IFA Chicago hosts Grey’s Anatomy director Daniel Willis

IFA Chicago’s Executive Talks event series, is hosting Chicago-native, award-winning television director, producer, and writer, Daniel Willis in a virtual conversation moderated by IFA Chicago Executive Director, Angie Gaffney. Daniel Willis’ directing credits include Freeform/Hulu’s Cruel Summer, ABC’s The Rookie, NBC’s The Blacklist, and ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. He also recently served as producer/writer for the … Continue reading “IFA Chicago hosts Grey’s Anatomy director Daniel Willis”

IFA Chicago announces their 2020 Annual Soirée

Join SXSW Director of Film Janet Pierson and Director Sam Bailey for an engaging celebration to support IFA Chicago. The 45-minute virtual event includes networking, film-specific silent auction items, and entertainment just for YOU! Announcing the inaugural Independent Film Alliance Soirée, a virtual fundraiser happening December 3 at 7 p.m. CST!  Join SXSW Director of Film Janet Pierson, Director … Continue reading “IFA Chicago announces their 2020 Annual Soirée”

IFA Block Party celebrates the growth of the Chicago film industry

IFA Chicago’s inaugural Fall Into Film Block Party event, celebrates the growth of the film industry in Chicago, the arts, creatives & filmmakers, and the local community. Whether you are a creator/filmmaker, member of the community, sponsor, business in the neighborhood or a local community member…all those looking to support our mission – this event … Continue reading “IFA Block Party celebrates the growth of the Chicago film industry”

Behind the scenes with the Chicago IFA’s Angie Gaffney

Angie Gaffney chaperones a lot of dreams in the Windy City. As Executive Director of the Chicago Independent Film Alliance — an organization recently formed by combining the Independent Filmmaker Project with Stage 18 — she helps people achieve their goals, and their goals are to make movies. Or short films. Or pilots. Or web … Continue reading “Behind the scenes with the Chicago IFA’s Angie Gaffney”

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!”

9/11 Museum to open in Chicago area

Chicago native Gary Marlon Suson, an FDNY Hon. Battalion Chief who served 7 months as the official photographer at Ground Zero for the FDNY is donating a large cache of his image collection for the 9/11 Museum set to open at Barrington High School in Illinois. The opening on September 10, 2021 will honor the 20th anniversary of the attacks … Continue reading “9/11 Museum to open in Chicago area”

The IFA is looking for assistance on their move into AbelCine

As we reported earlier in the week, the Illinois Film Alliance (IFA) is partnering with, and moving into, the AbelCine space on the Cinespace Chicago Film Studios lot, as they collaborate on The Hub @Cinespace for Indie filmmakers. If you are interested in lending a hand in the move, they are asking for help in … Continue reading “The IFA is looking for assistance on their move into AbelCine”

AbelCine & IFA collaborate on The Hub @Cinespace for Indie filmmakers

The Independent Film Alliance of Chicago (IFA) and AbelCine are collaborating on the development of a community center on the Cinespace Chicago Film Studios lot. Programming will address the business, creative, and technical aspects of independent production. The organizations will focus on developing the potential of local independent producers and filmmakers and introducing them to … Continue reading “AbelCine & IFA collaborate on The Hub @Cinespace for Indie filmmakers”

Open Chicago Night at the Museums this Friday night

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, along with Chicago museum leadership, today announced for one night only, select Chicago museums will be open late for visitors under the Mayor’s Open Chicago initiative as the city moves to Phase 5, Friday, June 11.   The move to fully reopen the city makes Chicago the largest city in the … Continue reading “Open Chicago Night at the Museums this Friday night”

Oscar-nominated, Diane Quon on IFA Executive Talks

Angie Gaffney, Executive Director of the IFA wants to hear from you. As we all know, visual storytelling is a powerful medium in which to delve into diverse experiences that enrich, enlighten and provoke empathy. And with your invaluable input, the IFA is taking a hard look at what Chicago’s independent content community needs to tell … Continue reading “Oscar-nominated, Diane Quon on IFA Executive Talks”

Our Top 10 Valentine’s Day Chicago films

Valentine’s day is just around the corner and with the global pandemic, many couples are choosing to stream movies at home “and chill”. There are many romantic movies filmed in the windy city and we’ve taken the time to compile a list of the top ten best romantic films set in Chicago that you can … Continue reading “Our Top 10 Valentine’s Day Chicago films”

IFA Virtual Soirée silent auction is open for bids

IFA Virtual Soirée Silent Auction – NOW OPEN! How would you like to have virtual cocktails with producer, Bob Teitel? Or a two-day shoot on a Cinespace stage with grip/lighting equipment included? Bid on these and other priceless items at the virtual IFA Virtual Soirée Silent Auction – NOW OPEN! Items include experiences with our Luminary Board members … Continue reading “IFA Virtual Soirée silent auction is open for bids”

‘City So Real’ Chicago’s problems are America’s problems

Molly Given, of the Philly Metro interviews Chicago filmmaker Steve James about his latest film, ‘City so Real‘ Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Steve James’ (Hoop Dreams, America to Me) fascinating and complex portrait of contemporary Chicago delivers a deep, multifaceted look into the soul of a quintessentially American city, set against the backdrop of its history-making … Continue reading “‘City So Real’ Chicago’s problems are America’s problems”

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”

