57th Chicago International Film Festival announces Industry Days

The 57th Chicago International Film Festival announced the program for Industry Days, to be held October 14 – 17, 2021, with an impressive list of guest speakers to inspire and illuminate the film and entertainment community.  Highlights include this year’s Keynote talk with Brenda Gilbert, President and Co-Founder of BRON Studios, which has received six Academy … Continue reading “57th Chicago International Film Festival announces Industry Days”

Chicago International Film Festival announces full lineup of 57th edition

The Chicago International Film Festival announced the full lineup of its 57th edition, running October 13 – 24, 2021. This year’s Festival expands across the City, with screenings at AMC River East 21, Music Box Theatre, Gene Siskel Film Center, drive-in screenings at ChiTown Movies in Pilsen, and neighborhood pop-up screenings at Bronzeville’s historic Parkway … Continue reading “Chicago International Film Festival announces full lineup of 57th edition”

The Chicago International Film Festival announces Opening Night film

The Chicago International Film Festival announced the opening night film at its Opening Night at the Drive-In presentation, and more highlights of the 57th edition, running October 13 – 24, 2021. This year, the Festival expands to venues across Chicago, including AMC River East 21; the Music Box Theatre; and the Gene Siskel Film Center; … Continue reading “The Chicago International Film Festival announces Opening Night film”

Chicago International Film Festival livestream Q&As

Connect with the artists and filmmakers of the Chicago International Film Festival with these livestream Q&As. Livestream Q&As will be hosted on the film’s webpage on our streaming portal. Ticket holders can access the Q&A through the virtual access link emailed with their ticket purchase. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions during the event. … Continue reading “Chicago International Film Festival livestream Q&As”

56th Chicago International Film Festival announces juries

Mimi Plauché, artistic director of the 56th Chicago International Film Festival, today announced the jury members for its competitions, featuring a host of acclaimed filmmakers and film professionals from across the globe. Juries will review films competing for prizes in the following competitions: International Competition; New Directors Competition; International Documentary Competition; Out-Look; City & State; and Short Film … Continue reading “56th Chicago International Film Festival announces juries”

Chicago International Film Festival call for entries

Submit work by July 8 (late deadline) to be considered for CIFF’s 55th annual run, October 16-27 The Chicago International Film Festival has announced entries are now being accepted for all programs of the Festival’s 55th edition taking place October 16-27, 2019. Filmmakers can now submit feature-length, documentary, and short films on the Festival’s website … Continue reading “Chicago International Film Festival call for entries”

DDB’s spot with apt foreign film feel to screen at Chicago International Film Festival opener

A “commercial” for the Chicago International Film Festival produced by two DDB creatives will be part of the Festival’s Oct. 5 opening festivities at the Chicago Theatre.

ACDs Larry Ziegelman and Jay Manheimer produced the 60-second pro bono promo that screens before the premiere of “Stranger than Fiction” and throughout the two-week cinema extravaganza.

Susan Sarandon takes Career Achievement Award Chicago International Film Festival opening night

Susan Sarandon received the Chicago International Film Festival’s Career Achievement Award at the fest’s opening night at the Chicago Theater.

Roger Ebert spoke with Sarandon before the screening of Cameron Crowe’s new romantic comedy “Elizabethtown,” in which Sarandon delivers a scene-stealing performance as a manic widow.

Ebert: In a career filled with great work, “Dead Man Walking” stands out as a role that came from your heart and from your convictions.

Chicago-produced films recognized this week in Chicago International Film Festival screenings

DANIELLE BEVERLY’S documentary “Learning to Swallow,” about Wicker Park artist Patsy Desmond’s journey to recovery after a suicide attempt destroyed her digestive system, screens at the Film Festival Wednesday, Oct 12 at 4:30 p.m. at AMC River East, 322 E. Illinois.

Beverly has been on the producing team for PBS documtaries.

They include include “Dance From the Heart” about the Joffrey Ballet, “Project Rebirth” about the healing process after 9/11, “Blink,” and the series “Independent View.”

Chicago Filmmakers’ Patrick Friel programs offbeat shows and large international festivals

WHO HE IS: Patrick Friel, since 1996 the program director of 34-year old Chicago Filmmakers.

WHAT HE DOES: He coordinates nine programs a year with his only co-worker, executive director and Chicago Filmmakers’ founder Brenda Webb.

Having just ended the 19th Annual Onion City Experimental Film Festival, he’s sending out a call for entries for the Nov. 8-18 27th annual Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival.

Four Chicago features play in 23rd Annual Chicago Latino International Film Festival April 13-25

THE CHICAGO LATINO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL boasts four Chicago features among the lineup of 59 features and 31 shorts at its 23rd annual fest, April 13-25.

Jaime (“Dusk”) Mariscal’s second feature “Welcome Back To Barrio” follows a college kid (Ramses Jimenez) who returns to his old neighborhood and gets reeled into a gang conflict.

With Tony Ramirez, Carmen Cenko and Phil Camacho. David J. Miller of Mindlight Films produced and co-wrote with Mariscal. April 15 at 4 p.m. and April 17 at 10 p.m. at Facets Multi-Media, 1517 W. Fullerton Ave.

Reeling 39 LGBTQ+ International Film Festival opens tonight

Today is the Opening Day of Reeling 39! Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival. The festival kicks off September 23 at 7 PM with Peeter Rebane’s FIREBIRD at the Music Box Theatre. There will be a Q&A after the screening with the director Peeter Rebane. FIREBIRD is streaming virtually starting Monday, September 27th and running until … Continue reading “Reeling 39 LGBTQ+ International Film Festival opens tonight”

Award-winning The Road Up screening at Gene Siskel Film Center

The Road Up, the inspiring documentary feature from Siskel/Jacobs Productions (No Small Matter, Louder Than a Bomb) will open October 8 at Gene Siskel Film Center.  The Road Up returns to Chicago following a successful film festival run, including the world premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival where it won the Audience Award for Best Documentary. The … Continue reading “Award-winning The Road Up screening at Gene Siskel Film Center”

Chicago-based Sheridan Road Productions premieres ‘The Road Dance’

The Road Dance, a WWI drama/love story, based on actual events, was developed and produced by Sheridan Road Productions, a Chicago-based development and production company. Attending the world premiere screening of The Road Dance on August 24 at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) are its lead female star Hermione Corfield of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Mission Impossible: Rogue … Continue reading “Chicago-based Sheridan Road Productions premieres ‘The Road Dance’”

Pritzker announces $10M Tourism Attractions and Festivals Grant program

Governor Pritzker announced a new $10 million grants program aimed at revitalizing the hard-hit tourism industry by bringing back new and returning tourism attractions and festivals to our state. The Tourism Attractions and Festivals Grant program is made possible with support of federal dollars from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and is part of … Continue reading “Pritzker announces $10M Tourism Attractions and Festivals Grant program”

Entering the festival circuit? Here’s some smaller film festivals we love

Our friends at KitSplit put together a list of some of the smaller film festivals that we love, with a focus on those that have deadlines coming up. In doing their research, they noticed something funny – no one is talking about which film festivals are good for industry newbies & up-and-comers. We don’t all get a … Continue reading “Entering the festival circuit? Here’s some smaller film festivals we love”

Star-studded doc honors life and career of Chicago’s Michael Madsen

There is an impressive group of Hollywood’s A-List in the new documentary American Badass: A Michael Madsen Retrospective. Among those who honor the life and career of Michael Madsen are Quentin Tarantino, John Travolta, Ron Perlman, Virginia Madsen, Charlie Sheen, William Baldwin, Paul Sorvino, the late Harry Dean Stanton, Daryl Hannah, Chuck Zito. Born in … Continue reading “Star-studded doc honors life and career of Chicago’s Michael Madsen”

CIFF launches Chicago Industry Exchange and CIX:Lab

The Chicago International Film Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago, announced the formation of the organization’s Chicago Industry Exchange (CIX), the new name for its year-round industry programming, along with the launch of CIX:Lab The CIX:Lab is a year-long creative development lab focusing on 4-5 feature film projects made by diverse voices and underrepresented filmmakers in the region. CIX will build on … Continue reading “CIFF launches Chicago Industry Exchange and CIX:Lab”

Chicago creatives bring home 15 Lions for their city

Chicago creatives are the recipients of 15 Cannes Lions International Festival Awards, including the Titanium Lion – the top creative award in the world for the “Boards of Change” work. In addition to the awarded Cannes Lions, the City of Chicago was recognized at The One Show 2021, receiving one Grand Prix, four gold, four … Continue reading “Chicago creatives bring home 15 Lions for their city”

Chicago’s Open Culture artist lineups and programs

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced even more returning, new and reimagined summer cultural events across Chicago — plus artist lineups and other details for City programs previously announced as part of “Open Culture” — just one component of the Mayor’s Open Chicago initiative to safely and fully reopen the city.  … Continue reading “Chicago’s Open Culture artist lineups and programs”

