WGAW Calendar: 2014

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

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Tues 1
Call for Entrees: Maison Des Scénaristes (2014 Cannes Film Festival, May 14-25)
Submission deadline on 4/1. Call for English language shorts and feature projects: click here. If you will be attending the Cannes Film Festival, félicitations! The Maison des Scénaristes (aka International Screenwriters' Pavilion) is offering screenwriters a unique opportunity to meet, mingle and possibly pitch to the international film community. If you have questions about the Pavilion, please email MDS. Bonne chance!
Mon 7
Activities Committee – Open House!
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW Room 4B. RSVPs required: Activities. Have a fun event you'd like to do? Whale watching, an open mike night or a day at the races? If you enjoy networking with other writers in a social setting, please join us and make something fun happen. Past events include hikes, game nights, writing marathons and the Lake Arrowhead Retreat. Open to new members! See our Facebook page for more info.
Wed 9
The Latino Scene
7-10 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Info: (323) 782-4589. RSVP: Diversity with “Latino Scene” as subject. You are invited to an entertaining evening of member readings featuring smart, compelling, and humorous scenes from film and television scripts penned by WGAW Latino scribes: Giselle Achecar, Yolie Cortez, Maria Escobedo, Philip Pierce, Leslie Valdes, Evette Vargas, and José Zárate. Directed by Ed Ornelas (Private Practice, Grey’s Anatomy). Host: WGAW Latino Writers Committee.
Sat 12
Spring Craft Symposium: From First Draft to Feature*
10 a.m.-6:15 p.m. – WGA Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. Tickets/Info: WGFoundation. Join the Writers Guild Foundation for its annual exploration of the craft of screenwriting and the entertainment industry, this year presented in conjunction with the Austin Film Festival. Four panels throughout the day will include John August, Katie Dippold, Kelly Marcel, representatives from AFF, the Nicholl Fellowships and more.
Tues 15
Genre Smash!*
7-8:30 p.m. – NerdMelt Showroom, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. Tickets/Info: WGFoundation. Join the Writers Guild Foundation for its fastest-growing event series, held monthly in the back of the world-famous Meltdown Comics. Guest to be announced.
Wed 16
Meeting: Committee of Black Writers
7-9 p.m. – WGAW Rm 4A. Info: (323) 782-4589. This committee encourages African-American writers to become more active within the Guild and to raise the profile and perception of African-American writers in the industry at large by creating forums that foster networking, collaboration, education, information exchange, employment opportunities and creative expression. All WGA and Caucus members in active status welcome.
Mon 21
Media Rx: Access to Medicine Through Entertainment
6:30-8:30 p.m. – Paley Center for Media, 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. RSVP: specialeventsla@paleycenter.org. Join the Paley Center and UCLA’s Global Media Center for Social Impact for a participatory dialogue with writers, creators and health experts on the use of television and film to positively impact global health, with a focus on the high costs of life-saving medicine. Panelists include writers Neal Baer (Under the Dome), Zoanne Clack (Grey’s Anatomy) and Melisa Wallack (Dallas Buyers Club). Panelists will present data and examples of compelling story lines that have impacted specific health issues and have an expert on hand to brief the audience on the topic of access to medicine. Get info.
Tues 22
2014 COLCOA French film festival - Program announced 4/2 on colcoa.org
Through Monday, 4/28 - Directors Guild of America theaters, 7920 Sunset Blvd., LA. Free to WGA members in good standing and a guest. Member RSVPs start 4/2 with access code (click here for details; login required). The WGAW, in partnership with the DGA, MPA and SACEM, proudly presents the 18th annual City of Lights, City of Angels (COLCOA) French film festival. COLCOA showcases the latest in French film production, including several U.S., International and World Premieres. Monday, 4/21 events are by invitation only.

