The Chicago Film Society begins their 28th Season

The Chicago Film Society begins their 28th Season with screenings at NEIU and the Music Box Theater throughout the summer from May 11 thru August 31. See the full schedule and ticket information below. AN INTRODUCTION TO THE SEASON FROM THE CHICAGO FILM SOCIETY Sometimes it feels like the state of cinema is one last … Continue reading “The Chicago Film Society begins their 28th Season”

The Chicago Auto Show featured the debut of an array of vehicles

The 2022 Chicago Auto Show concluded its 10-day run at McCormick Place on Presidents Day. This month, eager attendees traveled to McCormick Place to get a look at the latest cars, trucks, SUVs and EVs, including a brand-new indoor electric vehicle test track which featured a variety of new models.  Despite facing ongoing hurdles of … Continue reading “The Chicago Auto Show featured the debut of an array of vehicles”

Lots of vehicles making their debut this week at the Chicago Auto Show

What a week! Super Bowl, Auto Show, and Valentine’s Day. Can we get all this done? Automotive manufacturers, exhibitors and enthusiasts from all over the world are revving up for the 2022 Chicago Auto Show, running Feb. 12-21 at McCormick Place. The show is open each day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., except for the final day … Continue reading “Lots of vehicles making their debut this week at the Chicago Auto Show”

IFA Block Party celebrates the growth of the Chicago film industry

IFA Chicago’s inaugural Fall Into Film Block Party event, celebrates the growth of the film industry in Chicago, the arts, creatives & filmmakers, and the local community. Whether you are a creator/filmmaker, member of the community, sponsor, business in the neighborhood or a local community member…all those looking to support our mission – this event … Continue reading “IFA Block Party celebrates the growth of the Chicago film industry”

Yolonda Ross on shaving her head for The Chi & $100k breast cancer donation

Yolonda Ross, star of the ground-breaking Showtime series The Chi, announced with Rhonda Feinberg, a special donation of $100,000, funded by The Joseph and Bessie Feinberg Foundation, to three grassroots organizations serving women of color who are living with breast cancer. Based on personal life experiences and in tandem with her performance as “Jada” on … Continue reading “Yolonda Ross on shaving her head for The Chi & $100k breast cancer donation”

Official photos of the Chicago P.D. cast for Season 9

Welcome back! The entire cast of Chicago P.D. has returned for Season 9. The season 9 premiere welcomed the start of the new season and the release of the official cast photos. The team returns with Officer Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati) fighting for her life as the team scrambles to find her kidnapper, and Sergeant … Continue reading “Official photos of the Chicago P.D. cast for Season 9”

The Chicago International Film Festival announces Opening Night film

The Chicago International Film Festival announced the opening night film at its Opening Night at the Drive-In presentation, and more highlights of the 57th edition, running October 13 – 24, 2021. This year, the Festival expands to venues across Chicago, including AMC River East 21; the Music Box Theatre; and the Gene Siskel Film Center; … Continue reading “The Chicago International Film Festival announces Opening Night film”

The Chicago Film Critics Association welcomes three new members

The Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA), the Chicago-area print, online and broadcast critics group that celebrates the art of film and film criticism, released their roster for 2021-2022 today, announcing the acceptance of three new members.  The new critics represent a new generation in Chicago-based film criticism and bring their voices to one of the country’s … Continue reading “The Chicago Film Critics Association welcomes three new members”

70,000 rubber ducks will splash into the Chicago River on Aug. 5

70,000 rubber ducks are about to splash into the Chicago River off the Columbus Bridge for the 2021 Chicago Ducky Derby presented by Jewel-Osco to benefit Special Olympics Illinois. Rubber ducks are available for adoption for $5 online at www.chicagoduckyderby.com and in person on race day beginning at 9 a.m. at 401 N. Michigan Avenue. Sales close prior to Splashdown on … Continue reading “70,000 rubber ducks will splash into the Chicago River on Aug. 5”

Lena Waithe announces SHOWTIME has renewed The Chi for Season 5

As the Season 4 finale of The Chi ended with a cliffhanger on Sunday, series creator Lena Waithe announced the news during an Instagram Live that SHOWTIME has renewed The Chi for season 5. “Season 5 of The Chi is coming. It is done. It is written,” Waithe told fans, thanking them for their loyalty and viewership. … Continue reading “Lena Waithe announces SHOWTIME has renewed The Chi for Season 5”

The Chi Season 4 finale promises to end with a cliffhanger

In preparation for the season finale of The Chi, fans have been speculating what we can expect. Is Douda about to set Trig up? Can Dre forgive Nina? Will Emmett be enough for Tiff? And what’s going to happen with Jada? One thing we know for certain is that there WILL be a cliffhanger.  The … Continue reading “The Chi Season 4 finale promises to end with a cliffhanger”

SHOWTIME / The Chi makes $500k donation to Greencorps Chicago

SHOWTIME, and cast members from its Chicago-based hit show The Chi, along with community leaders, today to announce a $500,000 donation from the network to the City’s Greencorps Chicago green job training program and the Chicago Public Art Group. The funding will support and invest in the City’s South and West sides, which have served … Continue reading “SHOWTIME / The Chi makes $500k donation to Greencorps Chicago”

Jeep Wrangler Xtreme Recon at the Chicago Auto Show

Jeep 4×4 capability is legendary, and the brand continues its leadership position as the most capable 4×4 in the world. As the brand continues its 80th Anniversary this year, it is elevating its capability game yet again with the introduction of the new Jeep Wrangler Xtreme Recon Package at the 2021 Chicago Auto Show on … Continue reading “Jeep Wrangler Xtreme Recon at the Chicago Auto Show”

The Chi recap: ‘Native Sun’

From Emmy winner Lena Waithe, The Chi is a timely coming-of-age drama series centered on a group of residents who become linked by coincidence but bonded by the need for connection and redemption. This week’s episode, ‘Native Sun‘ opens with Kevin (Alex Hibbert) and Jake (Michael Epps) are serving in-school suspensions. Kevin was suspended for his … Continue reading “The Chi recap: ‘Native Sun’”

The Chi producer plans $60M film studio on South Side

Film and TV production in Chicago is 100% up and running, and expanding to the south side. The executive producer of The Chi television series, Derek Dudley is joining forces with Loop Capital Chairman and CEO, Jim Reynolds with plans for a film studio that they expect will bring thousands of jobs to the South … Continue reading “The Chi producer plans $60M film studio on South Side”

Going South Side with Rolando Boyce of ‘The Chi’

If you’re a fan of Showtime’s The Chi , then you are very aware of track-suit wearing, bluetooth earpiece toting, baby daddy of Emmett, Darnell. Since joining in Season 2, veteran actor Rolando Boyce has played the colorful, always-loaded-with-an-opinion character, with a mixture of genuineness, heart and comedy. Boyce is no stranger to the South Side … Continue reading “Going South Side with Rolando Boyce of ‘The Chi’”

Official trailer for THE CHI 4th season premiere Sunday

SHOWTIME released the official trailer for the fourth season of the Chicago hit drama series THE CHI. Created and executive produced by Emmy winner Lena Waithe and executive produced by Academy Award, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Common, THE CHI  returns on Sunday, May 23 at 8 p.m. THE CHI is a timely coming-of-age story centering on a group of residents … Continue reading “Official trailer for THE CHI 4th season premiere Sunday”

Judges needed for the Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards

The Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards will be opening their 2021 contest for entries in late April. Judging is a great way to figure out what work you may want to submit. It’s also a great way to get story ideas and creatively think about your craft. All judging is done online and completed by only those who have … Continue reading “Judges needed for the Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards”

Dave Helem: D.J. The Chicago Kid – Rose Bowl special

Taped in a drive-in set-up during the pandemic at the historic Rose Bowl in Pasadena, the special is an hour-long roller coaster of things that have made Dave Helem, the comedian and former math teacher, who he is. From his glory days in the classroom, to how protesting doesn’t look the same for everyone, and … Continue reading “Dave Helem: D.J. The Chicago Kid – Rose Bowl special”

Chicago P.D., The Chi, Director & Producer dies

David Rodriguez, a director and producer for series such as TNT’s Animal Kingdom, Showtime’s The Chi and Starz’s Power, has died. He was 50. Rodriguez died on Oct. 29 from complications from a stroke. He is known for his work as a director, producer, and writer in a myriad of film and television shows. He … Continue reading “Chicago P.D., The Chi, Director & Producer dies”

The Chicago 48 Hour Film Project begins this weekend

The 48 Hour Film Project takes place in Chicago this weekend and you can still be a part of it! Filmmakers are taking over Chicago and turning it into movie-making madness for 48 hours! Teams of filmmakers have a single weekend – this one – to write, shoot and edit their short films! All completed … Continue reading “The Chicago 48 Hour Film Project begins this weekend”

The Chi will return to Cinespace for Season 4

SHOWTIME has picked up THE CHI for a fourth season. Filmed at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, created and executive produced by Emmy winner Lena Waithe and executive produced by Academy Award, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Common. Season three of THE CHI was up double-digits across platforms over last season and doubled its audience on streaming platforms. Season three cast included Ntare … Continue reading “The Chi will return to Cinespace for Season 4”

Season 3 premiere of Lena Waithe’s ‘The Chi’

“The Chi” Season 3 premieres this Sunday, June 21st at 8 PM CT on Showtime.  Created by Chicago’s own Lena Waithe and filmed entirely in Illinois, “The Chi” is a coming-of-age drama series about a group of Black teenage boys from the city’s south side. An average day finds kids prepping for school as their parents head off to … Continue reading “Season 3 premiere of Lena Waithe’s ‘The Chi’”

