ISA Third Thursdays PDX launches 2020 zombie style, February 20, with Z-Nation Creator, Dan Merchant! Don’t miss our opening monthly mixer of the year 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 for your chance to meet Dan Merchant!
WHEN: Thursday, February 20 - 7:00 pm
WHERE: NW Film Center Office & Classrooms and South Park Restaurant*
NW FILM CENTER — 934 SW Salmon, Portland OR, 97205 (10th & Salmon, NOT Whitsell Auditorium)
SOUTH PARK — Each event begins at NWFC then migrates across the street to South Park.
Our 2/20 DOOR PRIZES: TBA
Special Guest: DAN MERCHANT
DAN MERCHANT is a veteran television writer/director/executive producer best known for SyFy’s zombie horror-comedy hit Z Nation and VH1’s “rock-n-roll Twilight Zone” anthology series, Strange Frequency. Dan also recently served as a Co-Executive Producer on Z Nation’s prequel series for Netflix, Black Summer. He’s also developing the sci-fi thriller Downwinders with producer Jonathon-Komack Martin (Deadpool) and the teen clone drama Cherry Blossom High for Citizen Skull Productions.
Dan is also in development on Monsters of Rock, an 80’s teen rock comedy featuring rocker Sammy Hagar and Kenny Kane is a Dead Man, a dark comedy about a misfit teen who fakes a terminal illness to win the girl and achieve high school popularity. Previously, Dan wrote, produced and directed the Indie-feature documentary Lord, Save Us From Your Followers. USA Today called Lord, Save Us… “Michael Moore-meets-Monty Python. A humorous and heartfelt examination of the culture wars.” Variety proclaimed: “Admirably bold…It would take a hard heart indeed not to be moved.”
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 www.maryandonian.com
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 www.davidpoulshock.com
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.
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 nickwriting.com for all the details and be sure to follow them on Facebook (@nickwriting) and Twitter (@nickwriting) for updates, tips, and giveaways!
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.
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.
To attend this event please upgrade your membership to ISAConnect.
Not only will you be able to submit to exclusive Events but you can
*Add an unlimited number of loglines to the ISA Showcase, searched by over 4500 Industry Pros looking for writers and screenplays
*Add awards, success stories, posters and more to your screenplays
*Receive exclusive discounts on most resources, including contests!
(If you are a writer and want to be considered for the TOP 25, you must be an ISAConnect Member)