Sarofsky & partners win Brand Film Award on doc series

The partners behind A Mystery to Me, an original documentary series created to raise awareness of the rare neuromuscular disease myasthenia gravis (MG), are extremely proud to have earned this year’s Brand Film Award for their project, in the sixth annual program’s Unbranded Healthcare category. Presented to global immunology company argenx along with Sarofsky Pictures, Kartemquin Films, Museum + … Continue reading “Sarofsky & partners win Brand Film Award on doc series”

16th CineYouth Festival announces winners

CineYouth Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago, announced award winners for its expanded 2021 edition, comprising films accepted for the pandemic-preempted 2020 edition plus a new slate of films submitted for the 2021 festival. These include Best Drama winners She Who Wasn’t Tamed (2020) by 19-year-old Saleh Kashefi of Iran and The Pleasure of Killing Bugs (2021) by 21-year-old Leonardo Martinelli from Brazil. Best Animation went … Continue reading “16th CineYouth Festival announces winners”

CineYouth Festival unveils lineup for global event

Celebrating its 16th edition in 2021, CineYouth Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago, announced a striking and diverse selection of 102 international short films for the festival’s first virtual edition. For its largest edition yet, CineYouth is expanding to a full week, running May 6-13, 2021, with films available to stream globally. The festival will highlight new … Continue reading “CineYouth Festival unveils lineup for global event”

37th Chicago Latino Film Audience Choice Award wins

The 37th Chicago Latino Film Festival announces the winners and runners-up for the Audience Choice Awards. The Audience Choice Award for Best Feature went to The Heist of the Century, Argentinian director Ariel Winograd’s heist comedy about the most famous and audacious bank robbery in Argentina’s history starring Guillermo Francella (The Secret in Their Eyes) … Continue reading “37th Chicago Latino Film Audience Choice Award wins”

Chicago Latino Film Fest adds Riera’s film Rita Moreno

The 37th Chicago Latino Film Festival, presented by Corona Extra, announced today its Centerpiece presentation of Mariem Pérez Riera’s Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It at ChiTown Movies Drive-In, 2343 S. Throop St. on Monday, April 12. The gates open at 6:00 pm with the film scheduled to start at 7:30 pm. A virtual screening of this no holds … Continue reading “Chicago Latino Film Fest adds Riera’s film Rita Moreno”

Safe Humane Chicago hosts screening of Stray

Safe Humane Chicago announced today a virtual fundraising screening event of Magnolia Pictures’ new, upcoming documentary Stray, directed by Independent Spirit Award-nominee filmmaker Elizabeth Lo. The virtual screening event scheduled for March 5th-21st, 2021, will support the Safe Humane Chicago nonprofit organization, who will receive a portion of all ticket sales, and their continued efforts … Continue reading “Safe Humane Chicago hosts screening of Stray”

Running the festival circuit with Midwest Film Festival

Join The Midwest Film Festival exclusively on Facebook Live on Tuesday, February 9th from 6 PM – 7 PM CST for a panel conversation led by industry pros. They’ll share their vast knowledge and experience in running the festival circuit and the success they’ve had. All attendees who register via Eventbrite will automatically be entered to win … Continue reading “Running the festival circuit with Midwest Film Festival”

Film Independent Spirit Awards announces nominations

Film Independent announced nominations for the 2021 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Not just another pretty face on the awards circuit, the Spirit Awards are the primary fundraiser for the nonprofit Film Independent’s year-round slate of programs, which cultivate the careers of emerging filmmakers and promote diversity and inclusion in the industry. Film Independent President Josh … Continue reading “Film Independent Spirit Awards announces nominations”

‘100 Days to Live’ directorial debut for Chicago filmmaker

Cinedigm has announced the release date for its recently acquired film – 100 Days to Live, a taut psychological thriller set in the world of suicide prevention and mental health. The film, which was shot over 3 weeks in Chicago, stars Colin Egglesfield (Something Borrowed, Rizzoli & Isles), Gideon Emery (Teen Wolf, Daredevil), Heidi Johanningmeier … Continue reading “‘100 Days to Live’ directorial debut for Chicago filmmaker”

2020 in Review: Reel Chicago’s Biggest Stories

What a year, huh? 2020, which felt like a decade, will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the worst years ever. And who will argue? Certainly not the staff at Reel Chicago. This year, COVID forced productions to shut down. Then start back up. Then shut back down. Then start back up. It … Continue reading “2020 in Review: Reel Chicago’s Biggest Stories”

Zoë Iltsopoulos Borys named VP/GM Panavision Chicago

Panavision has named Zoë Iltsopoulos Borys to lead the company’s Chicago office as Vice President and General Manager. Borys will ensure Panavision’s customers continue to receive the highest level of service and support throughout the commercial, television, and feature sectors, and will be supported by Chicago Operations Manager Stan Glapa. Sharon Walker Retires Borys’ appointment … Continue reading “Zoë Iltsopoulos Borys named VP/GM Panavision Chicago”

Barbara Scharres retires from Gene Siskel Film Center

After more than 45 years of service, Barbara Scharres (MFA 1972) will retire from her position as Director of Programming at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center. For over four decades, Scharres has played a critical role in determining the conceptual vision of the organization, establishing numerous landmark programs … Continue reading “Barbara Scharres retires from Gene Siskel Film Center”

‘Doll Eyes’ come to life for Chicago director Piñeiro

Felix Piñeiro has signed on to direct ​Doll Eyes​ written by award-winning screenwriter Amir Mohabbat. The horror film follows a developmentally disabled man who protects his sister from an abuser with “unique, desired eyes.” Piñeiro is a two-time DCASE Grant recipient and Finalist for the 2018 Chicago Filmmaker in Residence Award. His latest project is … Continue reading “‘Doll Eyes’ come to life for Chicago director Piñeiro”

Opening Night: 26th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival

A Black Harvest Feast, opening night program on Friday, November 6 at 7:30 pm, is hosted by NBC Chicago’s LeeAnn Trotter, our Master of Ceremonies, and features a unique parade of filmmakers in a virtual red carpet to kick off the festivities.  Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and First Lady Amy Eshlman serve as the honorary … Continue reading “Opening Night: 26th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival”

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”

Groundbreaking film program builds inmates skills

The International Children’s Media Center (ICMC), has been invited back into Cook County Jail to present the groundbreaking program, WorldScene. Once a week, detainees enrolled in the Sheriff’s Anti-Violence Effort (S.A.V.E) will view and discuss award-winning multi-cultural short films from around the globe. Created by ICMC Executive Director Nicole Dreiske, WorldScene aims to help cultivate … Continue reading “Groundbreaking film program builds inmates skills”

CIFF screens Chicago-made film ‘Finding Yingying’

Chicago made, award-winning feature documentary, Finding Yingying is screening tonight at the Chicago International Film Festival.  Produced by Kartemquin Films, Finding Yingying is Chicago-based filmmaker Jiayan “Jenny” Shi’s debut feature documentary. The film follows the story of the Zhang family who, in the summer of 2017, travel to the United States from China in search of their missing 26-year old daughter. … Continue reading “CIFF screens Chicago-made film ‘Finding Yingying’”

Reeling: Chicago LGBTQ+ Int’l Film Fest award winners

Reeling announces the winners of the 38th annual Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival. The festival was held virtually this year from September 24 to October 7 and the event included 39 programs with films from 21 countries. The festival featured 31 Q&As with filmmakers which have been recorded and can be viewed here. We would … Continue reading “Reeling: Chicago LGBTQ+ Int’l Film Fest award winners”

The Chicago 48 Hour Film Project begins this weekend

The 48 Hour Film Project takes place in Chicago this weekend and you can still be a part of it! Filmmakers are taking over Chicago and turning it into movie-making madness for 48 hours! Teams of filmmakers have a single weekend – this one – to write, shoot and edit their short films! All completed … Continue reading “The Chicago 48 Hour Film Project begins this weekend”

Two Kino Lorber films to screen at CIFF next week

Next week begins the 56th Chicago International Film Festival and Reel Chicago will bring you coverage of the films. This year, we can look forward to two award-winning films from Kino Lorber. THE REASON I JUMPDirected by Jerry Rothwell **WINNER! Sundance 2020 Film Festival Audience Award,World Cinema Documentary** Based on the best-selling book by Naoki … Continue reading “Two Kino Lorber films to screen at CIFF next week”

CIFF selects four IL film projects for “The Pitch”

