Film folks: Fear City haunted house night is for you

Producer Mo Wagdy is ready to rev his party bus to take a fearless group of production people and their families to fright-packed haunted house “Fear City,” on Friday, Oct. 17 “for one hell of a Halloween thrill ride,” he tells me.  Wagdy, of miniGorillaproductions and MoFest, is a friend of master set designer/b

8 minority-owned entities form Commonground/MGS

After almost a year in the works, Chicago’s Commonground has merged with three existing ad agencies, three subsidiary production companies and two PR firms to form Commonground/MGS 

The Onion’s new casting head seeking comedic talent

CHICAGO-BASED THE ONION, with its ever-expanding array of satirical comedy online and web shows, has signed

SCC’s Rotary Club spot is ‘world’s biggest commercial’

The world’s biggest commercial, produced by Schafer Condon Carter for Rotary Club International, featuring 120,000 on-camera images from every corner of the earth and running for 8 to 10 hours, has a more important claim to fame. 

Cast of 60+ in local film bows at Comedy Film Fest

A Chicago-produced feature, with a monster cast of 60-plus local comedic actors, will be one of 45 international features, shorts and webseries showcasing in the 4th

McClellan feature based on real teaching situations

“How do I improve enough to be a great writer?” a college student asks his teacher. “If I knew that, I probably wouldn’t be sitting here,” answers the teacher, played by Seth McClellan, whose narrative feature,
 

Informative, fun film events light up the weekend

 A BIG WEEKEND OF EVENTS is here, with more to come throughout this busy October.  The IFP Filmmakers Co

Women producers discuss future of female filmmakers

THREE WOMEN FILMMAKERS whose work premieres in the 50th Chicago International Film Festival, join two local producers in a Community Cinema screening and discussion of

Sonixphere scores for Team Detroit Ford van campaign

Ford’s first TV commercial for a van in 30 years was created by Team Detroit, produced and post-produced by King and Country of LA, with an original score created by Greg Allan’s Sonixphere.
 

Women of color retreat recharges departing Aranda

Xan Aranda, who is producing the documentary, Mormon Movie, with Kartemquin Films, spent a week on a 100-acre scenic Vermont far

DigitasLBi names two to top new leadership positions

DigitasLBi named two for top executive positions. Jason Kodish was promoted to global chief data scientist. Jennifer Striegel was hired as the new SVP/Brand Strategy for the Chicago and San Francisco offices, headquartered in Chicago.

Dictionary’s new director helmed Bud Light spot

DAN WAYMACK, DICTIONARY FILM’S NEW DIRECTOR/DP filmed the entire Colorado town of Cr
 

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