212 and IFA collaborate for new streaming platform, Aha

212 Creative Network and Independent Film Alliance (IFA) have joined forces on a unique collaboration for 212’s streaming platform, Aha. The platform features creative professionals sharing their knowledge and expertise via filmmaker discussions, Q&As, webinars, panel discussions, and more. Additionally, Aha highlights talent in the Midwest to enhance their outreach, to potentially connect them to … Continue reading “212 and IFA collaborate for new streaming platform, Aha”

#Act4Impact fundraiser hosted by Queen Latifah

The American Lung Association announced its first–ever livestream fundraising benefit, #Act4Impact, to be hosted by Queen Latifah on September 26, 2020. The money raised will go towards defeating COVID-19 and decreasing health disparities by supporting and safeguarding lung health, particularly in underserved communities. As coronavirus spreads deeper across America, the pandemic has shined a spotlight on the health disparities within … Continue reading “#Act4Impact fundraiser hosted by Queen Latifah”

Chicago Film Office lists new production guidelines

With the world slowly reopening, the film, advertising and TV industries are in search of answers, especially with COVID-19 and demonstrations still ongoing.  With economic and political uncertainty pushing insecurities, filmmakers, actors, and other collaborators look to the Illinois Film Office and Chicago Film Office. This week, the Chicago Film Office website posted their Be … Continue reading “Chicago Film Office lists new production guidelines”

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”

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”

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”

Colourist Oisin O’Driscoll joins The Mill Chicago

With experience ranging from Adidas to Radiohead, the formerly London-based huemaster is part of the VFX and creative content studio’s continued expansion (Chicago — 26 July 2018) – Oisin O’Driscoll joins Chicago’s expanding colour team from The Mill London where he crafted a highly impressive body of work since joining in 2014. O’Driscoll — known … Continue reading “Colourist Oisin O’Driscoll joins The Mill Chicago”

Multifaceted actor Stephen Louis Grush is on a fast track

If you haven’t heard the name Stephen Louis Grush, you will soon. The guy doesn’t stop working. He’s been tearing it up with a slew of recent performances in movies and television. 

The tattooed New Orleans native, who’s lived in Chicago since he was 19, is all for a multidisciplinary approach.  He also writes plays and produces new theatrical works with XIII Pocket, the storefront company Grush founded in 2009. And oh, yeah, he also puts out a seasonal literary magazine.

REEL: I hear you’ve had a hectic month.

L.A. Bucks Boys set up shop in Chicago

The timing of Bucks Boys Productions’ big shoot in Chicago for Silk soy milk/Leo Burnett, will be remembered for its timing.  “We started the shoot in January and wrapped Feb. 2, the day of the blizzard,” says Jonathan Becker.

Despite the weather, the Chicago native was happy working on home turf. 

Becker’s partner, Josh Greenberg directed the Silk campaign and they flew in their L.A. editor and Burnett favorite, Nick Gartner, to edit here.

Why not Chicago?

WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE? Michael Mann’s 1930s crime movie “Public Enemies,” which spent $25 million filming in Chicago and the state last year, will have various premieres, advance and special showings everywhere else except Chicago before the movie’s national July 1 opening.

Its world premiere will be the centerpiece of the Los Angeles Film Festival June 18-28.

In Wisconsin, which is already benefiting from tourism to movie locations, has at least two pre-release events planned so far.

Electronic Arts’ Chicago studio closes due to lack of revenue growth from games

Three years after Electronic Arts opened studios to produce video games in Chicago, the office closed Tuesday as a cost-cutting measure and released 146 local employees, who will be recruited for reassignment in other EA studios.

The closing is part of a wider restructuring that will affect the jobs of 350 employees throughout the company.

Employees will return Wednesday and Thursday to interview with EA Human Resources people who are flying into Chicago to offer them reassignment in EA facilities throughout the world.

Split Pillow’s collaborate doc features Chicago stories; at Chicago Filmmakers March 3-5

The production collective Split Pillow brings it “yes, and?” improv-based aesthetic to their first documentary “Chicago360.”

It premieres in a three-night engagement at Chicago Filmmakers March 3-5.

Split Pillow brought together five documentarians to create 10-minute stories, each focusing on the people of a different Chicago neighborhood.

“It’s a piece that could not have been done anywhere else,” said Jason Stephens, executive director of the nonprofit Split Pillow.

Camera Ambassador announces Builders Grant winner

After months of careful consideration & hundreds of community votes, Camera Ambassador introduces this year’s 2021 Community Builders Grant winner Link Wolfe.  His team’s project Zero Mile Mark is a horror short film about a troubled teen who is forcibly sent to a wilderness retreat program in the woods for “rehabilitation.” We’re incredibly grateful for the opportunity … Continue reading “Camera Ambassador announces Builders Grant winner”

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”

11 Dollar Bill produces PSA for The Climate Reality Project

Climate activists from around the world call for urgent action to combat climate change in a powerful public service announcement for The Climate Reality Project. 11 Dollar Bill produced and provided editorial, graphics design and post-production services for 24 Hours of Reality: Let’s Get Real, a piece which features personal statements from activists from London, … Continue reading “11 Dollar Bill produces PSA for The Climate Reality Project”

