WGAW Calendar: 2015  

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The GUILD SCREENINGS is free to all WGAW members in Active status. See this month's schedule.

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2015 IDA Documentary Screening Series – Continues
The International Documentary Association’s (IDA) annual Documentary Screening Series presents some of the year’s best documentary films to members of industry guilds and organizations, and the IDA community. A Q&A with filmmakers follows each screening. Priority seating given to guild members. WGA members register online to receive direct invitations.


Sun 11  
Q&A: The Guild Screenings – Steve Jobs with Aaron Sorkin
after 5:00 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. WGAW members only with one guest. Q&A with writer Aaron Sorkin begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 122 minutes). Based on the Book by Walter Isaacson. Guild membership card required for entry.
Mon 12  
A Few Laughs with Death and The Gospel According to Al, both by Tom Walla
7-10 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Guild/Caucus members in active status, RSVP: WallaPlays Info: (323) 782-4589. WGAW’s Career Longevity Committee invites you to attend Seasoned Readings (staged readings) of Tom Walla’s two one-act plays. In A Few Laughs with Death, Matt, a 31-year old rising star at a major financial firm, is visited by a strangely happy-go-lucky figure of Death who gives Matt 24 hours to do whatever he wants. But what does Matt want? And why is Death such a fun guy? In The Gospel According to Al, successful event planner Jennifer is driven crazy by her grumpy, contrarian father, Al, who moved in after the death of his wife. Jennifer enlists the help of her younger, irresponsible brother to deal with Dad, but something happens to her father that challenges everyone's preconceived notions of themselves. Readings followed by light food and drink reception.
Tues 13
Meeting: Writers Education Committee
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW Room 2B.RSVP: WritersEd. This committee brainstorms and develops events and programs which provide WGA members with practical, inside knowledge about how the industry works and how it is changing, emphasizing tips and tools to help writers succeed. We strive to provide "working knowledge for writers" and invite you to contribute your ideas. WGAW and Caucus members in active status only.
Wed 14
Meeting: Committee of Black Writers
7-9 p.m. – WGAW Room 2B. Info: (323) 782-4589. The Committee of Black Writers is dedicated to empowering and increasing industry visibility of African-American writers and generating more career and networking opportunities within the Guild. All WGAW and Caucus members in active status welcome.
Th 15
Submission Deadline – Switzerland 6-Week Screenwriting Residency
Write your next script in a Swiss chalet! WGAW’s Foreign Employment Task Force (FETF) and DreamAgo once again offer this unique opportunity: a 6-week screenwriting residency (April 1-May 15, 2016) in a Sierre, Switzerland villa. Current, Post-Current and Independent Writers Caucus members in active status only are eligible to apply. Independent, character driven stories encouraged. Email Nena with “WGAW/Swiss” as subject. Submit a 10-line pitch describing your story, plus a 5-line bio, by Thursday, 10/15. If selected for the next round, must be available to pitch that same idea in Los Angeles (venue/time TBD) on Friday, 11/6.

Meeting: Activities Committee
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW Room 3A. Guild and Caucus members in active status, no guests, RSVP: Activities. The Activities Committee is charged with bringing members together in social settings for networking and fun. We've brought you hikes, Pub Trivia, Storytelling Night, as well as the biennial Lake Arrowhead Retreat. If you've got an idea for a fun event, please join us in our first meeting of the year, and let's make it happen! Snacks provided.

Meeting: Asian American Writers Committee
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW Room 4A. Info: (323) 782-4589. The Asian-American Writers Committee represents the professional and creative interests of Asian-American Guild members. Its mandate is to be dedicated to the encouragement, empowerment and employment of writers of Asian heritage. Join us for an informative and fun evening in a relaxed environment. Snacks will be provided. WGAW and Caucus members in active status welcome.
Sat 17
Post-Production for TV Writers – Understanding the Final Rewrite
9 a.m.-2 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Guild/Caucus members in active status only, no guests, RSVP: TVPost. Join us for a down-and-dirty crash course on television post-production for writers with little-to-no experience in the process. Established producers and post professionals will demystify the TV writer’s role in shepherding work from page to screen. Showrunner Training Program Chair Jeff Melvoin (Army Wives, Alias) moderates. Speakers include Alicia Hirsch (SVP Post Production, Fox Television Studios), executive producer Robert Sertner (Blood and Oil, UnREAL), editor/writer Alyssa Clark (Teen Wolf, Dominion), editor Kelley Dixon (Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad), editor Jonathan Schwartz (Modern Family, House of Lies), and others. If the thought of overseeing an edit fills you with trepidation, RSVP now. Limited space. Hosted by WGAW Writers Education Committee, event chair Liz Benjamin (Blood and Oil, UnREAL).

