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May 16, 2019


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Third Thursdays with the ISA - Portland


Screenwriters & Filmmakers — 
Don't miss 2019’s 5th installment of Third Thursdays with the ISA - Portland event - May 16! 
This month’s mixer for Portland area screenwriters and filmmakers features guest speaker screenwriter and educator, RANDALL JAHNSON, whose produced credits include: Dudes, The Doors, The Mark of Zorro, Sunset Strip and episodes of the HBO series, Tales from the Crypt. Also featured: a short presentation by OMPA (Oregon Media Producer’s Association)! 
WHEN: Thursday, May 16th - 7pm 
WHERE: NW Film Center Office & South Park *  
934 SW Salmon, Portland OR, 97205  
* We begin at NW Film then migrate across the street to South Park.  
Register for this FREE event at: 

Plus, our 05/16 ISA event DOOR PRIZES include:

  • 2 Copies of Source Oregon, Oregon Media Producer’s Association (OMPA) film crew guide 
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 WHEN: Thursday, May 16th - 7pm

WHERE: NW Film Center Office & Classrooms and South Park Restaurant*
NW FILM — 934 SW Salmon, Portland OR, 97205 (10th & Salmon NOT Whitsell Auditorium)
SOUTH PARK — Each event begins at NWC then migrates across the street to South Park.

 Special Guest:  Randall Jahnson

Randall Jahnson has been a professional screenwriter for 34 years. He has delivered scripts for both large and small screens; in both studio and independent realms; in genres ranging from horror to historical. He’s worked with such diverse filmmaking talent as Steven Spielberg, Penelope Spheeris, Spike Lee, Alec Baldwin, Brad Pitt, and the late Jonathan Demme.

Among his produced credits are the punk rock western Dudes, The Doors, The Mask of Zorro, Sunset Strip, the Norwegian indie, Dryads - Girls Don’t Cry, and episodes of the HBO cable series, Tales from the Crypt.

He also wrote the epic Western video game, Gun, which was voted Best Story at
the 2005 IGN Video Game Awards. Most recently, he has completed two episodes of a forthcoming horror series on Amazon Latino, and adapted for TV, You Know Your Way Home, a memoir by psychic Suzanne Jauchius.

Way back in the 1980s Jahnson directed music videos for Henry Rollins, Black Flag, Stan Ridgway, and the legendary Minutemen. Continuing with his love for music, he founded independent record company Blue Yonder Sounds. The label
released four albums: Civilization and its Discotheques by The Fibonaccis; Bigger than Breakfast by Portland’s Slack, Motel Cafe by poet Michael C Ford, and Three Gals, Three Guitars by LA grand dames, The Del Rubio Triplets.

Jahnson grew up in Carlsbad, California before it was Legoland. He graduated from UCLA’s film school in 1982. In 2007 he moved with his wife and son to the Portland, Oregon area where he continues to write and teach screenwriting at the
Northwest Film Center.

Meet your Hosts:

Mary Andonian is a novelist and screenwriter based in the Northwest. Despite a few prestigious college degrees unrelated to writing (somewhere in there lies a dark story), Mary has authored the teen inspirational book, BITSY’S LABYRINTH (which she also adapted into a screenplay), and the screenplays TIME SHARE, GUARDIAN JOE, THE SOUND OF RAIN and FOUR COLLEGE ESSAYS. She is a former board member of Willamette Writers, one of the largest writers’ associations in the country. Over the years, her passion for writing inspired her to take on leadership roles at the group's annual Willamette Writers Conference, including Program Coordinator and Literary and Film Committee Co-Chair. In those roles, Mary collaborated with scores of Hollywood agents, managers and producers to arrange pitch sessions, seminars and workshops at the conference. Reach Mary at



DAVID POULSHOCK is an award-winning Northwest screenwriter and filmmaker whose work includes TV commercials and corporate films; the best-selling “Wee Sing” kidvids for Universal Home Video; the groundbreaking public television series, “Mathematics Illuminated;” the feature documentary “Raw Materials;” and many other projects. His original screenplays have won accolades from the world’s top screenplay competitions. Prior to his film career, David was keyboardist with the legendary Northwest cult band, Upepo, an Oregon Music Hall of Fame honoree. He has served as adjunct faculty of the Art Institute of Portland, Chairman of the Willamette Writers Conference and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Northwest Academy, and currently serves on the board of Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (OVLA). Reach David at 


