Chicago based Spoltz Productions screens its first LGBTQ+ musical

Spoltz Productions, a Chicago based independent production company specializing in film, audio, and digital media productions, announced that it will be screening its first LGBTQ+ musical film at film festivals later this year. Written and directed by Mike Spears, the gay romance Good Enough: A Modern Musical centers around two college seniors – Jamal and Trevor – who encounter challenges regarding their different backgrounds, … Continue reading “Chicago based Spoltz Productions screens its first LGBTQ+ musical”

Winners of Reeling: The 39th Chicago LGBTQ+ Film Festival

The audience votes are in and the judges have spoken. The winning films of Reeling: The 39th Chicago LGBTQ+ Film Festival have been announced! The 39th Chicago LGBTQ+ Film Festival ran from September 29 to October 7. It was the first ever hybrid film festival in the 39 year history of the festival, with a … Continue reading “Winners of Reeling: The 39th Chicago LGBTQ+ Film Festival”

Reeling 39 LGBTQ+ International Film Festival opens tonight

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

Miller Lite creates Open & Proud safe spaces for LGBTQ

Miller Lite and Equality Federation are announcing the “Open & Proud” program, an initiative that aims to create safe, inclusive spaces at bars for the LGBTQ community. The program includes the development and implementation of inclusivity training materials for bar owners and employees at the 55,000 bars and nightclubs where Miller Lite is sold. These … Continue reading “Miller Lite creates Open & Proud safe spaces for LGBTQ”

Doc featuring life of Chicago LGBTQ+ leaders Art and Pep

A teaser and website for the new film Art and Pep was just released, giving a first glimpse into the documentary that will feature the life and love of LGBTQ+ civil rights leaders, Art Johnston and José Pepe Peña, owners of the iconic Sidetrack bar in Chicago. For more than 40 years, Johnston and Peña … Continue reading “Doc featuring life of Chicago LGBTQ+ leaders Art and Pep”

Orbitz reaffirms commitment to LGBTQ+ travel

Twenty years after launching the first LGBTQ print ad encouraging travelers to “see the world on your terms,” travel site Orbitz is debuting a new national ad campaign and call to action for LGBTQIA+ travelers as the travel industry readies for a comeback.  The campaign, titled “Travel As You Are,” invites all people to travel on their own terms, not the ones society … Continue reading “Orbitz reaffirms commitment to LGBTQ+ travel”

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”

Reeling LGBTQ+ International Film Festival lineup

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

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

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

LGBTQ Voices in Comedy panel at CCFF

The Chicago Comedy Film Festival, sponsored by Columbia College Cinema and Television Department, will present a panel of films and guest speakers around the topic of LGBTQ voices and conversations in the comedy film industry. The program is made possible by a grant from Columbia College’s academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion department. It will serve … Continue reading “LGBTQ Voices in Comedy panel at CCFF”

2019 Reeling LGBTQ film festival

From ‘Shiny Shrimps’ to ‘Scream Queen,’ the annual Windy City tradition promises to entertain, inspire, amuse, arouse and break a few hearts Reeling, the second-oldest LGBTQ film festival in the world and a beloved Chicago cultural institution for more than 35 years, kicks off fall with an exciting slate of movies that showcases the diversity … Continue reading “2019 Reeling LGBTQ film festival”

Reeling LGBTQ+ Int’l Film Fest opens tomorrow

The program’s 31 features and 19 shorts — each one a Chicago premier — will screen through the 30th The 36th edition of Reeling — the world’s second-oldest LGBTQ film festival and a beloved Chicago cultural institution — will launch its presentation of 31 features and 19 shorts with a party and screening of Freelancers … Continue reading “Reeling LGBTQ+ Int’l Film Fest opens tomorrow”

Two feature debuts take top honors at Chicago Latino Film Festival

The 38th Chicago Latino Film Festival announced today the winners and runners-up for its Audience Choice Awards. The slate of 50 features and 36 shorts from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the United States, included an array of premieres, stories of underrepresented communities, and an increase in LGBTQIA+ films. Even though the festival is a non-competitive … Continue reading “Two feature debuts take top honors at Chicago Latino Film Festival”

