Film Independent Spirit Awards announces nominations

Film Independent announced nominations for the 2021 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Not just another pretty face on the awards circuit, the Spirit Awards are the primary fundraiser for the nonprofit Film Independent’s year-round slate of programs, which cultivate the careers of emerging filmmakers and promote diversity and inclusion in the industry. Film Independent President Josh … Continue reading “Film Independent Spirit Awards announces nominations”

Music Box tops distributors in Spirit Awards nods

Chicago-based Music Box Films leads independents distributors Film Independent’s Spirit Awards with seven nominations, behind only Fox Searchlight’s nine nominations in overall totals.

This puts the five-year old company ahead of such iconic specialty distributors as IFC Films, Focus Features, and Sony Pictures Classics, which tie for third place with six nominations each.

‘The Interrupters’ wins Best Doc at Spirit Awards

The elation producers Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz felt when their Kartemquin Films’ “The Interrupters” won the Spirit Awards Saturday for Best Documentary was surely mixed with sweet satisfaction for the Oscar doc nomination snub.

“Look, the Oscars, we were surprised and a little disappointed (not to be nominated), but the film has done remarkably, and this makes up for that,” James told the Tribune’s Mark Caro.

List of nominees for the 63rd Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards Dec 5

The 63rd Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards will be a virtual presentation held on Sunday, December 5 at 7:00 pm. Comedian Pat McGann, the South Side Chicago native who hosted the Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards in 2016 and 2020, returns to emcee the show this year and legendary Bob Newhart is expected to make a guest appearance. The virtual presentation … Continue reading “List of nominees for the 63rd Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards Dec 5”

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”

Gerety Awards announces new deadline and new category

The Gerety Awards 2021 deadline has been extended until April 30 and a new category for humour is announced. The humour category will celebrate the best in advertising humour. Funny advertising becomes a part of popular culture. Just like Whassup for Budweiser by DDB Worldwide Chicago or Betty White’s spot from the campaign “You are not you when you are … Continue reading “Gerety Awards announces new deadline and new category”

City of Chicago awards $2m in CityArts Program grants

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced the recipients of the 2020 CityArts Program grants. This year, the CityArts Program is awarding general operating grants between $2,000 to $30,000 – and special project grants ranging from $2,500 to $56,200 – to 191 nonprofit organizations for a total … Continue reading “City of Chicago awards $2m in CityArts Program grants”

Telly Awards kick off 41st call for entries

Content competition introduces new categories while seeking submissions from creators of all regions and languages Following its 40th anniversary as the world’s largest honor for video and television content across all screens, The Telly Awards today opened its annual call for entries, offering several exciting new categories that signal the continued growth in creative approaches … Continue reading “Telly Awards kick off 41st call for entries”

Chicago shops score at the Telly Awards

AbelsonTaylor, Daily Planet, Delack, KemperLesnik, Mimi, rEvolution, Richter Studios, Spirit Juice, Strange Loop among 2019 winners The Telly Awards announced this year’s winners on May 21. Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019, the awards represent the world’s largest honor for video and television content across all screens. Entries were judged by jury members from creative … Continue reading “Chicago shops score at the Telly Awards”

The 2018 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards

The 60th annual celebration of the standard bearers for excellence in the television broadcasting industry   The 2018 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, Chicago Ballroom, 540 N. Michigan.       The Nominees Outstanding Achievement for News Programming – Evening Newscast: Larger … Continue reading “The 2018 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards”

NYC-based Athena Advertising Awards go global

FCB’s Liz Taylor and 3% Movement’s Kat Gordon announced that the femme-focused advertising competition is now open to women around the world   During a presentation at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, FCB Chicago’s Chief Creative Officer Liz Taylor and 3% Movement founder Kat Gordon announced that the Athena Advertising Awards are going global … Continue reading “NYC-based Athena Advertising Awards go global”

Rocket Film, Telly Awards, Daufenbach in the news

Rocket Film signs Dawn Rao and Sam Sloma Rocket Films announced on Halloween that Chicagoans Dawn Rao and Sam Sloma will handle Midwest representation for the bicoastal production company. The appointment coincides with the signing of Tracy Fetterman and Jeanie DiMaggio, who will handle West Coast representation. In addition to wielding a roster of directors … Continue reading “Rocket Film, Telly Awards, Daufenbach in the news”

