Picture North soars on epic African Adventure

1+ What is Ol Malo? Chicago-based Picture North has released the answer in the form of a jaw-droppingly beautiful new film for the Kenya-based safari and helicopter adventure company. You got it, the name is Ol Malo. Ol Malo is an immersive experience, connected to the local Samburu tribe who play a pivotal role in … Continue reading “Picture North soars on epic African Adventure”

Picture North teams up with Patrick Mahomes

0 Picture North and director Martin Rodahl get fans excited for 2020 NFL season with Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Leading up to the 2020 NFL season kickoff, production company Picture North and director Martin Rodahl have collaborated with client BioSteel, a sports nutrition and hydration company making inroads into the US market, to … Continue reading “Picture North teams up with Patrick Mahomes”

Director Ryan Patrick joins friends at Picture North

0 LA-based director Ryan Patrick, known for his comedy and choreography chops, joins the Picture North family, formalizing a relationship over a decade in the making. Director Ryan Patrick’s history with Picture North’s Executive Producers Neha Datt Schultz and Martin Rodahl goes back to his college days at Northwestern University where all three majored in film … Continue reading “Director Ryan Patrick joins friends at Picture North”

Picture North debuts new Special Olympics PSA

6+ Director Martin Rodahl and Picture North continue their decade-long relationship with Special Olympics Illinois with their 2019 fundraising PSA Listen to the Mustn’ts. Weaving together small glimpses of an athlete’s life from infant to champion and incorporating a Shel Silverstein poem by the same title, the PSA provides a lens into the doubts people … Continue reading “Picture North debuts new Special Olympics PSA”

Picture North hires editor Talia Pasqua

4+ The Chicago native with the expansive reel becomes the production and post company’s first full-time editor After freelancing for several years, Talia Pasqua has found a home for her versatility and emotive touch at Picture North. As the company’s first full-time editor, she represents a significant landmark in Picture North’s history. Executive producers Martin … Continue reading “Picture North hires editor Talia Pasqua”

Picture North gets hot with FCB, Jack Daniel’s

3+ Director Nate Camponi turns up the heat with distillery workers, who also volunteer as firefighters, at Jack Daniel’s in Tennessee. On a cold winter morning in Tennessee, Picture North and FCB Chicago teamed up with the local distillery workers at Jack Daniel’s to fight fire with fire. Every bottle of Jack Fire helps the … Continue reading “Picture North gets hot with FCB, Jack Daniel’s”

Picture North expands international roster of directors

3+ The globe-trotting Chicago and LA-based production company racks up more award-winning talent, top-tier clients, and hard-earned airline miles (Chicago — 11 October 2018) Production company Picture North, formerly 71 Degrees North, has rebranded and added Nate Camponi, Nic & Sune, Jake Zalutsky, and Markus Bader to its director roster. This collective joins director and … Continue reading “Picture North expands international roster of directors”

Northwestern’s Block Museum debuts new branding

4+ New logo, videos, website and social media celebrate how “every inch of the museum offers a new creative opportunity”   (Evantson, IL — 30 October 2018) Over the past few years The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University has consistently presented its audiences with surprising and innovative projects, rooted in original, interdisciplinary research. … Continue reading “Northwestern’s Block Museum debuts new branding”

Talking Pictures Festival place for many local films

Talking Pictures Festival founding directors Ines Sommer and Kathy Berger of Percolator Films are documentarians themselves. Their Beneath the Blindfold, about local and international torture survivors, premiered in January at the Gene Siskel Film Center.   “Yet it felt a bit unconventional to open our film fest with a documentary this year,” Sommer says.

Party launches Evanston’s Talking Pictures Fest

A PRE-FEST PARTY Feb. 23 launches Percolator Films’ 4th annual Talking Pictures Festival from 7-10 p.m. at the Hilton Orrington Hotel’s Indigo Lounge, 1710 Orrington Avenue in Evanston.  Talking Pictures Festival runs March 8-11.

In honor of International Women’s Day, the festival opens with Léa Pool’s timely Canadian documentary Pink Ribbons, Inc., an exposé on the saturated marketing campaigns and administration-heavy budgets of breast cancer advocacy group Susan G. Komen For the Cure. 

Urban Pictures’ actioner “Hostage” gets April 1 West Side theatre premiere

The third feature film from independent production company Urban Pictures premieres April 1 at Inner City Entertainment’s Lawndale Theater.

Devin Wesley stars as a former cop who single-handedly takes on a gang of extortionists who hold hostage an entire mall. Keith Mayberry, also known as Silk of the triple-platinum-selling hip-hop group Out Here Brothers, plays the gang leader.

“‘Hostage’ is an urban version of a ‘Die Hard’ or an ‘Under Siege,'” said producer William Pierce.

North Side dentist learns the pain of filmmaking with first indie film

Jet Chiranand just finished post for “Kyle & Heidi,” the feature he made at his dental office Celebrity Smiles.

The voice of America’s overlooked healthcare population

4+ Picture North helps nonprofit managed care org Community Health Choice build a new platform for its members to speak Director Jake Zalutsky and Production and Editorial company Picture North have released their latest campaign for client Community Health Choice through Texas-based agency Langrand. For the underserved population of Texas, Community Health Choice has been … Continue reading “The voice of America’s overlooked healthcare population”

FCB Chicago promotes Lisa Bright to EVP, ECD

3+ New executive creative director has been recognized as one of the most creative women in advertising Congratulations are in order for FCB Chicago’s Lisa Bright. The agency announced she has been promoted to EVP, ECD. In this role, she will continue to report to FCB Chicago’s chief creative officer Liz Taylor, while overseeing all … Continue reading “FCB Chicago promotes Lisa Bright to EVP, ECD”

‘Echo Boomers’ picked up by Saban Films

2+ The Chicago Feature Echo Boomers has found its home with Saban Films. The company has acquired the North American distribution rights to Seth Savoy’s directorial debut before the opening of the Toronto film market. The term “echo boomer” stands synonymous with millennial. Disillusioned by a world where economic odds seem stacked against them, the … Continue reading “‘Echo Boomers’ picked up by Saban Films”

Meet the brains behind Mind Exchange Music

8+ As productions across the globe come to a halt during the COVID-19 pandemic, most filmmakers have found themselves with a lot of time on their hands. Some have turned to sourdough bread baking and Tiger King, while others have decided to revisit back-burnered personal projects. Around the country, temporarily shelved footage has been brought … Continue reading “Meet the brains behind Mind Exchange Music”

New Normal: October, in their new production landscape

2+ Editor’s Note: The world changed right before our very eyes. We now work, live, exercise and entertain ourselves in our homes. This is the new normal. In this new on-going series, we check in on ad agencies, production companies, post-houses, and anyone else who wants to talk about their personal experiences during this coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. … Continue reading “New Normal: October, in their new production landscape”

REEL WOMEN: Independent Filmmaker, Grace Pisula

8+ Editor’s Note: They are leaders. They are inspirational. They are mentors. They are visionaries. They are, quite frankly, badasses. They are our 2020 Reel Women During Women’s History Month, you will be able to meet these incredible personalities in Advertising, Entertainment, Media and Production. Get ready. Grace is a Polish-American filmmaker native to the … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: Independent Filmmaker, Grace Pisula”