FACETS presents encore in-person screenings of Everything Everywhere All At Once (June 4-5), Memoria (June 18-19), and Happening (June 25-26) along with special film series happening all month. Screenings take place at FACETS (1517 W. Fullerton). Tickets can be purchased in advance through FACETS website and are $12/General Admission and $10/FACETS Members. ENCORE SCREENINGSEverything Everywhere All At Once – June 4-5, 2022The latest film from Daniel Kwan and … Continue reading “FACETS: Everything Everywhere All at Once, Memoria, and Happening”
FACETS announces May 2022 programming for their 47th Anniversary Celebration packed with special features. The program will include a special screening of Steve James’ Life Itself (2014) and three film series championing FACETS’ and the wider Chicago independent film community’s legacy, including Milos’s Picks, Kartemquin Films X Full Spectrum Features, and FACETS Label Presents: Real Chicago. FACETS’ Executive Director Karen Cardarelli said, “FACETS celebrates … Continue reading “FACETS 47th Anniversary Celebration packed with special features”
In celebration of Halfway to Halloween, the halfway point to all things scary, FACETS has selected five films for audiences to satisfy their craving for spooky cinema on the big screen. Screening at FACETS (1517 W Fullerton Ave) April 28-May 1, 2022, Halfway to Halloween features Rusty Cundieff’s Tales from the Hood (April 28), a double feature of David Cronenberg’s Videodrome and Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Pulse (April 29), … Continue reading “FACETS celebrates Halfway to Halloween with a weekend of horror flicks”
FACETS’ 2022 special cinema programs continue with a series paying tribute to the career of legendary performer Sidney Poitier. Celebrate the life of the icon with four films that helped define his status as Hollywood’s first Black leading man, programmed by FACETS Film Program Director, Charles Coleman. Mr. Poitier’s legacy as one of the iconic screen figures of the Civil Rights … Continue reading “FACETS announces ‘A Tribute to Sidney Poitier’ series screening”
FACETS Chicago International Children’s Film Festival announces that submissions are now open for CICFF39. CICFF is the first Academy-qualifying children’s film festival in the world. The festival presents the best, most innovative international films for kids and teens, seeking out films that both entertain audiences and challenge them to widen their perspectives. CICFF invites film submissions … Continue reading “FACETS announces submissions are now open for CICFF39”
FACETS 38th Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (CICFF), one of only two Academy Award qualifying international children’s film festivals in the world, presented from Friday, Nov. 5 through Sunday, Nov.14. FACETS is pleased to offer limited in-person screenings as well as the entire festival available via national streaming. The in-person screenings will take place at FACETS, 1517 W. … Continue reading “FACETS 38th Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Fest”
FACETS, newly reopened and welcoming back the Chicago film community, will present a new late night screening series starting Thursday, October 7, 2021. The series comes just in time for Halloween, starting off with an Alternative Horror Essentials program featuring 5 films. Tickets cost $5/person for each show, and FACETS Members get in free to the first two … Continue reading “FACETS announces late night series: Alternative Horror Essentials”
FACETS announced that the 46-year-old organization has selected the film Anne at 13,000 Ft. by Canadian director Kazik Radwanski to mark its long-awaited return to in-person programming, following an 18-month hiatus due to the Coronavirus pandemic. . Anne at 13,000 Ft. will have its Chicago premiere from Friday, September 17 through Sunday, September 19; it will play again from … Continue reading “Facets returns to in-person programming with Anne at 13,000 Ft”
FACETS has announced it will return to presenting in-person programming on Friday, September 17 while simultaneously screening virtual cinema. Since FACETS suspended its in-person screenings in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and transitioned to online film programming, select areas within the venue have changed their function and/or have been upgraded to reintroduce it as a dynamic … Continue reading “Newly renovated FACETS will reopen to in-person programming Sept 17”
The Facets Board of Directors is very happy to announce its new Executive Director, Karen Cardarelli, Co-Founder and former Executive Director of the Emerald City Theatre. The appointment concludes a six-month search for the successor to Milos Stehlik, Facets’ founder and long-time Executive Director who passed away in July 2019. “Karen Cardarelli brings a wealth … Continue reading “Facets hires Karen Cardarelli as Executive Director”
Ainslie Henderson’s ‘Archie’ wins Best of Fest; Jerome Boulbes’ ‘The Bridge and the Brogs,’ wins Milos Stehlik Award Facets’ 36th Chicago International Children’s Film Festival hosted its Closing Night Ceremony on November 10, 2019 at Facets (1517 W Fullerton), to celebrate the award winning films selected by the Festival’s juries. The Festival awards over 30 … Continue reading “Facets announces Children’s Film Fest winners”
Nonprofit film org will honor the life of its founder during the annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival Facets’ 36th annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival is dedicated to the memory of Milos Stehlik, founder and executive director of Facets, who passed away this July. Milos had a dream that film, the most powerful communications … Continue reading “Facets introduces ‘Milos Stehlik Global Impact Award’”
Breathtaking in their beauty, the program selections offer kids and teens the opportunity to engage Facets’ 36th Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival will present an Official Selection of 248 films from 49 countries from November 1 – 10, 2019 at Facets, Music Box Theatre, Davis Theater, University of Chicago: Reva and David Logan Center … Continue reading “Facets announces Children’s Film Fest schedule”
Legendary director will discuss his career, philosophy, and approach to filmmaking Facets Chicago will present a master class with acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog on Saturday, May 11 at 8 p.m. With a body of work that spans over five decades and is still growing, Herzog has cemented his legacy as not only a trailblazer of … Continue reading “Werner Herzog to lead Master Class at Facets”
Screenings of “First Reformed” and “The Passion of Joan of Arc” are among the week-long program’s scheduled events Facets will explore the meaning of faith through the medium of film at the 2nd Annual Religion in the Frame Film Festival, February 22 – 28. With more than half-a-dozen screenings, the series will explore religious ideas, … Continue reading “Facets’ 2nd Annual Religion in the Frame Film Festival”
“The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales: ‘A Baby to Deliver,’” “The Little Fish and the Crocodile,” and “Beauty” among this year’s recipients (Chicago — 12 November 2018) Facets’ 35th Chicago International Children’s Film Festival hosted its Closing Night Ceremony on November 9, 2018 at the DePaul University’s College of Computing and Digital Media Theater, … Continue reading “Children’s Fest winners announced by Facets, CIFF”
Chicago Public School students get a free master class from the director of “The French Connection” and “The Exorcist” (Chicago — 4 October 2018) Facets will present their second Chicago Film Summit on Friday, October 12, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Music Box Theatre (3733 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613). … Continue reading “Oscar-winner Friedkin to host Facets Film Summit”
Wilmette writer / director / cameraman, Sam Kretchmar just wanted to make something to keep his creative juices flowing. His writing partner and producer, Michael Covino, wanted to make the “the greatest movie ever.”