Laughlin Constable wins big at Milwaukee 99 Awards

Laughlin Constable’s “Best of Show” for Lambeau Field Supper Club Installation at the annual United Adworkers 2017 Milwaukee 99 Awards was one of several victories claimed by the agency during the Oct. 13 event. Described by LC as “a major focal point of Travel Wisconsin’s marketing efforts,” the Supper Club Installation offers the look and … Continue reading “Laughlin Constable wins big at Milwaukee 99 Awards”

400+ entries in 2016 ADDY Awards, March 16 at MBC

Some 225 attendees are expected to attend the annual AAF Chicago Advertising Awards – the Chicago ADDYS — March 16 at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, presented by the Chicago Ad Federation.

For at least the past 30 years, its mission has been to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising.

Jerry Springer to host 55th Emmy Awards show Nov. 3

TV staple Jerry Springer, returning to Chicago after a four year absence, is the surprising – and always controversial — host of the 55th Annual Chicago/Midwest Emmy awards ceremony to be held Nov. 3 at the Alhambra Palace, in the West Loop.

The decision to invite Springer by the Chicago/Midwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), however, was not eagerly embraced by all members of the committee that proposed him. 

Capacity crowd for May 16 AICE Awards, tix going fast!

BUY YOUR AICE TICKETS NOW as the national Awards Show is reaching space capacity, advises Optimus’ Tom Duff, AICE Chicago chapter. The show will be held Thursday, May 16, throughout the entire Museum of Broadcast Communications: cocktail reception on the third floor, awards presentations on the fourth floor, and after-party on the second floor.

Dennis Farina to appear at MWFF’S Best Awards Dec. 6

VETERAN ACTOR DENNIS FARINA and director Joe Maggio of indie feature “The Last Rites of Joe May,” will be special guests at the Midwest Independent Film Festival’s Best of the Midwest Awards Dec. 6 at Rockit Bar & Grill.  “The Last Rites” is a contender for a BMA award. 

Actor David Pasquesi, whose newspaper editor character on “Boss” was screwed out of his job by the mayor’s people, will also attend, along with just about everyone else in town, myself included.

Cannes do spirit paid off Hughly

In the film biz, dreams often do come true. When writer-director Hugh Schulze and producer Stacey Evenson first began working on Shulze’s short film in 2007, their avowed goal was to see the film at the Cannes film festival one day.

That day arrive at this year’s Cannes festival in which their “Arc of a Bird” was screened in the Short Film Corner.

Shulze and Evenson spent last week at the festival. “It was thrilling and overwhelming, so much to see and do, network, and still stay on schedule,” Evenson said upon her return after a week in France Tuesday.

TV actors Elizabeth Moss, Sam Riley take Q&As at IFP Spirit screenings

Hardy souls braved freezing temperatures to attend a series of IFP/Midwest-sponsored screenings at Columbia College that presented films in 15 candidates vying for this year’s Independent Spirit Awards.

Awards will be made in three categories: Best Documentary, Best First Feature, and Best Film made for under $500,000. IFP members have until Feb. 17 to mail their ballots.

L.A. actors Elizabeth Moss and Sam Riley conducted a Q&A session after the Feb.

“I’m Not There:” Director Todd Haynes talks about his fractured biography of Bob Dylan’s personas

Todd Haynes’ fractured Bob Dylan biopic “I’m Not There,” now in theatres, leads the nominees for the Independent Spirit Awards. Haynes talked with the audience after a preview screening at AMC River East, moderated by New City’s Ray Price.

Haynes casts six actors portraying different elements of Dylan’s persona, each shot in a distinct cinematic style inspired by the era.

Stephens’ “Conventioneers” at Facets Feb. 15

“CONVENTIOEERS” ACTORS Trevor Murphy and Alek Freidman conduct a workshop Feb. 15 before the film plays in the IFP/Chicago Meet the Filmmakers Series.

Mora Stephens directed from a script she wrote with producer/editor Joel Viertel, about a delegate and a protester who rekindle a failed romance from their school days at Dartmouth.

Shot against the backdrop of the 2004 RNC, “Conventioneers” premiered at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival and is nominated for a John Cassavetes Award from the Independent Spirit Awards.

