Mayor Lightfoot and DCASE announce new Chicago Made’ TV & Film Initiative

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Film Office at the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced a new initiative to strengthen Chicago’s TV and film industry. The new “Chicago Made” workforce development program and public awareness campaign are based on recommendations from the City of Chicago’s COVID-19 Recovery Task Force outlined … Continue reading “Mayor Lightfoot and DCASE announce new Chicago Made’ TV & Film Initiative”

Lightfoot & DCASE brings Chicago holidays home

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) are pleased to present “Millennium Park at Home: Chicago Holidays,” presented by Powering Chicago: IBEW Local 134/NECA with support from the Millennium Park Foundation and Chicago Transit Authority. “Millennium Park at Home: Chicago Holidays” program is produced by Kurtis Productions … Continue reading “Lightfoot & DCASE brings Chicago holidays home”

DCASE opportunities for artists, creatives and vendors

Mayor Lightfoot, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) announce a series of summer opportunities for artists, creatives, and vendors. The programs include professional development events, opportunities for individual artists and arts organizations, and opportunities for businesses and vendors. Professional Development Events The Keys to … Continue reading “DCASE opportunities for artists, creatives and vendors”

DCASE announces ‘Millennium Park at Home’

Millennium Park at Home begins Memorial Day weekend with House Music, Gospel Music and Blues Music concerts to launch the new online series of music, arts and recreation programming. Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced new virtual events for everyone missing Millennium Park’s renowned cultural programming. The new online Millennium … Continue reading “DCASE announces ‘Millennium Park at Home’”

DCASE shares list of support resources for the arts

Due to the enormous economic impact the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is having an on our local arts community, the City of Chicago is aggressively exploring financial supports for this sector. The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) shares a partial list of the many local and national efforts to support our artists and arts … Continue reading “DCASE shares list of support resources for the arts”

Mayor appoints new DCASE advisory council members

Chicago City Council today approved the appointments made by Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot to the Cultural Advisory Council of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), including Council Chair Amina J. Dickerson and Vice Chair Alison Cuddy. “A robust Chicago arts community inspires us, engages us, questions the status quo, and has the … Continue reading “Mayor appoints new DCASE advisory council members”

DCASE accepting apps for Chicago Band Roster

Musical performers, take note: as part of the Year of Chicago Music outlined by Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot in October, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events (DCASE) is currently accepting applications for the Chicago Band Roster. The Chicago Band Roster is a database of Chicagoland musical performers that will serve as a … Continue reading “DCASE accepting apps for Chicago Band Roster”

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”

Chicago Latino Theater Alliance director Myrna Salazar passes at age 75

Co-founder and Director of the Chicago Latino Theater Alliance (CLATA), Myrna Salazar has passed away suddenly at age 75, the Alliance announced Thursday in a Facebook post and press release.  The statement reads: It is with tremendous sadness that the Chicago Latino Theater Alliance (CLATA) announces Myrna Salazar, its beloved Co-Founder and Executive Director, passed … Continue reading “Chicago Latino Theater Alliance director Myrna Salazar passes at age 75”

Chicago Riverwalk 2022 summer season events announced

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and DCASE spotlight a slate of engaging summer arts and recreational programming taking place on the Chicago Riverwalk, a magnificent urban space located on the south bank of the Chicago River. The award-winning, pedestrian-friendly Chicago Riverwalk stretches 1.25 miles from Lake Michigan to Lake Street offering restaurants, wineries and bars, live … Continue reading “Chicago Riverwalk 2022 summer season events announced”

Illinois shatters record for film revenues with $630 million in 2021

Governor JB Pritzker and Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot have announced that projected film revenues in 2021 hit a record high of $630 million, shattering pre-pandemic levels in 2019 by $70 million. Film production revenues are the costs associated with film, television, streaming, and digital media, which have steadily increased over the past 10 years. Additionally, … Continue reading “Illinois shatters record for film revenues with $630 million in 2021”

This summer’s lineup for Millennium Park Summer Film Series

This summer, DCASE presents the Millennium Park Summer Film Series on Tuesdays from July 12 through August 30. Films start at 6:30pm. Blockbusters, award-winning movies, and family favorites will be played on a 40-foot LED screen at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion this summer.  Guests are welcome to sit in the pavilion’s seating bowl, and any space … Continue reading “This summer’s lineup for Millennium Park Summer Film Series”