Last year the duo produced the feature drama, “Keep in Touch,” Kretchmar’s directorial debut, that is currently enjoying a week-long, paid Chicago premiere at Facets Cinematheque.
“Chicagoland Shorts” is a series of the best non-mainstream shorts culled from local film festivals, micro- and niche-cinema and film schools premiering at Facets Cinematheque, April 25-27.
Thirty years ago, Milos Stehlik was scrambling to find good children’s films. The not-for-profit he cofounded in 1975, Facets Multimedia, was running a program of screenings for kids in the city and suburbs. After about eight years though, Stehlik found that they had pretty much run through the available children’s films.
So he decided to broaden his horizons, and look to other countries – especially Scandinavia – where filmmakers were using public investment to do some remarkable work making quality children’s live action and animated films.
LISA GILDHAUS on March 15 presents her feature documentary “Almost Home,” about an innovative Milwaukee retirement community.
St. John’s on the Lake is “where residents mingle for afternoon cocktails, choose their own daily schedules, and pursue hobbies like woodworking and playing bridge.”
Gildhaus co-directed with Andrew Lichtenstein. Presented by IFP/Chicago at Facets Multi-Media, 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. Gildhaus conducts a workshop at 6 p.m., screenings at 7 p.m. $5; members free.
“CONVENTIOEERS” ACTORS Trevor Murphy and Alek Freidman conduct a workshop Feb. 15 before the film plays in the IFP/Chicago Meet the Filmmakers Series.
Mora Stephens directed from a script she wrote with producer/editor Joel Viertel, about a delegate and a protester who rekindle a failed romance from their school days at Dartmouth.
Shot against the backdrop of the 2004 RNC, “Conventioneers” premiered at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival and is nominated for a John Cassavetes Award from the Independent Spirit Awards.
|Erinn Strain stars in Noel Olken’s “Slave,” Nov. 12 at Facets
Award-winning post-production studio The Colonie has hired Zach Day as Producer/New Business. Day brings more than fifteen years of ad agency experience, most recently as a Senior Producer at Leo Burnett. In his new role, Day will focus on developing business and forging agency alliances beyond the studio’s base in Chicago. The Colonie Partner/Editor Bob … Continue reading “The Colonie welcomes Zach Day as Producer/New Business”
This morning, Director of the Chicago Film Office, Kwame Amoaku, announced that he would be resigning from his position on Friday, June 3. He made the announcement on his Facebook page. “To Chicago Film Community I am writing this letter to inform everyone that my last day as Director of the Chicago Film Office will … Continue reading “Kwame Amoaku steps down from Film Office”
Midwest Film Festival‘s (MFF) June First Tuesdays event will feature Salome Chasnoff‘s Code of the Freaks. This documentary challenges the realism of Hollywood’s portrayals of disabled people throughout decades of western filmmaking. On June 7th we hope you will join us for an important conversation and examination. The feature film will be accompanied by the … Continue reading “Midwest Film Festival hosts the Midwest Premiere of Code of the Freaks”
The Chicago Film Society begins their 28th Season with screenings at NEIU and the Music Box Theater throughout the summer from May 11 thru August 31. See the full schedule and ticket information below. AN INTRODUCTION TO THE SEASON FROM THE CHICAGO FILM SOCIETY Sometimes it feels like the state of cinema is one last … Continue reading “The Chicago Film Society begins their 28th Season”
Kwame Amoaku, the beloved Director of the Chicago Film Office, was brutally attacked in the early hours of Thursday morning. He posted on his Facebook page that he is currently recovering in ICU. “This a.m. I was attacked beaten and my car stolen by three kids. Thanks to all who have reached out. I’m in … Continue reading “Film Office Director brutally attacked in carjacking”
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”
The 57th Chicago International Film Festival announced the esteemed members of the juries for its competitions, featuring acclaimed filmmakers and industry luminaries from around the globe. Juries shall award Gold and Silver Hugo Awards in the following competitions: International Competition; OutLook; City & State; and Short Film Competitions. The International Competition Jury will award the Gold Hugo … Continue reading “57th Chicago International Film Fest announces competition juries”
The Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) announced the Opening Night After Dark feature, Halloween Kills, the new chapter in the iconic four-decade horror franchise starring Jamie Lee Curtis and co-written and directed by David Gordon Green. In 2018, David Gordon Green’s Halloween, starring Curtis, killed at the box office, earning more than $250 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing chapter in the four-decade … Continue reading “Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween Kills to open CIFF After Dark”
9Rooftops recently welcomed Tim Woitkun as the company’s Group Media Director. Woitkun is responsible for overseeing the development, execution, and assessment of digital media strategies for Cogniscient Media clients such as the Maryland Lottery, Pennsylvania Lottery, Glanbia Performance Nutrition, and Qdoba. Cogniscient Media, a 9Rooftops brand, applies the best of decision science, data, innovation, and … Continue reading “9Rooftops welcomes Group Media Director Tim Woiten”
Cut+Run’s Brian Mulvey has been promoted to Senior Producer. Known by friends, colleagues, and clients for his generosity of spirit and unflappable work ethic, Brian has produced notable projects spanning many genres, from comedy spots to music videos, feature films, and commercials. Among them, spots for Geico, Sling TV, the Grammys, and the 2020 Super … Continue reading “Cut+Run promotes Brian Mulvey to Senior Producer”
