Carbon creates Babybel Plus+ launch films for Havas

The beloved Babybel characters are back, and this time with superpowers. Directed by Carbon’s Liam Chapple and produced at Carbon for Havas, the ‘Introducing Babybel Plus+’ campaign launches the brand’s new Plus+ Vitamins and Probiotic range.   From commercials to social media cuteness, the campaign features mini heroes with super strength! “When we first saw … Continue reading “Carbon creates Babybel Plus+ launch films for Havas”

REEL WOMEN: Laurie Adrianopoli, EP Sales/Mktg at Carbon

Editor’s Note: They are leaders. They are inspirational. They are mentors. They are visionaries. They are, quite frankly, badasses. They are our 2020 Reel Women During Women’s History Month, you will be able to meet these incredible personalities in Advertising, Entertainment, Media and Production. Get ready. Laurie is a native Chicagoan who enjoys being a … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: Laurie Adrianopoli, EP Sales/Mktg at Carbon”

Meet Senior Colourist Julien Biard, Carbon, Chicago

French-born film pro intends to “create a place of reference for colour grading in the Midwest and nationwide” [The following bio and interview, originally prepared for the Meet the Colourist series published by FilmLight, are reprinted here with permission from FilmLight — Ed.] Originally from France, Julien Biard joined full service creative studio Carbon in … Continue reading “Meet Senior Colourist Julien Biard, Carbon, Chicago”

Carbon strengthens roster across the USA

Key hires and promotions reinforce new Chicago studio and seamless continental workflow Visual effects and design studio Carbon is proud to announce the promotion of Phil Linturn to Managing Director of Carbon North America and Gretchen Praeger to Executive Producer of the Chicago office. Additionally, the company is excited to announce new hires including Jeff … Continue reading “Carbon strengthens roster across the USA”

Carbon, Golin team up on Myopia campaign for Essilor

The VFX company adds life to “Out of Focus” — a touching story about Myopia — by creating environments that grow more exquisite with each view Carbon collaborated with integrated agency Golin to create a fully-animated movie trailer Out of Focus as part of a larger Myopia Matters awareness campaign for Essilor of America, the … Continue reading “Carbon, Golin team up on Myopia campaign for Essilor”

Colorist Julien Biard joins Carbon Chicago

Full-service creative studio Carbon has bolstered its roster in Chicago by welcoming multiple award-winning colorist Julien Biard as Senior Colorist   With over a decade of experience in London, Biard joins Carbon after honing his craft at MPC and Finish/ Freefolk, working alongside industry greats Jean-Clément Soret and Paul Harrison. During his tenure at Freefolk, … Continue reading “Colorist Julien Biard joins Carbon Chicago”

Carbon thrills with C+K on new Cedar Fair campaign

Just in time for roller-coaster season, the studio and the agency team up on four adrenaline-soaked spots for Cedar Fair Entertainment, owner of 11 amusement parks across the U.S. and Canada. Following the success of Carbon’s creepily ominous 2017 teaser film for Mystic Timbers, Cramer-Krasselt Senior Art Director David Vaca and his team hatched an … Continue reading “Carbon thrills with C+K on new Cedar Fair campaign”

Carbon’s thrilling adventures with boxes and paper

Carbon, Whitehouse Post, and Cramer-Krasselt combined spy-thriller cool with cute-mascot warmth in a pair of spots for the Paper and Packaging Board that debuted in February. Box Mission and Paper Pitch star a corrugated box and a ream of paper that spring to life during a home delivery and a corporate meeting.   Animated with … Continue reading “Carbon’s thrilling adventures with boxes and paper”

Carbon acquires Filmworkers and Vitamin

Chicago visual effects and design studio Carbon has acquired Filmworkers and Vitamin, becoming the second largest purveyor of enhanced film and video imagery in the city. Along for the ride are former Filmworkers Creative Director Rob Churchill and Vitamin Creative Director Danny DelPurgatorio, who are now part of the team at Carbon, which is a … Continue reading “Carbon acquires Filmworkers and Vitamin”

