Full Spectrum official presenter of Chicago Underground Film Fest

Full Spectrum Features will be the official presenter at the 28th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival this year in order to program more diversity, equity, and inclusion to represent a wider range of artists and voices, including women, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ filmmakers. Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF), the the world’s longest-running underground film festival, will … Continue reading “Full Spectrum official presenter of Chicago Underground Film Fest”

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”

Full Spectrum Features announces selections for Chicagoland Shorts

Full Spectrum Features (FSF) announces the films and filmmakers selected to take part in Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 7, an annual short film collection featuring boundary-pushing, emerging filmmakers from around Chicago. The world premiere will take place at the Gene Siskel Film Center on Thursday September 2 at 7PM. Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 7 includes:“35” by Eseoghene … Continue reading “Full Spectrum Features announces selections for Chicagoland Shorts”

My Little Renaissance Girl to film in Chicago, partners with Full Spectrum

Producers of My Little Renaissance Girl, an original feature film written by Amy Heller, announce a partnership with Full Spectrum Features NFP for fiscal sponsorship. Touted as dark comedy that evokes laughter as much as it touches on deep subject, the story follows protagonist, Amy, in modern-day Chicago as she can’t stop her physical world … Continue reading “My Little Renaissance Girl to film in Chicago, partners with Full Spectrum”

Full Spectrum receives NBCUniversal Foundation grant

Chicago’s Full Spectrum Features has received a generous award from the NBCUniversal Foundation to support their Chicago Independent Producers Lab, a partnership with the Chicago Film Office. The Chicago Independent Producers Lab broadens the professional networks and producing expertise of participants through a series of hands-on workshops and one-on-one sessions with local and national industry … Continue reading “Full Spectrum receives NBCUniversal Foundation grant”

Inside Full Spectrum Features’ Producers lab

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

Full Spectrum announces virtual discussion series

Chicago-based Full Spectrum Features, in conjunction with BACKBONES and All Senses Go announces there newest program, ACCESS REFRAMED. This virtual discussion series is designed to educate, advocate, and enact change towards greater access to content for creators and audiences in the film community nationwide.  The first discussion is Friday, October 9. ACCESS REFRAMED Access Reframed … Continue reading “Full Spectrum announces virtual discussion series”

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”

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”

Letter from Full Spectrum founder Eugene Sun Park

Support the Chicago-based production company that consistently proves how much diversity matters Full Spectrum Features was founded with a simple but bold mission — to completely upend the status quo in the film industry. Since 2015, we’ve produced fourteen original works, ranging from award-winning features like Signature Move to groundbreaking (and also award-winning!) web series … Continue reading “Letter from Full Spectrum founder Eugene Sun Park”

Amazon to film ‘On The Spectrum’ at Cinespace

Coming-of-age comedic drama follows the lives of three roommates on the autism spectrum who are “striving for the same things that we all desire” Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, one of the largest film studios in the country, based on the west side of Chicago announced a deal with Amazon Studios to begin filming the half-hour … Continue reading “Amazon to film ‘On The Spectrum’ at Cinespace”

Full-service HD media studio opens in Troy

NextWave,Inc. a new business incubator, has opened its doors and by most definitions, would provide steady cultivation of budding start-ups. But NextWave is taking things to a new level by offering an HD media studio on-site.

The NextWave incubator in Troy is the vision of a group of high-profile principals, including former CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber, Dick Blouse.

Founders are Bobby Skinner and Amjad Hussain, and Nancy Skinner, media consultant and regular contributor to Fox News, who will manage the media center.