The full schedule was announced for Facets 37th Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (CICFF37) one of only two Academy Award-qualifying international children’s film festivals in the world. Presented this year from Friday, November 13 through Sunday, November 22, FACETS ever-popular signature program will be presented virtually in its entirety due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “Since FACETS launched the Chicago International … Continue reading “37th Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Fest”
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced the recipients of the 2020 CityArts Program grants. This year, the CityArts Program is awarding general operating grants between $2,000 to $30,000 – and special project grants ranging from $2,500 to $56,200 – to 191 nonprofit organizations for a total … Continue reading “City of Chicago awards $2m in CityArts Program grants”
The 2020 AMP Awards for Music & Sound is off and running! The industry’s only non-profit juried competition honoring excellence in music and sound for brands across all media has announced its Call for Entries and the opening of its online entry portal. The portal, which features an updated design for 2020, can be found … Continue reading “AMP Awards issues 2020 Call for Entries”
The City of Chicago reigned supreme in 2019. Advertising agencies blended social justice with clever branding. Content creators reinforced Chicago’s reputation for inclusivity. Film studios entertained the nation while helping the local neighborhoods. And a handful of friends said goodbye. Below is a list of Reel Chicago’s top articles for 2019, separated by category and … Continue reading “The biggest stories of 2019”
Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite claimed top honors at the 2019 Chicago Film Critics Awards, which were announced over the weekend. Besides winning Best Picture and Best Foreign Language Film, the film also claimed Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. Dedicated to quality filmmaking that has something to say about our world, the Chicago Film Critics … Continue reading “‘Parasite’ tops Chicago Film Critics Awards”
The AMP Awards for Music & Sound has announced their date and venue for the 2020 gala awards presentation, honoring excellence in music and sound for brands in all media. Sponsored by the Association of Music Producers (www.ampnow.com), the show will take place on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, and returns for the second time to … Continue reading “AMP sets date for 2020 AMP Awards”
Bobby Rowe and Sean C. Sullivan are the new faces in New York and LA, Collective Management remains in the Midwest The principals of international creative company Cutters Studios are very proud to announce the immediate appointment of highly accomplished industry professionals Bobby Rowe and Sean C. Sullivan as the firm’s new representatives on the … Continue reading “Cutters signs new East & West Coast representation”
Windy City film legend founded Facets Chicago, “a temple of great cinema” Chicago film legend Milos Stehlik passed at his home in Lincoln Park on Saturday, July 6. The 70-year-old founder of Facets Chicago died after a six-month battle with lung cancer. Besides founding the internationally celebrated cultural institution, Stehlik was also a frequent guest … Continue reading “Milos Stehlik, 1949-2019”
The celebration that inspires imaginations, disrupts stereotypes, and guides attitudes toward justice plays at Facets June 21 through 27 The 17th annual African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) will run from June 21 to 27 at Chicago’s Facets Cinematheque (1517 W. Fullerton Ave.). Established in 1993, the ADIFF is a minority-led, not-for profit international gala … Continue reading “The African Diaspora International Film Festival”
CFCA scores multiple sell-outs and unprecedented attendance as Chicago-made ‘Saint Frances’ wins audience fave The Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA) — the Chicago-area print, online and broadcast critics group that celebrates the art of film and film criticism — announced the Audience Award winners following the 7th Chicago Critics Film Festival on May 24. … Continue reading “Chicago Critics Film Fest enjoys epic year”
Highlights include 40th Anniversary screening of “Alien”, Chicago premiere of Danny Boyle’s “Yesterday”, guests Jay Duplass, Tatiana Maslany, Tom Skerritt, Jim Gaffigan The Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA), the Chicago-area print, online and broadcast critics group that celebrates the art of film and film criticism, today announces the complete lineup, schedule and special guests expected … Continue reading “2019 Chicago Critics Film Festival”
Expert panel of music and advertising pros will review judging results, evaluate category winners and select “Best in Show.” The AMP Awards for Music & Sound has released the lineup for its 2019 Curatorial Committee. Selected by members of the AMP Awards Committee in consultation with AMP Awards Show Chair Katy Hornaday, EVP and Executive … Continue reading “AMP announces 2019 Curatorial Committee”
The select panel of editors, colorists, visual effects artists, directors and audio mixers will ensure work meets judging criteria and select Shortlist and Best in Show Matt Miller, President and CEO of AICP, today announced the makeup of the 2019 AICP Post Awards Curatorial Committee. The AICP Post Awards, part of AICP’s suite of competitions … Continue reading “AICP Post Awards announces 2019 Curatorial Committee”
