The Read: ATL 2017

Atlanta GA

Mar 22, 2017

The Read ATL Mission: To cultivate, support and bridge the screenwriting culture in Atlanta by connecting serious writers with serious actors for a serious audience. We host a monthly table read series that is dedicated to highlighting and connecting some of the best creative people in town. One of our goals is to highlight Atlanta as a major player in the industry for both screenwriters and talent. We want to help to grow and develop writers here and believe that Atlanta has the potential to be a hub and go to place for those seeking content.

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Jazzy Ellis

Stunt Performer & Actor, SAG-AFTRA

Bio: Be it the face of dance, pageantry, education, television or film, Jazzy Ellis is a game changer. The African American Female SAG-AFTRA stunt performer, actor, independent filmmaker and non-profit director is determined to level the playing field and add some color to our grayscale expectations. A New Jersey native, Jazzy has spent the bulk of her life integrating spaces. Whether it was at Princeton University as a religion major, in statewide pageants, or in underprivileged NOLA classrooms spreading a message of achievement, Jazzy has always been unafraid to shake the status quo. A survivor of domestic abuse and sexual assault, self-care is integrated into her personal program of strength, training and development. An advocate for diverse representation and equity based inclusion practices in the TV/film industry, Jazzy has a powerful desire to create and participate in films that inspire and uplift the underrepresented and underprivileged. Her commitment to action has been demonstrated by a lifetime of social justice work, including her participation in NAACP and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. A former radio host on LoisirsLit Talk Radio, CollegeDJ Live Show, and New Orleans's WBOK, she is all too familiar with using her voice to get her point across. For 2017 and beyond, her purpose is to harness the power of film to create beneficial and lasting changes in the world. She is known for doing stunts in movies such as Selma, Ride Along 2, and Terminator Genisys. She has acted and performed stunts in television series including NCIS: New Orleans, Under the Dome, The Vampire Diaries, and The Walking Dead. She has doubled for actresses such as CCH Pounder, Sanaa Lathan, Nathalie Emmanuel, Christina Marie Moses, Charmin Lee and Kylie Bunbury. She is finishing up 2016 working on Fox's Shots Fired, Fox's Star, HBO's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Cinemax's Outcast.

Briana Franklin

Featured Screenwriter

Bio: Briana Franklin, born in Fairmount Heights, Maryland, moved to Georgia at the age of 13 in 2006. In 2015 she earned her Bachelor's degree in Film and Video from Georgia State University with a minor in Journalism. She interned at the Atlanta Film Society in the Spring of 2015 and soon after started a production company called AEC Visions. Her work includes Campus Movie Fest finalist and her first short film that she wrote, directed and produced Birthday Boy, a PSA film that highlights the issues of child abduction. Now she devotes most of her time to developing fresh and innovative ideas on the page.

Danielle Wilcox

Featured Screenwriter

Bio: C. Danielle Wilcox is a native Atlantan and graduate of Georgia State University where she attained a Bachelor of Arts in Communication: Film & Television in December 2013. She was awarded the Women in Film and Television Scholarship Award 2013, for her student work in producing/writing/directing and was chosen as a Spring Multi-Cultural Associate that same year by the IRTS Foundation. After graduation, she began creating several collegiate-sponsored videos for Georgia State University, including for their Robinson College of Business and the College of Education, which is the how she met her writing partner for Groupees, Briana Franklin. Wilcox has worked on several independent film projects in Atlanta also and recently attained her first screenwriting contract for a feature film re-write. She was inspired towards screenwriting as a result of her role at a local advertising agency, where show wrote small business video ads. She is most attracted to writing for television due to the long form character development and is inspired by the works of Shonda Rhimes.

Cathy Reinking

Your It Factor - Free Lance

Bio: Cathy Reinking is a current member of The Casting Society of America and has been working as a Casting Director in Hollywood since the early '90s, working on "Frasier," "Arrested Development" "According to Jim," and countless other shows, pilots, films, web series, commercials, plays - you name the genre, she has cast it. She also served as NBC's Manager of Casting at NBC in 2003-2004, overseeing the original casting of "The Office," "Medium," "Hawaii" and other pilots, as well as the guest casting of "Las Vegas," "The Tracy Morgan Show," "Come to Papa" and other series. She holds a degree in theatre arts from UCLA, where she graduated magna cum laude. Cathy loves theater and had a two year stint as the Casting Director and Rights Associate for L.A. Theatre Works, which produces 10 live shows and upwards of 5 "in-studio" recordings of plays a year. She had the privilege of working with top actors on all kinds of plays, from Chekhov to Stephen Adly Guirgis and Shakespeare. She has taught acting all around the country and in 2011 spent a semester teaching "Acting and Directing for the Camera" at University of Colorado, Boulder, which brought together the film studies and theatre departments. In 2013, she published the second edition of her book, "How To Book Acting Jobs in TV and Film: The Truth About the Acting Industry - Conversations with a Veteran Hollywood Casting Director," which is available on Amazon and iTunes. Cathy is also an award-winning stage director, stage manager, and writer, who has worked in Georgia, California, Kansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Texas, Oregon, and New York, doing everything from sweeping the floors in a regional theatre to being a finalist in the Nissan Focus Awards Screenplay Competition for her screenplay "Lessons Learned."

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