Explore produces direct-to-brand creative for ‘We Can Help’

Creative production company Explore recently produced a commercial campaign for 1st Source Bank which aired during the 2021 Olympic Games, broadcast on the NBC network from Tokyo, Japan.  The spots were unique because they were contracted directly between the production company and the brand, but still exhibited an agency-level feel from both messaging, creativity, and … Continue reading “Explore produces direct-to-brand creative for ‘We Can Help’”

Explore welcomes director Jane Chow to roster

Commercial and digital content production company Explore announces the addition of Jane Chow to their roster for representation, directing commercials and digital content across all mediums. Born in Hong Kong, Jane first learned English by absorbing herself in streaming and internet culture. She used her self-taught editing & color grading creativity to gain over 500,000 … Continue reading “Explore welcomes director Jane Chow to roster”

Explore welcomes Ilya Polyakov to directors roster

Chicago-based commercial + digital content production company Explore welcomes Ilya Polyakov to it’s roster of directing talent. Born in Ukraine and based in Los Angeles, Ilya Polyakov directs film, TV and recently has added commercials to his impressive body of work. He is best known for directing the sketch comedy TV show, Betch, where in … Continue reading “Explore welcomes Ilya Polyakov to directors roster”

2020 in Review: Director, Jeremy Pinckert of Explore

Editor’s Note: In 2020, the world changed right before our very eyes. Ad agencies, production companies and post houses were forced to adapt and begin a “new normal” working, living, exercising and entertaining out of home. Now that we have just entered 2021, we asked around our industry friends to reflect back on the year and … Continue reading “2020 in Review: Director, Jeremy Pinckert of Explore”

WTTW explores intergenerational poverty in Chicago

In Chicago, your birthplace often determines your destiny. Children born in one West Side census tract between 1978 and 1983 grew up to have a median annual household income of $16,000, according to Opportunity Insights. WTTW explores intergenerational poverty in Chicago in a documentary series, reported stories, expert talks, and community discussions. In FIRSTHAND: Living in … Continue reading “WTTW explores intergenerational poverty in Chicago”

Explore delivers retro hazy 1985 Beer in a 1985 DeLorean

Can anyone come up with a better way to deliver the retro hazy IPA, 1985 Beer, than a 1985 DeLorean. Explore pulls this off in true “Back to the Future” style. This is one to truly enjoy! Explore, a commercial and content production company with offices in Chicago and Indiana, recently produced a shoot depicting … Continue reading “Explore delivers retro hazy 1985 Beer in a 1985 DeLorean”

Explore creates humor & suspense for new Go RVing spot

With a tough week behind us, and possibly some tougher days ahead, we figured no better time than now to spread a little sunshine, by going behind the scenes of Explore’s outdoor vs. indoor comedy spot, “Stubborn Camper.” Chicago production company Explore created wind and rain to go along with the humor and suspense in … Continue reading “Explore creates humor & suspense for new Go RVing spot”

WTTW explores impact of gun violence in ‘Firsthand’

Documentary series, reported Stories, expert talks, and community engagement launches Tuesday, November 12, at wttw.com/firsthand The number of victims of Chicago’s gun violence may fluctuate, but the psychological trauma in many neighborhoods is constant. How do wounded communities heal? In a new multi-platform initiative titled, Firsthand: Gun Violence, WTTW explores the personal, firsthand perspectives of … Continue reading “WTTW explores impact of gun violence in ‘Firsthand’”

‘HOOPS’ explores a world of emotional geography

A filmmaking collective deconstructs traditional narratives with a diverse mini-series of cross-cultural shorts A group of 17 emerging Midwestern filmmakers explore friendship, loss, community, and displacement in an upcoming anthological mini-series of cross-cultural shorts called HOOPS. Produced by Kelechi Agwuncha, the stories follow separate but interwoven narratives that “meditate on how these ideas evolve with … Continue reading “‘HOOPS’ explores a world of emotional geography”

Laughlin Constable, Byrider explore the power of ‘If’

Laughlin Constable and RW2 Productions’ directors Lyndon and Lindsey Wade help rebrand auto financier Byride with new campaign Sobering but true fact about this “booming” economy that we are living in – 78 percent of American workers live paycheck to paycheck. So, what does that mean driving wise? Well, investing in a comfortable, reliable car … Continue reading “Laughlin Constable, Byrider explore the power of ‘If’”

New series explores the effects of the prison system

Motion/Pictures Dance Project premieres a film about Laquan McDonald and Jason Van Dyke during the first week of December Chicago — 7 November 2018 | Motion/Pictures Dance Project is excited to announce the premiere of Better Off Dead at Links Hall on December 7th, 2018. Better Off Dead is a dance film loosely based on … Continue reading “New series explores the effects of the prison system”

Explore Media adds two new directors

A pair of LA-based pros with wide-ranging commercial and film experience join the busy Chicago shop (Chicago — 24 October 2018) Explore Media, a commercial production company with headquarters in downtown Chicago, has announced the addition of Directors Dinh Thai and Christian Clark to its expanding roster. “We’re very excited to join forces with Dinh … Continue reading “Explore Media adds two new directors”

WTTW explores Chicago art and design history

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 CHICAGO … Continue reading “WTTW explores Chicago art and design history”

Explore Media names Seth Deahl Executive Producer

Deahl brings 15 years of experience producing commercials to leadership role as company expands Chicago offices Explore Media, a full-service HD video production company focused on creating commercials and digital content, is thrilled to announce that Seth Deahl has been named Executive Producer. Deahl brings over 14 years of successful experience producing acclaimed commercial productions … Continue reading “Explore Media names Seth Deahl Executive Producer”

Explore Media produces latest Go RVing broadcast ad

Explore Media highlighted the boost that recreational vehicles give to tailgate parties in a new spot for GoRVing.com, an online resource for travel ideas, news and RV dealer information. The 30-second Home Field Advantage combines rapid-fire shots of food, friends and fun with smart footage of an extra large ride to showcase the great American … Continue reading “Explore Media produces latest Go RVing broadcast ad”

Explore Media-produced spot goes viral

Explore Media told a classic American tale in a fifteen-second spot that took less than a month to go viral. “The Ultimate Trade-Proof Snack” for GoGo squeeZ — featuring a cast of preteen grade-schoolers and absolutely no dialogue — has racked up 6.7 million views since debuting in mid-July. Together with the corresponding 30-second spot, … Continue reading “Explore Media-produced spot goes viral”

RealLab explores the Christian film industry

Carole Snow knew she had the subject for her first film when her friend, Kurt Morris, told her about his UMass Boston master’s thesis, “I See Some Strange People Coming to Church: Christian Scare Films of the 1970’s.”

“I became fascinated by it because my evangelical upbringing included a ban on TV and movies, popular music?even Flannery O’Connor books,” says Snow, a Northwestern video specialist.

History teacher’s doc “Facing Sudan” explores lives of ordinary people who made a difference

It was a near-chance meeting with his school’s janitor that set Bruce David Janu on the road to producing his first feature documentary, the 90-minute “Facing Sudan.”

Twenty-three year old janitor Brian Burns approached Janu after seeing flyers for the Teens Against Genocide group that Janu sponsors at John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, where he teaches history.

Burns told Janu about the relief mission he’d volunteered for in Sudan.

Shim’s documentary “The House of Suh” explores life, family and murder conviction of Andrew Suh

“I was under the impression that I was doing the right thing,” Andrew Suh says in the trailer for Iris Shim’s documentary “House of Suh.”

Suh, who was 19 at the time, confessed to the 1993 murder of Robert O’Dubaine, his sister Catherine’s boyfriend. “She put a gun in my hand and said ?you know what to do,'” Suh says in the trailer.

Catherine was convicted of conspiracy.

Suh is incarcerated at Pontiac correctional center and is eligible for parole in 27 years.

Sandro Miller: How a still master mastered motion

If you’ve seen his work, you’ve been spellbound. Because when you look at a portrait by Sandro Miller, it’s as if his subjects are looking right back. This is magical, iconic stuff. A walk through his studio is like shaking hands with the world. There are bikers with souls and ink laid bare. There are … Continue reading “Sandro Miller: How a still master mastered motion”

WTTW now live streaming on DIRECTV STREAM

WTTW announced today that it is now live streaming on DIRECTV STREAM. A dedicated live channel for WTTW is already available to all local DIRECTV STREAM customers, supplemented with additional PBS on-demand programming that will continue to expand PBS’s digital footprint and offer viewers additional ways to stream PBS content. “It is important that people … Continue reading “WTTW now live streaming on DIRECTV STREAM”

JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival presents Social Justice series

The JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival, now in its 9th year, is proud to present its 2nd virtual Social Justice Series, featuring 5 films available for at home viewing including exclusive conversations with filmmakers and subject matter experts following many of the films. The series runs from January 14 – January 23 and a special Series Pass is available for pre-purchase for a … Continue reading “JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival presents Social Justice series”

Wrigleyville Wonderland brings the holiday spirit to Chicago

19 Wrigleyville businesses transform into holiday themed spots for everyone offering picture-perfect moments, movies, food and drink specials and more. The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the return of one of Chicago’s favorite holiday celebrations, Wrigleyville Wonderland, running now at select venues through the end of February. Wrigleyville Wonderland brings the Holiday spirit … Continue reading “Wrigleyville Wonderland brings the holiday spirit to Chicago”

