Doc about troubled arts center plays Cultural Center

ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE, a documentary by producer/director Kelly Luchtman and coproducer, DP and editor Thomas C. Gaun

April 29 Ebert Fest screens Bhargava’s first feature

14TH ANNUAL EBERT FEST Ebert Fest in Champaign April 29 will feature Prashant Bhargava’s Patang (

Wexler wraps ‘Roundabout American’ comedy feature

WRITER/DIRECTOR BORIS WEXLER of Escape Films has wrapped postproduction on the feature comedy Roundabout American starring French actor Edouard Giard as a young French chef who opens an escort service out of a Chicago

3 talented female filmmakers topline new WIF series

WOMEN IN FILM CHICAGO’S new screening series, “Emerging Talent: Females in Focus,” launches March 19 with films by Mary Kay Cook, Grace McPhillips and Anna Jung. A cocktail reception follows

Digital media grants available to indie producers

Content aimed at advancing social change has a good chance of winning a Chicago Digital Media Production Fund that’s open to indie video and filmmakers in the Chicago area.  Chicago Filmmakers, the fund’s administrator, will host a March 6 informational session with knowledgeable staff members answering questions about the fund, and to explain guidelines, the application&nb

Party launches Evanston’s Talking Pictures Fest

A PRE-FEST PARTY Feb. 23 launches Percolator Films’ 4th annual Talking Pictures Festival from 7-10 p.m. at the Hilton Orrington Hotel’s Indigo Lounge, 1710 Orrington Avenue in Evanston.  Talking Pictures Festival runs March 8-11.

Videographer produced inspirational doc about fighter

A FORMER GOLDEN GLOVES middleweight boxing champion is the subject of “Fearless Fernando Hernandez: A Fighter’s Journey,” a 30-minute tragedy-to-triumph documentary made in its entirety, music included, by still/video photographer

Alex Beh makes his feature debut with “Warren”

L.A. BASED ORIAN WILLIAMS, who produced the Joy Division biopic Control, has signed on to produce Winnetka native actor/director Alex Beh’s feature directorial debut

Nearing’s period drama shooting now through June

THE KIDNAPPING OF A TYCOON set during the tumultuous 1918 Chicago race riots is the subject of Hogtown, being produced by Daniel Nearing’s

Corn Bred sets debut with $35,000 horror comedy

Eric Anderson and Amelia Dellos launched their production company Corn Bred Films last March “with the goal of establishing a film studio in the Midwest dedicated to finding and encouraging Midwestern talent,” Anderson says. The husband-wife writing/producing partners planned

Siskel/Jacob’s acclaimed doc has TV premiere on OWN

SISKEL/JACOBS PRODUCTIONS’  documentary Louder Than a Bomb,

Michael Shannon set to star in Jim Sikora's feature

ACTOR MICHAEL SHANNON’S manager Byron Wetzel has optioned Jim Sikora’s script for I’ll Die Tomorrow as a star vehicle for the Boar

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