An experiential coffee shop meets cultural conversation in Havas’ latest lobby installment (donuts included) Coffee is a piping hot vehicle that can showcase what many black people experience, and have experienced, in corporate America. The Havas Chicago team is at it again. Having become known for their amazing and provocative lobby installations tying into noteworthy … Continue reading “Havas Chicago adds purpose to its black coffee”
AMC Networks opens a writers room for Michael B. Jordan’s Windy City series, “61st Street” Here’s potential good news for the Chicago production community. According to The Wrap, AMC Networks has opened a writers room (sorry Chicago writers, the rooms are in LA) for Michael B. Jordan’s 61st Street, a “murder mystery” that dives into … Continue reading “‘Black Panther’ star’s next project set in Chicago”
Multi-faceted film pro who has collaborated with Russel Simmons and Spike Lee “would love to talk and build with Steve McQueen.” Kwame Amoaku’s vast experience as a writer / director / camera operator brings a unique vision to the cinematic experience. Combine that with years as a production manager / locations and assistant director and … Continue reading “Reel Black List: Kwame Amoaku, Cinematic Samurai”
Facets’ annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival continues long tradition of programming excellence Four of the five films nominated for the Best Animated Short category at the 91st Academy Awards screened in the Official Selection at Facets’ 35th Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival in 2018. The Chicago International Children’s Film Festival is the first … Continue reading “Four Chicago Children’s Fest films earn Oscar noms”
Revamped music and sound competition kicks off sixth year with discounts and new audio-only marketing category The 2019 AMP Awards are off and running with the announcement today that its official Call for Entries portal is open and ready to accept submissions. Sponsored by the Association of Music Producers, the AMP Awards are advertising’s … Continue reading “AMP Awards announces 2019 call for entries”
The integrated house adds a pair of Senior Producers who have completed projects of all sizes for dozens of top tier brands (Chicago — 3 October 2018) Dictionary Films U.S. managing director Chris Rossiter today announced the promotion of Cody McGuire to senior producer and the addition of senior producer Joe Kirkendall to the company’s … Continue reading “Dictionary promotes Cody McGuire, adds Joe Kirkendall”
Headliners include Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen, Emmy-nominated writer Bashir Salahuddin, and award-winning producers Albert Berger and Bob Teitel (Chicago — 26 September 2018) The complete program of Industry Days (Oct. 1114) at the 54th Chicago International Film Festival was announced today with an impressive list of guest speakers to inspire and illuminate the Midwest film … Continue reading “Chicago Int’l Film Fest releases Industry Days schedule”
“Beyond Form” is a three-part, audio-visual installation and performance series featuring Julien Bayle’s “FRGMENTS” and Kim Alpert’s “Scan Lines.” (Chicago — 17 July 2018) On July 27, 28, and 29 Elastic Arts will present a series of intentional duality featuring Julien Bayle’s FRGMENTS [USA PREMIER] with Kim Alpert’s Scan Lines [PREMIER]. This series is … Continue reading “Elastic Arts premieres “spiritual vision, brutalist flesh””
Raised in Kenya with over fifteen years in the film industry, Collins brings extensive experience and international perspective to organization’s future (Chicago — 26 June 2018) IFP Chicago, a non-profit that supports filmmakers at every stage of production and presents the annual Chicago Underground Film Festival, today announces a new phase of leadership as … Continue reading “IFP welcomes new Exec Director Gregory Collins”
President Chad Hutson, ECD Jason White, and Leviathan proudly announce the hiring of executive producer Luvy Delgado, creative director Pedro Andres Sanchez and senior motion designer Krzysztof Pianko. Luvy Delgado comes from Ayzenberg Group in Los Angeles, where she spent two years as director of digital products, working on award-winning AR, VR and MR … Continue reading “Creative agency Leviathan adds three new staff”
The “most thought-provoking program to date in the Windy City” will light up Facets Cinematheque June 8-14, 2018 New York — 14 May 2018 To celebrate its 16th Anniversary in Chicago, the African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) — hosted by Facets Cinematheque and presented by ArtMattan Productionsts from June 8 to 14 — … Continue reading “The African Diaspora International Film Festival”
Last month, as reported in Reel Chicago, DDB Chicago promoted Melissa “Mel” Routhier to Executive Creative Director from State Farm Group Creative Director. After spending an hour talking to the former Texan, I can see why. Routhier is funny, inspiring, passionate, and engaging. Her work for State Farm — which includes the Following campaign that … Continue reading “DDB’s Mel Routhier: From Texas intern to Chicago leader”
Stacie Boney is new president of Hanson Dodge Women’s History Month starts off with big news: former Energy BBDO executive Stacie Boney has been named by Milwaukee-based Hanson Dodge as its first female president. Boney succeeds Tim Dodge, who is said to be staying with the integrated marketing agency as CEO. She came to the … Continue reading “Women dominate latest wave of industry activity”
Jonathan Desir is an Executive Producer at Optimus. He has been involved in post production for over a decade and is president of the board for Free Spirit Media as well. Jon achieved his B.A. in Psychology and minored in Business and Communication at Eastern Michigan University. Aside from studying, he was also involved with … Continue reading “The Reel Black List: Jonathan Desir, Executive Producer”
Chicago Film Archives was one of 15 Chicago arts and culture organizations to receive a $50,000 MacArthur Foundation International Connections Fund in December for diverse artistic collaborations with 14 countries.