The 56th Chicago International Film Festival announced a slate of four narrative feature film projects in active development that will be pitched live in front of a virtual audience and a panel of distinguished industry judges during the Festival’s Industry Days on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020.  Now in its sixth year, The Pitch at Industry Days has established itself as a leading industry showcase spotlighting bold, original work from the Chicago region. Past projects from The Pitch at Industry Days have gone onto completion, including Jennifer Reader’s Signature Move, and two films showing at last year’s Chicago International Film Festival: Knives and Skin, also directed by Jennifer Reeder, and Haroula Rose’s Once Upon a River. This year’s filmmakers represent a diversity of voices that continue to reinforce the breadth and vitality of Chicago-area filmmakers and projects: from a sci-fi comedy horror film set in the suburbs to a drama set along the Mexico-American border, to the story of a sexual assault within a Black community and an estranged daughter in an Iraqi-American family who impersonates her recently deceased father. See below for loglines. The winning pitch receives an awards package of in-kind goods and services worth tens of thousands of dollars. Contributors include Keslow Camera, IFA Chicago and The Story Stage at CineSpace, Chicago Media Angels, Ramo Law PC, and the Sundance Institute. “Right now, during the pandemic, it’s the perfect time to develop, workshop, hone, and fine-tune feature film projects and make them great,” said Chicago International Film Festival and Industry Days Senior Programmer Anthony Kaufman. “The Pitch is a terrific way for the Festival to support and encourage local filmmakers and help push their projects forward.” This year’s Pitch will be hosted by IFA Chicago Executive Director and producer Angie Gaffney, and this year’s jury includes: Bronwyn Cornelius, producer of Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner Clemency; Ilyse McKimmie, Deputy Director for Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program; and Yvonne Huff Lee, co-CEO of Lagralane Group. The selected projects for 2020’s The Pitch at Industry Days are: Anchor Baby After witnessing his father nearly beat a Mexican immigrant to death while patrolling the desert border, a thirteen-year-old boy growing up in the Arizona Border Militia finds solace in an unlikely place — the arms of the new undocumented migrant girl in town. Screenwriter: Anna Hozian Director: Danny Mooney Producer: Dale Armin Johnson Go to the Body After Sanaa, a rising racial justice organizer, is sexually assaulted by a fellow activist, she tries to push past her trauma and return to her normal life. The only thing standing in the way is her fianceé, Kendrick, an overprotective boxer who has his own idea of justice. Writer/Director: Kyra Jones Producer: Angellic Ross Invasion of the Housewives … Continue reading “CIFF selects four IL film projects for “The Pitch””

Chicago Latino Film Fest announces audience choice wins

The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago announced today the winners and runner-ups for the AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS of the 36th Chicago Latino Film Festival. The festival was held virtually from Sept. 18 to Sept. 27 in Chicago and throughout the State of Illinois. In total, the Festival presented 44 feature and 38 shorts. Even though CLFF is … Continue reading “Chicago Latino Film Fest announces audience choice wins”

LA Latino Film Fest, Netflix launch Latinx Fellowship

The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) announced today the launch of LALIFF’s Inclusion Fellowship Series. This newly established program will focus on building a more inclusive and equitable industry for all members of the Latinx community. Each year, the fellowship will champion an underrepresented group from within the Latinx community. For its inaugural … Continue reading “LA Latino Film Fest, Netflix launch Latinx Fellowship”

Chicagoan Jay Paul Deratany has hit with Foster Boy

UPDATE: There will be a special one-night-only Chicago Premiere of FOSTER BOY, followed by an exclusive Q&A after the film with actors Shane Paul McGhie and Louis Gossett Jr., as well as Chicago writer/producer Jay Paul Deratany! Date And TimeWed, September 16, 20207:30 PM – 10:00 PM CDT LocationChiTown Movies2343 South Throop StreetChicago, IL 60608 Join leading actors … Continue reading “Chicagoan Jay Paul Deratany has hit with Foster Boy”

Chicago Immersive presents WANDER: Lincoln Square

Chicago Immersive, in collaboration with interactive travel agency First Person Travel, is proud to announce the new interactive walking tour WANDER: Lincoln Square—A Chicago Walking Experience. This guided tour of the North Side neighborhood includes live agents and prerecorded historical scenes to facilitate exploration of the town’s present with the discovery of its past. Each showing will include up to 20 … Continue reading “Chicago Immersive presents WANDER: Lincoln Square”

Chicago Latino Film Fest announces lineup of films

Chicago Latino Film Festival announces their lineup for their 36th anniversary. The festival will shift to a virtual format and will take place from September 18-27. Since the beginning, the Chicago Latino Film Festival has consistently presented a significant number of features and short films that throw a spotlight on the continent’s diverse indigenous cultures. Until recently, most of … Continue reading “Chicago Latino Film Fest announces lineup of films”

Reeling LGBTQ+ International Film Festival lineup

Reeling will celebrate its 38th anniversary this fall with a new virtual edition of the second-oldest LGBTQ+ film festival in the world. Showing 30 features, 54 shorts across eight shorts programs from 21 countries, Reeling will offer home viewers access to new films not currently available on commercial streaming platforms. Over the course of 11 days – … Continue reading “Reeling LGBTQ+ International Film Festival lineup”

City of Chicago awards $2m in CityArts Program grants

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced the recipients of the 2020 CityArts Program grants. This year, the CityArts Program is awarding general operating grants between $2,000 to $30,000 – and special project grants ranging from $2,500 to $56,200 – to 191 nonprofit organizations for a total … Continue reading “City of Chicago awards $2m in CityArts Program grants”

Filmscape 2020 goes online with virtual exhibitor booths

Filmscape 2020 goes virtual August 29 & 30. Exhibitors get a virtual booth on a dedicated page on the Filmscape website. Every year, Filmscape Chicago, an educational nonprofit focused on skill building for technicians and artists in the Chicago film and television industry, holds an annual event which hosts high-profile vendors, educational workshops, panels, and … Continue reading “Filmscape 2020 goes online with virtual exhibitor booths”

The 36th Chicago Latino Film Festival goes virtual

The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago announced that the 36th Chicago Latino Film Festival will shift to a virtual format and will take place from September 18-27. The Festival was originally scheduled for April 16-30 at the AMC River East 21 Theatres, but was postponed on March 13th when Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot ordered … Continue reading “The 36th Chicago Latino Film Festival goes virtual”

PorchlightPalooza Festival honors Joel Grey

Porchlight Music Theatre announces PorchlightPalooza, a three-day festival and fundraiser celebrating its 25th Anniversary, hosted by Bill Kurtis, and honoring Broadway legend Joel Grey. PorchlightPalooza, Friday, Aug. 21 – Sunday, Aug. 23 will include performances from Chicago’s best talents, highlights from its award-winning history and an exclusive interview hosted by legendary newsman Bill Kurtis with the 2020 … Continue reading “PorchlightPalooza Festival honors Joel Grey”

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”

Reeling: Chicago LGBTQ+ Int’l Film Festival goes virtual

The 38th edition of Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival will be held as an online virtual event. Festival Dates: September 24 – October 4, 2020 Chicago Filmmakers, the presenting organization of Reeling, made the decision to go virtual amid the uncertainty surrounding the reopening of cinemas and an increase in cases of COVID-19 … Continue reading “Reeling: Chicago LGBTQ+ Int’l Film Festival goes virtual”

Indie Film Town Hall: Legal and Insurance Challenges

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 creators. … Continue reading “Indie Film Town Hall: Legal and Insurance Challenges”

Could Sundance be heading to Chicago in 2021?

The impact of COVID-19 has been devastating to business, especially hitting the film and TV industries. The 2021 Sundance Film Festival will now adjust to the pandemic by holding its 40-year-old event not just in Park City, but also in at least 20 different cities across the country, as well as in an online format. … Continue reading “Could Sundance be heading to Chicago in 2021?”

Indie Film Town Hall: Production and New Protocols

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 creators. … Continue reading “Indie Film Town Hall: Production and New Protocols”

Round two of the Indie Film Town Hall was held Thursday

Round Two of the Indie Film Town Hall was held on Thursday, May 28th. The Town Hall meetings bring 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 … Continue reading “Round two of the Indie Film Town Hall was held Thursday”

A CITY AT WAR: CHICAGO Chicagoland during WW II

A CITY AT WAR: CHICAGO, narrated by legendary journalist Bill Kurtis, is a comprehensive telling of nearly everything that happened in Chicagoland during World War II.  This one-hour documentary won the 2018 Chicago International Television Festival Gold Plaque Award for best nonfiction program, and is currently airing on more than 130 public television stations across … Continue reading “A CITY AT WAR: CHICAGO Chicagoland during WW II”

Full Spectrum Features supports diversity in Indie Films

Asian Americans know that having talent and skills in the entertainment industry is [not nearly] half the battle. Every film needs financing; whether it’s raised through private investors or loving family members and crowdfunding, movies are expensive.  Therefore, a huge part of the industry isn’t the actors on set, or the gear they use, but the … Continue reading “Full Spectrum Features supports diversity in Indie Films”

Chicago Filmmakers hints at Reeling festival going virtual

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 Gaffney, … Continue reading “Chicago Filmmakers hints at Reeling festival going virtual”

The first Indie Film Town Hall meeting on Thursday

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 face … Continue reading “The first Indie Film Town Hall meeting on Thursday”

New emergency fund to aid Chicago cinema workers

As efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 shutter cinemas across the nation, concerned members of Chicago’s film community launch a fund to benefit laid off cinema workers from dozens of local theaters. As one of the country’s most vibrant film scenes, Chicago is home to hundreds of theater employees, who face a loss of … Continue reading “New emergency fund to aid Chicago cinema workers”