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Chicago Filmmakers is offering a free Illinois Tax Incentives Seminar

Chicago Filmmakers is offering a free in person seminar on Illinois tax incentives for independent productions, co-presented with the Illinois Film Office and Full Spectrum Features. Followed by an info session for the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund. There are many reasons to film in Illinois – diverse communities and locations, Chicago sights and architecture, talented … Continue reading “Chicago Filmmakers is offering a free Illinois Tax Incentives Seminar”

FACETS 47th Anniversary Celebration packed with special features

FACETS announces May 2022 programming for their 47th Anniversary Celebration packed with special features. The program will include a special screening of Steve James’ Life Itself (2014) and three film series championing FACETS’ and the wider Chicago independent film community’s legacy, including Milos’s Picks, Kartemquin Films X Full Spectrum Features, and FACETS Label Presents: Real Chicago. FACETS’ Executive Director Karen Cardarelli said, “FACETS celebrates … Continue reading “FACETS 47th Anniversary Celebration packed with special features”

Chicago Independent Producers Lab accepting applications for 2022

Full Spectrum Features has opened applications for the 2022 Chicago Independent Producers Lab, a nine-month project incubator designed to cultivate inclusive, diverse voices in Chicago’s independent film industry. The lab, in partnership with the Chicago Film Office, offers industry mentorship, ongoing organizational support, and practical training delivered through immersive workshops. To apply, producers must have … Continue reading “Chicago Independent Producers Lab accepting applications for 2022”

Chicago chosen #1 Best Big City in the U.S. for fifth consecutive year!

With more than 800,000 readers submitted responses, Condé Nast Traveler recognized the City of Chicago as the #1 Best Big City in the U.S. for the fifth year in a row in the results of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Since 2017, Chicago has ranked number one in this category for its incredible restaurants, interesting and diverse attractions, and … Continue reading “Chicago chosen #1 Best Big City in the U.S. for fifth consecutive year!”

New book by PR guru, Roger Darnell helps build your dream career

Anyone with a cell phone, WiFi, and the desire to communicate can achieve the astronomical. Drawing on his success as a freelance communications consultant, author Roger Darnell has written a new book for professionals and students who want to improve their prospects in business. Published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, The Communications Consultant’s Foundation prepares … Continue reading “New book by PR guru, Roger Darnell helps build your dream career”

Facets returns to in-person programming with Anne at 13,000 Ft

FACETS announced that the 46-year-old organization has selected the film Anne at 13,000 Ft. by Canadian director Kazik Radwanski to mark its long-awaited return to in-person programming, following an 18-month hiatus due to the Coronavirus pandemic. .  Anne at 13,000 Ft. will have its Chicago premiere from Friday, September 17 through Sunday, September 19; it will play again from … Continue reading “Facets returns to in-person programming with Anne at 13,000 Ft”

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 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”

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”

She’s in – Katharin Mraz to direct comedy You’re OUT!

Asian American filmmaker and Reel Chicago contributor, Katharin Mraz has been bucking the predominantly white, male cisgender industry for over two decades.  In this, her feature film directorial debut, Mraz brings her experience as producer, actress, and production designer in Chicago to the table for the new indie baseball comedy You’re OUT!   She’ll be … Continue reading “She’s in – Katharin Mraz to direct comedy You’re OUT!”

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”

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”

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”

Filming in Chicago: Intimate view into Amy Schumer’s life

Thursday, July 9th is the premiere of the three-part documentary series Expecting Amy on HBO Max. It’s an unfiltered and intimate view into comedian Amy Schumer’s life on tour creating a stand-up special during her difficult pregnancy, directed and edited by Alexander Hammer. Expecting Amy is an unfiltered three-part documentary that shows the struggle, strength and ambition that has made … Continue reading “Filming in Chicago: Intimate view into Amy Schumer’s life”

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”

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”

R/GA’s Tiffany Rolfe to serve as 2020 AICP Judging Chair

Matt Miller, President and CEO of AICP, announced today that Tiffany Rolfe, EVP and US Chief Creative Officer for R/GA, has been named as the 2020 AICP Next Awards Judging Chair. As such, Rolfe will serve as Master of Ceremonies at the AICP Next Awards presentation this June during AICP Week in New York. Tiffany … Continue reading “R/GA’s Tiffany Rolfe to serve as 2020 AICP Judging Chair”