Macy’s is reopening for Father’s Day in the Chicago area

Macy’s is reopening to customers and communities in the Chicago area, offering a curated assortment of must-have beauty, fashion, accessories and home, plus the perfect items to click and pick-up, just in time for Father’s Day. Following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), state and local guidance, select Macy’s stores will be open to the … Continue reading “Macy’s is reopening for Father’s Day in the Chicago area”

The Chicago Med, Fire & PD Food Bank Trivia Challenge

David Eigenberg hosts a trivia game for contestants from Chicago Fire: Kara Killmer and Miranda Rae Mayo. Chicago P.D.: LaRoyce Hawkins, Jason Beghe and Tracy Spiridakos. Chicago Med: Dominic Rains, Brian Tee and Nick Gehlfuss. All while raising money for myfooddrive.org As part of their continued efforts to support the community, the One Chicago family … Continue reading “The Chicago Med, Fire & PD Food Bank Trivia Challenge”

The Chicago Advertising Federation goes remote

In an email sent today by the Chicago Advertising Federation Executive VP, Richard Roche announced that effective immediately in order to help curtail the spread of COVID-19 their office will be working remotely. In a detailed outline, he stressed their concerns for the health and wellbeing of their staff, members, event attendees and industry partners. … Continue reading “The Chicago Advertising Federation goes remote”

SEE UPDATE: the Chicago Latino Film Fest is postponed

Pepe Vargas, the Founder and Executive Director of the Chicago Latino Film Festival sadly announced the postponement of the 36th annual festival. Due to the concerns for the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the festival originally scheduled to open on April 16 through April 30 at AMC River East 21 Theatres, will be pushed to … Continue reading “SEE UPDATE: the Chicago Latino Film Fest is postponed”

Behind the scenes with the Chicago IFA’s Angie Gaffney

Angie Gaffney chaperones a lot of dreams in the Windy City. As Executive Director of the Chicago Independent Film Alliance — an organization recently formed by combining the Independent Filmmaker Project with Stage 18 — she helps people achieve their goals, and their goals are to make movies. Or short films. Or pilots. Or web … Continue reading “Behind the scenes with the Chicago IFA’s Angie Gaffney”

Behind the scenes of the Chicago-made ‘Conrad’ series

Jennifer A. Goodman and Ryan Atkins traveled separate journeys before finding one another and partnering up to create Conrad, a highly anticipated Crime Drama television show that recently finished filming in Chicago. Conrad tells the story of Kate Conrad, a rookie police detective in a male-dominated environment who fights to prove the innocence of her … Continue reading “Behind the scenes of the Chicago-made ‘Conrad’ series”

Showtime releases trailer for ‘THE CHI’ season three

In less than two minutes, the new trailer for season three of THE CHI showcases Chicago as one of the most dazzling, diverse, and passionate cities on earth. Cut to the uplifting beat of hometown superstar Lupe Fiasco’s The Show Goes On, layers of the Windy City unfold as skyline views, church celebrations, and family … Continue reading “Showtime releases trailer for ‘THE CHI’ season three”

Cinespace at the Chicago 48 Hour Film Project Awards

World-class studio’s Manager of Ops, Dino Mirkopoulos, to attend 2019 Awards Screening at Music Box Theatre on September 25th The Chicago 48 Hour Film Project Premiere Screenings return to the Music Box Theatre September 22nd through the 23rd with the Red Carpet Best of Chicago Awards taking place on September 25th. The screenings spotlight 45 … Continue reading “Cinespace at the Chicago 48 Hour Film Project Awards”

The Chicago Media Standards are a win for everyone

By ridding film sets of discrimination and harassment, we’ll all have more great content to choose from As soon as the Chicago Media Standards were unveiled at Stage 18 last Thursday night, they began making an impact that will eventually bring joy to everyone who loves movies. The Chicago Media Standards is a code of … Continue reading “The Chicago Media Standards are a win for everyone”

‘The Chi’s’ Jason Mitchell fired

Star of Showtime series fired by network agent, management team and Netflix for misconduct on set Variety is reporting that The Chi star, Jason Mitchell, will not be returning for Season 3 as he faces possible misconduct allegations. Season 2 of the Showtime ensemble show, filmed here on location, premiered last month and will continue … Continue reading “‘The Chi’s’ Jason Mitchell fired”

It’s Showtime for ‘The Chi’ which has been renewed

Chicago production community will have a busy season as hit Showtime series was renewed for a 3rd season along with Fox’s renewal of ‘Empire’ Showtime has announced has picked up the hit drama series The Chi for a third season. In a statement released today, network president Gary Levine said this about the series, which … Continue reading “It’s Showtime for ‘The Chi’ which has been renewed”

‘The Chi’: bringing life on the streets closer to home

Cinematographer Abraham Martinez gets it done with help from Panavision’s Light Iron One of the strengths of the acclaimed series The Chi, created by Lena Waithe, is its multifaceted take on the experiences of living in Chicago’s South Side. It also does not shy away from the big issues that impact the city. Indeed, the … Continue reading “‘The Chi’: bringing life on the streets closer to home”

Actor Rolando Boyce returns home for ‘The Chi’

South Side native who plays Darnell describes the opportunity as an “important” and “beautiful” homecoming. Veteran actor Rolando Boyce has joined the cast of Showtime’s The Chi for season 2 as Darnell, Jacob Latimore (Emmett’s) father. Boyce is a native of the South Side and a veteran of the Windy City theater scene. He started … Continue reading “Actor Rolando Boyce returns home for ‘The Chi’”

The Chicago Independent Film and TV Festival

CIFTV’s four-day program offers a diverse, relevant, and entertaining weekend showcase The 2nd annual Chicago Independent Film and TV Festival will return to Columbia College April 4-7. Founded on a mission to supply Chicago with “a quality international independent film festival,” the four-day event promises a diverse, relevant, and entertaining showcase of documentaries, television concepts, … Continue reading “The Chicago Independent Film and TV Festival”

The Chicago advertising connection to ‘Space Jam’

LeBron James scores off an assist from a Windy City boutique that launched Michael Jordan’s off-court media stardom In many ways, the thrill ignited by LeBron James’ decision to produce a Space Jam sequel started in suburban Oak Park, IL, nearly three decades ago. That was where, in 1992, Chicago-based Creative Director Bernie Pitzel heard … Continue reading “The Chicago advertising connection to ‘Space Jam’”

The Chicago European Union Film Festival

The 21st annual Chicago European Union Film Festival (CEUFF) at the Gene Siskel Film Center raises the curtain for 61 Chicago premieres in its newly renovated theaters, March 9 through April 5. Films represented by all 28 EU nations will give audiences thought-provoking, topical, poignant and hilarious stories, reminding us that while we may live … Continue reading “The Chicago European Union Film Festival”

Showtime: “The Chi” is on for season two

Showtime has ordered a second season of The Chi, a coming-of-age drama set in Chicago that has averaged four million weekly cross-platform viewers since debuting on January 7. Featuring an ensemble cast and multiple storylines, the series is not only produced entirely within the Windy City, but it also showcases a legion of homegrown talent. … Continue reading “Showtime: “The Chi” is on for season two”

Behind the dailies (and long nights) of “The Chi”

Although Periscope editor Michael Thomas James got a year’s worth of sneak peeks at The Chi while finessing the show’s dailies during the wee hours of most mornings in 2017, he is still enthusiastic about the Showtime series’ premiere on Sunday night. “When I first saw the footage, it got me super excited to be … Continue reading “Behind the dailies (and long nights) of “The Chi””

No second season for ‘The Chicago Code’ series

FOX TV Monday night did what was not unexpected by canceling freshman entry, The Chicago Code, due to ratings that started out so-so and didn’t improve. While everyone involved with the show, and especially the IFO which has its hopes pinned on series television shooting here, they knew in their hearts that while the Chicago scenes were impressive, the plotline was not.

Two days, 43 speakers, 1,500 attendees to see the future at the Chicago New Media Summit

Forty-three experts will bring the future of new media in all its forms into the present for the 1,500 attendees expected to attend the Sept. 15-16 Chicago New Media Summit at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

They will explore the opportunities at hand created by the convergence and emergence of new digital components and industries, said Summit founder/president John Patterson.

There at the beginning of the Chicago Film Office, Debbie Beck retires after an impressive 28 years

AFTER A REMARKABLE 28 YEARS, DEBBIE BECK retired Friday from the Chicago Film Office without fanfare.

She had joined in June, 1980 a scant three months after the office was officially created by Mayor Jane Byrne as an adjunct of the police department and was headed by a police sergeant, Sam Babich.

Beck shared an office with police officers Babich, Jim Cunningham and Tom Flanagan in cramped space on the eighth floor of City Hall.

Toronto’s Zig agency buys Hadrian’s Wall; Lynch and Carli continue to lead the Chicago office

Hadrian’s Wall has come down in the best way possible. Hot Toronto creative agency Zig purchased majority interest in the feisty, five year-old Chicago boutique, effective Nov. 20.

Hadrian’s Wall founders Kevin Lynch and Steve Carli remain as principals and Carli is also managing director of the Chicago office.

Zig’s philosophy is “ideas in their most powerful form,” and bills itself as “the small agency working for big brands. Indeed, it’s A-list client roster includes Ikea, Molson, Best Buy Canada, Unilever and Virgin Mobile Canada.

Walking 60 feet above the Chinese desert: Deborah Stratman on her amazing “Kings of the Sky” doc

Deborah Stratman didn’t speak the language or know anyone in the Western Chinese Taklamakan desert when she went there alone in 2001 to shoot her documentary “Kings of the Sky.”

Without a translator, the UIC film teacher spent four months on tour with a circus troupe led by Adil Hoxur, the leading practitioner of Dawaz, the traditional tightrope-walking style of the Uyghur Muslim ethnic minority.

