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ISA's Third Thursdays - Chicago

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Join us for ISA’s Third Thursdays – Chicago! Come join local writers and filmmakers to forge new friendships and explore collaborative opportunities. Let’s expand the Chicago community with a chance to win a door prize. Join us for a fun evening of socializing. 

The September Speakers will include Chicago-based writer Jill Ross and learn about a new collaboration between ISA's Third Thursdays - Chicago and Creative Cypher.

Jill Ross, a 30-year airline industry veteran, wrote a series of children's books, The Shenanigans Series ©, and turned her passion into a stage and screenwriter.  Jill loves to tell funny yet meaningful stories immersing herself in writing styles and formats to develop her storytelling craft. "There are so many stories inside my head that speak to different genres, age groups, and themes, and I want to get them all out," she explains with great enthusiasm. Join us for an inspiring discussion about the journey and craft of writing.

Creative Cypher is a creative family of dope artists worldwide. They provide access to resources, development, funding, and expand networks to ensure your ideas can become a reality. Their flagship programming consists of a mobile app, content creation, live experiences, and community outreach. 

We appreciate the Indie Co-Lab for hosting the September meeting:

Indie Co-Lab is a co-working space dedicated to providing the most accessible way for Chicago filmmakers and creatives to unite.   This hub, production space, lounge, and office fosters the creative spirit and collaborative environment.

Agenda:

7:00 pm - Networking Opportunity

7:30 PM - Speakers

Note new time and location

WHEN: Thursday, September 19th, 7:00 PM
WHERE: Indie Co-Lab
2059B W Hastings St.
Chicago, IL 60608

(Near Roosevelt and Damen)

Note: The location is in the Eleven04 building in the rear of the parking lot next to 2059 W. Hasting.

Parking Available

DOOR PRIZES for the night include:

  • 2 free entries for the Capital Fund Screenplay Competition
  • 1 free entry for The Great American Script Contest

PLUS:  All attendees receive $5 off entry fee from Cinequest and 15% off entry fee from The Great American Script Contest. 

You must RSVP via the ISA website to be eligible for prizes. 

MEET YOUR HOSTS:  Gerald H. O'Connell and Sheabria Gill

Gerald H. O'Connell

Gerald H. O’Connell is a screenwriter in development with an eye on producing and directing. A native Chicagoan, he completed a year-long improvisation program with Player’s Workshop in 1995 and held minor roles on and behind the stage in local theater productions. In October 2001,  the fledgling 48-Hour Film Project in Washington DC provided opportunities for Gerald to act and learn the many aspects of film production. More recently, Gerald has produced several short indy sci-fi films and writing his first sci-fi feature. Armed with degrees in business and economics, he has built a career outside of his creative endeavors in data analytics and consulting.

 

Sheabria Gills

Sheabria D. Gills in an Emerging Screenwriter with a passion for Directing and Producing. A Chicago native, she has her first Suspense/Thriller Feature Film as well as her newest project, a Comedic TV Pilot and many more upcoming endeavors. Her writing and creativity are truly groundbreaking as she is one of ISA’s New Chapter Coordinators. 

 

 

EVENT SPONSORS

Nickelodeon The Nickelodeon Writing Program offers emerging television writers from around the world a paid opportunity to develop their craft and launch their careers. While in the Program, writers hone their skills, build a professional network and gain real-world experience in writers’ rooms for our critically acclaimed live-action and animated shows. Visit nickwriting.com for all the details and be sure to follow them on Facebook (@nickwriting) and Twitter (@nickwriting) for updates, tips, and giveaways!
 
Cinequest Voted Best Film Festival by USA Today Readers, the 2019 edition of Cinequest will do as much with Film & Technology as ever while expanding to include additional creative experiences such as virtual and augmented realities, fashion, writing, television, dance, art & design, a creativity summit, and more! Cinequest presents over 130 World and U.S. premiere films, groundbreaking innovations, virtual and augmented reality experiences--plus fashion, writing, dance, art, and design integrations. Picture The Possibilities by Cinequest holds its annual Creativity Summit during the Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival as well. Over 1,100 artists, innovators, and youth present from over 50 countries each year.
 
Capital Fund Screenplay Competition is where your scripts are read directly by investors who buy projects and fund films at the studio level - domestically and abroad. Investors or Funds may elect to option or purchase your script at any time regardless of whether or not your script places in the contest. All current and previous years winners and The Hot 100 Lists are showcased at investor meetings at the major film markets worldwide. Your summary and logline will get exposure year after year. Our entrants have been optioned and sold at AFM, Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, and Shanghai film markets.
 
The Great American Script Contest will be bringing not only legit and first-rate chances for you to connect with industry decision makers, agents and producers in Los Angeles, but also provide opportunity to network at live events in Chicago and LA. Script Con will not only be one of the best opportunities for you to get your writing seen and discovered, finalists will all be part of the physical Script Con in Chicago (April) and in LA (June). Teaming with Chicago Comedy and Chicago Independent Film +TV Festivals, The Great American Script Contest is set to give you unbelievable access and connections to the industry. Ran by the same team behind CCFF and CIFF, Great American Script Contest brings decades of Hollywood experience, knowledge and real chances for you to make it in the industry.
 
Creative Cypher is a creative family of dope artists worldwide. They provide access to resources, development, funding, and expand networks to ensure your ideas can become a reality. Their flagship programming consists of a mobile app, content creation, live experiences, and community outreach. 
 
Indie Co-Lab serves as a co-working space and a central resource hub for Chicago indie filmmakers and photographers. It is a coalition of filmmakers and businesses whose aim is to support and grow the independent filmmaking community here in Chicago.

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On June 12, 2019 Sheabria Gills said:
Join us 6/20. 

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On March 21, 2019 Heidi Walter said:

I am not able to come to tonight's event at the Galway Arms. Hope to see you all next month.

 

Heidi Walter

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Hi Heidi.  Hope you can make another event soon.   

On January 15, 2019 Daniel Lee said:

Hi there,

Is there an event in Chicago this month? If so, I'd love to come.

Thanks,

Daniel

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Hi there,

There is a February event this month!  Hope to see you there!

Hello Daniel,

I am wondering the same, I attended and joined the Chicago Screenwriters Network monthly meeting last Sunday, January 13 and found the ISA Chicago group today.  If you find any news or information would you please share it with me?

Thank you in advance,

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On November 07, 2018 Michael Mercer said:

I would love to participate in this exciting sounding event - but I cannot make it that day.

I am looking forward to participating in our December 3rd Thursday event!

 

Thank You!

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We will do the next one in January. Please watch for details. Thanks! 

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