American Writers Museum reopens with new exhibit

The American Writers Museum (AWM), the first museum of its kind in the United States, has timed its reopening to the public to coincide with its fourth anniversary and, to celebrate, the museum is offering $4 off all admission tickets purchased in May. Online tickets can be redeemed at any point, as they are not restricted to … Continue reading “American Writers Museum reopens with new exhibit”

Lung Association’s new PSA ‘Return to What We Love’

One year ago this week marks the moment when COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic. Since then, more than half a million people in the United States have lost their lives to this highly infectious disease. The continued rollout of COVID-19 vaccines offers hope to end the pandemic, but widespread adoption of the vaccine in every community … Continue reading “Lung Association’s new PSA ‘Return to What We Love’”

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”

Schaumberg CEO fired after storming U.S. Capitol

On the same day the U.S. Department of Justice filed charges in federal court against the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol building last Wednesday, Bradley Rukstales, a Schaumberg tech firm President and CEO, was fired for his role in the act of domestic terrorism. Rukstales, 52, the head of data analytics marketing firm Cogensia … Continue reading “Schaumberg CEO fired after storming U.S. Capitol”

ArtClass partners with SG+Partners as Midwest rep

Bicoastal production company ArtClass has partnered with SG+Partners for Midwest representation. ArtClass joins a collective of production, post, and VFX talent represented by SG+Partners, led by Sarah Gitersonke, who launched the agency in 2017 after working in the Chicago production scene as a producer and executive producer for more than a decade. “ArtClass is unlike any other company in … Continue reading “ArtClass partners with SG+Partners as Midwest rep”

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”

CIFF announces ‘Go to the Body’ as winner of The Pitch

The 56th Chicago International Film Festival has announced the winner of The Pitch at the 6th edition of Industry Days: Go to the Body, written and directed by Kyra Jones (co-creator of The Right Swipe) and produced by Angellic Ross.  The film follows Sanaa, a rising racial justice organizer who is sexually assaulted by a fellow activist … Continue reading “CIFF announces ‘Go to the Body’ as winner of The Pitch”

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””

Diving into Highdive and their Emmy nomination

Daring to break the traditional agency mold, Highdive is producing exciting work that pushes the envelope in new ways. Most recently, the Ad Age Small Agency of the Year partnered with Jeep to create a Super Bowl spot celebrating the 90’s classic Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray. The commercial resonated with audiences as it was … Continue reading “Diving into Highdive and their Emmy nomination”

Emmy Award winning director Jeremy Pinckert

We’ve all seen great composition, lighting and a story from a variety of directors, but there’s one in Chicago who stands out. Jeremy Pinckert, founding member of Explore Production Company, is an award-winning director of commercials and branded content. Time and time again, Jeremy has proven that he has the eye-catching vision for monumental shots … Continue reading “Emmy Award winning director Jeremy Pinckert”

National Geographic acquires Kartemquinn’s City so Real

National Geographic announced the acquisition of CITY SO REAL, an official Indie Episodic selection at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, set to premiere on the network this fall. From twice Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Steve James (America to Me, Hoop Dreams) and his longtime producing partner Zak Piper (Life Itself, The Interrupters) the fascinating and complex … Continue reading “National Geographic acquires Kartemquinn’s City so Real”

The Mill teams up with EA SPORTS on ‘Feel Next Level’

Creatively developed in partnership with EA SPORTS and produced entirely under COVID-19 restrictions. EA SPORTS has launched a new adrenaline fueled brand film in collaboration with The Mill. Explore the powerful feelings evoked by football — from the emotional charge of 60,000 fans singing your name, to those heart-pounding seconds at the penalty spot. Premiering … Continue reading “The Mill teams up with EA SPORTS on ‘Feel Next Level’”

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”

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”

Director, Mat Fuller joins Seed’s award winning roster

Seed adds Emmy nominated VFX artist, Mat Fuller, to their award-winning directorial roster. Fuller has worked as an on-set Visual Effects Supervisor, a live-action Director, and a Creative Director.   Following the model Seed established in 2011, each director on the roster has his or her own production company that does direct-to-client work. Mat owns Dark Matter FX. It will continue … Continue reading “Director, Mat Fuller joins Seed’s award winning roster”

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”

Behind the Scenes: ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ DP, Dan Mindel

Behind the Scenes: Honoring the visual tradition of the first eight films, Dan Mindel, ASC, BSC, SASC reteams with Panavision to conclude the Star Wars saga with Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker In February 2019, director J.J. Abrams called “Cut!” for the last time during principal photography of the ninth chapter of the long-running Star Wars saga. Star Wars: … Continue reading “Behind the Scenes: ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ DP, Dan Mindel”

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”

Inside look at the ScreenCraft Writers Summit

Chicago will become the center of the TV and film universe when it hosts the eighth annual ScreenCraft Writers Summit at the Hotel Allegro next month from April 24 to April 27. Agents, producers, show runners, financiers, studio execs, and, of course, writers are scheduled to share their wisdom. Designed to connect blockbuster movie professionals with emerging … Continue reading “Inside look at the ScreenCraft Writers Summit”

AbelsonTaylor’s dynamic new space in the old post office

Embarking on a new chapter in its 40-year history, AbelsonTaylor, one of the world’s premier health and wellness advertising agencies, has relocated its headquarters to Chicago’s newly renovated Old Post Office. Occupying 80 thousand square feet in the reimagined Art Deco landmark, the space has been strategically designed to foster creative collaboration among employees and … Continue reading “AbelsonTaylor’s dynamic new space in the old post office”