NATHYN MASTERS’ guerilla style apocalyptic thriller “4th Beast: Mask of the Antichrist” has been picked up for DVD release by York Entertainment of Sherman Oaks, Calif. Masters’ Timecode Mechanics produced the DV feature last winter. Masters is in development on his followup, the martial arts pic “Silvergun Samurai,” for production next year. He’s writing a … Continue reading “WTTW0516”
“Uncle John,” the debut indie feature from producer Erik Crary and director Steven Piet is on its way to select theatrical distribution by Film Buff, barely six months after it took SXSW by storm in March.
Producer Leigh Jones seamless transition from the world of indie films to the world of advertising is demonstrated in her BoomThrift company having completed projects for two major advertisers so far this year.
Breaking the week of March 3 is a digital / social media comedy campaign for Frito-Lay’s new Funyuns onion snacks that follows a Flintstones’ vitamin spot for Energy BBDO.
INDIE FEATURE “ANIMALS” was the big Best of the Midwest Awards Tuesday night, hosted by Midwest International Film Festival, winning for Best Feature, Best Director, Collin Schiffli and Best Actor, David Dastmalchian.
BUSY WEEKEND, BUSY WEEK of events starts Thursday fright night as 2,500 guests (and counting) in costume congregate at the Bottom Lounge to attend Cutters’ “Bloodbath in Wonderland” annual Halloween party. And it’s no surprise that the event has been closed to RSVPs.
BUSY PRODUCTION IN WEEKS AHEAD on the streets of Chicago. On the feature side: “Batman vs. Superman” moves after months in the Motor City to the Windy City and opens an office at Cinespace next week. Shooting starts Nov. 3-14. Scheduled locations include the farm house in Plainfield, the subway and the “Daily Planet” atrium at Willis Tower.
GAIL GILBERT’S CERISE FILMS creative editorial is expanding with the recent hiring of Jeremy Vranich, as the company’s first producer/new business development, giving the award-winning editor “more time to focus exclusively on creative projects,” she says.
NEWLY INVIGORATED IFP/CHICAGO has announced its ever-popular and helpful two-day Filmmakers Conference, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 10-11, offering screenings, panels, case studies, notable panels and guest speakers, at Columbia College’s Film Row Cinema.
WRITER/DIRECTOR YONY LEYSER, whose 2010 debut feature documentary William S. Burroughs: A Man Within was released by Oscilloscope Pictures and broadcast nationally on PBS, is making his first narrative feature.
9-15 THE CHICAGO CRITICS FILM FESTIVAL the first festival programmed entirely by Chicago Film Critics Association members, presents 24 international festival favorites, including festival shorts programs and work as yet-undistributed work. Actors, writers and producers to attend.
LOCAL BANDS LED ZEPPELIN 2 and A Friend Called Fire will keep the Lawyers for the Creative Arts’ Spring Shindy rocking April 26. The music showcase, fundraiser and mixer to help artists and arts organization obtain pro bono legal assistance. Terrific raffle prizes are part of the evening’s fun.
KY DICKENS’ FEATURE DOC, Sole Survivor, keeps winning honors and acclaim, the latest being the Best Feature award from the Midwest independent Film Festival, presented in front of a record crowd at The Underground Tuesday night. Dickens’ award was one in nine categories, winning among 52 films that screened at MWFF in 2013.
11/7 GREEK FILM FESTIVAL FILM HELLENES opens two different venues, the Patio Theatre and the Gene Siskel Film Center for the US premiere of “The Grocer.” This award-winning film by director Dimitris Koutsiabasakos will be preceded by student-filmmaker Stella Kyriakopoulos’ short, “Bob Goes to the Parthenon.” Thereafter, the festival of Greek storyteller in countries throughout the world takes place exclusively at the Patio
“Law and Order’s” Dick Wolf, who’s here filming two NBC TV shows will be the keynote speaker at Sunday’s Chicago Film and Media Summit & Expo at the Cultural Center at 5 p.m. But be forewarned – his speech is open for registrants only so sign up to attend now.
October is the biggest month of the year for honors, film festivals, conferences, expos, screenings and fun and informative activities, including several new to Chicago. Check Events often for updates or go to our ReelChicago Facebook page.
Chicago natives working in LA — actor Michael Shannon, producers Albert Berger, Bob Teitel and Laurel Ward, plus home-based director John McNaughton -– will be among the Chicago and Hollywood film pros participating in the Oct. 20 Chicago Film & Media Summit & Expo.
IF ADVERTISING’S DARK SIDE is displayed in “Mad Men,” then CBS’ new series, “The Crazy Ones,” is a 180-degree turn to a sitcom made even zanier by the return of the original mad man, Robin Williams, who made his TV debut in “Mork and Mindy,” way back in 1978.
AICE Chicago’s Camp Kuleshov organizers have chosen actor Kevin Bacon’s movies for the theme of the chapter’s annual movie trailer competition for assistant editors and assistant audio engineers.
Chicago-originated Camp Kuleshov, now part of AICE chapters nationwide, challenges assistants and non-assistant staff of AICE member companies to create unique trailers for “original new films,” which can be either movie mash-ups or new genres.
ERIC RICHTER, Victory Records’ in-house video producer, has a new video for The Tossers’ “Emerald City,” the title track off the Gaelic punk band’s new album. The song is front man Tony Duggins’s love letter to his hometown.
