70% of AMC Theatres to be open by Friday, September 4

0 By Friday, September 4, moviegoers can enjoy Warner Bros.’ TENET and all of this summer’s newest releases at approximately 420 AMC Theatres nationwide, which is approximately 70% of AMC’s overall U.S. theatre count. Moviegoers throughout the United States are once again enjoying the magic of the big screen at AMC Theatres, and with every … Continue reading “70% of AMC Theatres to be open by Friday, September 4”

Sherri Shepherd hosts ‘Brian Banks’ screening at AMC

5+ The actress / comedian reserved an entire theater to share the film’s “powerful message” with family, friends, supporters, and students from Chicagoland Actress and comedian Sherri Shepherd felt so strongly about the message contained in the film Brian Banks that she rented out an entire theater to share it with students, friends, family, and … Continue reading “Sherri Shepherd hosts ‘Brian Banks’ screening at AMC”

AMC Red Carpet debut for ‘Promise Land’ feature

Immigration – anticipation, fear and pain of leaving one’s homeland for life a new country — is the central theme of the three intertwined stories in the indie dramedy, Promise Land, the first feature of Kevin Dalvi of Nequa Studios.

The 90-minute feature will premiere at an April 20 screening at the AMC River East theatre, starting with a promised glamorous Red Carpet premiere and followed by an entertainment-filled after-party at the NV Penthouse Lounge night club.

Visions of Light’s invests $25,000 in assortment of new gear, including Panasonic’s P2 Camcorder

In mid-January, Joseph Farris was one of the lucky local shooters to take delivery of a Panasonic P2 camcorder to add to his extensive camera arsenal.

His Visions of Light was one of the few independent production companies in the Midwest to acquire the hot Panasonic AG-HVX200 P2 Camcorder for HD capture, which Farris calls “Varicam’s baby brother.”

“There’s been a waiting list for the P2 since the camera was released in mid-January. Panasonic has only delivered a handful a month since then,” the DP said.

Chicago buyer scams Texas equipment dealer out of camcorders worth $17,000; reward offered

The owner of a Texas equipment company is asking for local help in recovering $17,000 worth of camcorders brazenly stolen by a Chicago man.

Craig Berlin, president/CEO of the large Austin-based Pro-Tape Systems, said his company was a victim of a mail order scam perpetrated May 24.

An individual, using the name Mark Ragan purchased four Canon XL2s with fraudulent credit card information, Berlin said. They were worth a whopping $17,000.

Ragan ordered the camcorders shipped to 4420 S. Drexel Blvd., Chicago 60615, a non-existent Chicago address.

AMC taps Zacuto Films for new
Interstices with 150 actors

Zacuto Films partner Jens Bogehegn shot AMC interstices on HD.

AMC waives Parade exhibit fees

Due to the economy and in the spirit of collaboration and community building, the April 9 Parade of E- Learning Vendors won’t pay exhibitor space fees this year.

The third annual small trade show, with a traditional keynote address on the state of the industry, is an all- day event at the Harold Washington Library.

Last year more than 20 local vendors participated and more are expected this year to display what’s new and important in the booming and fast-moving field of E-learning.

Michael B Jordan’s 61rst Street is on campus at Cinespace

5+ Cinespace Chicago Film Studios‘ president, Alex Pissios has confirmed that the Michael B Jordan AMC drama series 61rst Street is on campus and they will begin shooting in 2021. 61st Street, which has been ordered as a two-season television event series with eight episodes per season, is a propulsive courtroom drama that follows Moses Johnson, … Continue reading “Michael B Jordan’s 61rst Street is on campus at Cinespace”

The 36th Chicago Latino Film Festival goes virtual

1+ The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago announced that the 36th Chicago Latino Film Festival will shift to a virtual format and will take place from September 18-27. The Festival was originally scheduled for April 16-30 at the AMC River East 21 Theatres, but was postponed on March 13th when Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot … Continue reading “The 36th Chicago Latino Film Festival goes virtual”

