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Joan Philo

Freelance Comedy Writer & Script Writer

Location:Chicago, Illinois, United States
2 Skills


•1 Excellent communicative skills; highly adept at cold calling, “working the phones” and procuring the needs of any type of event.
•2 Superb organizational abilities, exemplified through many winning strategies employed in the film industry (producing, casting) and event coordination (charity functions, gala events).
•3 Proficient media skills demonstrated in both the organization of and the participation in radio, TV, newspapers interviews or PR events.
•4 Effective managerial experience proven in tense, difficult situations in film where often “zero” dollars were all that was available for a thousand people, who were motivated to stay for the duration.
•5 Creative, passionate, self-motivated as seen in many self-initiated projects brought to successful fruition.

Producer 2011 Chicago Film Race – secured venue for party, sponsors and judges. Event to be held May 12, 2011
Producer/Associate Producer/Distribution Coordinator

2010 & 2011 Chicago Film Race – Producer - film drop off, theater screening/Host, voting ballets, After Party.

Indie film “Stray Dogs” starring Guinevere Turner and Bill Sage. Coordinated efforts between producers, director and staff. I procured many donations for the film -- dry wall for all set pieces, radios for set, found the shooting stage, worked on publicity - secured distribution for the film – Echelon Ent.

Writer/Producer – Scoot
Writer of the feature comedy “Scoot” currently attaching talent and raising funds. Pitching, meeting with possible funding sources, coordinating “meet and greets”, budgeting.

The Chicago International Film Festival
Gala Event / Silent and Live Auction – styled and propped 22 tables.
Quadrupled previous years’ auction proceeds-Secured US / International donations
Managed volunteers, coordinated all items, styling of tables
Gala honorees: John Travolta, Michael Douglas and Jodie Foster

EXTRAS CASTING DIRECTOR – Over 60 feature films – (The ******* Club, Colombiana, The Dark Knight, Little Fockers, A Nightmare on Elm St, Fred Claus, Stranger Than Fiction, Batman Begins, Flags of Our Fathers, The Grudge 2, High Fidelity, Prison Break, The Straight Story, Wicker Park, The Break UP, Chain Reaction, The Fugitive, Home Alone 2, Prelude to a Kiss, Backdraft 2nd unit, Groundhog Day, Mad Dog and Glory, Watch it, etc.) Worked closely with producers/directors and other department heads. Worked closely with the community (radio, flyers, mailings, TV, newspaper) and wrote press releases and copy. Successfully managed a full staff of employees (assistants and interns) and beautifully cast courteous, responsible people as extras for these films. Used to busy phones, high traffic, and organizing smoothly run casting calls up to a 4000 people. Directed “on camera” auditions and taken thousands of pictures of talent.

Reader – 2009 BlueCat screenwriting contest critiqued numerous scripts
Judge – 2009 MovieDeal Contest critiqued and judged script entries

Part of the creative team for the opening of this Chicago interactive improv restaurant – writing, brainstorming, maintaining “the bible” of improv games, working closely with owner/financier.

HOUSE MANAGER Skybox Theatre (Second City’s Training Theater) Coordinated Saturday / Sunday shows.

WRITER -- Winner GAIA award “Sidewalk Chalk” Moondance International Film Festival 2005 – Placed Top Five with “You Hurt Sissy” in the 2006 Rod Serling script competition. SKETCH COMEDY – (30+ sketch comedy pieces) features/shorts.

Written seven feature scripts, 50 short scripts, reality shows, pitches, and numerous sketch comedy pieces. Former Manager and member of “The Left Door” screenwriter workshop (5 years).

Skills (2) Rating
Comedy Writing
Script Writing