MFF presents Music Video/Music in Film Night

0 On November 16th, Midwest Film Festival will be hosting an event that will be showcasing selected works focused on music and its impact in film as well as how films and videos can be built around music. The evening will showcase the talents of various filmmakers as well as musicians.  From social justice to … Continue reading “MFF presents Music Video/Music in Film Night”

MFF Union & Indie Passion Projects exciting lineup

0 Join Midwest Film Festival and The Gene Siskel Film Center on Tuesday, September 29th at 6:00pm at the CHI-Town Movies Drive-In with a brand new themed night to celebrate the passion projects created by Union & Indie Filmmakers.  This night is all about celebrating the short films created not only by indie filmmakers, but also members … Continue reading “MFF Union & Indie Passion Projects exciting lineup”

Manuela Hung’s ‘Handpan Journey’ premieres at MFF

4+ Reel Chicago goes Behind the Scenes with Manuela Hung on the making of her fascinating documentary, Handpan Journey premiering at Midwest Film Festival’s Female Filmmaker Night. If there was a Chicago award for lifetime achievement, dedication and love for film, Manuela Hung would be a top contender.  She has been an active part of … Continue reading “Manuela Hung’s ‘Handpan Journey’ premieres at MFF”

MFF offers free online Comedy Shorts Program

2+ Just when we needed it the most, the Midwest Film Festival (MFF) is participating in #GivingTuesday by giving viewers access to their Comedy Shorts Program online, free of charge. Originally presented in February as the 2020 season opener program, there are 10 films available to view that touch on a wide variety of topics, all with one … Continue reading “MFF offers free online Comedy Shorts Program”

MFF launches 2020 season under new director Duffy

6+ 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 … Continue reading “MFF launches 2020 season under new director Duffy”

Midwest Film Fest announces drive-in events

1+ The Midwest Film Festival is delighted to announce three upcoming events to round out the 2020 season, all taking place at Chi-Town Movies Drive-In, located in Pilsen. Based on the sold-out success last month of Female Filmmakers Shorts Night, Erica Duffy, Executive Director, and the MFF Board, want to charge ahead with screenings, to … Continue reading “Midwest Film Fest announces drive-in events”

Creative Director behind Jennifer Hudson’s performance

2+ Behind the Scenes interview with Michael Apostolos, the Creative Director behind Jennifer Hudson’s moving performance at the DNC. This past week, Jennifer Hudson’s DNC performance touched the hearts of those watching.  Set below the Tiffany dome in the beloved Chicago Cultural Center, she sang the perfect song: “A Change is going to come.”  The … Continue reading “Creative Director behind Jennifer Hudson’s performance”

Chicago Comedy Film Fest to go virtual this month

2+ We will still laugh. Just virtually. The Chicago Comedy Film Festival was scheduled to take place March 19th-22nd, 2020 at Columbia College Chicago. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and mandatory shut down of events and non essential business in the city of Chicago, CCFF has announced their plan to launch an online virtual … Continue reading “Chicago Comedy Film Fest to go virtual this month”

Erica Duffy describes her Midwest Film Fest vision

6+ For the past 15 years, the Midwest Independent Film Festival has been showcasing Midwest filmmakers at monthly screenings known as “First Tuesdays.” Over the past two years, MIFF leadership, board members, and volunteers have weathered personnel changes, programming challenges, and attendance ebbs and flows. Now, the Fest is embarking on a major transformation, led … Continue reading “Erica Duffy describes her Midwest Film Fest vision”

Protokulture rocks 2019 AICP sponsorship video

4+ When you’re always the last stop on the AICP NEXT Awards Show tour year after year, you know you have to come hard. There’s a reason (actually multiple) why the chatter among producers, creatives and reps, around the country,  is that Chicago is their favorite AICP city stop. The city’s advertising peeps from agencies … Continue reading “Protokulture rocks 2019 AICP sponsorship video”

Havas and Hardee’s serve up “Hick-Hop” for ‘Merica

4+ No, that wasn’t a Chevy Truck spot we just watched. It was Hardee’s. However, if one wasn’t paying too much attention, the new anthemic, feel-good spot which introduces the concept of “comfort culture” could get mistaken for something that rolled out of Detroit. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Hardee’s, which is Carl’s Jr … Continue reading “Havas and Hardee’s serve up “Hick-Hop” for ‘Merica”

Can C/K, DDB’s foreign creative approach work?

Does foreign really work in Chicago?  That’s the burning question that is likely to be answered in the not too distant future as we watch how things fare for two high-profile creative leaders in Chicago.

The most recent arrival to whom we refer is Derek Green, the charming 37-year-old ad man now ensconced as the new executive creative director at Cramer-Krasselt/Chicago, an agency that has churned through several top creatives in recent times.

“Hung” gets third season $1 million incentives approval

WHILE A SECOND SEASON of ABC’s “Detroit 1-8-7” won’t be decided until May, “Hung” – the HBO series set in Metro Detroit – will be around for another season, thanks to a $1 million incentive from the Michigan Film Office.

“Hung” is the third film approved under the Michigan Film Office’s new policy, requiring review by the Michigan Economic Development Corporate committee, and the fifth approved so far in 2011.

As for “Detroit 1-8-7,” it’s unclear is whether Michigan will approve tax credits to give it a second season.