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The Big Table Read

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Intersection for the Arts
925 Mission Street, Suite 109
San Francisco, CA 94103

This Spring, Intersection for the Arts collaborates with CLEVER Media Arts to solicit and review scripts in order to host a staged reading of screenplays that explore hidden, functional or broken systems. Almost two dozen writers submitted their works for consideration, and a panel of industry creatives and professionals including: Tina D’Elia, Actor, Writer & Casting Consultant; Cheryl Dunye, Writer & Director; Jennifer Rainin, President of the Board of Directors, Rainin Foundation; Marc Smolowitz, Executive Producer at 13 Gen, reviewed and selected a winner.

You are invited to the staged reading of Alaska is a Drag. Participate as an audience member as characters from the winning entry come to life! Join us in developing a community of writers, actors and industry professionals; and stay for a reception and structured feedback session with fellow filmmakers immediately following the reading.

Committed to discovering and developing Bay Area screenwriters, CLEVER’s new initiative supports the development of new voices by working with a selected screenwriter to produce a table read of their screenplay by professional actors in front of a live audience.


Title: Alaska is a Drag
Written by: Shaz Bennett
Log Line: Leo’s dreams of becoming an international superstar are hard fought working in a fish cannery in Alaska — until a new kid Declan moves to town and forces Leo and his twin sister Tristen to face the real reason they’re up to their knees in fish guts.


CLEVER is a think tank created with a mission to increase the positive visibility of queers and women in the media arts. CLEVER was founded in 2011 by the renowned filmmaker Cheryl Dunye and a group of experts across various creative fields ranging from photography and film to entrepreneurship and law. CLEVER’s goal is to use the media arts as a vehicle for social change through the creation of symposia and events, technical support, and a collaborative community of professional artists working together to build new markets and wider audiences.

The Big Table Read is part of Intersection for the Arts’ Spring program, SYSTEMS, a series of programs that explores various mechanisms of social order at work.

Both omnipresent and hidden, systems give structure to our everyday lives. Throughout Spring 2014, Intersection’s multi-disciplinary program explores these various mechanisms of social order at work. Intersection engages communities from the Bay Area to expand our understanding of systems — systems of economy, systems of tradition, and systems of oppression, among others — and our voice to effect change within them. The artists-in-residence in Systems offer economic, historical, political and aesthetic regimes as subjects for discussion. The series boasts a wide array of new work by artists reflecting on how we negotiate existence within systems that structure the world around us.

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