“Algren” doc, 2 others, rely on Kickstarter funding

GRITTY CHICAGO AUTHOR NELSON ALGREN (Man with the Golden Arm, Chicago, City on the Make) will come to life in the first feature-length documentary about him – provided the producers can raise $25,000 in Kickstarter pledges to launch the&nb

June screening schedule has something for everyone

FILMMAKERS AND FILM BUFFS will have no problem finding a festival, screening series or premiere offerings to their varied tastes this month. SHOCK THEATRE’S new monthly series from the second G

Directors to produce Japan documentary this spring

JUNKO KAJINO and I are headed to northern Japan this spring to begin production on our new documentary, Uncanny Terrain, through Homesick Blues Productions. We will follow organic farmers battling to remediate their land and hold onto t

Byrne doc follows Tamale’s bid for Leather Queen

When Tamale, an interdisciplinary artist and comedian, invited filmmakers C. Bryne and Nadia Oussenko to document her bid for the crown in the 25th annual International Ms. Leather fetish pageant, “I jumped at the opportunity,” Byrne says. “Tamale is a fascinating and hilarious person with many layers and levels and we’re excited to explore those on screen.” 

Sundance Institute’s ShortsLab comes to Chicago May 7

MANY HOLLYWOOD AND LOCAL EXPERTS will lead seminars and panels May 7 during the Sundance Institute’s ShortsLab:Chicago at Columbia College, showing how filmmakers can show and promote their work, either at festivals or innovative distribution.

Films by Chicago crew members at MoFest, April 16-17

THIRTY FILMS BY CHICAGO CREW MEMBERS are featured on Industry Night, April 16, in the 6th annual MoFest festival and party, and features, The Beekeepe

O’Keefe’s short posted online before fest run gets 30,000 hits

IN ITS ONLINE RELEASE, director Eddie O’Keefe’s short film, The Ghosts, garnered 30,000 hits in two weeks. It’s a dreamy, black and white, rock-infused ‘50s-style tale of a girl caught between her preppy boyfriend and the romantic leader of a greaser gang.

Alshaibi’s “Profane” bows at Boston Underground

USAMA ALSHAIBI’S button-pushing feature “Profane,” starring Manal Kara, as a devout Muslim dominatrix, has its U.S. premiere March 26 and 29 at the Boston Underground Film Festival.  Alshaibi made the personal Iraq documentary “Nice Bombs” and is working on the Kartemqu

Ron Lazzeretti's feature opens Lake County Fest, March 17-31

WRITER/PRODUCER RON LAZZERETTI’S Something Better Somewhere Else is the opening feature of the lean, stripped down 8th annual Lake County Film Festival, March 17, and running through March 21 at the College of Lake County in Grayslake.   Former

Keefe produces fridaynitebYtes web comedy series

JOE KEEFE of Long Tail Media Group is producing fridaynitebYtes,  a streaming comedy sketch series targeted to tween-and-teen internet users. The members contribute their sketch ideas and a professional cast and crew creates a show based on their ideas. “This is wher

Comedy web portal series on tap

A COMEDY WEB PORTAL called “Fooblik” is being built by Kamath “Kayenn” Nilesh of Argeli Vicar. The production team is producing the series “Fooblik News Network” and “Day Job,” and they’re developing a “quasi-docu” series.   The production team includes director/

Steve Hiller, shooting in India, goes to Viet Nam to film doc

STEVEN HILLER of Hesperus Films is shooting Rachel Cook’s Microlending Film: A Documentary About Enterprising Women in India and Bangladesh this month.  They filmed in Paraguay last fall. 

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