Zoë Iltsopoulos Borys named VP/GM Panavision Chicago

Panavision has named Zoë Iltsopoulos Borys to lead the company’s Chicago office as Vice President and General Manager. Borys will ensure Panavision’s customers continue to receive the highest level of service and support throughout the commercial, television, and feature sectors, and will be supported by Chicago Operations Manager Stan Glapa. Sharon Walker Retires Borys’ appointment … Continue reading “Zoë Iltsopoulos Borys named VP/GM Panavision Chicago”

Panavision lends a texture of memory to Honey Boy

Written by Shia LaBeouf and directed by Alma Har’el, Honey Boy presents a semi-autobiographical portrait of LaBeouf’s experiences as a 12-year-old child actor (played by Noah Jupe) and a 22-year-old action star (Lucas Hedges)—with LaBeouf stepping into the role of his own ex-rodeo-clown father. Behind the scenes, cinematographer Natasha Braier, ASC, ADF partnered with Har’el … Continue reading “Panavision lends a texture of memory to Honey Boy”

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’”

Panavision helps DP create the look of “Late Night”

DP Matthew Clark worked with Panavision and Light Iron while making “Late Night,” an indie feature starring Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson The following is an excerpt from a story published by Panavision. For the full text, click here. A legendary talk show host employs a young scriptwriter and sparks fly in the new indie … Continue reading “Panavision helps DP create the look of “Late Night””

Panavision enters Saban Capital merger with Sim Video

Combined company “will be well positioned to capitalize” and is expected to be listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (Los Angeles — 13 September 2018) Saban Capital Acquisition Corp., a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company, Panavision Inc., and Sim Video International Inc. announced today that the companies have entered into a definitive business combination … Continue reading “Panavision enters Saban Capital merger with Sim Video”

“BlacKkKlansman” DP shoots with Panavision for 70s feel

Director Spike Lee and Cinematographer Chase Irvin added a gritty ‘70s look to the blockbuster based on a startling chapter of American history with gear from Panavision   Last weekend marked the one-year anniversary of the tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia. Hundreds of torch-wielding white supremacists gathered on the campus of the University of Virginia, chanting … Continue reading ““BlacKkKlansman” DP shoots with Panavision for 70s feel”

Panavision now set up in big, new Chicago facility

PANAVISION CAMERAS, which returned to Chicago after a 14-year absence last October, has completed its move into a 13,000-sq. ft. facility a block-long building at 1544 W. Carroll.

The company currently has six staffers and general manager Sharon Walker says they are in the process of hiring new employees. It supplied cameras to Fox’ upcoming “ABP” series that will premiere Feb. 6, “Exorcist” and has jobs ahead on a studio feature and commercials.

Behind the Scenes of ‘Respect’ and ‘The Many Saints of Newark’

Kramer Morgenthau, ASC takes Panavision behind the scenes of the period features Respect and The Many Saints of Newark. On the surface, a biopic about “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin and a heavy-hitting mob drama about a young Tony Soprano’s coming of age might not seem to have much in common. In fact, though, there’s more … Continue reading “Behind the Scenes of ‘Respect’ and ‘The Many Saints of Newark’”

57th Chicago International Film Festival announces Industry Days

The 57th Chicago International Film Festival announced the program for Industry Days, to be held October 14 – 17, 2021, with an impressive list of guest speakers to inspire and illuminate the film and entertainment community.  Highlights include this year’s Keynote talk with Brenda Gilbert, President and Co-Founder of BRON Studios, which has received six Academy … Continue reading “57th Chicago International Film Festival announces Industry Days”

See you at Filmscape 2021 on Cinespace lot this weekend

This weekend, Filmscape 2021 holds their hybrid model of online and in-person events for this year’s event taking place on the Cinespace Chicago Film Studios lot August 28-29. They will be hosting three educational tracks of in-person and online classes, geared towards the needs and interests of those involved in Grip & Electric, Production & … Continue reading “See you at Filmscape 2021 on Cinespace lot this weekend”

