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ISA's Third Thursdays - Chicago


Join us for ISA’s Third Thursdays – Chicago! 

The ISA’s Third Thursday – Chicago October event is quickly approaching.   This month’s program will introduce a new workshop event The First 10 along with a chance to win door prizes. Join us for a fun evening of socializing and screenwriting craft.

The First 10 program will include a live read of the first ten pages of a member’s script followed with analysis from a screenwriting mentor and moderated discussion with the group.   A script’s first ten pages set the groundwork for the story you want to tell.  A well-written opening hooks that producer or director that you want to produce your script.

The mentor and moderator for this first program is Charles Borg, an award-winning writer/producer with an MFA in Screenwriting from Chapman University. He runs "Smash To: Script Consulting", where he works with filmmakers affiliated with the likes of Nasdaq Studios, FUSE, Circle of Confusion, and Anonymous Content. Charles writes and ghostwrites feature scripts and pilots, as well as develops film treatments and reality show pitch-packages. His skillset also extends to writing VO for TV- series’ promos, such as the Emmy Award-nominated, Never Settle Show, and the boxing docu-series, Knockout for which he co-produced/story-produced 2 seasons. In the feature film realm, Charles has co-produced two films: Three Worlds (2018) and MAN (2017), winner of CICFF’s “Golden Fox Award”, which he also co-wrote and co-edited. Charles has been a professional script analyst for Stage 32 and The Writer’s Store and now sits on the board as Head of Development for Creative Cypher. Charles also teaches screenwriting classes at Chicago Filmmakers, as well as at Flashpoint Chicago - a Campus of Columbia College Hollywood.

Follow more news about upcoming events and collaborations on our Facebook page.
WHEN: Thursday, October 17th, 7:00 PM
WHERE: Galway Arms - 2442 N Clark St.  Chicago, IL 60614

DOOR PRIZES for the night include:

PLUS:  All attendees receive $5 off entry fee from Cinequest and $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 Gills

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. 





Your Script Produced is a Worldwide Screenwriting Competition sponsored by Doval Bacall Films. The sponsor will fully fund, develop, package and produce the Grand Prize-winning film script for $250,000.00 and will purchase the grand prize-winning screenplay for $10,000.00.  The Winner will be included in the process of making the movie as a consultant and receive writing credit. 
Nickelodeon The Nickelodeon Writing Program offers emerging television writers from around the world a paid opportunity to develop their craft and launch their careers. While in the Program, writers hone their skills, build a professional network and gain real-world experience in writers’ rooms for our critically acclaimed live-action and animated shows. Visit for all the details and be sure to follow them on Facebook (@nickwriting) and Twitter (@nickwriting) for updates, tips, and giveaways!
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.
Dave Trottier has sold, optioned, or developed numerous screenplays and screen stories for The Walt Disney Company, Jim Henson Pictures, York Entertainment, On the Bus Productions, Hill Fields (for ABC television) and New Century Pictures. Titles include Igor's Revenge (produced), Zorro the Gay Blade (produced, but not credited), The Muppet's Hockey Movie—The Comeback Kids (not completed due to Jim Henson's death), Ratman From Saturn, Kumquat, The New Musketeers, and A Window in Time. He co-wrote and co-produced the cult comedy, Hercules Recycled. More recently, he wrote A Penny Promise (produced; winner of awards at two film festivals) and sold Hemingway's Twin, an inspiring story about the Hemingway women.
As a teacher and script consultant, he has helped hundreds of writers sell their work, break into the biz, and win contests (including two Nicholl Fellowship winners and a National Play Award winner). Dave rated in the top 5% of the "Cream of the Crop" category of Creative Screenwriting's report "The Best Movie and TV Script Analysts and Consultants as Rated by Screenwriters."
His major work, The Screenwriter's Bible, is now in its seventh edition. He has authored 8 books in all, including Dr. Format Tells All, Double Your Creativity, and Two Screenplays.

Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes highlights a selection of best films from around the world, November 25th-30th 2019.
The festival aims to promote independent filmmakers and innovative work that take risks and move the frontiers from the boring and most of the times empty conventional to the artistic initiating strong emotions and out of the box exceptional. It equally aims to give the opportunity to independent filmmakers to showcase their work free of commercial constraints.
Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes is an IMDB Awards listing Qualifier. 

Pipeline Media Group discovers and develops new writers and directors to connect with the entertainment industry. For over 20 years, the company has fostered the careers of emerging talent and given them personal introductions to Hollywood’s top producers. Divisions include Script Pipeline, Book Pipeline, and Film Pipeline. Learn more about Pipeline Media Group and how to submit your material for review at
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 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.

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On June 12, 2019 Sheabria Gills said:
Join us 6/20. 



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On March 21, 2019 Heidi Walter said:

I am not able to come to tonight's event at the Galway Arms. Hope to see you all next month.


Heidi Walter



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Hi Heidi.  Hope you can make another event soon.   

On January 15, 2019 Daniel Lee said:

Hi there,

Is there an event in Chicago this month? If so, I'd love to come.





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Hi there,

There is a February event this month!  Hope to see you there!

Hello Daniel,

I am wondering the same, I attended and joined the Chicago Screenwriters Network monthly meeting last Sunday, January 13 and found the ISA Chicago group today.  If you find any news or information would you please share it with me?

Thank you in advance,

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On November 07, 2018 Michael Mercer said:

I would love to participate in this exciting sounding event - but I cannot make it that day.

I am looking forward to participating in our December 3rd Thursday event!


Thank You!



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We will do the next one in January. Please watch for details. Thanks! 

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