Music Box Theatre showing trio of 2021 Oscar Nominees

The Music Box Theatre is giving you a chance to see a trio of 2021 Oscar Nominees on the big screen! From April 16th – April 22nd only, you can catch screenings of the beautiful and poetic Best Animated Film nominee WOLFWALKERS, the powerful Best International Film nominee QUO VADIS, AIDA?, and special 35MM presentations of Aaron Sorkin’s timely THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO … Continue reading “Music Box Theatre showing trio of 2021 Oscar Nominees”

Chicago-based films fare well in Oscar noms

Actor-producer Priyanka Chopra Jonas and singer, songwriter and actor Nick Jonas announced the 93rd Oscars nominations today (March 15), live from London, via a global live stream on Oscar.com, Oscars.org, the Academy’s digital platforms, an international satellite feed and broadcast media. Films that are either based in Chicago, or featured Chicago talent, fared very well when the nominations settled. In this very … Continue reading “Chicago-based films fare well in Oscar noms”

Oscar-nominated, Diane Quon on IFA Executive Talks

Angie Gaffney, Executive Director of the IFA wants to hear from you. As we all know, visual storytelling is a powerful medium in which to delve into diverse experiences that enrich, enlighten and provoke empathy. And with your invaluable input, the IFA is taking a hard look at what Chicago’s independent content community needs to tell … Continue reading “Oscar-nominated, Diane Quon on IFA Executive Talks”

Oscar winner Matthew A. Cherry to speak at Macy’s

Macy’s on State Street will celebrate Black History Month with a screening of the Academy Award-winning short film Hair Love followed by a thoughtful discussion with the film’s writer and director, Chicago native Matthew A. Cherry. The event takes place on February 20 at 6 p.m., Macy’s Narcissus Room, 111 North State St. Hair Love, … Continue reading “Oscar winner Matthew A. Cherry to speak at Macy’s”

Bong Joon Ho scores a win for everyone at the Oscars

America showed the world one of the things that it does best during the 92nd annual Academy Awards on Sunday night. Celebrating film with an internationally-televised, star-studded presentation, the country demonstrated beyond a doubt that the best movies on earth come from nowhere else but the good old US of A. Unless, of course, we’re … Continue reading “Bong Joon Ho scores a win for everyone at the Oscars”

Interview with Oscar winning-editor Paul Hirsch

Film Editor Paul Hirsch achieved success long before he started working on Planes, Trains & Automobiles in 1987. Besides winning the Academy Award for his work on Star Wars nearly a decade earlier, the native New Yorker had earned a place among the greats for a batch of early 1970s collaborations with Brian DePalma. But … Continue reading “Interview with Oscar winning-editor Paul Hirsch”

Oscar winner Paul Hirsch at Music Box

Editor of ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Carrie,’ and ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ joins James Hughes for Q&A following a special screening of ‘Planes, Trains & Automobiles’ To celebrate the release of his new memoir — A Long Time Ago in a Cutting Room Far, Far Away: My Fifty Years Editing Hollywood Hits—Star Wars, Carrie, Ferris Bueller’s Day … Continue reading “Oscar winner Paul Hirsch at Music Box”

McGarry helps Oscar Mayer debut Ice Dog Sandwich

The cold-cut giant will offer samples of its new treat while rolling through Manhattan in the Wienermobile Fueled by gastronomic inspiration (and a little bit of provocation) from recent developments in condiment-flavored frozen deserts, Oscar Mayer has announced that it will debut a cold and robust new treat, the Ice Dog Sandwich, in August. Partnering … Continue reading “McGarry helps Oscar Mayer debut Ice Dog Sandwich”

Kartemquin Oscar party celebrates a winning tradition

“Minding the Gap’s” Oscar nomination is part of a Chicago filmmaking tradition that dates back a half-century Although a pair of VIP’s were noticeably absent from Kartemquin Film’s Oscar party last Sunday night, Co-Founder and Artistic Director Gordon Quinn didn’t seem to mind. “It was great to celebrate Minding the Gap with the Kartemquin community … Continue reading “Kartemquin Oscar party celebrates a winning tradition”

No host. No “obvi” winner. Here are our Oscar picks!

Awards season finally comes to a curious, confounding and sometimes confusing end this Sunday when the Oscars announce their winners at the Dolby Theater. This year, there is no host (may come to regret that, Kevin Hart detractors) for Hollywood’s version of The Super Bowl. And in a Black History Month where a notable number … Continue reading “No host. No “obvi” winner. Here are our Oscar picks!”

Rage against the Oscar keeps growing

The Academy’s impending ceremonial snub continues to spark outrage among film industry groups and professionals This may be talked about more than the “whoops” moment two years ago at the Academy Awards when La La Land was announced as Best Picture and it was really Moonlight. Whoops. In another “What were they thinking?” move – … Continue reading “Rage against the Oscar keeps growing”

Four Chicago Children’s Fest films earn Oscar noms

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”

‘Favourite’ and ‘Roma’ lead 91st Oscar noms

“A Star is Born,” “Vice,” and “Black Panther” follow closely behind with eight nods apiece Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick) and Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish) unveiled the list of nominees for the 2019 Academy Awards, which will be broadcast on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m ET/5 p.m. PT. The Academy of Motion … Continue reading “‘Favourite’ and ‘Roma’ lead 91st Oscar noms”

Oscar-winner Friedkin to host Facets Film Summit

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”

Kartemquin’s Oscar-nom’d docs headline MIFF

The Midwest Independent Film Festival announced that April’s First Tuesday will be a celebration of sorts for Chicago’s own Kartemquin Films with a special double feature showcasing both of their 2018 Academy Award Nominated films on April 3! Screening will be Abacus: Small Enough to Jail and Edith and Eddie. Helmed by acclaimed director Steve … Continue reading “Kartemquin’s Oscar-nom’d docs headline MIFF”

Global Green’s annual pre-Oscar celebration

It wasn’t a red carpet event. Try a green carpet. But what else would you expect since Global Green, a national environmental organization headquartered in Southern California, was throwing their 15th annual Pre-Oscar gala fundraiser? And I got to meet astronaut Buzz Aldrin. In a rocket suit. Goal complete. The organization hosted its 15th annual … Continue reading “Global Green’s annual pre-Oscar celebration”

Video Wrap: Siskel Center’s Oscar night viewing party

There were a few additions to the Hollywood on State Oscar night viewing party at the Gene Siskel Film Center last night: I ventured into the celebration with staff writer Joey Filer, who wielded a camera and microphone to capture the action for a thrilling video. We asked guests to name their favorite film of … Continue reading “Video Wrap: Siskel Center’s Oscar night viewing party”

Oscars 2018: Colin Costello’s winning picks

Awards season, which Reel Chicago has been covering all along, finally comes to its climax with the broadcast of the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday night. Amid the glamour, the Jimmy Kimmel jokes, the expected #metoo and #TimesUP speeches, and the sleep-inducing running time, there will be awards given out. Twenty-four, to be specific. After … Continue reading “Oscars 2018: Colin Costello’s winning picks”

Kartemquin goes to the Oscars

Kartemquin Films is headed to the Oscars! Two films by the internationally renowned documentary collaborative have been nominated for the coveted gold statues by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. One is the story of a family’s struggle to overcome seemingly insurmountable and unfair obstacles. The other, a short film about an elderly … Continue reading “Kartemquin goes to the Oscars”

Best seats in town: Siskel Center Oscar Viewing Party

The Gene Siskel Film Center will once again hosts its annual Oscar viewing party — “Hollywood on State: Where You’re the Star” — on Sunday, March 4. This star-studded extravaganza, sponsored by Southwest Airlines, BMO Harris Bank, and The Richard and Ellen Sandor Family Foundation, gives participants an opportunity to watch the 90th Academy Awards … Continue reading “Best seats in town: Siskel Center Oscar Viewing Party”

Oscar’s Best Picture thrills Siskel Center guests

When asked to describe her expectations before the telecast of the 2017 Academy Awards at the Gene Siskel Film Center’s 14th annual “Hollywood on State” viewing party, legal secretary Joyce Bishop pretty much said that she expected the same-old, same-old.

“The film I liked the most was Moonlight. It’s brave. It’s not a story that’s told all the time, but it’s told so well,” she explained. “But I think La La Land will win.”

Oprah to receive the Oscars’ Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award Nov. 12

OPRAH SAYS SHE’S CONSUMED with management and programming problems for her OWN cable network, but there’s a lovely honor ahead to take her mind off her business concerns.  Oprah will receive an Honorary Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nov. 12 – the Gene Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

The honor and an Oscar statuette is annually presented to an individual “whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.” 

Oscar-winner Guillermo Navarro shoots for C-K

OSCAR-WINNING CINEMATOGRAPHER Guillermo Navarro (“Pan’s Labyrinth”) shot the new integrated campaign Cramer-Krasselt created and launched new product zendough.com, from C-K client TransUnion Interactive.

