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Third Thursdays Short Film Panel with the ISA - Chicago


Join us for our July 2018 Third Thursdays with the ISA in Chicago as we celebrate screenwriting and welcome a distinguished panel to discuss short film writing. Presented in association with Creative Cypher and MovieMaker Magazine.
WHEN: Thursday, July 19, 7:30 PM
WHERE: The Galway Arms, 2442 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60614. (The room we will be in is upstairs from the restaurant/ bar.)
  • Doors open 7pm. Panel starts at 7:30.
  • Panel to be followed by our Third Thursdays social mixer.

Program Synopsis: Many screenwriters and filmmakers cut their teeth on short form content before making the jump to features. This Third Thursday we welcome successful short form content writers to a panel that will inform and inspire writers in all mediums and career stages.

This event is free and open to all. Producers, directors, actors and all other members of the film and television community are encouraged to attend.

Jack Thurston Farrell graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a degree in film and psychology. He has completed the Second City writing, music, and conservatory programs as well as the I.O. improv program. Jack has written and/or produced for ABC, Fox, and Jim Henson Productions. He teaches at The Second City Training Center for the teen and youth programs and After School Matters. In 2014 his second webseries, “Couchsurferz”, won the audience choice award at the 2014 Chicago Comedy Film Festival.

Neal E. Fischer is a self-described film geek. He cut his teeth as a performer on stage before transitioning to writing and directing full time and producing projects in all mediums. He signed the worldwide distribution deal for his micro-budget horror film while writing/directing children's theatre in the South Loop of Chicago. From short films, to web series, feature films and television to commercials, Neal is consistently creating new work and touring the festival circuit. Most recently for #WhoKilledHeather his 36 episode branded web series, to "The Artist" a short film for which he won a Best Director award at the Chicago Comedy Film Festival. In between projects, you'll find him directing commercials and developing new projects. 

Julia Mercer and Alec Valadez are a comedy duo who met at UW-Madison and have lived in Chicago for four years. They frequently write together in the form of comedic blog posts, sketches, shorts, podcast episodes, a web series, and most recently a screenplay. While their real passion lies in writing, they also have gotten their toes wet with producing their web series (called Business Solutions) and various film shorts as well as producing their own podcast (called "Can We Start A Podcast"). Their work can be found at

Brent Kado, Panel Moderator 

Brent Kado is the Executive Director of both Chicago Comedy Film Festival and Chicago Independent Film (TV) Festival. He is a film/television creator and screenwriter recognized for his work in the Chicago Sun Times, TimeOut Chicago, Indiewire, and MovieMaker Magazine. He is a producer on Festival which recently had its world premiere at the Rhode Island International Film Festival and is distributed through Cow Lamp Films He recently optioned a true crime television series that's been in-room pitched to Netflix, Amazon and others. Kado also has a content management deal with YouTube studio Collab and is a professor at Columbia College Chicago.


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Creative Cypher is a conclave of content creators that has come together to champion diversity in the film industry by making it more accessible to independent artists. Creative Cypher has cultivated a network of tech -savvy multicultural millennials and Gen Xers who produce high-quality content and events. They provide a stage where diverse professionals can showcase their work, gain resources for project development, distribution, and education.

MovieMaker Magazine is the nation’s leading resource on the art and business of making movies and the world’s most widely read independent film magazine. MovieMaker’s content is directed at the audience as well as the artist, and its lively mix of interviews, trend-setting criticism, DIY techniques, festival coverage, distribution and financing tips, behind-the-scenes indie “war stories” and appreciations of classic Hollywood actors, directors, cinematographers, producers, screenwriters and editors makes MovieMaker Magazine a perennial favorite and trusted brand with cinema artists and discriminating film fans everywhere.

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On July 20, 2018 Roxanne Paukner said:
I'm sorry I missed it. Please let me know when/where the meet-ups will be in coming months. Thanks!



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On July 19, 2018 Daniel Lee said:
I had a great time. Good people. I'll definitely be back when I can!



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