Jussie Smollett: arrogance, selfishness and narcissism that is just disgraceful

“There’s a side of you that has this arrogance, and selfishness, and narcissism that is just disgraceful,” Cook County Judge James Linn said in his closing remarks to Jussie Smollett. “You’re not a victim of a racial hate crime, you’re not a victim of a homophobic hate crime. You’re just a charlatan pretending to be … Continue reading “Jussie Smollett: arrogance, selfishness and narcissism that is just disgraceful”

McDonald’s celebrates Black History with Future 22

McDonald’s has launched Future 22, a new creative campaign that celebrates the work of 22 young, gifted and Black leaders whose passion and talent are creating meaningful change in communities across the country. The integrated campaign by Burrell Communications starts today and will run through summer, featuring TV and radio spots voiced over by award-winning actress, … Continue reading “McDonald’s celebrates Black History with Future 22”

Chicago filmmaker Jim Vendiola awarded NewNarratives inaugural grant

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA), supported by WarnerMedia OneFifty, has announced the final selection of its NewNarratives artist grant program. Chicago filmmaker Jim Vendiola has been awarded the NewNarratives inaugural grant for 2021. The program is committed to identifying one winner who would be awarded a grant ranging between $10,000 and $100,000, to be determined based … Continue reading “Chicago filmmaker Jim Vendiola awarded NewNarratives inaugural grant”

Gene Siskel Center presents Black Harvest Film Festival prize

The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago announces the 2021 winners of the Richard and Ellen Sandor Family Black Harvest Film Festival Prize. Cash prize awarded to both the best feature film and best short film at the 27th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival, as selected by a … Continue reading “Gene Siskel Center presents Black Harvest Film Festival prize”

OTV partners with Estudio Teorema for #BraveFutures Film Race

Chicago-based OTV has partnered with Guadalajara’s Estudio Teorema for its latest #BraveFutures Film Race in an effort to democratize the film industry. A rare opportunity to produce, exhibit, and distribute original film and audiovisual content internationally has become much more attainable for Guadalajaran content creators with the launch of #BraveFutures Guadalajara – Open Television’s (OTV) … Continue reading “OTV partners with Estudio Teorema for #BraveFutures Film Race”

PrideArts Fall Film Festival will stream in four weekly programs

PrideArts announces the PrideArts Fall Film Festival, a month long festival of 32 films from 9 countries that will stream online in four segments, each available online for one week. Films address a wide range of issues and situations that are common across many cultures: defining oneself as an LGBTQ person, family relations, forming and … Continue reading “PrideArts Fall Film Festival will stream in four weekly programs”

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”

Winners of the 57th Chicago International Film Festival

The Chicago International Film Festival announces the winners of its 2021 competitions. Celebrating its 57th edition October 13 – 24, 2021, the Chicago International Film Festival is North America’s longest-running competitive international film festival. In a virtual ceremony live-streamed via the Chicago International Film Festival YouTube channel, the Festival awarded prizes in the following categories: … Continue reading “Winners of the 57th Chicago International Film Festival”

4400 series premiere promo and official synopsis of first episode

Filmed in Chicago, 4400 series premiere, titled Past Is Prologue, airs on Monday, October 25, at 8 PM CST on The CW. The original The 4400 series ran for 4 years and 44 episodes and was cancelled in December 2007, reportedly due to low ratings, budget costs, and the ongoing Writers Guild strike at the … Continue reading “4400 series premiere promo and official synopsis of first episode”

Full festival schedule for the 27th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center announces the full festival schedule for its 27th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival, which will take place both virtually and in person at the Gene Siskel Film Center from November 5 through December 2. The festival’s month-long showcase of Black stories will feature … Continue reading “Full festival schedule for the 27th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival”

57th Chicago International Film Fest announces competition juries

The 57th Chicago International Film Festival announced the esteemed members of the juries for its competitions, featuring acclaimed filmmakers and industry luminaries from around the globe. Juries shall award Gold and Silver Hugo Awards in the following competitions: International Competition; OutLook; City & State; and Short Film Competitions.  The International Competition Jury will award the Gold Hugo … Continue reading “57th Chicago International Film Fest announces competition juries”

