LA Latino Film Fest, Netflix launch Latinx Fellowship

0 The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) announced today the launch of LALIFF’s Inclusion Fellowship Series. This newly established program will focus on building a more inclusive and equitable industry for all members of the Latinx community. Each year, the fellowship will champion an underrepresented group from within the Latinx community. For its … Continue reading “LA Latino Film Fest, Netflix launch Latinx Fellowship”

Netflix to release Michelle Obama doc ‘Becoming’

2+ Becoming. If you enjoyed the intimacy of former first lady, Michelle Obama’s autobiography, then good news. Netflix has announced the documentary portrait of Michelle Obama titled Becoming will premiere next week. The film, described as “an intimate look into the life of former first lady Michelle Obama” chronicles her 34-city book tour in 2018-2019 … Continue reading “Netflix to release Michelle Obama doc ‘Becoming’”

Submit for Season 2 of Netflix’s ‘Love is Blind’ here

2+ Single Chicagoans, here’s your chance to be cast on the second season of the popular Netflix Show Love is Blind. The first season of took viewers by storm with its absurd premise: Is Love Blind? Can a group of single men and women, having only spoken through a wall, never seeing one another face … Continue reading “Submit for Season 2 of Netflix’s ‘Love is Blind’ here”

Netflix, ‘Klaus’ bring special delivery to Chicago kids

2+ For World Kindness Day, which was November 13th, Netflix and their upcoming animated film, Klaus, along with the Brothers and Sisters of America brought holiday cheer to Chicago kids. As Jesper, the title character in Klaus, says, “a simple act of kindness can always spark another”, and on World Kindness Day, Netflix did just … Continue reading “Netflix, ‘Klaus’ bring special delivery to Chicago kids”

Cinespace signs production deal for Netflix’ ‘Mixtape’

7+ Chicago film campus will be home to the musical drama that became an “internet favorite” after last summer’s pilot premier   Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, one of the largest film studios in the country, announced an agreement with Netflix to film ten episodes of the musical drama Mixtape, starring Jenna Dewan, Callie Hernandez and … Continue reading “Cinespace signs production deal for Netflix’ ‘Mixtape’”

“All the Queen’s Horses” coming to Netflix on July 10

2+   Award-winning documentary explores how Rita Crundwell stole millions from Dixon, Illinois   (Chicago — 27 June 2018) Kartemquin Films and Helios Digital Learning are pleased to announce that director Kelly Richmond Pope’s award-winning documentary, All The Queen’s Horses, will be available to stream on Netflix from Tuesday, July 10. All The Queen’s Horses … Continue reading ““All the Queen’s Horses” coming to Netflix on July 10″

‘Black-ish’ star joins Netflix South Side hip-hop movie

4+ Deadline is reporting that Black-ish star Anthony Anderson has come aboard to star in Netflix’s Beats, a coming-of-age drama set in Chicago’s South Side hip-hop scene. The pic, from Global Road Entertainment and 51 Minds Entertainment, just began filming with The New Edition Story director Chris Robinson helming Miles Orion Feldsott’s original script. A … Continue reading “‘Black-ish’ star joins Netflix South Side hip-hop movie”

The Obama’s Netflix deal is great news for viewers

5+ “President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series for Netflix” Twitter, 9:00 AM – 21 May 2018 According to the statement above, which was posted on Netflix’ Twitter account today, President and First Lady Obama will soon be in show business. Although the Tweet described … Continue reading “The Obama’s Netflix deal is great news for viewers”

Battery creates campaign for Chris Rock Netflix show

9+ Thank you, Battery and Netflix, I wanted to get my girlfriend a rock for Valentine’s Day and you have now made that possible. LA-based Battery has created a nifty new global campaign for Netflix to promote Chris Rock’s stand-up comedy special, Tamborine, that debuts on the streaming giant on Valentine’s Day.   The spot … Continue reading “Battery creates campaign for Chris Rock Netflix show”

Gyro, Burrell, Netflix in the news

4+ gyro promotes Hensley, Hill The Chicago office of gyro promoted two leaders to important new roles: Mike Hensley is now SVP-Strategic Planning and Chris Hill is president of gyro Chicago/Denver. Hensley has spent more than 35 years as a B2B agency leader. He has served as the national chairman of the BMA, is a … Continue reading “Gyro, Burrell, Netflix in the news”

Sarofsky makes friends for new Netflix series

The new Netflix original series, Friends from College, from writer/director Nicholas Stoller (Neighbors, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and spouse/co-writer Francesca Delbanco (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek) finally debuted earlier this month.

