Join us in March with our 5th ISA Third Thursdays — March 21st! — a monthly mixer for Portland screenwriters and the film and television community. Mingle with fellow screenwriters, meet film and TV industry professionals, and win door prizes, all in a fun, casual atmosphere.
This event is free and open to all.
Register now to meet this month's guest speakers:
Producers Janice Williams and Darren Demetre
A real coup to have these two seasoned producers at ISA PDX! Both based in Portland, Janice and Darren have worked together on several projects, including CONFIRMATION and THE FINAL GIRLS. Between them, they have scores of TV and feature credits, and will talk about the script to screen process from their perspective in the trenches. See their bios below!
Plus, our 03/21 ISA event DOOR PRIZES include:
* One free script entry to NEW MEDIA FILM FESTIVAL
* One free script entry to SHORE SCRIPTS
WHEN: Thursday, March 21st - 7pm
WHERE: NW Film Center Office & Classrooms and South Park Restaurant*
NW FILM — 934 SW Salmon, Portland OR, 97205 (10th & Salmon NOT Whitsell Auditorium)
SOUTH PARK — Each event begins at NWC then migrates across the street to South Park.
Special Guests: Janice Williams and Darren Demetre
Janice Williams is an Emmy-nominated producer who, after 11 years as an executive and producer at Groundswell Productions, launched her own company, Well Red, in January 2018. Williams and Well Red recently signed a first look deal with Bruna Papandrea and her Made Up Stories studio (which is behind films such as Wild and Gone Girl and series including Big Little Lies). For Made Up Stories, Williams executive produced Queen America for Facebook Watch with Catherine Zeta-Jones starring.
Previous work produced by Williams includes Emmy–Nominated CONFIRMATION for HBO, TRUMBO for which Bryan Cranston received an Academy Award nomination, THE BIRTH OF THE DRAGON which premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, LOVE THE COOPERS for CBS Films, THE FINAL GIRLS, VERY GOOD GIRLS, LOLA VERUS and ALL GOOD THINGS. For TV, Williams also produced THE ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB (ABC), CHANCE (Hulu), THE MAGICIANS (SyFy) and SMILF (Showtime - Golden Globe nominated).
Williams, born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, started her career in entertainment in London in the music industry. After five years managing record producers and engineers in both London and Los Angeles, she began a seven year association with Mick Jagger managing recording activities for both his solo work and albums for the Rolling Stones, and worked with Jagger to found his independent production company, Jagged Films.
Darren Demetre has 18 years of experience working as a Line Producer, UPM, and Assistant Director in Features, Television, Commercial and Reality Television.
Darren recently worked as the Executive Producer and UPM on Film4’s adaptation of “Lean On Pete,” directed by Andrew Haigh, starring Steve Buscemi, Chloe Sevigny, and Travis Fimmel. Before“Lean On Pete,” Demetre served as Producer and UPM of “Confirmation”, which earned him his current Emmy nomination. Other Executive Producer and UPM credits of Darren are: “The Final Girls,” “Me Him Her,” “Bad Words,” “The Bling Ring,” and “I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell.”
Having started his career as a Producer’s Assistant on Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”, directed and produced by Francis Ford Coppola, Demetre made the progression to Assistant Director on features like “Deadfall,” “Oblivion,” “Tin Cup,” and “Twixt.” Following the completion of “Tin Cup,” Demetre segued to working as the Production Supervisor for “Living in Peril”, directed by Jack Ersgard, starring Rob Lowe, James Belushi, and Dean Stockwell. Demetre also worked as the Production Supervisor on “Evasive Action” and “The Burning Plain.”
Most recently, Darren has been in TV working with Netflix , Facebook, TNT and now in production on Disney's The Water Man, directed and starring David Oyelowo.
Meet your Hosts:
Mary Andonian is a novelist and screenwriter based in the Northwest. Despite a few prestigious college degrees unrelated to writing (somewhere in there lies a dark story), Mary has authored the teen inspirational book, BITSY’S LABYRINTH (which she also adapted into a screenplay), and the screenplays TIME SHARE, GUARDIAN JOE, THE SOUND OF RAIN and FOUR COLLEGE ESSAYS. She is a former board member of Willamette Writers, one of the largest writers’ associations in the country. Over the years, her passion for writing inspired her to take on leadership roles at the group's annual Willamette Writers Conference, including Program Coordinator and Literary and Film Committee Co-Chair. In those roles, Mary collaborated with scores of Hollywood agents, managers and producers to arrange pitch sessions, seminars and workshops at the conference. Reach Mary at www.maryandonian.com
DAVID POULSHOCK is an award-winning Northwest screenwriter and filmmaker whose work includes TV commercials and corporate films; the best-selling “Wee Sing” kidvids for Universal Home Video; the groundbreaking public television series, “Mathematics Illuminated;” the feature documentary “Raw Materials;” and many other projects. His original screenplays have won accolades from the world’s top screenplay competitions. Prior to his film career, David was keyboardist with the legendary Northwest cult band, Upepo, an Oregon Music Hall of Fame honoree. He has served as adjunct faculty of the Art Institute of Portland, Chairman of the Willamette Writers Conference and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Northwest Academy, and currently serves on the board of Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (OVLA). Reach David at www.davidpoulshock.com
New Media Film Festival Honoring Stories Worth Telling - All Ages, All Cultures, All Media. New Media Film Festival works hard to produce a festival that highlights and honors the hard working and uprising content creators in the New Media Industry. It is a unique festival that diligently works to find opportunities, including distribution for almost all of the submitted content, not just those programmed. Accepts all stories in text format (books, event scripts, reality etc.)
The Northwest Film Center is a non-profit media arts organization devoted to the exhibition of independent film, the education of audiences, emerging artists and youth, and the support of independent filmmakers . NW Film also is also home to Portland International Film Festival, the Northwest Filmmakers Festival and Fresh Film Northwest.
Southpark Seafood is a chic Northwest eatery featuring sustainable seafood, farm-fresh ingredients, and the area’s largest selection of oysters. Locally owned for 20 years, this iconic downtown Portland restaurant continues to be a definitive part of the city’s dining scene.
Shore Scripts are focused on discovering the best new screenwriting talent from around the world, and how do they do that I hear you ask? Since they started in 2012, Shore Scripts have helped 60+ Writers gain Representation, Option, Sell and have their screenplays Produced. Their most recent success story was setting up Feature Winner Louis Ackerman's thriller script, Flesh & Blood with Blumhouse.
(If you are a writer and want to be considered for the TOP 25, you must be an ISAConnect Member)