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

1+ 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 … Continue reading “Barack to be first guest on ‘The Michelle Obama Podcast’”

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’”

Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ wins Spoken Word Grammy

3+ Former First Lady, native South-Side Chicagoan, and all-around modern-day Renaissance Woman Michelle Obama won the Grammy for Best Spoken Word for her 2018 memoir, Becoming, at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards yesterday. Scoring a stellar 4.6-out-of-5 on Goodreads (369,210 ratings), Becoming is described as, “a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling” that chronicles … Continue reading “Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ wins Spoken Word Grammy”

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”

The Mill, Burrell, Cow Lamp, Obamas, Wakanda news

7+ Live action director and VFX supervisor Ergin Kuke joins The Mill+ Chicago Ergin Kuke will soon begin working his LA-honed, box office savvy as Creative Director for The Mill+ Chicago, according to a press release issued today.     Kuke has notched an expansive variety of experience since relocating to the States from his … Continue reading “The Mill, Burrell, Cow Lamp, Obamas, Wakanda news”

Obamas’ romance to be portrayed in 2015 Chicago film

It’s too soon to announce new movie and TV projects for 2015, although one feature that’s supposed to shoot here has popped up, which tourism agency Choose Chicago can be assured will boost visitors when it’s released next year.

Obama, then an idealistic first-year Harvard Law student, took a summer job as an associate at law firm Sidley Austin where he fell for lawyer Michelle Robinson, his younger boss.

Chicago-connected films and filmmakers head for Sundance; “Obama in Africa” gets local premiere

CHEVY CHASE hosts an evening at Sundance for the world premiere of Phil Ranstrom’s doc, “Electrified: The Story of the Maxwell St. Urban Blues” Jan 25 at Harry O’s in Park City.

Narrated by Chicago native Joe Mantegna, “Electrified” tells how Maxwell Street’s neighborhood led to the hard driving sound of the urban blues and ultimately to rock ?n’ roll.

Ranstrom’s companion film, “Cheat You Fair,” documents the last days of Maxwell Street market. Ranstrom began both projects in 1994 shortly before the Maxwell Street market was demolished.

Siskel cans MPG’s “Obama in Africa” premiere fearing it might be construed as campaigning

MPG’s doc “Senator Obama Goes to Africa” won’t have its world premiere and only public showing at the Gene Siskel Center as announced.

The Siskel Center cancelled the scheduled Jan. 19 and Jan. 22 screenings, saying that showing it could jeopardize the Center’s status with the IRS as a non-profit institution.

Pressure was brought by the legal department of the Art Institute, the Center’s parent institution.

“The IRS could interpret the film as a lobbying effort for the Obama campaign,” Barbara Scharres, the Center’s programming director.

Before “Citizen Kate” posts piece about its Obama butter head, it’s scooped by the national media

When one of her butter ideas melted before she had a chance to spread it around, “Citizen Kate” webisode creator/producer Carey Lundin wasn’t as mad as she was chagrined.

Lundin was scooped by the national media on her very own story. She actually originated the idea of the Barack Obama butter sculpture meant for taping and posting on her citizenkate.tv site.

“Citizen Kate,” portrayed by actress Kate Soglin, follows presidential candidates on the campaign trail to determine who would make the best president.

MPG to document Obama’s African odyssey

MEDIA PROCESS GROUP partners Bob Hercules and Keith Walker will produce a documentary on the African travels of Sen. Barack Obama beginning Aug. 18.

To raise awareness of African issues, Sen. Obama will visit South Africa, Kenya, the Sudan and Congo and tour the Darfur region, site of tribal genocide.

Political consultant David Axelrod is co-producer. Hercules directs, Walker is DP, Rich Pooler handles audio. The independent production likely will air on PBS when completed.

Chicago, FCB make voting easier than ever

1+ This week, FCB and the City of Chicago launched an initiative to greatly increase local participation in the upcoming presidential election. FCB, in partnership with the City of Chicago, transformed plywood boards that covered Chicago storefronts during protests into voting booths to encourage voter registrations and participation in this year’s election. People are urged … Continue reading “Chicago, FCB make voting easier than ever”

Reeling LGBTQ+ International Film Festival lineup

0 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”

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

0 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 … Continue reading “Cubs and White Sox read for CPL ‘Live From the Library’”

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

1+ 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 … Continue reading “Chicago area celebs join CPL’s “Live From the Library””

Chicago launches free high-speed internet to CPS students

2+ Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced the launch of ‘Chicago Connected’ a groundbreaking program that will provide free high-speed internet service to approximately 100,000 Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students in their households. This first-of-its-kind program will be one of the largest and longest-term efforts in the nation to provide free, high-speed internet over the course … Continue reading “Chicago launches free high-speed internet to CPS students”

Real Men Cook celebrating black men & families

3+ Real Men Cook – America’s annual Father’s Day charity celebration – will be held virtually on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21 from 3-6 PM CDT. Now launching its fourth decade, the celebration is presented by the nonprofit, Real Men Charities, Inc. With the recent death of George Floyd and other black men by police or self-appointed vigilantes, it is clear that African-American men are targets and are often portrayed … Continue reading “Real Men Cook celebrating black men & families”

When We All Vote encourages mayors to use their voices

1+ When We All Vote, a national nonpartisan organization, launched Civic Cities, a new initiative that encourages mayors to use their voices, governing authority and convening power to mobilize civic leaders, business leaders and community members to increase voter participation in their communities. The initiative launched with a bipartisan group of 31 founding mayors from across … Continue reading “When We All Vote encourages mayors to use their voices”

FCB & Mayor Lightfoot launch ‘Live from the Library’

2+ 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 … Continue reading “FCB & Mayor Lightfoot launch ‘Live from the Library’”