Navarro developed C-K’s vision of exposing a hidden financial world where storybook creatures are responsible for shifting and changing the numbers that determine credit scores, and ultimately, a person’s worth.

The campaign was directed by Mr.

A pair of lavish Oscar night parties

Two exciting parties will celebrate the 81st Academy Awards just blocks apart on Oscar night, Feb. 22

One is Hub the 51 Awards party, where Richard Roeper will challenge guests’ knowledge of movie trivia for more than 35 valuable prizes, and the other is Chicago’s only officially sanctioned Oscar Night-America Party for the 15th year at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

Waterfront Fest hosts an exclusive Oscar party

First Michigan became a tax-break production mecca. Now it’s rolling out the red carpet for guests and celebs on Oscar night, Feb. 22, at a transformed “movie studio” in Grand Rapids.

The Waterfront Film Festival will host the Official Oscar Night Party – one of only three Academy sanctioned parties in the Midwest, and the first-ever in Western Michigan.

“We’d heard about the Oscar night program but never had applied before,” says Dori DePree, co-founder the Waterfront Film Festival in Saugatuck and operations head of TicTock Studios in Holland.

Producer Jones joins faculty of DePaul’s Digital Cinema program; Oscar grant funds internships

Producer Steven A. Jones joined the faculty of DePaul University’s innovative Digital Cinema program, adding another link between one of the Midwest’s fastest-growing cinema programs and the movie industry.

Separately, the prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences provided a $7,000 grant to fund new West Coast internships for Digital Cinema (DC) students.

The grant will help to cover student stipends, travel expenses, housing and a per diem for the students while living on the West Coast during the 2007-2008 academic year.

Oscar nominee Lending’s doc “Rosevelt’s America” about Liberian refugee premieres April 25 on PBS

Oscar nominee Tod Lending’s latest documentary, “Rosevelt’s America,” has its broadcast premiere in a standalone screening on national PBS April 25. It plays locally at 10:30 p.m. on Ch. 11.

“Rosevelt’s America” tells the tale of Rosevelt Henderson, a refugee of Liberia’s civil war and father of three struggling to make it in North Chicago.

Lending first began filming Henderson in 2001 as one of several other stories for New York filmmaker Roger Weisberg’s PBS doc “Waging a Living,” about the challenges facing America’s working poor.

With his subject on the run, Oscar nominee Tod Lending is at the edge of completing his latest doc

Grants of $125,000 from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and $107,000 from ITVS will cover Tod Lending finishing costs of “Aimee’s Crossing.”

But there’s an obstacle. Oscar-nominated Lending needs subject Aimee Myers to emerge from hiding in order to finish the film’s narration.

“She made phone contact with her family and her parole officer,” Lending explained.

Oscar nominee Lending’s doc “Omar and Pete” concludes “P.O.V.” season on PBS Sept. 13

“Omar and Pete,” the latest film from Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning documentarian Tod Lending (“Legacy”), has its broadcast premiere Sept. 13 in the season finale of the national PBS doc series “P.O.V.”

Lending’s film follows repeat offenders Leon Omar Mason and Pete Duncan as they’re released from prison through the Maryland Reentry Program and struggle to turn their lives around.

Two months after Lending finished shooting, Mason was arrested for armed robbery and sentenced to 25 years.

A Revolution of the Heart?Oscar Brown, Jr. doc gets Midwest premiere at Black Harvest Aug. 13

Filmmaker donnie l. betts first met Oscar Brown, Jr. at a workshop in Denver when betts was a young actor there.

“He inspired me to be the kind of artist I wanted to be, “an artist who has a social responsibility and a social awareness to do more than entertain but educate as well, and hopefully elevate,” said betts, now a theatre director, screen actor and documentarian.

25 years later, betts has completed the first full-length documentary ever made about the Chicago cultural icon who died May 29.

Oscar nominee Tod Lending’s 3-year-in-the-works “Omar and Pete” heads for Doc Fest competition

Tod Lending follows up his Oscar-nominated “Legacy” with the new doc “Omar and Pete,” premiering April 6 in the Chicago International Documentary Festival’s Grand Prix Competition.

For three years Lending trailed Leon Omar Mason and Pete Duncan, roommates in a Baltimore transitional home for men who were recently released from prison.

Both men have spent their lives in the revolving door of release and reincarceration, battling addictions and other demons in a struggle to turn their lives around.

Industry rally set for Oscar Sunday

What better occasion than the Academy Awards to focus attention on the Illinois visual media industry. That’s what the Illinois Production Alliance rally Sunday, March 23 is counting on.

The rally, expected to draw thousands, will be held at noon at the Thompson Center (State of Illinois Building), Randolph and Clark.

The rally will express essentially a positive tone, said IPA spokesperson Mark Egmon.

57th Chicago International Film Fest announces competition juries

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”

57th Chicago International Film Festival announces Industry Days

The 57th Chicago International Film Festival announced the program for Industry Days, to be held October 14 – 17, 2021, with an impressive list of guest speakers to inspire and illuminate the film and entertainment community.  Highlights include this year’s Keynote talk with Brenda Gilbert, President and Co-Founder of BRON Studios, which has received six Academy … Continue reading “57th Chicago International Film Festival announces Industry Days”

Chicago Critics Film Festival returns to Music Box Theatre

The Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA), the Chicago-area print, online and broadcast critics group that celebrates the art of film and film criticism, announces the first six films selected for the 2021 Chicago Critics Film Festival. First titles include highly anticipated films like the Chicago premiere of Maggie Gyllenhaal’s THE LOST DAUGHTER, Venice Film Festival winner … Continue reading “Chicago Critics Film Festival returns to Music Box Theatre”

Chicago International Film Festival announces full lineup of 57th edition

The Chicago International Film Festival announced the full lineup of its 57th edition, running October 13 – 24, 2021. This year’s Festival expands across the City, with screenings at AMC River East 21, Music Box Theatre, Gene Siskel Film Center, drive-in screenings at ChiTown Movies in Pilsen, and neighborhood pop-up screenings at Bronzeville’s historic Parkway … Continue reading “Chicago International Film Festival announces full lineup of 57th edition”

The Chicago International Film Festival announces Opening Night film

The Chicago International Film Festival announced the opening night film at its Opening Night at the Drive-In presentation, and more highlights of the 57th edition, running October 13 – 24, 2021. This year, the Festival expands to venues across Chicago, including AMC River East 21; the Music Box Theatre; and the Gene Siskel Film Center; … Continue reading “The Chicago International Film Festival announces Opening Night film”

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”

Exclusive set photos of Lightyears filming on location in Blue Island

Chicago’s southwest suburb of Blue Island had an exciting day of filmmaking when the TV series Lightyears starring Sissy Spacek and J.K. Simmons (Spider-man, Spider-man: Far From Home, Zack Snyder’s Justice League) filmed on location at a home near 127th and Western, and at the Blue Island Police Station. Reel photographer, Sandra Plaza-Javier, captured the … Continue reading “Exclusive set photos of Lightyears filming on location in Blue Island”

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”

CIFF launches Chicago Industry Exchange and CIX:Lab

The Chicago International Film Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago, announced the formation of the organization’s Chicago Industry Exchange (CIX), the new name for its year-round industry programming, along with the launch of CIX:Lab The CIX:Lab is a year-long creative development lab focusing on 4-5 feature film projects made by diverse voices and underrepresented filmmakers in the region. CIX will build on … Continue reading “CIFF launches Chicago Industry Exchange and CIX:Lab”

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”

IFA Chicago hosts Grey’s Anatomy director Daniel Willis

IFA Chicago’s Executive Talks event series, is hosting Chicago-native, award-winning television director, producer, and writer, Daniel Willis in a virtual conversation moderated by IFA Chicago Executive Director, Angie Gaffney. Daniel Willis’ directing credits include Freeform/Hulu’s Cruel Summer, ABC’s The Rookie, NBC’s The Blacklist, and ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. He also recently served as producer/writer for the … Continue reading “IFA Chicago hosts Grey’s Anatomy director Daniel Willis”

Hulu/Kartemquin Accelerator program picks two alumni

Kartemquin Films announces the two projects that will participate in the second year of the Hulu/Kartemquin Accelerator: Freedom Hill by director Resita Cox and Still Searching  by director Latoya Flowers. The Accelerator program offers two alumni of Kartemquin’s acclaimed Filmmaker Development Programs $20,000 each towards production, and mentorship through 2021 within the award-winning Kartemquin collaborative … Continue reading “Hulu/Kartemquin Accelerator program picks two alumni”