Meeting: Committee of Women Writers
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 4th Flr Boardroom. Info: (323) 782-4589. This committee works to enhance the opportunities, advance the careers, and highlight the accomplishments of women in the Guild, to end discrimination against women writers in the industry and to improve the image of women in film, television, and radio. The group sponsors events designed to increase knowledge of the craft and the marketplace. WGA and Caucus members in active status only.
Wed 23
How to Succeed Without Representation: Strategies for the Un- and Under-represented Writer
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Members in active status only (no guests), RSVPs FULL. With many WGA members un-/under-represented, WGAW’s Writers Education and New Members committees invite you to an evening with two chats about how writers without representation might pursue deals. Event co-chairs, who were successful in self-brokering their deals, will first address online pitch services which may lead to producer access with guests Jerrol LeBaron (Inktip), Franklin Leonard (The Black List), Ashley Scott Meyers (SellingYourScreenplay.com) and David Zuckerman (Virtual Pitch Fest). Then hear directly from producers Shannon Gaulding (Hollywood Gang), J. Todd Harris (Branded Pictures Entertainment), Michael Lewis (Amazon Studios), and Julia Verdin (Merchant of Venice). Limited seating; RSVP early!
Th 24
Meeting: Asian American Writers Committee
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW Rm 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. WGA and Caucus members in active status welcome.
Fri 25
Meeting: Writers with Disabilities Committee
2-4 p.m. – WGAW Rm 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. WGA and Caucus members in active status only.
Mon 28
Seasoned Readings: Feathers In The Wind by Michael Cestari
7-10 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Info: (323) 782-4589. RSVP: Diversity with “Feathers” as subject. An ex-con's plan to find and kill the man responsible for his wife's death gets complicated when his dying best friend and former crime partner requests that he seek out and ask forgiveness from the people they hurt in their criminal activities. Host: WGAW Career Longevity Committee.
Wed 30
PR 101: Using Publicity and Social Media to to Make Your Best Impression (& Lots of Them)
7-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Active WGA members + guest, RSVPs FULL. How does the Hollywood PR machine work? How do you maximize media coverage? Join industry pros on how to proactively self-generate publicity to increase employment opportunities and raise your profile. Panelists include WGA-/Oscar-nominated writer Craig Borten (Dallas Buyers Club), publicists Jasmine Madatian (AMPAS, Disney) and Michele Robertson (MRC), executive Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i (CBS, VP Diversity & Communications), social media-marketing expert Tim Sovay (The Audience), Los Angeles Times entertainment staff writer Mark Olsen, and screenwriter Ligiah Villalobos (Under the Same Moon); moderator: screenwriter/LA Times film critic Gary Goldstein (Politics of Love). Host: WGAW Publicity & Marketing Committee.


Tues 6
Eyes On Asia: Writing For China, Taiwan and South Korea
7-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Active members + guest. RSVP: FETF with “ASIA” as subject. China has become one of the largest film markets in the world, and more and more Chinese production companies are turning to the U.S. for writers and scripts. How do you find opportunities overseas, and what are the benefits and challenges? Topics will include the development and production processes, cultural influences, government censorship and how to get Guild coverage for your project. Taiwan and South Korea will also be discussed. Panelists include Robert Cain (Pacific Bridge Pictures/chinafilmbiz.com), Brent Emery (Head of Co-Productions, ECI Global Entertainment), and writers Weiko Lin (100 Days), Christine Yoo (Wedding Palace), and Amy Snow (My Lucky Star); moderated by writer Galen Tong. Presented by the WGAW Foreign Employers Task Force and the Asian-American Writers Committee.
Wed 7
12 More Years a Slave: Is Mass Incarceration the New Slavery?
6:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Active WGA members + guest. RSVP: gmi@ph.ucla.edu by 4/23. The Global Media Center for Social Impact (GMI) presents this panel with guests Neal Baer (Under the Dome), Scott Budnick (The Hangover), and more, about America's prison crisis and the realities of life behind bars. Learn about the impact of mass incarceration on the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities and hear real stories from real people about life behind bars.

Meeting: Writers Education Committee
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW Rm TBA. 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.


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