Director’s 3X Cannes winning film screens Wednesday

A 2013 CANNES LION triple Grand Prix film will be presented here Wednesday by sales rep Tracy Bernard, on behalf of her client, B Reel, which produced the hourlong episodic film, “The Beauty Inside,” for client Intel and San Francisco agency Pereira & O’Dell.

Focus Awards honor Wiegan, Dickens, Mindeman Oct. 16

WOMEN IN FILM HONOREES for the 2013 Focus Awards coming up Wednesday, Oct. 16 are director of photography and Michigan native Lisa Wiegand, working here on

“Transformers 4” wraps after 3 months in Chicago

It’s goodbye to the action and excitement of “Transformers: Age of Extinction” (aka “T4’) on Saturday or Sunday when it ends three months of shooting in Chicago – one of the three sci-fi blockbusters that filmed here this spring and summer for release next summer.

Haskell Wexler’s NATO Summit doc screens here Friday

When Oscar-winning director Haskell Wexler put together his A-team last year to film the demonstrations against the NATO Summit in Chicago, the late Ronn Pitts was at the top of his list.  Wexler’s film, “Four Days in Chicago” will screen Friday, Sept. 27, 7:30 p

Tillman to receive Black Perspectives Tribute Oct. 10

The Oct. 10-24 Chicago International Film Festival pays homage to Chicagoans this year, honoring producer/director George Tillman, Jr. with a Black Perspectives Tribute, and inviting Jennifer Hudson, star of Tillman’s new movie, to join the festivities Frid

“Mahalia” a top screenplay finalist at Harlem Fest

SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION.  As many of you may know, I’ve been working on a feature, the dramatic music biopic about Mahalia Jackson, the world’s greatest gospel singer and Civil Rights Champion, whose music and mon

Ex-agency ECD Moore to direct for Dictionary Films

CUTTERS’ DICTIONARY FILMS division this week added Jon Moore, a former agency ECD/art director to its current directorial roster of six.  He was with Leo Burnett for more than 20 years before  joining mcgarrybowen, with Ned Crosley, as its first c

South Africa the location for Wrigley's Extra gum spot

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Editor Keith Kristinat part of The Colonie’s expansion

Keith Kristinat joined The Colonie Monday as its sixth editor, after five-and-a-half months at the late Red Car Chicago, bringing strong agency relationships and a reel that includes Nintendo, Kellogg’s, Allstate and American Family Insurance.

“Transformers” action starts filming Friday downtown

THEY’RE BAAAACK!  Director Michael Bay’s “Transformers 4” starts filming Friday in familiar territory, near where 2010 “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” was shot.  McCormick Place will

Big Deahl expects 1,200 for first big studio party

A VIRTUAL GRAFFITTI WALL, a photo booth, music by the Ghost House Band, food from Phil Stefani (as in Riccardo’s restaurant), local craft beers, a gourmet sliders truck, DJs Dani Deahl and Fie, valet parking and so much more is adding up to make thi

Optimus’ Block Party hosted an estimated 3,000 guests

EVERYBODY ATTENDED OPTIMUS’ block party last Friday, making it certainly the biggest in its 18 year history of commemorating the week in which the present five owners bought the company from previous owner Anheus

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