Pritzker announces commitment to digital equity

0 Governor JB Pritzker announced a new Digital Equity Package, enlisting state, local, nonprofit and philanthropic support to address gaps in digital access, adoption, and affordability for high-speed internet access. The comprehensive approach is designed to help communities identify and address existing broadband equity gaps, as well as to leverage new and existing sources of … Continue reading “Pritzker announces commitment to digital equity”

Gov. Pritzker Launches ‘Healthy Holidays to You’

1+ With a new wave of COVID-19 sweeping the nation and concerning trends here in Illinois, Governor JB Pritzker launched a new awareness campaign. ‘Healthy Holidays to You’ created by O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul encourages residents to take safety precautions throughout the upcoming holiday season to protect themselves and their families — and ultimately save lives.  The … Continue reading “Gov. Pritzker Launches ‘Healthy Holidays to You’”

Gov Pritzker and OKRP launch $5 M awareness campaign

1+ Governor JB Pritzker and OKRP launched a new $5 million awareness campaign today to encourage Illinois residents to wear a face covering every time they’re in public — because it only works if you wear it. Following the data-driven approach that has guided Illinois’ coronavirus response, the campaign uses local information to advertise on … Continue reading “Gov Pritzker and OKRP launch $5 M awareness campaign”

Gov Pritzker announces $300k to support broadband

1+ State of Illinois announces $300,000 public private investment to support community-driven broadband plans.New Illinois Connected Communities program will foster community engagement and planning for broadband access, adoption, and utilization across Illinois. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Office of Broadband today announced the first recipients of the Illinois Connected Communities grant program, created … Continue reading “Gov Pritzker announces $300k to support broadband”

Pritzker launches ‘Get Hired’ website for jobs and training

3+ Governor JB Pritzker, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and the Illinois Department of Employment Services (IDES) today launched Get Hired Illinois – a new portal designed to connect workers with available jobs and career training opportunities across the state of Illinois. Governor Pritzker also announced that beginning in June, Illinois … Continue reading “Pritzker launches ‘Get Hired’ website for jobs and training”

Pritzker and Wellington the Penguin in ‘All In Illinois’ PSA

3+ Governor JB Pritzker got some help from Wellington the Penguin and several other friends at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium in a new All in Illinois video that reinforces the message for families and children to stay home and practice social distancing. The 60-second social media video features the Governor and Shedd’s iconic aquatic resident, Wellington … Continue reading “Pritzker and Wellington the Penguin in ‘All In Illinois’ PSA”

Pritzker mandates shutdown of public events over 1,000

2+ Today in a formal announcement, Illinois Gov JB Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot have join other states by placing restrictions on large gatherings. Pritzker asked that events of 250 people or more be postponed or cancelled. He then further mandated that all events of more than 1,000 people are banned in an effort … Continue reading “Pritzker mandates shutdown of public events over 1,000”

Pritzker’s “Louis” tour starts here Aug. 25

Professional musician Daniel Pritzker has written and directed “Louis,” a black-and-white silent film with a live musical performance that starts its five-city tour in Chicago Aug. 25 at Symphony Hall.

Jazz legend Wynton Marsalis, renowned pianist Cecile Licad and a 10-piece, all-star jazz ensemble accompanies the film with a score comprised primarily of Marsalis’ own compositions.

“Louis” is a 68-minute re-imagining of the early silent films, complete with title card dialog, as an homage to Louis Armstrong, Charlie Chaplin, beautiful women and the birth of American music.

2112 partners with Comcast Business on a Startup Studio

0 2112, Chicago’s business incubator focused on the development of entrepreneurs in creative industries, has partnered with Comcast Business on the development of a Startup Studio, with additional support provided by Shure, Wintrust, Hughes Foundation, and Karp Designs. Conceived to support the transition to digital in response to COVID-19, the studio will provide free access … Continue reading “2112 partners with Comcast Business on a Startup Studio”

Jon McDaniel, Wolfgang Puck pair for masterclass

2+ This is tasty. On November 19, 2020, Provence Rosé Group (PRG) will present “A Perfect Pairing,” a special virtual Thanksgiving and rosé wine event featuring Food & Wine Magazine’s 2018 Sommelier of the Year and Chicago’s Jon McDaniel and renowned chef Wolfgang Puck. The announcement was made today by PRG CEO Bob Gaudreau. Live from the kitchen … Continue reading “Jon McDaniel, Wolfgang Puck pair for masterclass”

CIFF selects four IL film projects for “The Pitch”