CineCares’ Mirkopoulos Internship cohort keeps it going

A cohort of young professionals assured industry leaders that the future of Chicago production is in good hands at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios on Monday afternoon. Highlighting the Wrap Party for the Mirkopoulos Internship Program, each member of the group had just finished working as temporary crew on Chicago Fire / PD / Med, and … Continue reading “CineCares’ Mirkopoulos Internship cohort keeps it going”

OKRP launches #312Soul for Black History Month

Chicago agency O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul has officially launched #312Soul, a four-week, four-part multimedia online showcase promoting Chicago’s Black Music History from 1955 through 1990. Featuring original video essays, interviews, playlists, artifacts and more, #312Soul will continue throughout February to celebrate Black History Month and also reinforce 2020 as the Year of Chicago Music. ALSO … Continue reading “OKRP launches #312Soul for Black History Month”

Eight indie projects aim to spark change at Sundance

The Sundance Institute, in collaboration with global philanthropic organization Luminate, today announced six new projects supported by the Sundance Institute | Luminate Fund. The Sundance Institute | Luminate Fund provides non-recoupable grants to independent artists working across documentary, narrative, episodic and emerging media whose work display a strong potential for social and cultural impact. Joining … Continue reading “Eight indie projects aim to spark change at Sundance”

Kartemquin’s ‘City So Real’ to premiere at Sundance

Kartemquin Film’s City So Real, the newest project by two-time Academy Award-nominated director Steve James, will make its world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, running January 23-February 2. The four-hour miniseries is a mosaic portrait of current-day Chicago that delivers a deep, multifaceted look into the soul of America’s third-largest city, set against … Continue reading “Kartemquin’s ‘City So Real’ to premiere at Sundance”

Panavision helped make magic for ‘Lucy in the Sky’

Cinematographer Polly Morgan brings lead character’s “disintegrating mindset” to the big screen with Panavision DXL2. Lucy In the Sky is the story of an astronaut who, on returning to Earth, begins to fall apart and lose touch with reality. Co-written and directed by Noah Hawley, the film is inspired by the real-life romantic drama of … Continue reading “Panavision helped make magic for ‘Lucy in the Sky’”

PBS, WTTW announce ‘Prehistoric Road Trip’

New three-part natural history series brings life to extinct worlds in the Western U.S. beginning summer 2020 Today at the Television Critics Association press tour, PBS and WTTW Chicago announced Prehistoric Road Trip, a three-part natural history series that combines science, culture and history and brings viewers along for an unforgettable expedition through hundreds of … Continue reading “PBS, WTTW announce ‘Prehistoric Road Trip’”

Laughlin Constable, Byrider explore the power of ‘If’

Laughlin Constable and RW2 Productions’ directors Lyndon and Lindsey Wade help rebrand auto financier Byride with new campaign Sobering but true fact about this “booming” economy that we are living in – 78 percent of American workers live paycheck to paycheck. So, what does that mean driving wise? Well, investing in a comfortable, reliable car … Continue reading “Laughlin Constable, Byrider explore the power of ‘If’”

‘The Chi’: bringing life on the streets closer to home

Cinematographer Abraham Martinez gets it done with help from Panavision’s Light Iron One of the strengths of the acclaimed series The Chi, created by Lena Waithe, is its multifaceted take on the experiences of living in Chicago’s South Side. It also does not shy away from the big issues that impact the city. Indeed, the … Continue reading “‘The Chi’: bringing life on the streets closer to home”

Mike’s Hard Lemonade creates “brighter times”

Online takeover of Washington Post on April Fool’s day is part of three-year-old “Drink on Bright Side” campaign by Havas Reading any newspaper these days can be a tough chore, given how much bad news there is. And make no mistake, there is a lot of bad. Chicago-based Mike’s Hard Lemonade, its media agency Wavemaker … Continue reading “Mike’s Hard Lemonade creates “brighter times””

rEvolution acquires London sports marketing group

rEvolution expands global footprint, broadens reach in golf, tennis, motorsports, soccer and equestrian   CHICAGO & LONDON – rEvolution, the integrated global sports marketing agency, has acquired London-based sports marketing agency Revolution Sports Marketing Group. Founded in 2003, Revolution works with a variety of clients across golf, equestrian, tennis, motorsports and rugby, and counts SAS, … Continue reading “rEvolution acquires London sports marketing group”

Cossette brings Yukon’s Midnight Sun to Vancouver

Working with Astral Media and Yukon Tourism, the Canadian agency is posting live images from Dawson City onto digital billboards 2,000 miles away   Integrated marketing agency Cossette teamed up with Tourism Yukon to shed some light from Canada’s midnight sun on travelers in Vancouver. A stretch of nearly endless days that light up the … Continue reading “Cossette brings Yukon’s Midnight Sun to Vancouver”

Elastic Arts premieres “spiritual vision, brutalist flesh”

“Beyond Form” is a three-part, audio-visual installation and performance series featuring Julien Bayle’s “FRGMENTS” and Kim Alpert’s “Scan Lines.”   (Chicago — 17 July 2018) On July 27, 28, and 29 Elastic Arts will present a series of intentional duality featuring Julien Bayle’s FRGMENTS [USA PREMIER] with Kim Alpert’s Scan Lines [PREMIER]. This series is … Continue reading “Elastic Arts premieres “spiritual vision, brutalist flesh””