Chicago filmmaker Jim Vendiola awarded NewNarratives inaugural grant

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA), supported by WarnerMedia OneFifty, has announced the final selection of its NewNarratives artist grant program. Chicago filmmaker Jim Vendiola has been awarded the NewNarratives inaugural grant for 2021. The program is committed to identifying one winner who would be awarded a grant ranging between $10,000 and $100,000, to be determined based … Continue reading “Chicago filmmaker Jim Vendiola awarded NewNarratives inaugural grant”

Chicagoan Margaret Lebron chosen for ViacomCBS Writers Mentoring Program

ViacomCBS announced the seven writers selected to participate in the ViacomCBS Writers Mentoring Program for 2021-2022. Currently in its 18th year and helmed by the ViacomCBS Office of Global Inclusion, the program provides mentorships, access and opportunity for writers. The eight-month mentoring program pairs writers with ViacomCBS executive mentors, who help them develop a new piece … Continue reading “Chicagoan Margaret Lebron chosen for ViacomCBS Writers Mentoring Program”

Home Alone local cast headlines holiday program at Symphony Center

Home Alone in Concert this Thanksgiving weekend starts off the robust schedule of holiday programming for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) at Symphony Center. Conductor Richard Kaufman leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in John Williams’ Academy Award-nominated score while the beloved holiday film is shown on the big screen (November 26-28). Chicago actors Tracy J. … Continue reading “Home Alone local cast headlines holiday program at Symphony Center”

Top 10 horror movies set or filmed in Chicago

Chicago has become the Hollywood of the Midwest, however, it has always been home to many incredible and entertaining stories, including horror stories. With Halloween coming up, a great way to get into the spirit of the holiday is to cozy up on the couch and binge-watch every horror film you can imagine. This is … Continue reading “Top 10 horror movies set or filmed in Chicago”

JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival presents the Fall Virtual Fest

The JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival presents the Fall Virtual Fest with eight films over three weekends, including six Midwest and Chicago premieres. The Fall Virtual Fest running November 5 – 21 with a brand-new selection of culturally-diverse, Jewishly-inspired films that will entertain, educate and inspire audiences. The focus is on films that explore issues … Continue reading “JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival presents the Fall Virtual Fest”

PrideArts Fall Film Festival will stream in four weekly programs

PrideArts announces the PrideArts Fall Film Festival, a month long festival of 32 films from 9 countries that will stream online in four segments, each available online for one week. Films address a wide range of issues and situations that are common across many cultures: defining oneself as an LGBTQ person, family relations, forming and … Continue reading “PrideArts Fall Film Festival will stream in four weekly programs”

Winners of the 57th Chicago International Film Festival

The Chicago International Film Festival announces the winners of its 2021 competitions. Celebrating its 57th edition October 13 – 24, 2021, the Chicago International Film Festival is North America’s longest-running competitive international film festival. In a virtual ceremony live-streamed via the Chicago International Film Festival YouTube channel, the Festival awarded prizes in the following categories: … Continue reading “Winners of the 57th Chicago International Film Festival”

Chicago Critics Film Festival announces full lineup

The Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA), today announces the complete lineup, schedule and special guests expected for the eighth Chicago Critics Film Festival, November 12-14. The festival opens with the Chicago premiere of Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut, The Lost Daughter, starring Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson, Jessie Buckley and Peter Sarsgaard. The weekend-long festival will close with … Continue reading “Chicago Critics Film Festival announces full lineup”

A chat with the writer of Yolonda Ross short film, Desmond’s Not here Anymore

Desmond’s Not Here Anymore is a harrowing short film about a mother battling Dementia and a daughter carrying a trauma she ironically cannot forget.  Penned by first-time screenwriter, Lindiwe Suttle Müller-Westernhagen, and directed by Mmabatho Montsho,  Desmond’s Not Here Anymore is a gothic family drama about the interplay between a devoted, resilient daughter, Abigail (The Chi’s Yolonda … Continue reading “A chat with the writer of Yolonda Ross short film, Desmond’s Not here Anymore”

4400 series premiere promo and official synopsis of first episode

Filmed in Chicago, 4400 series premiere, titled Past Is Prologue, airs on Monday, October 25, at 8 PM CST on The CW. The original The 4400 series ran for 4 years and 44 episodes and was cancelled in December 2007, reportedly due to low ratings, budget costs, and the ongoing Writers Guild strike at the … Continue reading “4400 series premiere promo and official synopsis of first episode”

Chicago filmmakers release crime drama/mystery ‘The Cleaner’

Chicago filmmakers release the Indie crime drama feature, The Cleaner. Distributed by 1091 Pictures, the story follows a middle-aged house cleaner who gets caught up in a violent crime after being hired to locate a client’s estranged son.  The Cleaner stars King Orba (DC’s Stargirl), Shelley Long (Modern Family), Shiloh Fernandez (Burn), Luke Wilson (Old … Continue reading “Chicago filmmakers release crime drama/mystery ‘The Cleaner’”

Full festival schedule for the 27th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center announces the full festival schedule for its 27th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival, which will take place both virtually and in person at the Gene Siskel Film Center from November 5 through December 2. The festival’s month-long showcase of Black stories will feature … Continue reading “Full festival schedule for the 27th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival”

How a trailblazing woman made Chicago the home of improv

Chicago’s greatest cultural export just might be improv theater, which was born at Jane Addams’ Hull House during the Great Depression and carried out into the world by the likes of Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Stephen Colbert. While to most people improv might seem synonymous with comedy, the art form was devised … Continue reading “How a trailblazing woman made Chicago the home of improv”

Chicago chosen #1 Best Big City in the U.S. for fifth consecutive year!

With more than 800,000 readers submitted responses, Condé Nast Traveler recognized the City of Chicago as the #1 Best Big City in the U.S. for the fifth year in a row in the results of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Since 2017, Chicago has ranked number one in this category for its incredible restaurants, interesting and diverse attractions, and … Continue reading “Chicago chosen #1 Best Big City in the U.S. for fifth consecutive year!”

The Bears are on track to leave their Soldier Field home of 50 years

In a giant step that could ultimately move the Chicago Bears from their Soldier Field home of 50 years to the Arlington Park Racetrack, the Bears and Churchill Downs have signed a Purchase and Sale Agreement for the entire Arlington Park land parcel in the Village of Arlington Heights. After consideration of multiple bids on … Continue reading “The Bears are on track to leave their Soldier Field home of 50 years”

Chicago Med: How Season 7 deals with major cast changes

Chicago Med returns for its Season 7 on September 22, but when the One Chicago medical drama returns there are going to be two beloved characters Dr. Natalie Manning, and Nurse April Sexton notably missing from the halls of Gaffney Medical Center as well as the introduction of two new cast regulars. After six seasons … Continue reading “Chicago Med: How Season 7 deals with major cast changes”

Navy Pier announces free Fall programming schedule

Navy Pier, Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination, is packing in the fall fun with a full roster of free public programs from September through November, including outdoor movies, live music, extended fireworks and more. Navy Pier was able to add several new programs to this year’s fall programming schedule providing the Chicagoland community and guests access to free, … Continue reading “Navy Pier announces free Fall programming schedule”

Noisefloor promotes Katie Waters to foley artist

Noisefloor Creative Producer, Katie Waters has been promoted to in-house Foley Artist. Waters has a long history with Noisefloor; starting as an intern, freelancing as a Foley Artist in 2011, and later in 2014 joining the team as their full-time Studio Manager. Most recently in her role as Noisefloor’s creative producer, Waters was able to … Continue reading “Noisefloor promotes Katie Waters to foley artist”

Jordan Peele’s Candyman shakes up the critics on opening day

The past year has been a chaotic one for movies as the Covid-19 pandemic has forced countless films to either move to VOD, release in a hybrid manner in theaters and VOD, or delay their release dates. Jordan Peele’s horror sequel Candyman was delayed several times until its eventual release on August 27, 2021 exclusively … Continue reading “Jordan Peele’s Candyman shakes up the critics on opening day”

Asian Pop-up Cinema season 13 celebrates best Asian-centric cinema

Asian Pop-Up Cinema: Season 13 will present 30 films at an in-person and drive-in festival, with select titles available for online streaming. The festival opens September 15 through October 12, at AMC River East 21, The Davis Theater and ChiTown Drive-In. The programming celebrates the best Asian-centric cinema, with new work made by filmmakers from China, … Continue reading “Asian Pop-up Cinema season 13 celebrates best Asian-centric cinema”

CANDYMAN: inside Chicago’s Cabrini-Green urban legend

Filmed in Chicago, Oscar winner Jordan Peele unleashes a fresh take on Chicago’s Cabrini-Green blood-chilling urban legend: Candyman.  Filmmaker Nia DaCosta (Little Woods, next year’s The Marvels) directs this contemporary incarnation of the cult classic.    CANDYMAN – in Theaters Only August 27 For as long as residents can remember, the housing projects of Chicago’s Cabrini-Green neighborhood were terrorized … Continue reading “CANDYMAN: inside Chicago’s Cabrini-Green urban legend”