Sydney O’Haire’s short film debuts on Omeleto

Being Here, a short film written, directed, and produced by local Chicago female filmmaker Sydney O’Haire, will make its debut on the Omeleto platform, a short film YouTube channel currently with 2.45 Million subscribers.   The short, which won Best Drama at the Windy City Film Festival, focuses on Charlie (Breiner-Sanders), who is struggling to … Continue reading “Sydney O’Haire’s short film debuts on Omeleto”

REEL WOMEN: Filmmaker, Rujanee Mahakanjana

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. Rujanee is an award-winning filmmaker and an educator based … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: Filmmaker, Rujanee Mahakanjana”

Faith to be found in Rachel Gordon’s film ‘Broken Bird’

Rachel Harison Gordon just got back from the Berlin International Film Festival. For her short film, Broken Bird to be screening at festivals across the world is difficult for Rachel to process. “I never intended anyone to see it”, she says. The story, set against a suburban New Jersey backdrop, is largely taken from Rachel’s … Continue reading “Faith to be found in Rachel Gordon’s film ‘Broken Bird’”

Reel Women: Award-winning filmmaker, April Wright

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. April Wright is an award winning filmmaker who brings … Continue reading “Reel Women: Award-winning filmmaker, April Wright”

Reel Women: Brenda Webb, Chicago Filmmakers Exec Dir

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 as … Continue reading “Reel Women: Brenda Webb, Chicago Filmmakers Exec Dir”

Sundance picks 12 Filmmakers for Screenwriters Intensive

Twelve screenwriters have been selected to participate in Sundance Institute’s eighth annual Screenwriters Intensive in Los Angeles, to take place March 4-5, 2020. One of the students selected is Chicagoan, Jason Park. The Intensive, a two-day workshop for select emerging writers and writer/directors from underrepresented communities, focuses on the development of first fiction features. Fellows … Continue reading “Sundance picks 12 Filmmakers for Screenwriters Intensive”

Chicago Filmmakers announces Onion City lineup

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 Chicago … Continue reading “Chicago Filmmakers announces Onion City lineup”

21st annual Chicago Irish Film Festival opens February 27

The 2020 Chicago Irish Film Festival kicks off with the US premiere of Guns & Rosaries, the 2019 documentary directed by award winning BBC filmmaker Peter Kelly, February 27 at Chicago’s Theatre on the Lake. Narrated by Martin Sheen, Guns & Rosaries is a “fascinating documentary about Father Patrick Peyton, the Irish-American priest who brought … Continue reading “21st annual Chicago Irish Film Festival opens February 27”

ChiFilmFest honors film legend Hirokazu Kore-eda

The Chicago International Film Festival has announced a celebration of Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda, who will be honored with the Artistic Achievement Award and retrospective of key films from his career on March 14 and 15, 2020. In conjunction with the 20th anniversary of celebrated independent distributor IFC Films, who have released many of Kore-eda’s … Continue reading “ChiFilmFest honors film legend Hirokazu Kore-eda”

Stephanie Jeter, filmmaker

Stephanie Jeter, filmmaker and co-founder of OTV Studio, joins the 2020 edition of Reel Chicago Black List, an annual celebration of African-American creativity published during Black History Month. The Reel Chicago Black List includes ‘The Chi’ cast member LaDonna Tittle, house music pioneer Vince Lawrence, and filmmaker Rhyan LaMarr. To view the archives, click here. … Continue reading “Stephanie Jeter, filmmaker”

Chicago Latino Film Festival unveils 2020 poster

The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago (ILCC), producer of the Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF), is proud to announce Turkish artist and graphic designer Yağmur Genç as the winner of the 36th Chicago Latino Film Festival Poster Contest. The ILCC received 928 submissions for this year’s contest from Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Jamaica, Mexico, The … Continue reading “Chicago Latino Film Festival unveils 2020 poster”

ChiFilmFest to receive $25K NEA grant

Cinema/Chicago has been approved for a $25,000 Art Works grant to support the 56th Chicago International Film Festival (ChiFilmFest) taking place October 14-25, 2020. This grant will support the Festival and related programming including Industry Days and Cinema/Chicago’s free Summer Screenings Program. The National Endowment for the Arts has approved 1,187 grants totaling $27.3 million … Continue reading “ChiFilmFest to receive $25K NEA grant”

2nd annual “Chicago Shorts Night” & other news

Elevated Films’ 2nd Annual Chicago Shorts Night will light up the Chop Shop in Wicker Park on Wednesday, January 15th at 6 p.m. The special screening features ten Chicago-connected short films in a 100-year-old former auto body shop that is now the Windy City’s only sustainable butcher + deli + restaurant + bar. Be a … Continue reading “2nd annual “Chicago Shorts Night” & other news”

‘Chicago Overcoat’ picked up for second run

Ten years after its world premiere, the locally-produced mob thriller Chicago Overcoat has been picked up for a second run by Indie Rights. A re-mastered version of the 2009 film is currently available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video, with more platforms to follow. Overcoat tells the story of an aging hitman and a washed-up … Continue reading “‘Chicago Overcoat’ picked up for second run”

Chicago Latino Film Fest launches streaming platform

CLFFMÁS will initially feature short films chosen from the last five years of the Festival, with more added every month The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago (ILCC), producer of the Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) among other events, announced today the launch of their streaming platform CLFFmás. Created in partnership with BTEC, an organization … Continue reading “Chicago Latino Film Fest launches streaming platform”

Facets announces Children’s Film Fest winners

Ainslie Henderson’s ‘Archie’ wins Best of Fest; Jerome Boulbes’ ‘The Bridge and the Brogs,’ wins Milos Stehlik Award Facets’ 36th Chicago International Children’s Film Festival hosted its Closing Night Ceremony on November 10, 2019 at Facets (1517 W Fullerton), to celebrate the award winning films selected by the Festival’s juries. The Festival awards over 30 … Continue reading “Facets announces Children’s Film Fest winners”

Cow Lamp acquires a pair of Jack Newell films

Indie distributor scores ‘Open Tables’ and ‘Close Quarters’ by Second City’s Harold Ramis School Program Director Cow Lamp Films — the Midwest’s first and only full-service, independent film and television distributor — has acquired two movies by romantic comedy legend Jack C. Newell. In Newell’s signature style, both of the stories use food and humor … Continue reading “Cow Lamp acquires a pair of Jack Newell films”

ChiFilmFest announces 2019 audience winners

‘Just Mercy,’ ‘And Then We Danced,’ ‘Ready for War’ take top honors at 55th Chicago International Film Festival   The Chicago International Film Festival today announced the winners of the Festival Audience Awards, presented by Xfinity. Voted by Festival-goers, the Audience Award for Best Feature goes to Just Mercy by director Destin Daniel Cretton. The … Continue reading “ChiFilmFest announces 2019 audience winners”

Winners announced for Heartland Film Fest

The Heartland International Film Festival announced the filmmaker award winners for the film festival’s 28th edition during an Awards Brunch on Saturday, October 19. The Grand Prize for Best Narrative Feature (and a cash prize of $15,000) went to Bora Kim’s House of Hummingbird, with one of the film’s stars, Seung-Yun Lee on hand to … Continue reading “Winners announced for Heartland Film Fest”

ChiFilmFest opens with fresh new buzz

All-female red carpet helps launch reinvigorated Windy City tradition   The Chicago International Film Festival opened with an all-female red carpet ceremony at the AMC River East last Thursday night. Adding a fresh buzz to decades of Windy City tradition, the 55th annual launch was anchored by Artistic Director Mimi Plauché and Cinema/Chicago Managing Director … Continue reading “ChiFilmFest opens with fresh new buzz”

‘Three Hours’ wins ChiFilmFest’s $20K Pitch

Aemilia Scott, Holli McGinley film follows a single mother living on the edge of Chicago’s Humboldt Park The 55th Chicago International Film Festival has announced the winner of The Pitch at the 5th edition of Industry Days: Three Hours, directed by Aemilia Scott and produced by Holli McGinley. The film follows a single mother living … Continue reading “‘Three Hours’ wins ChiFilmFest’s $20K Pitch”

ChiFilmFest announces slate for “The Pitch”

Five film projects to compete for $20,000 awards package of in-kind goods and services   The 55th Chicago International Film Festival announced a slate of five narrative feature film projects in active development that will be pitched in front of a live audience and a panel of distinguished industry judges during the Festival’s Industry Days … Continue reading “ChiFilmFest announces slate for “The Pitch””

Kick A Rock’s ‘Aphrodite Inc.’ wins 48 Hour Film Project

“The most family-friendly sex robot movie ever made” will now compete for a chance to screen at Cannes The 48 Hour Film Project often breeds a highly sophisticated level of absurdity. The rules of the competition require participating teams to shoot, edit, and finish films in two days, but that’s just the beginning. In order … Continue reading “Kick A Rock’s ‘Aphrodite Inc.’ wins 48 Hour Film Project”

Cinespace at the Chicago 48 Hour Film Project Awards

World-class studio’s Manager of Ops, Dino Mirkopoulos, to attend 2019 Awards Screening at Music Box Theatre on September 25th The Chicago 48 Hour Film Project Premiere Screenings return to the Music Box Theatre September 22nd through the 23rd with the Red Carpet Best of Chicago Awards taking place on September 25th. The screenings spotlight 45 … Continue reading “Cinespace at the Chicago 48 Hour Film Project Awards”