Hometown girl Jane Lynch (Glee) is being honored as Comedia Extraordinaire at the Chicago Film Critics Association 24th Annual Awards Presentation Saturday, Feb. 9.
Muvico Theatres in Rosemont is the venue, touted as the “world’s premier movie experience” and built to replicate the Art Deco palaces of the Golden Age of Hollywood.
ENERGY BBDO ON FRIDAY moves out of three floors at the 410 N. Michigan Wrigley Building, after an 80 year tenancy begun by its predecessor agency, to updated new offices south across the river at 225 N. Michigan Ave.
Friday will be a work-at-home day for the agency’s 250 staffers while the physical move takes place. On Monday they will report to their home on the entire 15th floor and part of the 14th floor of the modern glass and steel high-rise.
November’s calendar for the next two weeks is filled with informative, interesting and helpful events that also provide an excellent reason to go out and socialize. Check the list out often for new entries.
RENETTA McCANN has returned to Leo Burnett after a four year absence in the important position of US chief talent officer, overseeing all Burnett’s recruitment, training and talent management, reporting to North American president Rich Stoddart.
She replaces Jeff Tritt, EVP-people and culture, who joined Resource Interactive, Columbus, Ohio as chief talent officer.
FORDSON THE MOVIE, Rashid Ghazi’s Ruth Leitman-scripted documentary about an Arab American football team in Dearborn, Michigan fasting for Ramadan as they train to play their wealthier cross-town rivals during the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, will be released on DVD the week of Aug. 20.
Legendary Chicago native documentarian Mike Gray of Los Angeles will help open the first North Lawndale Sundown in K-Town Film Festival – a partnership between Facets and the Better Boys Foundation – when it opens Wednesday, July 10.
“This is a fully fleshed out film festival dedicated entirely to social justice and social issues,” says Mary Visconti, BBD chief executive director. “It’s important to note that all ten films deal with issues of the city’s west side.
“The festival offers a venue for work that is amazingly important and yet rarely screened.”
Documentary films are where the action is these days. As features become chiefly high-concept driven comic book cartoons, the doc genre is where human stories can be told.
So the more than 100 filmmakers were told who spent two days getting a crash course on creative and business issues from Andrew Zinnes’ Doc Summit at Columbia College last weekend.
And if they are well executed, audiences will pay attention. Everyone seems to want to make a doc. Grant funders, festival programmers and distributors are swamped with projects.
Take advantage of the last of the big, important events in November, especially during the two weekends prior to Thanksgiving, including several film festivals, a tour of Cinespace studios and a night with The HistoryMarkers. Then we swing into holiday mode.
The first cheery Christmas party invitation from LimeGreen may signal a month of holiday parties, to celebrate the season and also a year that many say was better than expected. Send along your party information and add your forthcoming events to our Calendar page.
CHICAGO THEATER often prides itself on is the way that established artists work with smaller companies. The announcement that David Cromer will be returning to town to direct Jonathan Larson’s Rent for American Theater Company next summer got a lot of buzz.
On Monday, Chicagoans got their first taste of what has been pegged as a different Anderson Cooper. This is supposed to be the Cooper who hopes to fill — at least partially — the big shoes left empty when Oprah Winfrey departed the talk show circuit in May after an impressive 25-year run.
Let’s put it this way: Cooper will be very lucky indeed if he comes remotely close to matching Winfrey’s track record in this department.
Director Julian Grant and producer Boris Wexler couldn’t attend the New York City International Film Festival closing ceremonies last week, but fortunately two production company members did, as they were repeatedly called up to the stage to accept a record number of awards that put Chicago indies on the map.
After Jim Olen shuttered Rhythm Café last October, after 14 years as a commercial music house, he became a consultant with post and production companies “who were looking for a fresh point-of-view, a new perspective on business, a way to reinvent themselves,” he says.
When Olen approached John Michaels, the Protokulture owner/designer didn’t want a consultant – he wanted Olen to put his skills and energies exclusively into his eight-year old company and hired him as Protokulture’s VP/managing director.
FILMMAKER ADRIANNA MCKINLEY’S character-driven sci-fi short drama, Breathers, based on the Breathers comic book by Justin Madson, is in postproduction being readied for two local film festivals this fall.
The story is about a young girl who attempts suicide by breathing the planet’s deadly air, but discovers she can breathe it without ill effects and she sets out to learn why. Her brother believes the deadly air is a government plot to control society.
FILMMAKER JAMES VALLO’S COMEDY, Sister Mary, has its world premiere Saturday, July 16 at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., in St. Charles, followed by a party at Chord on Blues.
FILMMAKERS AND FILM BUFFS will have no problem finding a festival, screening series or premiere offerings to their varied tastes this month.
SHOCK THEATRE’S new monthly series from the second Golden Age of Horror, the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, starts running the first Friday of every month, June 3, through December, at the new Wicker Park Arts Center.
STEVEN HILLER of Hesperus Films is shooting Rachel Cook’s Microlending Film: A Documentary About Enterprising Women in India and Bangladesh this month. They filmed in Paraguay last fall.
Hill returns to Vietnam in March and July for the in-progress documentary Vietnam is a Country (also known as Once Enemies).
With “tons of internet business” flowing in, Foundation Content has hired Ben Poster as director/editor/interactive, who moves after five years as an Arc Worldwide art director.
Poster is the start of what will be Foundation’s internet department.
