Christian Mejía wins Story Forge competition

2+ A few months ago, Eleven04 hosted Story Forge, a virtual storytelling contest showcasing some promising new filmmakers aspiring to have their scripts made into reality.  Although there were many talented individuals, one person rose above the rest: Christian Mejía, writer and director of Semana Santa. Christian Mejía BIO  Christian Mejía is a filmmaker from … Continue reading “Christian Mejía wins Story Forge competition”

STORY celebrates the Bud Light beer man

3+ Even though there are no fans in the stands, baseball fans can still have Bud Light delivered to their seats, at home. While Major League Baseball fans won’t be going to the ballpark this year, Bud Light is bringing a bit of the ballpark to them. A new broadcast and social campaign, produced by … Continue reading “STORY celebrates the Bud Light beer man”

Nia DaCosta posts origin story for ‘Candyman’

2+ Director Nia DaCosta has taken to Twitter to share a new promo for her Candyman reboot. The horror film was originally scheduled to be released on June 12, but has been pushed to September 25. DaCosta has shared an original short film teaser detailing his origins. The twist – the short retells Candyman’s origin utilizing paper … Continue reading “Nia DaCosta posts origin story for ‘Candyman’”

Eleven04 Story Forge online screenwriting competition

4+ As COVID-19 has reached its third month here in the U.S., it’s exciting to know there are still contests and challenges to help industry folks stay on their toes.  A perfect example is Eleven04’s Story Forge Online Screenwriting Competition Event, which happened last Wednesday, virtually.  Eleven04, a Pilsen based equipment rental house, co-lab, production facility, … Continue reading “Eleven04 Story Forge online screenwriting competition”

New Normal: staying at home with STORY

5+ Editor’s Note: The world changed right before our very eyes. We now work, live, exercise and entertain ourselves in our homes. This is the new normal. In this new on-going series, we check in on ad agencies, production companies, post-houses, and anyone else who wants to talk about their personal experiences during this coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. … Continue reading “New Normal: staying at home with STORY”

REEL WOMEN: Mary Langenfeld, Head of Production at STORY

7+ 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. Mary started as the receptionist at STORY in … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: Mary Langenfeld, Head of Production at STORY”

OKRP launches #312Soul for Black History Month

4+ 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. … Continue reading “OKRP launches #312Soul for Black History Month”

Emmy-winner Jane Lynch joins STORY

2+ Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actress Jane Lynch is joining STORY as a director for advertising projects. Lynch, who currently stars in the Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, has already completed her first project with STORY, a two-spot campaign, currently in post-production. “Jane Lynch is one of the most gifted comic talents working … Continue reading “Emmy-winner Jane Lynch joins STORY”

Wright’s ‘Story of the Movie Palace’ at Music Box

7+ April Wright’s ‘Going Attractions’ chronicles cinema history from the perspective of the theatre April Wright’s Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the Movie Palace is scheduled to screen in Chicago on November 12 at 7 pm. Momentous in its scope, Wright’s documentary chronicles the story of movies through an often-ignored lens, the places where … Continue reading “Wright’s ‘Story of the Movie Palace’ at Music Box”

Media Burn offers startling history lesson in ‘Ghosts’

2+ ‘Ghosts in the Machine’ is a highlight reel of culture and history that leaves viewers with a profound vision of truth Ghosts in the Machine is a 65-minute mosaic of American video clips from the 1970s to the present. Created by four filmmakers using material from Media Burn Archive, the work is a meticulous … Continue reading “Media Burn offers startling history lesson in ‘Ghosts’”

‘Pooh: The Derrick Rose Story’ screens at MIFF

5+ The Midwest Independent Film Festival is proud to present Pooh: The Derrick Rose Story, as part of our First Tuesdays screening series, directed by Scott Diener. Derrick Rose became the youngest MVP in NBA history and a celebrated superstar for the Bulls in his hometown of Chicago. Rose’s gritty style on the court was … Continue reading “‘Pooh: The Derrick Rose Story’ screens at MIFF”

Behind the scenes of ‘Pooh: The Derrick Rose Story’

5+ The real life tale of an NBA star who responded to his critics by playing like a legend on the court Director Scott Diener endured several last-minute NBA thrills to capture a real-life, feel-good, Hollywood-style ending for a film about basketball legend Derrick Rose. Pooh: The Derrick Rose Story is an upcoming Stadium Network … Continue reading “Behind the scenes of ‘Pooh: The Derrick Rose Story’”

STORY captures magic in new GE spots by FCB

6+ Accommodating a talented cast with a light touch, director Ron Lazzeretti sets a stage for the action to flow naturally STORY director Ron Lazzeretti uses real-life humor to show how GE Appliances is making life easier in a new series of spots out of FCB Chicago. The campaign represents the first work by FCB … Continue reading “STORY captures magic in new GE spots by FCB”

Ebert sends Black female storytellers to Sundance

4+ 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, … Continue reading “Ebert sends Black female storytellers to Sundance”

mb, Lil Jon, and Kool-Aid man make Yuletide history

6+ The Chicago shop captures the legendary rapper and the iconic pitcher at their holiday best in the new anthem, “All I Really Want For Christmas” In a new spot by mcgarrybown, Kool-Aid Man and Lil Jon unleash a musical collaboration that is well on its way to becoming a Yuletide classic. All I Really … Continue reading “mb, Lil Jon, and Kool-Aid man make Yuletide history”

Horn From The Heart: the Paul Butterfield Story

6+ John Anderson’s intimate documentary celebrates the Hyde Park native who introduced a generation to the swaggering energy of Chicago blues Chicago filmmaker John Anderson’s 2018 documentary, Horn from the Heart: the Paul Butterfield Story, is a detailed and passionate tribute to the life and career of Chicago vocalist and harmonica player Paul Butterfield. Known … Continue reading “Horn From The Heart: the Paul Butterfield Story”

WTTW explores Chicago art and design history

3+ New four-part series expores the 1893 Columbian Exposition, Black Metropolis of Art, adverting and outdoor murals (Chicago — 18 September 2018) WTTW, as a part of the yearlong Art Design Chicago initiative, is developing a new four-part documentary series and website in partnership with the Terra Foundation for American Art. ART & DESIGN IN … Continue reading “WTTW explores Chicago art and design history”

Dakich & Steele and the story of “Chicago Bleeds Blues”

5+ The opening track punches into a stomping drumbeat that lays the foundation for a triumphant guitar melody. In early 2018, Chicago musicians Dave Dakich and David Steele got together with the intention of making music for film and commercial productions. Two months and three recording session later, they had completed a full-length album that … Continue reading “Dakich & Steele and the story of “Chicago Bleeds Blues””

Team Companies history in a groovy video by Flavor

4+ “In an industry driven by creative, how do you tell the story of the business behind that?” Mark Egmon, VP Marketing, the Team Companies   A new branded video for The Team Companies brings life to the history of their wide-ranging business services through a colorful animation featuring paper cutouts created by Flavor. While … Continue reading “Team Companies history in a groovy video by Flavor”

“A Chance in the World” is more than a success story

5+ Based on the true story of a heartbreaking childhood, “A Chance in the World” advocates for a group of Americans who are often ignored   Mark Vadik’s Chicago-made film adaption of Steve Pemberton’s memoir about overcoming child abuse and tragedy, A Chance in the World, is more than a success story — it is … Continue reading ““A Chance in the World” is more than a success story”