Technology leader Cisco selects Chicago as new midwest regional hub

Cisco, a worldwide leader in technology, has announced Chicago as the company’s Midwest regional hub — complete with new offices in Chicago’s famed Old Main Post Office. The announcement was made by Gerri Elliott, EVP & Chief Customer and Partner Officer, Cisco, and Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot.   Cisco will move its regional offices from Rosemont into … Continue reading “Technology leader Cisco selects Chicago as new midwest regional hub”

Mars Wrigley treats fans to limited-edition SKITTLES for Halloween

New limited-edition SKITTLES Shriekers are hitting shelves nationwide, shocking taste buds around the country with a frightfully sour flavor. Hidden inside each pack of Shriekers are super-sour SKITTLES that appear to look like the rest yet bring an unpredictable punch of sour flavor to make even the most fearless candy fan quite literally shriek. Just … Continue reading “Mars Wrigley treats fans to limited-edition SKITTLES for Halloween”

FCB: New brand campaign encourages people get out and grab Groupon

Groupon announced the launch of a new global brand campaign today encouraging people to get out and explore the world of experiences around them. “Grab Life by the Groupon” was developed in partnership with FCB and showcases the brand as the destination for affordable local experiences. Since the beginning of 2021, Groupon has made progress expanding its inventory and … Continue reading “FCB: New brand campaign encourages people get out and grab Groupon”

Paper Girls filming scenes in Wheeling this week

Paper Girls completed filming scenes in Wheeling this week. According to a tweet from the Wheeling Police and Fire Department, production ended last night. The new Olive Productions /Amazon Studios /Legendary Entertainment series Paper Girls will continue filming in the Chicago area through mid September. “That’s a wrap! Film crews from Olive Productions, LLC in … Continue reading “Paper Girls filming scenes in Wheeling this week”

Carbon creates Babybel Plus+ launch films for Havas

The beloved Babybel characters are back, and this time with superpowers. Directed by Carbon’s Liam Chapple and produced at Carbon for Havas, the ‘Introducing Babybel Plus+’ campaign launches the brand’s new Plus+ Vitamins and Probiotic range.   From commercials to social media cuteness, the campaign features mini heroes with super strength! “When we first saw … Continue reading “Carbon creates Babybel Plus+ launch films for Havas”

Hanako Greensmith returns as Chicago Fire series regular

After we reported the news that Chicago Fire Series Regular, Adriyan Rae exited Chicago Fire on “great terms” at the end of March, fans have been anxiously anticipating to hear if Violet would officially become a permanent fixture on the NBC hit show. It was announced by TVLine on Friday that Hanako Greensmith, who plays … Continue reading “Hanako Greensmith returns as Chicago Fire series regular”

‘I Dream of a Psychopomp’ announces Chicago premiere

How Bizarre Pictures just announced the red carpet world premiere screening event for writer/director Danny Villanueva Jr.’s debut feature-length supernatural drama/horror anthology film, I Dream of a Psychopomp. The film, which opens in September at the Music Box Theatre, in Chicago, stars Jillian Lebling (Bridge of Spies, The Blacklist), Elohim Peña, Ben Shaul, Peter Knox, … Continue reading “‘I Dream of a Psychopomp’ announces Chicago premiere”

ION Television lands Chicago Fire, series debuts June 15

ION Television has added Chicago Fire to its lineup, marking the first broadcast syndication deal for the long-running fan favorite series. Its agreement with NBCUniversal Global Distribution gives ION all nine seasons and 195 episodes of the popular drama from Dick Wolf’s highly successful One Chicago franchise.  ION will air Chicago Fire on Tuesdays beginning June 15, with episodes all day beginning at 11 a.m. ET. Chicago Fire joins sister series Chicago … Continue reading “ION Television lands Chicago Fire, series debuts June 15”

The Music Box Theatre has plans for a big weekend

Whether you venture out on Open Chicago weekend or plan to stay in, Music Box has an awesome lineup of entertainment. From the creator of HAMILTON and the director of CRAZY RICH ASIANS, the joyous new musical IN THE HEIGHTS opens this weekend at the Music Box! Rated 97% FRESH on RottenTomatoes, this exuberant story of young dreamers … Continue reading “The Music Box Theatre has plans for a big weekend”

Stunt insurance for an 8000 pound RV on a frozen lake

Jeremy Pinckert of Explore is an Emmy Award winning director of commercials and branded content. Time and time again, Jeremy has proven that he has the eye-catching vision for monumental shots and performances.  We asked Jeremy to take us behind the scenes on one of his more interesting shoots on a frozen lake. Jeremy Pinckert’s Behind … Continue reading “Stunt insurance for an 8000 pound RV on a frozen lake”

Radio Flyer launches first ever adult scooters & e-bikes

Radio Flyer, the 104-year-old Chicago-based maker of the Original Little Red Wagon, officially introduced their first product line designed for adult riders, Flyer. The Flyer line of e-bikes and e-scooters infuses fun and function into micro-mobility, from a trusted name and at an affordable price.    With over a billion Radio Flyer wheels already on the … Continue reading “Radio Flyer launches first ever adult scooters & e-bikes”

Underground Donut Tour begins in Chicago’s West Loop

The Underground Donut, America’s Best Donut Tour, is adding another delicious version of their highly rated Chicago tour. Specifically, showcasing the amazing donuts in Chicago’s West Loop or Restaurant Row. The Underground Donut Tour has been in business for 6 years now with locations across the country including Chicago, Philadelphia, New York City, Portland, Seattle and, most recently, Boston. 6 years in business and now 6 … Continue reading “Underground Donut Tour begins in Chicago’s West Loop”

Flying with Pride: United, Chase and Visa join forces

In celebration and support of Pride Month, United Airlines, Chase and Visa are collaborating to reward United Visa Cardmembers who donate to non-profit LGBTQ+ organizations.  Between June 1 and June 30, 2021, eligible United MileagePlus Visa Cardmembers will receive five total miles for every dollar up to $1,000 in donations per eligible card made to the following … Continue reading “Flying with Pride: United, Chase and Visa join forces”

Ida B. Wells ‘Chicago Stories’ premiere tonight on WTTW

On Friday, May 21 at 8:00 pm on all WTTW platforms, Ida B Wells, a one-hour Chicago Stories special and companion website, paints a deeply humanizing portrait of a woman who was uncompromising in her quest for justice. The program tells her story through interviews with her descendants and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, creator of the Ida B Wells … Continue reading “Ida B. Wells ‘Chicago Stories’ premiere tonight on WTTW”

Vinyl & OKRP launch Illinois Office of Tourism campaign

Vinyl, a Songtradr company that provides direct access to creative talent, commercial music licensing, pre-cleared music, sonic branding, and custom composition, announced today the commercial license of “Time for Me to Fly” by REO Speedwagon for the new Illinois Office of Tourism ad spot. The ad titled “Time for Me to Fly” encourages families to … Continue reading “Vinyl & OKRP launch Illinois Office of Tourism campaign”

American Writers Museum reopens with new exhibit

The American Writers Museum (AWM), the first museum of its kind in the United States, has timed its reopening to the public to coincide with its fourth anniversary and, to celebrate, the museum is offering $4 off all admission tickets purchased in May. Online tickets can be redeemed at any point, as they are not restricted to … Continue reading “American Writers Museum reopens with new exhibit”

Navy Pier Flyover links north & south Lakefront Trail

Years in the waiting, the amazing Navy Pier Flyover is officially open. The transformative pedestrian and bike bridge links the two halves of Chicago’s signature Lakefront Trail and creates an uninterrupted, 18-mile ribbon from 71st Street to Hollywood Avenue. “The Lakefront Trail is undoubtedly one of Chicago’s crown jewels—a reputation that has only been amplified thanks … Continue reading “Navy Pier Flyover links north & south Lakefront Trail”

Regional Leaders partner on Visit Chicagoland campaign

Nine tourism organizations have partnered to launch a summer campaign to encourage travel to and around northeastern Illinois. The Visit Chicagoland campaign, themed The Only Thing Missing Is You, is designed to promote awareness and generate interest in luring visitors back to the region’s many sights and experiences.  Through this collaboration of regional leaders, the new leisure tourism campaign highlights local attractions … Continue reading “Regional Leaders partner on Visit Chicagoland campaign”

U.S. Army releases ‘The Calling’ animated series

The U.S. Army released “The Calling,” a new animated film series that profiles the deeply emotional and diverse origin stories of five Soldiers as they make the most important decision of their lives: answering the call to serve. At a time of a widening military-civilian divide, “The Calling” provides an important and rare inside look … Continue reading “U.S. Army releases ‘The Calling’ animated series”

FCB invites Sarofsky to get creative for Bud Light Chelada

A new festive campaign featuring the refreshed visual identity of Bud Light Chelada from global, award-winning and integrated marketing communications company Foote, Cone & Belding (FCB) has recently debuted across all media. The campaign’s vibrant, masterfully executed “Cheliamos” (:30) and “Ingredient Explosion” (:15) spots were produced in Chicago by one-stop cross-media production company Sarofsky. To … Continue reading “FCB invites Sarofsky to get creative for Bud Light Chelada”

How two Chicago guys made a #1 box office hit

Reel Chicago talks with the Chicago writing team Danny Kravitz and Chris Charles about how they managed to take The Marksman to the #1 box office hit. Universal Pictures is releasing the film on digital platforms on April 27 followed by on-demand platforms and Blu-ray/DVD on May 11. In anticipation of the digital release of … Continue reading “How two Chicago guys made a #1 box office hit”