Calabash helps Airstream launch new Nest trailer

A clever multifaceted initiative features original animated hummingbird characters Gigi And Dave   (Chicago — 29 June 2018) Airstream has been making its instantly recognizable brand of travel trailers with their distinctive rounded shape and polished aluminum look since the 1930s. With their new fiberglass travel trailer, Nest, Airstream explored a new market while pushing … Continue reading “Calabash helps Airstream launch new Nest trailer”

Seed wrestles a Cannes Lion for Novartis spot

“Pharma seems to have a lot of people walking down paths and petting their dogs,” says Roy Skillicorn. “This is totally different.”   Seed Media Arts and Klick Health elevated the traditionally mild energy of pharmaceutical ads to pile-driving levels of excitement in The Wrestler, a 30-second Novartis spot that won a Bronze Lion for … Continue reading “Seed wrestles a Cannes Lion for Novartis spot”

Cinepocalypse fest from June 21 – 28 at Music Box

A cornucopia of classic genre screenings, premieres, and events to take place at Chicago’s iconic Music Box Theatre.     From June 21st through June 28th, a cornucopia of genre screenings and events will take place at the Music Box Theatre for its second annual Cinepocalypse. The film festival grinds together a gory cocktail of … Continue reading “Cinepocalypse fest from June 21 – 28 at Music Box”

Cossette’s half-arched effort wins for McD’s

Cossette and McDonald’s follow the arches all the way to a Cannes Grand Prix     Cossette took home the Grand Prix at Cannes for Follow the Arches, an OOH campaign that went viral globally, in which McDonald’s iconic arches were de-constructed and transformed into directional billboards, meant to give consumers a nudge towards the … Continue reading “Cossette’s half-arched effort wins for McD’s”

New creative to get your week going — 05.08.18

For your viewing pleasure, here’s a collection of inspiring spots and trailers that got Reel Chicago’s attention.   McDonald’s Agency: Burrell Communications Nothing really spectacular happens in this new breakfast spot for the fast food giant’s Sausage, Egg and Cheese McGriddles, but it just leaves you with a warm feeling as son hustles to meet … Continue reading “New creative to get your week going — 05.08.18”

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”

Author Blair Davis on “Black Panther’s” epic influence

According to DePaul University Associate Professor Blair Davis, Black Panther is worth all the hype. “My students have been over the moon since last year,” he says. “Not only because there is a black superhero, but also because there is a big budget blockbuster with a huge Hollywood marketing campaign and toys and t-shirts.”   … Continue reading “Author Blair Davis on “Black Panther’s” epic influence”

The Reel Black List: Okema Gunn, Film Critic and Writer

Okema “Seven” Gunn has been an educator for several years in New York City and the Chicagoland area. She has a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Masters in Secondary Education in Social Studies. She has written articles for Empire Radio Magazine, Scene Chicago, Exposure Magazine, Chicago Now, and N’digo Magapaper. Currently, she works as a … Continue reading “The Reel Black List: Okema Gunn, Film Critic and Writer”

Angelina Jolie, DGA Awards, Box Office, SNL in the news

  Angelina Jolie wins at Annie’s The Vince Lombardi trophy wasn’t the only award handed out this weekend. In Los Angeles, The Directors Guild of America and The Annie Awards honored their own for excellence in directing in film and television and animation, respectively Angelina Jolie wore a silver gown and brought two of her … Continue reading “Angelina Jolie, DGA Awards, Box Office, SNL in the news”

gyro study reveals dynamics among B2B decision makers

We’ve all been there. Despite the herculean effort your agency put forth, you lost the pitch. As the team meets for a deep dive as to find out what went wrong or came up short, the reality is that influencing one person is difficult. But, influencing the five-plus decision-makers responsible for a major business-to-business purchase … Continue reading “gyro study reveals dynamics among B2B decision makers”

The 49th Annual NAACP Image Awards

Last night, the non-televised portion of The 49th Annual NAACP Image Awards took place here in Pasadena. The celebration of outstanding work by African Americans in film, TV, music, and literature inspired the likes of Mary J. Blige (Mudbound), Morgan Freeman, Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), and Kareem Abdul Jabbar to attend. While ten winners … Continue reading “The 49th Annual NAACP Image Awards”

SNL, OKRP, Ora Interactive and Starburst in the news

Live from the Museum of Broadcast Communications it’s The SNL Experience!

According to The Chicago Tribune, a major, 500-artifact exhibit, chronicling the four-plus decades of NBC’s late-night topical humor sketch series, is coming to the Museum of Broadcast Communications in October.

The Museum’s founder, Bruce DuMont says the exhibit will change the dynamics of the museum. “It’s a grab for the gold ring. I think it’s going to dramatically change the museum for the better. We’re very excited about it. There’s going to be more attention, more traffic, more buzz about the things we do here.”

Beginning Oct. 21, the show is slated to run for 14 months at the North State Street museum that is celebrating its 35th anniversary but has struggled to draw visitors and get on sound financial footing.

Kargo, Tronc, The Avengers, Radio Hall of Fame in news

Kargo seeks to reduce damages awarded to former employee

Arguing that a New York Labor law should not apply to a Chicago resident, mobile ad shop Kargo filed a motion last Friday to reduce the $40 million awarded to former employee Alexis Berger by $36.5 million.