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”

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”

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”

‘Breaking Bad’ producer Stewart Lyons at DePaul

Breaking Bad producer Stewart Lyons will be among the TV and film creators appearing at DePaul University’s School of Cinematic Arts Visiting Artists Series this winter. The award-winning guest, who also produces Better Call Saul, will take part in the VAS’ series of feature screenings and onstage discussions with leading talent in the entertainment industry … Continue reading “‘Breaking Bad’ producer Stewart Lyons at DePaul”

2019 Chicago Underground Film Festival

CUFF opens June 5 with ‘Empty Metal’ and closes June 9 with “Dollhouse: the eradication of female subjectivity from American popular culture’ The Chicago Underground Film Festival has built a reputation for innovative, exciting, and provocative cinema since it was founded in 1993. Known as “the world’s longest-running” celebration of its kind, CUFF will expand … Continue reading “2019 Chicago Underground Film Festival”

Dee Rees, Yessian LA lead the week’s industry moves

“Mudbound” director Dee Rees signs with Anonymous Content Production and Management Company Anonymous Content has announced Mudbound director Dee Rees has signed for commercial representation in the U.S. and U.K. The news kicks off a groundbreaking 2018 for Rees, whose feature drama Mudbound has been met with sweeping praise and four Academy Award nominations, including two … Continue reading “Dee Rees, Yessian LA lead the week’s industry moves”

Reel Women: Brenda Robinson, Attorney & Philanthropist

Brenda Robinson is an entertainment attorney and Chicago native who currently serves as Director of Business Development for the Los Angeles law firm Greenberg Glusker LLP. Brenda’s prior law practice focused on intellectual property and entertainment matters on behalf of clients in the music, film and television industries. Throughout her career, Brenda has provided counsel … Continue reading “Reel Women: Brenda Robinson, Attorney & Philanthropist”

Multi-talented Jin’s comedy sitcom premieres Jan. 22

THE FIRST SEASON of “Chop Chop TV Show,” a comedy sitcom with a realty show feel, created and produced by Meiling Jin of Studio Meiling Productions in the South Loop, is now seen on Comcast, Xfinity, Wow and RCN broadcast systems Ch. 25 at 11 p.m. through March 9.

The series of 13 22-minute episodes, explores two Asian Millennials, Jin and DePaul student Ivy Li, navigating love, careers and the complexities of life in Chicago.

Kartemquin at 46 still serving the public interest

In September, Kartemquin Films will celebrate its 46th anniversary, having traveled from a ‘60s hippy-ish “film collective” to its current status as one of America’s most influential documentary filmmaking entities.  

Kartemquin’s unfailing work over the years on behalf of the media’s ability to serve the public interest does not go unrecognized.

Piven Excellence Award to TV actress Kate Walsh

“PRIVATE PRACTICE” STAR Kate Walsh will be honored with the Joyce Piven Artistic Excellence Award Oct. 17 at the Piven Theatre Workshop’s 2010 Awards Brunch.

Walsh, a Piven Workshop alum, is being honored for her continued support of the Workshop and her outstanding contributions to the theatre world.

Abel Cine Tech opens a Midwest office

ABEL CINE TECH opened a Midwest sales office and small showroom in Oakbrook Terrace, headed by Kari Hess, and joined by production salesman Gregger Jones, from Abel’s New York headquarters and office administrator Colleen Nutter.

This is Abel’s first official office since it purchased the camera and accessories sales division of Fletcher Chicago in March, 2008, and hired Hess, who’d been with Fletcher for 13 years.

For the past 18 months, Hess had been working out of her home.

Gone to a better place?

PEOPLE WERE STANDING IN LINE in Stamford, Connecticut this week waiting to be admitted to the first live taping of “The Jerry Springer Show,” a fixture in Chicago-originated television for 17 years at the NBC Tower.

Springer’s new home is the Rich Forum, a former theater that syndicator NBC Universal converted into a multi-set production studio for “Springer” and two other daytime TV programs, “The Steve Wilkos Show” and “Maury,” with Maury Povich.

Draftfbc adds creative heavyweights

DRAFTFCB ADDED TWO TOP CREATIVES, industry veterans Doug Behm and Jon Flannery as SVP/CDs to work on the agency’s KFC account.