Event Sponsors:

Oregon Media Producers Association (OMPA)
OMPA is the champion of Oregon’s film, television and digital storytelling industry. Our members are the core of our state’s production resources. We grow Oregon’s industry by promoting the work of these members and advocating for them in state and local governments. We have a history of advocacy, articulating our value to key audiences – to national professionals and government. Through Source Oregon and other communication instruments and promotions, we provide national exposure for our members.  We contribute to Oregon's culture of creativity as a green and economically powerful 21st Century industry that fuels desperately needed jobs and tax revenues.  The key strength of OMPA is its network, representing every facet of media production throughout the state. OMPA members are Oregon's media production community, known for its spirit of fellowship and solidarity. 

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 USD.  Open to anyone 18 years old or older across the world. 

Katra Film Series is dedicated to discovery, exhibition and promotion of quality emerging cinema, providing a platform for independent filmmakers to showcase their work in front of a live audience and to network with likeminded industry professionals. Every season we curate a selection of quality films, web series and digital works where the audience votes for one project to advance to the final rounds. Regardless of who wins each season all works will be considered for the Year-End Grand Finale Event where the top works will compete for over 10K in prizes at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Brooklyn, NY.

Changing Face International Film Festival 
aims to encourage diverse content from diverse creators. CFIFF was started as a way to bring together filmmakers from all over the world to celebrate each others work and to create a festival that was supportive of screenplays and screenwriters. Their goal for 2019 is to continue to create opportunities for wonderful filmmakers. 

The Northwest Film Center is a non-profit media arts organization devoted to the exhibition of independent film, the education of audiences, emerging artists and youth, and the support of independent filmmakers . NW Film also is also home to Portland International Film Festival, the Northwest Filmmakers Festival and Fresh Film Northwest.

Southpark Seafood is a chic Northwest eatery featuring sustainable seafood, farm-fresh ingredients, and the area’s largest selection of oysters. Locally owned for 20 years, this iconic downtown Portland restaurant continues to be a definitive part of the city’s dining scene. 


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On February 21, 2019 Lisa Parsons said:

So nice to see Mary, David, and Nancy again. I so enjoyed tonight’s speaker, a woman role model, who had so much to say. I won a door prize too, the workshop tribe book. Should be fun to delve into on a rainy evening. Thanks again and hope to see you at another ISA event soon.


Lisa Parsons

P.S. Bill Johnson won a prize too for a submission to a contest.  Our lucky day totally.  Even gluten free cookies I like too




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Lisa, I don't know how I missed this, but thank you for joining us and I hope to see you at another event soon! Congrats on your book win. 

On October 19, 2018 Noah Hale said:

Just wanted to drop a line and say thanks for holding this event. It was both informative and encouraging. I'm also a graduate of the NW Film Center School of Film certificate program and I took you holding it there as a definite sign that I should come. Of course, that sign turned to bright neon when I won the free entry for the Cinequest screenwriting competition as a door prize. Time for me to give one of my scripts another polish and submit it to Cinequest.

Thanks again,

Noah Hale



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Noah, thanks so much for joining us, and I'm thrilled you won the Cinequest prize! Good luck, and thanks again.

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Each event begins at NW Film Center on SW Salmon then migrates just across the street to South Park Restaurant, which often hosts NWFC after parties and events.
NW Film Center Lobby and Classroom 1 — 7:00-8:30ish
934 SW Salmon, Portland OR, 97205
Registration, Meet & greet social hang out for 1st half hour 
Light refreshments — beverages, snacks, (provided by a private donor)
Guest Speaker & Q&A, Announcements, Door prizes – in classroom, round table setting
Full AV capabilities, with tech person on-site!
Classroom seats up to 40
First Speaker, Tim Williams, Exectuive Director,  Oregon Film Office
South Park Restaurant 8:30-10:00ish
One of Portland’s premiere dining venues as well as a film/creative social hub
Continued social networking for those interested
Reserved area in the bar — accommodating 20-30
Full menu, appetizer, dinner, bar, wine, oysters
Individual orders okay. No minimum, no charge to group.