In “Kings of the Sky” Stratman paints an impressionistic portrait of Hoxur and his art, symbols of cultural and nationalist pride for the oppressed Uyghur.

Chicago Film Critics Association announces 2022 Audience Award Winners

The Chicago Film Critics Association, the Chicago-area print, online and broadcast critics group that celebrates the art of film and film criticism, today announces the Audience Award winners following the 9th Chicago Critics Film Festival.  Audiences selected Closing Night feature presentation I LOVE MY DAD as winner of the Audience Award for narrative features; the film screened to … Continue reading “Chicago Film Critics Association announces 2022 Audience Award Winners”

FCB appoints Mollie Partesotti as Chief Strategy Officer of Chicago

FCB today announced that “strategic powerhouse” Mollie Partesotti has been named Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) of Chicago. As the CSO, Partesotti will partner with FCB Chicago President Kelly Graves and Chief Creative Officer Andrés Ordóñez to evolve the agency’s strategic offering, deliver innovative and timeless ideas for clients across all disciplines, and cultivate a dynamic … Continue reading “FCB appoints Mollie Partesotti as Chief Strategy Officer of Chicago”

Premiere of Chicago-based doc SKATE OR DIE at the Music Box Theatre

The Music Box Theatre and Flyback Productions present the Chicago Premiere of director Ryan Ferguson’s Chicago-based skateboarding doc SKATE OR DIE, with Cast and Crew Q&A, on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 4:15pm. Filmed over several years, SKATE OR DIE is a riveting documentary feature that is making its long-awaited, hometown, theatrical premiere. The film … Continue reading “Premiere of Chicago-based doc SKATE OR DIE at the Music Box Theatre”

Chicago Fire: New episode this week, pics & promo Last Chance

We have a few exclusive photos of the Chicago Fire cast and crew at work while filming a scene in this episode titled Last Chance and we have the promo photos released by NBC. We’re just one episode until the big finale. This episode will air Wednesday at 8 PM CST on NBC. Judging by the Chicago … Continue reading “Chicago Fire: New episode this week, pics & promo Last Chance”

Tommy Egan is back on the streets of Chicago in Power Book IV: Force

Joseph Sikora is as hot in Chicago as the recent weather. The Chicago born actor is no stranger to his current role as Tommy Egan on the immensely popular STARZ series, Power Book IV: Force. The star was born on Chicago’s North Side in an area known as Jefferson Park. He grew up there, and … Continue reading “Tommy Egan is back on the streets of Chicago in Power Book IV: Force”

Creative agency, Battery hires a dozen new team members

Battery, the highly esteemed Los Angeles, Toronto and Chicago-based creative agency, experiences a wave of growth across every department, welcoming twelve new full-time hires plus internal promotions to the team.   Co-founder & Chief Creative Officer Philip Khosid speaks to the expansion, “Since the start of the new year, Battery has experienced great fortune via an … Continue reading “Creative agency, Battery hires a dozen new team members”

rEvolution acquires Centigrade to broaden industry expertise

 rEvolution, the world’s largest independent sports marketing agency, has acquired Detroit-based integrated marketing agency Centigrade. The acquisition bolsters rEvolution’s current roster of global clients, joining others in the automotive, motorsports and lifestyle categories including Continental Tire, General Tire, Lucas Oil and Polaris. Specializing in marketing communications, public relations, experiential activation and motorsports, Centigrade boasts Lamborghini, … Continue reading “rEvolution acquires Centigrade to broaden industry expertise”

Two feature debuts take top honors at Chicago Latino Film Festival

The 38th Chicago Latino Film Festival announced today the winners and runners-up for its Audience Choice Awards. The slate of 50 features and 36 shorts from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the United States, included an array of premieres, stories of underrepresented communities, and an increase in LGBTQIA+ films. Even though the festival is a non-competitive … Continue reading “Two feature debuts take top honors at Chicago Latino Film Festival”

Here’s what’s filming this week on the streets of Chicago May 9-13

Chicago Med and P.D. have both wrapped for the season. Chicago Fire will be filming their finale this week. It is promised to be the top finale of all times according to showrunner Derek Haas. The new start up this year is season one of Justified: City Primeval seen filming on Chicago streets as of … Continue reading “Here’s what’s filming this week on the streets of Chicago May 9-13”

Bally’s in River West wins the jackpot as Chicago’s first casino

Bally’s Casino is coming to Chicago. The city has chosen Bally’s Corporation to be the recipient of its sole casino license and the developer to create a world-class casino-resort and entertainment experience in Chicago on the site of the Tribune Publishing Center.   “I am proud to announce that Bally’s Corporation will create a world-class entertainment … Continue reading “Bally’s in River West wins the jackpot as Chicago’s first casino”

Mayor’s new Chicagwa Water campaign offers Chicago water in a can

The City has a new branding campaign to promote Chicago’s water quality in honor of National Drinking Water Week. Chicagwa. Lake Michigan water on a can. Area artists were asked to create label art to be used on cans of Chicago drinking water. A limited run of the Chicagwa cans has been produced all to … Continue reading “Mayor’s new Chicagwa Water campaign offers Chicago water in a can”

Chicago Botanic Garden celebrates 50th birthday

The Chicago Botanic Garden has experienced extraordinary growth over the last five decades and it is marking its 50th birthday in 2022 with Flourish: The Garden at 50. Starting May 13 through September 25, members, visitors, and program participants are invited to celebrate 50 years of the Garden connecting people to the natural world. “What began as an ambitious vision to … Continue reading “Chicago Botanic Garden celebrates 50th birthday”

Chicago and Elisabeth Moss shine in the premiere episode of Shining Girls

Warning: This article contains spoilers for the premiere episode of the new Chicago series Shining Girls, titled Cutline Two-time Emmy winner, Elisabeth Moss is taking us on yet another suspenseful journey with Shining Girls on Apple+. The series, filmed in Chicago and at Chicago Studio City, is based on the 2013 novel by South African … Continue reading “Chicago and Elisabeth Moss shine in the premiere episode of Shining Girls”

Mars Wrigley to build global research and development hub on Goose Island

Mars announced the company will soon break ground on a new, best-in-class, global research and development hub adjacent to the company’s existing Global Innovation Center on Goose Island. With this expanded capability, Chicago will become the largest innovation hub in the world for Mars Wrigley, adding to its network of global innovation centers. When complete, the innovation hub … Continue reading “Mars Wrigley to build global research and development hub on Goose Island”

Street Heroines to screen as official selection at Chicago Latino Film Festival

Street Heroines, directed by Valiant Pictures’ Alexandra Henry, will return to screen April 30th as an official selection at the annual Chicago Latino Film Festival. The festival spans April 21 thru May 1. Guests can attend the event to experience the magic in person or virtually. Passes include access to festival films, panels, and parties. … Continue reading “Street Heroines to screen as official selection at Chicago Latino Film Festival”

Elevated Films Chicago holds free indoor event for 2022 Season Kickoff

Elevated Films Chicago is holding a free indoor film event to kickoff the 2022 season. They will be taking over the 17th floor Town Hall (which also happens to be an NBA-sized basketball court!) at 167 Green Street. Come check out that view! Become a Filmmaker program director, Liliane Calfee, will introduce the program and … Continue reading “Elevated Films Chicago holds free indoor event for 2022 Season Kickoff”

Midwest Film Festival presents Alternative Takes for May’s First Tuesdays

The Midwest Film Festival (MFF) presents Alternative Takes for May’s upcoming First Tuesdays event. This collection of nine short films offer distinct atmospheres, each with their own unique point of view. The selection features a range of dark humor, heartfelt expressions, and a mix of experiences for the senses. May 3rd will be a one-of-a-kind … Continue reading “Midwest Film Festival presents Alternative Takes for May’s First Tuesdays”

Strange Loop Studios signs East Coast representation

Live-action, Chicago based production company, Strange Loop Studios announces signing East Coast representation with Brandon Pico and Amanda Lemiuex of Hapa. With numerous years of successful matchmaking experience, the Hapa team brings innovative energy and loyal partnerships together. “Collaboration and efficient execution with fun along the way, are essential pillars to our process at Strange … Continue reading “Strange Loop Studios signs East Coast representation”

Shining Girls thriller starring Elisabeth Moss premieres April 29

Filmed in Chicago last summer, the mind-bending psychological thriller, Shining Girls, premieres on Apple+ this Friday, April 29. Based on the best-selling novel by Lauren Beukes, Shining Girls stars Elisabeth Moss as Kirby Mazrachi, a Chicago Sun-Times archivist who is recovering from a brutal attack six years prior, that left her in a constantly shifting … Continue reading “Shining Girls thriller starring Elisabeth Moss premieres April 29”

Power Book IV: Force will return for Season 2 in May

Power Book IV: Force, is coming back to town soon. Season 2 is scheduled to begin filming in Chicago around the end of May. The majority of filming will take place at Cinespace, with location filming throughout the Chicago area. If production stays on schedule, Season 2 should premiere in February 2023. STARZ hit a … Continue reading “Power Book IV: Force will return for Season 2 in May”

Jane Lynch directs Illinois Tourism campaign through STORY

Actress, producer and writer, Jane Lynch, can add “Director” to her impressive list of titles. She recently directed a series of commercials for the Illinois Tourism Middle of Everything campaign and was the primary actor. Produced for the Illinois Department of Tourism via OKRP ad agency, the comedic vignettes are part of the Middle of … Continue reading “Jane Lynch directs Illinois Tourism campaign through STORY”

