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:
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 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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