Energy BBDO volunteers with 826CHI to bring kids’ words to life

Chicago nonprofit, 826CHI, is holding their biggest fundraising event of the year today, October 14th! “Eat Your Words” aims to raise enough money to ensure 750 local students have equitable access to a tuition-free, high-quality arts and literacy education. Every $458 raised allows one student to write their future for the 2021-2022 school year. As part of … Continue reading “Energy BBDO volunteers with 826CHI to bring kids’ words to life”

Chicago International Film Festival announces full lineup of 57th edition

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

Reeling39 fest will have vaccine policy for theater screenings

Reeling39: The 39th Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival opens on September 23 at the Music Box Theatre and runs September 24 – 30 at the Landmark Century Centre Cinemas and virtually from September 27 – October 7. Boasting 42 shows including 33 feature films and 9 short film programs, this year’s festival includes films from … Continue reading “Reeling39 fest will have vaccine policy for theater screenings”

Tariq Hassan returns to Chicago as Chief Marketing Officer at McDonald’s

Tariq Hassan has been hired as USA’s Chief Marketing and Digital Customer Experience Officer for McDonald’s USA. Although his career has taken him around the world with stops in a number of cities, Chicago holds a special place in his heart. Here’s five things to know about McDonald’s USA’s incoming Chief Marketing and Digital Customer … Continue reading “Tariq Hassan returns to Chicago as Chief Marketing Officer at McDonald’s”

Miller Lite and Equality Illinois to hold first Open & Proud Town Hall

Miller Lite and Equality Federation announce the first Open & Proud Town Hall, to be held in Chicago. The Open & Proud initiative aims to create safe, inclusive spaces at bars for the LGBTQ community.  The program features a series of town hall events where LGBTQ individuals over 21 will share their candid, open experiences, and thoughts on … Continue reading “Miller Lite and Equality Illinois to hold first Open & Proud Town Hall”

Seed adds multi-talented Director, Kali Bailey to roster

Seed Media Arts announces the addition of Director, Kali Bailey, to its roster. This continues Seed’s recent run of partnerships with experienced cinematic storytellers all having expertise in numerous aspects of filmmaking. Bailey is an accomplished Director with a strong background in Writing, Cinematography, and Editorial that is proudly rooted in the LGBTQ+ community. Kali … Continue reading “Seed adds multi-talented Director, Kali Bailey to roster”

Leo Burnett unveils 2021 Cannes Lions Predictions

For more than three decades, Burnetters have hedged their bets on Cannes Lions winners with 90% accuracy! After a supremely challenging 2020 and a year off for the Cannes Festival of Creativity, the industry’s most prestigious global awards show will have its virtual premire from June 21-25, 2021—complete with live-prgramming, on-demand content and more.  To … Continue reading “Leo Burnett unveils 2021 Cannes Lions Predictions”

Chicago students chosen as Television Academy Fellows

Three students from Chicago, IL–Mallory Baysek, Zachary Gradishar and Isabel Roney–have been selected for the Television Academy Foundation’s prestigious 2021 Summer Fellows Program. They are among just 50 students chosen from across the country by Television Academy members to participate in the program. Zachary Gradishar, of Chicago, IL, who attended St. Ignatius College Prep, is … Continue reading “Chicago students chosen as Television Academy Fellows”

Mars Wrigley develops QueeR Codes during Pride Month

To celebrate and support the LGBTQ+ community SKITTLES is teaming up with critically acclaimed historian, author, educator and influencer, Blair Imani, to promote LGBTQ+ visibility, spotlighting artists, influencers and creators through the SKITTLES QueeR Codes program in cities across the U.S. and at SKITTLESQueerCodes.com. The program includes partnerships with four LGBTQ+ artists across the country who … Continue reading “Mars Wrigley develops QueeR Codes during Pride Month”

Flying with Pride: United, Chase and Visa join forces

In celebration and support of Pride Month, United Airlines, Chase and Visa are collaborating to reward United Visa Cardmembers who donate to non-profit LGBTQ+ organizations.  Between June 1 and June 30, 2021, eligible United MileagePlus Visa Cardmembers will receive five total miles for every dollar up to $1,000 in donations per eligible card made to the following … Continue reading “Flying with Pride: United, Chase and Visa join forces”