Power Book IV: Force pays tribute to beloved crew member Mike Zobel

Power Book IV: Force paid tribute at the season finale to beloved crew member Mike Zobel who passed away suddenly during the filming of the show. For those fans of Power Book IV: Force who noticed a tribute card dedicated to Mike Zobel at the end of the season finale and were wondering, “who’s Mike … Continue reading “Power Book IV: Force pays tribute to beloved crew member Mike Zobel”

The theater world mourns the passing of Chicago actress Hollis Resnik

Hollis Resnik, the Chicago based actor known for her theatre roles in Sunset Boulevard and Les Misérables, and a host of critically acclaimed performances, passed away at the age of 67. A twelve-time Joseph Jefferson Award winner and the 1992 winner of the Sarah Siddons Award, Resnik played lead roles in scores of musicals at Chicago … Continue reading “The theater world mourns the passing of Chicago actress Hollis Resnik”

First ‘smoke less’ cigarette launches national pilot in Chicagoland

The first and only combustible tobacco cigarette containing minimal to non-addictive levels of nicotine and authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help adult smokers smoke less is now available through a national pilot exclusively in select Chicagoland Circle K stores. 22nd Century Group, Inc., a leading agricultural biotechnology company focused on … Continue reading “First ‘smoke less’ cigarette launches national pilot in Chicagoland”

Bye Bye Chicago world premiere at 38th Chicago Latino Film Festival

As the countdown for the 38th Chicago Latino Film Festival, presented by Corona Extra, begins, organizers unveiled the list of films that will receive their World, North American, U.S. and Midwest Premieres at the Festival, led by the locally produced Bye Bye Chicago. The Festival this year will feature two World Premieres, five North American … Continue reading “Bye Bye Chicago world premiere at 38th Chicago Latino Film Festival”

Erin Sarofsky takes us behind the scenes of WeCrashed’s opening titles

The founders of coworking space WeWork, Adam Neumann and Miguel McKelvey, believed they were on the brink of making history. The company was valued at $47 billion dollars, ready for a huge IPO, and charismatic (some would say “over the top”) CEO (cult leader?) Neumann believed he was going to change the world. So, what happened … Continue reading “Erin Sarofsky takes us behind the scenes of WeCrashed’s opening titles”

Illinois Film Production Tax Credit expansion passes General Assembly

The Illinois General Assembly concluded their spring session early Saturday morning with great news for our Illinois film production industry. The Illinois Production+ and workforce development fund legislation affirmatively passed both the House and Senate. Effective July 1, 2022 the Illinois Film Production Tax Credit program will officially be expanded, implementing the new provisions provided in the Illinois Production+ … Continue reading “Illinois Film Production Tax Credit expansion passes General Assembly”

Cubs 2022 Promotional Schedule Bobbleheads, #BudFridays, and more

The Chicago Cubs today released the schedule for promotional items, theme nights and Special Ticket Offers for the 2022 regular season. Five bobbleheads top the list on select Saturdays in May, August and September, the return of #BudFridays and seven theme nights such as WWE Day, Shark Week Night and the ever-popular Sesame Street Day. … Continue reading “Cubs 2022 Promotional Schedule Bobbleheads, #BudFridays, and more”

Police ask for help and release videos of Kwame Amoaku’s attackers

Chicago Police Department posted a tweet with a video of three people brutally attacking Kwame Amoaku, Director of the Chicago Film Office. The post also included surveillance video of his attackers shopping at the North Riverside Park Mall after the attack. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot appointed Amoaku to lead the city’s film office in July … Continue reading “Police ask for help and release videos of Kwame Amoaku’s attackers”

Lightfoot says carjacking spikes linked to kids feeling unloved

On Saturday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot spoke to adolescents between the ages of 14 and 24 at the Harold Washington Library during a special town hall meeting addressing safety efforts in specific regions of Chicago. The special town hall meetings to address safety within the city began right after Lori Lightfoot’s appointed Chicago Film Office Director, … Continue reading “Lightfoot says carjacking spikes linked to kids feeling unloved”

Reel Women: Angie Gaffney, Executive Director at IFA Chicago, film producer

Editor’s Note: They are leaders. They are inspirational. They are mentors. They are visionaries. They are, quite frankly, badasses. They are our 2022 REEL WOMEN. During Women’s History Month, you will be able to meet these incredible personalities in Advertising, Entertainment, Media and Production. Women like Angie Gaffney are making “Herstory.” Strong, confident, capable, Angie Gaffney is a true renaissance woman … Continue reading “Reel Women: Angie Gaffney, Executive Director at IFA Chicago, film producer”

The Tonight Show looking for hidden talent for ‘Show Me Something Good’

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is at it again. They are searching the country for hidden talents. Show Me Something Good is a recurring segment on The Tonight Show Starring where Jimmy asks talented audience members from around the country (you!) to perform a weird, silly or incredible talent on the show, via a Zoom call.  They … Continue reading “The Tonight Show looking for hidden talent for ‘Show Me Something Good’”

Mayor Lightfoot unveils citywide vision for network of trails and corridors

The City of Chicago has released a citywide vision of trails and open spaces that will contribute to a network of community-led green infrastructure projects that promote the health and well-being of Chicago residents and visitors.   “Our residents enjoy world-class parks, an unparalleled Lakefront Trail, and many open space assets along the river and our … Continue reading “Mayor Lightfoot unveils citywide vision for network of trails and corridors”

The 32nd Onion City Experimental Film + Video Festival is this weekend

32nd Onion City Experimental Film + Video Festival in-person and online takes place March 31 – April 3, 2022! In-person screenings are held at Chicago Filmmakers firehouse cinema located at 1326 W Hollywood Ave in the Edgewater neighborhood. Please be sure to arrive 15 minutes prior to showtime and be ready to present your order … Continue reading “The 32nd Onion City Experimental Film + Video Festival is this weekend”

Film Office Director brutally attacked in carjacking

Kwame Amoaku, the beloved Director of the Chicago Film Office, was brutally attacked in the early hours of Thursday morning. He posted on his Facebook page that he is currently recovering in ICU. “This a.m. I was attacked beaten and my car stolen by three kids. Thanks to all who have reached out. I’m in … Continue reading “Film Office Director brutally attacked in carjacking”

Midwest Film Festival presents Relative a film by Michael Glover Smith

The Midwest Film Festival (MFF) presents its second entry of their 2022 season. On Tuesday, April 5, at 7 pm, MFF will host an hour-long networking soiree before featuring the Midwest premiere of Michael Glover Smith’s feature-length film: Relative at 8 pm at the Gene Siskel Film Center. This screening will be followed by a … Continue reading “Midwest Film Festival presents Relative a film by Michael Glover Smith”

Camera Ambassador presents 2022 Community Builders Grant

Calling all Midwest filmmakers! Apply by March 31st at 11:59 pm for the 2022 Community Builders Grant. The Community Builders Grant is the annual short-form film fund and production resources grant sponsored by Camera Ambassador. The mission is to help build bridges between Midwest filmmakers and the community while elevating their production by arming them … Continue reading “Camera Ambassador presents 2022 Community Builders Grant”

Reel Women: Erica Duffy sole owner of Camera Ambassador

Editor’s Note: They are leaders. They are inspirational. They are mentors. They are visionaries. They are, quite frankly, badasses. They are our 2022 REEL WOMEN. During Women’s History Month, you will be able to meet these incredible personalities in Advertising, Entertainment, Media and Production. Women like Erica Duffy are making “Herstory.” Erica Duffy is the sole owner of Camera Ambassador, the … Continue reading “Reel Women: Erica Duffy sole owner of Camera Ambassador”

Chicago Latino Film Festival Opening Night and Centerpiece screenings

The 38th Chicago Latino Film Festival, presented by Corona Extra, announced today its selections for their Opening Night and Centerpiece screenings at ChiTown Movies Drive-In, 2343 S. Throop St.  The Festival opens Thursday, April 21st with Abner Benaim’s heartbreaking tale about Panama’s class and racial divides, Plaza Catedral. The Festival’s Centerpiece selection, Ángeles Cruz’s feature … Continue reading “Chicago Latino Film Festival Opening Night and Centerpiece screenings”

Reel Women: Casting Director, Jennifer Rudnicke Paskal Rudnicke Casting

Editor’s Note: They are leaders. They are inspirational. They are mentors. They are visionaries. They are, quite frankly, badasses. They are our 2022 REEL WOMEN. During Women’s History Month, you will be able to meet these incredible personalities in Advertising, Entertainment, Media and Production. Women like Jennifer Rudnicke are making “Herstory.” Jennifer Rudnicke started her casting career as the assistant to … Continue reading “Reel Women: Casting Director, Jennifer Rudnicke Paskal Rudnicke Casting”

Ye barred from Grammy Awards due to his concerning online behavior

Grammy Award winner and billionaire formally known as Kanye West, now legally known as Ye, has been barred from performing at the upcoming Grammy Awards due to his concerning online behavior. A rep for the artist confirmed to the Blast that the artist’s team received a phone call Friday night informing him he had been … Continue reading “Ye barred from Grammy Awards due to his concerning online behavior”

REEL WOMEN: Rebecca Considine of SpeedPro Chicago Loop

Editor’s Note: They are leaders. They are inspirational. They are mentors. They are visionaries. They are, quite frankly, badasses. They are our 2022 REEL WOMEN. During Women’s History Month, you will be able to meet these incredible personalities in Advertising, Entertainment, Media and Production. Women like Rebecca Considine are making “Herstory.” Alongside her partner Eric Lazar, … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: Rebecca Considine of SpeedPro Chicago Loop”

Chicago Fire, Med and P.D. take a break for two weeks. Here’s a recap

One Chicago fans will have to be content with reruns as the shows take a break from new episodes for the next two weeks. NBC Universal has shared that new episodes for Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD will air on Wednesday, April 6.  Back in February Steve Kern, head of scheduling for NBC, … Continue reading “Chicago Fire, Med and P.D. take a break for two weeks. Here’s a recap”