CIFF launches Chicago Industry Exchange and CIX:Lab

The Chicago International Film Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago, announced the formation of the organization’s Chicago Industry Exchange (CIX), the new name for its year-round industry programming, along with the launch of CIX:Lab The CIX:Lab is a year-long creative development lab focusing on 4-5 feature film projects made by diverse voices and underrepresented filmmakers in the region. CIX will build on … Continue reading “CIFF launches Chicago Industry Exchange and CIX:Lab”

Cinematographer Jack Donnelly discusses Godfather of Harlem

Following his work on Season 1 of Godfather of Harlem, cinematographer Jack Donnelly returned for Season 2 to focus on preserving “a consistent visual style” for the series. When Godfather of Harlem Season 2 begins, it’s February 1964, and the series’ eponymous gangster, Ellsworth “Bumpy” Johnson (Forest Whitaker), has been in hiding for three months while notorious mafioso Vincent “Chin” Gigante … Continue reading “Cinematographer Jack Donnelly discusses Godfather of Harlem”

‘In the Heights’ DP Alice Brooks talks crafting a big look

Cinematographer Alice Brooks discusses using DXL2 and G Series anamorphics to craft a big look for director Jon M. Chu’s musical In the Heights. In 2002, when cinematographer Alice Brooks and director Jon M. Chu were still film students at the University of Southern California, they partnered for the short When the Kids Are Away, a musical … Continue reading “‘In the Heights’ DP Alice Brooks talks crafting a big look”

Steeves and Cutters on the making of before/during/after

While many people dream of assembling a Who’s Who list of premier talents to help them tell their personal story on the big screen, highly accomplished actor turned screenwriter and producer Finnerty Steeves (Orange is the New Black) has brilliantly brought this widely cherished dream to Technicolor reality with Steeves’ independent dramedy feature, before/during/after. On the heels … Continue reading “Steeves and Cutters on the making of before/during/after”

Don Burgess reteams with Zemeckis to adapt The Witches

The Witches marks the eighth feature collaboration between director Robert Zemeckis and cinematographer Don Burgess, ASC, following such titles as Forrest Gump, Cast Away, Flight and Allied — and their partnership can be traced back even further, through Death Becomes Her and Back to the Future Part II and Part III, on which Burgess served as 2nd-unit director of photography. “It’s nice when you work with a … Continue reading “Don Burgess reteams with Zemeckis to adapt The Witches”

Seamus Tierney talks tricks & treats of Hubie Halloween

Cinematographer Seamus Tierney captures the tricks and treats of Hubie Halloween in large format with DXL2. Hubert Shubert “Hubie” Dubois was born and raised in Salem, Mass. He loves his hometown, and as Salem’s self-appointed “official volunteer Halloween helper,” he makes it his duty every October 31 to ensure a safe and fun holiday is enjoyed by … Continue reading “Seamus Tierney talks tricks & treats of Hubie Halloween”

CIFF announces the winners of its 2020 competition

The 56th Chicago International Film Festival, North America’s longest-running competitive film festival, this morning announced the winners of its 2020 competition. In a virtual ceremony live-streamed on YouTube, prizes were awarded to films in the following categories: International Feature Film Competition; New Directors Competition; International Documentary Competition; Out-Look Competition; and Short Film Competition. The Chicago Award and the Roger Ebert Award were … Continue reading “CIFF announces the winners of its 2020 competition”

John Conroy, transports Penny Dreadful: City of Angels

John Conroy, ISC helps transport Showtime’s horror franchise ‘Penny Dreadful’ to a new period and location with ‘Penny Dreadful: City of Angels’ Having photographed episodes of the Showtime horror drama Penny Dreadful’s second and third seasons, John Conroy, ISC was eager to reteam with showrunner John Logan to help create its new spin-off, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels.  Described … Continue reading “John Conroy, transports Penny Dreadful: City of Angels”

Behind the Scenes: Amazon series ‘Tales From the Loop’

Tales From the Loop, a new eight-episode series now streaming on Amazon Prime Video, explores the goings-on in a small Ohio town situated atop a mysterious machine that has made the stuff of imagination into an everyday reality for the local residents. Based on the paintings of Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag, the series was written … Continue reading “Behind the Scenes: Amazon series ‘Tales From the Loop’”