Fargo showrunner hints fifth season may be the last

In a recent interview with Vanity Fair regarding his upcoming Alien TV series, Fargo creator, showrunner, and director (of 4 episodes) Noah Hawley dropped some information about his plans for the FX series Fargo. While no official word has been announced by FX, he hinted that IF there was a 5th season, it would likely … Continue reading “Fargo showrunner hints fifth season may be the last”

Steven Spielberg sets multiple feature deal with Netflix

Steven Spielberg, a filmmaker synonymous with big-screen enchantment, has set a new deal with Netflix in which his production company, Amblin Partners, will make multiple feature films per year for the streaming giant.  The partnership, one long courted by Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer, is a major get for the company that, amid increasing … Continue reading “Steven Spielberg sets multiple feature deal with Netflix”

Optimus Design promotes Luis Mayorga and Tyler Nelson

Leading production and post house Optimus today announced that Optimus Design has promoted Luis Mayorga to Animation Director and Tyler Nelson to Creative Director. The well-deserved and hard earned promotions shed a light on the talent who helped lead Optimus Design through a uniquely challenging time. The promotions come on the heels of significant momentum for Optimus Design. … Continue reading “Optimus Design promotes Luis Mayorga and Tyler Nelson”

16th CineYouth Festival announces winners

CineYouth Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago, announced award winners for its expanded 2021 edition, comprising films accepted for the pandemic-preempted 2020 edition plus a new slate of films submitted for the 2021 festival. These include Best Drama winners She Who Wasn’t Tamed (2020) by 19-year-old Saleh Kashefi of Iran and The Pleasure of Killing Bugs (2021) by 21-year-old Leonardo Martinelli from Brazil. Best Animation went … Continue reading “16th CineYouth Festival announces winners”

J.K. Simmons replaces Ed O’Neill in Chicago series

O’Neill was announced in March 2021, but had to leave Amazon’s upcoming sci-fi drama series Lightyears due to “family reasons” as reported by Deadline. Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons will co-star alongside fellow Academy Award winner, Sissy Spacek. Lightyears is one of the four new series to be filmed at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios this … Continue reading “J.K. Simmons replaces Ed O’Neill in Chicago series”

Second City Teacher, Marine Vet screens film in GI Fest

Chicago filmmaker and Marine Corps veteran Jonah Saeson is featured in this years GI Film Festival. This veteran turned actor and filmmaker is the director of the GI Festival contending film  The Sweatshirt. This comedic short which blenders Chicago crime show style interbred with sarcastic undertones is about a woman who must negotiate the release … Continue reading “Second City Teacher, Marine Vet screens film in GI Fest”

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”

Chicago’s Paul Raci wins Spirit Award for Metal

Chicago was once again represented at an awards show and no, the film didn’t begin with Trial or Ma. After being shut out of Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations and winning a BAFTA, Chicago-born Paul Raci won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male for his critically-acclaimed performance in Sound of … Continue reading “Chicago’s Paul Raci wins Spirit Award for Metal”

Cinespace is up and rolling with 4 new series and more

Cinespace Chicago Film Studios welcomes several new productions to its growing campus.  As the Dick Wolf, One Chicago series prepares to wrap soon for the season, Cinespace announced four new series filming at its facilities. The Midwest’s production hot spot and second-largest film studio outside of Los Angeles in North America, recently added another 105,000 … Continue reading “Cinespace is up and rolling with 4 new series and more”

DePaul grad screens ‘Tom of Your Life’ at Music Box

Written and directed by acclaimed singer-songwriter Jer Sklar, Music Box Theatre will screen Chicago comedy Tom of Your Life from May 7-13. Featuring an original soundtrack with 11 original songs from his local band The Blackstrap Molasses, Sklar also edited, produced and stars.  Tom of Your Life tells the story of a baby who inexplicably ages four years on each hour. … Continue reading “DePaul grad screens ‘Tom of Your Life’ at Music Box”

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”

Sci-fi drama ‘Lightyears’ preparing to shoot at Cinespace

Oscar winner Sissy Spacek and three-time Emmy-nominated Modern Family star Ed O’Neill are set as the leads in the sci-fi drama, Lightyears, currently in prep at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios. Amazon has issued a series order for, Lightyears, an hourlong sci-fi-drama produced by Legendary TV, from writer Holden Miller and producer Daniel C. Connolly. Connolly will serve as showrunner and … Continue reading “Sci-fi drama ‘Lightyears’ preparing to shoot at Cinespace”

Chicago Latino Film Fest adds Riera’s film Rita Moreno

The 37th Chicago Latino Film Festival, presented by Corona Extra, announced today its Centerpiece presentation of Mariem Pérez Riera’s Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It at ChiTown Movies Drive-In, 2343 S. Throop St. on Monday, April 12. The gates open at 6:00 pm with the film scheduled to start at 7:30 pm. A virtual screening of this no holds … Continue reading “Chicago Latino Film Fest adds Riera’s film Rita Moreno”

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”

Lena Waithe headlines DePaul screenwriting conference

Emmy Award-winning writer, creator, producer and actor Lena Waithe of  Twenties, The Chi and Queen & Slim will headline DePaul University’s Courier 12 Screenwriting Conference Feb. 5-6.  DePaul’s School of Cinematic Arts will present a series of virtual panel discussions with top screenwriting talent and TV and film executives from across the entertainment industry. Slated speakers include screenwriters Liz Hannah of The Post and Nicole Perlman of Guardians of … Continue reading “Lena Waithe headlines DePaul screenwriting conference”

Michael Apted prolific director, producer, writer has died

Michael Apted, producer, writer and actor, and one of the most prolific film directors of his generation has died at age 79. Born in 1941 in Aylesbury, England, Apted had an impressive body of work in television, film and documentaries. Known for directing the Up documentary series (1964–2019) chronicling the lives of 14 British people in seven-year increments; … Continue reading “Michael Apted prolific director, producer, writer has died”

REVIEW: Boseman, Davis make ‘Ma Rainey’s’ a must-see

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is the long-awaited adaptation of the hit stage play, written by August Wilson by the same name. Aside from a few scenes in the beginning of the film, it is blocked and feels very much like a play, which provides an intimacy between the characters and the audience that most films … Continue reading “REVIEW: Boseman, Davis make ‘Ma Rainey’s’ a must-see”

Independent Filmmaker Day on Zoom November 18-19

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 experts … Continue reading “Independent Filmmaker Day on Zoom November 18-19”

ECHO BOOMERS Chicago Premiere with Seth Savoy Q&A

Echo Boomers, the crime drama feature starring Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (Knives Out, Nocturnal Animals, The Shape of Water) and Patrick Schwarzenegger (Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse) holds its Chicago Premiere at the ChiTown Drive-in followed by a live zoom Q&A with director Seth Savoy.  The story follows a crime ring breaking into the homes of … Continue reading “ECHO BOOMERS Chicago Premiere with Seth Savoy Q&A”

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”

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

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 unfair … Continue reading ““Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” trailer shows 1920s Chicago”

Saban Films releases trailer for ‘Echo Boomers’

The trailer for Echo Boomers, the crime drama feature starring Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (Knives Out, Nocturnal Animals, The Shape of Water) and Patrick Schwarzenegger (Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse) has been released.  The story follows a crime ring breaking into the homes of Chicago’s most wealthy and destroying what they don’t steal. ALSO … Continue reading “Saban Films releases trailer for ‘Echo Boomers’”

56th Chicago International Film Festival announces juries

Mimi Plauché, artistic director of the 56th Chicago International Film Festival, today announced the jury members for its competitions, featuring a host of acclaimed filmmakers and film professionals from across the globe. Juries will review films competing for prizes in the following competitions: International Competition; New Directors Competition; International Documentary Competition; Out-Look; City & State; and Short Film … Continue reading “56th Chicago International Film Festival announces juries”

Chicago Latino Film Fest announces audience choice wins

The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago announced today the winners and runner-ups for the AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS of the 36th Chicago Latino Film Festival. The festival was held virtually from Sept. 18 to Sept. 27 in Chicago and throughout the State of Illinois. In total, the Festival presented 44 feature and 38 shorts. Even though CLFF is … Continue reading “Chicago Latino Film Fest announces audience choice wins”

CIFF announces Gardner as keynote speaker

The Chicago International Film Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago, has announced this year’s Industry Keynote conversation with Academy Award-winning producer and president of Plan B Entertainment Dede Gardner. Her credits include 12 Years a Slave and Moonlight. Both presented at past editions of the Festival. Additionally, Industry Days will host master classes with Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter … Continue reading “CIFF announces Gardner as keynote speaker”

‘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”