Lynn Osmond tapped as first woman to helm Chicago’s tourism agency

Lynn Osmond has been appointed as the new President & CEO of Choose Chicago. Osmond, the first woman to helm the city’s tourism agency, was most recently the President & CEO at the Chicago Architecture Center.   “Lynn Osmond’s thorough experience leading the Chicago Architecture Center will be a great asset to Choose Chicago—and we’re proud … Continue reading “Lynn Osmond tapped as first woman to helm Chicago’s tourism agency”

9Rooftops welcomes Jason Uzarraga as Associate Creative Director

9Rooftops welcomes Jason Uzarraga as an Associate Creative Director bringing over 20 years of experience in content development, video, design, experiential marketing and social and digital media to the role. Based in the Chicago office, Uzarraga has already begun providing forward-thinking creative solutions to meet the strategic needs of several 9Rooftops clients. He will play … Continue reading “9Rooftops welcomes Jason Uzarraga as Associate Creative Director”

NBC Chicago to air The Lost Story of Emmett Till: The Universal Child

NBC Chicago’s one-hour special, The Lost Story of Emmett Till: The Universal Child, will air Saturday, March 19 at 6 p.m. The program is an extended version of NBC Chicago’s documentary that debuted exclusively on Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire in February. The broadcast special will include extended interviews and bonus scenes retelling the chilling … Continue reading “NBC Chicago to air The Lost Story of Emmett Till: The Universal Child”

Merri Dee Chicago’s homegrown broadcasting legend has passed at 85

American philanthropist and former WGN-TV (Channel 9) television journalist, who survived a kidnapping and murder attempt, Merri Dee passed away at age 85. Her death was confirmed Wednesday by a statement shared by WGN,  “Chicago’s Very Own, Merri Dee, was a one-of-a-kind legend. From WGN staff announcer to hosting parade telecasts, telethons and even the … Continue reading “Merri Dee Chicago’s homegrown broadcasting legend has passed at 85”

Here’s what’s filming on the streets of Chicago for the week of March 21

Chicago continues to be a busy hub for filming features, tv and streaming content, documentaries, and commercials – to the dismay of some and the delight of others. Overall, residents learn to accept the negatives with the positives if they want to live in a city so iconic that it has become a major powerhouse … Continue reading “Here’s what’s filming on the streets of Chicago for the week of March 21”

Chicago Critics Film Festival announces first seven films selected for 2022

The Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA), the Chicago-area print, online and broadcast critics group that celebrates the art of film and film criticism, announces today the first seven films selected for the 2022 Chicago Critics Film Festival.  First titles include highly anticipated films like the Chicago premiere of Cooper Raiff’s CHA CHA REAL SMOOTH, starring Raiff and … Continue reading “Chicago Critics Film Festival announces first seven films selected for 2022”

SMASH Virtual opens 19,000 sq. ft virtual production stage in south loop

Smash Virtual is opening a permanent, state-of-the-art virtual production stage in downtown Chicago, bringing the cutting-edge of filmmaking to the Midwest film industry. By merging large LED video walls, live camera tracking, and realtime 3D systems like Unreal Engine, virtual production offers an alternative to location shooting that is faster, easier, and safer–all while increasing … Continue reading “SMASH Virtual opens 19,000 sq. ft virtual production stage in south loop”

Chicago Humanities Festival hosts Molly Shannon and Jonathan Van Ness

Chicago Humanities Festival will host two separate events at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance: the first with comedian Molly Shannon and the second with Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness, on Wednesday, April 13th. At 6 PM on April 13th, Molly Shannon will sit down to talk about her memoir, Hello Molly! Shannon is best known for her … Continue reading “Chicago Humanities Festival hosts Molly Shannon and Jonathan Van Ness”

Calling all artists: CTA seeks artists to create new, original public artwork

Calling all artists! The Chicago transit system is a living, interactive gallery of unique works of art and architectural design elements that reflect the cultural influences of the men and women who have lived and worked in the communities we’ve served for more than a century. Over the last several years, the city’s collection of public art has … Continue reading “Calling all artists: CTA seeks artists to create new, original public artwork”

Two by Four names Korie Brown to position of Group Media Director 

Independent, full-service agency Two by Four is continuing to assemble a powerhouse leadership team in their Chicago office. The agency announced today that Korie Brown has been named to the new position of Group Media Director, reporting to Jessica Romaniuk who was named President of the Chicago office in October. The new position is indicative of Two … Continue reading “Two by Four names Korie Brown to position of Group Media Director “

What new series are setting up in Chicago and what’s leaving

What do HBO, Amazon, Hulu, Apple TV, Netflix, NBC/Uni, Sony, Disney, AMC Studios, Showtime, STARZ all have in common? They’ve all moved into town, setup shop, and made themselves a home in Chicago to shoot a tv series. I’ve lived through the ebb and flow of the Chicago film industry since the mid 80s. This … Continue reading “What new series are setting up in Chicago and what’s leaving”

Troy Pryor relaunches ISA Chicago with International Women in Screenwriting

Creative Cypher Founder and Executive Producer Troy Pryor relaunches the International Screenwriters Association (ISA) Chicago chapter and kicks off Women’s History Month with an all women panel ‘International Women In Screenwriting’. Powered by Cypher Latino, a new extension of Creative Cypher, the panel will consist of Latina panelists Director and writer Lauryn Lugo and moderator … Continue reading “Troy Pryor relaunches ISA Chicago with International Women in Screenwriting”

Les Grobstein bobblehead unveiled at National Bobblehead Hall of Fame

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled a limited-edition official bobblehead to honor longtime Chicago Sports Radio Broadcaster Les Grobstein, who passed away on January 16, 2022 at the age of 69. The bobblehead was released on March 11, 2022, which would have been Grobstein’s 70th birthday. In addition, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot issued a proclamation … Continue reading “Les Grobstein bobblehead unveiled at National Bobblehead Hall of Fame”

Power Book IV: Force has been renewed for a second season

STARZ has announced that Power Book IV: Force has been renewed for a second season. The third spinoff in the Power franchise debuted February 6 as the most-watched premiere ever in STARZ history with 3.3M multiplatform views in the U.S. alone. Along with the announcement of the renewal, STARZ also shared that the series creator … Continue reading “Power Book IV: Force has been renewed for a second season”

38th Chicago Latino Film Festival announces first wave of titles

38th Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) April 21 – May 1, announces the first wave of titles from close to 100 feature and short length films from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the United States confirmed for the event.  This first round of titles includes two films fresh out of the Sundance Film Festival: Eva … Continue reading “38th Chicago Latino Film Festival announces first wave of titles”

Bob Odenkirk opens up about life, death, and reinventing himself

Chicagoland native, Emmy-winning writer, Golden Globe-nominated actor, comedian, director, producer, and Second City alum Bob Odenkirk returned to Chicago to promote his book at an event at the Music Box Theatre. Odenkirk was joined by Tim Meadows, actor/comedian and Second City alum, who you might also recognize from his appearance in the Chicago set of … Continue reading “Bob Odenkirk opens up about life, death, and reinventing himself”

Ashley Rice joins Cinespace as President and co-managing partner

Cinespace Studios has appointed Ashley Rice as president and co-managing partner. Rice joins Cinespace from Legendary Television where she managed operations, including production, post-production and production finance, and worked as vp of production at ABC Studios, where she managed production for Shonda Rhimes and Mark Gordon. Rice will join COO Eoin Egan and CFO Keith Gee … Continue reading “Ashley Rice joins Cinespace as President and co-managing partner”

Chicago Filmmakers announces competition programs for Onion City Festival

Chicago Filmmakers announces the competition programs for the 32nd Onion City Experimental Film + Video Festival, which will take place March 31 to April 3. The five competition programs will feature 35 short films exploring themes of digital media production, politics of memory, and the value of physical spaces from the United States, France, Canada, South … Continue reading “Chicago Filmmakers announces competition programs for Onion City Festival”

AbelsonTaylor hires Jeremy Vannatta as VP, Account Director

AbelsonTaylor has hired Jeremy Vannatta, a marketing strategist with strong management and business-development experience in healthcare, as vice president and account director. Vannatta, who has worked in a broad range of therapeutic categories on both the agency and client sides, will lead a team supporting oncology brands handled by AbelsonTaylor. He will also play a … Continue reading “AbelsonTaylor hires Jeremy Vannatta as VP, Account Director”

Chicago Irish Film Festival returns with in-person and virtual screenings

The 23rd annual Chicago Irish Film Festival (CIFF) returns to offer the best features, shorts and documentary films from The Land of Storytelling. This year’s festival is a Hybrid Event with in-person events at Theater on the Lake, The Logan Theatre and Society for Arts from March 3-6, as well as an online format with … Continue reading “Chicago Irish Film Festival returns with in-person and virtual screenings”

JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival is In-Theater and Online

The JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival’s 9th annual Spring Festival, running March 10 – 27, includes 18 films streaming online and in-theater that are largely about relationships. These relationships are at the core of the film line-up that ranges from light-hearted rom-coms such as One More Story to family discoveries of loss and rebirth in … Continue reading “JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival is In-Theater and Online”

Hold on to your shamrock and get ready for Eli’s Green River Cheesecake

The Chicago River will no longer be my favorite ‘showing of the green’ on St.Pat’s Day. Two Chicago icons, Eli’s Cheesecake and Green River Soda, have teamed up to create Eli’s Green River Cheesecake. A rich and creamy neon lime cheesecake, topped with lime gelee, baked on Eli’s signature all butter shortbread cookie crust and, of course, made with real Green River flavoring.  Green River … Continue reading “Hold on to your shamrock and get ready for Eli’s Green River Cheesecake”