1+ The 56th Chicago International Film Festival announced a slate of four narrative feature film projects in active development that will be pitched live in front of a virtual audience and a panel of distinguished industry judges during the Festival’s Industry Days on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020.  Now in its sixth year, The Pitch at Industry Days has established itself as a leading industry showcase spotlighting bold, original work from the Chicago region. Past projects from The Pitch at Industry Days have gone onto completion, including Jennifer Reader’s Signature Move, and two films showing at last year’s Chicago International Film Festival: Knives and Skin, also directed by Jennifer Reeder, and Haroula Rose’s Once Upon a River. This year’s filmmakers represent a diversity of voices that continue to reinforce the breadth and vitality of Chicago-area filmmakers and projects: from a sci-fi comedy horror film set in the suburbs to a drama set along the Mexico-American border, to the story of a sexual assault within a Black community and an estranged daughter in an Iraqi-American family who impersonates her recently deceased father. See below for loglines. The winning pitch receives an awards package of in-kind goods and services worth tens of thousands of dollars. Contributors include Keslow Camera, IFA Chicago and The Story Stage at CineSpace, Chicago Media Angels, Ramo Law PC, and the Sundance Institute. “Right now, during the pandemic, it’s the perfect time to develop, workshop, hone, and fine-tune feature film projects and make them great,” said Chicago International Film Festival and Industry Days Senior Programmer Anthony Kaufman. “The Pitch is a terrific way for the Festival to support and encourage local filmmakers and help push their projects forward.” This year’s Pitch will be hosted by IFA Chicago Executive Director and producer Angie Gaffney, and this year’s jury includes: Bronwyn Cornelius, producer of Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner Clemency; Ilyse McKimmie, Deputy Director for Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program; and Yvonne Huff Lee, co-CEO of Lagralane Group. The selected projects for 2020’s The Pitch at Industry Days are: Anchor Baby After witnessing his father nearly beat a Mexican immigrant to death while patrolling the desert border, a thirteen-year-old boy growing up in the Arizona Border Militia finds solace in an unlikely place — the arms of the new undocumented migrant girl in town. Screenwriter: Anna Hozian Director: Danny Mooney Producer: Dale Armin Johnson Go to the Body After Sanaa, a rising racial justice organizer, is sexually assaulted by a fellow activist, she tries to push past her trauma and return to her normal life. The only thing standing in the way is her fianceé, Kendrick, an overprotective boxer who has his own idea of justice. Writer/Director: Kyra Jones Producer: Angellic Ross Invasion of the … Continue reading “CIFF selects four IL film projects for “The Pitch””

State of IL gives U of I Research Park an SBA FAST Grant

1+ The State of Illinois announced that Enterprise Works, the tech incubator at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Research Park, has been awarded a competitive grant through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to support the growth and development of tech companies across the state. The university-based tech hub is one of 24 awardees … Continue reading “State of IL gives U of I Research Park an SBA FAST Grant”

OKRP Lottery campaign shows “You Can’t Hide Winning”

0 The Illinois Lottery is extending its highly successful ‘You Can’t Hide Winning’, integrated marketing campaign from agency O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul to add additional support for the introduction of new instant tickets for the summer of 2020. The advertising first started in July and helped to support Instant Ticket sales growth of 10% in the … Continue reading “OKRP Lottery campaign shows “You Can’t Hide Winning””

The 36th Chicago Latino Film Festival goes virtual

1+ The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago announced that the 36th Chicago Latino Film Festival will shift to a virtual format and will take place from September 18-27. The Festival was originally scheduled for April 16-30 at the AMC River East 21 Theatres, but was postponed on March 13th when Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot … Continue reading “The 36th Chicago Latino Film Festival goes virtual”

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

1+ 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 … Continue reading “Chicago Int’l Film Festival’s Industry Days goes virtual”

Chicago launches free high-speed internet to CPS students

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

Next phase & beyond protocols, guidelines & what’s next

4+ The State of  Illinois and City of Chicago are now operating in Phase 3 of their respective reopening plans and there is a lot of film production news and information to share. In addition to the Chicago and Illinois Film Offices issuing Phase 3 film production guidelines, last Friday, SAG-AFTRA, DGA, IATSE, and the Teamsters released “The Safe Way Forward”, COVID 19 … Continue reading “Next phase & beyond protocols, guidelines & what’s next”

‘Graduation 2020: For Chicago. By Chicago’ lineup

2+ Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today announced the lineup of Chicago and national celebrities who have come together to celebrate and pay tribute to the over 35,000 graduating high school seniors across Chicago. “Graduation 2020: For Chicago. By Chicago.” is a live, commercial-free 60-minute ceremony hosted and co-created by the City of Chicago and Citadel … Continue reading “‘Graduation 2020: For Chicago. By Chicago’ lineup”

DCASE announces ‘Millennium Park at Home’

1+ Millennium Park at Home begins Memorial Day weekend with House Music, Gospel Music and Blues Music concerts to launch the new online series of music, arts and recreation programming. Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced new virtual events for everyone missing Millennium Park’s renowned cultural programming. The new online … Continue reading “DCASE announces ‘Millennium Park at Home’”