‘Holy Trinity’ Chicago premiere at Music Box Theatre

One of Indiewire’s “Fabulous LGBTQ Films Not To Miss” will make its Windy City debut on Friday September 27 On Friday September 27, Full Spectrum Features’ newest feature, Holy Trinity makes its Chicago debut at the Music Box Theatre. The screening will be followed by an exclusive cast and crew Q&A. Click on this for … Continue reading “‘Holy Trinity’ Chicago premiere at Music Box Theatre”

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”

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 Chicago Media Standards are a win for everyone

By ridding film sets of discrimination and harassment, we’ll all have more great content to choose from As soon as the Chicago Media Standards were unveiled at Stage 18 last Thursday night, they began making an impact that will eventually bring joy to everyone who loves movies. The Chicago Media Standards is a code of … Continue reading “The Chicago Media Standards are a win for everyone”

‘I Miss Jamie When She’s Gone’ at Logan Theater

Award-winning Chicago filmmaker Ashley Thompson’s millennial, coming-of-age story premieres April 25 The world premiere of Ashley Thompson’s short film I Miss Jamie When She’s Gone will be the main attraction of a compelling film program at the Logan Theatre on Thursday, April 25. The evening will also include work by Jennifer Reeder (Signature Move, Knives … Continue reading “‘I Miss Jamie When She’s Gone’ at Logan Theater”

Yearlong Cuban film series comes to Chicago

Cuban filmmakers, journalists, and scholars scheduled to interact with U.S. audiences Full Spectrum Features (FSF), Americas Media Initiative (AMI), and Athenaeum Theatre Productions are thrilled to present Cuban Visions, a year-long film series that will provide a unique window into both early revolutionary and contemporary Cuban life and culture. Six two-hour programs will be held … Continue reading “Yearlong Cuban film series comes to Chicago”

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”

Chi-made ‘the T’ wins Streamy for Best Indie Series

“‘We are born scattered, then find each other.’ It is this reverse diaspora that led the two of us to work together” Creators Bea Cordelia and Daniel Kyri (Chicago — 22 October 2018) Bea Cordelia and Daniel Kyri’s original web series the T (Full Spectrum Features and OTV) wins Best Indie Series at the 8th … Continue reading “Chi-made ‘the T’ wins Streamy for Best Indie Series”

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”

Second City alums help launch ‘Studio B’ web series

Genre-bending music web series that’s “so Chicago it’s basically deep dish pizza” will be released October 22 (Chicago — 16 October 2018) What happens when a group of talented Chicago musicians, actors, improvisers, stand-ups, songwriters, and DJs collaborate on a web series? You get STUDIO B, the three-episode workplace comedy of a struggling Chicago recording … Continue reading “Second City alums help launch ‘Studio B’ web series”

Chicago’s “Brujos” & “the T” nom’d for Streamy Awards

A pair of Windy City web series take friendship and fantasy to unique, popular, and relevant levels (Chicago — 3 October 2018) Chicago-made series the T (Full Spectrum Features and OTV) and Brujos (Cinema Libertad, Full Spectrum Features, and OTV) have been nominated for Best Indie Series by the Streamy Awards. Produced by dick clark … Continue reading “Chicago’s “Brujos” & “the T” nom’d for Streamy Awards”

We Are Unlimited expands creative team

CCO Toygar Bazarkaya credits the agency’s non-traditional, collaborative model for helping to fuel its continuing growth and success   (Chicago — 31 July 2018) We Are Unlimited, part of Omnicom Group (NYSE: OMC), announced today that four new creatives have joined the agency’s growing team. Globally experienced Cristina “Tin” Sanchez joins as Group Creative Director, … Continue reading “We Are Unlimited expands creative team”

