The Chi will return to Cinespace for Season 4

2+ SHOWTIME has picked up THE CHI for a fourth season. Filmed at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, created and executive produced by Emmy winner Lena Waithe and executive produced by Academy Award, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Common. Season three of THE CHI was up double-digits across platforms over last season and doubled its audience on streaming platforms. Season three cast included … Continue reading “The Chi will return to Cinespace for Season 4”

Season 3 premiere of Lena Waithe’s ‘The Chi’

3+ “The Chi” Season 3 premieres this Sunday, June 21st at 8 PM CT on Showtime.  Created by Chicago’s own Lena Waithe and filmed entirely in Illinois, “The Chi” is a coming-of-age drama series about a group of Black teenage boys from the city’s south side. An average day finds kids prepping for school as their parents head off … Continue reading “Season 3 premiere of Lena Waithe’s ‘The Chi’”

Macy’s is reopening for Father’s Day in the Chicago area

2+ Macy’s is reopening to customers and communities in the Chicago area, offering a curated assortment of must-have beauty, fashion, accessories and home, plus the perfect items to click and pick-up, just in time for Father’s Day. Following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), state and local guidance, select Macy’s stores will be open to … Continue reading “Macy’s is reopening for Father’s Day in the Chicago area”

The Chicago Med, Fire & PD Food Bank Trivia Challenge

1+ David Eigenberg hosts a trivia game for contestants from Chicago Fire: Kara Killmer and Miranda Rae Mayo. Chicago P.D.: LaRoyce Hawkins, Jason Beghe and Tracy Spiridakos. Chicago Med: Dominic Rains, Brian Tee and Nick Gehlfuss. All while raising money for myfooddrive.org As part of their continued efforts to support the community, the One Chicago … Continue reading “The Chicago Med, Fire & PD Food Bank Trivia Challenge”

The Chicago Advertising Federation goes remote

2+ In an email sent today by the Chicago Advertising Federation Executive VP, Richard Roche announced that effective immediately in order to help curtail the spread of COVID-19 their office will be working remotely. In a detailed outline, he stressed their concerns for the health and wellbeing of their staff, members, event attendees and industry … Continue reading “The Chicago Advertising Federation goes remote”

SEE UPDATE: the Chicago Latino Film Fest is postponed

2+ 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 … Continue reading “SEE UPDATE: the Chicago Latino Film Fest is postponed”

Behind the scenes with the Chicago IFA’s Angie Gaffney

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

Behind the scenes of the Chicago-made ‘Conrad’ series

6+ Jennifer A. Goodman and Ryan Atkins traveled separate journeys before finding one another and partnering up to create Conrad, a highly anticipated Crime Drama television show that recently finished filming in Chicago. Conrad tells the story of Kate Conrad, a rookie police detective in a male-dominated environment who fights to prove the innocence of … Continue reading “Behind the scenes of the Chicago-made ‘Conrad’ series”

Showtime releases trailer for ‘THE CHI’ season three

7+ In less than two minutes, the new trailer for season three of THE CHI showcases Chicago as one of the most dazzling, diverse, and passionate cities on earth. Cut to the uplifting beat of hometown superstar Lupe Fiasco’s The Show Goes On, layers of the Windy City unfold as skyline views, church celebrations, and … Continue reading “Showtime releases trailer for ‘THE CHI’ season three”

Cinespace at the Chicago 48 Hour Film Project Awards

5+ World-class studio’s Manager of Ops, Dino Mirkopoulos, to attend 2019 Awards Screening at Music Box Theatre on September 25th The Chicago 48 Hour Film Project Premiere Screenings return to the Music Box Theatre September 22nd through the 23rd with the Red Carpet Best of Chicago Awards taking place on September 25th. The screenings spotlight … Continue reading “Cinespace at the Chicago 48 Hour Film Project Awards”

The Chicago Media Standards are a win for everyone

3+ By ridding film sets of discrimination and harassment, we’ll all have more great content to choose from As soon as the Chicago Media Standards were unveiled at Stage 18 last Thursday night, they began making an impact that will eventually bring joy to everyone who loves movies. The Chicago Media Standards is a code … Continue reading “The Chicago Media Standards are a win for everyone”

‘The Chi’s’ Jason Mitchell fired

1+ Star of Showtime series fired by network agent, management team and Netflix for misconduct on set Variety is reporting that The Chi star, Jason Mitchell, will not be returning for Season 3 as he faces possible misconduct allegations. Season 2 of the Showtime ensemble show, filmed here on location, premiered last month and will … Continue reading “‘The Chi’s’ Jason Mitchell fired”

It’s Showtime for ‘The Chi’ which has been renewed

5+ Chicago production community will have a busy season as hit Showtime series was renewed for a 3rd season along with Fox’s renewal of ‘Empire’ Showtime has announced has picked up the hit drama series The Chi for a third season. In a statement released today, network president Gary Levine said this about the series, … Continue reading “It’s Showtime for ‘The Chi’ which has been renewed”

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

3+ 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, … Continue reading “‘The Chi’: bringing life on the streets closer to home”

Actor Rolando Boyce returns home for ‘The Chi’

2+ South Side native who plays Darnell describes the opportunity as an “important” and “beautiful” homecoming. Veteran actor Rolando Boyce has joined the cast of Showtime’s The Chi for season 2 as Darnell, Jacob Latimore (Emmett’s) father. Boyce is a native of the South Side and a veteran of the Windy City theater scene. He … Continue reading “Actor Rolando Boyce returns home for ‘The Chi’”

The Chicago Independent Film and TV Festival

3+ CIFTV’s four-day program offers a diverse, relevant, and entertaining weekend showcase The 2nd annual Chicago Independent Film and TV Festival will return to Columbia College April 4-7. Founded on a mission to supply Chicago with “a quality international independent film festival,” the four-day event promises a diverse, relevant, and entertaining showcase of documentaries, television … Continue reading “The Chicago Independent Film and TV Festival”

The Chicago advertising connection to ‘Space Jam’

4+ LeBron James scores off an assist from a Windy City boutique that launched Michael Jordan’s off-court media stardom In many ways, the thrill ignited by LeBron James’ decision to produce a Space Jam sequel started in suburban Oak Park, IL, nearly three decades ago. That was where, in 1992, Chicago-based Creative Director Bernie Pitzel … Continue reading “The Chicago advertising connection to ‘Space Jam’”

The Chicago European Union Film Festival

9+ The 21st annual Chicago European Union Film Festival (CEUFF) at the Gene Siskel Film Center raises the curtain for 61 Chicago premieres in its newly renovated theaters, March 9 through April 5. Films represented by all 28 EU nations will give audiences thought-provoking, topical, poignant and hilarious stories, reminding us that while we may … Continue reading “The Chicago European Union Film Festival”

Showtime: “The Chi” is on for season two

10+ Showtime has ordered a second season of The Chi, a coming-of-age drama set in Chicago that has averaged four million weekly cross-platform viewers since debuting on January 7. Featuring an ensemble cast and multiple storylines, the series is not only produced entirely within the Windy City, but it also showcases a legion of homegrown … Continue reading “Showtime: “The Chi” is on for season two”

Behind the dailies (and long nights) of “The Chi”

11+ Although Periscope editor Michael Thomas James got a year’s worth of sneak peeks at The Chi while finessing the show’s dailies during the wee hours of most mornings in 2017, he is still enthusiastic about the Showtime series’ premiere on Sunday night. “When I first saw the footage, it got me super excited to … Continue reading “Behind the dailies (and long nights) of “The Chi””