Chicagoan Jay Paul Deratany has hit with Foster Boy

UPDATE: There will be a special one-night-only Chicago Premiere of FOSTER BOY, followed by an exclusive Q&A after the film with actors Shane Paul McGhie and Louis Gossett Jr., as well as Chicago writer/producer Jay Paul Deratany! Date And TimeWed, September 16, 20207:30 PM – 10:00 PM CDT LocationChiTown Movies2343 South Throop StreetChicago, IL 60608 Join leading actors … Continue reading “Chicagoan Jay Paul Deratany has hit with Foster Boy”

Kartemquin announces leadership change

Kartemquin Films has announced that current Executive Director Jolene Pinder will be leaving the organization as of October 1. According to the production company, Pinder, who is also a documentary filmmaker, has decided to move back to Louisiana to focus on family. In a letter to the Kartemquin board, Pinder said: “These unprecedented times have … Continue reading “Kartemquin announces leadership change”

Quriosity’s Michael Maes creates explosive Frito Lay spot

Partnering with The Mill for VFX, Quriosity’s Michael Maes delivers a spot with action-movie excitement, playing like a trailer for an Oscar-winning movie. Quriosity Productions director Michael Maes’ new Frito Lay Cheddar Jalapeno Spot is far from cheesy and packs a fiery punch. In this spot, the elements of the new chip flavor don’t just … Continue reading “Quriosity’s Michael Maes creates explosive Frito Lay spot”

Tribute to Planes, Trains and Automobiles set for remake

As sure as Neal Page did not welcome Del Griffith, I can not say that I welcome a remake of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. Consider this my tribute to the memory of the original. This film is particularly dear to my heart because I traveled through half of the country shooting the original with Steve … Continue reading “Tribute to Planes, Trains and Automobiles set for remake”

Gary Sinise to receive LMGI Humanitarian Award

Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated actor Gary Sinise will receive the esteemed Humanitarian Award from the Location Managers Guild International (LMGI) at the 7th Annual LMGI Awards. Celebrating the theme “2020 Vision: We See It First,” the 2020 Awards will honor the exemplary commitment that Sinise and his foundation have made to give back to those who sacrifice for our nation and create a … Continue reading “Gary Sinise to receive LMGI Humanitarian Award”

FX announces Fargo Season Four Cast

FX has set the extraordinary ensemble cast that will star with Chris Rock in the fourth installment of the Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning limited series Fargo. Peabody, Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award winning Executive Producer Noah Hawley (creator/showrunner/writer/director) and his production company 26 Keys will lead the creative team for the latest all-new “true … Continue reading “FX announces Fargo Season Four Cast”

Chicago Int’l Film Festival’s Industry Days goes virtual

The Chicago International Film Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago, today announced this year’s Industry Days will be held virtually for a global audience, October 12-18, 2020. Early Bird accreditation is now available for qualified participants to secure registration at the lowest price. Registration prices will increase to the regular rate on August 21. Film and media professionals interested in … Continue reading “Chicago Int’l Film Festival’s Industry Days goes virtual”

Chicago Fire’s Reed-Foster talks up series “I’m Tired”

Acclaimed Chicago actress / producer Deanna Reed-Foster (Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D.) launches a powerful PSA video series titled I’m Tired. In a time when most people are just trying to survive, others are doing their best to help those in need.  One person doing just that is acclaimed Chicago actress / producer Deanna Reed-Foster (Chicago Fire, Chicago … Continue reading “Chicago Fire’s Reed-Foster talks up series “I’m Tired””

Babybel and Havas launch “Join the Goodness” campaign

The Havas 360 campaign includes new action-packed ad spot aimed at inspiring consumers to ‘Join the Goodness’ through better eating habits and a more balanced diet. Beloved global snack brand, Babybel—known for its iconic red wax, playful eating experience and bite-sized natural cheesy goodness—is launching a new campaign with the mission of inspiring consumers to Join … Continue reading “Babybel and Havas launch “Join the Goodness” campaign”

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’”

Lil Rel brings big laughs to NBC’s ‘Small Fortune’

NBC has named Chicago comedian, actor, writer and producer Lil Rel Howery as host of the new game show, Small Fortune. Howery, who will also serve as executive producer, joins the pint-sized series that will offer contestants the opportunity to amass large sums of money on the smallest of scales. “I’m really excited to host this … Continue reading “Lil Rel brings big laughs to NBC’s ‘Small Fortune’”

Memories of director Joel Schumacher who has died at 80

Acclaimed Hollywood director Joel Shumacher who hit the big time after directing a string of successful movies including Flatliners (1990), The Lost Boys (1987) and St. Elmo’s Fire (1985) has passed of cancer at age 80. He famously took over the Batman franchise from director Tim Burton with the two box-office smashes Batman Forever (1995) and Batman … Continue reading “Memories of director Joel Schumacher who has died at 80”

Viola Davis narrates Leo Burnett’s first work for BOA

Created by Leo Burnett in partnership with Groupe Connect—Leo Burnett’s first work for Bank of America—this spot is a lesson in how creative decisions can work in service of the message it imparts. The spot shows familiar sights throughout American households and neighborhoods, as the sound of string instruments swells behind a powerful statement. “The … Continue reading “Viola Davis narrates Leo Burnett’s first work for BOA”

DePaul’s Eltanal & Khatami chosen for IFP fellowship

DePaul School of Cinematic Arts announced that Assistant Professors, Ronald Eltanal and Alireza Khatami, have been selected for the prestigious IFP Episodic Lab fellowship program for their project titled, Tenure. The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) announced today twenty-six feature projects and series selected to participate across three labs over the next month: The IFP Filmmaker … Continue reading “DePaul’s Eltanal & Khatami chosen for IFP fellowship”

Chicago’s own host the National Memorial Day Concert

Chicago’s Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna host a special presentation of PBS’ National Memorial Day Concert: America’s Night of Remembrance. Featuring a Tribute to our American Heroes on the Front Lines of the Pandemic Crisis. PBS’ multi award-winning NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT returns for a special presentation hosted by Chicago’s Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise with new … Continue reading “Chicago’s own host the National Memorial Day Concert”

Chicago’s Gina Rodriguez talks up Velma and ‘Scoob!’

SCOOB!, a fully animated, full-length Scooby-Doo action adventure for the whole family, reveals how lifelong friends Scooby and Shaggy first met and how they joined with young detectives Fred, Velma and Daphne to form the famous Mystery Inc. Now, with hundreds of cases solved and adventures shared, Scooby and the gang face their biggest, most … Continue reading “Chicago’s Gina Rodriguez talks up Velma and ‘Scoob!’”

Gordon Quinn is Home and AIDC Masterclass is Available

AIDC was Gordon Quinn’s last public engagement before becoming ill with COVID-19. It is with deep excitement and gratitude that we can announce Gordon’s return home following hospitalization.  “I thank everyone for thinking of me and supporting me and Meg,” Gordon said. “I’ll continue with physical therapy at home with a visiting therapist over the next few … Continue reading “Gordon Quinn is Home and AIDC Masterclass is Available”

HULU/Kartemquin Accelerator announce two films

Kartemquin Films announced the two projects that will participate in the first year of the Hulu/Kartemquin Accelerator: Traces of Home by director Colette Ghunim and Tres Fridas by director Reveca Torres. The Accelerator program offers two alumni of Kartemquin’s acclaimed Filmmaker Development Programs $20,000 each towards production, and mentorship through 2020 within the award-winning Kartemquin collaborative production model.  The Accelerator program builds upon a … Continue reading “HULU/Kartemquin Accelerator announce two films”

Glad, FCB thank sanitation workers in new campaign

Aside from Oscar the Grouch, who would have thought that one day, taking out the trash would be the best time of your day? Many people are now using this time as a new form of entertainment – even as an opportunity to dress up. So, as a brand that exists to keep people Glad  by bringing … Continue reading “Glad, FCB thank sanitation workers in new campaign”

Netflix to release Michelle Obama doc ‘Becoming’

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 for … Continue reading “Netflix to release Michelle Obama doc ‘Becoming’”

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’”

Sydney O’Haire’s short film debuts on Omeleto

Being Here, a short film written, directed, and produced by local Chicago female filmmaker Sydney O’Haire, will make its debut on the Omeleto platform, a short film YouTube channel currently with 2.45 Million subscribers.   The short, which won Best Drama at the Windy City Film Festival, focuses on Charlie (Breiner-Sanders), who is struggling to … Continue reading “Sydney O’Haire’s short film debuts on Omeleto”

Kartemquin Films’ Quinn diagnosed with COVID-19

There are now 134 reported new cases of Coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 422, with at least four deaths. This according to the Chicago Tribune. Unfortunately, among those new cases is Chicago’s acclaimed documentary filmmaker and Kartemquin Films co-founder Gordon Quinn. Quinn, whose credits include Hoop Dreams and recent Oscar nominee Minding the Gap, … Continue reading “Kartemquin Films’ Quinn diagnosed with COVID-19”

