Reel Women: Brenda Webb, Chicago Filmmakers Exec Dir

Editor’s Note: They are leaders. They are inspirational. They are mentors. They are visionaries. They are, quite frankly, badasses. They are our 2020 Reel Women During Women’s History Month, you will be able to meet these incredible personalities in Advertising, Entertainment, Media and Production. Get ready. Brenda Webb started at Chicago Filmmakers in 1978 as … Continue reading “Reel Women: Brenda Webb, Chicago Filmmakers Exec Dir”

Blue Whiskey Independent Film Fest postponed to 2021

Due to the ongoing global health crisis, the Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival (BWiFF) Board of Directors have made the decision to postpone the 10th annual festival until July 2021 at Chicago Filmmakers, 5720 N. Ridge Avenue, in Chicago. BWiFF 2020 was originally scheduled to be held in late July and was initially postponed nearly … Continue reading “Blue Whiskey Independent Film Fest postponed to 2021”

Reeling: Chicago LGBTQ+ Int’l Film Festival goes virtual

The 38th edition of Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival will be held as an online virtual event. Festival Dates: September 24 – October 4, 2020 Chicago Filmmakers, the presenting organization of Reeling, made the decision to go virtual amid the uncertainty surrounding the reopening of cinemas and an increase in cases of COVID-19 … Continue reading “Reeling: Chicago LGBTQ+ Int’l Film Festival goes virtual”

Chicago Filmmakers hints at Reeling festival going virtual

Today, Thursday May 14th, The Indie Film Town Hall met to discuss the future of production in Illinois.  The panel included Christine Dudley (IPA) Angie Gaffney (IFA), Peter Hawley (Illinois Film Office), Anthony Kaufman (Chicago International Film Festival Industry) Brenda Webb (Chicago Filmmakers), Colette Ghunim (Mezcla Media Collective).  The discussion was led by Angie Gaffney, … Continue reading “Chicago Filmmakers hints at Reeling festival going virtual”

The first Indie Film Town Hall meeting on Thursday

On Thursday, May 14th, the Independent Film Alliance Chicago, the Chicago International Film Festival and Industry days are hosting their first Indie Film Town Hall, bringing together Chicago’s independent film and media-making community during these difficult times. From 1-2 pm CST, grab your lunch and join panelists from Chicago’s indie film and media organizations as they discuss the challenges that face … Continue reading “The first Indie Film Town Hall meeting on Thursday”

Chicago Filmmakers offers online filmmaking courses

Chicago Filmmakers, a community media arts organization based in Chicago, announces today the launch of several online filmmaking courses for adults and youth starting in April. In response to the social distancing measures imposed in mid-March, Chicago Filmmakers is adapting several of its filmmaking courses for the web to continue serving the film community with … Continue reading “Chicago Filmmakers offers online filmmaking courses”

Chicago Filmmakers’ housewarming celebration

The ribbon-cutting ceremony for Chicago Filmmakers’ new Edgewater home featured dedications, activities, and hors d’oeuvres on Saturday April 28. It was an exciting chapter in a story that has and will continue to run for years. The event began with heartfelt introductions from Founder Sgharon Zurek and Executive Director Brenda Webb. “Chicago Filmmakers has been … Continue reading “Chicago Filmmakers’ housewarming celebration”

Chi Filmmakers aim for $50K in Indiegogo campaign

Chicago Filmmakers is gearing up for its first crowdfunding campaign to raise $50,000 to obtain a matching grant that will go towards renovating its recently purchased historic Edgewater firehouse that will become a center for diversity and literacy in media arts.

Videos are in the process of being edited for the upcoming Indiegogo campaign, says Brenda Webb, Chicago Filmmakers’ executive director. The crowdfunding campaign’s goal is to raise $50,000 to obtain a challenge grant that will match all individual contributions dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000.

Margulies’ visit canceled; film event-packed weekend

ACTRESS JULIANNA MARGULIES IS ILL – she has chicken pox – and her scheduled appearance Sunday, May 15 at Anderson’s Bookstore in Naperville has been canceled. “The Good Wife” star has been on tour promoting her children’s book, “Three Magic Balloons,” and her visit here will be rescheduled for another time.

THE WEEKEND WILL BE PACKED with city-sponsored Lake FX Summit events, with media and entertainment-related panels taking place at the Gene Siskel Film Center and the Cultural Center, free and open to all. Here are some of Friday’s panels:

Lottery/DP spot wins major lottery industry award

The Illinois Lottery and agency Downtown Partners/Chicago won what is the biggest and most prestigious award in the North America lottery business: the annual Fleurry Award for the Lottery commercial “Shopping.”  

Presented by La Fleur Magazine, a worldwide lottery trade publication, “Shopping” was voted the best TV spot by lottery executives working in the industry, reports Lewis Lazare in Chicago BizJournals.

Rare Stan Brakrage films launch Friel’s White Light Cinema “occasional” avant-garde series Jan. 27

Patrick Friel, who left Chicago Filmmakers last fall after 11 years as its programming director, hasn’t strayed far from his roots.

He has started White Light Cinema, which he characterizes as “a new, occasional, peripatetic film series,” launching Jan. 27 with a program of seldom-screened Stan Brakhage work from the 1970s.

Friel’s reason for leaving Chicago Filmmakers was “a sense of restlessness. I felt a needed a change, but didn’t know yet what that would be.

Chicago Filmmakers’ Patrick Friel programs offbeat shows and large international festivals

WHO HE IS: Patrick Friel, since 1996 the program director of 34-year old Chicago Filmmakers.

WHAT HE DOES: He coordinates nine programs a year with his only co-worker, executive director and Chicago Filmmakers’ founder Brenda Webb.

Having just ended the 19th Annual Onion City Experimental Film Festival, he’s sending out a call for entries for the Nov. 8-18 27th annual Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival.

Networking in Chicago, part two

by Joan Tortorici Ruppert

Music experts speak to ‘Salon’

Chicago Filmmakers is experimenting with a “Salon Series” of new informal discussions with experts on various subjects to supplement its slate of production courses.

The series kicks off Feb. 13 with two prominent music composers, Mark Messing and Dr. Ilya Levinson, discussing the art and technique of scoring for films.

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