Facets announces Children’s Film Fest schedule

Breathtaking in their beauty, the program selections offer kids and teens the opportunity to engage Facets’ 36th Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival will present an Official Selection of 248 films from 49 countries from November 1 – 10, 2019 at Facets, Music Box Theatre, Davis Theater, University of Chicago: Reva and David Logan Center … Continue reading “Facets announces Children’s Film Fest schedule”

Chicago’s Local Legend premieres first film

”Out of Reach” will screen at the International Social Change Film Festival September 27 Local Legend Films, a Chicago-based documentary film and video company committed to employing young people at risk from gun violence, will premiere its first original production during the International Social Change Film Festival on September 27, 2019. Titled, Out of Reach, … Continue reading “Chicago’s Local Legend premieres first film”

Reeling to showcase a load of Chicago-connected films

The annual LGBTQ+ fest will screen work by Lilly Wachowski, Jesús Canchola Sánchez, Michael Cicetti, Wendy Jo Carlton, Laura Madalinski, and more Reeling, Chicago’s LGBTQ+ film festival, will host international, national and local actors and filmmakers at its 37th edition, unspooling September 19-29 at Music Box Theatre, Landmark Theatres’ Century Centre Cinema and Chicago Filmmakers. … Continue reading “Reeling to showcase a load of Chicago-connected films”

ChiFilmFest unveils Industry Days agenda

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.   A … Continue reading “ChiFilmFest unveils Industry Days agenda”

ChiFilmFest unveils Gala & Special Presentations programs

“Knives Out” starring Daniel Craig among first round of films announced for 55th run, October 16-27 Mimi Plauché, Artistic Director of the Chicago International Film Festival, today announced titles selected for the Galas and Special Presentations programs for the 55th edition of the Festival. Offering movie lovers a first look at the year’s most highly … Continue reading “ChiFilmFest unveils Gala & Special Presentations programs”

48 Hour Film Project screenings return to Music Box

Winning entries will compete for a chance to screen at the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner The Chicago 48 Hour Film Project premiere screenings will return to the Music Box Theatre September 22nd through September 25th. The screenings spotlight 45 short films completed in only 48 hours during this past August 23rd competition weekend. … Continue reading “48 Hour Film Project screenings return to Music Box”

Chicago Asian Pop-Up Cinema announces season 9

This year’s lineup of musicals, thrillers, dramas, comedies, and awards dazzle the Windy City September 10 through October 10, 2019 Non-profit pan-Asian film organization Sophia’s Choice today announces Asian Pop-Up Cinema – Season Nine, is the film series that cultivates American interest and understanding of Asian culture through movie storytelling while making Chicago a destination … Continue reading “Chicago Asian Pop-Up Cinema announces season 9”

The 2019 Black Harvest Film Festival

The Gene Siskel Film Center’s 25th annual celebration of African Americans and the African diaspora August 3-29 The Gene Siskel Film Center celebrates the stories, dreams, history, and legacy of African Americans and the African diaspora in the 25th edition of the annual Black Harvest Film Festival. In addition to 50-plus film screenings, there will … Continue reading “The 2019 Black Harvest Film Festival”

Gloria Steinem joins board of new Kartemquin film

Legendary activist and writer strengthens diverse and powerful leaders advising ‘The Dilemma of Desire’ Writer, lecturer, political activist, and feminist organizer Gloria Steinem will join the project advisory board for the upcoming feature-length documentary The Dilemma of Desire. The co-founder of Ms. and former New York magazine columnist strengthens a powerful group of leaders dedicated … Continue reading “Gloria Steinem joins board of new Kartemquin film”

Mauro wraps production on 4th film ‘Voci del diario’

(Entries) features an all-Italian cast and was shot on location in Northern Italy Chicago-based writer/director Lucia Mauro and husband/producer Joe Orlandino – the co-founders of the non-profit film organization In My Brother’s Shoes, Inc. wrapped shooting in Italy on their fourth short film, titled, Voci del diario (Entries). The inspiring independent art film is a … Continue reading “Mauro wraps production on 4th film ‘Voci del diario’”

2019 Chicago Film Festival Symposium

Event will unite nearly 40 festivals to “better understand our collective work as an industry” The first-ever Chicago Film Festival Symposium will bring together Chicago-area film festival stakeholders for an industry-wide discussion addressing shared challenges and opportunities. Continental breakfast, lunch, and cocktail reception are included with the $20 registration fee. Learn more and register here. … Continue reading “2019 Chicago Film Festival Symposium”

The 2019 Windy City International Film Festival

3 features, 4 pilots, 84 shorts, and 150 filmmakers are among the highlights of this year’s program Windy City International Film Festival will host its third annual run from July 18 to July 20 at the historic Victory Gardens Biograph Theater in Lincoln Park. The 2019 program includes 84 short films, four TV pilots, three … Continue reading “The 2019 Windy City International Film Festival”

Costello’s ‘Dreamwisher’ to make Chicago debut

Writer / director Colin Costello brings ‘Twilight Zone’ inspired short film to the third annual Windy City International Film Fest Dreamwisher, an award-winning 8-minute film from writer/director Colin Costello, will have its Chicago premiere at the Windy City International Film Festival next month. The internationally-acclaimed short was produced by Eric Handler for his Positively Positive … Continue reading “Costello’s ‘Dreamwisher’ to make Chicago debut”

The African Diaspora International Film Festival

The celebration that inspires imaginations, disrupts stereotypes, and guides attitudes toward justice plays at Facets June 21 through 27 The 17th annual African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) will run from June 21 to 27 at Chicago’s Facets Cinematheque (1517 W. Fullerton Ave.). Established in 1993, the ADIFF is a minority-led, not-for profit international gala … Continue reading “The African Diaspora International Film Festival”

Cinema/Chicago’s Summer Screenings Program

Films from around the world screen for free at the Chicago Cultural Center every Wednesday through October 2 Cinema/Chicago’s annual free Summer Screenings Program goes from the blossom of young romance and swimsuit sunbathing to the mythology of mermaids and the search for alien life. With 17 feature films and one short screening at the … Continue reading “Cinema/Chicago’s Summer Screenings Program”

2019 Chicago Underground Film Festival

CUFF opens June 5 with ‘Empty Metal’ and closes June 9 with “Dollhouse: the eradication of female subjectivity from American popular culture’ The Chicago Underground Film Festival has built a reputation for innovative, exciting, and provocative cinema since it was founded in 1993. Known as “the world’s longest-running” celebration of its kind, CUFF will expand … Continue reading “2019 Chicago Underground Film Festival”

Jon Favreau to receive Renaissance Award in Chicago

Robert Downey Jr. will Interview Favreau during the Siskel Center’s annual event June 15 at the Four Seasons The Gene Siskel Film Center today announced that it will honor acclaimed director, producer, screenwriter and actor Jon Favreau with its 2019 Renaissance Award on Saturday, June 15 at the Four Seasons Chicago, 120 E. Delaware. “Marvel, … Continue reading “Jon Favreau to receive Renaissance Award in Chicago”

Filmmaker Michael Lippert back with new documentary

40-minute doc about classic North Carolina theater had its premiere on April 6 Longtime Cutters editor and Chicago filmmaker Michael Lippert has debuted a new documentary, Reeves: a Home for Music, at RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Lippert, who made festival noise three years ago with Miriam is Going to Mars, focuses … Continue reading “Filmmaker Michael Lippert back with new documentary”

Female filmmakers wow crowd at Chicago Latino Fest

Women-directed films win audience choice best feature and best documentary for the second year in a row   Icíar Bollaín’s Yuli and Gretchen Hilebrand’s Decade of Fire honored as 2019 winners The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago announced today the winners and runner-ups of the 35th Chicago Latino Film Festival and for a second … Continue reading “Female filmmakers wow crowd at Chicago Latino Fest”

‘Jawline’ to open CineYouth Festival

Director Liza Mandelup’s teen-focused doc that wowed at Sundance screens April 26 at the Music Box CineYouth Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago, today announced the Opening Night presentation of award-winning documentary Jawline, directed by Liza Mandelup, which had its world at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Jawline follows 16-year-old Austyn Tester, a rising star in the … Continue reading “‘Jawline’ to open CineYouth Festival”

CineYouth unveils 2019 film and program schedule

Cinema/Chicago’s young filmmaker celebration will light up the Music Box Theatre with 64 films screening April 26-28 Celebrating its 15th edition in 2019, CineYouth, presented by Cinema/Chicago, yesterday announced the selection of 64 thrilling and diverse short films for a weekend of free screenings, discussions, and events. The three-day film festival will be held April … Continue reading “CineYouth unveils 2019 film and program schedule”

Teach Abroad Film Fest at Davis Theater April 4

First of its kind event showcases the world through a dozen unique international perspectives The Teach Abroad Film Festival will celebrate the work of incredible English teachers abroad at the Davis Theater on Thursday, April 4, from 7:30-10 p.m. The event is the first of its kind. Hosted by the International TEFL (Teaching English as … Continue reading “Teach Abroad Film Fest at Davis Theater April 4”

