The Reel Black List: Rhyan LaMarr, Filmmaker

11+ You know that crazy dream you had last night? Rhyan LaMarr could make it happen in reality. He’s been a director since high school, with more than ten years of experience producing films including long-form music videos, features, shorts, reality shows, and programs. Rhyan recently completed directing his third feature film, Canal Street. An … Continue reading “The Reel Black List: Rhyan LaMarr, Filmmaker”

Rhyan LaMarr’s journey to “Canal Street”

12+ On his way to becoming one of the hottest young filmmakers in America, Rhyan LaMarr has proven just about every self-motivational cliché in the book. He was raised by divorced parents who struggled in two separate households, went to a high school where almost nobody looked like him, buried more friends then he cares … Continue reading “Rhyan LaMarr’s journey to “Canal Street””

Gandhi’s journey from Google search to first feature

4+ Chicago’s Ravin Gandhi made many people think he was crazy for shooting 100 Days to Live, an award-winning, suicide-based thriller debuting this week on Amazon, Apple and several other platforms. After pitching the film in 2017, the fledgling writer/director decided not only to finance the script that he had written, but also to temporarily … Continue reading “Gandhi’s journey from Google search to first feature”

Elijah McKinnon, Executive Director, OTV

7+ Multi-talented artist, advocate, and creative leader Elijah McKinnon — who is from the future — joins the 2020 Reel Chicago Black List, an annual celebration of African-American creativity published during Black History Month. The Reel Chicago Black List includes Global Mixx founder Mary Datcher, House Music pioneer Vince Lawrence, and filmmaker Rhyan LaMarr. To … Continue reading “Elijah McKinnon, Executive Director, OTV”

Leah Chamberg, writer, content strategist

33+ Writer and strategist Leah Chamberg joins the 2020 edition of Reel Chicago Black List, an annual celebration of African-American creativity published during Black History Month. The Reel Chicago Black List includes Global Mixx founder Mary Datcher, McDonald’s US Marketing Director Lizette Williams, and filmmaker Rhyan LaMarr. To view the archives, click here. Chicagoan Leah … Continue reading “Leah Chamberg, writer, content strategist”

Craig J. Harris, producer, actor, writer, stuntman

4+ Versatile film pro Craig J. Harris joins the 2020 edition of Reel Chicago Black List, an annual celebration of African-American creativity published during Black History Month. The Reel Chicago Black List includes Global Mixx founder Mary Datcher, McDonald’s US Marketing Director Lizette Williams, and filmmaker Rhyan LaMarr. To view the archives, click here. Craig … Continue reading “Craig J. Harris, producer, actor, writer, stuntman”

Ramone Hulet, creative producer

8+ Chicago-based producer Ramone Hulet joins the 2020 edition of Reel Chicago Black List, an annual celebration of African-American creativity published during Black History Month. The Reel Chicago Black List includes Global Mixx founder Mary Datcher, McDonald’s US Marketing Director Lizette Williams, and filmmaker Rhyan LaMarr. To view the archives, click here. Ramone Hulet is … Continue reading “Ramone Hulet, creative producer”

Glenance Green, Deputy Director, Free Spirit Media

5+ Glenance Green, Deputy Director of Free Spirit Media, joins the 2020 Reel Chicago Black List, a celebration of African-American creativity published during Black History Month. The Reel Chicago Black List includes Global Mixx founder Mary Datcher, McDonald’s US Marketing Director Lizette Williams, and filmmaker Rhyan LaMarr. To view the archives, click here. Glenance Green … Continue reading “Glenance Green, Deputy Director, Free Spirit Media”

Rebecca F. Williams, VP/Group Creative Director, Burrell

7+ Rebecca F. Williams, VP/Group Creative Director at Burrell Communications, joins the 2020 Reel Chicago Black List, a celebration of African-American creativity published during Black History Month. The Reel Chicago Black List includes Global Mixx founder Mary Datcher, McDonald’s US Marketing Director Lizette Williams, and filmmaker Rhyan LaMarr. To view the archives, click here. Rebecca … Continue reading “Rebecca F. Williams, VP/Group Creative Director, Burrell”

Victoria Lee, writer, creator, cellist

5+ Victoria Lee, director and producer, joins the 2020 edition of Reel Chicago Black List, an annual celebration of African-American creativity published during Black History Month. The Reel Chicago Black List includes Global Mixx founder Mary Datcher, McDonald’s US Marketing Director Lizette Williams, and filmmaker Rhyan LaMarr. To view the archives, click here. Writer, creator … Continue reading “Victoria Lee, writer, creator, cellist”