Reel Women: Emily Esperanza, Filmmaker

Emily Esperanza is a filmmaker and artist whose passions lie in discarded aesthetics, liminal spaces, guerrilla approaches, and unconventional narrative. An advocate of rebellious voices in cinema, Emily is the founder and a co-curator of WRETCHED NOBLES, a Chicago-based immersive monthly film/video screening shorts program. Co-produced by Full Spectrum Features, Emily’s new film, Make Out … Continue reading “Reel Women: Emily Esperanza, Filmmaker”

Chicago Filmmakers pitch for $1MM Tribeca competition

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

Karabas, “Real Prayers,” “Make Out Party,” and more

RSA Films promotes Chris Karabas to executive producer Before the promotion, Chris Karabas was the Midwest representative for RSA Films. In his new role, Karabas is expected to utilize RSA Films’ resources to branch out into multiplatform storytelling – especially social media. Previously, Karabas worked for Shafer Antelis Music in the early 90s, was a … Continue reading “Karabas, “Real Prayers,” “Make Out Party,” and more”

CUFF’s “Untapped Fundraiser” at Lagunitas Taproom

On Monday night at Lagunitas Brewing Company’s Chicago Taproom, the Chicago Underground Film Festival’s “Untapped Fundraiser” will kick off a series of events in celebration of CUFF’s Silver Anniversary. Featuring a raffle, a cash bar, a few words about this year’s poster, and the groovy twang of Chicago musical quartet Fran, the evening is tailor-made … Continue reading “CUFF’s “Untapped Fundraiser” at Lagunitas Taproom”

mcgarrybowen acquires digital agency, Swirl

Dentsu Aegis Network announced the acquisition of Swirl, one of the leading independent digital marketing firms on the West Coast. Swirl will become part of global award-winning creative agency mcgarrybowen, expanding the 15-year-old agency’s capabilities in both digital and social-first marketing, branded content, and eCRM. Following the acquisition, Swirl will be named Swirl mcgarrybowen. Based … Continue reading “mcgarrybowen acquires digital agency, Swirl”

Chicago Media Standards

An Open Letter to the Chicago Film Community: The Chicago film industry continues to enjoy record-breaking growth and development. But there’s one change we are not seeing fast enough — an unequivocal rejection of the culture of sexism, misogyny, and discrimination that has long dominated this business. If our community is to continue to thrive, … Continue reading “Chicago Media Standards”

Tribeca taps indie producers to pitch at film market

“Signature Move” producers filmmaker Eugene Sun Park and Brian Hiegglke, publisher of Newcity magazine, were selected as 2016 Tribeca All Access Fellows attending the Tribeca Film Network marketplace part of the April 18-30 Tribeca Film Festival.

Fawzia Mirza’s romantic comedy, “Signature Move: Life, Love & Lady Wrestling” was chosen as one 13 independent film projects — 10 docs and three scripted projects — that will participate in the intense rounds of TFI’s market meet-ups.

Tohtz joins Key Code Media, now in its new building

Key Code Media’s Chicago/Central Region branch, led by digital/new media products pro John Connelly, Sr., and now settled into own 6,000-sq. ft. building in Schaumburg, last week hired Brad Tohtz as a regional account manager.

Tohtz is the tenth hire for the local branch of the LA-headquartered company. He is managing Key Code production and post accounts throughout the Midwest region.

Unity Studios shoots first feature in March

Unity Studios in Allen Park, which recently graduated 106 students in the inaugural class of the Lifton Institute of Media Skills, will start production in March on a feature film that should employ many of the graduates.

The family film, “A Christmas Dream,” is about a mother and daughter living the South during the Civil War. It is being made in partnership with The Henry Ford (Museum), whose authentic 19th century Greenville Village will provide period locations.

