Join us for ISA’s Third Thursdays – Chicago!
The new year brings an exciting new program. ISA’s Third Thursday Chicago has partnered with the Chicago Film Xcelerator (CFX) program for their inaugural pitch event on January 16. The CFX pitch event will occur every 90 days. Bring your short script ideas and network with local filmmakers for your pitch next quarter.
At the Pitch Event, production teams pitch their short film or pilot projects before the CFX panel of judges. The panel will choose one winning project for a package of support to get their projects produced within 90 days.
The winning team will receive assistance from CFX’s partner organizations in the form of professional script development, donated camera equipment, post-production support (editing and sound), and promotional assistance (festival placement and screenings).
The CFX Panel of Judges for the January pitch event include:
* Charles Gardner, President SAG-AFTRA Chicago
* Colette Ghunim, Founder of MezCal Collective
* Melissa DuPrey, Free Street Theater (TBD)
The ISA's Third Thursday Chicago and CFX programs will help members get your short film or pilot projects off the ground and into the market in just 90 days. Join us this month and start building your production team.
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WHEN: Thursday, January 16th, 2020, 7:00pm
WHERE: Eleven04 Productions, 2059B W Hastings St. Chicago, IL 60608
Note: The location is in the Eleven04 building in the rear of the parking lot next to 2059 W. Hasting.
DOOR PRIZES for the night include:
PLUS: All attendees receive $15 off entry free 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 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.
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(If you are a writer and want to be considered for the TOP 25, you must be an ISAConnect Member)