37th Chicago Latino Film Audience Choice Award wins

The 37th Chicago Latino Film Festival announces the winners and runners-up for the Audience Choice Awards. The Audience Choice Award for Best Feature went to The Heist of the Century, Argentinian director Ariel Winograd’s heist comedy about the most famous and audacious bank robbery in Argentina’s history starring Guillermo Francella (The Secret in Their Eyes) … Continue reading “37th Chicago Latino Film Audience Choice Award wins”

Reel Black Filmmakers hold monthly film series

 In closing out their monthly South Side Short Film Series, the Reel Black Filmmakers—a program of the Community Film Workshop of Chicago—will dedicate the finale to films featuring stories about well-known as well as little-known leaders in the areas of the arts, religion and medicine on Thursday, April 22nd at 7pm.  The featured filmmakers are … Continue reading “Reel Black Filmmakers hold monthly film series”

American Writers Museum hosts reopening preview event

The American Writers Museum (AWM) will reopen its doors on Friday, May 14, just in time for it’s fourth anniversary. The public is invited to attend a special Reopening Preview Event live on YouTube on Wednesday, April 14 at 4pm Central to learn more about the AWM”s reopening plans, get a first look at the new virtual … Continue reading “American Writers Museum hosts reopening preview event”

Take a virtual tour of the infamous Gallagher house

If you’re still crying in your f**ken beer about Shameless ending after 11 seasons, stop acting like a p*ssy and take this opportunity to look at the Gallagher house one last time. Right after the series finale, Showtime posted a virtual farewell event open to all fans of the hit comedy series. The two-part experience, … Continue reading “Take a virtual tour of the infamous Gallagher house”

Coda Collection acquires Dave Grohl’s What Drives Us

Dave Grohl has been one of the most beloved and respected figures on the international music scene since his recorded debut with Nirvana on 1991’s generation-defining Nevermind. Grohl took center stage with Foo Fighters’ 1995 self-titled debut, the first album in a massive 12-Grammy-winning catalogue, including the band’s most recent release Medicine at Midnight (2021). … Continue reading “Coda Collection acquires Dave Grohl’s What Drives Us”

Orbitz reaffirms commitment to LGBTQ+ travel

Twenty years after launching the first LGBTQ print ad encouraging travelers to “see the world on your terms,” travel site Orbitz is debuting a new national ad campaign and call to action for LGBTQIA+ travelers as the travel industry readies for a comeback.  The campaign, titled “Travel As You Are,” invites all people to travel on their own terms, not the ones society … Continue reading “Orbitz reaffirms commitment to LGBTQ+ travel”

NBC orders Chicago Fire alum pilot to series

Charlie Barnett, who was featured on Chicago Fire for its first three seasons and currently plays Alan Zaveri on the Netflix comedy series Russian Doll, co-stars in the new drama NBC Ordinary Joe, which was just ordered to series. The new series explores the three parallel lives of the show’s main character after he makes a … Continue reading “NBC orders Chicago Fire alum pilot to series”

PRG opens digital studio in Chicago

Production Resource Group, LLC. (PRG), known for its technological innovations and production support for TV/Film, live entertainment, and events has announced it has opened a new digital studio in the McCook area of Chicago, adding to its network of studios in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Nashville, New York, and Orlando. Through these studios, PRG is continuing to support brands, artists, designers, creators, and … Continue reading “PRG opens digital studio in Chicago”

Soledad O’Brien joins latest PaleyImpact program

The Paley Center for Media announced that Soledad O’Brien will be joining its latest PaleyImpact program, Uncovering Racial Injustice with BET’s Disrupt & Dismantle  During the event, being held as part of Women’s History Month, the award-winning journalist and producer will discuss her powerful new BET documentary series Disrupt & Dismantle with Scott Mills, President, BET. The conversation … Continue reading “Soledad O’Brien joins latest PaleyImpact program”

Laurence Fishburne returns with season 2 of Bronzeville

Laurence Fishburne‘s Cinema Gypsy Productions and Larenz Tate‘s Tate Men Entertainment gear up to release the second season of the audio-scripted series Bronzeville, which chronicles the lives of players in the numbers game and illuminates the self-sustaining African-American community of Chicago’s Bronzeville. Both Fishburne and Tate produce, direct and voice the series. The series, written by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Josh … Continue reading “Laurence Fishburne returns with season 2 of Bronzeville”

WTTW launches The Great Chicago Quiz Show

Calling all Chicago trivia nerds! In The Great Chicago Quiz Show, a new, fast-paced weekly series premiering on Friday, March 26 at 8:00 pm on all WTTW platforms, Geoffrey Baer puts socially-distanced contestants from across Chicago and the suburbs — and viewers at home — to the test as they contemplate all things Chicago.  The contestants are as fun … Continue reading “WTTW launches The Great Chicago Quiz Show”

Highdive’s new Jeep spot is worth making noise about

Highdive, Ad Age’s 2020 Small Agency of the Year and back-to-back winner of USA Today’s 2020 and 2021 AdMeter, premiered a new creative spot, directed by Lance Acord out of Park Pictures, for Jeep during last night’s Golden Globes. Titled “Earth Odyssey”, the spot marks the launch of the Jeep Wrangler 4xe as Jeep paves the … Continue reading “Highdive’s new Jeep spot is worth making noise about”

NBC Chicago launches docuseries “Vaccinated State”

Amid continued questions about the Coronavirus vaccine in Illinois, NBC Chicago explores the issues and response to one of the most sought-after medicines of our lifetime in a new docuseries, Vaccinated State. Vaccinated State launched Sunday, February 21, on NBC Chicago’s Roku and Apple TV channels, documents the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in Illinois, … Continue reading “NBC Chicago launches docuseries “Vaccinated State””

Safe Humane Chicago hosts screening of Stray

Safe Humane Chicago announced today a virtual fundraising screening event of Magnolia Pictures’ new, upcoming documentary Stray, directed by Independent Spirit Award-nominee filmmaker Elizabeth Lo. The virtual screening event scheduled for March 5th-21st, 2021, will support the Safe Humane Chicago nonprofit organization, who will receive a portion of all ticket sales, and their continued efforts … Continue reading “Safe Humane Chicago hosts screening of Stray”

Dan Levy says ‘Ew’ to Schitt’s Creek pop up in Chicago

Fans of the beloved Emmy Award winning POP TV show Schitt’s Creek have been anxiously anticipating the Lincoln Park pop-up “Schitt Happens” within Replay, which specializes in unauthorized pop-ups for pop culture themes such as Friends, Game of Thrones, and Rick and Morty.  The event opened on February 12, 2021, and three days later show … Continue reading “Dan Levy says ‘Ew’ to Schitt’s Creek pop up in Chicago”

‘Postcards From Home’ personalizes the pandemic

Chicago-based filmmaker Richard Cohen explores the depths of isolation in Postcards From Home, a series of one-act vignettes about the affects of the pandemic. The ten-minute episodes feature intimate testimonials from characters explaining how COVID has affected their lives. Black Blue Man is an African American consumer’s awkward trip to a car dealership. Southern Popcorn … Continue reading “‘Postcards From Home’ personalizes the pandemic”

Backyard adds director Julia Ngeow to roster

Backyard Productions announced today the addition of Julia Ngeow to their roster of acclaimed directors and producers. CEO Kevin Allodi and Executive Producer Kris Mather are thrilled to bring forth Julia’s storytelling talent for commercial representation. Julia’s passion for filmmaking is originally based on her own explorations of the human condition and background in neuroscience, … Continue reading “Backyard adds director Julia Ngeow to roster”

From Bitcoin to Books & Movies: a Chicago Partnership

Bitcoin to Books and Movies, hedge fund talent Brandon Elsasser is also a debut author. His 2020 memoir Once More Without Feeling was recently optioned for production by storylab, a former Hollywood-based production company now in Chicago, and 10,001, a strategic design consultancy and content studio based in Los Angeles. Elsasser’s book has yielded a film project aptly titled The Trade. The film … Continue reading “From Bitcoin to Books & Movies: a Chicago Partnership”

NBC 5 & Telemundo Chicago grant applications are open

NBC 5 Chicago/WMAQ, Telemundo Chicago/WSNS and the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation will present their Project Innovation grant challenge in Chicago for a fourth consecutive year when grant applications open on January 8, 2021.   Local nonprofits that are helping to move communities forward by encouraging a culture of equity and inclusion, creating pathways for individuals to … Continue reading “NBC 5 & Telemundo Chicago grant applications are open”

Groundbreaking doc ‘What About Me’ to air in Feb

Groundbreaking documentary What About Me will air in syndication February 6–28, 2021. In an effort to change the negative perceptions of African American Men in the media, 5J Entertainment in collaboration with a prominent assembly of Black leaders and professionals is pleased to announce the pioneering documentary. What About Me is a riveting look into … Continue reading “Groundbreaking doc ‘What About Me’ to air in Feb”

Harry Lennix confirms he’s Martian Manhunter

Acclaimed actor Harry Lennix (The Matrix, Man of Steel) may have been born in Chicago, but soon the 56-year-old star, star of television’s hit series Blacklist will be from Mars – as Martian Manhunter in HBO Max’s upcoming Zack Snyder’s Justice League. The veteran stage and screen actor confirmed that his appearance will reveal that … Continue reading “Harry Lennix confirms he’s Martian Manhunter”