The Chicago Independent Film and TV Festival

CIFTV’s four-day program offers a diverse, relevant, and entertaining weekend showcase The 2nd annual Chicago Independent Film and TV Festival will return to Columbia College April 4-7. Founded on a mission to supply Chicago with “a quality international independent film festival,” the four-day event promises a diverse, relevant, and entertaining showcase of documentaries, television concepts, … Continue reading “The Chicago Independent Film and TV Festival”

The Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival

Finely curated weekend schedule packs a firehouse full of films and filmmakers, receptions, food, music, art, and drink The 29th edition of the Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival opens tomorrow and runs through March 24, with all screenings held at Chicago Filmmakers Firehouse Cinema in Edgewater. The opening night program on Thursday, March … Continue reading “The Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival”

The 35th annual Chicago Latino Film Festival

The two-week event launches on March 28 with Icían Bollaín’s “Yuli” followed by a “Noche Cubana” celebration The 35th Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) will take place March 28-April 11 at the AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St. and will feature over 100 feature-length and short films from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and … Continue reading “The 35th annual Chicago Latino Film Festival”

NBC renews Dick Wolf’s ‘Chicago’ franchise

Nearly 35 million regular viewers watch the Windy City trifecta every Wednesday night Chicago production community rejoice, you will have even more crime, fire and sickness to deal with next year. NBC has announced that the network plans to move forward with new seasons of all three of Dick Wolf’s dramatic “Chicago” series – Chicago … Continue reading “NBC renews Dick Wolf’s ‘Chicago’ franchise”

Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema, March 12 – April 24

Consolidated series presents premieres, partner screenings, special guests and sixteen films, from across the Asian continent Non-profit pan-Asian film organization Sophia’s Choice today announces Asian Pop-Up Cinema – Season Eight, the spring film series presenting sixteen films from across Asia, running March 12 through April 24, 2019. The schedule represents a consolidated schedule, with more … Continue reading “Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema, March 12 – April 24”

Reel Black List: Pemon Rami, Chicago film legend

Meet the man who has worked with Cab Calloway, Chaka Khan, Angela Bassett, John Belushi, Aretha Franklin, James Earl Jones, Sammy Davis Jr., and more Pemon Rami is an international film producer, theatre director, arts administrator, historian, lecturer, and consultant who wields one of the most impressive film pedigrees in Chicago and beyond. The features … Continue reading “Reel Black List: Pemon Rami, Chicago film legend”

Chicago Feminist Film Festival, Feb 27 – March 1

Fourth annual run premieres the doc, “Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché” about the world’s first female director Columbia College Chicago will launch the fourth annual Chicago Feminist Film Festival with the Chicago premiere of Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché directed by Pamela B. Green. A testament to the continued … Continue reading “Chicago Feminist Film Festival, Feb 27 – March 1”

Chicago Latino Film Fest unveils poster for 35th run

Rome-based Polish artist Michal Tadeusz Golanski’s design celebrates women’s contribution to the art form   The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago (ILCC), producer of the Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF), is proud to announce the winner of the 35th Chicago Latino Film Festival Poster Contest: Rome-based Polish graphic artist Michal Tadeusz Golanski. A graduate … Continue reading “Chicago Latino Film Fest unveils poster for 35th run”

Four Chicago Children’s Fest films earn Oscar noms

Facets’ annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival continues long tradition of programming excellence Four of the five films nominated for the Best Animated Short category at the 91st Academy Awards screened in the Official Selection at Facets’ 35th Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival in 2018. The Chicago International Children’s Film Festival is the first … Continue reading “Four Chicago Children’s Fest films earn Oscar noms”

CineYouth 2019 Film Festival call for entries

North America’s longest-running competitive film festival seeks work by filmmakers aged 22-years-old and younger Submissions for CineYouth 2019 are now open! Created in 2005, Cinema/Chicago’s CineYouth Film Festival is designed to encourage youth filmmakers in their creative endeavors. CineYouth provides opportunities for young filmmakers to articulate themselves artistically, and have their voice heard. Held annually … Continue reading “CineYouth 2019 Film Festival call for entries”

Chicago-made ‘Curtains’ rolls through festival circuit

“People would like to see Denim Underwear, Hula-hoop, or The Phases of the Moon play.” Gar Hoover More than a year after production, Beth and Gar Hoover’s Curtains continues to roll through a festival circuit that has stopped in seemingly every city but their hometown of Chicago. The 25-minute comedy is about a disgraced avant-garde … Continue reading “Chicago-made ‘Curtains’ rolls through festival circuit”

‘Olympia’ at Chicago Comedy Film Festival

“Olympia” received rave reviews at the Chicago Int’l Film Fest and is the latest from Chicago’s growing film community (Chicago, IL — 23 October 2018) Right off of a successful three-screening run at the 54th Chicago International Film Festival, Cow Lamp Films announce the film Olympia to screen for college audiences at the upcoming Chicago … Continue reading “‘Olympia’ at Chicago Comedy Film Festival”

The 2018 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards

The 60th annual celebration of the standard bearers for excellence in the television broadcasting industry   The 2018 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, Chicago Ballroom, 540 N. Michigan.       The Nominees Outstanding Achievement for News Programming – Evening Newscast: Larger … Continue reading “The 2018 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards”

‘The Hate U Give’ wins Chi Film Fest Audience Award

Moviegoers named George Tillman, Jr.’s racially sensitive crime drama as Best English Language Film of this year’s event The 54th annual Chicago International Film Festival lived up to its status as the longest-running competitive festival in North America by hosting sold-out screenings of work in several categories over its eleven-day run, which officially closed last … Continue reading “‘The Hate U Give’ wins Chi Film Fest Audience Award”

Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 5 accepting submissions

Winners to screen at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn’s Spectacle Theater, LA’s Echo Park Film Center, and venues throughout the country   Full Spectrum Features is accepting submissions for its 5th annual Chicagoland Shorts program until November 30 (regular deadline, October 31). Continuing the tradition set forth by the previous four events, the award-winning … Continue reading “Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 5 accepting submissions”

“Feeling of Being Watched” at Chicago Film Fest

Chicago-made doc explores an FBI operation that surveilled more than 500 mosques, schools, and businesses of American Muslims for more than a decade In The Feeling of Being Watched, journalist Assia Boundaoui investigates the legitimacy and scope of the FBI Chicago’s “Operation Vulgar Betrayal.” Vulgar Betrayal profiled and followed hundreds of members of the Muslim … Continue reading ““Feeling of Being Watched” at Chicago Film Fest”

Stars pack Chicago Film Fest screening of ‘Widows’

Academy Award-winners Viola Davis and Steve McQueen led a celebrity cavalcade that buzzed throughout the AMC River East lobby   A number of stars from the big-budget action movie, Widows, lit up a red carpet celebration before the film’s screening for the Chicago International Film Festival at AMC River East on Saturday night. Academy Award-winner … Continue reading “Stars pack Chicago Film Fest screening of ‘Widows’”

“The City That Sold America” premieres at Chi Film Fest

Years in the making, the “snappy, engaging, and punchy” story told “through the voices of fifty people” unfolds with singular clarity Part of the glory about Ky Dickens’ new film, The City That Sold America, is that we’ve seen it all before. Beginning with Ronald McDonald, Charlie Tuna, Tony the Tiger, and countless other mascots … Continue reading ““The City That Sold America” premieres at Chi Film Fest”

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”

Hollywood Comes to Chicago — 1979

“Blues Brothers” director John Landis describes impending explosions while scouting locations in John Davies’ vintage short film In 1979, Chicago filmmaker John Davies produced a short titled, Hollywood Comes to Chicago, that featured a tour through the Windy City and its film production industry. He planned to submit the piece to WTTW’s Image Union, a … Continue reading “Hollywood Comes to Chicago — 1979”

Chicago Int’l Film Fest releases 54th annual lineup

Big-budget premieres, exquisite docs, thoughtful shorts, special events, and a deep well of unsung gems create the “stunning variety” of this year’s program The Chicago International Film Festival announced the majority the films screening over its 54th annual run at the AMC Theaters earlier today. Culling from more than 6,000 submissions — the highest in … Continue reading “Chicago Int’l Film Fest releases 54th annual lineup”

Chi-made “Olympia” at Chicago Int’l Film Fest

McKenzie Chinn’s “beautifully complicated” feature arrives onscreen with help from notable industry vets and indie distributor Cow Lamp Films The 2018 Chicago International Film Festival “Sneak Peek” has just been announced and Chicago’s very own filmmaker and actress McKenzie Chinn is making headlines with her writing and feature film debut Olympia at this year’s fest, … Continue reading “Chi-made “Olympia” at Chicago Int’l Film Fest”

Cow Lamp Films’ “Skeletons in the Closet” at Horrorama

The “hilarious” and “terrifying” anthology series starring The Widow and her dead husband, Charlie screens at the Davis Theater on September 7 (Chicago — 17 August 2018) Cow Lamp Films announce the World Premiere of its newly acquired indie horror comedy feature film Skeletons in the Closet by Chicago Directors Tony Wash and B.A. Lewandowski. … Continue reading “Cow Lamp Films’ “Skeletons in the Closet” at Horrorama”