CAFM brings the “action” to Carbon Arc holiday bash

There are a lot of reasons to join the Chicago Acting in Film Meetup group’s annual signature celebration — aka the “Holiday Hurrah” — on Monday Dec. 11 at the Carbon Arc Bar & Board in Lincoln Square. Besides serving hors d’oeuvres and offering an hourlong drink ticket followed by music and dancing, the event … Continue reading “CAFM brings the “action” to Carbon Arc holiday bash”

Chicago’s Naked Studios announces new crime drama series Gray Market

For years Naked Studios, Inc. has been teaming up with Chicago creatives to deliver captivating visuals. Their most recent unveiling of Gray Market (Series 2021) not only highlights the company’s exceptional originality, but their superior cinematic vision as well.  Gray Market, directed by Mario DiPaolo & Zachary Moore and executive produced by Cory Proctor, is … Continue reading “Chicago’s Naked Studios announces new crime drama series Gray Market”

Flavor expands VFX with addition of Flame Artist Michael Anderson

Creative production studio Flavor announces the addition of Michael Anderson to their Chicago staff in the position of Flame Artist. The announcement was made by Flavor’s Executive Producer Neal Cohen. Having risen to the role of Flame Artist with Filmworkers back in 2009, Anderson has been a Senior Flame Artist with Carbon VFX since its … Continue reading “Flavor expands VFX with addition of Flame Artist Michael Anderson”

Paper Girls filming scenes in Wheeling this week

Paper Girls completed filming scenes in Wheeling this week. According to a tweet from the Wheeling Police and Fire Department, production ended last night. The new Olive Productions /Amazon Studios /Legendary Entertainment series Paper Girls will continue filming in the Chicago area through mid September. “That’s a wrap! Film crews from Olive Productions, LLC in … Continue reading “Paper Girls filming scenes in Wheeling this week”

Havas, Moen hold NFT Auction to support oceans

More than 5 trillion particles of plastic cover the ocean’s surface, causing serious problems for our Earth. Ohio-based Moen and our friends at Havas are using an innovative approach to help address this huge environmental challenge – auctioning  off five NFTs of artwork inspired by the five major ocean gyres located across the globe as … Continue reading “Havas, Moen hold NFT Auction to support oceans”

Porsche casts Bill Nye to teach Electric Taycan

Who doesn’t love Bill Nye, the Science Guy? Porsche certainly does, as the luxury brand has tapped Nye for a five-part web series explaining the engineering of the battery electric Taycan. Launching today, the project is aptly titled “Bill Nye Explains the All-Electric Taycan.”  This is a fast follow to last month’s “Going the Distance” 8-minute film with … Continue reading “Porsche casts Bill Nye to teach Electric Taycan”

Recap: Chicago Fire ‘A Couple Hundred Degrees’

In this recap of Wednesday’s Chicago Fire episode “A Couple Hundred Degrees” Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) is teaching a course at the fire academy, and begins a drill where the recruits have to climb up several flights of stairs, pick up a human sized mannequin, and carry it back down the stairs.  A recruit named Mercer … Continue reading “Recap: Chicago Fire ‘A Couple Hundred Degrees’”

Illinois launches 14th mass vaccination site. See full list

4,747,845 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Illinois, representing about 30% of residents 16 and up receiving their first dose. And on April 12, vaccines will be available for everyone. Illinois is launching its 14th mass vaccination site in Forest Park. Governor JB Pritzker and local officials announced the Illinois National Guard supported site, which will … Continue reading “Illinois launches 14th mass vaccination site. See full list”

Chicago’s United Center becomes Federal Vaccination Site

The United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago Blackhawks will be used as a mass vaccination site that prioritizes access for seniors and equity for the hardest hit populations. The Biden Administration is opening pilot Community Vaccination Centers across the country. The United Center site will open on March 10 with the capacity to administer … Continue reading “Chicago’s United Center becomes Federal Vaccination Site”

Laughlin Constable’s John Maxham on Super Bowl ads

Heading into the Super Bowl, the question on my mind was “How much of 2020 is going to wind up in the 2021 Super Bowl ads?” Mercifully, it wasn’t all that much. Not that there weren’t important issues to talk about, but we leaned so heavily into messaging around the pandemic and social issues this … Continue reading “Laughlin Constable’s John Maxham on Super Bowl ads”