Canon, FCBX present digital experience for CES

In partnership with FCB and its experiential arm, FCBX premiered an interactive digital experience through five unexpected experiences and innovation cornerstones to celebrate how people can use Canon products and solutions to help redefine the limits they face. Attendees will be inspired to transcend limits by capturing the marvels of space, the splendor of wildlife, … Continue reading “Canon, FCBX present digital experience for CES”

Two Chicago Bachelorettes vie for Matt James’ rose

Thirty-two incredible women went in for love with Matt James when the exciting, landmark 25th edition of The Bachelor premiered on MONDAY, JAN. 4 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on ABC.  By the end of night one, 24 lucky bachelorettes remained to toast the Bachelor and join him on the romantic adventure of a lifetime! Two of them were from … Continue reading “Two Chicago Bachelorettes vie for Matt James’ rose”

CAFM to hold “2020 Holiday Hurrah” party on Zoom

Multiple raffles, Zoom Breakout Rooms, and prizes for your most creative holiday attire are all on tap as the Chicago Acting In Film Meetup NFP (CAFM) wraps up the year with a film industry party, fundraiser, and networking night.  The 12th Annual CAFM Holiday Hurrah (on ZOOM!) happens Monday, December 14, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. … Continue reading “CAFM to hold “2020 Holiday Hurrah” party on Zoom”

SHEBA Brand Launches “The Cats That Rule The World”

The Sheba brand is launching a three-part documentary series that explores the power cats have over people and their deep connections to their human counterparts.  The new series, The Cats That Rule The World by Academy Award-nominated director Geoffrey O’Connor, follows the true stories of a handful of humans who have fallen under the spell of their cats and the inseparable … Continue reading “SHEBA Brand Launches “The Cats That Rule The World””

Dick Durbin headlines Weinberg/Newton Gallery event

Weinberg/Newton Gallery, a non-commercial gallery dedicated to promoting the work of social justice causes, is currently partnering with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to present the virtual exhibition Anthem, as well as the virtual events series Vote Like Your Rights Depend On It.  Coinciding with the 2020 election cycle and the November presidential election, Anthem and Vote Like Your Rights Depend … Continue reading “Dick Durbin headlines Weinberg/Newton Gallery event”

Pritzker announces commitment to digital equity

Governor JB Pritzker announced a new Digital Equity Package, enlisting state, local, nonprofit and philanthropic support to address gaps in digital access, adoption, and affordability for high-speed internet access. The comprehensive approach is designed to help communities identify and address existing broadband equity gaps, as well as to leverage new and existing sources of funding … Continue reading “Pritzker announces commitment to digital equity”

‘Chicago From The Air’ WTTW special filmed with drone

A new special narrated by Geoffrey Baer, filmed from above, explores Chicago and its history from a new and breathtaking perspective. Imagine if you could soar, swoop, dive, and spiral through and around Chicago’s landmarks, neighborhoods, and suburbs – with a familiar voice providing engaging commentary along the way. CHICAGO FROM THE AIR, a new … Continue reading “‘Chicago From The Air’ WTTW special filmed with drone”

Jazz Kitchen: When Justice is the Message, November 18

It hardly seems possible to imagine social justice advocacy without music and art. Creating at the intersection of artistic practice and social justice is an essential impulse for many artists. Whether overt or embedded in the very impulse to create (or both), the role of artists/creatives in advancing justice is fundamental to the history of social … Continue reading “Jazz Kitchen: When Justice is the Message, November 18”

‘Ordinary Joe’ has begun filming in Chicago

A line of production vehicles stretched for a quarter-mile on Ravenswood Ave. in Chicago, where scenes for the upcoming NBC drama Ordinary Joe were being filmed this week.   Written by Russel Friend and Garrett Lerner, the series is scheduled to premiere in 2021. It stars James Wolk as Joe Kimbrough, and explores three parallel … Continue reading “‘Ordinary Joe’ has begun filming in Chicago”

Chicago at the Crossroad a message of hope on WTTW

Chicago at the Crossroad, a documentary film by Chicago’s Emmy-winning producer Brian Schodorf, will air on WTTW-Chicago Thursday, November 12 @ 8pm CT and Sunday, November 15 @ 5pm CT. Compelling and candid interviews with Chicago gang members, community activists and leaders, and gunshot victims unearth important issues and exemplify the tough questions that continue … Continue reading “Chicago at the Crossroad a message of hope on WTTW”

Opening Night: 26th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival

A Black Harvest Feast, opening night program on Friday, November 6 at 7:30 pm, is hosted by NBC Chicago’s LeeAnn Trotter, our Master of Ceremonies, and features a unique parade of filmmakers in a virtual red carpet to kick off the festivities.  Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and First Lady Amy Eshlman serve as the honorary … Continue reading “Opening Night: 26th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival”

First Artists-In-Residence for four INVEST neighborhoods

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) announced the first ever Artists-In-Residence for four of the City’s INVEST South/West neighborhoods: Auburn Gresham (Dorian Sylvain), Austin (Antonia Ruppert), Englewood (Eric Hotchkiss) and New City/Back of the Yards (Fernando Ramirez in partnership with … Continue reading “First Artists-In-Residence for four INVEST neighborhoods”

Unashamed Media releases poignant short “Otis’ Dream”

Otis Moss, Sr.’s journey to vote in 1946 Georgia is one of heartbreak and enduring hope, and it is as relevant today as it was back then. Especially as people of color across the U.S. remain determined to cast their Constitutionally protected right to vote despite long lines, lawsuits, phony ballot boxes and voter purges.  … Continue reading “Unashamed Media releases poignant short “Otis’ Dream””

Ebert Fest 2020 Symposium Series continues Nov 5

The 2020 Ebert Symposium Series conversations with filmmakers, executives and others involved in a changing media industry, continues on November 5 with an executive from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and University of Illinois Alumni. Christine Simmons, the academy’s chief operating officer, will be featured in a panel discussion of inclusion and equity in … Continue reading “Ebert Fest 2020 Symposium Series continues Nov 5”

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”

‘Dreaming Grand Avenue’ director Hugh Schulze

Dreaming Grand Avenue, produced by Newcity’s Chicago Film Project, is the story of Maggie and Jimmy, who have never met, but they keep showing up in each other’s dreams. As they navigate memories, traumas, hopes and desires in sleep and the waking world, they’ll discover the truth of their linked destiny with the help of … Continue reading “‘Dreaming Grand Avenue’ director Hugh Schulze”

Full Spectrum announces virtual discussion series

Chicago-based Full Spectrum Features, in conjunction with BACKBONES and All Senses Go announces there newest program, ACCESS REFRAMED. This virtual discussion series is designed to educate, advocate, and enact change towards greater access to content for creators and audiences in the film community nationwide.  The first discussion is Friday, October 9. ACCESS REFRAMED Access Reframed … Continue reading “Full Spectrum announces virtual discussion series”

Reflections: An Edgewater Art Experience

In Chicago, to spread a message of hope and unity, the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce presents Reflections: An Edgewater Art Experience throughout the neighborhood from September 28 – October 31. The project features local street artists, professional muralists, mosaic world masters, fine artists and others on storefronts, theatres, businesses and walls. The Chamber has partnered with art initiatives … Continue reading “Reflections: An Edgewater Art Experience”

Lightfoot eases Phase Four Guidelines for businesses

Progress in the fight against COVID-19 will allow for expanded indoor capacity, extended operating hours and loosening of other restrictions for businesses beginning October 1st. Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) today announced that Chicago has made sufficient progress in … Continue reading “Lightfoot eases Phase Four Guidelines for businesses”

‘The Great Chicago Fire’ to air on WTTW

This fall, WTTW tells the dramatic story of a defining and prescient moment in Chicago history, the Great Fire of 1871 when Chicagoans faced destruction, rebuilt, and prepared the city for a thriving future. The Great Chicago Fire, a one-hour Chicago Stories special, premieres on Friday, October 9 at 8:00 pm, the 149th anniversary of … Continue reading “‘The Great Chicago Fire’ to air on WTTW”

What’s up doc? WTVP to air new Bugs Bunny special

Transcendence Broadcasting and PBS station WTVP/Peoria are taking a hard look at that “wascally wabbit.” On With The Show!, a look at the cultural impact of Bugs Bunny during the last 80 years will air this fall and next spring. “We’re very excited to be moving forward with WTVP Remote and pleased that we can … Continue reading “What’s up doc? WTVP to air new Bugs Bunny special”

‘Candyman’ pushed to 2021, Nia DaCosta explains why

With Tenet’s muted box office and Warner Bros‘ decision to move Wonder Woman 1984 to December 25, other studios are beginning to take note. Universal has decided to push the Jordan Peele-produced, Nia DaCosta-helmed reboot of Candyman to an undisclosed date in 2021. Many fans were hoping the Chicago-produced film would find its way to … Continue reading “‘Candyman’ pushed to 2021, Nia DaCosta explains why”

Emmy Award winning director Jeremy Pinckert

We’ve all seen great composition, lighting and a story from a variety of directors, but there’s one in Chicago who stands out. Jeremy Pinckert, founding member of Explore Production Company, is an award-winning director of commercials and branded content. Time and time again, Jeremy has proven that he has the eye-catching vision for monumental shots … Continue reading “Emmy Award winning director Jeremy Pinckert”