Camera Ambassador announces Community Builders Grant 2022 winner

Following another competitive season, the Community Builders Grant, in association with Camera Ambassador, has announced its annual film winner naming Video Funeral as its 2022 award recipient. This year the annual short-form film fund and production resources grant organization’s endowment was sponsored by Camera Ambassador. The equipment rental house is one of only three nationwide … Continue reading “Camera Ambassador announces Community Builders Grant 2022 winner”

Kwame Amoaku steps down from Film Office

This morning, Director of the Chicago Film Office, Kwame Amoaku, announced that he would be resigning from his position on Friday, June 3. He made the announcement on his Facebook page. “To Chicago Film Community I am writing this letter to inform everyone that my last day as Director of the Chicago Film Office will … Continue reading “Kwame Amoaku steps down from Film Office”

Camera Ambassador presents 2022 Community Builders Grant

Calling all Midwest filmmakers! Apply by March 31st at 11:59 pm for the 2022 Community Builders Grant. The Community Builders Grant is the annual short-form film fund and production resources grant sponsored by Camera Ambassador. The mission is to help build bridges between Midwest filmmakers and the community while elevating their production by arming them … Continue reading “Camera Ambassador presents 2022 Community Builders Grant”

38th Chicago Latino Film Festival poster contest winner is revealed

The Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) announced today that Polish graphic artist Dominika Czerniak-Chojnacka, winner of the 2017 Chicago Latino Film Festival Poster Contest, is the artist behind the design of the official poster for its 38th edition. The poster will be the face of the Festival, as it will be on the cover of … Continue reading “38th Chicago Latino Film Festival poster contest winner is revealed”

Art on theMART celebrates 2022 the Year of Chicago Dance

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) has announced that 2022 is the Year of Chicago Dance: a year-long celebration of Chicago’s cultural contributions to the art form. Art on theMART is queuing up four new projections for 2022 that will spotlight Chicago dance and the dancers, choreographers and visual artists that … Continue reading “Art on theMART celebrates 2022 the Year of Chicago Dance”

Chicago Creative Worker Assistance Program deadline November 10

The Chicago Creative Worker Assistance Program will provide 450 – 500 relief grants to low and moderate income artists and creative workers who are residents of Chicago and have lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This will include freelance artists, arts administrators, teaching artists, artisans, curators, independent cultural producers and creative industry technicians such … Continue reading “Chicago Creative Worker Assistance Program deadline November 10”

Halloweek celebrations return with Upside Down & Arts in the Dark

Halloweek activities will begin October 23 with the 3rd annual UPSIDE DOWN Parade from 12-3 PM in Washington Park and conclude on October 30 with the return of Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade on State Street from 6-8 PM. Both parades are presented by Mayor Lightfoot and Blommer Chocolate Company and produced by Luma8. … Continue reading “Halloweek celebrations return with Upside Down & Arts in the Dark”

Full Spectrum Features announces Unbound Sound expanded cinema

Full Spectrum Features (FSF) announces Unbound Sound, an expanded cinema event co-presented with Comfort Station Logan Square and in partnership with the Chicago Underground Film Festival. Supported by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), Unbound Sound builds on the well-loved tradition of presenting movies with the accompaniment of live music. Updating this … Continue reading “Full Spectrum Features announces Unbound Sound expanded cinema”

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”

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”

2112 launches SyncChicago to support music licensing

2112 and the Center for Creative Entrepreneurship (CCE) announced the launch of SyncChicago, an initiative to grow Chicago’s commercial music licensing industry. Funded by a Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) CityArts Program grant in support of the Year of Chicago Music, SyncChicago will focus on promotion, advocacy, and education to increase revenues … Continue reading “2112 launches SyncChicago to support music licensing”

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”

Music and more, summer events reopen across Chicago

“Open Culture” signals the reopening of summer events in Chicago’s diverse and legendary cultural scene with music, dance, public art, markets, and more at Millennium Park and venues citywide. Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), Choose Chicago, and Chicago’s cultural community announced “Open Culture” — the next phase … Continue reading “Music and more, summer events reopen across Chicago”

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”

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 Park District announces “Arts 77” arts reopening

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, DCASE, and the Chicago Park District announced “Arts 77” — a citywide arts recovery and reopening plan for all of Chicago’s 77 community areas, representing an initial investment of over $60 million to support local artists and organizations. Additional updates regarding financial grants and programs to support arts recovery will follow in … Continue reading “Chicago Park District announces “Arts 77” arts reopening”

