Chicagoan Jay Paul Deratany has hit with Foster Boy

2+ UPDATE: There will be a special one-night-only Chicago Premiere of FOSTER BOY, followed by an exclusive Q&A after the film with actors Shane Paul McGhie and Louis Gossett Jr., as well as Chicago writer/producer Jay Paul Deratany! Date And TimeWed, September 16, 20207:30 PM – 10:00 PM CDT LocationChiTown Movies2343 South Throop StreetChicago, IL 60608 Join leading … Continue reading “Chicagoan Jay Paul Deratany has hit with Foster Boy”

Chicago-made ‘I Used to Go Here’ has drive-in premiere

2+ The Chicago premiere of the critically acclaimed, bittersweet comedy I Used To Go Here, featuring in-person Q&As with Chicago-based writer/director Kris Rey, will take place on Wednesday, July 29 (two screenings) at ChiTown Movies Drive-In Theater.  The event is co-presented by two of the city’s most-respected cinematic institutions—Elevated Films and Music Box Theatre—and audience members can … Continue reading “Chicago-made ‘I Used to Go Here’ has drive-in premiere”

Stephanie Jeter, filmmaker

7+ Stephanie Jeter, filmmaker and co-founder of OTV Studio, joins the 2020 edition of Reel Chicago Black List, an annual celebration of African-American creativity published during Black History Month. The Reel Chicago Black List includes ‘The Chi’ cast member LaDonna Tittle, house music pioneer Vince Lawrence, and filmmaker Rhyan LaMarr. To view the archives, click … Continue reading “Stephanie Jeter, filmmaker”

‘Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk’ premiere

2+ Members of the Evans Scholars Foundation join hundreds of viewers for the golf-centric film’s Windy City debut More than 200 supporters of the Evans Scholars Foundation visited AMC River East in downtown Chicago on Thursday, May 30, for the Chicago premiere of Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk. Hailed as the most thorough feature-length documentary … Continue reading “‘Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk’ premiere”

Chicago Int’l Film Fest releases Industry Days schedule

4+ Headliners include Oscar-­winning director Steve McQueen, Emmy-­nominated writer Bashir Salahuddin, and award-­winning producers Albert Berger and Bob Teitel (Chicago — 26 September 2018) The complete program of Industry Days (Oct. 11­14) at the 54th Chicago International Film Festival was announced today with an impressive list of guest speakers to inspire and illuminate the Midwest … Continue reading “Chicago Int’l Film Fest releases Industry Days schedule”

Stamp collecting thrills in Chi-made ‘Freaks & Errors’

3+ With self-deprecating enthusiasm, the cast wields a “Best in Show” kind of charisma that includes all of the fun and none of the flaws Freaks & Errors: A Rare Collection is a documentary that follows a diverse and global group of people who are spellbound by the “all-consuming influence” of philately, also known as … Continue reading “Stamp collecting thrills in Chi-made ‘Freaks & Errors’”

“All the Queen’s Horses” coming to Netflix on July 10

2+   Award-winning documentary explores how Rita Crundwell stole millions from Dixon, Illinois   (Chicago — 27 June 2018) Kartemquin Films and Helios Digital Learning are pleased to announce that director Kelly Richmond Pope’s award-winning documentary, All The Queen’s Horses, will be available to stream on Netflix from Tuesday, July 10. All The Queen’s Horses … Continue reading ““All the Queen’s Horses” coming to Netflix on July 10″

Fresh Films releases “Alternate Universe”

12+ More than a year after premiering at a White House educational event in Washington D.C., Augustana College-based Fresh Films has released its second feature, Alternate Universe: A Rescue Mission. Starring former Chicago actresses (and now, LA residents) Stephanie Barron and Anna Benuzzi, along with veteran actor Steve Guttenberg (3 Men and a Baby, Cocoon, … Continue reading “Fresh Films releases “Alternate Universe””

Bill Murray, Jens Jensen, One Show in the news

8+ ”The Bill Murray Experience” arrives on VOD platforms Dec. 19 The Bill Murray Experience documents the efforts of a recently unengaged and temporarily uninspired actress / filmmaker, Sadie Katz, as she attempts to procure “a magical chance encounter with her favorite actor and life guru, Bill Murray,” according to the film’s synopsis.   Featuring … Continue reading “Bill Murray, Jens Jensen, One Show in the news”

Kurt Fries named CCO of McGarryBowen Chicago

Congratulations are in order for well-liked and respected advertising veteran, Kurt Fries, as he has been promoted to CCO of Mcgarrybowen Chicago.

According to an Adweek article published last weekend, the agency is shuffling its U.S. creative leadership as Matthew Bull, chief creative officer in New York, has decided to leave the agency.