for the creator.

HARTCHART  From J.V. Hart, the writer of Hook, Contact, Dracula & August Rush comes The HartChart.  A proven story mapping tool for serious writers working in television, film, novels, plays, and other literary forms, with a guarantee you will never face a blank page again.

UCLA PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS Taught by top experts and leaders working in the entertainment industry, Professional Programs at the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television offers graduate-level, competitive admission, yearlong, non-degree programs in Screenwriting, Producing, Writing for Television and Acting for the Camera modeled after UCLA TFT’s world-renowned M.F.A. curriculum. Launched in 1994, Professional Programs has grown exponentially, providing industry professionals with an opportunity to refine their skill sets, while also networking with other like-minded individuals. Alumni have worked with or sold material to all of the major studios. Some have even been nominated for Academy Awards.

JESSICA BLANK is a writer, director, actor, speaker, and coach on a mission to impact our world through the transformative power of story. Her work as a playwright, screenwriter, director, filmmaker, actor, author, documentarian, and TV writer has taken her from studio lots in Los Angeles to military hospitals in San Antonio; the mountains of Appalachia to refugee neighborhoods in Amman; Off-Broadway rehearsal rooms to policymakers’ marble offices.  Every day, she sees in her own work and that of her clients' story’s power to transform—to move us, change us, and make us see our world in new ways. Her life is devoted to understanding and working with this power, across mediums, to expand our capacity for empathy, to move people, and to evolve our understanding of each other and our world.

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