Asian Pop-Up Cinema returns to Chicago September 12

Features seventeen films from across the Asian continents, presents premieres including Japanese zombie comedy “One Cut of the Dead” as Closing Night — tickets on sale now (Chicago — 13 August 2018) — Non-profit pan-Asian film organization Sophia’s Choice today announces Asian Pop-Up Cinema – Season Seven, the fall film series presenting seventeen films from … Continue reading “Asian Pop-Up Cinema returns to Chicago September 12”

Chi Int’l Film Fest announces winning poster design

Graphic designer Michael Zhang’s poster selected after global contest to represent festival, October 10-21   (Chicago) — Cinema/Chicago and the 54th Chicago International Film Festival announced the winner of 2018’s poster design competition, Chicago’s own Michael Zhang. Zhang’s design will be the signature look of the Festival, held October 10-21, 2018. Zhang won a truly … Continue reading “Chi Int’l Film Fest announces winning poster design”

Digital Media Fund awards $100k to Chicago artists

Voqal Fund and Chicago Filmmakers’ Chicago Digital Media Production Fund presents a Showcase of Groundbreaking Projects from 2018 (Chicago — 8 August 2018) Voqal Fund and Chicago Filmmakers are pleased to announce the nine new grantees receiving funding from the 2018 Chicago Digital Media Production Fund. In 2018, the Production Fund awarded a total of … Continue reading “Digital Media Fund awards $100k to Chicago artists”

Black Harvest Film Festival at the Siskel Center

The Midwest’s largest and longest-running Black film festival presents a combined total of over 60 narrative features, documentaries, and shorts     The 24th annual Black Harvest Film Festival opens on Saturday, August 4 when filmmakers and VIPs gather to celebrate the presentation of the Deloris Jordan Award for Excellence in Community Leadership and shorts … Continue reading “Black Harvest Film Festival at the Siskel Center”

Cow Lamp Films acquires “Welcome to Unity”

Midwest indie film distributor Cow Lamp Films presents the award-winning, instant classic that Sports Illustrated called, “touching and hilarious”   Imagine how crazy things may get when you put seven international exchange students, including two kids from Muslim backgrounds, into a Christian home in Unity, Oregon — a small rural American town. Literally filmed by … Continue reading “Cow Lamp Films acquires “Welcome to Unity””

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”

How Michael Kutza built an international film festival

The founder of the Chicago International Film Festival has made it possible for millions of moviegoers to enjoy nearly 11,000 films since 1964   It is impossible to appreciate Chicago cinema without acknowledging the impact of Michael Kutza — founder of both the Chicago International Film Festival and the Chicago Television Festival — who announced … Continue reading “How Michael Kutza built an international film festival”

Midwest Indie Film Fest names Amy Guth Exec Director

Chicago media personality and executive Amy Guth joins organization dedicated to creative community-building for Midwestern filmmakers   (Chicago — 2 July 2018) The Midwest Independent Film Festival (MIFF) — the year-round film festival dedicated to celebrating and strengthening the Midwest filmmaking community — today named Amy Guth as Executive Director. Guth is a WGN-AM 720 … Continue reading “Midwest Indie Film Fest names Amy Guth Exec Director”

The African Diaspora International Film Festival

The “most thought-provoking program to date in the Windy City” will light up Facets Cinematheque June 8-14, 2018   New York — 14 May 2018 To celebrate its 16th Anniversary in Chicago, the African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) — hosted by Facets Cinematheque and presented by ArtMattan Productionsts from June 8 to 14 — … Continue reading “The African Diaspora International Film Festival”

Middle Coast Film Fest makes Davis debut September

Five-year-old celebration relocates from Bloomington to the Windy City, where it will light up one of the North Side’s most popular cinemas   (Chicago — 21 May 2018) This September marks the fifth annual Middle Coast Film Festival, but its first in Chicago. The Middle Coast Film Festival (MCFF) is scheduled to run from Thursday, … Continue reading “Middle Coast Film Fest makes Davis debut September”

Cow Lamp Films acquires “The View From Tall”

The Chicago-based national indie distributor signs Caitlin Parrish and Erica Weiss’s intimate coming-of-age comedy-drama   (Chicago — 16 My 2018) Cow Lamp Films announced today that they have acquired all rights in North America to Caitlin Parrish and Erica Weiss’s The View From Tall. Written and directed by Parrish and Weiss (CBS TV’s upcoming The … Continue reading “Cow Lamp Films acquires “The View From Tall””

Chicago’s Eliaz Rodriguez to screen at Cannes, again

Chicago filmmaker Eliaz Rodriguez will light up the Cannes Film Festival for the second year in a row when his 2018 short, “Silica” premieres at the Court Métrage   In 2017, Eliaz Rodriguez’ award-winning and hilarious Think Twice took him to Cannes and 50 other festivals. This year, his sci-fi/comedy about the toll of cellphones … Continue reading “Chicago’s Eliaz Rodriguez to screen at Cannes, again”

Millennium Park Summer Film Series

Beginning June 5th, the Millennium Park Summer Film series will enhance the Tuesday night screenings that have become one of Chicago’s most beloved outdoor traditions. According to a press release issued by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), the movies will be “programmed in collaboration with a local independent film festival … Continue reading “Millennium Park Summer Film Series”

Founder of Chicago Int’l Film Fest Michael Kutza to retire

Founder and CEO of Cinema/Chicago Michael Kutza to step down at the end of 2018   Kutza’s 55 years of service to the Chicago International Film Festival will be celebrated at a July 14 Gala at Loews Chicago     (Chicago — 7 May 2018) Michael Kutza, Founder and CEO of Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization … Continue reading “Founder of Chicago Int’l Film Fest Michael Kutza to retire”

Chicago Filmmakers’ housewarming celebration

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 been … Continue reading “Chicago Filmmakers’ housewarming celebration”

Chicago Underground Film Festival 2018 lineup

CUFF adds second screening of “Industrial Accident,” the opening night film about Wax Trax! Records that sold out hours after going on sale After selling out the initioal opening night screening in less than an hour, the 25th annual Chicago Underground Film Festival has added a special encore presentation of INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT: The Story of … Continue reading “Chicago Underground Film Festival 2018 lineup”

Siskel Center grants celebrate Black Harvest Film Fest

Gene Siskel Film Center introduces first-ever production grants to commission new short work in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Black Harvest Film Festival Short film projects will premiere on Opening Night of the 25th Anniversary Black Harvest Film Festival in August 2019 (Chicago — 24 April 2018) The Gene Siskel Film Center is … Continue reading “Siskel Center grants celebrate Black Harvest Film Fest”

Whitehouse Post Chicago signs Editor John Dingfield

International editorial company Whitehouse Post is pleased to welcome award-winning commercial editor John Dingfield to their roster. A versatile editor known for cutting comedy, visual storytelling, automotive work, and six Super Bowl campaigns, John has been a fixture in Chicago for almost two decades.   With an MFA in filmmaking and directing from Columbia College, … Continue reading “Whitehouse Post Chicago signs Editor John Dingfield”

22nd annual Colcoa French Film Festival lineup announced

(Los Angeles — 22 April 2018) The Franco-American Cultural Fund announced the program for the 22nd Colcoa French Film Festival, which will run April 23-30 at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles. Showcasing a record 86 films, television series, digital series and VR programs, 75 of which will complete for the Colcoa Awards, … Continue reading “22nd annual Colcoa French Film Festival lineup announced”

Chicago Underground Film Fest offers a taste of 2018

Opening night Julia Nash’s Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records Chicago premiere   Closing night Lori Felker’s Future Language: The Dimensions of VON LMO Chicago premiere   [Editor Note: The “Industrial Accident” screening sold out shortly after this story was published, but CUFF organizers are working to schedule another. Stay tuned to Reel … Continue reading “Chicago Underground Film Fest offers a taste of 2018”

Chicago/Mexico’s “En Algun Lugar” reflects the times

The Chicago-based production company – Iconoclast Films – shot En Algun Lugar in Chicago and Mexico. It has already screened at eleven festivals and has taken home major awards such as Best Foreign Feature and Best Director at the London Independent Film Awards 2018, Best LGBTQ Feature and Best Producer (Aric Jackson) at the Oniros … Continue reading “Chicago/Mexico’s “En Algun Lugar” reflects the times”

Chicago Filmmakers invites public to celebrate new space

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 to … Continue reading “Chicago Filmmakers invites public to celebrate new space”

The Reel Black List: Annette Galloway, Filmmaker

Annette Galloway is an admirable and accomplished filmmaker who has achieved success and notoriety in her profession. As a writer, producer, and director, she certainly possesses the ambition and determination to continuously create a memorable repertoire of masterpieces that showcase what she is passionate about.   Along with her pioneering spirit and a love for … Continue reading “The Reel Black List: Annette Galloway, Filmmaker”