Berger was the former SVP of Sales for the Midwest and West Coast for Kargo when she filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) claim in spring 2016. Prior to her late-July termination, she was the agency’s highest paid employee and managed approximately 30 employees.

Leo Burnett helps museum goers speak for specimens

Well, we’ve been “voicing” everything from bees to dinosaurs in film and TV for decades now, so why not start doing the same for specimens in museums?

That’s exactly what the Field Museum is doing via an experiential effort from agency, Leo Burnett. Burnett, who already cleaned up at Cannes for their fantastic Art Institute VanGogh Air bnb, is no stranger to bringing a museum’s exhibits to life.

John Hughes memories sought for 2017 Hughes exhibit

Famous Chicago director, the late John Hughes, will be honored by the Northbook Historical Society at a June 22, 2017 exhibit of Hughes memorabilia and artifacts.

The exhibit will be conjunction with the Shermer Club’s “A John Hughes Film Festival.” Six of Hughes’ most popular and enduring films will screen June 22-25 at the John & Nancy Hughes Theatre in Lake Forest, along with a tour of Hughes suburban locations.

The Wachowskis’ Netflix sci-fi “Sense8” to shoot here

NETFLIX’ “SENSE8” sci-fi series has returned to Cinespace, setting up offices there for filming scenes here June 4-14 for Season 2.  The series is written and executive produced by what have become the Wachowski sisters, Lana and Lily, and J. Michael Stracznski.

The story is about eight strangers around the globe who are connected through shared visions and thoughts. Stracznski said at a recent press tour that the fan response for the show has been overwhelming.

Masquerade Ball benefits Essanay Studios’ restoration

Big things are in store for what originally had been the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company when it opened in 1907. It was one of the first silent movie studios and now it’s the last one standing in the country.  A movement is underway to maintain its legacy by raising the $3 million needed to renovate and restore one of Essanay’s original stages for use as performing and visual arts resource center, open to all. 

Elijah Wood shoots scene here for Spanish thriller

Actor Elijah Wood was in town Sunday and Monday shooting an exterior scene for the Spanish production of “Grand Piano,” a thriller set mainly in a 3,000 seat theatre in Chicago.

Wood stars as a washed up virtuoso pianist who finally summons up nerve to return to perform after a lengthy absence and finds a threatening note on his sheet music, forcing him to play his best concert ever to save his wife’s life and his own.

Kartemquin at 46 still serving the public interest

In September, Kartemquin Films will celebrate its 46th anniversary, having traveled from a ‘60s hippy-ish “film collective” to its current status as one of America’s most influential documentary filmmaking entities.  

Kartemquin’s unfailing work over the years on behalf of the media’s ability to serve the public interest does not go unrecognized.

Pitzel is Jacobs Agency’s new ‘creative in residence’

Bernie Pitzel has made a move.  Yes, word will go out today that Pitzel — a true veteran of the Chicago ad scene — has changed his work address to the Jacobs Agency/Chicago, where he will have the VERY Pitzelian title of “creative in residence.”

That, of course, is a new position, and Pitzel will now work alongside the agency’s executive creative director Flora Caputo.

Pitzel has moved to the Jacobs shop from Schafer Condon Carter, where he was a top creative presence for some three years. 

Cracker Barrel spots herald new Euro RSCG creative era

We’ve been waiting and waiting for this one.  And finally it launched Monday.  This would be the new national brand campaign from Euro RSCG/Chicago for the homey Cracker Barrel restaurant chain.

Called “Handcrafted by Cracker Barrel,” the ad campaign, which includes television, radio, online and a music promotion component, is intended as a major refresh of the familiar restaurant’s image, which already is well-known to hundreds of thousands of hungry families in the nation’s heartland.

Elizabeth Geddes closes talent agency, moves to L.A.

“It’s an end of an era,” said Stewart Talent agent Sam Samuelson of the Sept. 15 closing of the Chicago office of the Geddes Agency, run by Elizabeth Geddes after 44 unbroken years of business.  

He and others in the talent community said the departure of Elizabeth Geddes, called by her peers “a classy lady with enormous integrity,” will leave a vacuum in the talent scene.  “Hopefully the traditions she set will continue on with our generation of agents,” he said.

Composer Steve Samler wins top fest prize for doc score

COMPOSER/SOUND DESIGNER STEVE SAMLER chalks up another award with his Best Score/Soundtrack win from the Los Angeles Reel Film Festival, the virtual festival that honors independent filmmakers and writers.  

Samler’s score was for feature-length doc, The Forest Prince and the Pig Man (Hitchhiking in America), produced by acclaimed reality TV producer/documentarian Craig Constantine.

Wachowskis’ Kinowerks the best of green technology

New York’s billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently gave a $6 million grant to Mayor Rahm Emanuel to use for various city programs. One of them is finding ways to create greater energy savings, a top item on Emanuel’s agenda for a greener Chicago.  

But when it comes to green buildings, however, few can compare with Lana and Andy Wachowski’s environmentally efficient Ravenswood Kinowerks postproduction and effects studio.