IN THE MIDDLE EAST for three weeks is documentarian Malachi Leopold of Left Brain/Right Brain Productions. He is visiting Israel, the West Bank and Gaza as part of a delegation hosted by Interfaith Peace Builders and meeting with young Palestinians and Israelis under the age of 25 who are working together to achieve peace.
Leopold has worked for more than a year on developing a project connected to the ongoing Middle East conflict.
WOMEN IN FILM has made a righteous choice to honor broadcast trailblazer, talk show host, news anchor and community activist Merri Dee as its 2010 Focus Award honoree.
Dee has parlayed her celebrity into many children’s and educational charitable works. She spearheaded Illinois’ victims rights’ legislation after she and one of her talk show guests had been kidnapped, driven to a wooded area, shot twice in the head and left for dead, in 1971.
After retiring from WGN-TV in 2008 after 30 years, Dee formed full-service MD Communications.
THE SUPER SECRETIVE WACHOWSKIS may be ramping up their next movie, with Huffington Post publisher and politico Ariana Huffington, of all people, involved in it. Photos she posted on Twitter suggest she has a role in their story about the war in Iraq from the POV of a futuristic society.
Since their “The Matrix” triology in 2003,
Andy and Lana Wachowski have directed only one movie, last year’s “Speed Racer.” If a new movie is in the works, count on all the special effects coming from their fortress-like high-tech studio at 5645 N. Ravenswood.
One of Chicago’s claims to Oscar fame is the fact that the golden statuettes are made here. But a lesser-known Oscar connection is that the Chicago International Children’s Film Fest (CICFF) is the only Academy-qualifying children’s film festival in the world.
Running now through Nov. 1, winners in CIFF’s short film category can go on to compete in the Oscars.
Roger Ebert will make a special guest appearance at the closing ceremonies of the Naperville Film Festival, one of ten film festivals being held in Chicago and Downstate this month.
Altogether, around 500 independent films — narratives, horror, drama, documentary, animated, experimental, to suit every film buff, including many by local filmmakers — will be showcased.
And to cap this indie film month, the Independent Feature Project will hold its annual Film Gala, Sept. 26, to raise funds for programs and events to support local independent filmmakers.
Tech guru Bruce Montgomery, who has taken the helm of the 2,600-member Chicago Convergence (TCC), leads a meeting Wednesday to “edit and repackage ideas” for the second annual Convergence Summit tentatively scheduled for late September.
The meeting of as many as 40 members of the TCC’s Leadership Committee at theWit hotel will set the direction and content for the highly anticipated second annual TCC Summit.
Until then, the Summit date of Sept. 21-24 and the venue of the Spertus Institute have been placed on hold.
WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE? Michael Mann’s 1930s crime movie “Public Enemies,” which spent $25 million filming in Chicago and the state last year, will have various premieres, advance and special showings everywhere else except Chicago before the movie’s national July 1 opening.
Its world premiere will be the centerpiece of the Los Angeles Film Festival June 18-28.
In Wisconsin, which is already benefiting from tourism to movie locations, has at least two pre-release events planned so far.
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF CHICAGO are being sought for a Towers Productions reality series. According to Towers’ casting director Becky Cattie, the hope is to find women who could give this formula “a new twist,” showcasing a “really unique group of ladies to represent the Midwest.”
Towers is seeking “a dynamic group of ladies leading extraordinary lives ? modern housewives who juggle busy lives and look great doing it! No wallflowers please.”
Someone suggested Patti Blagojevich should audition.
“NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET” began shooting last week at Elk Grove high school in that suburb, moving onto Hersey high in Arlington Heights. “Elm Street” producers cleverly gained the ability to move around to different high schools after signing a contract with Illinois School District 214.
District 214 covers Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Des Plaines, Elk Grove, Mount Prospect, Prospect Heights, Rolling Meadows and Wheeling.
WHO WILL THE LOTTERY PICK to be its multicultural ad agency? The three worthy contenders are Carol H.
“MEALS FOR MONOLOGUES,” Claire Simon Casting’s third annual food drive benefiting a number of charities, is a way to give back to the community “and it’s also a lot of fun for the actors,” says Teresa Thoma, a Claire Simon casting associate.
Actors are invited to present a 2-minute contemporary monolog and headshot at an open call when they bring two non-perishable food items on Friday, Nov. 21, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.
Fast on the heels of its smashingly successful fund-raising gala comes IFP/Chicago’s 16th annual Midwest Filmmakers Summit the weekend of Oct. 19.
“We’re just recovering from the gala,” good-naturedly moaned IFP executive director Elizabeth Donius who, with development director Colleen O’Neill and staff put on one kick-ass event.
A full house of 300 guests jammed Salvage One Friday, Sept. 28 to party, meet other indie filmmakers, bid on a slew of neat auction items, and leave IFP approximately $20,000 richer to use for programs throughout the year.
Plucked from more than 200 entries, the work of seven local filmmakers will be screened at the Chicago International Film Festival’s specially-cultivated, “Home Grown Shorts” program starting Oct. 7.
“These guys demonstrate that you don’t have to flee to one of the two coasts to make good films,” says CIFF Competitions Coordinator Philip Bajorat.
This is Bajorat’s sixth year with CIFF, considered to be a record of sorts by some.
While Daniel Kraus has made three features, he’s now concentrating on the cinema-verite documentary. The WORK series, as Kraus terms it, is inspired by the writings of Studs Terkel and his books on ordinary people’s occupations.
The second film in the WORK series, “Musician,” is about Chicago jazz genius Ken Vandermark as he composes, rehearses, and cobbles together gigs.