Q&A: The Guild Screenings – Pan with Jason Fuchs
after 1:30 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. WGAW members only with guests. Q&A with writer Jason Fuchs begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 111 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.
Sun 18 
WGF: Benefit Reading of Sterling by Ken LaZebnik*
2:30-4 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Tickets/Info: WGFoundation. Based on a true story, Sterling, a new screenplay by Ken LaZebnik, chronicles a mother’s journey after her Army Specialist son is killed in Afghanistan. Actress Annie Potts stars in this reading, and Mark Taylor directs. All proceeds benefit Writers Guild Foundation’s Veterans Writing Project.

Q&A: The Guild Screenings – Bridge of Spies with co-writer Matt Charman
after 5:00 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. WGAW members only with one guest. Q&A with co-writer Matt Charman begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 135 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.
Tues 20 
Financial Security = Creative Freedom + A Long Career
7-9 p.m. WGAW 2nd Floor. All Guild and Caucus members in active status + spouses/partners, RSVP: Financial. The financial booms and busts of nearly every writer’s life would unnerve even a poker champion. Understanding how to plan for that rollercoaster ride can give writers their best shot at creative freedom and a sustainable career. A panel experienced in entertainment industry financial planning, counseling and business management will give a fast but comprehensive overview of what writers -- and their spouses/partners -- need to know to minimize risk, hang on to their money, and make it grow as their careers evolve. Panel includes an Entertainment Business Manager, Investment Advisor/Financial Planner, CPA and others. Moderated by WGAW Board member Carleton Eastlake.
Th 22 
WGF: The Dramatist: Beau Willimon on Writing for Stage and Screen*
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Tickets/Info: WGFoundation. House of Cards showrunner and playwright Beau Willimon discusses his writing process for his Emmy-winning Netflix Original series, his approach to adapting his plays to film, and his techniques for dramatizing careers in science, politics and beyond.
Fri 23 
Meeting: Writers with Disabilities Committee
2-4 p.m. – WGAW Room 2B. Info: (323) 782-4589. The WGAW Writers with Disabilities Committee is looking for ways to aid disabled writers in pursuing their careers in Hollywood and to encourage accurate portrayals of the disabled in film and television. Please come, shake hands and talk about expanding opportunities for all of us. WGAW and Caucus members in active status only.
Mon 26 
Q&A: The Guild Screenings – Trumbo with John McNamara
after 7:30 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. WGAW members only with guests. Q&A with writer John McNamara begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 124 minutes). Based on the Book by Bruce Cook. Guild membership card required for entry. Co-presented with Writers Guild Foundation.
Tues 27 
Direct to Series: Original French Content for Global Market
10/27-10/28 – Pacific Design Center, 750 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood. Starting Oct. 6, visit schedule/details. Questions, please email. Showcasing French television series, Direct to Series will once again highlight the exciting success and re-invention of French television drama while fostering opportunities for creative exchanges with American audiences. Join top television industry professionals for two days of screenings of French shows followed by Q&As and panel discussions with Europeans and Americans in key creative television positions. Co-presented by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Ile de France Film Commission.
Wed 28 
WGF: Writers on Writing: Drew Goddard*
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Tickets/Info: WGFoundation. In what’s sure to be an epically awesome event, Drew Goddard, The Martian screenwriter and executive producer of Marvel’s Daredevil series for Netflix, shares his process for mastering the science fiction genre and adapting books into film.
Th 29 
Seasoned Readings: + Q&A: Madly In Love by Alvin Sargent
7-10 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Guild/Caucus members in active status, no guests. RSVP: Sargent Info: (323) 782-4589. WGAW’s Career Longevity Committee is honored to present a staged reading of Alvin Sargent’s Madly in Love. Roger is a middle-aged writer and serious phobic who has trouble being away from his house. Girlfriend Molly manages to put up with his neuroses, which ex-wife was unable to do... yet he lives alone in his isolation. One night he is robbed at gunpoint by a strangely entertaining robber, and this frightening encounter changes the trajectory of Roger's eccentric existence. He roadtrips to Barstow to attend Molly's music recital... but he never arrives. Instead, Roger meets a colorful collection of characters and experiences that lead him farther and farther away from the safety of his bedroom, ultimately forcing him to confront his robber in Amarillo, Texas. Academy Award-winning screenwriter Alvin Sargent (Julia, Ordinary People, Spider-Man films) is scheduled for brief Q&A immediately after the reading, followed by light food and drink reception.