Cutters Chris Claeys retires from editing

“Now is a good time to retire. After 37 years at Cutters and 47 in the industry, I’m ready to move forward and retire here at year end.” That’s the rare email message our friends at Cutters Studios received in late 2020 from Senior Partner/Editor Chris Claeys. The heartfelt message hit many emotional notes for … Continue reading “Cutters Chris Claeys retires from editing”

The Distillery Project uses American ingenuity on Presto

The Distillery Project (TDP) has created advertising campaigns for two national Presto Industries products. Spots for the innovative Stuffler Stuffed Waffle Maker and the Dorothy Rapid Cold Brewer launch this week and run through the holiday season. This is TDP’s first work for Presto, after winning a pitch in August of 2019, and the brand’s first campaign … Continue reading “The Distillery Project uses American ingenuity on Presto”

Best of the Midwest goes to ‘Like a Girl’ from Leo Burnett

Best of the Midwest voted on by attendees as iconic ads are highlighted in benefit event for Chicago, Detroit and Minneapolis food banks. The hors d’oeuvres were whatever you had on hand, the tinkling of cocktail glasses was done from afar and the applause was a bit muted, but that didn’t stop the Midwest advertising, … Continue reading “Best of the Midwest goes to ‘Like a Girl’ from Leo Burnett”

AICP Midwest Show is this Thursday, November 19

One of the most exciting stops on the AICP tour happens every year in Chicago. It’s one of the few opportunities for those in production, advertising and film to gather together, share a cocktail or four and just hang. This year, with a pandemic raging and cases on the rise again, the AICP Midwest Show … Continue reading “AICP Midwest Show is this Thursday, November 19”

The Colonie editor Rodgers cuts rapper Vic Mensa’s film

The Colonie editor Nathan Rodgers recently cut famed Chicago rapper Vic Mensa’s hard-hitting short film, Machiavelli directed by Andre Muir.  The project features three of the artist’s music videos, each with sharply contrasting styles and tempos while sharing an intrinsic theme. The editor wove together footage from the title music video, Machiavelli, SC Freestyle, and Rebirth, with … Continue reading “The Colonie editor Rodgers cuts rapper Vic Mensa’s film”

Jack Daniel’s makes first global campaign count

Guess Jack Daniel’s always wanted to do this. In a historic move, the whiskey brand is introducing its first truly global creative campaign, “Make it Count.” The campaign showcases a new way of thinking for the 154-year-old brand that celebrates the people who drink it. As a global brand that wanted to fuel its iconic … Continue reading “Jack Daniel’s makes first global campaign count”

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

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 passing … Continue reading “70% of AMC Theatres to be open by Friday, September 4”

Manuela Hung’s ‘Handpan Journey’ premieres at MFF

Reel Chicago goes Behind the Scenes with Manuela Hung on the making of her fascinating documentary, Handpan Journey premiering at Midwest Film Festival’s Female Filmmaker Night. If there was a Chicago award for lifetime achievement, dedication and love for film, Manuela Hung would be a top contender.  She has been an active part of Chicago’s … Continue reading “Manuela Hung’s ‘Handpan Journey’ premieres at MFF”

Chicago filmmaker Kris Rey talks about her 4th feature

Chicago filmmaker, Kris Rey talks with Reel Chicago about the making of her newly released indie feature “I Used to Go Here” opening today at the Music Box. It’s always fun watching a film and seeing local Chicago names, faces, and locations being showcased.  Couple that with the talented female filmmaker, Kris Rey who is making … Continue reading “Chicago filmmaker Kris Rey talks about her 4th feature”

Seagram’s 7 commits to 100% recycled plastic bottles

Today Diageo North America announces that its iconic blended American whiskey Seagram’s 7 Crown bottles will be made from 100% recycled plastic (rPET.) The move is a first for the brand and for Diageo. Building on a decade long commitment to making its packaging more sustainable, Diageo North America will remove virgin plastic from Seagram’s 7 … Continue reading “Seagram’s 7 commits to 100% recycled plastic bottles”

At Cinespace and beyond. Who’s working today.

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 secondary … Continue reading “At Cinespace and beyond. Who’s working today.”

