DePaul presents free Kartemquin doc master classes

Master classes on documentary filmmakers by the experts — Kartemquin filmmakers, founder / artistic director Gordon Quinn, director Dinesh Sabu and director of editing / senior editor Leslie Simmer — is being presented Oct. 28-29 by DePaul’s School of Cinematic Arts for “Verite,” and it’s free and open to all.

State producers didn’t want to touch “Madigan” doc

“Madigan: Power. Privilege. Politics.,” the 60-minute doc about Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, has been heavily booked on Downstate TV stations and movie theatres, but to date has not been scheduled for any Chicago airings or theatrical screenings.

Powerhouse panels at lst Women in Entertainment event

ArcLight Cinemas in Lincoln Park on Monday, Oct. 24, will present Women in Entertainment to Chicago for the first time, as an extension of the Los Angeles’ ArcLight Women in Entertainment (WIE) program, with panels comprised of local leading fil

Nominations announced for Chicago/Midwest Emmy awards

The 2016 Chicago/Midwest regional Emmy nominations were announced this week simultaneously in Chicago and Milwaukee this week – more than 200 recognitions in 41 categories of broadcast programming. Winners will be announced at the 58th annual Emmy Awards ceremony Dec. 3 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown, 540 N. Michigan. Highland Park-based Bitter Jester Creative garner

MPG’s Hercules’ comedy among Sunday’s Pitch contenders

Like so many filmmakers, Bob Hercules of Media Process Group, a company acclaimed for its many award-winning TV documentaries, labored over a narrative feature screenplay on and off for many years. Now, after a total of 10 years in the works, his comedy, “Waiting for the Clash,” will be o

STORY adds director Dickens and producer/rep McIntyre

Award-winning documentary director Ky Dickens joined STORY for exclusive national commercial representation. Recent credits include projects for McDonald’s, Tylenol, Huggies, Kohler and the Illinois Lottery. She is currently working on a project f

Crowdfunding film spoof screens tonight at Music Box

“IT’S ALL GOOD,” a comedy feature from Aaron Fronk, Vinny Degaetano and Cooper Johnson of FND Films screens Oct. 20 at the Music Box Theatre and the next day it’ll be digitally released on on

Richter Studios’ video wins Cannes Corporate award

Video production company Richter Studios was a top winner in the recent Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards, scoring from among almost 1,000 entries from more than 50 countries.

Trisect cuts staff in wake of ConAgra account changes

BLENDED AGENCY TRISECT a recently went through a rough patch that caused it to reduce staff by 25%, letting between 20 and 30 staffers go as a consequence of changes in the ConAgra account. The agency explained in a statement that this was “a proactive step to ensure the agency is well a

Kartemquin’s festival of new doc projects at ArcLight

Kartemquin Films will cap its 50th anniversary with the Nov. 2-4 Kartemquin Fall Festival, to be held in partnership with ArcLight Cinemas, 1500 N. Clybourn, in Lincoln Park. The festival, says Gordon Quinn, Kartemquin co-founder and Artistic Director, “emphasizes new projects and rich documen

SCC agency co-founder Mark Schafer dies suddenly at 58

A memorial service was held Monday for Mark Schafer, co-founder and chairman emeritus of Schafer Condon Carter, who died Thursday of a heart attack at age 58 Mr. Schafer had retired from the agency in 2014 and he and his wife, Katie, had purchased a farm near Mauston, Wisconsin, where they were living at the time of h

Burrell, Cavalry, and Colonie join forces for Toyota spot

BURRELL COMMUNICATIONS teamed with The Colonie and editor Bob Ackerman for its new 30-second commercial, “I Do,” that introduces the 2017 Toyota Corolla, produced by LA-based  Copyright © 2016.  All rights reserved.