The Chi will return to Cinespace for Season 4

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 Ntare … Continue reading “The Chi will return to Cinespace for Season 4”

‘Fargo’ creator and stars talk about new season

Reel Chicago reports back after attending the FX Networks TCA Press Day where Fargo Creator and cast revealed details about the upcoming new season and how they were able to complete principal photography during COVID. Anticipation has been building for FX’s Fargo, which despite the recent COVID-19 challenges, just wrapped its principal photography in Chicago. … Continue reading “‘Fargo’ creator and stars talk about new season”

Chicago Immersive presents WANDER: Lincoln Square

Chicago Immersive, in collaboration with interactive travel agency First Person Travel, is proud to announce the new interactive walking tour WANDER: Lincoln Square—A Chicago Walking Experience. This guided tour of the North Side neighborhood includes live agents and prerecorded historical scenes to facilitate exploration of the town’s present with the discovery of its past. Each showing will include up to 20 … Continue reading “Chicago Immersive presents WANDER: Lincoln Square”

Reeling LGBTQ+ International Film Festival lineup

Reeling will celebrate its 38th anniversary this fall with a new virtual edition of the second-oldest LGBTQ+ film festival in the world. Showing 30 features, 54 shorts across eight shorts programs from 21 countries, Reeling will offer home viewers access to new films not currently available on commercial streaming platforms. Over the course of 11 days – … Continue reading “Reeling LGBTQ+ International Film Festival lineup”

CPD launch support for officers’ mental health & wellness

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Police Department (CPD) today marked the completion of the City’s 90-day police reforms with the launch of two new pilot programs that are designed to ensure all CPD officers have the mental health and wellness supports they need. With the launch of the new Officer Support System (OSS), a pilot … Continue reading “CPD launch support for officers’ mental health & wellness”

HBO launches LOVECRAFT COUNTRY: SANCTUM, VR

To celebrate the highly anticipated new series LOVECRAFT COUNTRY, HBO has announced Lovecraft Country: Sanctum, a series of exclusive virtual reality events transporting invited guests into a world inspired by the show. Join LOVECRAFT COUNTRY’s Jurnee Smollett, Jonathan Majors, Courtney B. Vance and Michael Kenneth Williams For A Groundbreaking Virtual Experience. The series airs Sundays at 9:00 … Continue reading “HBO launches LOVECRAFT COUNTRY: SANCTUM, VR”

FCB goes RVing with new campaign for new client

Good news for FCB and Chicago advertising in general. Go RVing has selected the IPG agency as creative Agency of Record. More than 25 agencies participated in the competitive review process which was coordinated and managed by Pile+Company in partnership with the Go RVing staff and was completed remotely due to COVID-19.  Interpublic Group’s UM … Continue reading “FCB goes RVing with new campaign for new client”

Gardner’s ‘Long Ride Home’ plays Bentonville Fest

Charles Andrew Gardner’s Long Ride Home will compete for Best Short Film this week at Academy Award® winner Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival. In the powerful short film, Long Ride Home, Brandon is an affluent African-American who has climbed the ladder to success, resenting anyone not willing to put in the same amount of discipline. However, his perspective in … Continue reading “Gardner’s ‘Long Ride Home’ plays Bentonville Fest”

Christian Mejía wins Story Forge competition

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 Chicago … Continue reading “Christian Mejía wins Story Forge competition”

Filmscape 2020 goes online with virtual exhibitor booths

Filmscape 2020 goes virtual August 29 & 30. Exhibitors get a virtual booth on a dedicated page on the Filmscape website. Every year, Filmscape Chicago, an educational nonprofit focused on skill building for technicians and artists in the Chicago film and television industry, holds an annual event which hosts high-profile vendors, educational workshops, panels, and … Continue reading “Filmscape 2020 goes online with virtual exhibitor booths”

Meet ‘Lovecraft Country’s’ showrunner Misha Green

HBO’s Lovecraft Country, which was filmed at Cinespace Studios, debuts on August 16. Based on the novel of the same name by Matt Ruff, the ten-episode series follows Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) as he journeys with his childhood friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett) and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) on a road trip from Chicago across … Continue reading “Meet ‘Lovecraft Country’s’ showrunner Misha Green”

Jeremy Pinckert talks commercial shoots in COVID Era

Director Jeremy Pinckert of Explore goes behind the scenes for the making of commercials in the Covid Era. Explore is a full-service commercial production company located in Chicago at 311 W Superior St, Suite 218. When we embark on a new project we always feel a sense of excitement. A little necessary anxiety for the … Continue reading “Jeremy Pinckert talks commercial shoots in COVID Era”

WTTW News launches new shows on CHICAGO TONIGHT

WTTW News today announced it will launch CHICAGO TONIGHT: LATINO VOICES and CHICAGO TONIGHT: BLACK VOICES, two additions to its influential and independent news and public affairs content and an extension of one of Chicago’s flagship news shows. These half-hour programs premiere on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 6:00 pm and Sunday, September 13 at 6:00 pm on WTTW … Continue reading “WTTW News launches new shows on CHICAGO TONIGHT”

Barack to be first guest on ‘The Michelle Obama Podcast’

In the July 29th premiere episode of ‘The Michelle Obama Podcast’ the former first lady and her husband will hold an intimate conversation about life after eight years in the White House. Last summer, President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s production company, Higher Ground, announced a partnership with Spotify to produce podcasts exclusive to the platform. The first project in the ongoing … Continue reading “Barack to be first guest on ‘The Michelle Obama Podcast’”

Cubs and White Sox read for CPL ‘Live From the Library’

Chicago Public Library announced that the upcoming group of celebrity readers for the popular “Live From the Library” program will celebrate the beginning of Major League Baseball. “Live From the Library” which features a combination of librarians, authors, celebrities, and notable Chicagoans, will highlight notable representatives of the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox organizations, … Continue reading “Cubs and White Sox read for CPL ‘Live From the Library’”

Possible ‘Empire’ spinoff in development

The former FOX Network juggernaut Empire, which was filmed at Chicago’s Cinespace Studios, have ended prematurely last spring due to the rampant novel coronavirus COVID-19, but you clearly can’t keep a Lyons down. There is now talk of a spinoff series starring Taraji P. Henson as matriarch Cookie Lyons. According to TheWrap, the project is … Continue reading “Possible ‘Empire’ spinoff in development”

Filmmaker Chantel Chavon tackles racism, mental health

Up and coming Chicago-based filmmaker, Chantel Chavon, makes her directorial debut by tackling the connection between racism and mental illness head on in the short film, When the Leaves Fall. Based on an original screenplay by Chavon, the psychological drama tells the story of a mentally-ill homeless woman living inside of a bus shelter, who … Continue reading “Filmmaker Chantel Chavon tackles racism, mental health”

Chicago area celebs join CPL’s “Live From the Library”

Chicago Public Library announced this week’s group of celebrity readers for the Live From the Library program, featuring a combination of librarians, authors, celebrities, and notable Chicagoans, reading stories to children and families daily at 10 a.m. CST. Actor Joe Mantegna (7/13), actress Denise Richards (7/14), and Inside Edition Chief Investigative Reporter Lisa Guerrero (7/15) will be the latest Chicago notables … Continue reading “Chicago area celebs join CPL’s “Live From the Library””

HBO Max orders ‘Young Love’ based on ‘Hair Love’

HBO Max has ordered a 12-episode season of the all-new, 2D animated series, Young Love, based on the characters introduced in the Academy Award®-winning short film, Hair Love from Oscar® winner and Chicago born  Matthew A. Cherry and Sony Pictures Animation. The new series for HBO Max is created by Cherry, who will showrun with long-time animation creative Carl Jones (The … Continue reading “HBO Max orders ‘Young Love’ based on ‘Hair Love’”

The Mill teams up with EA SPORTS on ‘Feel Next Level’

Creatively developed in partnership with EA SPORTS and produced entirely under COVID-19 restrictions. EA SPORTS has launched a new adrenaline fueled brand film in collaboration with The Mill. Explore the powerful feelings evoked by football — from the emotional charge of 60,000 fans singing your name, to those heart-pounding seconds at the penalty spot. Premiering … Continue reading “The Mill teams up with EA SPORTS on ‘Feel Next Level’”

Mayor Lightfoot says Chicago ready to move to phase four

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced that Chicago is on track to transition to phase four of the “Protecting Chicago” framework on Friday, June 26, alongside the rest of Illinois. The guidelines are aligned with the State-issued guidelines, with additional specificity included for Chicago’s context, which has … Continue reading “Mayor Lightfoot says Chicago ready to move to phase four”

Nia DaCosta posts origin story for ‘Candyman’

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 puppets … Continue reading “Nia DaCosta posts origin story for ‘Candyman’”

Kate Kane will be replaced, not killed off in ‘Batwoman’

Last month, we reported that the star of the CW’s Batwoman, Ruby Rose, would be leaving the series and recast. Like most, we speculated that the character would simply be recast ala Darrin in Bewitched or Aunt Viv on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Then rumors began to circulate that an entirely new character would … Continue reading “Kate Kane will be replaced, not killed off in ‘Batwoman’”

