Behind the scenes with the Chicago IFA’s Angie Gaffney

4+ 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 … Continue reading “Behind the scenes with the Chicago IFA’s Angie Gaffney”

Stage 18 set for new office & space move next month

STAGE 18 WILL MOVE into its specially constructed 3,000-sq. ft. office and stage space in Cinespace’s Center Building at 16th and Rockwell in mid-September.

Says Angie Gaffney, executive director of the year-old film incubator, “We will have our own sound stage available to members, along with large and small offices, common areas, a conference room and kitchen.”

New Stage 18 Production Partners meet with members

Stage 18, Chicago’s Film and Media incubator at Cinespace, co-founded by Angie Gaffney, introduced its new Production Partners Program — 16 companies that provide resources and discounts — to its 40 members last Friday night at AbelCine’s showroom at Cinespace Studios.

During the evening, the nonprofit once again delivered on its commitment to building Chicago’s independent film and narrative content community.

Incubator Stage 18 set for office and stage buildout

Construction of 7,500-sq. ft. of office space for Stage 18 at Cinespace Studios, the area’s first media and entertainment incubator, will start shortly and is expected to be finished within the next four months.

When completed, says Angie Gaffney of Black Apple Media, co-founder of Stage 18, “We will have a variety of small to large office suites, some open shared office space, conference rooms, a kitchen and cafeteria.”

CIFF announces ‘Go to the Body’ as winner of The Pitch

3+ The 56th Chicago International Film Festival has announced the winner of The Pitch at the 6th edition of Industry Days: Go to the Body, written and directed by Kyra Jones (co-creator of The Right Swipe) and produced by Angellic Ross.  The film follows Sanaa, a rising racial justice organizer who is sexually assaulted by a fellow … Continue reading “CIFF announces ‘Go to the Body’ as winner of The Pitch”

Camera Ambassador Grant winner Raju faces challenges

2+ This past summer, director and writer Sean Sankalp Raju won the Camera Ambassador Community Builders Grant for his project A Nickname. The autobiographical short film tells the story of how the filmmaker received the moniker, Sean, as an Indian American child. In an economy where funding an independent film is especially difficult, Raju was … Continue reading “Camera Ambassador Grant winner Raju faces challenges”

212 and IFA collaborate for new streaming platform, Aha

1+ 212 Creative Network and Independent Film Alliance (IFA) have joined forces on a unique collaboration for 212’s streaming platform, Aha. The platform features creative professionals sharing their knowledge and expertise via filmmaker discussions, Q&As, webinars, panel discussions, and more. Additionally, Aha highlights talent in the Midwest to enhance their outreach, to potentially connect them … Continue reading “212 and IFA collaborate for new streaming platform, Aha”

Chicago Film Office lists new production guidelines

5+ With the world slowly reopening, the film, advertising and TV industries are in search of answers, especially with COVID-19 and demonstrations still ongoing.  With economic and political uncertainty pushing insecurities, filmmakers, actors, and other collaborators look to the Illinois Film Office and Chicago Film Office. This week, the Chicago Film Office website posted their … Continue reading “Chicago Film Office lists new production guidelines”

Indie Film Town Hall: Production and New Protocols

3+ The Indie Film Town Hall series brings together Chicago’s independent film and media-making community during these difficult times. In a series of lunchtime meetings over Zoom, members of Chicago’s indie film and media organizations will discuss the challenges that face our industries and actions we are taking in support of each other and Chicago-area … Continue reading “Indie Film Town Hall: Production and New Protocols”

Chicago Filmmakers hints at Reeling festival going virtual

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

The first Indie Film Town Hall meeting on Thursday

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

Can out of work film crews help prepare for COVID-19

4+ Workers in the entertainment industry have been particularly hard hit as production sets and performance venues find themselves completely shut down as a precaution against the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. According to IATSE who spoke to The Wrap, 120,000 below-the-line production people are out of work in Hollywood.  Tobin Neis is the Director of Marketing … Continue reading “Can out of work film crews help prepare for COVID-19”

CineCares’ Mirkopoulos Internship cohort keeps it going

5+ A cohort of young professionals assured industry leaders that the future of Chicago production is in good hands at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios on Monday afternoon. Highlighting the Wrap Party for the Mirkopoulos Internship Program, each member of the group had just finished working as temporary crew on Chicago Fire / PD / Med, … Continue reading “CineCares’ Mirkopoulos Internship cohort keeps it going”

Cinespace pledges $50K to UC Comer Children’s Hospital

3+ Cinespace Chicago Film Studios is proud to announce a five-year pledge of $50,000 to the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital in support of the Pediatric Mobile Medical Unit. The doctor’s “office on wheels” takes primary care to children in underserved communities on Chicago’s South Side. The 38-foot-long Comer Children’s Hospital Pediatric Mobile … Continue reading “Cinespace pledges $50K to UC Comer Children’s Hospital”

ChiFilmFest unveils Industry Days agenda

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

Hawley and Amoaku help film industry move forward

8+ Newly installed office-holders explain their plans for keeping Chicago and Illinois on the path of success The thriving regional film industry is only going to get better, according to two of its recently appointed top leaders. Illinois Film Office Executive Director Peter Hawley and Director of the Chicago Film Office Kwame Amoaku described their … Continue reading “Hawley and Amoaku help film industry move forward”

Cinespace goes to the dogs for a day

10+ Chicago Film Studio partners with PAWS Chicago to spread awareness and showcase “amazing pets” available for adoption   Production at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios was temporarily disrupted yesterday when a half-dozen dogs appeared in a patch of grass at Rockwell and 16th. Frolicking, rolling around, and generally being adorable without really trying, the pooches … Continue reading “Cinespace goes to the dogs for a day”

The Chicago Media Standards are a win for everyone

3+ 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 … Continue reading “The Chicago Media Standards are a win for everyone”

Camera Ambassador announces Builders Grant

4+ Chicago-based equipment rental house to award winning filmmaker with nearly $10K in cash, gear, and goodies Camera Ambassador is offering creators a chance to win nearly $10k worth of funding, gear, and other goodies by way of a Builders Grant designed “to recognize accomplished individuals, as well as provide opportunities for young and emerging … Continue reading “Camera Ambassador announces Builders Grant”