2020 ScreenCraft Writers Summit postponed until 2021

In light of worldwide health concerns, this year’s Chicago ScreenCraft Writers Summit is rescheduling to next year. Previously scheduled in Chicago on April 24th-27th, 2020, the Summit will be rescheduled to April 23rd-26th, 2021.  Nearly all of the previously confirmed panelists have enthusiastically committed to next year, and additional industry speakers will be announced in … Continue reading “2020 ScreenCraft Writers Summit postponed until 2021”

Inside look at the ScreenCraft Writers Summit

Chicago will become the center of the TV and film universe when it hosts the eighth annual ScreenCraft Writers Summit at the Hotel Allegro next month from April 24 to April 27. Agents, producers, show runners, financiers, studio execs, and, of course, writers are scheduled to share their wisdom. Designed to connect blockbuster movie professionals with emerging … Continue reading “Inside look at the ScreenCraft Writers Summit”

Sundance picks 12 Filmmakers for Screenwriters Intensive

Twelve screenwriters have been selected to participate in Sundance Institute’s eighth annual Screenwriters Intensive in Los Angeles, to take place March 4-5, 2020. One of the students selected is Chicagoan, Jason Park. The Intensive, a two-day workshop for select emerging writers and writer/directors from underrepresented communities, focuses on the development of first fiction features. Fellows … Continue reading “Sundance picks 12 Filmmakers for Screenwriters Intensive”

CD Justin Hori returns to Squeak E. Clean Studios

International creative audio network Squeak E. Clean Studios welcomes Justin Hori back as a Creative Director out of the Chicago office. A talented composer, Hori has developed a knack for crafting poignant, contemporary audio stylings for branded content, crafting original music for award-winning projects with such top clients as Apple, Reebok, Adidas, Volkswagen and Budweiser, … Continue reading “CD Justin Hori returns to Squeak E. Clean Studios”

Framestore Chicago hires four new artists

Framestore Chicago continues to grow in its third year with the addition of four artists to the team. The office has welcomed Senior Nuke / Flame Artist Ruairi Twohig, Nuke Compositor Jon Rogala, Junior Compositor Isaac Spiegel, and Junior Designer Alma Kim.   Ruairi Twohig Twohig joins from MPC in New York, where he spent … Continue reading “Framestore Chicago hires four new artists”

CineCares’ Mirkopoulos Internship cohort keeps it going

A cohort of young professionals assured industry leaders that the future of Chicago production is in good hands at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios on Monday afternoon. Highlighting the Wrap Party for the Mirkopoulos Internship Program, each member of the group had just finished working as temporary crew on Chicago Fire / PD / Med, and … Continue reading “CineCares’ Mirkopoulos Internship cohort keeps it going”

Facets hires Karen Cardarelli as Executive Director

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”

At Sundance w/Kartemquin’s Steve James & Zak Piper

Reel Chicago correspondent, reporter, and film critic Pamela Powell interviews Kartemquin Films’ Oscar-nominated director Steve James and Emmy Award-winning producer Zak Piper at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Chicago-based documentarian Steve James presented his newest endeavor, a four-episode mini series City So Real, to the Sundance Film Festival patrons just days ago in the quaint … Continue reading “At Sundance w/Kartemquin’s Steve James & Zak Piper”

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”

Netflix, ‘Klaus’ bring special delivery to Chicago kids

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 that! … Continue reading “Netflix, ‘Klaus’ bring special delivery to Chicago kids”

ChiFilmFest announces 2019 audience winners

‘Just Mercy,’ ‘And Then We Danced,’ ‘Ready for War’ take top honors at 55th Chicago International Film Festival   The Chicago International Film Festival today announced the winners of the Festival Audience Awards, presented by Xfinity. Voted by Festival-goers, the Audience Award for Best Feature goes to Just Mercy by director Destin Daniel Cretton. The … Continue reading “ChiFilmFest announces 2019 audience winners”

Chicago’s Lil Rel debuts stand-up special on HBO

The Windy City actor, writer, and producerwas filmed before alive audience atSusan Miller DorseyHigh School in LA Comedian, actor, writer and producer Lil Rel Howery makes his HBO stand-up comedy debut with an hour-long special, premiering Saturday November 23 exclusively on HBO (10:00-11:05 p.m. ET/PT). The special will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, … Continue reading “Chicago’s Lil Rel debuts stand-up special on HBO”

Winners announced for Heartland Film Fest

The Heartland International Film Festival announced the filmmaker award winners for the film festival’s 28th edition during an Awards Brunch on Saturday, October 19. The Grand Prize for Best Narrative Feature (and a cash prize of $15,000) went to Bora Kim’s House of Hummingbird, with one of the film’s stars, Seung-Yun Lee on hand to … Continue reading “Winners announced for Heartland Film Fest”

‘Three Hours’ wins ChiFilmFest’s $20K Pitch

Aemilia Scott, Holli McGinley film follows a single mother living on the edge of Chicago’s Humboldt Park The 55th Chicago International Film Festival has announced the winner of The Pitch at the 5th edition of Industry Days: Three Hours, directed by Aemilia Scott and produced by Holli McGinley. The film follows a single mother living … Continue reading “‘Three Hours’ wins ChiFilmFest’s $20K Pitch”

City designates 2020 as the ‘Year of Chicago Music’

First-of-its-kind initiative in the US will shine spotlight on the Windy City’s vibrant music scene Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) Commissioner Mark Kelly, Grammy and Oscar Award-winning artist Che “Rhymefest” Smith, and many other civic, arts, and music leaders yesterday announced plans to designate 2020 as the Year of Chicago Music. This … Continue reading “City designates 2020 as the ‘Year of Chicago Music’”

ChiFilmFest announces slate for “The Pitch”

Five film projects to compete for $20,000 awards package of in-kind goods and services   The 55th Chicago International Film Festival announced a slate of five narrative feature film projects in active development that will be pitched in front of a live audience and a panel of distinguished industry judges during the Festival’s Industry Days … Continue reading “ChiFilmFest announces slate for “The Pitch””

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”

Film & TV pros share expertise at ‘Courier 12’

’BlacKkKlansman’ screenwriters among panelists appearing at DePaul’s all-day industry conference on Saturday, Sept. 28   DePaul University’s annual Courier 12 Screenwriting Conference will take place this Saturday, September 28, from noon to 7 p.m. in the school’s Daley Building, 247 S. State St. Admission to the event is free and open to the public. For … Continue reading “Film & TV pros share expertise at ‘Courier 12’”

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”

ChiFilmFest unveils Industry Days agenda

Master Classes with Oscar and Sundance winners are just a few of the events scheduled for October 17-20 program     The 55th Chicago International Film Festival announced today the program for Industry Days (October 17-20, 2019) with an impressive list of guest speakers to inspire and illuminate the film and entertainment community.   A … Continue reading “ChiFilmFest unveils Industry Days agenda”

ChiFilmFest unveils Gala & Special Presentations programs

“Knives Out” starring Daniel Craig among first round of films announced for 55th run, October 16-27 Mimi Plauché, Artistic Director of the Chicago International Film Festival, today announced titles selected for the Galas and Special Presentations programs for the 55th edition of the Festival. Offering movie lovers a first look at the year’s most highly … Continue reading “ChiFilmFest unveils Gala & Special Presentations programs”

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”

mcgarry creates instant classic with new P3 campaign

‘3 PM Slump’ delivers the kind of quick humor that is destined for internet memehood Office workers succumb to a corporate form of zombification in Slump, a new spot by mcgarrybowen for P3 Portable Protein Packs. Stricken by the energy sapping late afternoon, they drop like dominoes in the elevator, at their desks, and all … Continue reading “mcgarry creates instant classic with new P3 campaign”

Chi native produces immigration stories in ‘#WeLAGente’

When you attend the 15th annual Oscar-qualifying Hollyshorts, you never know what treasure you will stumble upon. Make no mistake, whatever the block, it will be a thought-provoking treat. Daniel Sol, Nicole Castro and the other programmers, really do take the time to curate a special 10-day festival.     Such is the case with … Continue reading “Chi native produces immigration stories in ‘#WeLAGente’”

Siskel presents ‘Toni Morrision: The Pieces I Am’

The Film Center will screen the “generous and intelligent doc” Friday, August 23 through Thursday, August 29 As a venue that celebrates all art forms and a public program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Gene Siskel Film Center mourns the loss of the celebrated Black author and Nobel laureate Toni … Continue reading “Siskel presents ‘Toni Morrision: The Pieces I Am’”

MIFF, ReelAbilites partner for August First Tuesday

The Midwest Independent Film Festival presents ‘When Billy Broke his Head… and Other Tales of Wonder’ Tuesday August 6 at Landmark The Midwest Independent Film Festival is proud to partner with ReelAbilities Chicago to present the 25th anniversary screening of When Billy Broke His Head… And Other Tales of Wonder, on August 6, 2019. The … Continue reading “MIFF, ReelAbilites partner for August First Tuesday”