Austin Film Festival (AFF) & Conference
10/29-11/1 Conference (Festival runs thru 11/5) – Austin, TX. Info/registration: Austin Film Festival & Conference. AFF champions the work of aspiring and established filmmakers, with a refreshing emphasis on the Writer. Members are encouraged to attend Thursday’s (10/29) WGAW Late Night Welcome Party. Our party hosts are also our “The Creative Career: What You Need to Know” panelists: WGAW writers Shane Black, Peter Craig, Chris Provenzano, Issa Rae, with Board member Andrea Berloff as moderator. If you want to attend the Welcome Party and are a member without a conference badge, respond by 10/19: Independent Film to be included on WGAW list. Badged attendees only are invited to conference panels. WGAW questions: (323) 782-4731.


Sun 1 
The Big Lebowski Bowl-o-rama!
4-6 p.m. – Pinz Lanes, 12655 Ventura Blvd, Studio City. Must RSVP due to limited space: Activities. "F*ck it, Dude. Let's go bowling." Join fellow writers for two hours of aggression-soothing pin-kicking. Food and one drink ticket (limited tickets; priority given to Current and Post-Current members in active status.) All attendees pay their own shoe rental fees ($5/person). Prize for “Most Abiding Dude-ness” (or Dudess). Join the WGAW Activities Facebook page for updates. And remember: “This is not ‘Nam. This is bowling. There are rules.” The Big Lebowski, Written by Ethan Coen & Joel Coen.
Wed 4  
American Film Market & Conferences (AFM)
11/4-11/11 - Loews Hotel, Santa Monica. Badge registration required (no discounts): AFM. Filmmakers, producers, and writers from around the world come to AFM to gain exposure, pitch new projects and make deals. New to AFM? Click on How to Work the AFM. Badged attendees are invited to the “Working With the U.S. Guilds” roundtable featuring Darrien Gipson (SAGindie), Jon Larson (DGA), and Kay S. Wolf (WGAW), Tues., Nov. 10, 3-4 p.m., Loews Hotel, AFM Studios.
Fri 6 
Cuba Is Calling
7-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Guild and Caucus members in active status + one guest, RSVP: FETF. Cinema has been a vital part of Cuban culture, but the Cuban film industry has been closed to American screenwriters and filmmakers for over 50 years. Now, finally, the doors are opening. WGAW’s Foreign Employers Task Force, in collaboration with DreamAgo, proudly present this panel at which celebrated filmmaker Arturo Sotto Diaz (Boccaccerias Habaneras, Night of the Innocents) and other Cuban filmmakers (TBA) discuss the reality of making films in Cuba and explore ways in which American writers can build bridges to this new market.

Call for Submissions: “The Disability Scene. Year One.”
6 p.m. Submission Deadline. Upon reading details below, members in active status only, SUBMIT .pdf of WGAW-registered work with “Disability Scene” as Subject: Diversity. WGAW's Writers with Disabilities Committee welcomes submissions for its January 20, 2016 showcase "The Disability Scene. Year One.” Staged readings of disability-themed (or feature a character with a disability) scenes from members’ unproduced screenplays, TV pilots, short film scripts, teleplays, webisodes and stage plays. Stand-alone scenes written specifically for this event also accepted. Requirements: Active WGAW status; 5-minute scene (5-6 pages) with maximum 4 characters; introductory paragraph giving context of scene and genre of work. Selection based on quality and castability. Writers not required to have a disability to submit! WRITER’S NAME SHOULD NOT APPEAR ANYWHERE ON SCRIPT, only in body of submission email.


*Presented by the Writers Guild Foundation. Proceeds benefit the Writers Guild Foundation Shavelson-Webb Library and other Foundation programs.