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”

REEL WOMEN: Colette Gabriel, GM of Keslow Camera

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. Colette Gabriel is the General Manager of Keslow Camera … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: Colette Gabriel, GM of Keslow Camera”

With DP Jacques Jouffret on the set of ‘Bloodshot’

In a cinematic universe expanding with superheroes, the creative challenge for filmmakers is to set newcomers apart from the crowd. The task is doubly important for Bloodshot, the first installment of a new franchise that Sony Pictures plans for characters of comic-book publisher Valiant Entertainment. The studio assigned responsibility to Dave Wilson, an established video … Continue reading “With DP Jacques Jouffret on the set of ‘Bloodshot’”

At Cinespace and beyond. Who’s working today.

Over the past week it’s safe to say that the Illinois film community is doing their best to ensure that their employees are safe during this unfortunate time. In light of worldwide health concerns about the impact from the COVID-19 virus, many have postponed production until further notice. Starting Monday, Cinespace will close the secondary … Continue reading “At Cinespace and beyond. Who’s working today.”

Mott Hupfel takes ‘The Last Shift’ to Sundance

Mott Hupfel is a cinematographer known for his work on The Savages, The American Astronaut, The Cobbler, and You. When researching the Sony VENICE for an upcoming project, he discovered the camera’s Sensor Extension System, also known as Rialto. Recently, he talked to Albelcine about his latest project, The Last Shift which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and … Continue reading “Mott Hupfel takes ‘The Last Shift’ to Sundance”

AICP Midwest lists all who are open for business

Reel Chicago supports all efforts of those who are working, boots on the ground, to service their clients during these most difficult times. Below is a list of AICP Midwest members who are open for business, supplied by Lisa Massuer, AICP Midwest President. FROM AICP MIDWEST  Collectively, the National AICP community has been working to … Continue reading “AICP Midwest lists all who are open for business”

The biggest stories of 2019

The City of Chicago reigned supreme in 2019. Advertising agencies blended social justice with clever branding. Content creators reinforced Chicago’s reputation for inclusivity. Film studios entertained the nation while helping the local neighborhoods. And a handful of friends said goodbye. Below is a list of Reel Chicago’s top articles for 2019, separated by category and … Continue reading “The biggest stories of 2019”

Protokulture rocks 2019 AICP sponsorship video

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 to … Continue reading “Protokulture rocks 2019 AICP sponsorship video”

Murphy finds the right color / contrast for CBS’ ‘Evil’

Exploring the line between religion and science form the foundation for CBS’s new mystery series Evil from creators Robert and Michelle King. The show, which has already been picked up for a second season, stars Katja Herbers as Kristen Bouchard, a forensic psychologist who joins a priest-in-training (played by Mike Colter) as they investigate the … Continue reading “Murphy finds the right color / contrast for CBS’ ‘Evil’”

Gavin Kelly adds retro horror look to ‘AHS: 1984’

Cinematographer uses Panavision’s Millennium DXL2 and Light Iron post for American Horror Story Season 9 FX’s American Horror Story series goes retro for Season 9, back to the heyday of low-budget horror classics of the late 1970s and early 1980s in AHS: 1984. Viewers are introduced to a killer who terrorizes camp counselors, but with … Continue reading “Gavin Kelly adds retro horror look to ‘AHS: 1984’”

ChiFilmFest announces 2019 audience winners

‘Just Mercy,’ ‘And Then We Danced,’ ‘Ready for War’ take top honors at 55th Chicago International Film Festival   The Chicago International Film Festival today announced the winners of the Festival Audience Awards, presented by Xfinity. Voted by Festival-goers, the Audience Award for Best Feature goes to Just Mercy by director Destin Daniel Cretton. The … Continue reading “ChiFilmFest announces 2019 audience winners”

2019 Emerging Cinematographers Awards

The International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600) presents the 2019 Annual Emerging Cinematographer Awards (ECA) spotlighting promising cinematographers and providing crucial exposure needed to succeed in the motion picture industry. Now in its 23rd year, the Emerging Cinematographers Awards are the only awards in the industry that specifically celebrates the work of up-and-coming cinematographers, … Continue reading “2019 Emerging Cinematographers Awards”