McDonald’s commits to diverse-owned production houses

Over the next four years, McDonald’s and Owner/Operators are accelerating the allocation of advertising dollars to diverse-owned media companies, production houses and content creators. McDonald’s total investment in diverse-owned partners – including Black, Hispanic, Asian Pacific American, Women and LGBTQ-owned platforms – will more than double, moving from 4% to 10% of national advertising spend between 2021 … Continue reading “McDonald’s commits to diverse-owned production houses”

16th CineYouth Festival announces winners

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

Porsche casts Bill Nye to teach Electric Taycan

Who doesn’t love Bill Nye, the Science Guy? Porsche certainly does, as the luxury brand has tapped Nye for a five-part web series explaining the engineering of the battery electric Taycan. Launching today, the project is aptly titled “Bill Nye Explains the All-Electric Taycan.”  This is a fast follow to last month’s “Going the Distance” 8-minute film with … Continue reading “Porsche casts Bill Nye to teach Electric Taycan”

Blue Chip launches recipe campaign for White Castle

To expand meal occasions for its iconic, Original Sliders, White Castle is showing consumers how to use Sliders as ingredients in new seasonal recipes. For Spring, agency Blue Chip created three classic Easter and brunch recipes that serve as the basis for a social media and influencer campaign to broaden the brand. Content pairs recipes … Continue reading “Blue Chip launches recipe campaign for White Castle”

Mayor Lightfoot honors Chicago’s women community leaders

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot joined other City and community leaders for a celebratory virtual event to commemorate Women’s History Month by honoring 24 community leaders for their commitment to supporting and advocating for the City of Chicago.  “As only the second female Mayor of Chicago, I know that the success of our great city has … Continue reading “Mayor Lightfoot honors Chicago’s women community leaders”

‘Color of Tomorrow’ promotes unity in the face of unrest

The National Museum of Mexican Art invites the public to a virtual screening of the award-winning animated short ‘Color of Tomorrow’ as part of its Storytellers 4 Unity Film Forum.  Guests will also participate in a virtual discussion about the film with the Film Director and Storyline Author, Michelle M. Collins; Artist Sam Kirk; Illinois State … Continue reading “‘Color of Tomorrow’ promotes unity in the face of unrest”

Miller Lite Level Up Fund announces $100k grant for IWD

Miller Lite announces the launch of the Miller Lite Level Up Fund, a $100,000 grant program that aims to provide financial support to uncelebrated communities in the gaming world. Coinciding with International Women’s Day on Monday, March 8, the Fund will raise awareness for the inspiring female streamers that deserve greater recognition and access to … Continue reading “Miller Lite Level Up Fund announces $100k grant for IWD”

2020 in Review: Mary Caddy of The Colonie

Editor’s Note: In 2020, the world changed right before our very eyes. Ad agencies, production companies and post houses were forced to adapt and begin a “new normal” working, living, exercising and entertaining out of home. Now that we have just entered 2021, we asked around our industry friends to reflect back on the year and … Continue reading “2020 in Review: Mary Caddy of The Colonie”

Liz Roche appointed to GM and CSO of Havas CX helia

Havas Creative North America continues its commitment to customer experience by announcing Liz Roche as general manager and chief strategy officer of Havas CX helia, part of the recently formed Havas CX global network. In the position, Roche—formerly managing director of Havas helia (customer engagement)—is tasked with leading strategy for clients and internal teams in … Continue reading “Liz Roche appointed to GM and CSO of Havas CX helia”

New campaign for NAR & Havas Chicago

While the National Association of REALTORS ( NAR ) has long advocated for fair housing, the latest campaign, created by Havas Chicago, acknowledges that there is still more work to be done across the real estate industry. The National Association of REALTORS® is re-committing to the fairness fight and encouraging REALTORS, who are members of … Continue reading “New campaign for NAR & Havas Chicago”

The Chicago 48 Hour Film Project begins this weekend

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

Chicago Immersive presents WANDER: Lincoln Square

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

Chicago Latino Film Fest announces lineup of films

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

Gardner’s ‘Long Ride Home’ plays Bentonville Fest

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

The 9th annual 3% Conference goes virtual Monday

The 3% Movement will host a digital conference themed “The Radically Inclusive Future of Work” for their 9th annual event, July 27-29, where attendees are invited to reimagine work from the comfort of their own homes. Between a global pandemic and racial unrest in our country, this moment in history is serving as the ultimate … Continue reading “The 9th annual 3% Conference goes virtual Monday”