Zanah Thirus, producer + director

5+ Zanah Thirus, director and producer, joins the 2020 edition of Reel Chicago Black List, an annual celebration of African-American creativity published during Black History Month. The Reel Chicago Black List includes Global Mixx founder Mary Datcher, McDonald’s US Marketing Director Lizette Williams, and filmmaker Rhyan LaMarr. To view the archives, click here. Zanah Thirus … Continue reading “Zanah Thirus, producer + director”

Jay Thomas, marketing executive

10+ Jay Thomas, Account Director for Equator Design, joins the 2020 edition of Reel Chicago Black List, an annual celebration of African-American creativity published during Black History Month. The Reel Chicago Black List includes ‘The Chi’ cast member LaDonna Tittle, house music pioneer Vince Lawrence, and filmmaker Rhyan LaMarr. To view the archives, click here. … Continue reading “Jay Thomas, marketing executive”

Stephanie Jeter, filmmaker

7+ Stephanie Jeter, filmmaker and co-founder of OTV Studio, joins the 2020 edition of Reel Chicago Black List, an annual celebration of African-American creativity published during Black History Month. The Reel Chicago Black List includes ‘The Chi’ cast member LaDonna Tittle, house music pioneer Vince Lawrence, and filmmaker Rhyan LaMarr. To view the archives, click … Continue reading “Stephanie Jeter, filmmaker”

Mary Datcher, founder, Global Mixx Music & Film Forum

9+ Mary Datcher, founder of the annual Global Mixx Music & Film Forum, joins the 2020 edition of Reel Chicago Black List, an annual celebration of African-American creativity published during Black History Month. The Reel Chicago Black List includes ‘The Chi’ cast member LaDonna Tittle, house music pioneer Vince Lawrence, and filmmaker Rhyan LaMarr. To … Continue reading “Mary Datcher, founder, Global Mixx Music & Film Forum”

Reel Black List: Phil Lee, editor, director, Spin Artist

9+ Phil Lee, director and editor at Spin Artist, joins the 2020 edition of Reel Chicago Black List, an annual celebration of African-American creativity published during Black History Month. The Reel Chicago Black List includes ‘The Chi’ cast member LaDonna Tittle, house music pioneer Vince Lawrence, and filmmaker Rhyan LaMarr. To view the archives, click … Continue reading “Reel Black List: Phil Lee, editor, director, Spin Artist”

Lizette Williams, Sr. Director, McDonald’s U.S. Marketing

6+ Lizette Williams, Senior Director, Brand & Content Strategy, U.S. Marketing, is the third honoree to be featured in the 2020 edition of Reel Chicago Black List, an annual celebration of African-American creativity published during Black History Month. She joins an esteemed group of artists, entrepreneurs and innovators that includes ‘The Chi’ cast member LaDonna … Continue reading “Lizette Williams, Sr. Director, McDonald’s U.S. Marketing”

Colorist Jennifer Gaida makes The Colonie a one-stop shop

5+ The Colonie continues to grow its roster of talent and services with the addition of Colorist Jennifer Gaida. The hiring of the creative and technically savvy talent marks the launch of the Chicago-based company’s new color grading division, rounding out the one-stop editing, design, and postproduction boutique’s full-roster of high-end services and talent. Gaida … Continue reading “Colorist Jennifer Gaida makes The Colonie a one-stop shop”

Reel Black List: Anita Luckett – artist manager, producer

12+ The producer of “Canal Street” has provided career assistance for the likes of Halle Berry, Tika Sumpter, Darren Criss, and Rhyan LaMarr Anita Luckett, known for her grace and Kre8tivity, has achieved success as an Artist Manager and Producer. After graduating from Columbia College, the native Chicagoan took her education, charm, and work ethic … Continue reading “Reel Black List: Anita Luckett – artist manager, producer”

Chicago helps grow diversity in Illinois productions

11+ Women and minorities represented 53% of all crew hires reported in 2017, according to a January 25 press release issued by the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity. The amount marks a new record for diversity in the state’s film industry. “These productions generated $423 million in estimated Illinois spending,” the document continues, … Continue reading “Chicago helps grow diversity in Illinois productions”