One Earth Film Festival calls on audiences to Turn the Tide on climate crisis

One Earth Film Festival returns March 4-13, 2022 for its 11th festival season with 17 thoughtfully curated film events that will be streamed online, with a number of in-person screenings at Chicago-based venues. The 2022 Festival kicks off with its annual opening night launch party on Friday, March 4 that will offer both live and … Continue reading “One Earth Film Festival calls on audiences to Turn the Tide on climate crisis”

Bill Murray teams with Aziz Ansari in Searchlight comedy-drama

We never pass up a story about Chicago’s favorite son, Bill Murray. And Bill Murray is trending again. Not for his globetrotting antics or reliving the same day in February over and over again. Murray has joined up with Emmy award winner, Master of None creator, writer, director, and star, Aziz Ansari in the upcoming … Continue reading “Bill Murray teams with Aziz Ansari in Searchlight comedy-drama”

Chicago P.D.’s Tracy Spiridakos makes dramatic Chicago River rescue

We’re taking you behind the scenes to show you how Tracy Spiridakos and stunt double Kelli Victoria Scarangello pulled off Chicago P.D.’s most challenging scene of the season. Chicago P.D. is making a splash with their upcoming Episode 9.13 Still Water. The episode begins with Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) chatting with Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins) as … Continue reading “Chicago P.D.’s Tracy Spiridakos makes dramatic Chicago River rescue”

RBL celebrates: Sheila R. Brown Executive Director of CineCares

Editor’s Note: The Reel Black List is our annual spotlight of brothers and sisters in the worlds of advertising, film, TV, music, radio and media who are making a difference through their contributions and creativity on a daily basis. Today we celebrate Sheila R. Brown. Sheila R. Brown is the Executive Director of the CineCares Division of … Continue reading “RBL celebrates: Sheila R. Brown Executive Director of CineCares”

Chicago Public Library features Chicago Sky’s Candace Parker

Virtual event with Candace Parker kicks off a new CPL program series focused around social justice, equity and inclusivity Chicago Public Library (CPL) announced the official launch of their Voices for Justice series, a slate of programs that will engage authors, artists, thought-leaders and other experts that spark conversation on the topic of social justice.  After … Continue reading “Chicago Public Library features Chicago Sky’s Candace Parker”

Jacqueline Stewart makes a rich contribution to TCM for Black History Month

Film scholar Jacqueline Stewart makes a rich contribution to TCM for Black History Month, leading discussions about “Selma” with its star, David Oyelowo, and highlighting the work of Oscar Micheaux and other pioneering filmmakers. The result is both celebratory and thought-provoking. “Our programing runs all the way from the 1920s to 2014, almost a century … Continue reading “Jacqueline Stewart makes a rich contribution to TCM for Black History Month”

Battery expands to Chicago, with Pat Dunneback and Jessie Wang

Battery, the Los Angeles-based creative agency under Havas Creative Group, is expanding into Chicago. The team welcomes Pat Dunneback and Jessie Wang, who will serve as introductory members of the Chicago lineup as they look to continue strengthening Battery’s presence for its client partners in the Midwest. As group brand director, Dunneback will lead as … Continue reading “Battery expands to Chicago, with Pat Dunneback and Jessie Wang”

HBO Max renews comedy series ‘South Side’ for a third season

South Side got a thumbs up from HBO Max for a third season. The streaming service announced the renewal of the Chicago series. The second season of the beloved, critically acclaimed comedy series premiered as a Max Original in November 2021. Starring Bashir Salahuddin, Sultan Salahuddin, Kareme Young, Quincy Young, Chandra Russell, Zuri Salahuddin, Nefetari Spencer, … Continue reading “HBO Max renews comedy series ‘South Side’ for a third season”

Our Top 10 Valentine’s Day Chicago films

Valentine’s day is just around the corner and with the global pandemic, many couples are choosing to stream movies at home “and chill”. There are many romantic movies filmed in the windy city and we’ve taken the time to compile a list of the top ten best romantic films set in Chicago that you can … Continue reading “Our Top 10 Valentine’s Day Chicago films”

At age 41, Macualey Culkin is having a midlife crisis

Macaulay Culkin has been part of our pop culture ever since he was 10 years old. We were all hooked back in 1990, the moment we met the precocious Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) in the Chicago based, John Hughes holiday classic, Home Alone, directed by Chris Columbus, co-starring Katherine O’Hara and a surprisingly cleaned mouth … Continue reading “At age 41, Macualey Culkin is having a midlife crisis”

Joseph Sikora reprises his role as Tommy Egan in Power Book IV: Force

The wait is almost over! Premiering this Sunday, Sikora reprises his role as Tommy Egan in Power Book IV: Force, the highly-anticipated Power spin-off.  Fans of Chicago local, Joseph Sikora were absolutely thrilled to catch glimpses of him as Starz’s newest series Power Book IV: Force was filming throughout the Chicago area beginning last March … Continue reading “Joseph Sikora reprises his role as Tommy Egan in Power Book IV: Force”

Empire’s Taraji P. Henson joins musical film adaption of The Color Purple

Academy Award nominee, Emmy Award nominee and star of Empire Taraji P. Henson has joined the upcoming film adaption of The Color Purple musical as sexy and sultry jazz singer Shug Avery, reported in Variety today. Chicago’s Victory Gardens Playwrights Ensemble Hall of Fame member and Chicago series The Chi writer Marcus Gardley wrote the … Continue reading “Empire’s Taraji P. Henson joins musical film adaption of The Color Purple”

‘Alexa, What Is Love?’ the Ad Council’s new Love Has No Labels campaign

As Valentine’s Day grows near, the Ad Council announced it is working with Amazon Ads on its Emmy-Award winning Love Has No Labels initiative to spread messages of love and inclusion across the world. Amazon’s Alexa has been asked millions of questions about love, and the newest campaign, Alexa, what is love?, aims to encourage people to take … Continue reading “‘Alexa, What Is Love?’ the Ad Council’s new Love Has No Labels campaign”

Showtime cancels Wachowski’s Work in Progress before 3rd season

As broadcast networks, streamers and cable outlets prepare for the 2022-2023 season, they will begin greenlighting pilots and series while canceling others. Unfortunately for the Chicago production community, the news is not great for Lily Wachowski’s, Work in Progress. The showrunner announced Thursday on her Twitter account that Showtime had not renewed the series co-created … Continue reading “Showtime cancels Wachowski’s Work in Progress before 3rd season”

Bob Odenkirk with Tim Meadows: Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama

Chicago Humanities Festival will present Chicago’s own Bob Odenkirk in conversation with Tim Meadows at the Music Box Theatre on March 2 Odenkirk opens up about the highs and lows of Hollywood with fellow SNL alum Meadows. The two legends get candid about all the comedy and drama in showbiz that Odenkirk has lived through and writes about in his … Continue reading “Bob Odenkirk with Tim Meadows: Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama”

Chicago Film XLerator Program for BIPOC creators announces 2022 winner

The Chicago Film XLerator, a Creative Cypher Project is a content lab intended to discover new BIPOC talent and increase creative pipelines in the entertainment industry. Founder Troy Pryor is an advocate for connecting undiscovered diverse talent to mainstream media platforms through his entertainment brands Creative Cypher and Pryor Holdings. On Thursday, January 19th, 2022, … Continue reading “Chicago Film XLerator Program for BIPOC creators announces 2022 winner”

38th Chicago Latino Film Festival poster contest winner is revealed

The Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) announced today that Polish graphic artist Dominika Czerniak-Chojnacka, winner of the 2017 Chicago Latino Film Festival Poster Contest, is the artist behind the design of the official poster for its 38th edition. The poster will be the face of the Festival, as it will be on the cover of … Continue reading “38th Chicago Latino Film Festival poster contest winner is revealed”

Chicago doc Live at Mister Kelly’s is the closer for Santa Fe Film Festival

The Santa Fe Film Festival schedule from February 3 – 13 has announced their closing film will be the Chicago documentary, Live at Mister Kelly’s. The film celebrates Mister Kelly’s, the legendary and progressive Chicago nightclub that was an incubator for positive social change and risk-taking artistry in mid-century Chicago. The iconic Mister Kelly’s, once … Continue reading “Chicago doc Live at Mister Kelly’s is the closer for Santa Fe Film Festival”

Award-winning director David Fincher will film The Killer in Chicago area

Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winning director David Fincher is bringing his latest Netflix movie project, The Killer, to the Chicago area with plans to film for several days at the suburban St. Charles’ historic Hotel Baker along the Fox River.   The film will star Academy Award winner Michael Fassbender, known for playing … Continue reading “Award-winning director David Fincher will film The Killer in Chicago area”

Art on theMART celebrates 2022 the Year of Chicago Dance

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) has announced that 2022 is the Year of Chicago Dance: a year-long celebration of Chicago’s cultural contributions to the art form. Art on theMART is queuing up four new projections for 2022 that will spotlight Chicago dance and the dancers, choreographers and visual artists that … Continue reading “Art on theMART celebrates 2022 the Year of Chicago Dance”

Tom Browning named President of JLB + Partners

Advertising agency veteran Tom Browning has become the new President of Jones Lundin Beals + Partners (JLB + Partners), an agency search, selection and compensation consulting firm. Browning will be working towards an ownership position and will report directly to David Beals, who has owned and led the firm since 2000. Beals will remain as … Continue reading “Tom Browning named President of JLB + Partners”