Directed and executive produced by Stoller, the eight-episode show delves into interwoven and complicated relationships, including former romantic entanglements and comedic explorations of old bonds. As everyone tries to manage their lives as adults, they also experience nostalgia.

Netflix cancels “Sense8”

That’s all for “The Clusters.” Netflix has canceled drama SENSE8 after two seasons.

The diverse series was created and directed by Chicagoans Lilly and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix, Speed Racer, Jupiter Rising) and filmed in Chicago and at numerous locations around the country and internationally.

“After 23 episodes, 16 cities and 13 countries, the story of the SENSE8 cluster is coming to an end,” said Cindy Holland, VP of Netflix original content.

The Wachowskis’ Netflix sci-fi “Sense8” to shoot here

NETFLIX’ “SENSE8” sci-fi series has returned to Cinespace, setting up offices there for filming scenes here June 4-14 for Season 2.  The series is written and executive produced by what have become the Wachowski sisters, Lana and Lily, and J. Michael Stracznski.

The story is about eight strangers around the globe who are connected through shared visions and thoughts. Stracznski said at a recent press tour that the fan response for the show has been overwhelming.

Swanberg producing “Easy” Chicago-set Netflix series

Joe Swanberg, Chicago’s well known and most prolific micro-budget indie producer, is moving into television, with a series called “Easy,” for Netflix, which has been making an aggressive push into comedy.

Swanberg, in his signature mumblecore style, will write, EP, star and direct the half-hour, eight-episode single-camera anthology series that “explores diverse Chicago characters as they wend their way through love, sex, technology and culture,” as described by The Hollywood Reporter.

Independent Filmmaker Day on Zoom November 18-19

2+ Rubenstein Business Law and Ornstein Schuler State Film Tax Credits present Independent Filmmaker Day, held Live via Zoom on November 18th & 19th, 2020. IFD helps independent creators from around the world develop new projects, connect within the industry, and champion collaborative and impactful storytelling at all stages.  At each event, you will hear from acclaimed industry … Continue reading “Independent Filmmaker Day on Zoom November 18-19”

Seamus Tierney talks tricks & treats of Hubie Halloween

1+ Cinematographer Seamus Tierney captures the tricks and treats of Hubie Halloween in large format with DXL2. Hubert Shubert “Hubie” Dubois was born and raised in Salem, Mass. He loves his hometown, and as Salem’s self-appointed “official volunteer Halloween helper,” he makes it his duty every October 31 to ensure a safe and fun holiday is enjoyed … Continue reading “Seamus Tierney talks tricks & treats of Hubie Halloween”

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” trailer shows 1920s Chicago

1+ Netflix released the first trailer for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” showing the lush period setting of 1920s Chicago “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” is Chad Boseman’s final performance, and adapted screenplay by Pulitzer Prize winner, August Wilson. The film is set on the backdrop of Chicago, in 1927. It touches upon race, art, religion and the exposed … Continue reading ““Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” trailer shows 1920s Chicago”

Interview: CIFF Senior Programmer Anthony Kaufman

1+ Today is the beginning of the 56th Chicago International Film Festival. Unlike other years, the prestigious festival is a bit different than the ones we have experienced in the past. With an ongoing pandemic and COVID on the rise in Illinois, the fest is combining streaming on-demand and appointment screenings and an in-person drive-in … Continue reading “Interview: CIFF Senior Programmer Anthony Kaufman”

Coalition of South Asian Film Festivals program lineup

1+ The Coalition of South Asian Film Festivals (CoSAFF), a first-of-its-kind event to bring together seven established South Asian film festivals from the US and Canada, announces its industry programming lineup. The virtual festival is scheduled for October 3-17, 2020, which is entirely free to view for all audiences. CoSAFF 2020 is powered by Vimeo’s … Continue reading “Coalition of South Asian Film Festivals program lineup”

Chicago native Alex Meneses talks about upcoming film

1+ In honor of Latino Heritage Month, we sat down with actress, model and philanthropist Alex Meneses. Alex is a Chicago native living in Los Angeles, who fell in love with acting while in high school after being inspired by a performance from Rita Moreno in West Side Story. Following high school, Alex landed a modeling contract and moved to … Continue reading “Chicago native Alex Meneses talks about upcoming film”