Web comedy “Bad Sides” bows at live screening

The pilot of “Bad Sides, the comedy webisodes created by Nathan Adloff, Justin D.M. Palmer and Danny Rhodes, will debut in a live show Nov. 21 at the Uptown Lounge.

Rhodes plays a flamboyant first-time director using family money to produce an ill-conceived drama about a farm woman prostituting herself to pay for a medical operation to “de-gay” her 16-year-old grandson.

The pilot features Rhodes and his assistants, Adloff, Sadieh Rifai, Tina Shaw and Kristen Toomey, auditioning cast for the film.

Party to raise funds for “Fooditude” advances

“Top Chef” contestant Valerie Bolon and Elysian Hotel’s Jason McLeod will join other area chefs in creating favorite specialty childhood treats for “A Taste of Fooditude” party Oct. 21.

Producer Elise Jaffe is hosting the party to raise funds for her reality-based multi-media TV and web show that helps eight-to-12 year old “tweens” not just learn about cooking, but “learn about life through food,” Jaffe says.

Attracting “foodies, parents, teachers and administrators, and kids,” Jaffe hopes to sell 250 tickets minimally, raising nearly $10,000 to propel the show forward.

Death of the production company?

Bob Greenberg of R/GA will give a keynote at the Boards Summit in New York on the death of the production company paradigm. At first this seemed startling but, after reflection and research, it’s rather old news.

Bob’s point: New multi-platform methods of persuasion, espoused by marketers and new-fangled digital agencies, are designing and implementing campaigns that cross traditional boundaries.

Towers seeks real housewives for new series

REAL HOUSEWIVES OF CHICAGO are being sought for a Towers Productions reality series. According to Towers’ casting director Becky Cattie, the hope is to find women who could give this formula “a new twist,” showcasing a “really unique group of ladies to represent the Midwest.”

Towers is seeking “a dynamic group of ladies leading extraordinary lives ? modern housewives who juggle busy lives and look great doing it! No wallflowers please.”

Someone suggested Patti Blagojevich should audition.

“The Promotion” wins MWFF best feature award

PRACTICALLY EVERY INDIE FILMMAKERS turned out 350 strong at Rockit Bar & Grill Tuesday for Midwest Independent Film Festival’s annual awards and first-time fund-raiser.

Beautiful crystal awards were given to a variety of winners, and the grand prize went to “The Promotion,” the comedy written and directed by Steve Conrad, who was present, along with co-star Seann William Scott and producer Steven Jones. Richard Roeper made the presentation.

25 local films screen at CUFF, Oct. 29-Nov. 2

UIC professor and two-time Independent Spirit Award nominee Jennifer Montgomery’s “Deliver,” is one 25 local films featured in the Chicago Underground Film Festival Oct. 29-Nov. 2.

The 15th annual CUFF showcases 120 films from Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan and hosts the 17th annual IFP Filmmakers Summit, all taking place at the Viaduct Theatre.

Montgomery was long fascinated by John Boorman’s classic “Deliverance,” but troubled by its portrayal of gender roles.

The write stuff from L.A. script expert

SCREENWRITERS WILL GET A CHANCE to quiz L.A. screenwriting consultant Phillippa Burgess on how to move their careers forward and other vital breakthrough info Dec. 7 at the Chicago Screenwriters Network meeting.

As a partner in Creative Convergence, a multifaceted entertainment company representing writers, directors, producers and the like, Burgess is certainly equipped to provide the answers.

THE REEL THING: News & Notes

GENIAL FRED BEYER, who filmmakers turn to for production insurance, reveals he is opening a downtown office for the first time after 24 years in business in South Holland and Wheaton. As of Jan. 1, Beyer Insurance’s new office will occupy 5,000-sq. ft. at 6 W. Hubbard St., and employee six and a number of insurance company reps.

Beyer is also expanding into financial and investment planning, hence the new name: Beyer Financial Group.

Angle Park pair taping 14 videos documenting the work of Field Museum scientists for 2007 exhibit

Angle Park’s Martin Baumgaertner has set out on one of the biggest and most ambitious projects of the many he’s produced for the Field Museum?14 different videos for the museum’s “Ancient Americas” exhibit to open in March, 2007.

Director/cameraman Baumgaertner and producer Elizabeth Sung will spend the next two months following Museum archeologists and scientists as they unearth artifacts dating back thousands of years.

THE REEL THING: News & Notes

THAT THE TAX INCENTIVE BOOSTS BUSINESS was evidenced during August 7-19 when six spot houses took advantage of Illinois’ 20% film tax credit.

Bi-coastal HSI produced for Sears agency Y&R and New York’s Harpoon Pictures for A. Eicoff, both expected back for more Sears work later this month. This week the Story Company is shooting for Sears.

SENATE PRESIDENT EMIL JONES will be Columbia College’s guest of honor Sept. 25 celebration at to thank Jones for his leadership in guiding the passage of the tax incentive extension through the state legislature.

D.P. Carlson’s rock doc “The Bears: Out of Hibernation” debuts Oct. 9 at the Film Center

Prog rock guitar hero Adrian Belew of King Crimson reunites with his bandmates in the rock quartet The Bears, in Film Foetus’ new rockumentary “The Bears: Out of Hibernation.”

“The Bears” has its world premiere Oct. 5 in Cincinnati, where three of the Bears live, then has its Chicago debut in screenings at the Film Center Oct. 9 and 13.

