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Meeting Topics & Guest Speakers

CSN July 2017: writer/producer André Bormanis (NatGeo’s MARS; Star Trek)

André BormanisOn Sunday, July 9th, Chicago Screenwriters Network is proud to welcome our special guest André Bormanis, who parlayed his role as a science consultant on Star Trek: The Next Generation in the early 1990s into a writing and production career. He acted as science consultant for the Star Trek TV and film franchise in 1993, and was soon writing episodes of Star Trek: Voyager. He became a full-time writer and eventually co-producer on Star Trek: Enterprise. He then served as a writer-producer on the CBS TV series Threshold and Eleventh Hour, the syndicated series Legend of the Seeker, and Disney XD’s Tron: Uprising. He worked as a scientific consultant on the FOX / National Geographic production of Cosmos, and as a writer and co-executive producer of the National Geographic miniseries Mars.

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May 21, 2017: Jeff Schimmel, “How Do I Get My Script Into The Right People’s Hands?”

Jeff Schimmel

On Sunday, May 21st, 2017, Chicago Screenwriters Network is pleased to welcome back L.A.-based writer/producer Jeff Schimmel in advance of his scheduled two-day, all new MAXIMUM SCREENWRITING seminar on June 3-4. Jeff’s topic for the May CSN meeting is, “How Do I Get My Script Into The Right People’s Hands?”

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CSN welcomes co-founder Ken Mader (“Displacement”) on Sun. 4/9

Rujanee Mahakanjana

On Sunday, April 9th, 2017, Chicago Screenwriters Network is pleased to welcome one of the group’s co-founders, Kenneth Mader — an accomplished writer, director, and producer — who will discuss his recently-released film, DISPLACEMENT (which hits screens in Chicago in mid-May). Ken will discuss his journey from Chicago to L.A. and how he took DISPLACEMENT from concept to script to screen. Learn the evolution of becoming a successful filmmaker and what is needed in order to get your body of work off the page and into the theaters. “The response to the film at festivals around the country has been great,” says Mader, “and I’m thrilled to be able to bring it to theatrical audiences in L.A., Dallas, and especially my hometown of Chicago!” (Details re: upcoming screenings of the film in Chicago will be provided at the meeting).

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Sun. Oct. 9th – monthly mtg. w/filmmaker Rujanee Mahakanjana

Rujanee MahakanjanaThe CSN Speaker Series continues on Sunday, October 9th when our guest speaker will be filmmaker Rujanee Mahakanjana — a director, managing partner at Nebula Creatives, as well as the founder of the Shortcut 100 International Film Festival. Rujanee was born to a Thai family in Bangkok but has been living and working in Chicago for over 20 years. After completing her M.F.A. in Studio Art from Northern Illinois University, she has worked on a wide range of projects, from short videos to long-form film productions while teaching at colleges downtown. Her work contains thought-provoking existential statements, metaphors, and symbolism, as well as quirky humor. Her background in architecture has given her a firm foundation of an inside-out, physical and psychological meaning of “space” in her visual work.

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Sun. July 10 – Screenwriting Career Q&A w/Jeff Gordon, Writers Boot Camp

Jeffrey Gordon / Writers Boot Camp

Chicago Screenwriters Network welcomes back West Rogers Park native Jeffrey Gordon (founder and president of Writers Book Camp) on Sun., July 10th. Jeff will conduct an expansive Q&A on screenwriting career options. Jeff will address the numerous fallacies that even the most productive writers and aspiring artists tend to abide. Together, we’ll bust a whole bunch of misguided notions about the screenwriting business. Instead of an event traditionally ending with Q&A, we’ll start the session with your questions to offer insight into a wide range of creative and career challenges.

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