Almost Gold shines with major expansion

Chicago-based production studio celebrates five years of creativity Design-driven production studio Almost Gold is excited to unveil a major expansion of both environment and talent. In addition to production, animation, and motion graphics capabilities, Almost Gold now offers editorial, color, finish, VO recording, and audio mix in its newly completed East Wing. The expansion comes … Continue reading “Almost Gold shines with major expansion”

Chicago Critics Film Fest enjoys epic year

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”

Kartemquin names Jolene Pinder as Executive Director

Award-winning, production house welcomes award-winning film veteran from New Orleans to Chicago Kartemquin Films, the award-winning Chicago-based documentary nonprofit organization, today named Jolene Pinder as Executive Director. Pinder joins the organization after serving as Executive Director of #CreateLouisiana since 2017, where she spearheaded statewide and regional advocacy efforts and grantmaking initiatives. She was selected by … Continue reading “Kartemquin names Jolene Pinder as Executive Director”

Jon Favreau to receive Renaissance Award in Chicago

Robert Downey Jr. will Interview Favreau during the Siskel Center’s annual event June 15 at the Four Seasons The Gene Siskel Film Center today announced that it will honor acclaimed director, producer, screenwriter and actor Jon Favreau with its 2019 Renaissance Award on Saturday, June 15 at the Four Seasons Chicago, 120 E. Delaware. “Marvel, … Continue reading “Jon Favreau to receive Renaissance Award in Chicago”

2019 Chicago Critics Film Festival

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”

Cooney’s “Runner” leaps to distribution on Omeleto

For any artist who wants to make a really good short film on a single-grand budget, this thriller is required viewing Clare Cooney’s award-winning short film, Runner, obtained distribution and is today available on Omeleto — a curated YouTube channel that features groundbreaking short films and has nearly 1.5 million subscribers. Runner is a short … Continue reading “Cooney’s “Runner” leaps to distribution on Omeleto”

Throwback Thursday: ‘Barbershop 2’ to film here

Sixteen years ago, Founder Ruth Ratny reported on the status of a highly anticipated sequel and the fate of Chicago Studio City Editor’s Note: Beginning today, Reel Chicago will do its own ‘Throwback Thursday’ featuring stories from our archives. The following article was originally published on March 21, 2003. Chicago Studio City is still going … Continue reading “Throwback Thursday: ‘Barbershop 2’ to film here”

And the title of ‘Star Wars Episode IX’ is…

The Rise of Skywalker. Hyperdrive on that for a minute, Jedis. After almost 40 years, director JJ Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy have announced the title of Episode IX to an adoring and excited Star Wars crowd comprised of Jedi and Sith lovers on the first day of the weekend-long Star Wars Celebration 2019. … Continue reading “And the title of ‘Star Wars Episode IX’ is…”

Millennium Park Summer Film Series 2019

From “Black Panther” to “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” Chicago’s outdoor movie schedule offers something for everyone The 2019 Millennium Park outdoor movie schedule is diverse and awesome. Taking place every Tuesday night from June 4 through August 20, it opens with Black Panther, finishes on My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and offers Moonlight, The … Continue reading “Millennium Park Summer Film Series 2019”

The Chicago Independent Film and TV Festival

CIFTV’s four-day program offers a diverse, relevant, and entertaining weekend showcase The 2nd annual Chicago Independent Film and TV Festival will return to Columbia College April 4-7. Founded on a mission to supply Chicago with “a quality international independent film festival,” the four-day event promises a diverse, relevant, and entertaining showcase of documentaries, television concepts, … Continue reading “The Chicago Independent Film and TV Festival”

Doc10 screens the year’s best at the Davis Theater

Fourth annual fest of the best opens with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez doc, “Knock Down The House” The 4th annual Doc10 Film Festival’s 2019 lineup is an entertaining variety of undeniable relevance taking place April 11-14 at The Davis Theater (4614 N. Lincoln Ave.) The program opens with Rachel Lears’ critically acclaimed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez documentary, Knock Down … Continue reading “Doc10 screens the year’s best at the Davis Theater”

2019 Academy Awards Review

Colin Costello recounts the thrill passion, and spectacle of Hollywood’s biggest night of the year There’s no way to prepare for the spectacle that is the Oscar celebration in Hollywood. Frankly, I was blown away. The, pomp, the limos, the security and the enormous amount of international press – the cameras, the microphones, the reporters, … Continue reading “2019 Academy Awards Review”

Black List: Kyra Kyles, writer, creator, public speaker, entrepreneur

Chicago native, Northwestern grad held top editorial roles at EBONY and JET while co-piloting Myth Lab Entertainment, and fighting for media diversity   Kyra Kyles is a multi-platform senior-level media executive, a public speaker on issues of diversity and representation, and an award-winning writer.   Journalist Kyra, former EBONY Editor in Chief / Senior Vice … Continue reading “Black List: Kyra Kyles, writer, creator, public speaker, entrepreneur”

Chicago Feminist Film Festival, Feb 27 – March 1

Fourth annual run premieres the doc, “Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché” about the world’s first female director Columbia College Chicago will launch the fourth annual Chicago Feminist Film Festival with the Chicago premiere of Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché directed by Pamela B. Green. A testament to the continued … Continue reading “Chicago Feminist Film Festival, Feb 27 – March 1”

Questions arise in Jussie Smollett’s alleged attack

Area detectives and now the FBI continue to investigate the attack on the Empire actor Early Tuesday morning, Empire actor Jussie Smollett was attacked by what has been classified by Chicago police as a possible “Hate Crime.” First reported by TMZ, the actor was on his way home from a sandwich shop (reportedly Subway) at … Continue reading “Questions arise in Jussie Smollett’s alleged attack”

The “Force” will be with Chicago this April

Jedis, droids and Wookies scheduled to invade the annual Star Wars Celebration coming to McCormick Place This April, geeks will not have to go to a galaxy far, far away to get the ultimate Star Wars experience. They just need to hyperdrive to McCormick Place for the annual Star Wars Celebration 2019. LucasFilm will put … Continue reading “The “Force” will be with Chicago this April”

2019 Best of the Midwest Awards

“The film festival is about bringing people together and supporting all of the members of the filmmaking community.” MIFF Executive Director Amy Guth The Midwest Independent Film Festival’s annual Best of the Midwest Awards inspired a swanky good time last night at The Promontory in Hyde Park. Complementing a candlelit vibe with cocktail dresses, sport … Continue reading “2019 Best of the Midwest Awards”

Kartemquin announces 2019 Diverse Voices fellows

Chicago doc powerhouse selects eight young filmmakers who will be eligible for up to $20K in in accelerator fund grants The 2019 DVID Fellows (pictured above) Top row, from left to right: Shiraz Ahmed, Aisha Allen, Joua Lee Grande, Milton Guillen | Bottom row, from left to right: Sebastián Pinzón-Silva, Shawn Taylor, Cai Thomas, Christine … Continue reading “Kartemquin announces 2019 Diverse Voices fellows”

mb, Lil Jon, and Kool-Aid man make Yuletide history

The Chicago shop captures the legendary rapper and the iconic pitcher at their holiday best in the new anthem, “All I Really Want For Christmas” In a new spot by mcgarrybown, Kool-Aid Man and Lil Jon unleash a musical collaboration that is well on its way to becoming a Yuletide classic. All I Really Want … Continue reading “mb, Lil Jon, and Kool-Aid man make Yuletide history”

Interview with Framestore President James Razzall

“There are very few companies that straddle feature, VFX, television, immersive entertainment and brand work as comprehensively as Framestore.” James Razzall James Razzall joined Framestore’s London office in 2000, helped found the New York office in 2004, and moved to LA in 2013 to start the office at the very heart of visual media itself. … Continue reading “Interview with Framestore President James Razzall”

The 3% Conference rises in Chicago

Expert speakers, engaging activities, and sensational presentations helped to guide 1,300 industry attendees onto the same important long-term group project   Besides being informative, last month’s 3% Conference at Navy Pier was enlightening, collaborative, optimistic, intense, cosmopolitan, introspective, touching, intimate, raunchy, and hilarious. And that was just during the final few hours of the two-day … Continue reading “The 3% Conference rises in Chicago”

Chicago-made ‘Curtains’ rolls through festival circuit

“People would like to see Denim Underwear, Hula-hoop, or The Phases of the Moon play.” Gar Hoover More than a year after production, Beth and Gar Hoover’s Curtains continues to roll through a festival circuit that has stopped in seemingly every city but their hometown of Chicago. The 25-minute comedy is about a disgraced avant-garde … Continue reading “Chicago-made ‘Curtains’ rolls through festival circuit”