AICP Midwest lists all who are open for business

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 to … Continue reading “AICP Midwest lists all who are open for business”

Maestro Rob Churchill joins Cutters Studios’ Flavor

The leaders from creative production studio Flavor are very proud to announce the addition of Rob Churchill to their Chicago staff in the position of VFX Director. The announcement was made by Flavor’s Executive Producer, Neal Cohen. According to Churchill and executives from Flavor parent Cutters Studios, this momentous development also involves Churchill as a … Continue reading “Maestro Rob Churchill joins Cutters Studios’ Flavor”

Banner, Blackhawks, Kendall Coyne, and ‘As Fast as Her’

Digital content studio Banner helped the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate hockey and empowerment in an 18-minute film about Kendall Coyne titled, As Fast as Her, which premieres today on the Blackhawks webste. Kendall Coyne became something of international celebrity by placing seventh in the Bridgestone Fastest Skater event during the NHL Skills Competition last year. The … Continue reading “Banner, Blackhawks, Kendall Coyne, and ‘As Fast as Her’”

CAFM says “Hurrah” for 2019

December 9th Film Industry Holiday Party and Fundraiser at Carbon Arc features networking, raffle prizes, silent auction, “Winter Weekend Getaway,” and more Tasty food, cool prizes, and dancing are on the menu as the Chicago Acting In Film Meetup (CAFM) celebrates 2019 with a film industry party, fundraiser, and networking night all rolled into one. … Continue reading “CAFM says “Hurrah” for 2019”

AICP helps feed the hungry and homeless

Every year the AICP chooses a local non-profit whose goal is to feed the hungry and homeless to sponsor during the season of giving. This year, AICP Midwest has chosen to team up with the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) by hosting both a traditional food drive-stationing drop off boxes around the city as well … Continue reading “AICP helps feed the hungry and homeless”

The Mill, Avocado teach kids about sustainability

Production company and sustainable mattress brand join forces to publish ‘The Little Blue Planet,’ a children’s book about the importance of sustainability Production studio The Mill and Avocado Green Mattress have partnered over a shared commitment to sustainability to develop a children’s book called The Little Blue Planet. With the aim of educating children and … Continue reading “The Mill, Avocado teach kids about sustainability”

Prysm Studios and MK Films join forces

Post-production hybrid adds motion GFX, editorial, and visual effects savvy to 50,000 sq.-ft. Chicago facility This past summer, Ryan Gilbert opened Prysm Studios in a joint effort with MK Films to offer a full-service production and post-production facility. MK Films boasts 50,000 square-feet of production space with lighting, cameras, high-speed motion control robot, and now … Continue reading “Prysm Studios and MK Films join forces”

CAFM gets ‘social’ with a summer Saturday brunch

August 24 event at Foxhole Creative marks the group’s 12th Anniversary and “$20 For The 12th” fundraising campaign The Chicago Acting In Film Meetup NFP (CAFM) celebrates 12 years as a Meetup group with a brunch and fundraiser for everyone. The 2019 CAFM Summer Social Brunch @ Foxhole Creative happens Saturday, August 24, 2019 from … Continue reading “CAFM gets ‘social’ with a summer Saturday brunch”

Kraft puts gender pay gap into nut bags

NUT-rition teams up with Laura Dern, mcgarrybowen, Whitehouse, and Another Country to shine a light on pay inequality on National Equal Pay Day NUT-rition is a brand that believes women should demand more — more from their snacks and more from their lives. But women today face bigger issues than finding the right snack. On … Continue reading “Kraft puts gender pay gap into nut bags”

Will Chicago be first city to see ‘Star Wars’ trailer?

Lucasfilm announced “Episode IX” director JJ Abrams and Producer Kathleen Kennedy will appear on a panel at Chicago convention next month. Keep your light sabers cautiously at half mast. According to, there will indeed be a Star Wars: Episode IX panel during the 2019 Star Wars Celebration at McCormick Place next month. The news … Continue reading “Will Chicago be first city to see ‘Star Wars’ trailer?”