Chicago filmmakers treat us to Vanlife at its Lowest & Best

Chicago filmmakers, Andrew Morgan and co-director Nick Nummerdor set out to make a film about the reclusive, and enigmatic American automotive subculture known as “vanning.’ Welcome to Sleeze Lake! It’s 1977 and the idealistic message of the hippie counter-culture has played a decade long game of telephone with America’s youth. Still searching for freedom and … Continue reading “Chicago filmmakers treat us to Vanlife at its Lowest & Best”

Chicagoan, Sam Logan Khaleghi to release next feature

Sam Logan Khaleghi carries a lot of titles in this town. The Northwestern University grad, former Chicago resident, and Chicago Emmy Nominee, is the writer, producer, director, and star in his latest feature, “Devil’s Night: Dawn of the Nain Rouge.”   Khaleghi penned a distribution deal with Cinedigm Corp who has announced that it acquired … Continue reading “Chicagoan, Sam Logan Khaleghi to release next feature”

Eleven04 Story Forge online screenwriting competition

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, and … Continue reading “Eleven04 Story Forge online screenwriting competition”

A CITY AT WAR: CHICAGO Chicagoland during WW II

A CITY AT WAR: CHICAGO, narrated by legendary journalist Bill Kurtis, is a comprehensive telling of nearly everything that happened in Chicagoland during World War II.  This one-hour documentary won the 2018 Chicago International Television Festival Gold Plaque Award for best nonfiction program, and is currently airing on more than 130 public television stations across … Continue reading “A CITY AT WAR: CHICAGO Chicagoland during WW II”

Antidote for lockdown: 10 reasons to get out of town

We may not be ready to hit the road yet but GoTraveler offers the next best thing to packing a bag. Riding an elephant, going through an African safari, joining an Irish brewery tour, and gazing at the Eiffel Tower are all travel experiences of a lifetime. There’s a lot to learn about the world … Continue reading “Antidote for lockdown: 10 reasons to get out of town”

FIRSTHAND: Coronavirus WTTW Documentary Series

FIRSTHAND: CoronavirusOne-Hour Special Compiled from WTTW Digital Documentary SeriesMonday, May 18, 9:00 pm and Thursday, May 21 at 8:00 pm on WTTW#FIRSTHANDwttw In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, WTTW hit the streets of Chicago to film the 15-part digital series FIRSTHAND: Coronavirus, produced and released in real time, that explored the personal, firsthand perspectives of a … Continue reading “FIRSTHAND: Coronavirus WTTW Documentary Series”

FCB & Mayor Lightfoot launch ‘Live from the Library’

The Obamas and Oprah are among the Chicago celebrities reading children’s books across the Chicago Public Library social channels. Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Public Library (CPL), one of the largest libraries in the US with over 385 professional librarians, and the CPL Foundation have partnered to host ‘Live from the Library,’ a daily story … Continue reading “FCB & Mayor Lightfoot launch ‘Live from the Library’”

What’s the perfect way to shoot a spot during lockdown?

A look behind the scenes with Tessa Films at putting together the perfect spot during lockdown. What’s the perfect dish for a lockdown night at home? Why pizza, of course! And not just any pizza, but a Screamin’ Sicilian Premium Craft frozen pizza. That’s one takeaway from a fast-paced, light-hearted new spot from Blue Chip, … Continue reading “What’s the perfect way to shoot a spot during lockdown?”

Calabash Animation is the Go-To creative for toy brands

“Toy work is engaging because it’s usually very dynamic and creative,” says Calabash Executive Producer, Sean Henry. “It can take us anywhere from dragons to spaceships to silly bathroom humor for the boys, and the girl brands are adorable and stylish, taking us into different fantasy worlds that for us animators are fun to explore.”     Even … Continue reading “Calabash Animation is the Go-To creative for toy brands”

Zoom Interview: Richard Song of Eleven04

Asian Americans have been a silent voice in American Media since the birth of cinema.  While many other demographics have found a way to break through to mainstream markets, few filmmakers and actors of Asian descent have risen to the top.  Asians currently make up the majority of the world’s population, and continue to be … Continue reading “Zoom Interview: Richard Song of Eleven04”

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’”

McDonald’s offers ‘Thank You Meals’ to first responders

In appreciation for the healthcare workers, police officers, firefighters and paramedics who are committed to our health and safety, McDonald’s will offer free Thank You Meals, between Wednesday, April 22 and Tuesday, May 5, as a token of appreciation for their selfless service. While the majority of America is staying home, McDonald’s has remained open, with our franchisees and … Continue reading “McDonald’s offers ‘Thank You Meals’ to first responders”

Burrell posts powerful COVID-19 video on IG

During her appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation earlier this month, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot told host Margaret Brennan while the novel coronavirus COVID-19 has impacted the United States in unthinkable ways, the virus has been “devastating” for black communities. This can be attributed in part to the underlying health conditions that disproportionately impact people … Continue reading “Burrell posts powerful COVID-19 video on IG”

As EMPIRE series ends, here’s our Top 10 favorite episodes

Golden Globe-nominated EMPIRE is now in its sixth and final season as one of television’s most popular and groundbreaking shows. A powerful drama about a family dynasty set within the glamorous and often dangerous world of hip-hop music, the show revolves around the Lyons and their media company, Empire Entertainment. Tuesday is the EMPIRE Season Finale, … Continue reading “As EMPIRE series ends, here’s our Top 10 favorite episodes”

Peele on why he chose Nia DaCosta for ‘Candyman’

When Universal and MGM announced the remake of Candyman, the 80s classic horror icon, many assumed (including our resident Geek at sister outlet Reel 360) that Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us) would be directing. As it turned out Peele was signed on to produce under his Monkeypaw production company and he chose up-and-coming African American … Continue reading “Peele on why he chose Nia DaCosta for ‘Candyman’”

FIRSTHAND: Coronavirus new WTTW digital docuseries

The coronavirus pandemic is a public health crisis unlike any that Chicago has faced in living memory. How are our citizens reacting to its challenges, and who is stepping forward to help keep the city safe and functioning as COVID-19 sweeps through Chicago, America, and the rest of the world? In a multi-part digital series produced … Continue reading “FIRSTHAND: Coronavirus new WTTW digital docuseries”

DCASE shares list of support resources for the arts

Due to the enormous economic impact the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is having an on our local arts community, the City of Chicago is aggressively exploring financial supports for this sector. The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) shares a partial list of the many local and national efforts to support our artists and arts … Continue reading “DCASE shares list of support resources for the arts”

REEL WOMEN: Meg Kubicka, Editor at Whitehouse

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. Meg began her editorial career at Whitehouse Post in … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: Meg Kubicka, Editor at Whitehouse”

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”

Cinespace Studios welcomes new pilots for Fox and NBC

Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, the second largest film studio in the country, with 36 studios and more than 2 million square feet on the west and south sides of Chicago, is pleased to welcome two pilots to its campus this season. NBC has greenlight Ordinary Joe and Fox has given a pilot offer for The Big Leap. Ordinary … Continue reading “Cinespace Studios welcomes new pilots for Fox and NBC”

Talus Films presents ‘12X12 Showcase’ at Cultural Center

Talus Films, in partnership with DCASE and Camera Ambassador, presents the 12×12 Showcase on March 7th from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. 12×12 is an original film project developed by newly founded Chicago production company, Talus Films. Throughout 2019, the project explored the richness of storytelling by producing 12 collaborations in 12 months. The resulting trio of … Continue reading “Talus Films presents ‘12X12 Showcase’ at Cultural Center”

26th Annual Black Women’s Expo

The 26th Annual Black Women’s Expo is hosting their two-day leadership and professional development conference in conjunction with the 26th annual Black Women’s Expo NEXT. To again be held at McCormick Place, the expo referred to as the largest multi-city exposition in the country for African American women. The expo had an impressive turnout last … Continue reading “26th Annual Black Women’s Expo”

Elijah McKinnon, Executive Director, OTV

Multi-talented artist, advocate, and creative leader Elijah McKinnon — who is from the future — joins the 2020 Reel Chicago Black List, an annual celebration of African-American creativity published during Black History Month. The Reel Chicago Black List includes Global Mixx founder Mary Datcher, House Music pioneer Vince Lawrence, and filmmaker Rhyan LaMarr. To view … Continue reading “Elijah McKinnon, Executive Director, OTV”

Rebecca F. Williams, VP/Group Creative Director, Burrell

Rebecca F. Williams, VP/Group Creative Director at Burrell Communications, joins the 2020 Reel Chicago Black List, a celebration of African-American creativity published during Black History Month. The Reel Chicago Black List includes Global Mixx founder Mary Datcher, McDonald’s US Marketing Director Lizette Williams, and filmmaker Rhyan LaMarr. To view the archives, click here. Rebecca F. … Continue reading “Rebecca F. Williams, VP/Group Creative Director, Burrell”

WTTW debuts “Chicago by ‘L’ with Geoffrey Baer”

Nothing says Chicago like the rumble of an ‘L’ train overhead. Featured in countless movies and television shows, the ‘L’ is recognized worldwide as an iconic part of the city’s landscape and an easy, affordable ticket to explore Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods. Chicago by ‘L’ with Geoffrey Baer, a new documentary and website that will debut … Continue reading “WTTW debuts “Chicago by ‘L’ with Geoffrey Baer””

