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Virtual Pitch Panel and Third Thursdays


Join us for ISA's VIRTUAL Pitch Panel and Third Thursdays! 
We will be learning from a great panel of guests and hearing live pitches! Everyone is welcome at this free event!  

Be sure to follow us on Twitter; we’ll be giving away prizes there from our sponsors during the event!

WHEN: Thursday, November 19th - 5pm PDT / 7pm Central / 8pm Eastern (Check Your Time Zone)
WHERE: ZOOM - A link will be emailed to you once you register. Please check your spam if you don't receive it by noon PDT the day of the event.

To download ZOOM on your computer, go to or download the APP on your phone.

We will be hearing pitches from our 2020 Fast Track Fellows and three winners of the ISA Pitch Challenge.  If selected to pitch through the ISA Pitch Challenge, you will be notified by November 17th.  Pitches will be 90 seconds, and you will hear feedback from the panelists directly after. This is an educational event; the pitches are not being heard for potential employment opportunities.

Please Note: If you are selected to pitch during the live virtual event, you will be recorded for educational and promotional purposes.

  • The three winners of the ISA Pitch Challenge will be given a Final Draft software package!
  • Dave Trottier will also be giving one free query evaluation ($125 value)



  • Pitch Challenge Winner Crystal Harris was accepted onto the ISA Development Slate and is now managed by Matt Prater of Citizen Skull Productions after meeting him during the Pitch Panel. 
  • The three Season One Pitch Challenge Winners secured meetings with a top Literary Manager.
  • MGM Executive, Sandino Moya, requested materials from two of the Pitch Challenge winners.



Alex Rudolph - 1993

Growing up on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains, Alexander Rudolph was drawn to the contrast between mother nature’s beauty and the individuals who push themselves within her most extreme environments. Thus, his early work reflects that world – telling stories and creating content for clients like Redbull Media House, ESPN, and Powder Magazine. He has since shifted his focus toward Hollywood, where he received his MFA in producing at the American Film Institute and currently works alongside producer, Lije Sarki.

1993 is a film and tv company formed by filmmaker, writer, and producer — Lije Sarki. With the success of THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON, 1993 has been able to focus on stories that really ring true to our core mission. We develop, create, and aim to discover unique and meaningful stories with new and diverse filmmakers. We want to collaborate with and amplify the voices of a new generation. We seek out projects that tickle your heart and smack you in the face.  Let’s never forget that classic sense of nostalgia for going to the movies.

Darrien Michele Gipson - SAGindie Executive Director

Darrien Michele Gipson is the Executive Director of SAGindie. An M.F.A. recipient from the Peter Stark Producers Program at the University of Southern California, Darrien was formerly the Vice President of Production for DEF Pictures. As Executive Director of SAGindie, Darrien leads a team that is responsible for independent filmmaker outreach and specializes in teaching low budget production focusing on the process for hiring professional actors via SAG-AFTRA’s low budget contracts. She is a frequent moderator and speaker on panels and production workshops, negotiates sponsorship agreements with film festivals around the country, spearheads SAGindie’s annual national advertising campaigns, oversees, and throws several epic filmmaker parties. Darrien has traveled to over 55 film festivals in more than 25 states and 5 countries to consult with independent filmmakers. Yes, she has a lot of frequent flyer miles. No, she isn’t sharing them.

Darrien’s (new) favorite book about moviemaking is As You Wish: Inconceivable Takes from the Making of THE PRINCESS BRIDE by Cary Elwes. It includes amazing behind-the-scenes information about the best movie ever made (she will fight you on that). Darrien especially loves how Elwes has different cast members write their own memories throughout the book. It might be lighthearted and irreverent, but it is done with sincerity and just made her happy. Just like maewidge, it bwings us togetheh.

Matt Dy - Literary Manager, Lit Entertainment Group

Matt Dy attended the University of Texas at Austin and received a Bachelor of Science in Radio/TV/Film with a focus on screenwriting. He joined Adam Kolbrenner's Lit Entertainment Group as a literary manager in 2019. Previously, he worked at Austin Film Festival (AFF) since 2008 where he served as the Director of Script Competitions and facilitated the evaluation of thousands of annual script submissions reaching a then record of 10,580 submissions in 2018. Through AFF, he helped shepherd the careers of countless writers and is thrilled to continue championing writers as a literary manager.



Final Draft is a program made to perform one task with excellence - the writing of a screenplay, and is used by 95% of film, television and multimedia productions to get from page to screen.

Dave Trottier is an internationally acclaimed script consultant, award-winning teacher, and author of The Screenwriter's Bible.  He is a produced screenwriter who has helped hundreds of writers break into the biz and is the friendly host of


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