Reel Women: Sophia Wong Boccio, Festival Director

Sophia Wong Boccio, 王曉菲, was born and raised in Hong Kong by parents who were part of Hong Kong’s film industry from the 1950’s through the 70’s. Her father (Wong Tsao-she, or Wang Zhao-xi 王朝䂀) was an award-winning editor with the Motion Picture and General Investment Co.Ltd, (國際電影懋業有限公司, MP & GI/電懋 in short) later reorganized … Continue reading “Reel Women: Sophia Wong Boccio, Festival Director”

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”

Chicago Int’l TV Fest celebrates “Art of the Commercial”

The awards ceremony for the 54th Annual Chicago International Television Festival packed AMC River East in Streeterville last Thursday night. The evening began with a reception in the Wine Room at the Lucky Strike bowling alley, restaurant, and lounge, which is located on the second floor of the building where the theater resides. Executive directors, … Continue reading “Chicago Int’l TV Fest celebrates “Art of the Commercial””

Reel Women: Wendy Jo Carlton — Filmmaker

Wendy Jo Carlton directed her first feature film, Hannah Free, starring Emmy-winner Sharon Gless, in 2009. Hannah Free won several Audience awards and is globally distributed. Carlton’s second feature, Jamie and Jessie are Not Together, is often described as the first lesbian romance musical. Written and directed by Carlton, Jamie and Jessie won Audience awards, … Continue reading “Reel Women: Wendy Jo Carlton — Filmmaker”

Chicago-made “Hammersmith” going to Cannes

The eight-minute short, HAMMERSMITH: Hurdle Of Dreams, will be the first submission from Chicago’s 48 Hour Film Project to screen at the Short Film Corner program of the Cannes Film Festival. Opening with an impeccably crafted foot-chase over a tribal percussion track, Hurdle Of Dreams was shot and finished within two days by Chicago-based Kalopsia … Continue reading “Chicago-made “Hammersmith” going to Cannes”

The Reel Chicago Black List: Patrick Wimp, filmmaker

Patrick is the first MFA graduate from DePaul University Digital Cinema. Throughout his career, he has written and produced films, commercials, and TV series all over the world. Pat is the co-founder and owner of Digital Hydra, an Emmy award-winning production company that has crafted commercial and creative content for a variety of major brands … Continue reading “The Reel Chicago Black List: Patrick Wimp, filmmaker”

Latino film fest poster is an artistic breakthrough

The 34th annual Chicago Latino Film Festival poster is a testament to the universal power of art. Featuring a strip of film that runs like a sidewalk through a broken wall in a mountainous desert, the poster’s fresco style illustration communicates the same message that the event has made obvious for decades: Latin culture rocks. … Continue reading “Latino film fest poster is an artistic breakthrough”

Yessian CD Andy Grush co-scores film with Danny Elfman

Former DDB CCO Bob Scarpelli once told me, “All good ideas eventually find a home.” That is certainly the case with the exciting two-year-old horror film, Before I Wake, which premiered on Netflix last Friday after playing overseas. Directed by Mike Flanagan (Gerald’s Game, Hush) the film stars Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane as foster … Continue reading “Yessian CD Andy Grush co-scores film with Danny Elfman”

Cutters-edited ‘Princess Cyd’ wins at Chi Film Fest

The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival announced its winners Friday night and one of the films awarded was a Cutters Studios post project by writer / director Stephen Cone called Princess Cyd. The film was given “The Chicago Award.” A Chicago-based filmmaker, Cone is best known for 2015’s Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party, which was hailed … Continue reading “Cutters-edited ‘Princess Cyd’ wins at Chi Film Fest”

Sneak Peek at the 53rd Chicago Int’l Film Festival

Once again, the Chicago International Film Festival has more than lived up to its name. This year’s run, its 53rd, features not only a collection of films but also an official poster selected from submissions that spanned the globe.

“We looked at more than 5,000 films,” artistic director Mimi Plauché told guests at the festival’s “Sneak Peek” in the gallery of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers on Tuesday night.

Havas Chicago welcomes new GCD Karen Goodman

Former Under Amour creative, Karen Goodman, has joined Havas Chicago as Group Creative Director.

According to Agency Spy, she will lead the creative on the agency’s Hefty and Reynolds accounts while reporting directly to ECD, Paul Hirsch.

In a statement, Hirsch said, “The range of experience Karen brings to Havas is invaluable. We’re building a shop infused with heart and soul and culture. There’s so much opportunity to create and Karen has the chops to run with it.”

Seed&Spark holds filmmaker crowdfunding class

Remember that awkward feeling of asking your parents for a loan? Even worse, asking to bum five or ten bucks from your friends? What could be worse? Try being a filmmaker and asking for money that your friends or family will never see again.

All to make a movie. Not a film. To the layperson, a movie.

Panavision now set up in big, new Chicago facility

PANAVISION CAMERAS, which returned to Chicago after a 14-year absence last October, has completed its move into a 13,000-sq. ft. facility a block-long building at 1544 W. Carroll.

The company currently has six staffers and general manager Sharon Walker says they are in the process of hiring new employees. It supplied cameras to Fox’ upcoming “ABP” series that will premiere Feb. 6, “Exorcist” and has jobs ahead on a studio feature and commercials.

Filmmaker van Davis scores feature funding at AFM

Award-winning Chicago filmmaker and screenwriter, Jeffrey van Davis, left the breath-taking panorama of snow-capped mountains of his adopted home of Überlingen, Germany to attend the sand and ocean of the American Film Market last week in Santa Monica.

Van Davis’ trip was successful, as an undisclosed investor signed to bring his lauded screenplay, “The Hotel Room,” to the screen.

Jane Lynch to accept a Comedy Film Fest award

A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD will be presented to actress/comedian Jane Lynch, a Chicago area native, by the Chicago Comedy Film Festival (CCFF) and the Second City’s Harold Ramis Film School, Thursday, Nov, 10 before a sold-out audience at The Second City Training Center.

Lynch will receive the award from Jessica Hardy, CIFF founder / artistic director and Second City president Andrew Alexander. The 7 p.m. presentation will be followed at 8:30 p.m. by the Chicago Filmmakers Shorts Program of a dozen locally-made comedy films.

CIFF debuts program of local directors’ short films

ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS of the Oct. 13-27 Chicago International Film Festival is the “Shorts 1: City & State” program of eight films produced by Chicago / Illinois filmmakers.

The program screens Oct. 18, 23 and 26 at the AMC River East 21 Theatres. Gender roles and identity, God, police brutality, the meaning of life and a Bosnian refugee experience are among the topics explored in the films.

MIFF to screen work of 14 fabulous Female Filmmakers

Filmmaker / editor Gail Gilbert’s short film, thriller “Democracy in the Driver’s Seat,” will be one of 14 women-made shorts showcasing at the Midwest Independent Film Festival’s annual Female Filmmakers Night, Tuesday, Aug. 2.

The distinguished filmmakers have been at their craft for many years, are producing an impressive body of work and possess a large collection of prestigious international awards.

The entries are:

Chicago’s 12th 48 Hour Film Project kicks off July 31

The 48 Hour Film Project is back in Chicago for the 12th year of weekend filmmaking and director / editor Jerry Vasilatos of Nitestar Productions is helming it for the second year.

The winning short will compete for special prizes with 48HFP films from 130 cities around the world where more than 60,000 people will participate in the filmmaking weekend.

A meet-and-greet on Sunday, July 31 will launch Chicago’s 48HFP at the Music Box Lounge, which adjoins the Music Box Theatre, where all completed local films will be showcased.

Gilbert’s film wins big at UK fest, wows the audience

Gail Gilbert’s Chicago-made short film made a big splash across the pond at the inaugural Oxford International Film Festival held in the historic city of Oxford, UK in late May by winning two top prizes.

Gilbert of Cerise Films came home from England with Best International Film and Best Screenplay awards for her timely 8-minute short, “Democracy in the Driver’s Seat,” which she calls “a timely political thriller.”

Premiere 4/30 for Connor’s film, 18 years in the works

Introducing a roundup of news about film activities throughout all that landscape Downstate, from south of Route 1-80 to Cairo at the tip of the state.

Springfield — “Before ‘I Do,’ the latest feature by writer-director Kimberly Connor of Springfield, will have red carpet premiere April 30 at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. 6th St., at 7 p.m. on behalf of Predestined Arts and Entertainment Productions, Connor’s company.

Chicago-created spots dominate TV Awards’ finalists

Out of the 21 finalists in the upcoming Chicago International Television Awards, 16 spots came from Chicago-based agencies: eight spots from Leo Burnett; three from DDB Chicago, two from Pinnacle Advertising, Schaumburg and one each from Cramer-Krasselt, Digitas and Cavalry.

One finalist each from Iris New York, BBDO/New York, TBWA/Chiat/Day, New York and Innocean Worldwide, Seoul, Korea.

The Whitehouse edited nine of the finalist spots.

Eventful: Special screenings, seminars & festivals

THEATRE TALK SERIES, hosted by the Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA) and the Music Box Theatre, selected “Cartel Land” for its July 10 screening.  Directed by Matthew Heinman, the story is a harrowing look at two vigilante groups their shared enemy, the Mexican drug cartels.