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Entertainment Lawyer Hal “Corky” Kessler on Film Funding

 April 7th, 6 PM at The Fifty/50!

Entertainment Lawyer Hal “Corky” Kessler on Film Funding 


What legal film industry questions do you have? Let us know! Board Member Linda Frothingham will interview Entertainment Lawyer Hal “Corky” Kessler.  


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How can you get money to finance your film project? 

How do you launch your screenwriting career with the help of a lawyer? 

What legal questions do you have regarding your screenplay or your production?

Can tax laws benefit us? 

How can you protect your ideasyour investors, and your production?

He’s here to answer your questions!

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Writer/Director/Producer Delvin Molden shares his storytelling secrets.

Delvin Molden shares his storytelling secrets.

Join us at The Fifty/50 on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 6 PM 

CSN VP, Linda Frothingham will interview Molden about the art

of storytelling and the importance of  structure in screenwriting. 

Delvin MoldenGod's Country

 Register in advance on Eventbrite to guarantee your spot — $5 in advance. $15 at the door.

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CSN Presents: Barri Evins

Chicago Screenwriters Network: an Evening with The Pitch Doctor – Screenplay consultant Barri Evins 

Join us at The Fifty / 50 on February 10, 2013 at 6 PM 

Barri Evins

Join us for an exciting class taught by renowned screenplay consultant, Barri Evins. Pitching your story – whether it is on paper or in person – is the key to breaking into the industry. Bari will be teaching and analyzing query letters and loglines. The gathering on February 10th will be class, there will not be a general meeting. 

Please register in advance on Eventbrite to guarantee your spot — $25 for Class. $30 to have your query and logline critiqued!  Join us at The Fifty / 50 on February 10, 2013 at 6 PM 

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Table Read My First 5 Pages

Chicago Screenwriters Network: Table Read

On January 6, 2013, first meeting of the year with our popular Table Read My Screenplay 

Table Reading

We are happy to take our “Writers’ Room” to a new location – The Fifty/50. Ticket prices for January 6th are $5 in advance and $15 at the door. Please purchase your ticket for Table Read My First Five Pages today on Eventbrite!  


Table Read My Screenplay 

If you have never attended a Table Read before, this is an amazing opportunity for a writer — to hear their words spoken by professional actors. The first 5 pages are critical to catching and maintaining a reader’s attention (especially if your reader is a producer, director, manager or agent). But it’s equally important to hear your words spoken aloud — preferably by professional actors.

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CSN PRESENTS: “Surviving Outside Hollywood” With Paul Peditto

Sunday, November 4, 2012
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM


Paul Peditto and Linda Frothingham will discuss alternative programs for screenwriting success and DIY film-making.

Paul’s credits include Jane Doe, an A-PIX Films release starring Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal). The film was awarded Best Feature at the New York Independent Film & Video Festival and grossed over 2 million dollars.

Six of his screenplays have been optioned, among them Crossroaders to Haft Entertainment (Emma, Dead Poet?s Society). Recent credits include Additional Dialogue for Roundabout American shot in July 2011, currently making the festival rounds. He also wrote the micro-budget thriller CHAT, scheduled for production in March, 2013.

Admission is $10 at the door; $5 in advance online. Annual members get in free. Purchase your ticket in advance here.

CSN Meeting on Sunday, December 2, 2012 – 6:00 P.M.

Vaun Monroe