Mark Androw’s post-AICP agenda

The recently retired AICP/Midwest President keeps busy with the organization, the industry, and STORY Mark Androw had a truly unique experience at the AICP Show last November. For the first time in more than a decade, he enjoyed the open bars, designer cuisine, and fancy couture without handling any responsibilities. “I got to see what … Continue reading “Mark Androw’s post-AICP agenda”

Fast Horse enlists ‘SNL’ alum Cheri Oteri for Fiber One

The Minneapolis agency and the versatile funnywoman help the snack maker encourage people who need more fiber in their diet According to “Food Navigator” for some consumers, digestive health is about avoiding foods that make them feel bloated or lethargic, for some, it’s about ‘roughage’ and ‘regularity.’ Fiber One does not want to be avoided. … Continue reading “Fast Horse enlists ‘SNL’ alum Cheri Oteri for Fiber One”

Fusion92 launches hilarious RedBox online campaign

Chicago boutique showcases a man with prehensile feet and a date night gone wrong in a pair of new spots Indie innovation marketing agency, Fusion92, has launched Redbox’s first-ever national campaign ever. The brand, best known for their bright red kiosks, dropped two minute-plus spots online on December 19 and ran through December 31, living … Continue reading “Fusion92 launches hilarious RedBox online campaign”

mcgarrybowen creates holiday thrills for Crayola

A colorful campaign rouses the holiday spirit with DIY adventure and lovable crayon characters The Crayola characters are back this holiday season and are starring in two action-packed holiday spots. Stepping out into the real world and leveraging cinematic appeal and humor, they connect with kids and adults alike. In Rube Goldberg Machine, Scarlet, Gus, … Continue reading “mcgarrybowen creates holiday thrills for Crayola”

CAFM celebrates 10th year of “Fun & Fundraising”

Holiday Hurrah at Carbon Arc features networking, raffle prizes, silent auction, “Winter Weekend Getaway” and more (Chicago — 5 December 2018) Tasty food, cool prizes, and dancing are on the menu as the Chicago Acting In Film Meetup (CAFM) celebrates the year with a film industry party, fundraiser, and networking night all rolled into one. … Continue reading “CAFM celebrates 10th year of “Fun & Fundraising””

Framestore’s Chicago office, a year after the launch

With a growing client portfolio and a staff that includes “scientists, mathematicians, developers and engineers,” the Windy City outpost of the global company makes a dazzling Midwestern impression In the year since Framestore opened its Chicago office with a launch party at the Adler Planetarium last September, the company has more than lived up to … Continue reading “Framestore’s Chicago office, a year after the launch”

Odd Machine’s “funny, surreal” vid for new Tweedy tune

“The video really reflects Jeff’s unique sense of humor.” Odd Machine Director Seth Henrikson   Chicago production and post company Odd Machine captured two separate versions of musician Jeff Tweedy, often in the same frame, for the official video of “Some Birds,” a single from Tweedy’s first solo album, Warm, due out on November 30. … Continue reading “Odd Machine’s “funny, surreal” vid for new Tweedy tune”

Swanbergs and Steve James on Kutza, CIFF, and Chi film

Indie-film legends Steve James, Kris and Joe Swanberg discuss the Chicago film fest and Michael Kutza’s retirement.   Surrounded by the glitz of the Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF)’s Summer Gala at the Loews Chicago Hotel on July 14, it only makes sense that three of Chicago’s greatest independent filmmakers gravitated towards each other. Reel … Continue reading “Swanbergs and Steve James on Kutza, CIFF, and Chi film”

Female-led “Range Runners” films in IL this summer

Fatal Funnel Films announces cast for upcoming thriller   Actors from Chicago’s hottest shows to perform in inaugural feature shooting in Shawnee National Forest and nearby Carbondale     (Chicago — 7 May 2018) Fatal Funnel Films, an Illinois-based independent film company, today announces the complete cast and production team of their inaugural feature film, … Continue reading “Female-led “Range Runners” films in IL this summer”

R+K welcomes six new staffers and promotes one

(Naperville, IL — 10 April 2018) Rhea + Kaiser (R+K) announces the addition of three new Account Management + Planning staff, two Public Relations team members, one Creative designer, and promotes one. Grace Morgan comes to R+K as an Assistant Account Manager, Account Management + Planning. Grace provides daily client communications, timeline planning and coordinates … Continue reading “R+K welcomes six new staffers and promotes one”

