Interview with former IFO Director Christine Dudley

7+ The woman who helped Illinois make hundreds of TV shows and generate $2.5 billion in revenue talks about the ever-changing Midwestern filmscape Christine Dudley joined the Illinois Film Office at the exact time when the Illinois Film Office needed Christine Dudley. Combining exceptional legislative knowledge with a “modest background in production,” she helped guide … Continue reading “Interview with former IFO Director Christine Dudley”

Pitching with IL Film Office Director Christine Dudley

9+ Christine Dudley rarely goes to the movies. That may seem odd for the Director of the Illinois Film Office, but she’s dedicated to a job that begins before most of the scenes are even shot and ends, like, never. So what does she do?     When Dudley’s not pitching Hollywood studios, she’s reading … Continue reading “Pitching with IL Film Office Director Christine Dudley”

WIF members to meet IFO’s director Dudley April 2

AN EXCLUSIVE MEMBERS-ONLY meeting of Women in Film, Thursday, April 2, will them an opportunity to meet new Illinois Film Office director Christine Dudley, who will participate in a moderated Q&A session, starting at 6 p.m.

The venue is Cutters Studio, 515 N. State, where WIF president Megan Maples is executive producer of Cutters’ production division, Dictionary Films. 

Chicago Film Office lists new production guidelines

5+ With the world slowly reopening, the film, advertising and TV industries are in search of answers, especially with COVID-19 and demonstrations still ongoing.  With economic and political uncertainty pushing insecurities, filmmakers, actors, and other collaborators look to the Illinois Film Office and Chicago Film Office. This week, the Chicago Film Office website posted their … Continue reading “Chicago Film Office lists new production guidelines”

Indie Film Town Hall: Production and New Protocols

3+ The Indie Film Town Hall series brings together Chicago’s independent film and media-making community during these difficult times. In a series of lunchtime meetings over Zoom, members of Chicago’s indie film and media organizations will discuss the challenges that face our industries and actions we are taking in support of each other and Chicago-area … Continue reading “Indie Film Town Hall: Production and New Protocols”

Chicago Filmmakers hints at Reeling festival going virtual

2+ 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 … Continue reading “Chicago Filmmakers hints at Reeling festival going virtual”

The first Indie Film Town Hall meeting on Thursday

3+ On Thursday, May 14th, the Independent Film Alliance Chicago, the Chicago International Film Festival and Industry days are hosting their first Indie Film Town Hall, bringing together Chicago’s independent film and media-making community during these difficult times. From 1-2 pm CST, grab your lunch and join panelists from Chicago’s indie film and media organizations as they discuss the challenges that … Continue reading “The first Indie Film Town Hall meeting on Thursday”

Industry thoughts on getting back to work safely

3+ A message from the Illinois Production Alliance. As a film industry professional, you no doubt have seen, read or been sent a wide array of proposed production safety guidelines. That is one of several issues that studio stakeholders and the workforce are grappling with as they discuss readiness to restart production.  It is anticipated that … Continue reading “Industry thoughts on getting back to work safely”

The biggest stories of 2019

7+ 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 … Continue reading “The biggest stories of 2019”

Cinespace community outreach gets Congressional nod

10+ The studio’s Mirkopoulos Internship Program grows stronger with legislation backed by Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi   A roomful of esteemed film industry leaders spent their lunch hours paying tribute to less than a dozen entry-level employees at Cinespace Studios last Friday afternoon. They came for a press conference hosted by Illinois Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, who … Continue reading “Cinespace community outreach gets Congressional nod”

Cinespace helps Anixter raise thousands at annual gala

9+ Chicago film industry scores one of the year’s most significant milestones while helping people wih disabilities Last night on the campus of Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, hundreds of guests raised thousands of dollars for people with disabilities during the Anixter Center’s 7th annual gala, held this year in honor of Cinespace President Alexander Pissios. … Continue reading “Cinespace helps Anixter raise thousands at annual gala”

Chicago Filmmakers’ housewarming celebration

4+ The ribbon-cutting ceremony for Chicago Filmmakers’ new Edgewater home featured dedications, activities, and hors d’oeuvres on Saturday April 28. It was an exciting chapter in a story that has and will continue to run for years. The event began with heartfelt introductions from Founder Sgharon Zurek and Executive Director Brenda Webb. “Chicago Filmmakers has … Continue reading “Chicago Filmmakers’ housewarming celebration”

Chicago Filmmakers invites public to celebrate new space

4+ 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 … Continue reading “Chicago Filmmakers invites public to celebrate new space”

Chicago helps grow diversity in Illinois productions

11+ Women and minorities represented 53% of all crew hires reported in 2017, according to a January 25 press release issued by the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity. The amount marks a new record for diversity in the state’s film industry. “These productions generated $423 million in estimated Illinois spending,” the document continues, … Continue reading “Chicago helps grow diversity in Illinois productions”

Female filmmakers win big at the BMAs

6+ Seven of the ten “Best” trophies handed out during last night’s BMA awards went to female filmmakers or films that were made with significant contributions by women. It was a great night for everyone. Master of Ceremonies LaRoyce Hawkins, who plays Detective Kevin Atwater on Chicago PD, was so touched by the enthusiasm that … Continue reading “Female filmmakers win big at the BMAs”

New TNT show scheduled to film at Cinespace this fall

During an exclusive conversation with ReelChicago yesterday, Cincespace CEO Alex Pissios informed publisher Barbara Roche and editor Daniel Patton that the pilot for TNT’s The Deep Mad Dark will begin production at the Chicago studio this fall.

“They’re moving into offices September 11, shooting in October,” he said. “It’s a done deal.”