Leo Burnett copywriter, Trans Lifeline co-lead, Len Sheth

Leo Burnett junior copywriter Len Sheth opens up about their highly successful work with Trans Lifeline, brands authentically extending their reach, and even a competitive tap-dancing past. Two years ago, Len Sheth began their journey as a Burnetter—and since then, the junior copywriter has created exceptional work for a diversified client portfolio including American Heart … Continue reading “Leo Burnett copywriter, Trans Lifeline co-lead, Len Sheth”

SKITTLES celebrates Pride Month with Pride Packs

For the month of June, SKITTLES has given up its signature rainbow by removing the iconic colorful branding to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and highlight that during Pride, only #OneRainbow matters. For the first time in the U.S., the brand is releasing limited-edition SKITTLES Pride Packs. The packs feature a colorless design with colorless candies … Continue reading “SKITTLES celebrates Pride Month with Pride Packs”

Navy Pier Pride returns for 5th Annual Live Celebration

Navy Pier, Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination, welcomes all to celebrate Pride Month in person at the People’s Pier for the fifth consecutive year of Navy Pier Pride. On Saturday, June 27 from 1 – 10 p.m., celebrate equality, love and the LGBTQ+ community at the newly-reopened People’s Pier. This free and safe daylong celebration will include scheduled live musical performances, resources from community partners and … Continue reading “Navy Pier Pride returns for 5th Annual Live Celebration”

Reunion Chicago, OTV & Slo ‘Mo join in virtual Pride fest

#4theQulture advocates for Black LGBTQ+ creativity and liberation June 26-28 CHICAGO- LGBTQ+ centered organizations  Reunion Chicago, Slo ‘Mo and OTV – Open Television are combining energies and resources to present an intergenerational and intersectional virtual Pride festival that celebrates, centers and advocates for Chicago Black LGBTQ+ artists, community and causes. Tapping into the talents of … Continue reading “Reunion Chicago, OTV & Slo ‘Mo join in virtual Pride fest”

UPDATED: Ruby Rose leaves ‘Batwoman’

Um…. well… This is Bat Sh*t crazy! Deadline is reporting that Ruby Rose, the star of the CW’s drama series Batwoman, is leaving the Warner Bros. TV/Berlanti Prods. drama after one season. The series, which shoots exteriors in Chicago, has been renewed for a second season, will continue with the title role getting recast. “I have made the … Continue reading “UPDATED: Ruby Rose leaves ‘Batwoman’”

Full Spectrum Features supports diversity in Indie Films

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

Chicago Filmmakers hints at Reeling festival going virtual

Today, Thursday May 14th, The Indie Film Town Hall met to discuss the future of production in Illinois.  The panel included Christine Dudley (IPA) Angie Gaffney (IFA), Peter Hawley (Illinois Film Office), Anthony Kaufman (Chicago International Film Festival Industry) Brenda Webb (Chicago Filmmakers), Colette Ghunim (Mezcla Media Collective).  The discussion was led by Angie Gaffney, … Continue reading “Chicago Filmmakers hints at Reeling festival going virtual”

SEE UPDATE: the Chicago Latino Film Fest is postponed

Pepe Vargas, the Founder and Executive Director of the Chicago Latino Film Festival sadly announced the postponement of the 36th annual festival. Due to the concerns for the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the festival originally scheduled to open on April 16 through April 30 at AMC River East 21 Theatres, will be pushed to … Continue reading “SEE UPDATE: the Chicago Latino Film Fest is postponed”

Reel Women: Brenda Webb, Chicago Filmmakers Exec Dir

Editor’s Note: They are leaders. They are inspirational. They are mentors. They are visionaries. They are, quite frankly, badasses. They are our 2020 Reel Women During Women’s History Month, you will be able to meet these incredible personalities in Advertising, Entertainment, Media and Production. Get ready. Brenda Webb started at Chicago Filmmakers in 1978 as … Continue reading “Reel Women: Brenda Webb, Chicago Filmmakers Exec Dir”