Bartoli, Hafner, Zumbrunnen to join AICE Hall of Fame

Beloved and respected editors with Hybrid, Cutters and Exile to be honored posthumously   (Los Angeles, CA – April 10, 2018) Three West Coast-based editors whose lives and work made an impact on their colleagues, their clients and their peers are being honored with posthumous induction into the AICE Hall of Fame at this year’s … Continue reading “Bartoli, Hafner, Zumbrunnen to join AICE Hall of Fame”

Pitching with IL Film Office Director Christine Dudley

Christine Dudley rarely goes to the movies. That may seem odd for the Director of the Illinois Film Office, but she’s dedicated to a job that begins before most of the scenes are even shot and ends, like, never. So what does she do?     When Dudley’s not pitching Hollywood studios, she’s reading the … Continue reading “Pitching with IL Film Office Director Christine Dudley”

DDB and “I, Tonya” director help State Farm fill in blanks

What happens when your she shed goes to smithereens when it’s sauteed by fire … after a lightning strike? That’s the idea behind DDB Chicago’s engaging and humorous new national campaign for State Farm which broke during the season finale of NBC’s This is Us. Titled, “Here to Help _____ Go Right,” the initiative is … Continue reading “DDB and “I, Tonya” director help State Farm fill in blanks”

Cramer-Krasselt & Porsche cobble together a visceral spot

Well, this Reel Ad of the Week from Cramer-Krasselt made me smile. I was not aware of perhaps the coolest Italian cobbler this side of Geppetto, but Porsche USA and Cramer-Krasselt have now introduced me to the legendary artisan Ciccio Liberto. Who is Ciccio Liberto, you ask? (And why do we care?) Well, for over … Continue reading “Cramer-Krasselt & Porsche cobble together a visceral spot”

Rob Gregory, Gretchen Praeger, Carmichael Lynch

Rob Gregory wins American Photographic Awards “Series” category Congratulations are in order for local photographer, Rob Gregory, who was named a winner in the 2017 American Photographic Awards “Series” Category.   Earlier this year, we covered a series Gregory did for Cancer Kids featuring them as superheroes. Below are a couple of pieces from the … Continue reading “Rob Gregory, Gretchen Praeger, Carmichael Lynch”

Filmmaker Mauro to debut new Mother Cabrini doc

Filmmaker Lucia Mauro has wrapped filming on her third film, a documentary titled “Frances Xavier Cabrini: The People’s Saint,” in honor of the first American citizen saint’s 100th anniversary.

Filming took place over the summer in Mother Cabrini’s native Italy (Milan, Sant’Angelo Lodigiano, Codogno, Rome) and in Chicago, where Mother Cabrini founded hospitals and schools.

The documentary follows on the heels of Lucia’s feature, “One Year Later,” about a cancer survivor who takes a life-affirming trip to the Italian Alps one year after completing cancer treatment.

Chicago Actors Meetup celebrates 10th anniversary

On August 18, the Chicago Acting in Film Meetup will mark its 10th anniversary with a celebration and fundraiser in the restaurant and lounge connected to the historic Davis Theater, the Carbon Arc Bar & Board, from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Open to CAFM members as well as the production community and the general public, admission includes a drink ticket for the first hour followed by a cash bar for the remainder of the evening in the movie-themed Lincoln Square venue. The price is $25 now through August 11, $30 between August 12-17, and $35 at the door.

Panama campaign welcomes everyone but tourists

Hoping to boost its tourism numbers from the U.S. and Canada, The Panama Tourism Authority hired VML as its AOR in 2016.

The result is a campaign that positions the Central American country — with relatively underdeveloped infrastructure — as a point of destination for Indiana Jones and Laura Crofts rather than fat, lazy beach bums looking for cabanas and Mojitos.

You ain’t going to find The Real Housewives of Wherever glamming it up here!

FCB Chicago’s Liquid Plumr spot on crack and the pipe

And there it is — the headline I’ve been waiting to write forever. The new “Reel Ad of the Week” goes to FCB Chicago for their very funny Liquid Plumr spot titled, “There’s a Plumr in all of us.”

Set to the finger popping tune of Rosemary Clooney’s, Too Marvelous for Words, we watch various folks ranging from a cute old couple swimming to a bowler and firefighter, all doing their thing… while displaying a little plumber’s crack!