Public is invited to join Chicago Monuments Project

The City of Chicago, in partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), Chicago Park District (Parks) and Chicago Public Schools (CPS), today launched the public engagement phase of the Chicago Monuments Project that will conclude in April. The new website identifies monumental sculptures, artworks and commemorative plaques on the public way … Continue reading “Public is invited to join Chicago Monuments Project”

City announces $2.5 million arts fund

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) today announced $2.5 million in funding opportunities for Chicago artists and arts organizations. A new “Artist Response Program,” opening January 11, will provide $750,000 to support art that respond to the recent health, economic and humanitarian crises. The program includes … Continue reading “City announces $2.5 million arts fund”

‘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”

First Artists-In-Residence for four INVEST neighborhoods

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) announced the first ever Artists-In-Residence for four of the City’s INVEST South/West neighborhoods: Auburn Gresham (Dorian Sylvain), Austin (Antonia Ruppert), Englewood (Eric Hotchkiss) and New City/Back of the Yards (Fernando Ramirez in partnership with … Continue reading “First Artists-In-Residence for four INVEST neighborhoods”

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’s new and reimagined World Music Events

The Year of Chicago Music will celebrate Chicago’s Jazz and World Music Festivals with virtual performances over the Labor Day holiday and Sundays throughout September. Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced today new and reimagined Jazz and World Music events as part of the Year of … Continue reading “Chicago’s new and reimagined World Music Events”

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”

City of Chicago to Assess Memorials and Monuments

The City of Chicago announced a racial healing and historical reckoning project to assess the memorials, monuments and other art across Chicago. The project will grapple with the often unacknowledged – or forgotten – history associated with the City’s various municipal art collections, and will provide a vehicle to address the hard truths of Chicago’s racial … Continue reading “City of Chicago to Assess Memorials and Monuments”

Gardner’s ‘Long Ride Home’ plays Bentonville Fest

Charles Andrew Gardner’s Long Ride Home will compete for Best Short Film this week at Academy Award® winner Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival. In the powerful short film, Long Ride Home, Brandon is an affluent African-American who has climbed the ladder to success, resenting anyone not willing to put in the same amount of discipline. However, his perspective in … Continue reading “Gardner’s ‘Long Ride Home’ plays Bentonville Fest”

Mayor Lightfoot announces Artist-In-Residence Program

Mayor Lightfoot, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) announced today the first ever Artist-In-Residence Program as part of the City’s INVEST South/West (ISW) community investment and revitalization initiative. The ISW Artist-in-Residence Program will leverage art and creativity as part of a broad and integrated … Continue reading “Mayor Lightfoot announces Artist-In-Residence Program”

Mayor Lightfoot announces Chicago’s 4th of July events

Fourth of July signature events include a virtual House music festival, a virtual “Independence Day Salute” concert event, and at-home Salsa dance parties across Chicago.  Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) today announced the City’s signature Fourth of July holiday events including a virtual House music festival, a virtual … Continue reading “Mayor Lightfoot announces Chicago’s 4th of July events”

When We All Vote encourages mayors to use their voices

When We All Vote, a national nonpartisan organization, launched Civic Cities, a new initiative that encourages mayors to use their voices, governing authority and convening power to mobilize civic leaders, business leaders and community members to increase voter participation in their communities. The initiative launched with a bipartisan group of 31 founding mayors from across the … Continue reading “When We All Vote encourages mayors to use their voices”

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”

#ChiMusic35 Challenge: Submit favorite Chicago music

To celebrate Chicago’s music history and support the city’s creative communities, the Arts & Business Council of Chicago invites the public to participate in the #ChiMusic35 campaign. Music has always had a sweet home in Chicago. It’s where Louis Armstrong cut his first big records in the 1920s. It’s where Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf made the … Continue reading “#ChiMusic35 Challenge: Submit favorite Chicago music”

IWOC & C3 free webinar on keeping your brand alive

Responding to the “Virus Crisis,” the Independent Writers of Chicago (IWOC) and the Chicago Creative Coalition (C3) have teamed up to come to the rescue of freelancers particularly hard hit in these desperate times with a FREE webinar on Tuesday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. on “Building and Preserving Your Personal Brand in COVID-19 Times,” featuring … Continue reading “IWOC & C3 free webinar on keeping your brand alive”

