Chicago made Christmas with Felicity premieres on AMC+ on Thanksgiving

The family-friendly holiday movie Christmas with Felicity, directed by award-winning, Chicago-based filmmaker, Jack C. Newell (Monuments), will premiere on AMC+ Thanksgiving Day, November 25.  While Christmas with Felicity is primarily set in the fictitious Wisconsin town of Aspen Grove, the majority of the film was shot on location in Historic Downtown Long Grove and included … Continue reading “Chicago made Christmas with Felicity premieres on AMC+ on Thanksgiving”

Chicago filmmakers release crime drama/mystery ‘The Cleaner’

Chicago filmmakers release the Indie crime drama feature, The Cleaner. Distributed by 1091 Pictures, the story follows a middle-aged house cleaner who gets caught up in a violent crime after being hired to locate a client’s estranged son.  The Cleaner stars King Orba (DC’s Stargirl), Shelley Long (Modern Family), Shiloh Fernandez (Burn), Luke Wilson (Old … Continue reading “Chicago filmmakers release crime drama/mystery ‘The Cleaner’”

How two Chicago guys made a #1 box office hit

Reel Chicago talks with the Chicago writing team Danny Kravitz and Chris Charles about how they managed to take The Marksman to the #1 box office hit. Universal Pictures is releasing the film on digital platforms on April 27 followed by on-demand platforms and Blu-ray/DVD on May 11. In anticipation of the digital release of … Continue reading “How two Chicago guys made a #1 box office hit”

Gandhi’s journey from Google search to first feature

Chicago’s Ravin Gandhi made many people think he was crazy for shooting 100 Days to Live, an award-winning, suicide-based thriller debuting this week on Amazon, Apple and several other platforms. After pitching the film in 2017, the fledgling writer/director decided not only to finance the script that he had written, but also to temporarily relocate … Continue reading “Gandhi’s journey from Google search to first feature”

Chicago filmmakers have the #1 box-office hit this week

Chicago filmmakers Chris Charles, Columbia College Chicago Adjunct Professor Danny Kravitz, and three-time Academy Award nominee Robert Lorenz have a No. 1 box-office hit this week with the Liam Neeson thriller, The Marksman. The idea was first hatched in 2009, and the journey from script to screen was a long one. “It was ultimately our … Continue reading “Chicago filmmakers have the #1 box-office hit this week”

‘100 Days to Live’ directorial debut for Chicago filmmaker

Cinedigm has announced the release date for its recently acquired film – 100 Days to Live, a taut psychological thriller set in the world of suicide prevention and mental health. The film, which was shot over 3 weeks in Chicago, stars Colin Egglesfield (Something Borrowed, Rizzoli & Isles), Gideon Emery (Teen Wolf, Daredevil), Heidi Johanningmeier … Continue reading “‘100 Days to Live’ directorial debut for Chicago filmmaker”

‘The Dawn’ sends shivers from Minnesota to California

Executive Producers Chris Charles and John W. Bosher have expanded their Midwestern canon with the award-winning paranormal psycho-thriller The Dawn, which was released in select theaters, digital, and on-demand throughout North America on January 10, 2020. Filmed in Minnesota and California, The Dawn follows a young woman in post-World War I America who is sent … Continue reading “‘The Dawn’ sends shivers from Minnesota to California”

‘Chicago Overcoat’ picked up for second run

Ten years after its world premiere, the locally-produced mob thriller Chicago Overcoat has been picked up for a second run by Indie Rights. A re-mastered version of the 2009 film is currently available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video, with more platforms to follow. Overcoat tells the story of an aging hitman and a washed-up … Continue reading “‘Chicago Overcoat’ picked up for second run”

ChiFilmFest unveils Industry Days agenda

Master Classes with Oscar and Sundance winners are just a few of the events scheduled for October 17-20 program     The 55th Chicago International Film Festival announced today the program for Industry Days (October 17-20, 2019) with an impressive list of guest speakers to inspire and illuminate the film and entertainment community.   A … Continue reading “ChiFilmFest unveils Industry Days agenda”

Actor Stolte signs with Orlandino’s “Anita” feature

VERSATILE ACTOR CHRISTIAN STOLTE will play the role of American seaman John Griggs, in Joe Orlandino and Lucia Mauro’s historical indie feature about Brazilian freedom fighter Anita Garibaldi (Leticia Sabatella). Screenwriter Mauro says she has admired Stolte’s work in Chicago theatre since her days as a theatre critic and is delighted to be working with him. 

Showtime to air ‘Chicago Overcoat’ Dec. 6

Beverly Ridge Pictures’ debut feature, the mob drama “Chicago Overcoat,” has its broadcast premiere Monday, Dec. 6 on the Showtime Network, with eight dates on Showtime channels throughout the month.

“We found out about Showtime’s interest this past summer following the Cannes Film Market but it took the fall to solidify the deal and announce the initial airing dates,” says producer and co-writer John Bosher.

“Chicago Overcoat’s” worldwide distributor/sales agent, Artist View Entertainment of Studio City, California, made the deal with Showtime.

Beverly Ridge’s early shorts to air on Ch. 25

“THE SHORTS COLLECTION” of seven short films made by six Beverly Ridge Pictures members during their 2004-2006 Columbia College student days will air on Chicago Cable 25 on Sept. 21 and 28 at 8:00 p.m.

The 3-8 minute student shorts were ambitiously shot in 35mm and 16mm in Chicago with local cast and crew and cover a variety of genres and plots.

“It was the ?Shorts Collection’ that brought us all together,” says director Chris Charles.

Doc star Ken Burns speaks in Chicago

DOCUMENTARIAN KEN BURNS comes to Chicago Sept. 16 to speak at a luncheon and presentation for his new book, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” at the Union League Club.

The six-episode PBS series of the same name, directed by Burns and written and co-produced by Dayton Duncan, who co-wrote the book, will air this fall. The series recounts the adventures, mythmaking and intense political battles behind the evolution of the park system and the ideals that fostered its growth.

Beverly Ridge heads for spot production

Beverly Ridge Pictures, the young company behind the $2 million Outfit drama “Chicago Overcoat,” made its first foray into commercial production with a series of PSA’s for the Illinois Department of Transportation that began airing last week.

The spots “have prompted a change in direction” for Beverly Ridge, said partner Chris Charles, who directed them.

“BRP is now on the market for commercial production in Chicago.

Frank Vincent stars in “Chicago Overcoat” by recent Columbia grads of Beverly Ridge Pictures

Frank Vincent, who played New York mob boss Phil Leotardo on “The Sopranos,” stars in the in-production indie “Chicago Overcoat” as The Flowerman, an Outfit hit man taking out a corrupt union official to finance his retirement.

“Chicago Overcoat” is the first feature from Beverly Ridge Pictures LLC, which has been promoting itself with a DVD compilation of high production value shorts.

The partners, recent Columbia College alumni, formed the company to produce their first short “The Small Assassin,” adapted from Ray Bradbury’s short story.

Emmy-certified composer Greg Nicolett offers low cost original music alternative to library tracks

WHO HE IS: Classically-trained “lower cost alternative” composer Greg Nicolett, 25, garnered Emmy certification in 2003 as an arranger for Brian Keane Music’s score for HBO’s “Legendary Nights” boxing series.

That was when he was a University of Michigan music composition student, interning that summer for composer Keane. Nicolett graduated in 2004.

RECENT WORK: Nicolett scored director Chris Charles’ “The Small Assassin,” a 35-minute short based on Ray Bradbury’s short story that was targeted for Sundance submission.