Costello’s directorial journey part 4 – an essay

Editor’s Note — Our contributor, Colin Costello, recently enjoyed personal growth by moving from beyond a writer’s traditional role to actually directing and producing his short film, “The After Party.” We asked Colin to chronicle is journey.

Let me just start out by saying I HATE crowdfunding. I feel like it is the digital version of a homeless guy on the subway, wheeling his way through on a rolling board, with a 7-11 Big Gulp cup asking for money. Some people give. Others turn the other way. I personally have acted both ways.

Leo Gilbert follows dad Peter Gilbert in film career

That old saying an apple doesn’t fall far from the tree is certainly true of aspiring filmmaker Leo J. Gilbert, a recent Tisch School of the Arts film graduate. 

He directed a short film for his student thesis film, “Journeyman,” which reprises classic Hoop Dreams,” produced and shot by his father, Peter Gilbert, for Kartemquin Films and celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

H. D. Motyl’s Cowboy Christmas doc lassos $25K grant

FILMING A TRIO OF COWBOYS as they traveled the exciting, high stakes rodeo circuit took documentarian H. D. Motyl and his crew through six western states, shooting steadily from the end of June up through the 4th of July when the circuit ended. 

“There are almost 30 rodeos throughout the Western states where professional rodeo cowboys can win big purses in a short time,” says Motyl. “They call this period ‘Cowboy Christmas,’” which serves as the title of his feature-length doc.

Worthy local indies to screen at worldwide film festivals

STEPHEN CONE’S DRAMA, “In Memoriam” will compete with 65 films when it premieres at the 33rd Big Muddy Film Festival, Feb. 18-27 at SIU in Carbondale, one of the oldest festivals affiliated with a university in the country.
Ian Forester, Kelly O’Sullivan, Sadie Rogers, and Chris Carr star in the story of a young man investigating the death of a couple who died in a freak accident.

The Whitehouse opens production arm

Come mid-January, The Whitehouse will introduce its first production unit — a three-person team situated in the post company’s Chicago headquarters, where it will produce content for all four Whitehouse offices.

The team of executive producer Matt Abramson, director Alex Fendrich and associate producer Kaitlyn Parks will join after slightly more than a year with Optimus’ “One” production division.

With their “One” assignments wrapping this week, the trio will join The Whitehouse, increasing the number of staffers to 40.

Webisode star “Citizen Kate” shines at the DCN and RNC and her fame extends to other sites

POLITICOS WEREN’T ALONE IN THE SPOTLIGHT at the recent Democratic and Republican Conventions.

Producer Carey Lundin’s alter ego, “Citizen Kate,” star of the increasing popular website,, struck high saturation pay dirt. “We proved that hard work, planning, creativity and just showing up, are all it takes to be successful,” says Lundin. At the two national conventions, “Kate,” aka actress Kate Soglin, got her share of the spotlight.

Beck retires from CFO after 28 years; Chicago Creative Club holds Awards Night Sept. 10

DEBBIE BECK RETIRED from the Chicago Film Office last week without fanfare, after a remarkable and dedicated 28 years serving the film community.

“Debbie’s warm, unaffected personality, matched with unsurpassed longevity, made her almost iconic — the heart and soul of the office. She will be extraordinarily missed,” says Rich Moskal, who was appointed CFO director when Beck was into her sixteenth year on the job.

Rusted Rhino’s debut premieres at Cinequest; follow-up “Half Life of Mason Lake” in post

“DIMENSION,” the debut feature from Rusted Rhino Production Company, had its world premiere at The Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, Calif., where it was one of 14 narrative features in the Maverick Competition, out of 1,872 submissions.

“Dimension” was also one of only two narrative features in competition at the recent Big Muddy Film Festival in Carbondale.

Team to lead DraftFCB broadcast production

A THREE-MAN TEAM will head DraftFCB’s ?broadcast & emerging content department’ as its called. They are FCB producers Chris Bing and Ron Lazzeretti, and editor Steve Morrison.

Bing and Lzzeretti’s new titles are being determined, while Morrison was named SVP/director of broadcast editorial, and whose mandate is to build an internal editing department.

Morrison, incidentally, edited Lazaretti’s three acclaimed short films, “Last Day,” “Flowers,” and “Wedding Night.” which are now playing in worldwide film festivals.