From cosplay to comics, C2E2 comes to Chicago

Those who know me best might be surprised to learn that I’ve never attended a comic con, nor have I ever truly attempted cosplay. Conceptual modeling? Yes. Cosplay? Not so much. Last Halloween, I was excited to take on the challenge of creating my favorite Mortal Kombat character of all time (Kitana), while simultaneously making … Continue reading “From cosplay to comics, C2E2 comes to Chicago”

Elijah McKinnon, Executive Director, OTV

Multi-talented artist, advocate, and creative leader Elijah McKinnon — who is from the future — joins the 2020 Reel Chicago Black List, an annual celebration of African-American creativity published during Black History Month. The Reel Chicago Black List includes Global Mixx founder Mary Datcher, House Music pioneer Vince Lawrence, and filmmaker Rhyan LaMarr. To view … Continue reading “Elijah McKinnon, Executive Director, OTV”

MFF launches 2020 season under new director Duffy

Erica Duffy, a transplant from San Francisco, has been part of the Chicago film community for 6 years and counting. No stranger to film production, she’s the proud owner of Camera Ambassador, a local rental house in Chicago. Camera Ambassador provides resources and services to filmmakers such as workshops and screenings.  The space also hosts … Continue reading “MFF launches 2020 season under new director Duffy”

Goldwyn gets ‘Saul & Ruby’s Holocaust Survivor Band’

Samuel Goldwyn Films announced today that the company has acquired North American rights to Tod Lending’s feature documentary Saul & Ruby’s Holocaust Survivor Band (aka Saul & Ruby, To Life!). The film debuted and won the Grand Jury Prize at the Miami Jewish Film Festival this January and features Holocaust survivors and band members Saul … Continue reading “Goldwyn gets ‘Saul & Ruby’s Holocaust Survivor Band’”

Onion City opens with Beatrice Gibson March 12

The Onion City Experimental Film + Video Festival is pleased to partner with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Conversations at the Edge series for the inaugural screening of its 30th anniversary edition. The program kicks off at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 12 and continues through Sunday, March 15 with all festival … Continue reading “Onion City opens with Beatrice Gibson March 12”

Interview with ‘Good Kisser’ director Wendy Jo Carlton

Spotlight on the award-winning filmmaker whose ‘lesbian love triangle’ plays Siskel Center October 25-31 Wendy Jo Carlton’s award-winning new film, Good Kisser, follows the evolution of an all-female ménage à trois over the course of a single night. Sexy and fun, no doubt; but like most of Carlton’s work, the love taps into a world … Continue reading “Interview with ‘Good Kisser’ director Wendy Jo Carlton”

‘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”

Reeling to showcase a load of Chicago-connected films

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

ChiFilmFest unveils Industry Days agenda

Master Classes with Oscar and Sundance winners are just a few of the events scheduled for October 17-20 program     The 55th Chicago International Film Festival announced today the program for Industry Days (October 17-20, 2019) with an impressive list of guest speakers to inspire and illuminate the film and entertainment community.   A … Continue reading “ChiFilmFest unveils Industry Days agenda”

The Mill Chicago welcomes new EP Jenny Lumpkin

“Force to be reckoned with” brings industry expertise and relationship-building finesse to full-service production studio The Mill announced today that Jenny Lumpkin has joined their Chicago studio as Executive Producer. Lumpkin arrives at The Mill after spending the last seven years at Quriosity Productions, a Chicago-based production company. As Senior Producer, she developed Quriosity’s production … Continue reading “The Mill Chicago welcomes new EP Jenny Lumpkin”

Chi native produces immigration stories in ‘#WeLAGente’

When you attend the 15th annual Oscar-qualifying Hollyshorts, you never know what treasure you will stumble upon. Make no mistake, whatever the block, it will be a thought-provoking treat. Daniel Sol, Nicole Castro and the other programmers, really do take the time to curate a special 10-day festival.     Such is the case with … Continue reading “Chi native produces immigration stories in ‘#WeLAGente’”