Since 2001, Behm was SVP/group creative director at Element79, on brands including Gatorade, Propel and Tropicana. Earlier he was a CD at FCB on Coors Light, Kraft BBQ sauce and Handi-Snacks, among others.

Flannery was most recently SVP/group CD at Leo Burnett and held the same position earlier at Element79, working on Gatorade, Propel Fitness Water, Quaker and others.

THE REEL THING: News & Notes

MEGAN VIDAS JOINS THE IFO in charge of the TV commercials sector in mid-November. Vidas, wife of uber-rep Rich Newman, is a former producer of political videos and commercials, who once was with political consultant David Axelrod and has a background in public affairs. Vidas completes the IFO roster of eight employees.

THE BANKRUPCTY AUCTION Tuesday of Superior Street’s assets yielded $125,000 to pay creditors instead of the hoped-for $750,000.

Record-setting marathoner Joan Benoit Samuelson tells how it’s done

To help recover from a slalom skiing accident in which she broke her leg, Joan Benoit Samuelson took to long-distance running in high school and became dedicated to the sport. Samuelson was the first women’s Olympic marathon champion, winning the gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles and won her sixth first-place … Continue reading “Record-setting marathoner Joan Benoit Samuelson tells how it’s done”

CFWC to host 50th Anniversary Industry Mixer Nov 6th

Community Film Workshop of Chicago (CFWC) in collaboration with Melanated in America, will kick-off a yearlong celebration of its 50th Anniversary with an Industry Mixer. Saturday, November 6th at Harriet Harris Park, 6200 S. Drexel Avenue, from noon-2pm. Prolific novelist and activist James Baldwin once stated, “Not everything is faced can be changed, but nothing can … Continue reading “CFWC to host 50th Anniversary Industry Mixer Nov 6th”

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”

Lovecraft Country represents Chicago with two Emmy wins

Last night, the 73rd Emmy Awards were held with Cedric the Entertainer hosting on CBS. While most of the big Emmy news for Chicago will be pointed (deservedly so) toward Ted Lasso’s Jason Sudeikis’, who studied here at the IO Theater, Second City and Anonymous, and co-creator, co-star and Chicagoan Brendan Hunt’s wins, another Chicago-based … Continue reading “Lovecraft Country represents Chicago with two Emmy wins”

Chicago Entertainment Lawyer, Linda Mensch dies in tragic accident

Linda Mensch, Chicago entertainment attorney at the firm Mandell Menkes LLC, and board member with A Safe Haven, the homelessness prevention organization, died last week in a hit-and-run while leaving the Garfield Park Conservatory. Witnesses said that Mensch and a friend were crossing the street in the 300 block of North Central Park Avenue, near … Continue reading “Chicago Entertainment Lawyer, Linda Mensch dies in tragic accident”

Who’s in and who’s out on Chicago Med for season 7

Chicago Med will return for season 7 with five of its incredibly talented original cast members. According to Deadline S. Epatha Merkerson, Oliver Platt, Nick Gehlfuss, and Brian Tee have all signed new contracts for season 7 & 8. Remaining original cast member Marlyne Barrett has one more year on her existing contract and also … Continue reading “Who’s in and who’s out on Chicago Med for season 7”

Andrea Diquez named DDB Chicago CEO

DDB North America today announced the addition of a new leader at the helm of their Chicago office. Andrea Diquez joins DDB Chicago as Chief Executive Officer. DDB looks to Diquez’s inspirational leadership to ignite growth for the region’s largest office. “Andrea is bringing an incredible set of skills and experience to DDB Chicago,” says North America CEO Justin Thomas-Copeland. … Continue reading “Andrea Diquez named DDB Chicago CEO”

The Tattooed Torah produced & animated by 11 Dollar Bill

The Tattooed Torah, brilliantly animated and produced by 11 Dollar Bill, is based on the children’s book by Marvell Ginsburg. Like the book, the film is meant to educate children about the Holocaust through the true story of a small Torah that was confiscated by the Nazis during World War II yet miraculously survived. Narrated … Continue reading “The Tattooed Torah produced & animated by 11 Dollar Bill”

