Learn how a filmmaker and entertainment lawyer work together!

CSN Welcomes Hal "Corky" Kessler & James Scully!

Learn how a filmmaker and entertainment lawyer work together!

$5 in advance, $15 at the door. You must get a ticket. Register HERE to save!! Get your legal questions answered!

You may already be familiar with our friend, Hal Corky Kessler, a connected, talented entertainment lawyer and producer. Back by demand, he’ll take more questions and offer more industry wisdom.

Sign up and pay at: http://www.chicagoscreenwriters.org/

Accompanying him is James Scully, a USC-taught filmmaker whose reach is international and whose work has screened at Sundance!

• How to work with a lawyer and what you should know before getting started.
• How to legally structure your film projects and deals.
• How to protect your ownership.
• Reviewing contracts and agreements.
• Legal issues with casting your projects.
• Crowdsourcing and funding your projects.
Learn about 181 and Jump Start Act of 2012.
• Rights and Life Rights before you begin to write.

Note that we’re starting a half hour later at Roots because of room availability! It’s at 6:30, not 6! REGISTER NOW!

Sign up and pay at: http://www.chicagoscreenwriters.org/

Hal “Corky” Kessler has extensive entertainment law, corporate and worldwide entertainment industry experience and regularly speaks on the business and legal aspects of feature film development and tax incentives in connection with the entertainment industry, and authored a reference book covering such federal and state tax incentives. The Industry Trades have written that what Corky has set up through Deutsch, Levy & Engel, Chartered is a “one stop shop” firm for the entertainment industry.

James Scully is a screenwriter and director who studied film production at the University of Southern California. In the summer of 2012 he produced and directed the live DVD of Cirque Shanghai: Year of the Dragon, a Chinese acrobat show playing at Navy Pier in Chicago. Before that he co-wrote and directed the short film Dead Bastard, which screened at several festivals including Sundance Film Festival, and won first prize at the Chicago United Film Festival. He also works as a video editor, and has written several feature screenplays and pilot television scripts. He is currently working on an animated series with a partner company in China.

Check out James Scully's IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2722942/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

$5 online pr $15 at the door. 

Sign up and pay at: http://www.chicagoscreenwriters.org/

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  • Rus Blemker

    Im curious about the nebulous area between improvising and writing credit. More and more content, like Joe Swamberg's mumblecore movies & Larry David's TVcomedies, are being generated with a partnership between writers and the actors live contributions. In independent film that use this technique there are cases of legal standoffs after a project is sold due to actors saying they are owed more credits. How do independent writer/directors/producers plan and deal with this?

    August 3

  • Linda Frothingham

    We can't get into the private room until 6:00 this month. Parking is best on north/south streets. Parking on Chicago Ave. is till 9 pm others till only 6 pm so look around. Too bad they don't have a parking lot.
    This will be a great program. Come and meet each other.

    August 2

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