COVID-19 cases rise Lightfoot announces business curfew

0 Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced today a business curfew will begin Friday in the city of Chicago. On Monday, the Mayor warned residents that some coronavirus restrictions could return in Chicago if the number of COVID-19 cases in the city continue to rise. City health officials said cases have risen by more than 50 percent … Continue reading “COVID-19 cases rise Lightfoot announces business curfew”

‘Chicago Med’ halts filming over positive Covid-19 test

1+ Chicago Med halted filming today when a crew member returned a positive Covid-19 test. The show will suspend production for two weeks. The positive result was yielded through a rapid test and the individual who tested positive was immediately sent home. Contact tracing, as well as other Covid guidelines, have been carried out since … Continue reading “‘Chicago Med’ halts filming over positive Covid-19 test”

City of Chicago memorializes those lost to COVID-19

3+ City of Chicago residents can submit stories to the online memorial, ‘Chicago Remembers’ to honor the legacy of those lost to COVID-19. The City of Chicago has unveiled a web-based, virtual memorial to remember and honor thousands of Chicagoans who have lost their lives to COVID-19. The virtual memorial will host submitted stories and photos of … Continue reading “City of Chicago memorializes those lost to COVID-19”

PRG Takes Action to Fight COVID-19

6+ Faced with the magnitude of the global health crisis linked to the spread of COVID-19, Production Resource Group, LLC (PRG) is putting its skills to work to make a difference in the fight against the virus in Europe and The United States. Known for live event, entertainment and scenic production PRG is leveraging its … Continue reading “PRG Takes Action to Fight COVID-19”

Gerety Awards deadline extended and no COVID-19 ads

1+ Gerety Awards has a new deadline extension to May 29. They confirm its judging will be remote this year and announced they will not be accepting Covid-19 related ads! Gerety Founders said: “An online petition called for award shows to place a ban on COVID-related entries, we agree with the sentiment that this is not … Continue reading “Gerety Awards deadline extended and no COVID-19 ads”

McDonald’s Q1 “significantly disrupted” by COVID-19

2+ McDonald’s Corporation today announced results for the first quarter ending March 31, 2020. During its investor earnings conference call live over the Internet, McDonald’s President and Chief Executive Officer Chris Kempczinski said, “Following our strong performance in 2019, McDonald’s began 2020 with exceptional global momentum, and our January and February sales were reflective of that trend. … Continue reading “McDonald’s Q1 “significantly disrupted” by COVID-19″

Burrell posts powerful COVID-19 video on IG

2+ During her appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation earlier this month, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot told host Margaret Brennan while the novel coronavirus COVID-19 has impacted the United States in unthinkable ways, the virus has been “devastating” for black communities. This can be attributed in part to the underlying health conditions that disproportionately impact … Continue reading “Burrell posts powerful COVID-19 video on IG”

Chicago Stunt Community punches COVID-19 in face

5+ Right now, social distancing due to the horrendous coronavirus COVID-19 global pandemic, is now the norm. But the Chicago Stunt community is finding ways to still be creative while keeping a safe distance. Inspired by stuntman Aaron Toney, (Avengers: Infinity War/End Game and Black Panther), to create a “worldwide fight,” local stuntman Shawn Bernal … Continue reading “Chicago Stunt Community punches COVID-19 in face”

Utopic partners with KOVAL distillery for COVID-19 video

1+ While the novel coronavirus COVID-19 continues to have a damaging effect on Chicago and Illinois, post-production house Utopic has now partnered with Chicago local distillery, KOVAL, to create a video to promote the company’s response to the health. As soon as the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) removed restrictions for Chicago distilleries, … Continue reading “Utopic partners with KOVAL distillery for COVID-19 video”

Kartemquin Films’ Quinn diagnosed with COVID-19

5+ There are now 134 reported new cases of Coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 422, with at least four deaths. This according to the Chicago Tribune. Unfortunately, among those new cases is Chicago’s acclaimed documentary filmmaker and Kartemquin Films co-founder Gordon Quinn. Quinn, whose credits include Hoop Dreams and recent Oscar nominee Minding the … Continue reading “Kartemquin Films’ Quinn diagnosed with COVID-19”

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”

‘Fargo’ on hiatus,’Candyman’ wraps amid COVID-19 crisis

3+ Coronavirus, COVID-19, is hitting the media and entertainment industries hard.  With local, state and federal shutdowns occurring across the United States and theater chains closing, larger cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Chicago, all thriving entertainment hubs, are being impacted hardest as many in those communities – from actors to crew … Continue reading “‘Fargo’ on hiatus,’Candyman’ wraps amid COVID-19 crisis”

COVID-19 claims Chicago & NY St. Patty’s Day parades

1+ The mayor was not alone in her decision as New York City, Boston, Dallas, Dublin and other cities dropped their festivities for the holiday. According to the Chicago Tribune, Mayor Lightfoot made her decision after days of speculation. Also included in the decision were the South Side’s Irish Parade and even the smaller Northwestern … Continue reading “COVID-19 claims Chicago & NY St. Patty’s Day parades”

Cinespace reacts after ‘neXt’ producer contracts COVID-19

3+ West Side production studio Cinespace has issued a statement after a California-based female producer on the FOX TV series neXt, which has production offices on the lot, tested positive for COVID-19. “We at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios received a call last night, March 9, 2020, from FOX, a Cinespace tenant. They informed us that … Continue reading “Cinespace reacts after ‘neXt’ producer contracts COVID-19”

Lightning strikes Trump Tower before debate

0 Apparently, Mother Nature may have an opinion on the Trump Biden debate. Before Thursday’s presidential debate,Trump Tower was struck by what appears to be three simultaneous bolts of lightning on Thursday though one Twitter user pointed out that it could just be one lightning strike followed by what are called “stepped leaders,” or a … Continue reading “Lightning strikes Trump Tower before debate”

Coors Light announces 2020 Líder of the Year

1+ In its 14th year empowering Latino leaders, Coors Light is proud to announce Richard Montez as its 2020 Líder of the Year. Since 2006, the program has highlighted, honored and rewarded Latinos across the United States who are committed to helping their communities thrive.  This national recognition, decided by an online public voting competition, includes a $25,000 grant from Coors Light … Continue reading “Coors Light announces 2020 Líder of the Year”

City of Chicago announces additional Halloweek events

1+ The previously announced Halloweek, which will take place from October 26-31, will include the “Arts in the Dark Upside-Down Halloween Parade” in addition to opportunities to safely trick-or-treat around the city. The City’s ‘Halloweek’ guidelines will allow for a responsible celebration taking place over the course of a full week to minimize congregation, while … Continue reading “City of Chicago announces additional Halloweek events”

‘Chicago Med’ cast & crew return from quarantine

1+ The cast and crew of Chicago Med are back on set at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios after a two week quarantine period. The NBC series has had more than its share of delays from the Covid-19 virus. The onset of the coronavirus in March, halted production on Chicago Med before they were able to complete filming Season 5. After just one week into … Continue reading “‘Chicago Med’ cast & crew return from quarantine”

Camera Ambassador Grant winner Raju faces challenges

1+ 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”

Interview: CIFF Senior Programmer Anthony Kaufman

1+ Today is the beginning of the 56th Chicago International Film Festival. Unlike other years, the prestigious festival is a bit different than the ones we have experienced in the past. With an ongoing pandemic and COVID on the rise in Illinois, the fest is combining streaming on-demand and appointment screenings and an in-person drive-in … Continue reading “Interview: CIFF Senior Programmer Anthony Kaufman”