The 10th annual Chicago South Asian Film Festival

Weekend-long cultural event opens September 19 with a red-carpet screening of “The Last Color” at Spertus Institute An amazing lineup of films surrounding South Asian culture will be screened at the Chicago South Asian Film Festival (CSAFF). Celebrating 10 years, CSAFF is the largest film festival of its kind in the Midwest, taking place from … Continue reading “The 10th annual Chicago South Asian Film Festival”

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”

Cow Lamp signs ‘Rendezvous’ for distribution

Michael Glover Smith’s award-winning “love letter” to the Windy City will begin streaming online in October Cow Lamp Films has acquired the rights to Rendezvous in Chicago. According to a press release issued today, the company will make the locally-produced romantic comedy available for online viewing in October, when Rendezvous’ summer festival run concludes. Rendezvous … Continue reading “Cow Lamp signs ‘Rendezvous’ for distribution”

C-K pushes ‘Love is Pretty Cool Pops’ for Pride Month

The Chicago agency teams up with the Logan Square ice creamery to build five pop-ups at strategic ‘El’ train stations LGBTQ+ Pride Month is celebrated in the month of June to commemorate the Stonewall Riots that occurred in Manhattan exactly 50 years ago and to recognize the many contributions the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and … Continue reading “C-K pushes ‘Love is Pretty Cool Pops’ for Pride Month”

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”

2019 CineYouth audience and jury awards

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

‘Jawline’ to open CineYouth Festival

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

CineYouth unveils 2019 film and program schedule

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

WTTW’s “Chicago on Vacation” with Geoffrey Baer

WTTW special revisits the great Midwest family road trip with Geoffrey Baer When your family piled into the car for a vacation, where did you go? Starved Rock? Lake Geneva? The Wisconsin Dells? Maybe the Indiana Dunes? Or Michigan’s Harbor Country? The road trip is a time-honored tradition, and “are we there yet?” is a … Continue reading “WTTW’s “Chicago on Vacation” with Geoffrey Baer”

Chicago Feminist Film Festival, Feb 27 – March 1

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

‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett beaten by MAGA supporters

Details suggest the actor was targeted by racist and homophobic attackers during 2 a.m. assault CNN is reporting that Empire star Jussie Smollett was viciously attacked in the early Tuesday morning in what Chicago police are calling a possible hate crime. The 35-year-old actor has starred on the hit Fox series, which is filmed in … Continue reading “‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett beaten by MAGA supporters”

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”

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”

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”

Chicago Int’l Film Fest releases Industry Days schedule

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

Digital Media Fund awards $100k to Chicago artists

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

Black Harvest Film Festival at the Siskel Center

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

Madalinski’s “Two in the Bush” premieres at LA Outfest

“Just because you haven’t read this in a book, or seen it in a movie to tell you it’s right, doesn’t mean it’s wrong. Only you know what’s right for you.”   Director Laura Madalinski’s feature-film debut, Two in the Bush: A Love Story, is a romantic comedy that will premiere on July 19th at … Continue reading “Madalinski’s “Two in the Bush” premieres at LA Outfest”

“Kappa Force” to deliver punch at Logan on July 29

The new web-series features five sorority sisters fighting the patriarchy, one frat boy at a time   Kappa Force is a satirical web series about a crime-fighting sorority that takes on the evil El Douche of Sigma Sigma Epsilon. Director Hannah Welever and writer/producer Addison Heimann’s Kappa Force is having its hometown premiere on Sunday, … Continue reading ““Kappa Force” to deliver punch at Logan on July 29”

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AgencyEA, Pandora team up for Chi Pride Parade

The companies will celebrate the main event in “the birthplace of pride parades” with a co-branded float during the 49th annual Windy City run   AgencyEA, a global award-winning brand experience and digital agency, announced last week a new partnership with Pandora, the popular music streaming and internet radio company. The two companies will recognize … Continue reading “AgencyEA, Pandora team up for Chi Pride Parade”

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”

Millennium Park Summer Film Series

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

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

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

Chicago Filmmakers invites public to celebrate new space

Chicago Filmmakers invites the public to join us in celebrating the opening of our new home, a 1928 Chicago Historic Landmark firehouse purchased from the city of Chicago in 2016. After extensive renovations, Chicago Filmmakers has restored the retired firehouse and developed it into a new space that will be a vital cultural addition to … Continue reading “Chicago Filmmakers invites public to celebrate new space”