LA-based director/writer Ashley Avis joins Backyard

The multi-disciplined pro offers the versatility and enthusiasm that have become the company’s hallmarks Busy commercial and feature director Ashley Avis has followed Managing Director Roy Skillicorn’s to Backyard Productions. The move complements the support that Skillicorn has shown Avis throughout her career and reinforces Backyard’s climb to the top. Avis has written and directed … Continue reading “LA-based director/writer Ashley Avis joins Backyard”

Andre Royo talks about “Beautiful Boy”

While offering profound insight about addiction, the star from “The Wire” becomes a most enjoyable interview at the Chicago International Film Fest Andre Royo spent a minute with Reel Chicago on the red carpet for Beautiful Boy during the Chicago International Film Festival last week. The actor who gained millions of fans during seven seasons … Continue reading “Andre Royo talks about “Beautiful Boy””

Framestore’s Chicago office, a year after the launch

With a growing client portfolio and a staff that includes “scientists, mathematicians, developers and engineers,” the Windy City outpost of the global company makes a dazzling Midwestern impression In the year since Framestore opened its Chicago office with a launch party at the Adler Planetarium last September, the company has more than lived up to … Continue reading “Framestore’s Chicago office, a year after the launch”

Chicago Int’l Film Fest releases Industry Days schedule

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”

Kartemquin to award $150k grants at 11/1 event

Luncheon to honor emerging documentary producers and acclaimed 2018 releases “America to Me” and “Minding the Gap” (Chicago, 24 September 2018) Kartemquin Films, the award-winning Chicago-based documentary not-for-profit organization, will for the first time announce recipients of $150,000 in grants for up to 15 films at the 2018 Kartemquin Films Empowering Truth Benefit Luncheon, taking … Continue reading “Kartemquin to award $150k grants at 11/1 event”

Getting reel with Kurt Fries, CCO of mcgarrybowen

“The job of creatives within this agency is to make me slightly uncomfortable.” —Kurt Fries   Last Summer, veteran advertising creative Kurt Fries took over as CCO for mcgarrybowen Chicago. Reel Chicago sat down with the affable creative leader to see how the year’s been.   Reel Chicago: So how did you get started in … Continue reading “Getting reel with Kurt Fries, CCO of mcgarrybowen”

Reeling LGBTQ+ Int’l Film Fest opens tomorrow

The program’s 31 features and 19 shorts — each one a Chicago premier — will screen through the 30th The 36th edition of Reeling — the world’s second-oldest LGBTQ film festival and a beloved Chicago cultural institution — will launch its presentation of 31 features and 19 shorts with a party and screening of Freelancers … Continue reading “Reeling LGBTQ+ Int’l Film Fest opens tomorrow”

Chicago Int’l Film Fest releases 54th annual lineup

Big-budget premieres, exquisite docs, thoughtful shorts, special events, and a deep well of unsung gems create the “stunning variety” of this year’s program The Chicago International Film Festival announced the majority the films screening over its 54th annual run at the AMC Theaters earlier today. Culling from more than 6,000 submissions — the highest in … Continue reading “Chicago Int’l Film Fest releases 54th annual lineup”

Roy Skillicorn returns to Backyard Productions

The former rep who helped put Chicago on the national production map while building a $50 million company brings it all back home. Roy Skillicorn is back leading Backyard Productions, the company he founded and guided for 20+ years, recently partnering with Kevin Allodi, President & CEO of Philo Media, which acquired Backyard in 2017. … Continue reading “Roy Skillicorn returns to Backyard Productions”

Director Michael Maes signs with Quriosity

Michael Maes is by far one of Chicago’s best food and product Photographer / Directors —Qadree Holmes, Quriosity Productions Chicago-based Quriosity Productions has added Michael Maes — a premier food and beverage director and photographer with clients spanning the globe — to its directorial roster. Inspired by a love of food, travel, and culture influence, … Continue reading “Director Michael Maes signs with Quriosity”

Craig Zadan, prolific stage, TV & film producer, has died

Producer of movie musicals “Chicago” and “Hairspray” and co-producer of NBC’s  “The Sound of Music Live!” dies of complications following surgery Craig Zadan, one of film and TV’s most prolific producers of musicals, has died at the age of 69. Zadan’s death was announced Tuesday by NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt, who called Zadan “my dear … Continue reading “Craig Zadan, prolific stage, TV & film producer, has died”

Global Mixx Forum announces 2018 lineup

“The World is Yours” — the 12th annual Global Mixx Music & Film Forum Presented by ComEd — announces music, film and keynote speaker lineup (Chicago — 17 July 2018) Global Mixx Media Group announces that Emmy award-winning television and film producer Rushion McDonald and Grammy-nominated producer and international DJ The Twilite Tone will be … Continue reading “Global Mixx Forum announces 2018 lineup”

Cow Lamp Films acquires “Welcome to Unity”

Midwest indie film distributor Cow Lamp Films presents the award-winning, instant classic that Sports Illustrated called, “touching and hilarious”   Imagine how crazy things may get when you put seven international exchange students, including two kids from Muslim backgrounds, into a Christian home in Unity, Oregon — a small rural American town. Literally filmed by … Continue reading “Cow Lamp Films acquires “Welcome to Unity””

Gatorade releases animated film about Lionel Messi

So Chicago-based Gatorade, TBWA\Chiat\Day LA and Gizmo have gone all kinds of Pixar on their target. And that’s not a bad thing. In fact, in the new emotionally packed animated short film, Heart of a Lio, which tells the tale of and Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi, it’s a very good thing. Messi is one of … Continue reading “Gatorade releases animated film about Lionel Messi”

The African Diaspora International Film Festival

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”

Reese Witherspoon helps build female film careers

The Oscar-winning actress has teamed up with Fresh Films and AT&T to create a summer filmmaking lab for teen females   Though women make up 50% of moviegoers, they represent only 17% of creators in Hollywood, outnumbered by men in most roles within film and TV production, from writing and cinematography to production and editing … Continue reading “Reese Witherspoon helps build female film careers”

Millennium Park Summer Film Series

Beginning June 5th, the Millennium Park Summer Film series will enhance the Tuesday night screenings that have become one of Chicago’s most beloved outdoor traditions. According to a press release issued by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), the movies will be “programmed in collaboration with a local independent film festival … Continue reading “Millennium Park Summer Film Series”

mcgarrybowen mints cryptocurrency backed by bacon

After 100 years of making bacon and hot dogs, Oscar Mayer is paving the way in the burgeoning cryptocurrency landscape by introducing “Bacoin,” the first-ever cryptocurrency backed by the gold standard of Oscar Mayer Bacon. Last week, the cold cuts and meat company announced it is giving away a limited amount of Bacoin that fans … Continue reading “mcgarrybowen mints cryptocurrency backed by bacon”

Chicago Critics Film Festival highlights, lineup

OPENING — Fast Color With Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Jordan Horowitz in attendance   CLOSING — Eighth Grade With filmmaker Bo Burnham in attendance     (Chicago, IL) 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, … Continue reading “Chicago Critics Film Festival highlights, lineup”

“Tigers Are Not Afraid” wins Latino audience choice

Stephen King calls the Del Toro-approved fairy tale directed by Issa López, “one terrific film, both tough and touching.” ”My name is Pedro” and “Cease Game” win for best documentary and best short     (Chicago — 25 April 25) – The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago announces the winners and runner-ups of the … Continue reading ““Tigers Are Not Afraid” wins Latino audience choice”

22nd annual Colcoa French Film Festival lineup announced

(Los Angeles — 22 April 2018) The Franco-American Cultural Fund announced the program for the 22nd Colcoa French Film Festival, which will run April 23-30 at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles. Showcasing a record 86 films, television series, digital series and VR programs, 75 of which will complete for the Colcoa Awards, … Continue reading “22nd annual Colcoa French Film Festival lineup announced”

Evolving talent agreements after Weinstein and #MeToo

If your cookware company was about to release a print campaign with Mario Batali’s face plastered all over it, the day after he issued his infamous cinnamon roll apology for sexual misconduct, there could be a big problem. Companies may have substantial funds and resources invested in projects or campaigns that must be shelved and/or … Continue reading “Evolving talent agreements after Weinstein and #MeToo”

Creative thinking stops at age 50? Think again.

The following essay originally appeared in Bob Hoffman’s blog, “The Ad Contrarian.” Walk into any ad agency in the world and in ten seconds something will become obvious. Everyone is young. While people over 50 comprise 42% of adults in the US, they comprise only 6% of agency employees. This is even more pronounced in … Continue reading “Creative thinking stops at age 50? Think again.”