‘Three Hours’ wins ChiFilmFest’s $20K Pitch

Aemilia Scott, Holli McGinley film follows a single mother living on the edge of Chicago’s Humboldt Park The 55th Chicago International Film Festival has announced the winner of The Pitch at the 5th edition of Industry Days: Three Hours, directed by Aemilia Scott and produced by Holli McGinley. The film follows a single mother living … Continue reading “‘Three Hours’ wins ChiFilmFest’s $20K Pitch”

ChiFilmFest announces slate for “The Pitch”

Five film projects to compete for $20,000 awards package of in-kind goods and services   The 55th Chicago International Film Festival announced a slate of five narrative feature film projects in active development that will be pitched in front of a live audience and a panel of distinguished industry judges during the Festival’s Industry Days … Continue reading “ChiFilmFest announces slate for “The Pitch””

ChiFilmFest unveils Industry Days agenda

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

ChiFilmFest unveils Gala & Special Presentations programs

“Knives Out” starring Daniel Craig among first round of films announced for 55th run, October 16-27 Mimi Plauché, Artistic Director of the Chicago International Film Festival, today announced titles selected for the Galas and Special Presentations programs for the 55th edition of the Festival. Offering movie lovers a first look at the year’s most highly … Continue reading “ChiFilmFest unveils Gala & Special Presentations programs”

Free Spirit Media sharpens a thrilling Focus

The Chicago nonprofit’s energetic fundraiser brought media pros together with young artists for an exciting night at the Ivy Room Free Spirit Media’s annual Focus event started out as a cocktail reception and turned into a rocking throwdown over the course of three hours last Thursday night. When it ended, the organization had collected over … Continue reading “Free Spirit Media sharpens a thrilling Focus”

‘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”

AICP Midwest Chapter sets active agenda for spring

A busy slate of events will culminate in the AICP Post Awards next month AICP’s Midwest Chapter is about to kick off a series of events for the local ad and production community that will provide opportunities for professional development, learning and networking. The slate is the product of planning and strategizing by the chapter’s … Continue reading “AICP Midwest Chapter sets active agenda for spring”

Ebert sends Black female storytellers to Sundance

Tiffany Walden, Niani Scott, and Whitney Spencer navigate the fast-paced, deadline-driven world of film review Three Chicago-based African American women storytellers with experience in documentary film, multimedia journalism and cultural research are attending the 2019 Sundance Film Festival Jan. 24 – Feb. 2 on a coveted Roger Ebert Fellowship, Rogerebert.com announced Tuesday. The workshop, established … Continue reading “Ebert sends Black female storytellers to Sundance”

‘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”

AbelCine’s Chicago Cinema Tech Expo

AbelCine’s Chicago Cinema Tech Expo this Saturday will be “bigger than we’ve ever done before,” says Brian Khan, the company’s Business and Community Development Specialist. “Every year, we do a signature event,” he continues. “We did the open house two years ago, the Fall Tech Expo last year. This year, we’re going to have dozens … Continue reading “AbelCine’s Chicago Cinema Tech Expo”

AICP Leads Commercial Production Seminar

Chicago Producers, Production Supervisors, their assistants and Coordinators now have a chance to gain valuable information and updates on live and digital productions at the first-annual AICP Commercial Production Training Seminar.

Already offered in Los Angeles, New York, Dallas and Atlanta, the weekend seminar will feature four breakout sessions taught by commercial production specialists in the city.

Androw reelected president of AICP/Midwest a third time

The Chicago-headquartered AICP / Midwest has elected new officers and board beginning Oct 1 for a two-year term, with Mark Androw of STORY reelected for a third term as president.

AICP / Midwest is one of seven regional chapters. Its membership consists of 22 General Member and 24 Associate Member companies.

The newly elected officers, in addition to Androw, are freelance producer Marsie Wallach as vice president, who is new to the board, and Essanay Studios’ Wayne Kubacki, returning for his second term as treasurer.

