Film & TV pros share expertise at ‘Courier 12’

'BlacKkKlansman' writers provide spec script tips at Courier 12 on September 28

‘BlacKkKlansman’ writers provide spec script tips at Courier 12 on September 28

screenwriters among
panelists appearing
at DePaul’s all-day
industry conference
on Saturday, Sept. 28


DePaul University’s annual Courier 12 Screenwriting Conference will take place this Saturday, September 28, from noon to 7 p.m. in the school’s Daley Building, 247 S. State St.

Admission to the event is free and open to the public. For tickets and information, click here.

Entertainers, producers, and screenwriters are among the professionals scheduled to share their expertise during the program, which has been billed as “the premier Midwest screenwriting event.”

The all-day conference will also feature panel discussions from top writing talent in the entertainment industry.



12:00 PM
David Michael Latt, co-founder of The Asylum, will discuss how new writers can break into writing low budget genre (horror, scifi, action, thriller).
1:30 PM
WEB SERIES & INTERSECTIONAL TELEVISION OTV Head of Production (and DePaul alumnus) Stephanie Jeter, and Kissing Walls creator Zak Payne for a discussion on the current web series landscape.
3:00 PM
Producer Trevor Albert (Groundhog Day), Michael McCarthy (Saturday Night Live), and Fawzia Mirza (Signature Move) break down the current state of comedy.
4:30 PM
BREAKING INTO THE WRITERS’ ROOM TV writers Michael Gemballa (SWAT) and Teresa Huang (SEAL TEAM) share their journey from being accepted into the CBS Writers Mentorship Program to getting staffed on a successful network television series.
SPEC SCRIPT TO OSCARS Screenwriters David Rabinowitz and Charlie Wachtel share the story behind the story for the award-winning 2018 movie BlacKkKlansman (directed by Spike Lee) for which the pair won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

DePaul School of Cinematic Arts
DePaul’s School of Cinematic Arts was recent ranked No. 13 on The Hollywood Reporter’s list of America’s Top 25 Film Schools. DePaul also offers comedy filmmaking degrees with The Second City, Chicago’s iconic center for improvisational comedy. DePaul’s 35,000-square-foot facilities at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios on the city’s west side include three professional soundstages, green screen cycloramas, a 3-ton grip truck and high-end editing suites and mixing studios.

Overbooking policy
All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. Doors will open a half hour before the event begins and the RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status. If there are additional seats, and you have not RSVPed, we will admit on a first-come, first-served basis after all rsvps have been seated.

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