Kraus’ previous WORK doc, “Sheriff,” aired on PBS’ Independent Lens series and will be released on DVD by Facets in the fall.
With the advent of Labor Day, when white shoes are tucked in the back of the closet, and sunlight vanishes all-too-early, a pent-up avalanche of non-theatrical films descends upon Chicago.
There’s something for everyone, as hundreds and hundreds of indie films will screen in more than 75 movie events to date at familiar and new venues, now through December.
HANK NEUBERGER, Chicago’s sound guru, is currently in Palm Springs where he will head a 90-member crew, including lots of Chicago guys, to produce a three day webcast of the big annual Coachella Music Festival of contemporary rock and pop music.
The festival will be captured with 18 HD cameras, with video support provided by Trio Video.
It will run on website www.at&tblueroom.com for 10 hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The following weekend, the entire crew moves to the Empire Polo Field in nearby Indio, Calif.
THE CHICAGO LATINO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL boasts four Chicago features among the lineup of 59 features and 31 shorts at its 23rd annual fest, April 13-25.
Jaime (“Dusk”) Mariscal’s second feature “Welcome Back To Barrio” follows a college kid (Ramses Jimenez) who returns to his old neighborhood and gets reeled into a gang conflict.
With Tony Ramirez, Carmen Cenko and Phil Camacho. David J. Miller of Mindlight Films produced and co-wrote with Mariscal. April 15 at 4 p.m. and April 17 at 10 p.m. at Facets Multi-Media, 1517 W. Fullerton Ave.
As George Romero shoots his latest zombie film, “Diary of the Dead,” Rusty Nails is recording the process for his ongoing feature documentary, “Dead On: The Life and Work of George A. Romero.”
“We went to a special effects house and saw early stages of makeup. We want to follow George throughout the making of the film,” said Nails, who also runs the Movieside Film Festival.
He has appeared with Romero at festivals around the world, screening footage from the in-progress documentary.
The busy month of October is capped by the 15th annual IFP Filmmakers Summit, the one time of year when Hollywood is delighted to come to Chicago and share its secrets with us.
Producer/author Christine Vachon of Killer Films (“Boys Don’t Cry”) and Chicago’s Bob Teitel (“Barber Shop”) headline the Oct. 27-29 weekend when more than 600 filmmakers are expected to attend.
There’s pretty much something for everyone.
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Trio Video is expanding its fleet for the second time in less than two years with the infusion of a $10 million investment from two venture capital companies.
Management of the company is unchanged. Trio is owned by partners Jack Walsh and Gary Meagher, who will celebrate the 25th anniversary of their company next year.
Through the investment from Marquette Capital Partners of Chicago, BIA Digital Partners of Chantilly, Va., Trio is building its third HD/multi-format truck and a Beta support vehicle for delivery next March.
Local celebs and political leaders are among the guests expected at the IPA Victory Party June 13 at Rockit Bar and Grill.
The party celebrates IPA’s influential role in the Illinois’ new 20% tax credit on wages and supplies that should appreciably boost the economic impact of film expenditures in Illinois.
It’s also an excellent opportunity for new members to join the powerful three-year organization and keep the momentum going.
Film incubator Split Pillow premieres its fourth collaborative feature “Realization,” a seven-part riff on physics and the surrealist game Exquisite Corpse on April 19 at Facets Multimedia and later at and Chicago Filmmakers.
“?Realization’ is our biggest project ever in that we involved over 200 filmmakers, artists and actors,” said Split Pillow executive director Jason Stephens.
When Olive Films relocates to St. Charles from Richland, Washington in late November, Facets Multimedia, which has enjoyed a quarter-century status as the area’s premiere art film distributor, will be looking at a new kid on the block.
The fast-emerging international distributor of eclectic and hard-to-find cinema also will provide local filmmakers a potential outlet for DVD distribution of their indie films.
Owned by Farhad Arshad and his wife, Chicago native Jennifer Bonino, Olive Films will operate from offices and warehouse in a new 2,000-sq. ft.
Rejection at every turn, finding and fighting with investors, and the determination to make “The Chumscrubber” despite all odds is what Arie Posin told filmmakers at Facets Multi-Media prior to the screening of his debut feature that opened here Aug. 26.
“The Chumscrubber” is a dark suburban satire about troubled teens and their oblivious parents, with an ensemble cast that includes Glenn Close, Ralph Fiennes, and Jamie Bell (“Billy Elliot”).
Here’s what Posen had to say about the agony and the ecstasy of getting his film made. IFP/Chicago’s Elizabeth Donius moderated.
Gus Van Sant’s new film, “Last Days,” is inspired by the events leading up to the 1994 suicide of Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain and furthers the improvisational, elliptical, long-take style Van Sant employed with Gerry” (2002) and “Elephant” (2003).
“Last Days” producer Dany Wolf, was in Chicago at a recent IFP/Chicago-Facets sneak preview of the new film, due out here Aug. 5.
Wolf produced Van Sant’s “Psycho” (1998), “Finding Forrester” (2000), “Gerry,” and “Elephant,” and additionally served as production manager and assistant director of Van Sant’s three latest films.
From his hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Guy Maddin has staked out his territory as the leading practitioner of a style that applies lyrical silent film grammar to aggressively disturbing themes.
INDIEFEST CHICAGO has extended the submission deadline to May 10 for the Third Annual Indiefest Film Festival & Market, the only film market in Midwest, which runs July 29-Aug. 7. See www.indiefest.org.