Fletcher Camera opens New Orleans branch in July

Fletcher Camera & Lenses is going where the action is.  The 25-year old rentals company in the process of opening a branch office in New Orleans – the number three production destination in the US, boasting $1.4 billion in film revenue and 41 movie and TV projects on the books for productions so far this year.

Fletcher Louisiana will open after the Fourth of July in 6,000-sq. ft. one-story building at 5725 Heebe St. in the Crescent City’s Elmwood/Jefferson Parish, where several other film vendors are also located.

“Best year ever” for crane rental business

For Mark Woods, this year — “a record year, an insane year” for his nine year old Camera Crane Specialists ? isn’t over yet, with the arrival Monday of Steven Soderbergh’s big-budget, star-laden feature, “Contagion,” shooting here for the next two months.

“Contagion” is the latest feature shooting in the Midwest that will rent Panavision Techno Cranes from Woods’ Evanston-based Midwest-exclusive inventory.

After attending Columba College in 1989, Woods was a freelance camera assistant and also worked as at Panavision’s Chicago office as crane operator and remote technician.

Three network pilots to shoot here mid-March

That overly long Hollywood dry spell will finally end in early March, with three TV pilots getting underway, a fourth being talked about for early spring, and a Vince Vaughn feature in May.

“Matadors,” from Sony TV and writer/executive producer Jack Orman, is in production offices at Chicago Studio City in preparation for shooting the first or second week in March.

Cheaper production at better quality

Director and futurist David Rosen returned from the recent L.A. Collision Conference with great excitement over the merging of still and motion HD technologies. He reports on what impressed him.

I believe we are seeing the beginning of a massive and rapid shift. The culprits or angels (depending on your point of view) of the leading edge are Panasonic and Canon.

Both of these companies are offering still SLRs that shoot HD in astounding quality and cost between $800 and $3,000.

Zacuto team’s short wins top prize

BEST FILM PRIZE in the 9th annual Chicago 48 Hour Film Project went to Quicklips Productions’ “Gazillion Dollar Sausage,” conceived, produced and finished in less than 24 hours over the July 24-26 weekend.

“Gazillion” will screen at the International Filmapalooza festival at NAB 2010 and be considered for additional prizes through the 2009 Panavision HD Filmmaker Showdown.

The winning team consisted of four Zacuto equipment employees ? Joe DeJulius and Patrick Fee, who directed, Scott Lynch, shooter/editor, Matt Kelley, who acted ?

Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC to light up Chicago

It isn’t everyday that a legendary cinematographer visits Chicago, so it was no surprise that the workshop Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC will conduct in Chicago on Feb. 8 was instantly sold out.

Zsigmond and fellow cinematographer James Chressanthis, ASC will headline the three-part Celebration of Cinematography Feb. 7 at the Gene Siskel Film Center and Feb. 8 at Essanay Studio & Lighting.

Recommended by former boss, Dave Pavlik moves to Canon USA as regional sales director

IT’S A RARE THING when an employer recommends one of his star staffers to another company. But that’s what Fletcher Chicago’s Tom Fletcher did when Canon USA marketing exec Larry Thorpe asked him for suggestions.

Fletcher said Dave Pavlik was his man. Thorpe agreed and Pavlik was hired as Canon USA’s regional sales director.

Pavlik had been with the company for 12 years as sales and rental coordinator and most recently a coordinator in Fletcher’s sports division.

At 20, Fletcher Chicago has grown from a camera accessories shop to national camera rental giant

Like many a man with a vision of how a company should be grown, Archie Fletcher disagreed with the Texas-based owners of the company he was running in Skokie.

When it became obvious he and his bosses were of two different and resolute minds, Fletcher quit and on July 1, 1987 started Fletcher Chicago with his son, Tom.

With the $80,000 net settlement from litigation over commissions owed, Archie Fletcher outfitted the snug 800-sq. ft. River North office with a small array of lighting and camera accessories for sale and rental. Their initial inventory investment was $7,500.

Fletcher set for national growth with hire of new GM/camera rental division

After nearly a two-year hiatus from the film industry, Zoe Pintzopoulos Borys is back in business as general manager of Fletcher Chicago’s camera rental division.

