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”

Chicago Filmmakers offers online filmmaking courses

2+ Chicago Filmmakers, a community media arts organization based in Chicago, announces today the launch of several online filmmaking courses for adults and youth starting in April. In response to the social distancing measures imposed in mid-March, Chicago Filmmakers is adapting several of its filmmaking courses for the web to continue serving the film community … Continue reading “Chicago Filmmakers offers online filmmaking courses”

Reel Women: Brenda Webb, Chicago Filmmakers Exec Dir

2+ 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. Brenda Webb started at Chicago Filmmakers in 1978 … Continue reading “Reel Women: Brenda Webb, Chicago Filmmakers Exec Dir”

Chicago Filmmakers announces Onion City lineup

4+ Chicago Filmmakers is pleased to announce the full lineup for the 30th anniversary edition of the Onion City Experimental Film + Video Festival, which will take place Thursday, March 12 to Sunday, March 15 at Chicago Filmmakers’ Firehouse Cinema in Edgewater. Featuring an array of beautiful, timely, and formidable works that transcend borders from … Continue reading “Chicago Filmmakers announces Onion City lineup”

Chicago filmmakers prepare for 48 Hour Film Project

5+ Winners of the international contest will receive $1,000 and a chance to have their work screened at Cannes   Dr. Phranque Wright is sitting across a table at a dark dive bar looking to hookup — with actors, producers, and writers trickling into the Lincoln Tap Room on a Sunday night. Like most of … Continue reading “Chicago filmmakers prepare for 48 Hour Film Project”

Chicago Filmmakers’ housewarming celebration

4+ The ribbon-cutting ceremony for Chicago Filmmakers’ new Edgewater home featured dedications, activities, and hors d’oeuvres on Saturday April 28. It was an exciting chapter in a story that has and will continue to run for years. The event began with heartfelt introductions from Founder Sgharon Zurek and Executive Director Brenda Webb. “Chicago Filmmakers has … Continue reading “Chicago Filmmakers’ housewarming celebration”

Chicago Filmmakers invites public to celebrate new space

4+ Chicago Filmmakers invites the public to join us in celebrating the opening of our new home, a 1928 Chicago Historic Landmark firehouse purchased from the city of Chicago in 2016. After extensive renovations, Chicago Filmmakers has restored the retired firehouse and developed it into a new space that will be a vital cultural addition … Continue reading “Chicago Filmmakers invites public to celebrate new space”

Chicago Filmmakers pitch for $1MM Tribeca competition

5+ The Year Between, a project written by Chicago filmmaker and comedian Alex Heller in development with Full Spectrum Features, will compete in AT&T Presents: Untold Stories, a live pitch event presented by AT&T and Tribeca Film Institute. Five teams will compete to receive a $1 million to produce their film. The competition will take … Continue reading “Chicago Filmmakers pitch for $1MM Tribeca competition”

Chicago filmmakers unleash “Super Narcoleptic” trailer

6+ The trailer for Super Narcoleptic Girl has arrived. The highly anticipated, Chicago-made webseries “follows the story of a low-level, narcoleptic superhero with the power to make people dance as she struggles to save the day and stay awake,” according to a press release. Chicago Director Larry Ziegelman (Geek Lounge) helmed the series, which consists … Continue reading “Chicago filmmakers unleash “Super Narcoleptic” trailer”

Former Chicago filmmakers high on new webseries

Caryn Ruby, Erin R. Dooley and Mackenzie Horras spent over a combined 50 years in Chicago, each honing their comedy skills separately.

Unaware of each other’s plans or goals, they all relocated to Los Angeles, only to finally discover each other and cook up a fun, light-hearted new 13-episode webseries called, Baked Goodes.

Keeping up with Chicago filmmakers working in LA

A group of six ambitious Chicago transplants now working in LA gathered for more shop talk over breakfast at Kitchen 24 in West Hollywood last week.

They were screenwriters Dante Bacani and Ron Maede; standup comedian/producer Lindsey Luck; agency-turned-TV and comedy writer Parde Bridgett and actress and newly published children’s book author, Kelli McNeil and myself, a screenwriter and former agency creative.

2 of 4 CIFF Audience Awards go to Chicago filmmakers

Two of the four coveted Audience Choice Awards of the 50th Chicago Film Festival went to Chicago filmmakers now living on the West Coast. Kartemquin director Joanna Rudnick’s “On Beauty,” won the award for Best Short Film, out of 68 short films from 50-plus countries and Gabe Polsky’s Best Feature Documentary “Red Army” won out of a field of 19.