Chicago P.D. returns to filming as Chicago passes peak of omicron surge

Sources at Chicago P.D. confirm that the cast and crew have returned to filming after a brief break in production caused by positive Covid-19 testing. All are reportedly doing well and Reel Chicago spotted our Chicago P.D. cast and crews filming on a west side location this Tuesday. As we reported last week, there was … Continue reading “Chicago P.D. returns to filming as Chicago passes peak of omicron surge”

TimeZoneOne welcomes Amy Carr, as the new General Manager

TimeZoneOne (TZO), a global creative communications agency, announced today, award-winning Chicago journalist and innovative content creator Amy Carr, will lead all content and media development strategies as the new General Manager, USA, effective today. Carr will oversee the agency’s digital storytelling efforts and lead all content, video, public relations and creative teams at TimeZoneOne’s global … Continue reading “TimeZoneOne welcomes Amy Carr, as the new General Manager”

Memorial services for producer Katie Hoban today

The Chicago production family was stunned and saddened to learn that 44-year-old Producer and Post-Production Supervisor, Katie Hoban passed away suddenly at the beginning of this month, on January 4, 2022. Katie was the daughter of Kathleen Johnston and Michael Hoban. Adjectives that come to mind when describing Hoban are “lovely and spirited,” “a positive … Continue reading “Memorial services for producer Katie Hoban today”

Mateo Mulcahy appointed Deputy ED of ILCC & Chicago Latino Film Fest

The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago (ILCC), producer of the Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) and the Chicago Latino Music Series, and its Executive Director Pepe Vargas today announce the appointment of Mateo Mulcahy to the recently created position of Deputy Executive Director. In this new role, Mulcahy will be in charge of promoting … Continue reading “Mateo Mulcahy appointed Deputy ED of ILCC & Chicago Latino Film Fest”

Record-setting marathoner Joan Benoit Samuelson tells how it’s done

To help recover from a slalom skiing accident in which she broke her leg, Joan Benoit Samuelson took to long-distance running in high school and became dedicated to the sport. Samuelson was the first women’s Olympic marathon champion, winning the gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles and won her sixth first-place … Continue reading “Record-setting marathoner Joan Benoit Samuelson tells how it’s done”

Mayor Lori Lightfoot has tested positive for Covid-19

In a statement made on Twitter this afternoon, Mayor Lori E Lightfoot confirmed that she has tested positive for Covid-19. Lightfoot, who is fully vaccinated and boosted, said her symptoms were “cold-like” and said she will continue to work from home while following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention isolation guidelines intended to guard against the spread … Continue reading “Mayor Lori Lightfoot has tested positive for Covid-19”

Whitehouse Post promotes Steve Kroodsma to Editor

Continuing their tradition of cultivating exceptional editorial talent, Whitehouse Post has promoted Steve Kroodsma to their Chicago roster. Born and raised in Michigan, Kroodsma zeroed in on editing early while attending film school at Columbia College in Chicago. “Even as a film student with little-to-no understanding of the advertising industry in Chicago, I knew that there … Continue reading “Whitehouse Post promotes Steve Kroodsma to Editor”

Jayson Szott joins Iris Chicago as Executive Creative Director

Iris Chicago welcomes their latest addition to the team, renowned creative, with a highly enriched background, Jayson Szott, as the new executive creative director.  The hire is part of the exponential growth happening across Iris North America through a series of high profile account wins for the agency, including being named Bentley Motors agency of … Continue reading “Jayson Szott joins Iris Chicago as Executive Creative Director”

11 Dollar Bill adds René Steinkellner as Executive Producer in Chicago

11 Dollar Bill, continuing to grow its leadership team, has appointed René Steinkellner as Executive Producer at its Chicago studio. Steinkellner, who served as Executive Producer at FCB, Lord+Thomas, Chicago, for 12 years, will lead post-production, business development and client relations.  Steinkellner knows 11 Dollar Bill well, having worked with the studio on several recent … Continue reading “11 Dollar Bill adds René Steinkellner as Executive Producer in Chicago”

WTTW now live streaming on DIRECTV STREAM

WTTW announced today that it is now live streaming on DIRECTV STREAM. A dedicated live channel for WTTW is already available to all local DIRECTV STREAM customers, supplemented with additional PBS on-demand programming that will continue to expand PBS’s digital footprint and offer viewers additional ways to stream PBS content. “It is important that people … Continue reading “WTTW now live streaming on DIRECTV STREAM”

Power of the Dog, Dune lead Chicago Indie Critics noms

The Chicago Indie Critics have announced the nominees for their sixth annual film awards. Leading all films with nine nominations is Netflix’s The Power of the Dog, directed by Best Director nominee Jane Campion. The dramatic western also received nominations for Best Studio Film, Best Actor for Benedict Cumberbatch, Best Supporting Actor for Kodi Smit-McPhee, Best Supporting … Continue reading “Power of the Dog, Dune lead Chicago Indie Critics noms”

Reel Chicago top 21 stories for 2021

Here are the top 21 stories on Reel Chicago in 2021. There were over 2500 stories between Reel Chicago and our sister publication Reel 360. With a record breaking total of 1.4 million views this year. Whether our stories were about the resurgence of film & TV production, the Reel Ad of the Week, or … Continue reading “Reel Chicago top 21 stories for 2021”

Jeff Dickerson longtime ESPN Chicago Bears reporter passes away at 44

Chicago native and longtime ESPN Chicago Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson passed away on Tuesday of colon cancer complications at age 44.  Dickerson’s wife, Caitlin, died two years ago from melanoma, tragically at the very same hospice care facility where he passed away. Caitlin Dickerson had undergone treatment for melanoma and its complications for eight years … Continue reading “Jeff Dickerson longtime ESPN Chicago Bears reporter passes away at 44”

Chicago will ring in the new year with largest fireworks display ever

Chicago will be welcoming the new year with the largest fireworks display ever. A 1.5-mile-long free fireworks display will begin at midnight and can be viewed along the Chicago River from Wolf Point near the Franklin/Orleans Street bridge to the east of Columbus Drive to Navy Pier. For public safety, the Riverwalk will be closed early … Continue reading “Chicago will ring in the new year with largest fireworks display ever”

Jeff Garlin exits The Goldbergs after HR investigation

Jeff Garlin will no longer be a part of the cast of the ABC TV series, The Goldbergs. The actor, who had starred as patriarch Murray Goldberg on the comedy series from producers Sony Pictures Television for the past eight-plus seasons, has departed the series following an HR investigation that stemmed from multiple complaints about … Continue reading “Jeff Garlin exits The Goldbergs after HR investigation”

Mayor Lightfoot and DCASE announce new Chicago Made’ TV & Film Initiative

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Film Office at the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced a new initiative to strengthen Chicago’s TV and film industry. The new “Chicago Made” workforce development program and public awareness campaign are based on recommendations from the City of Chicago’s COVID-19 Recovery Task Force outlined … Continue reading “Mayor Lightfoot and DCASE announce new Chicago Made’ TV & Film Initiative”

Chicago Fire mid-season finale recap Winterfest is full of surprises

In the spirit of giving, the One Chicago franchise has gifted fans with Christmas episodes of all our favorites including our heroes on Chicago Fire, with a very special surprise! The Chicago Fire episode titled Winterfest begins with Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) looking at his text messages before soberly leaving his home to go to … Continue reading “Chicago Fire mid-season finale recap Winterfest is full of surprises”

Chicago Independent Producers Lab accepting applications for 2022

Full Spectrum Features has opened applications for the 2022 Chicago Independent Producers Lab, a nine-month project incubator designed to cultivate inclusive, diverse voices in Chicago’s independent film industry. The lab, in partnership with the Chicago Film Office, offers industry mentorship, ongoing organizational support, and practical training delivered through immersive workshops. To apply, producers must have … Continue reading “Chicago Independent Producers Lab accepting applications for 2022”

List of nominees for the 63rd Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards Dec 5

The 63rd Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards will be a virtual presentation held on Sunday, December 5 at 7:00 pm. Comedian Pat McGann, the South Side Chicago native who hosted the Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards in 2016 and 2020, returns to emcee the show this year and legendary Bob Newhart is expected to make a guest appearance. The virtual presentation … Continue reading “List of nominees for the 63rd Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards Dec 5”

One at Optimus signs directors Ashley C. Battle and Chris Vanderwall

Ashley C. Battle and Chris Vanderwall join the directorial roster of ONE, the production arm of Optimus. The latest in a series of moves marking significant growth for the leading production and post house, the new directors further expand ONE’s creative offerings. Battle brings visual storytelling and fashion expertise, and Vanderwall excels in performance-driven pieces, docu-style work, and comedy. … Continue reading “One at Optimus signs directors Ashley C. Battle and Chris Vanderwall”

Navy Pier names Amanda Willard as VP of Marketing and Communications

Navy Pier announced the appointment of Amanda Willard to the position of Vice President of Marketing and Communications. In her new role, Willard will lead the Pier’s marketing, branding and communications initiatives to create unique opportunities to attract more locals and tourists to Navy Pier. Willard brings over 19 years of experience transforming brands to better connect … Continue reading “Navy Pier names Amanda Willard as VP of Marketing and Communications”

Lightswitch Video launches $5000 grant for Chicago filmmakers

Lightswitch Video, a Chicago-based video production company, launched The Full STEM Ahead Filmmaker’s Initiative. The first-year initiative is designed to encourage STEM education and careers in STEM, and to also cultivate the careers of the filmmakers of tomorrow in the process.  One grant recipient (ages 15-25) will receive a $5,000.00 grant to produce a short-form … Continue reading “Lightswitch Video launches $5000 grant for Chicago filmmakers”

