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ISA's Third Thursdays - Chicago

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Join us for ISA’s Third Thursdays – Chicago!  The August’s event with Special Guest Kwame Amoaku, Director for The Chicago Film Office, will discuss local production opportunities for Chicago-based screenwriters.  Come join local writers and filmmakers to forge new friendships and explore collaborative opportunities. Let’s expand the Chicago community with a chance to win a door prize. Join us for a fun evening of socializing. 

WHEN: Thursday, August 15th, 7:30 PM
WHERE: Galway Arms, 2442 N. Clark - Fireside Lounge

DOOR PRIZES for the night include:

  • 1 free entry to Vancouver International Women in Film Screenplay Competition

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

You must RSVP via the ISA website to be eligible for prizes. 

Special GUEST: Kwame Amoaku, Director for the Chicago Film Office 

Amoaku replaces longtime director of the Chicago Film Office, Rich Moskal, who retired last November. The first African American to hold this position Amoaku, brings 25 years of experience as an executive producer, director, assistant director, production manager, location manager, actor, and writer to the position.
Prior to joining the Chicago Film Office, Amoaku was location manager for the NBC series, Chicago Fire (since 2014) and for the Netflix movie based on Chicago’s hip-hop scene, Beats (2019). His acting credits include Chicago Fire, ER, and Prison Break. He attended Southern Illinois University. 

 

 

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 is truly groundbreaking as she is one of ISA’s New Chapter Coordinators. 

 

 

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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.
 
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.
 
Nickelodeon Our global Writing Program is one of the best in the biz. Consider the facts: alum have gone on to create their own Nickelodeon shows and write for all sorts of TV series and films. While in the Program, writers meet our series creators, work in writers’ rooms, and receive hands-on experience writing spec scripts and pitching story ideas in both live-action and animated television. Basically, they write a lot and do cool things, all while being provided a salary!  There are two creative avenues to pursue: the General Track (12-months) and the Preschool Track (6-months). The Preschool Track was created to develop writers specifically interested in writing and/or creating shows for the preschool demographic. You bring the smart, funny, engaging stories and characters, and we’ll help you bring the preschool.

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On June 12, 2019 Local Coordinator Chicago 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.

Thanks,

Daniel

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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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