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”

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

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

Chi Film Office announces 2018 Filmmakers in Residence

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

Easy Abby, Seed, Give a Shirt, DDB in the news

Viral Chicago series Easy Abby returns for season two Easy Abby, the “Lesbian RomCom Series” that scored more than 30 million views with thirteen episodes in its first season, returns Dec. 15 on Revry, “the world’s first LGBTQ+ digital streaming platform.” Created, written, and directed by Chicago filmmaker Wendy Jo Carlton, Easy Abby chronicles the … Continue reading “Easy Abby, Seed, Give a Shirt, DDB in the news”

‘Groundhog Day for a Black Man’ wows fest crowd

With more than 4,200 submissions, the 12th annual NBCUniversal Short Film Festival announced the winners from a group of nine finalists during the grand finale gala at the Director’s Guild in Los Angeles. The competition, which occurred Wednesday night, was stiff as the nine short films and web series presented were amazingly crafted and thoughtful … Continue reading “‘Groundhog Day for a Black Man’ wows fest crowd”

Lena Waithe makes history

There was a collective round of “yesses” heard along with gasps as the multitalented “queer girl from the South Side” was recognized for her amazing work on the just as amazing “Master of None” Sunday night at the Emmys. Lena Waithe. Actress. Producer. Screenwriter. Winner. And South Side made history as she became the first … Continue reading “Lena Waithe makes history”

Wendell Etherly’s “Market Value” premieres at Reeling

Chicago writer/director Wendell Etherly’s feature, Market Value, will premiere at The Reeling: Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival on September 25. The powerfully emotional drama tells the story of Audrey Stewart (Jules Bruff), a professional nurse living comfortably with her wife, who is abruptly forced to confront the circumstances that forced her to give up her … Continue reading “Wendell Etherly’s “Market Value” premieres at Reeling”

Cramer-Krasselt gets naughty with nonprofit group

According to a CNN report, teen birth rates are at historic lows across Milwaukee and the rest of the country dropping to a low of 9% — great news considering that preventing teen births is positively correlated with finishing high school and having better long-term health and financial outcomes.

However, within several Milwaukee zip codes, Cramer-Krasselt learned that teens were living a different reality — teen birth rates were more than three times that of the rest of the city, and STI rates for Gonorrhea were some of the worst in the entire nation.

Lindsey directs series of short films for MillerCoors

Seed Media Arts director Jason Lindsey recently shot a series of MillerCoors short films to celebrate people who know what honesty and hard work is all about.

Created by Jacobson/Rost, the six mini-documentaries achieve heartwarming levels of charm from the get-go.

“They wanted stories from people who are committed to quality in the same way that MillerCoors is,” Lindsey explains.

HBO picks up “Brown Girls” series set in Chicago

There is a bridge in Trenton NJ, that boldly says, “What Trenton Makes, The World Takes.” The same could be said for Chicago when it comes to entertainment.

Brown Girls, a web series made by Chicago-based writer Fatimah Asghar and director Samantha Bailey, has been picked up by HBO. The show, an untitled version of Brown Girls, will be produced by 3Arts and MXN Entertainment.

Byrne doc follows Tamale’s bid for Leather Queen

When Tamale, an interdisciplinary artist and comedian, invited filmmakers C. Bryne and Nadia Oussenko to document her bid for the crown in the 25th annual International Ms. Leather fetish pageant, “I jumped at the opportunity,” Byrne says.

“Tamale is a fascinating and hilarious person with many layers and levels and we’re excited to explore those on screen.” 

For their documentary, “Leather Queen,” the filmmakers will show Tamale in the process of preparing for the competition, as well as her experience at IMsL.  

Doc challenges Christian homophobia

Sons of evangelical missionaries in Indonesia and Latin America, respectively, Andrew Freer and Samuel Díaz-Littauer grew believing “homosexuality was one of the ‘really bad sins,’” Freer says.

Freer started questioning this belief A an international relations major at Wheaton College, which officially condemns homosexuality. “But “students… are becoming more willing to talk and act humanely about this subject,” he says.