Talus Films presents ‘12X12 Showcase’ at Cultural Center

Talus Films, in partnership with DCASE and Camera Ambassador, presents the 12×12 Showcase on March 7th from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. 12×12 is an original film project developed by newly founded Chicago production company, Talus Films. Throughout 2019, the project explored the richness of storytelling by producing 12 collaborations in 12 months. The resulting trio of … Continue reading “Talus Films presents ‘12X12 Showcase’ at Cultural Center”

Illinois production scores another record-breaking year

A quintet of leaders gathered to announce another record-breaking year of film, television, and media production in Illinois this morning at Kennedy-King College’s 6,000 square foot sound stage in Englewood. According to the Illinois Film Office, the industry helped add nearly $560 million to the economy last year. Manifesting itself in job creation and local … Continue reading “Illinois production scores another record-breaking year”

Mary Datcher, founder, Global Mixx Music & Film Forum

Mary Datcher, founder of the annual Global Mixx Music & Film Forum, 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 … Continue reading “Mary Datcher, founder, Global Mixx Music & Film Forum”

Nebula Creatives launches inclusive incubator

Nebula Creatives will soon offer Chicago’s independent film community an inclusive incubator studio at the forefront of its endeavors. Led by Thai female director and producer Rujanee Mahakanjana, Nebula intends to open a film and video production facility in Pilsen and will announce additional bold innovations over the upcoming months, including. Mahakanjana, founder of the … Continue reading “Nebula Creatives launches inclusive incubator”

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”

‘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”

City designates 2020 as the ‘Year of Chicago Music’

First-of-its-kind initiative in the US will shine spotlight on the Windy City’s vibrant music scene Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) Commissioner Mark Kelly, Grammy and Oscar Award-winning artist Che “Rhymefest” Smith, and many other civic, arts, and music leaders yesterday announced plans to designate 2020 as the Year of Chicago Music. This … Continue reading “City designates 2020 as the ‘Year of Chicago Music’”

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””

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”

Hawley and Amoaku help film industry move forward

Newly installed office-holders explain their plans for keeping Chicago and Illinois on the path of success The thriving regional film industry is only going to get better, according to two of its recently appointed top leaders. Illinois Film Office Executive Director Peter Hawley and Director of the Chicago Film Office Kwame Amoaku described their visions … Continue reading “Hawley and Amoaku help film industry move forward”

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”

YAS! Fest celebrates the rising stars of Chicago

35 outstanding young artists will be honored at September 21 event in Millennium Park The City of Chicago will celebrate thirty-five outstanding young artists at the 2nd Annual YAS! Fest (Youth Arts Showcase) on Saturday, September 21, in Millennium Park. Representing the vibrancy of creative life and arts education from all across the city, the … Continue reading “YAS! Fest celebrates the rising stars of Chicago”

Amoaku named Chicago Film Office Director

Versatile 25-year vet is the first African-American appointed to vital and visible leadership role The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) today announced Kwame Amoaku as Director of the Chicago Film Office. Amoaku replaces longtime director of the Chicago Film Office, Rich Moskal, who retired last November. The first African American to hold … Continue reading “Amoaku named Chicago Film Office Director”

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 CineYouth audience and jury awards

”No Such Sunrise” and “Mad Lib Pixie Dream Girl” earn top honors from passionate global audience CineYouth Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago, announced award winners for the 2019 program that was held April 26-28 at the Music Box Theatre. No Such Sunrise — by 22 year olds Dana Brandes-Simon, Laura Li, and Cella Wright from Oberlin, … Continue reading “2019 CineYouth audience and jury awards”

‘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”

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”

Thanksgiving break: holiday viewing suggestions

From hip-hop snow angels to Lego parades, an adult-sized portion of casually-vetted Chicago content to help readers get the most out of the holiday Falling onto a couch in front of a TV is the final and most relaxing course of every good Thanksgiving meal. It pairs well with prime time football, Charlie Brown, The … Continue reading “Thanksgiving break: holiday viewing suggestions”

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”

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”

Chicago records unprecedented TV production in 2018

Four new shows filming this summer and fall increase Windy City TV production to a record ten series   Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago Film Office at the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) today announced ten shows will film this summer and fall in Chicago. This includes filming for four new shows, … Continue reading “Chicago records unprecedented TV production in 2018”