The Mill signs directors Ben Hansford & Rogier Schalken

The Mill announced today it is bolstering its global directorial roster with two new signings; Ben Hansford and Rogier Schalken. The Mill’s Executive Director Steve Venning comments, ‘We’re constantly striving to find talent, the kind of people that can ideate and collaborate with our clients and genuinely bring something new and different to The Mill’s … Continue reading “The Mill signs directors Ben Hansford & Rogier Schalken”

Panorama LatinX Showcase at Siskel Center, Feb 1

Through a juried selection process, seven films have been selected out of over 40 entries to create the Gene Siskel Film Center’s second edition of the Panorama Latinx Short Film Showcase. The event takes place at 8:00 pm on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art … Continue reading “Panorama LatinX Showcase at Siskel Center, Feb 1”

Bing Liu among United States Artists 2020 USA Fellows

United States Artists (USA) is pleased to announce its 2020 USA Fellows. This year, fifty artists across ten creative disciplines will receive unrestricted $50,000 cash awards. The award honors their creative accomplishments and supports their ongoing artistic and professional development. The 2020 USA Fellows class is the largest since USA relocated from Los Angeles to … Continue reading “Bing Liu among United States Artists 2020 USA Fellows”

LatinX series ‘Border’d’ partners w/Creative Cypher

Border’d, a new Chicago-based web series, announced today their partnership with media company Creative Cypher to produce the first season of the show. Border’d focuses on the lives of a trio of Latinx siblings who are called to their hometown after a family tragedy and are forced to confront their ignored culture, hidden secrets, and … Continue reading “LatinX series ‘Border’d’ partners w/Creative Cypher”

‘Last Man Fishing’ to launch Chi Film’s ‘Justice January’

This January, Chicago Filmmakers is pleased to present the Chicago premieres of three documentaries that explore current social and political issues around environmental justice, immigration justice, and reproductive justice in a program called Justice January. The films selected for the series — Last Man Fishing, Undeterred, and Our Bodies Our Doctors — reveal personal stories … Continue reading “‘Last Man Fishing’ to launch Chi Film’s ‘Justice January’”

WTTW announces new 2019 holiday programming

WTTW, Chicago’s PBS station, will present a variety of holiday specials and concerts as part of its 2019 holiday programming schedule throughout December. This year’s lineup explores the backgrounds and celebrates the traditions of holidays all over the world, including performances and ensembles as well as specials that examine the contemporary customs of Christmas and … Continue reading “WTTW announces new 2019 holiday programming”

SOCIALDEVIANT hires strategic planner Lisa Szkatulski

On the heels of hiring Hart Rusen as its Chief Creative Officer earlier this year, SOCIALDEVIANT is bringing on board ad industry veteran Lisa Szkatulski as Senior Strategic Planner, effective immediately. “Since our founding nearly eight years ago, we have built a ‘maker’ culture. We are committed to creating brand-right and consumer-relevant content– in short, … Continue reading “SOCIALDEVIANT hires strategic planner Lisa Szkatulski”

Cow Lamp acquires a pair of Jack Newell films

Indie distributor scores ‘Open Tables’ and ‘Close Quarters’ by Second City’s Harold Ramis School Program Director Cow Lamp Films — the Midwest’s first and only full-service, independent film and television distributor — has acquired two movies by romantic comedy legend Jack C. Newell. In Newell’s signature style, both of the stories use food and humor … Continue reading “Cow Lamp acquires a pair of Jack Newell films”

Seaton, Simon are GlobalMixx ‘Game Changers’

Annual Film and Music Forum will honor Carl Seaton and Claire Simon for “giving back to the community” Chicago Television Director Carl Seaton and Simon Casting President Claire Simon will be honored as a Game Changers at the Global Mixx Music and Film Forum next weekend. Bestowed upon individuals who have “impacted in some way … Continue reading “Seaton, Simon are GlobalMixx ‘Game Changers’”

Interview with ‘Good Kisser’ director Wendy Jo Carlton

Spotlight on the award-winning filmmaker whose ‘lesbian love triangle’ plays Siskel Center October 25-31 Wendy Jo Carlton’s award-winning new film, Good Kisser, follows the evolution of an all-female ménage à trois over the course of a single night. Sexy and fun, no doubt; but like most of Carlton’s work, the love taps into a world … Continue reading “Interview with ‘Good Kisser’ director Wendy Jo Carlton”

Interview with OTV founder Dr. Aymar Jean Christian

Open Television author and creator is helping to bring marginalized creators and content into the spotlight of American culture   Over the last four years, Dr. Aymar Jean Christian has inspired a community of artists and intellectuals to disrupt one of the greatest institutions in America. With analytical expertise, online manipulation, shrewd outreach, and boundless … Continue reading “Interview with OTV founder Dr. Aymar Jean Christian”

Kartemquin announces recipients of $90K in grants

A dozen documentary projects will share rewards of Diverse Voices and Emerging Storyteller Fund grants Kartemquin Films today announced the 12 documentary projects that will receive their 2019 Diverse Voices Accelerator Fund and Emerging Storyteller Fund grants. Both grants are designed to provide funding towards emerging filmmakers who are currently enrolled or who have previously … Continue reading “Kartemquin announces recipients of $90K in grants”

Getting to know ‘A Sisterhood of Signatures’

Chicago filmmaker Okema “Seven” Gunn skillfully weaves important lessons into a light-hearted tale about four young girls Cursive writing leads the way to teenage enlightenment in A Sisterhood of Signatures, a Chicago-made short screening September 21st at the Oak Park International Film Festival. Written and directed by Seven Okema Gunn, the 17-minute film presents the … Continue reading “Getting to know ‘A Sisterhood of Signatures’”

Architecture, racecars, and the Blues

The ChiFilmFest 2019 program offers moviegoers art, thrills, and the music that inspired Buddy Guy The Chicago International Film Festival announced an ambitious schedule for its 55th annual run during a press event yesterday morning at AMC Theatres River East. Hosted by Artistic Director Mimi Plauché and programmers Anthony Kaufman, Alissa Simon, and Sam Flancher, … Continue reading “Architecture, racecars, and the Blues”

WTTW celebrates Ken Burns’ ‘Country Music’

Channel 11 will deliver the eight-part series about the uniquely American art form on TV and online   WTTW Ch. 11 will begin airing Ken Burns’ new 16-hour documentary, Country Music next week. Directed by Burns — along with writer and co-producer Dayton Duncan and producer Julie Dunfrey — the eight-part series explores the stories, … Continue reading “WTTW celebrates Ken Burns’ ‘Country Music’”

‘No Small Matter’ back by popular demand

Chicago-produced doc about childhood education returns to the Gene Siskel Film Center September 6 Following up on its sold-out June premiere, the acclaimed early childhood education documentary No Small Matter returns to Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center for an encore week of screenings beginning Friday, September 6. The film’s encore run coincides with the start … Continue reading “‘No Small Matter’ back by popular demand”

Chicago-made ‘Trained’ rolls into 33 million homes

Yuri Rutman’s guerilla-filmed, psychoerotic short begins streaming tomorrow on ShortsTV Kiev-born, Chicago-raised, LA-based filmmaker Yuri Rutman endured 48 hours of the Windy City winter to make a film that becomes available for streaming in 33 million homes tomorrow. His 18-minute short, Trained, is a love story like no other. Offering a glimpse into the lives … Continue reading “Chicago-made ‘Trained’ rolls into 33 million homes”

Dreams come true in new Blue Moon campaign by DDB

A light-hearted pair of spots do an excellent job of implying that beer makes everything better DDB explores a range of the possibilities that a drinker can dream in a colorful new campaign for Blue Moon titled, Once in a Blue Moon. The effort centers on a pair of light-hearted spots that re-imagine everyday situations … Continue reading “Dreams come true in new Blue Moon campaign by DDB”

2019 Reeling LGBTQ film festival

From ‘Shiny Shrimps’ to ‘Scream Queen,’ the annual Windy City tradition promises to entertain, inspire, amuse, arouse and break a few hearts Reeling, the second-oldest LGBTQ film festival in the world and a beloved Chicago cultural institution for more than 35 years, kicks off fall with an exciting slate of movies that showcases the diversity … Continue reading “2019 Reeling LGBTQ film festival”

Late summer media wrap

IL Film Tax Credit “Avengers: Endgame” Metallica “Skippers” “Solstice” SG + Partners in the news   Film Tax Credit extended til 2026 Governor JB Pritzker signed a bill extending the revenue-generating Illinois Film Tax credit until 2026. Officially known as Illinois Senate Bill 1981, the “Film Production Services Tax Credit Act of 2008” offers a … Continue reading “Late summer media wrap”

The 2019 Black Harvest Film Festival

The Gene Siskel Film Center’s 25th annual celebration of African Americans and the African diaspora August 3-29 The Gene Siskel Film Center celebrates the stories, dreams, history, and legacy of African Americans and the African diaspora in the 25th edition of the annual Black Harvest Film Festival. In addition to 50-plus film screenings, there will … Continue reading “The 2019 Black Harvest Film Festival”

Gloria Steinem joins board of new Kartemquin film

Legendary activist and writer strengthens diverse and powerful leaders advising ‘The Dilemma of Desire’ Writer, lecturer, political activist, and feminist organizer Gloria Steinem will join the project advisory board for the upcoming feature-length documentary The Dilemma of Desire. The co-founder of Ms. and former New York magazine columnist strengthens a powerful group of leaders dedicated … Continue reading “Gloria Steinem joins board of new Kartemquin film”