John Conroy, transports Penny Dreadful: City of Angels

3+ John Conroy, ISC helps transport Showtime’s horror franchise ‘Penny Dreadful’ to a new period and location with ‘Penny Dreadful: City of Angels’ Having photographed episodes of the Showtime horror drama Penny Dreadful’s second and third seasons, John Conroy, ISC was eager to reteam with showrunner John Logan to help create its new spin-off, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels.  … Continue reading “John Conroy, transports Penny Dreadful: City of Angels”

A CITY AT WAR: CHICAGO Chicagoland during WW II

1+ A CITY AT WAR: CHICAGO, narrated by legendary journalist Bill Kurtis, is a comprehensive telling of nearly everything that happened in Chicagoland during World War II.  This one-hour documentary won the 2018 Chicago International Television Festival Gold Plaque Award for best nonfiction program, and is currently airing on more than 130 public television stations … Continue reading “A CITY AT WAR: CHICAGO Chicagoland during WW II”

Full Spectrum Features supports diversity in Indie Films

3+ Asian Americans know that having talent and skills in the entertainment industry is [not nearly] half the battle. Every film needs financing; whether it’s raised through private investors or loving family members and crowdfunding, movies are expensive.  Therefore, a huge part of the industry isn’t the actors on set, or the gear they use, but … Continue reading “Full Spectrum Features supports diversity in Indie Films”

At Cinespace and beyond. Who’s working today.

5+ Over the past week it’s safe to say that the Illinois film community is doing their best to ensure that their employees are safe during this unfortunate time. In light of worldwide health concerns about the impact from the COVID-19 virus, many have postponed production until further notice. Starting Monday, Cinespace will close the … Continue reading “At Cinespace and beyond. Who’s working today.”

AICP Midwest lists all who are open for business

2+ Reel Chicago supports all efforts of those who are working, boots on the ground, to service their clients during these most difficult times. Below is a list of AICP Midwest members who are open for business, supplied by Lisa Massuer, AICP Midwest President. FROM AICP MIDWEST  Collectively, the National AICP community has been working … Continue reading “AICP Midwest lists all who are open for business”

SEE UPDATE: the Chicago Latino Film Fest is postponed

2+ 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 … Continue reading “SEE UPDATE: the Chicago Latino Film Fest is postponed”

Sundance picks 12 Filmmakers for Screenwriters Intensive

3+ Twelve screenwriters have been selected to participate in Sundance Institute’s eighth annual Screenwriters Intensive in Los Angeles, to take place March 4-5, 2020. One of the students selected is Chicagoan, Jason Park. The Intensive, a two-day workshop for select emerging writers and writer/directors from underrepresented communities, focuses on the development of first fiction features. … Continue reading “Sundance picks 12 Filmmakers for Screenwriters Intensive”

Asian Pop-Up Cinema unveils full schedule for 10th season

3+ Asian Pop-Up Cinema is thrilled to announce the full line-up for its 10th Season by celebrating with 16 new films from Asia. Many of these will feature the top actors and directors who are scheduled to visit our city as guests of the non-profit pan-Asian film organization, Sophia’s Choice. Season Ten runs for five-weeks … Continue reading “Asian Pop-Up Cinema unveils full schedule for 10th season”

Chicago Latino Film Festival unveils 2020 poster

2+ The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago (ILCC), producer of the Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF), is proud to announce Turkish artist and graphic designer Yağmur Genç as the winner of the 36th Chicago Latino Film Festival Poster Contest. The ILCC received 928 submissions for this year’s contest from Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Jamaica, Mexico, … Continue reading “Chicago Latino Film Festival unveils 2020 poster”

‘61st Street’ to begin shooting at Cinespace this April

7+ AMC announced today from the Television Critics’ Association (TCA) Press Tour that Emmy Award-winner Courtney B. Vance (The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Lovecraft Country, Genius) will star in its upcoming thrilling courtroom drama 61st Street, from BAFTA-winner Peter Moffat (Criminal Justice, The Night Of, Your Honor) and executive-produced by Michael … Continue reading “‘61st Street’ to begin shooting at Cinespace this April”