Home Alone local cast headlines holiday program at Symphony Center

Home Alone in Concert this Thanksgiving weekend starts off the robust schedule of holiday programming for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) at Symphony Center. Conductor Richard Kaufman leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in John Williams’ Academy Award-nominated score while the beloved holiday film is shown on the big screen (November 26-28). Chicago actors Tracy J. … Continue reading “Home Alone local cast headlines holiday program at Symphony Center”

Composing duo Robl + Sutta score Chicago film Grasshoppers

The composing duo Robl + Sutta recently scored the original soundtrack for Grasshoppers, award-winning filmmaker Brad Bischoff’s directorial feature film debut. The emotionally charged drama recently made its world premiere as an Official Selection of the 18th Annual Bend Film Festival. The director, Brad Bischoff is a native of Chicago and the film was shot the in the … Continue reading “Composing duo Robl + Sutta score Chicago film Grasshoppers”

Chicago Thanksgiving Parade returns with hundreds of talented performers

This year marks the 87th year of the Chicago Thanksgiving Parade with hundreds of talented performers from near and far. Several hundred thousand Chicagoans and visitors are expected to line the streets in celebration of this time-honored event.  On Thursday, November 25, the free, family-friendly event will kick off at 8 a.m. on the corner … Continue reading “Chicago Thanksgiving Parade returns with hundreds of talented performers”

Upshot adds Michael Rivera as Executive Creative Director

Upshot, the Chicago-based full-service creative agency known for its work with clients such as Constellation Brands, Google, Starbucks and Procter and Gamble, has hired Michael Rivera as Executive Creative Director.   Throughout his 20+ year career, Rivera has created award-winning brand campaigns, innovative commerce experiences, mobile apps and loyalty programs. His focus is on building diverse … Continue reading “Upshot adds Michael Rivera as Executive Creative Director”

CMP and Mezcla Media Collective announce shifting voices Film Fund

CMP and Mezcla Media Collective have developed a unique partnership and are honored to launch the SHIFTING VOICES FILM FUND, the first national grant coming out of Chicago to support Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) filmmakers. “We are thrilled to be working in tandem with Mezcla Media Collective on this inaugural fund. Their … Continue reading “CMP and Mezcla Media Collective announce shifting voices Film Fund”

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”

Hoop Dreams goes to series as Lena Waithe inks Warner Bros TV deal

Warner Bros TV has announced that Lena Waithe (The Chi, Master of None, Queen & Slim, Ready Player One) has inked a new deal that brings the acclaimed documentary Hoop Dreams to HBO Max as a scripted series. Waithe’s Hillman Grad Productions will produce the series that is based on the Kartemquin Films sports documentary Hoop Dreams, produced by Frederick Marx, Steve … Continue reading “Hoop Dreams goes to series as Lena Waithe inks Warner Bros TV deal”

Chicago Critics Film Festival announces Audience Award Winners

Over 1,000 vaccinated and masked film enthusiasts safely returned to the cinema this weekend for exclusive screenings and special guests, marking another successful year for Chicago Critics Film Festival, the only film festival programmed and produced by film critics. The Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA), the Chicago-area print, online and broadcast critics group that celebrates … Continue reading “Chicago Critics Film Festival announces Audience Award Winners”

Cinespace Studios has sold for $1.1B to TPG Real Estate

Alex Pissios has confirmed that Cinespace Chicago Film Studios and Cinespace Toronto, the amazing empire that he and his uncle Nick Mirkopolous built on a dream, has been sold to TPG Real Estate, a West Coast based global alternative asset manager. “It’s a done deal!” said Pissios. “I’m around for six more months.” After that, … Continue reading “Cinespace Studios has sold for $1.1B to TPG Real Estate”

Disney in Chicago with BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

Happy kids of all ages will return to Michigan Avenue on Saturday, November 20 for 30th Annual BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. This official start to the holiday season is produced by The Magnificent Mile Association. The festive, free weekend filled with family-friendly fun culminates with the memory-making parade as Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse from Walt Disney World … Continue reading “Disney in Chicago with BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival”

Macaulay Culkin living life to its fullest

Macaulay Culkin is trending, but not for hilarious social media shenanigans, or his latest project, but for his appearance at the Gucci Love Parade in Los Angeles last week. The star studded parade also included celebrities such as Jared Leto, Lizzo, Salma Hayek, Billie Eilish, James Corden, Miley Cyrus and Gwyneth Paltrow, just to name … Continue reading “Macaulay Culkin living life to its fullest”

Reynolds Wrap makes Thanksgiving dog-gone good with Turkey Dogs

Reynolds Wrap, the trusted maker of foil products for over 70 years, has a reputation for redefining the traditional Thanksgiving turkey year after year. After mac & cheese and dessert-inspired turkeys in previous years, the brand is giving this year’s Thanksgiving recipe an all-American spin. Enter Turkey Dogs: a trio of recipes for your bird influenced by three popular … Continue reading “Reynolds Wrap makes Thanksgiving dog-gone good with Turkey Dogs”

Cindy Williams in Chicago with one-woman show Me, Myself & Shirley

Best known for her iconic role as Shirley Feeney in the hit television series, Laverne & Shirley, Cindy Williams will take to the national stage starring in Me, Myself & Shirley, a one-woman show, for a limited US tour across nineteen cities beginning in January 2022. Produced by Duggan & Zucker Entertainment, the legendary star of the … Continue reading “Cindy Williams in Chicago with one-woman show Me, Myself & Shirley”

Video Journalist Scott Jacobs passes suddenly at age 71

Story submitted by Tom Weinberg (Founder, Media Burn) I handed Scott Jacobs his first portable video camera at Videopolis in 1974. He was on leave from reporting at the Chicago Sun-Times. He was hooked on video journalism from that day until Thursday, October 21, 2021. Scott lumbered. He laughed at his own witticisms and snorted. … Continue reading “Video Journalist Scott Jacobs passes suddenly at age 71”

The Colonie ‘Sponsor Reel’ is a hit across all three AICP award shows

Before the official AICP winners were even announced, The Colonie won a major honor. For the first time in its history, the Chicago based post-production company was selected to create the Sponsor Reel for the National AICP awards show.  The Colonie’s reel played across all three AICP shows during their virtual premieres; the AICP Show, … Continue reading “The Colonie ‘Sponsor Reel’ is a hit across all three AICP award shows”

DOC CHICAGO: mini-conference by and for Chicago Doc filmmakers

After a year’s hiatus, DOC CHICAGO returns to bring Chicago-area documentary filmmakers together to learn from each other, exchange ideas, and connect. The free hybrid mini-conference runs Friday, Nov 5 – Sunday, Nov 7. Friday afternoon’s sessions and Sunday’s grant writing workshop will be held online, while an in-person gathering will take place on Saturday, … Continue reading “DOC CHICAGO: mini-conference by and for Chicago Doc filmmakers”

CFWC to host 50th Anniversary Industry Mixer Nov 6th

Community Film Workshop of Chicago (CFWC) in collaboration with Melanated in America, will kick-off a yearlong celebration of its 50th Anniversary with an Industry Mixer. Saturday, November 6th at Harriet Harris Park, 6200 S. Drexel Avenue, from noon-2pm. Prolific novelist and activist James Baldwin once stated, “Not everything is faced can be changed, but nothing can … Continue reading “CFWC to host 50th Anniversary Industry Mixer Nov 6th”

Top 10 horror movies set or filmed in Chicago

Chicago has become the Hollywood of the Midwest, however, it has always been home to many incredible and entertaining stories, including horror stories. With Halloween coming up, a great way to get into the spirit of the holiday is to cozy up on the couch and binge-watch every horror film you can imagine. This is … Continue reading “Top 10 horror movies set or filmed in Chicago”

JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival presents the Fall Virtual Fest

The JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival presents the Fall Virtual Fest with eight films over three weekends, including six Midwest and Chicago premieres. The Fall Virtual Fest running November 5 – 21 with a brand-new selection of culturally-diverse, Jewishly-inspired films that will entertain, educate and inspire audiences. The focus is on films that explore issues … Continue reading “JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival presents the Fall Virtual Fest”

Chicago Creative Worker Assistance Program deadline November 10

The Chicago Creative Worker Assistance Program will provide 450 – 500 relief grants to low and moderate income artists and creative workers who are residents of Chicago and have lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This will include freelance artists, arts administrators, teaching artists, artisans, curators, independent cultural producers and creative industry technicians such … Continue reading “Chicago Creative Worker Assistance Program deadline November 10”

Auction to offer Film, TV, Theater, Politics and Sports memorabilia

On November 19, Hindman Auction will present Seeing Stars: Property from the Collection of Bill Zwecker, the former longtime entertainment and celebrity journalist. The award-winning Chicago journalist’s collection of 172 lots captures historical moments, and includes memorabilia from a wide range of genres, including film, television, theater, politics, sports and other pop culture categories. Iconic names … Continue reading “Auction to offer Film, TV, Theater, Politics and Sports memorabilia”

AbelsonTaylor elevates Beth Carik to Senior VP of Human Resources

AbelsonTaylor, one of the world’s premier health and wellness advertising agencies, has promoted Beth Carik to senior vice president of human resources. She will lead all HR functions within the agency, including recruitment, onboarding, learning and development, compensation and benefits, performance management, and employee relations. She will also work closely with AbelsonTaylor’s director of diversity … Continue reading “AbelsonTaylor elevates Beth Carik to Senior VP of Human Resources”

South Side announces Season 2 premiere date

The boys are back. South Side, the aspirational, scripted comedy set in and around the working-class neighborhood of Englewood on the South Side of Chicago is back for Season 2 on HBO Max. Executive Producer and writer, Diallo Riddle announced on his Instagram account, that the series would return on November 11. “IT’S OFFICIAL: South … Continue reading “South Side announces Season 2 premiere date”