She will work closely with rental manager Stan Glapa in overseeing a staff of ten, “and doing a balancing act between management and relationship building in other markets,” she said.

Zoe’s appointment follows Fletcher’s investment of $2.5 million-plus in new film camera equipment.

Fletcher expands into film camera rentals with $1.5 million buy of Arris and lenses

Citing customer demand and a general upswing in production, Fletcher Chicago, a top five U.S. rental house, is opening its doors to film camera rentals for the first time in its 18-year history.

Fletcher will take delivery of $1.5 million worth of Arriflex cameras and Zeiss master prime lenses in late December.

“Our customers said they wanted more depth in rental sources and increasingly asked us to rent film cameras, and we felt the time was right to make the move,” said VP/marketing Tom Fletcher.

“Galileo’s Grave” tale of satellites and ghosts
wins IFP/Chicago’s $100,000 production fund

This year it was a tightrope, next year it’s a satellite.

Clayton Brown’s “Galileo’s Grave” follows Paula Froehle’s “Up on the Rope” as the recipient of the annual IFP/Chicago Production Fund. Writer/producer Brown, producer Andrew Suprenant and DP Stefani Foster will enjoy $100,000 in donated goods and services.

When they shoot their feature next May, they will have Panavision, Kodak, Fletcher, and Resolution Digital Studios to work with. .

REELSCREEN: News & Notes

NEW LOBBYING FIRM FOR IPA. The Illinois Production Alliance has hired The Illinois Governmental Consulting Group to convince the Illinois legislature to extend the wage tax credit bill to a full five years from the one-year extension it got last December.

IGCG representatives are chief lobbyist Brian Hynes, who knows the film business through his Teamsters clients, and Elgie Sims, Jr. Meanwhile: IPA legislative committee, chaired by DGA’s Dan Moore, is finalizing the legislative agenda to present to the spring session.

REELSCREEN: News & Notes

Actor/writer/producer Trevor Anthony states he has the experience and moxie to make it big in Hollywood. And he’s willing to sell a piece of his ultimate success to investors on Ebay. “With this purchase we’ll start in the red and end in the GOLD,” he promises. “Invest in my dream and I’ll take you along.” To date, the $24 response to his ad won’t quite get him to Sunset Blvd., but it is a creative bid for attention. See it at ebay.com.

Facilities owners are generally positive about anticipated benefits from new stage complex

Local 476’s late Frank Hobbs had a saying: “When the stages are busy, we all prosper.” After a too-long Gobi Desert-like dry spell, the hope is that the proposed Central City Studios will boost local film prosperity.

There’s general agreement with IPA’s Mark Egmon that “the complex will be a phenomenal shot in the arm for the community,” in far-reaching transcendent terms.

As CFO director Rich Moskal put it, “A complex like this is a way for us to get Hollywood’s attention.

Zacuto’s Rentals adds $125K worth of Panasonic cameras and accessories

Zacuto Rentals has added another $125,000 worth of Panasonic gear to its rental inventory, giving them 12 camera packages, including four HD Varicams, and the only D5 recorder in the Midwest, a $125,000 item itself.

Zacuto’s consistently good rental business motivated the new purchases, noted Steve Weiss, Zacuto partner (with cameraman Jens Bogehegn). “Everything we have is in great demand. Our cameras are out all the time.”

New cameras are two Panasonic SDX900 24Ps, with SDI and pre-recording boards installed.

Networking in Chicago, part two

by Joan Tortorici Ruppert

Bulletproof Film heads to Vietnam for veterans’ reconciliation doc

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

Benefit for IFP grant winner to raise additional funds

IFP/Chicago 2003 Production Fund winner Karen Friedberg holds a benefit for her film, “King of the Tango,” to raise additional finishing funds not covered by the IFP’s $85,000 in-kind grant.

The benefit takes place March 22 at I-Space and Schneider Galleries, 230 W. Superior, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Friedberg plans to shoot “Tango” in June 20-25. “At this point I’m producing the film,” said Friedberg, who is in the midst of pulling together key crew.

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