Chicago premiere of the International Media Mixer

The Chicago Film Archives will host a cross-cultural evening of film and music at Millennium Park on July 17   (Chicago — 21 May 2018) The US premiere of Chicago Film Archives new International Media Mixer project will take place on July 17, 2018 as part of the Millennium Park Summer Film Series produced by … Continue reading “Chicago premiere of the International Media Mixer”

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”

Framestore, Music Box, “Anne and Andy,” and more

John Ridley Transforms Beer City into Film City According to Deadline, Oscar-winner John Ridley will team up with Milwaukee film organizations and studios to transform a former 40,000 square-foot Pabst Brewery into No Studios.   Ridley brings his depth of experience and history of excellence to Milwaukee. He has written, directed, and produced dozens of … Continue reading “Framestore, Music Box, “Anne and Andy,” and more”

Chi Film Office announces 2018 Filmmakers in Residence

The producing team of Bea Cordelia and Daniel Kyri has been selected to be the 2018 Filmmakers in Residence by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs (DCASE). Commissioner Mark Kelly cited the pair’s “originality and commitment to telling stories” as significant factors driving the decision. Besides being a filmmaker, Cordelia is a “writer … performance … Continue reading “Chi Film Office announces 2018 Filmmakers in Residence”

Kelly assumes new post as city’s Cultural Affairs czar

The city’s Dept. of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), of which the Chicago Film Office is a part, has a new cultural czar in Mark Kelly, who had spent 32 years at Columbia College.

Appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel last July, Kelly was confirmed as Commissioner Monday by the Chicago City Council. He had moved into DCASE’s Cultural Center offices Aug. 15, following the departure of Michelle T. Boone, who resigned this summer after five years to become Navy Pier’s program and civic engagement officer.

Northwestern Healthcare names Modesto marketing head

NORTHWESTERN MEMORIAL HEALTHCARE hired a new marketing officer: veteran Chicago adman Mark Modesto, who joined from his role as CEO of Ryan Partnership. He will oversee marketing relations for the hospital’s network of seven affiliated Chicago area hospitals.

“With Mark’s considerable experience,” said President / CEO Dean Harrison, “he will be able to elevate the Northwestern medical brand experience for the patients and communities we are privileged to serve.”

Meeting about CFO’s Filmmaker Initiatives today

The Chicago Film Office’s Beckie Stocchetti will explain application details about CFO/DCASE’s new Filmmaker-in-Residency Program, today, Aug. 9 at the Chicago Film Office, 78 E. Randolph, room 108, starting at 7 p.m.

The residency program is part of the city’s first Independent Film Initiative (IFI), that was devised by the CFO’s director Rich Moskal and Stocchetti, Cultural Affairs coordinator overseeing indie and local film incentives.

Chicago Digital Media Fund grantees’ work to screen

Seven completed projects funded by the 2015 Chicago Digital Media Production Fund of $100,000 in grants from the Vogal Fund, administered by Chicago Filmmakers, will screen at the Chicago Cultural Center, co-presented by DCASE Tuesday, Aug. 2 starting at 6 p.m.

These web projects highlight a range of relevant social issues, from under-representation to ableism to trans bathroom bills. The films screening are:

Reality web series seeks next “Great Street Musician”

PRODUCTION HAS BEGUN, literally, in the streets of Chicago for a new music-based web reality series, “In Search of the Great American Street Musician” – an “America’s Got Talent” meets “American Idol” concept, hosted by local actors, Shannon Novack and Keithen Banks.

The series follows the pair as they comb every nook and cranny of Chicago in order to find the best undiscovered musical talent. Needless to say, the production team will be in and around Lollapalooza next weekend.

Sunday’s Film Summit & Expo earns 4 stars all around

In no uncertain terms, Sunday’s Film Summit & Expo was a rousing success – and a somewhat surprising one given the short time frame the organizers had for assembling the parts that made it so successful: the 1,000 professionals attendees, out of 1,500 who registered. The SRO panel discussions.  Dick Wolf’s candid speech.  The crowded roomful of exhibitors.

Energy BBDO adds top European SVP/creative directors

AN INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR is spicing up our ad scene with Energy BBDO’s addition of SVP/creative directors Giovanni Settesoldi and Luissandro Del Gobbo, art director and copywriter, respectively, who landed here after four years at Grey Paris as CDs, following stints at JWT Paris and BBDO Milan.  Their work has garnered an awe-inspiring 60-plus national and international awards.