The Old. The New. The Gritty. Behind the scenes of FX series The Old Man

Light Iron colorists Ian Vertovec and Ethan Schwartz detail the big-screen look of the FX series The Old Man. The FX original series The Old Man stars Jeff Bridges as the eponymous lead, former CIA operative Dan Chase, whose off-the-grid existence is rudely interrupted when an intruder breaks into his home. The confrontation sets off an epic … Continue reading “The Old. The New. The Gritty. Behind the scenes of FX series The Old Man”

Chris Boden and Kaitlin Sharkey join WGN Sports

Chris Boden and Kaitlin Sharkey are both joining the WGN sports team in a full-time anchor-reporter capacity.   Along with Jarrett Payton and Josh Frydman, they will cover stories across the Chicago sports spectrum, anchor sports segments throughout WGN newscasts, and host GN Sports, airing seven nights a week from 10:30-11pm. Pat Tomasulo continues in his … Continue reading “Chris Boden and Kaitlin Sharkey join WGN Sports”

Chicago filmmakers release crime drama/mystery ‘The Cleaner’

Chicago filmmakers release the Indie crime drama feature, The Cleaner. Distributed by 1091 Pictures, the story follows a middle-aged house cleaner who gets caught up in a violent crime after being hired to locate a client’s estranged son.  The Cleaner stars King Orba (DC’s Stargirl), Shelley Long (Modern Family), Shiloh Fernandez (Burn), Luke Wilson (Old … Continue reading “Chicago filmmakers release crime drama/mystery ‘The Cleaner’”

Heart, Brains & Nerve adds Hue&Cry to their roster

Acclaimed design-centered animation studio, Hue&Cry, announces this week that Heart, Brains & Nerve has signed on to represent the award-winning Richmond, Virginia company for commercials, film, and content in the Midwest. The creative artist management company is led by its founder, Nathan Skillicorn, who brings Hue&Cry a wealth of diverse marketing experience from working with premier production and post-production talent across a broad spectrum of … Continue reading “Heart, Brains & Nerve adds Hue&Cry to their roster”

July 3rd fireworks to Celebrate Chicago’s Reopening

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announces July 3rd fireworks along the lakefront to kick off Independence Day Weekend. The event will also act as a celebration for Chicagoans whose diligence in following public health guidance has allowed City leaders to safely and fully re-open under Mayor Lightfoot’s “Open Chicago” initiative. In place of Navy Pier Fireworks, … Continue reading “July 3rd fireworks to Celebrate Chicago’s Reopening”

Congratulations to the 2020 Chicago Emmy recipients

Reel Chicago congratulates the winners of the 62nd Chicago / Midwest Emmy Awards. A big shout out to two of our loyal advertisers, October TV and WTTW for taking home Emmys. The Chicago / Midwest Emmy Awards are presented annually for outstanding achievements in broadcasting. Members come from all areas of the industry and include … Continue reading “Congratulations to the 2020 Chicago Emmy recipients”

Behind the scenes with “South Side’s” Bashir Salahuddin

South Side co-creator Bashir Salahuddin cannot talk for more than a few minutes without mentioning his mother. He name-checks the neighborhoods, the people, and the food that he got to know through her, especially the food. The memories shape his perception of Chicago’s South Side as a thriving mix of faces, places, and restaurants. Energized … Continue reading “Behind the scenes with “South Side’s” Bashir Salahuddin”

Optimus promotes Emily Hayes, Ben Winter to editor

Leading production and post house Optimus today announced that it has promoted both Emily Hayes and Ben Winter to Editor. The two have proven themselves with their unique creative voices and stellar work. Hayes has cut spots for brands including Bank of America, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Campbell’s, Securian and Whirlpool. Winter has worked with … Continue reading “Optimus promotes Emily Hayes, Ben Winter to editor”

SACRED to sponsor Allstate Hot Chocolate 15K/5K

SACRED — purveyor of Pain Balm, Pain Lotion, Infused Body Stick and Wellness CBD Tincture — has announced its official sponsorship for the National Allstate Hot Chocolate 15K/5K. The company will also participate in expos leading up to the race, educating runners on the benefits of holistic SACRED products. Runners will have the opportunity to … Continue reading “SACRED to sponsor Allstate Hot Chocolate 15K/5K”

