City’s Apprentice Producers program seeks applicants

EMERGING INDIE AND MEDIAMAKERS have until Sept. 30 to apply for the Chicago Film Office’s Independent Producers Apprenticeship Program, It’s open to all who a

U of M coach Jim Harbaugh scores in Fairlife milk videos

FOOTBALL COACH JIM HARBAUGH of the University of Michigan kicks off the football season as spokesman for Fairlife, a Chicago healthy milk dairy products company, with a digital campaign created and produced by Onion Labs, t

Tracking the career progress of 4 ex-Chicagoans in LA

We’re back at the Kitchen 24 breakfast table to track the progress of four people who decided in mid-life to leave Chicago and move west to solidify their career goals.

John Hughes memories sought for 2017 Hughes exhibit

Famous Chicago director, the late John Hughes, will be honored by the Northbook Historical Society at a June 22, 2017 exhibit of Hughes memorabilia and artifacts. The exhibit will be conjunction with the Shermer Club’s “A John Hughes Film Festival.” Six of Hughes’ most popular and enduring films will screen J

CIFF to honor directors Bogdanovich and McQueen

Two tributes will be paid to iconic award-winning film directors at the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival coming up Oct. 13-27. Pete Bogdanovich (“The Last Picture Show”) will receive a Gold Hugo Lifetime Achievement Award and in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of CIFF

Best 48HFP teams win 27 Judges and Audience Awards

The 12th annual Chicago 48 Hour Film Project wound up with a presentation to 27 winning teams, out of 53 entrants, whose short weekend-made films were deemed best by judges and audiences, at Music Box Theatre last Thursday night. “It was an amazing show and the talent, enthusiasm and excitement that our Chicago filmmakers brought to the competition wa

The Feigleys’ sci-fi feature debuts in Washington, DC

Chicago’s Kelli and Estlin Feigley’s sci-fi family adventure, “Traveling Without Moving,” will premiere on Sept. 28 in Washington, DC as part of the White House’s Initiative on Educational Excellence for African

Bigelow filming ’67 Detroit Riots feature in Brockton

OSCAR WINNING DIRECTOR KATHRYN BIGELOW’S untitled new feature about the violent five-day Detroit riots in the summer of 1967 is now filming in Brockton, Michigan, turning that city in a war zone, with an angry mob, Army encampment, tanks and riot&n

Two awards for IP law firm Leavens Strand & Glover

The Distinguished Service to the Arts Award will be presented by Lawyers for the Creative Arts to the entertainment law firm of Leavens Strand & Glover on Oct 27 at LCA’s Annual Benefit Lunch in the Empire Room at the Palmer House

Kelly assumes new post as city’s Cultural Affairs czar

The city’s Dept. of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), of which the Chicago Film Office is a part, has a new cultural czar in Mark Kelly, who had spent 32 years at Columbia College. Appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel last July, Kelly was confirmed as Commissioner Monday by the Chicago City Council. He had moved into DCASE

LA producer Louis Ferrara is new IFO deputy director

FILM PRODUCER LOUIS FERRARA brings his many years of LA production experience to the Illinois Film Office, having joined last Monday as assistant deputy director. He fills

48 Hour “Best of Chicago” awards screening Thursday

Judges and audiences of the 12th Chicago 48 Hour Film Project have weighed in with their decisions on the 21 films that will receive “Best of Chicago” awards at the Music Box screening Thursday, Sept. 15. The Audience Award film is among them – “and it will be announced at the screening,” says Jerry Vasilatos, the 48 Hour city producer of the event for the second consecuti  Copyright © 2016.  All rights reserved.