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Third Thursdays with the ISA - Portland


Join us in February with our 4th ISA Third ThursdaysFebruary 21st! — a monthly mixer for Portland screenwriters and the film and television community. Mingle with fellow screenwriters, meet film and TV industry professionals, and win door prizes, all in a fun, casual atmosphere.

This event is free and open to all.

Register now to meet this month's guest speaker:

Oscar-nominated, Emmy and Peabody-award winning filmmaker IRENE TAYLOR-BRODSKY, just back from screening her latest film, Moonlight Sonata, at Sundance! Known for her strong sense of story, Irene's credits include the films Hear and Now, Beware the Slenderman, Saving Pelican 895, and The Final Inch

Plus, our 02/21 ISA event DOOR PRIZES include:

         * Two free copies of the book, Screenwriting Tribe by Daniel John Carey

         * One free script entry to NEW MEDIA FILM FESTIVAL

         * One free script entry to FINISH LINE SCRIPT COMPETITION

         * 50% off 6+ pages of script development notes and free script entry from FINISH LINE SCRIPT COMPETITION

         * Two bundles of five tickets each to any film at PIFF (Portland International Film Festival) 

WHEN: Thursday, February 21st - 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:  Irene Taylor Brodsky 

Irene Taylor Brodsky is an Oscar-nominated, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker whose films journey deep into the human sensory experience.  Her current feature documentary, Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements focuses on her deaf son, her deaf father, and the deaf composer, Beethoven.  It will premiere at Sundance Film Festival later this month.

In 2018, for The New York Times she created an opinion documentary, Between Sound and Silence, about the impact of technology on the deaf experience.  Her recent feature film, Beware the Slenderman, was nominated for a 2018 Emmy, and received two Critics’ Choice Award nominations for Best Director and Best Documentary.

Her first feature documentary, Hear and Now, won the Audience Award at Sundance in 2007 and a Peabody. Her other award-winning films include Homeless: The Soundtrack (2018), Open Your Eyes (2015), One Last Hug: Three Days at Grief Camp (2014), Saving Pelican 895 (2011), and The Final Inch (2009). Irene has also worked as a news journalist, a Himalayan mountain guide, and made numerous television documentaries. She is a graduate of New York University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and is married to Dr. Matthew Brodsky, a neurologist, and they live with their three sons in Portland, OR.

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:

New Media Film Festival Honoring Stories Worth Telling - All Ages, All Cultures, All Media. New Media Film Festival works hard to produce a festival that highlights and honors the hard working and uprising content creators in the New Media Industry. It is a unique festival that diligently works to find opportunities, including distribution for almost all of the submitted content, not just those programmed. Accepts all stories in text format (books, event scripts, reality etc.) 

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.

Screenwriting Tribe by Daniel John Carey - For both beginners and working screenwriters, Screenwriting Tribe Workshop Handbook provides a vast quantity of information to help writers polish their screenplays to the professional level. One day, while working at a Hollywood film studio, the studio president asked John, “Why should I spend time reading a script if the writer hasn’t spent the time to polish it?” That motivated John to start a weekly workshop called Screenwriting Tribe to help writers polish their scripts to the level expected by industry pros. Over the years, John compiled the nearly 300 pages of screenwriting advice included the Screenwriting Tribe Workshop Handbook. 

Finish Line Script Competition Redefining the screenwriting competition, embracing the rewrite as an essential component in any successful screenplay, and incentivizing every entrant to dig deeper, find their best draft, and win. With the guidance of a seasoned script consultant, you can work on your rewrites AFTER submitting your script to the competition and then, after reviewing their notes, RESUBMIT your script to us, having improved your draft and thus bettering your chances to WIN!

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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.