Chicago Independent Producers Lab selects 5 producers

Full Spectrum Features, the Chicago-based non-profit committed to driving equity into the film industry, announced the five producers selected for its second annual Chicago Independent Producers Lab, a year-long project incubator designed to cultivate Chicago’s vibrant independent film industry. In partnership with the Chicago Film Office’s Independent Film Initiative, the Lab offers one-on-one customized mentorship … Continue reading “Chicago Independent Producers Lab selects 5 producers”

Applications open for Chicago Independent Producers Lab

Applications are now open for the 2021 cycle of the Chicago Film Office’s Chicago Independent Producers Lab. Participating producers will have the chance to work with industry professionals to grow their network and expertise in different areas of independent film producing.  Full Spectrum Features and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) recognize producers … Continue reading “Applications open for Chicago Independent Producers Lab”

Chicago Med, Fire actors in Rain Beau’s End

Rain Beau’s End is an intimate lesbian family-drama situated in the late 1990s, depicting how the labelling of their adopted son affects a progressive lesbian couple’s relationship as they struggle to raise their family in the spotlight. Based on a story by Chicago’s Joe Orlandino and written by Jennifer Cooney, the film tells a motherhood … Continue reading “Chicago Med, Fire actors in Rain Beau’s End”

37th Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Fest

The full schedule was announced for Facets 37th Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (CICFF37) one of only two Academy Award-qualifying international children’s film festivals in the world. Presented this year from Friday, November 13 through Sunday, November 22, FACETS ever-popular signature program will be presented virtually in its entirety due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “Since FACETS launched the Chicago International … Continue reading “37th Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Fest”

Inside Full Spectrum Features’ Producers lab

This year Full Spectrum Features launched its Independent Producers Lab in partnership with the Illinois film office, funded in part by the National Endowment of the Arts. Participants in the lab could not stop singing its praises, and the community leaders behind its inception remain committed to expanding the opportunities for Chicago’s independent filmmakers. “Generally … Continue reading “Inside Full Spectrum Features’ Producers lab”

Chicago Int’l Film Festival’s Industry Days goes virtual

The Chicago International Film Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago, today announced this year’s Industry Days will be held virtually for a global audience, October 12-18, 2020. Early Bird accreditation is now available for qualified participants to secure registration at the lowest price. Registration prices will increase to the regular rate on August 21. Film and media professionals interested in … Continue reading “Chicago Int’l Film Festival’s Industry Days goes virtual”

Reel Chicago’s own Reel Woman, Laura Day

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Behind the scenes with the Chicago IFA’s Angie Gaffney

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

Full Spectrum, DCASE present Chi Indie Producers Lab

Recognizing producers as the creative entrepreneurs who make a thriving independent film industry possible, Full Spectrum Features and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) have launched the Chicago Independent Producers Lab. Designed to increase the number of independent producers working in Chicago — and to significantly deepen and broaden their professional … Continue reading “Full Spectrum, DCASE present Chi Indie Producers Lab”

Human brings audio expertise to Chicago

The agency’s new West Loop studio and office will be led by veteran Creative Director Justin Hori Human pushes its industry-leading talents into fresh territories, joining the robust Chicago creative market with a new West Loop studio and office under the leadership of veteran composer/producer Justin Hori. Complemented by offices in New York, Los Angeles, … Continue reading “Human brings audio expertise to Chicago”

Chicago Int’l Film Fest releases Industry Days schedule

Headliners include Oscar-­winning director Steve McQueen, Emmy-­nominated writer Bashir Salahuddin, and award-­winning producers Albert Berger and Bob Teitel (Chicago — 26 September 2018) The complete program of Industry Days (Oct. 11­14) at the 54th Chicago International Film Festival was announced today with an impressive list of guest speakers to inspire and illuminate the Midwest film … Continue reading “Chicago Int’l Film Fest releases Industry Days schedule”

“In The Meantime” to showcase Chicago indie film voices

Emerging Chicago artists take matters into their own hands by curating their own shows and producing their own content   (Chicago — 18 June 2018) Indie Producers Crystal Joy and Sam George have come together to collaborate on “In the Meantime,” a gallery show which explores coping in the forms of photographs, poetry, and video. … Continue reading ““In The Meantime” to showcase Chicago indie film voices”

Chicago creative community to aid hurricane victims

Seeking to comfort victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, independent agency Schafer Condon Carter and several trade organizations yesterday launched Chicago Creative Relief, an industry-wide effort to raise $500,000 for affected areas in the US and Caribbean. The program intends to channel the generosity of Chicago’s creative community through a secure online portal that enables … Continue reading “Chicago creative community to aid hurricane victims”

Columbia College honors three notable Chicagoans

Columbia College will present honorary degrees to six prominent persons – three of them Chicagoans – in the entertainment, media and arts fields whose careers and legacies have been inspirational to Columbia College students, at spring commencement ceremonies.

Some 2,000 graduates of the school, with the largest US film school enrollment, will receive their degrees over two days, May 5-6, at the Chicago Theatre.

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Christy LeMaster new director of IFP/Chicago

TAKING OVER THE REINS of the Independent Feature Project, Chicago’s 25-year old hub of indie filmmaking is Christy LeMaster, who has run IFP’s recent and successful fund-raising galas. She succeeds Ryan Jewell, who returned to his native Oklahoma City for family reasons.

LeMaster, who has a Masters in English from Truman State University, has a background in programming film festivals, starting with the True or False doc fest in Columbia, Mo.

Ch. 20 wants to hook-up with indie producers

WYCC-Ch. 20 is seeking relationships with independent producers, in which WYCC can serve as the presenting station for co-productions to air on Ch. 20 and to offer the program to PBS stations nationally.

“We’re looking for shows of local and national interest that fit our mission of educationally diverse programming,” says station manager Paul Buckner.

“WTTW has obviously been a major player for PBS nationally. We’re jumping into that arena.”

The public TV station of the City Colleges of Chicago operates out of the Southwest Side Kennedy-King College and programs Ch.

Producers with small DVD replication needs now may have same copy protection as features

For the first time and exclusively in Chicago, a local company offers the same kind of copy protection to non-theatrical producers with short order needs that big studios use to prevent DVD piracy.

Tim Montague’s Chicago Digital collaborated with Macrovision’s RipGuard copy protection to create RipGuard-MOD (ManufacturingOnDemand) to protect recordable DVDs.

“The piracy of independent producer material has been rampant and unchecked up until this point,” says Montague. ” We put the power back in the producer’s hands.