Loyola U’s Sister Jean “On a Mission from God”

It is incredibly rare in this world for loving, humble, and kind seniors working hard in education to get the media attention they deserve on an international scale. Actually, for those seniors pushing 100, it is almost unheard of. That’s where the NCAA tournament and Loyola University Chicago’s journey to the Elite Eight comes in. … Continue reading “Loyola U’s Sister Jean “On a Mission from God””

Karabas, “Real Prayers,” “Make Out Party,” and more

RSA Films promotes Chris Karabas to executive producer Before the promotion, Chris Karabas was the Midwest representative for RSA Films. In his new role, Karabas is expected to utilize RSA Films’ resources to branch out into multiplatform storytelling – especially social media. Previously, Karabas worked for Shafer Antelis Music in the early 90s, was a … Continue reading “Karabas, “Real Prayers,” “Make Out Party,” and more”

Reel Women: Kamelya Alexan, Filmmaker

Born in Tehran, Iran, Kamelya Alexan moved to Chicago when she was five-years-old, where she was raised. Kamelya has worked on and completed over twenty-five projects including documentaries, shorts, music videos, and feature films such as The Dark Knight, Public Enemies, and The Express.   Her most recent film, Before the Fall, won Best Editing … Continue reading “Reel Women: Kamelya Alexan, Filmmaker”

David&Goliath triples CA lotto fun in new campaign

LA-based David&Goliath has launched a new campaign for California Lottery’s Triple Jackpot Scratchers that should have audiences seeing in threes. Helmed by renowned European director Bruce St. Clair and shot by Academy Award-nominated DP, Greig Fraser, “Triple The Feeling” lives up to its name, vividly bringing to life the idea of tripling your chances, anticipation … Continue reading “David&Goliath triples CA lotto fun in new campaign”

Chicago Advertising Awards 2018 winners

The Chicago Advertising Federation announced the winners of this year’s American Advertising Awards in a video posted to YouTube yesterday. Chicago’s largest shops were represented equally in the results, but mcgarrybowen emerged with the highest honors, winning Agency of the Year as well as Best of Show for Oscar Mayer’s For The Love of Hotdogs. … Continue reading “Chicago Advertising Awards 2018 winners”

Reel Women: Layne Marie Williams — Filmmaker

Layne Marie Williams is an award winning director / filmmaker currently located in Chicago, IL. She is the Founder/Executive Director of Women Of The Now, an all womxn collective producing media and events to empower and nourish womxn. Layne Marie is the CoFounder / Director of Development for The Women’s Film Festival in Philadelphia, PA. … Continue reading “Reel Women: Layne Marie Williams — Filmmaker”

Framestore, Music Box, “Anne and Andy,” and more

John Ridley Transforms Beer City into Film City According to Deadline, Oscar-winner John Ridley will team up with Milwaukee film organizations and studios to transform a former 40,000 square-foot Pabst Brewery into No Studios.   Ridley brings his depth of experience and history of excellence to Milwaukee. He has written, directed, and produced dozens of … Continue reading “Framestore, Music Box, “Anne and Andy,” and more”

Wolfgang L.A., Jimmy Kimmel & other West Coast news

TRUECar & Panda Express name Wolfgang of Los Angeles AOR Consider Venice Beach-based Wolfgang of L.A. on a roll. Since winning Halo Top in January, the agency/consultancy, formed by former David&Goliath execs, Mike Geiger, Seema Miller and Colin Jeffrey has added two more wins in the form of TRUECar and Panda Express to its client … Continue reading “Wolfgang L.A., Jimmy Kimmel & other West Coast news”

Leo B, Luci Creative, AICP in the news

Burnett & Samsung take home top commercial award from 16th annual Visual Effects Society Hot off the 70th annual Writers Guild Awards, comedian / author Patton Oswalt was back on the mic for the 16th annual Visual Effects Society Awards at the Beverly Hilton. Same location. Different awards. Wonder if he got a room. With … Continue reading “Leo B, Luci Creative, AICP in the news”

WGA Awards, Guillermo del Toro, weekend box office

“Get Out” and “Call Me By Your Name” win at WGA Awards “I’m your host Patton Oswalt or as Guillermo del Toro puts it, ‘The Shape of Pudding,’” said the comedian as he opened up his third year of hosting The 70th Annual Writers Guild Awards which took place simultaneously in Los Angeles at the … Continue reading “WGA Awards, Guillermo del Toro, weekend box office”

Laughlin Constable goes “Bucks” wild

A new, retro-flavored, funk-inspired campaign from Laughlin Constable’s in-house production company, Hive, should have Milwaukee Bucks fans cheering and dancing in their arm chairs. With energetic editing, existing footage, and a bouncy, in-your-face, Samuel Jackson style voice-over (Eddie Faura), the work helps the team make a convincing case that they are set to revisit the … Continue reading “Laughlin Constable goes “Bucks” wild”

Angelina Jolie, DGA Awards, Box Office, SNL in the news

  Angelina Jolie wins at Annie’s The Vince Lombardi trophy wasn’t the only award handed out this weekend. In Los Angeles, The Directors Guild of America and The Annie Awards honored their own for excellence in directing in film and television and animation, respectively Angelina Jolie wore a silver gown and brought two of her … Continue reading “Angelina Jolie, DGA Awards, Box Office, SNL in the news”

SAG Awards, PGA Awards, Midnight Oil, Halo in the news

SAG Awards tee up “Three Billboards” for Oscar run Sunday night, the SAG Awards made it very clear that Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a frontrunner for the Oscars. Chicago-born Frances McDormand was named Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture. In the film, McDormand portrays Mildred Hayes, a distraught mother … Continue reading “SAG Awards, PGA Awards, Midnight Oil, Halo in the news”

Chicagocentric “Big Sick” wins Critics Choice Award

Chicago once again proved that the city possesses a great wealth of talent as comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani and wife, writer Emily V. Gordon, took home Best Comedy for their addictive interracial romantic comedy, The Big Sick, at the 233rd Annual Critics Choice Awards in Los Angeles. The awards are bestowed annually by the … Continue reading “Chicagocentric “Big Sick” wins Critics Choice Award”

Escape Pod, Cutters, Periscope: hires and promotions

The Escape Pod promotes Celia Jones to Chief Executive Officer Celia Jones has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer at The Escape Pod. Jones, who joined the Chicago-based independent agency as Brand Director in June 2016, will concentrate on growth, integrated capabilities, new revenue, and recruitment. She will report to Norm Bilow, Co-founder and Managing … Continue reading “Escape Pod, Cutters, Periscope: hires and promotions”

Reel LA: Doner, Deutsch, PGA, WGA in the news

Doner LA feasts on Del Monte Doner LA is starting off its 2018 pretty much the same way it ended its 2017 – with a win. The shop has now been named lead agency for California-based Del Monte Foods, one of the nation’s largest producers, distributors and marketers of premium quality, branded food products, following … Continue reading “Reel LA: Doner, Deutsch, PGA, WGA in the news”

gyro creates first Sentry spot in over 30 years

In 1984, Ronald Reagan was president. Marvin Gaye passed away. Terms of Endearment won the Oscar for Best Picture. The Celtics beat the Lakers in seven exciting games, and Prince had a little-known hit song called Purple Rain. It’s also around the last time Wisconsin-based Sentry Insurance aired a TV spot. In late December, Sentry … Continue reading “gyro creates first Sentry spot in over 30 years”

Chaz Ebert cohosts “STEP” screening at DePaul

Chaz Ebert cohosted a sold-out screening of the award-winning documentary, STEP, with DePaul University at the school’s CDM Theatre on Saturday afternoon. Following a year in the lives of a small group of high school seniors who are members of the step team at the Baltimore Leadership School for Girls (BLSG), the film celebrates the … Continue reading “Chaz Ebert cohosts “STEP” screening at DePaul”

Female filmmakers win big at the BMAs

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

Siskel to host “On Location” program during construction

Taking a cue from loyal patrons, the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago will begin making extensive renovations and technical upgrades to its State St. facility on Friday, Dec. 1. The process will continue through Thursday, Jan. 4. Theater 1 and Theater 2 will have the 17-year-old seats … Continue reading “Siskel to host “On Location” program during construction”

AFI Closes with tribute to Aaron Sorkin

The 50th annual American Film Institute Festival came to a resounding close last Thursday night with a moving tribute at The Chinese Theater for writer/director Aaron Sorkin and his new (and directorial debut) film, Molly’s Game. AFI programming director, Jacqueline Lyanga, kicked off the tribute with a moving speech. “As Sorkin embarks on this next … Continue reading “AFI Closes with tribute to Aaron Sorkin”

“The Tale of Four” speaks to everyone

Truth, love, and dignity are just a few of the issues addressed in the 20-minute short film, “The Tale of Four,” directed by Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe (Empire, Precious), and completed with the expertise of Beast / CO3 / Method Chicago. Tracking the lives of four African-American women who live in the same apartment building, … Continue reading ““The Tale of Four” speaks to everyone”