AbelsonTaylor hires SVP Christopher Dimmock

28-year veteran innovation specialist will oversee the agency’s customer insights and engagement AbelsonTaylor, the world’s largest independent health and wellness advertising agency, has hired veteran marketing strategist Christopher Dimmock as senior vice president of customer insights and engagement. An innovation specialist whose 28-year career spans all areas of healthcare as well as an impressive roster … Continue reading “AbelsonTaylor hires SVP Christopher Dimmock”

mcgarrybown’s powerful new work for Howard Brown

The creative agency and the Chicago healthcare center offer dignity, inclusion and resources through new “Culturally Competent Healthcare” campaign mcgarrybowen Chicago abetted the Howard Brown Health Center in a monthlong takeover of four Red Line cars that went into effect this month. Dubbed the “The Pride Train,” the cars are filled with ads featuring headlines … Continue reading “mcgarrybown’s powerful new work for Howard Brown”

Colle McVoy creates sobering campaign for Proof Alliance

Beer, wine, liquor – what is safest to drink during pregnancy? The answer: None of the above. But don’t take it from the experts. Take it from the REAL experts, or in this case the victims – kids affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Minneapolis-based Colle McVoy has teamed with client FASD to demonstrate how … Continue reading “Colle McVoy creates sobering campaign for Proof Alliance”

Mode Project announces two new hires

Growing Chicago-based creative studio adds Designer/Animator Douglas Gordon and Associate Producer Katie Hildreth Mode Project, a Chicago based design, animation and production studio, is proud to announce the addition of Designer/Animator Douglas Gordon and Associate Producer Katie Hildreth. Douglas Gordon, a native Chicagoan, returns from New York City after stints at CNN’s Great Big Story … Continue reading “Mode Project announces two new hires”

AICP Post Awards announces change with call for entries

Revamped and rebranded competition to focus on editorial, audio, VFX and color while opening entries to all AICP has announced the Call for Entries for the AICP Post Awards, its revamped and rebranded competition for excellence in the post-production arts. Formerly the AICE Awards, its categories have been re-imagined with a focus on recognizing standout … Continue reading “AICP Post Awards announces change with call for entries”

Leviathan caps off busy year with hires and promotions

The specialized agency’s creative expansion includes the hiring of Cody Tilson and the promotion of Kyle Shoup (Chicago — 19 December 2018) As a final order of business for a stellar year, specialized creative agency Leviathan’s Chief Executive Officer Chad Hutson and Chief Creative Officer Jason White are honored to announce the addition of Creative … Continue reading “Leviathan caps off busy year with hires and promotions”

Burrell, Colonie team up for new Toyota campaign

The exploits of the fun-loving fictional ‘Powell Family’ are featured in the engaging social media + broadcast campaign   Burrell’s new multi-platform social media and broadcast campaign for Toyota centers around the fun-loving fictional Powell Family and ‘slice of life’ moments that inspire spontaneous family adventures enjoyed in the comfort of their 2018 Toyota Highlander. … Continue reading “Burrell, Colonie team up for new Toyota campaign”

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”

Talking hues with Company 3 Senior Colorist Tyler Roth

  One of Chicago’s busiest color pros looks ahead while remembering the past       As a Senior Colorist at Company 3, Tyler Roth operates in a spectrum that literally runs as wide as the eye can see. Mixing pixels of red, green, and blue at different levels of brightness and saturation, he’s got … Continue reading “Talking hues with Company 3 Senior Colorist Tyler Roth”

Rhea + Kaiser: Naperville agency rebels with balance

On Diehl Road in Naperville, IL, Rhea + Kaiser (R+K) and its 55 workers are taking a different approach to the marketing/ad agency with their emphasis on omnicommunications, longevity, and work/life balance. Diane Martin reflects, “I came to Rhea + Kaiser fresh out of college with the plan of coming to this little shop. I … Continue reading “Rhea + Kaiser: Naperville agency rebels with balance”

