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ISA's Third Thursdays - Boston


Join us for ISA's Third Thursdays - Boston, a monthly mixer for screenwriters and the entire film and television community. Mingle with fellow screenwriters, meet film and television industry professionals, and win screenwriter door prizes all in a fun, casual atmosphere. 

This event is free and open to all. All members of the greater Boston film and television community are welcome and encouraged to attend.   

WHEN: July 18th, 2019   6:00pm - 8:00pm
WHERE: Park Restaurant and Bar - 59 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138
THE PLAN:   Screenwriters, filmmakers, and other industry people in the room chatting with each other, having fun, building the community is what it’s all about. Plus some good prizes!  
DOOR PRIZES for the night include:
  • 3-month Scriptation Industry Pro membership
  • 1 free entry to Vancouver International Women In Film Contest
  • 1 free entry to The Great American Script Contest
  • 1 free one-year Pro-Level subscription to ScriptLadder
  • 1 e-book copy of The Nutshell Technique: Crack The Secret of Successful Screenwriting by Jill Chamberlain

PLUS:  All attendees receive 25% off entries to The Great American Script contest and $5 off entry fee from Cinequest

SPECIAL GUEST: Deborah Shariff

Deborah L. Shariff is a native of Boston and Founder of The Boston Screenwriters Group, Creator and Executive Producer of “Urban Empowerment Today,” “ HollyWood Goes to School,” “The Grand Pop’s Young Reader’s Series”, Wealth Wellness Series and Creator of the “How To Make Movies,” series featured at Boston Neighborhood Network Television.
Recently Shariff has just launched a Radio Show, Urban Empowerment Today on WBCA 102.9 FM Boston on Mondays from 6:30 – 7:00PM.
Shariff holds a Master of Science Degree in Film from Boston University School of Film and Television; credits include producing, directing, and writing movies and socially-conscious television shows which have been presented on the East and West coast: WGBH, WCVB, WBZ, BNN-TV, and BET STARZ. Shariff has lectured extensively at various colleges and the private and public sectors throughout the United States about the movie and television industry.


Dianne L. Grattan

Dianne Grattan is a writer and an entrepreneur. Her successful career in the world of corporate sales gave her 25 amazing years of experience and insight which she has carried over into her more recent ventures.  Her heart is now deeply dedicated in developing her script for a new Podcast series called “Not All Black & White/An Other Lifetime” This current work is a labor of love for Dianne and hopes will also inspire others with its unique, time-travelling take on the hyper-connected modern world, a nostalgia inducing ride reminding us all about the things that truly matter.

 Ike Zhang 

Ike Zhang is an artist and entrepreneur based in Boston, MA. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Ike came to the U.S. to pursue his undergraduate degree at Amherst College. Having lived in Los Angeles working as an actor and screenwriter, Ike experienced first-hand the struggles and pitfalls that early stage artists go through. So in 2017, Ike co-founded the Boston Creative Collective, a creative talent management agency that helps to represent and grow emerging artists, especially those from diverse backgrounds. Currently representing 35 full-time artists and over 400 part-time emerging artists, the BCC has become a hub for up-and-coming musicians, models, photographers, cinematographers, actors and writers to gather and find jobs in Boston. Through artist business education and commercialization of their personal brand, the BCC helps incubate local talent and cultivate financially sustainable careers. Some of BCC's clients and talent have gone on to become contract photographers for Vogue and Paper Magazine, written and shot promotional videos for the record-breaking Kickstarter campaign Sated, and designed for large multinational corporations! Ike still acts and writes, and is currently workshopping a few shorts and feature scripts.  

Save The Dates - Upcoming Months:

August 15th - First Anniversary, Cocktail Party Mixer

September 19th - Special Guest TBA

October 17th - Rae Shaw, Professor, Emerson College


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.  

Scriptation Founded by a television writer and script coordinator, Scriptation is the #1 PDF annotation app for film and television professionals. It supports all common annotation types including highlights, drawings, notes, free text, images, sound recordings, and more. Combined with its proprietary note transferring algorithm, Transcription, which analyzes script changes and intelligently transfers a user’s annotations into each new draft, Scriptation is the only paperless solution built for the entire production crew.

The Vancouver International Women in Film Festival Screenplay Competition accepts English-language feature screenplays written by women. The festival is a forum for collaboration and networking with other screenwriters and filmmakers who contribute to the visibility of women through the ongoing practice of their craft. Women In Film and Television Vancouver (WIFTV) is a member-driven, not-for-profit society, which addresses systemic barriers to women’s equal participation in the production and dissemination of screen-based media. We approach our goals by working with a range of partners to increase funding, employment, and promotional opportunities for those identifying as women. We offer professional skill-based training and create opportunities to further women-led projects. We present and publicly celebrate the achievement of women in screen-based media, primarily, but not exclusively, through The Vancouver International Women in Film Festival.

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 an 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 film festivals in Chicago (March) and in LA (June). Teaming with Chicago Comedy, LA Comedy Film Festival and Chicago Independent Film +TV Festivals, The Great American Script Contest is set to give you unbelievable access and connections to the industry.

ScriptLadder Tim Johnson is a Software Engineer at Disney who also loves to write. He combined both interests to develop, a unique website that helps you visualize your screenplay with our patented infographics, host online table-reads, and share notes with colleagues.  After writing several feature-length screenplays and a dozen short scripts, Tim knows it’s harder than you thought, but not as hard as you think. With a Pro-Level subscription, you can upload any number of screenplays and instantly see our unique visual analysis, host table-reads, and share notes online.

The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting is one of the highest rated books on screenwriting on Amazon, out of over 3,000 books on the subject. Author Jill Chamberlain is a screenwriter and script consultant who has fixed and fine-tuned scripts for major studios, for A-list screenwriters, and for many, many spec screenwriters. Jill is offering her Nutshell Technique master class in L.A. July 13 and Sept 14-15 - register at

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On April 08, 2019 Irvin Rich said:
I greatly enjoyed the last two ISA screenwriters meetings in Cambridge, MA.  So, I have nothing but regrets because I will not be able to attend the next two Third Thursdays in April and May.  Good luck to all and I look forward to receive the June invitation.



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On March 21, 2019 Sarah Brockmann said:
Is this a one-time event or is it closer to monthly? I was nearly triple booked for this afternoon so I couldn't make it, but I'd love to come another time, and to bring my brother, who is a computer animator out of RI. I really hope someone has an answer to my query.



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Hi Sarah,

This is a monthly event every third Thursday!  We hope to see you and your brother for June 20th!

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