“Adrian’s work is multifaceted, really across the board, and he sticks with The Bears because he likes their format and he likes playing with these guys,” said director D.P. Carlson of Film Foetus.

5-25-77: How “Star Wars” Changed My Life

Patrick Read Johnson’s teenage visits to the visual effects stages of “Stars Wars” and “Close Encounters” launched him on a 20-year career as Hollywood effects technician and studio writer/director.

His credits include “Spaced Invaders” (writer/director, 1990), “Baby’s Day Out” (director, 1994), “Angus” (director, 1995), “Dragonheart” (writer, 1996), and “When Ghouls Go Bad” (writer/director, 2001).

Then he moved back into the house where he grew up in tiny Wadsworth, Ill.

THE REEL THING: News & Notes

A NEW AD AGENCY called Houlihan Madison Most has been formed by Kevin Houlihan and Brad Most, for many years with the Chicago Creative Partnership. While HMM is clientless at the moment, it will compete for the former CCP Blue Cross account. Houlihan had been CCP president and chief creative officer; Most was head of client services. The Madison in their name is a nod to New York’s ad street.

THE REEL THING: News & Notes

STARS HERE IN APRIL. Director Marc Forster’s comedy, “Stranger than Fiction,” starts shooting April 25 at Chicago locations. It stars Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Queen Latifa, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Will Ferrell.

The story’s about an IRS auditor who suddenly finds himself the subject of narration only he can hear: narration that begins to affect his entire life, from his work, to his love-interest, to his death.

Chuck Olin, multi-honored documentarian and corporate producer, succumbs to rare disease

Chuck Olin never expected to win an Emmy for his “Marc Chagall in Chicago” documentary. “He was thrilled when he won,” said his longtime friend Tom Weinberg. “Later he laughed and said for a year no one called him for work.”

Chuck Olin, 68, died Jan. 20 at his Stinson Beach, Calif. home of amyloidosis, a rare bone marrow disease. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Feb. 6, at 1:30 p.m. in the Grand Salon, the Park Hyatt, 800 N. Michigan for the multi-honored filmmaker.

“Chuck was a lovely man.

Memorial service for composer Shelly Elias, 58, Jan. 2 at Alice Millar Chapel

A memorial service for multifaceted musician/composer Shelly Elias will be held Jan. 2 at 2 p.m. in the Alice Millar Chapel at Northwestern University.

A Chicago native, Mr. Elias, 58, died Dec. 24 of a lung infection at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. “He died peacefully in his sleep,” said Kathy Elias, his wife of 36 years.

Beginning in 1976 and for 17 years Mr. Elias, a percussionist and composer of admusic, shows and classical music, was a partner with Ted Kay in the successful music production company, TMK/Elias Productions.

Independent Production Roundup

CRAIG JAMES PIETROWIAK of Squid Brothers and Scott Preston of American Stonehenge Films are joining forces to co-produce two back-to-back HD features next year.

First up in spring is Pietrowiak’s under-$75,000 “Wrigleyville,” a coming-of-age ensemble drama that he’s been developing as a TV pilot. He plans both feature-length and hour-long cuts, “to maximize exposure.” Financing is from retired People’s Gas employee, E.P. Patrick Hogan.

REELSCREEN: News & Notes – 6/24/04

MOVIEMAKING AT THE MUSEUM. A tremendous amount of work went into “Action: An Adventure in Moviemaking,” the exhibit at the The Museum of Science & Industry. Presented by BankOne, the exhibit goes through the gamut of filmmaking, and includes such fun stuff as more than 100 artifacts including costumes from “X2: X-Men United” and the MagLev car from “Minority Report.” There’s a “Meet the Filmmakers” section Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m.

Spot producers move into features with Christian film

Waukegan commercial house Glasshouse Entertainment have moved into their new Chicago office and set up shop to begin production on their first feature film, “Throwing Stones.”

“Throwing Stones” is a Christian film, about a former prostitute struggling to gain acceptance at a West Side church.

“The inspiration for the project is to stimulate some dialogue, not just with Christians, about the difference between religion and church and spirituality,” said Angela Thomas, who is producing the film with Kweisi Dunlap.

Bob Hudgins heads new IFP board; executive director Cowing resigns

Executive director Rebekah Cowing will leave IFP/Chicago after four years, and the IFO’s Bob Hudgins now heads IFP’s new board of directors.

After nearly four years at IFP/Chicago, Cowing said she wants to “do something more creative and explore other options,” she said. She will exit April 1, giving the newly appointed board time to name her replacement and assure a seamless transition.

The IFP board formed a search committee to find her replacement and welcomes candidates’ resumes. Inquiries should be directed to the IFP/Chicago office, 33 W.

Story Companies’ Androw ascends to lead national AICP’s 479 members

Mark Androw has been traveling to New York and California on AICP business at least four times a year for the last 15 years serving on the national board in various influential capacities.

As newly-elected chairman of an association representing $4 billion in gross member billings, he anticipates ramping up his frequent flyer miles.

Androw is owner/executive producer of The Story Companies, based in Chicago with offices in Los Angeles and New York and a staff of 19.

Field’s “Baseball As America” videos put visitors in box seats

This is the Position Menu, one of six enabling visitors to find a subject. By selecting a particular position, a scorecard is presented with a list of all Hall of Fame members that played a large portion of their career at that position.

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