Cow Lamp Films shares insight at Chicago Indie Film Fest

Cow Lamp Films will continue to earn its keep as the Midwest’s only distributor of independent films on Saturday afternoon at the Chicago Independent Film (+TV) Festival (CIFF). Director of Acquisitions Josh da Silva will join a 4 p.m. panel discussion about distribution at the New 400 Movie Theaters in Rogers Park, where a majority … Continue reading “Cow Lamp Films shares insight at Chicago Indie Film Fest”

Goodman, Lawson confront taboos in “The Nest”

Jennifer A. Goodman (also known as Jennifer Karum) wrote and co-directed with Jessica Hebda Lawson a short film called The Nest. This 20-minute short is intended to be a concept film that Goodman and Lawson both hope to turn into a feature. The film is Goodman’s next big project following the pilot of Conrad.   … Continue reading “Goodman, Lawson confront taboos in “The Nest””

Soche Picard joins Arc as North American CEO

Picard brings more than two decades of experience in shopper marketing space (Chicago — 3 April 2018) Arc, the shopper marketing and activation agency of the Leo Burnett Group, today announced that Soche Picard is joining the company as Chief Executive Officer, North America.   Picard joins Arc from Geometry Global, where she held the … Continue reading “Soche Picard joins Arc as North American CEO”

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”

Lakeshore PBS works to fill void left by WYCC

Lakeshore PBS recently announced that Democracy Now will soon be part of its lineup. Beginning at 12 a.m. on December 5th, the program’s breaking news and in-depth feature stories will be available to Chicago TV viewers every weeknight on Ch. 56. The show’s radio format has been airing at 1 p.m. on Lakeshore’s sister station … Continue reading “Lakeshore PBS works to fill void left by WYCC”

WYCC sold for over $100 million less than its worth

The sale of Chicago’s second public TV station may have cost the city college system $130 million, according to the results of a six-month investigation contained in this article. Calculated in terms of potential income, the loss was just one of many negative factors that continue to affect Chicago as a result of the Federal … Continue reading “WYCC sold for over $100 million less than its worth”

Sarofsky’s design innovation continues to Marvel

Since early May, the Marvel Studios’ blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has taken movie theaters by storm.

With the return of Peter Quill, Rocket, Baby Groot, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer and friends to the big screen thanks to screenwriter, director and producer James Gunn, fans of great design worldwide have seized the opportunities to see the talents of Sarofsky — the Chicago-based, design driven production company — shine.

5 years in the works, controversial doc in post

In 2007, soon after Saj Adibs started his full-service video company, New Slate Films, he also began production on a feature length documentary that opens a curtain on the controversial choice deaf parents face: giving their deaf children the gift of hearing through cochlear implants – or keeping them in silence.

Now “Louder Than Words” is being edited by director/cinematographer Adibs and editor David Flores, for an Oct. 1 finish. Brittany Pawlowski produced.

Jones hit jackpot with Lottery’s first year changes

Taste.  Style.  Both are lovely words. Though hardly ones we would — in the past — have commonly associated with the Illinois Lottery.  After all, how many tacky, juvenile, schticky TV commercials does one have to sit through before concluding that — in the past — the Illinois Lottery was all about appealing to the lowest common denominator?

The very, very lowest.

Guinevere Turner stars in Crouch’s $350K horror pic shooting 16 B&W in November

Writer/director Catherine Crouch reunites with “Stray Dogs” star Guinevere Turner (“Go Fish”) for Crouch’s sophomore feature “Metamora,” a horror pic she described as “a love triangle between two people.”

Crouch’s usual DP, former Columbia College classmate and reality TV regular Marie-Jo?lle Rizk, will shoot on black and white 16mm in Illinois and Indiana from Nov. 20 to Dec. 15.

Bulletproof Film heads to Vietnam for veterans’ reconciliation doc

Carmine Cervi (pictured) and his Bulletproof Film partner Ilko Davidov will shoot in Vietnam this August for their documentary “Teaching the Vietnam War: Reconciliation and Memory.”