CAF’s 2021 American Advertising Award Winners

The Chicago Advertising Federation (CAF) announced the winners of the local 2021 American Advertising Awards (AAA). One of the industry’s largest creative competitions, AAA rewards the spirit of creative excellence in advertising, seeing tens of thousands of submissions from both professional organizations and students each year. CAF gold and silver winners were advanced to the District 6 … Continue reading “CAF’s 2021 American Advertising Award Winners”

Chicago PD LaRoyce Hawkins up for NAMIC Vision Award

Congratulations are in order for Chicago P.D. star LaRoyce Hawkins, who has been nominated for a NAMIC Vision Award in the Best Performance – Drama category. “I’m grateful. It means that we’re storytellers in the right direction,” LaRoyce said. “I’m always in it to storytell authentically about not just my hometown, but my culture. To … Continue reading “Chicago PD LaRoyce Hawkins up for NAMIC Vision Award”

Safe Humane Chicago hosts screening of Stray

Safe Humane Chicago announced today a virtual fundraising screening event of Magnolia Pictures’ new, upcoming documentary Stray, directed by Independent Spirit Award-nominee filmmaker Elizabeth Lo. The virtual screening event scheduled for March 5th-21st, 2021, will support the Safe Humane Chicago nonprofit organization, who will receive a portion of all ticket sales, and their continued efforts … Continue reading “Safe Humane Chicago hosts screening of Stray”

Meijer takes ‘Believe’ message into Covid era

Retail chain Meijer launched its latest holiday commercial, You Better Not Pout,’ on Black Friday, 27th November, which chronicles a family’s attempt to celebrate a COVID-impacted Christmas. The work was created by Chicago-based independent advertising agency The Distillery Project (TDP) and doesn’t feature any imagery of stores or merchandise. Instead, the focus is on one family … Continue reading “Meijer takes ‘Believe’ message into Covid era”

Congratulations to the 2020 Chicago Emmy recipients

Reel Chicago congratulates the winners of the 62nd Chicago / Midwest Emmy Awards. A big shout out to two of our loyal advertisers, October TV and WTTW for taking home Emmys. The Chicago / Midwest Emmy Awards are presented annually for outstanding achievements in broadcasting. Members come from all areas of the industry and include … Continue reading “Congratulations to the 2020 Chicago Emmy recipients”

Best of the Midwest goes to ‘Like a Girl’ from Leo Burnett

Best of the Midwest voted on by attendees as iconic ads are highlighted in benefit event for Chicago, Detroit and Minneapolis food banks. The hors d’oeuvres were whatever you had on hand, the tinkling of cocktail glasses was done from afar and the applause was a bit muted, but that didn’t stop the Midwest advertising, … Continue reading “Best of the Midwest goes to ‘Like a Girl’ from Leo Burnett”

CIFF announces the winners of its 2020 competition

The 56th Chicago International Film Festival, North America’s longest-running competitive film festival, this morning announced the winners of its 2020 competition. In a virtual ceremony live-streamed on YouTube, prizes were awarded to films in the following categories: International Feature Film Competition; New Directors Competition; International Documentary Competition; Out-Look Competition; and Short Film Competition. The Chicago Award and the Roger Ebert Award were … Continue reading “CIFF announces the winners of its 2020 competition”

2019-2020 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Nominations List

Congratulations to our friends and advertisers who have received nominations for a Chicago/Midwest Emmy. The 62nd Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards will broadcast virtually in November. Regions covered by the Chicago/Midwest Chapter include Chicago, Illinois; Peoria-Bloomington, Illinois; Rockford, Illinois; South Bend-Elkhart, Indiana; Green Bay-Appleton, Wisconsin; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Wausau-Rhinelander, Wisconsin; and Madison, Wisconsin. Here is the complete list … Continue reading “2019-2020 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Nominations List”

Diving into Highdive and their Emmy nomination

Daring to break the traditional agency mold, Highdive is producing exciting work that pushes the envelope in new ways. Most recently, the Ad Age Small Agency of the Year partnered with Jeep to create a Super Bowl spot celebrating the 90’s classic Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray. The commercial resonated with audiences as it was … Continue reading “Diving into Highdive and their Emmy nomination”

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”

Chicago Film Office presents screenwriting competition

The Chicago Film Office, Rubinstein Law, and Emanuel Congregation present a new screenwriting competition for Chicago-based feature and television scripts. Accepting Features and TV Pilots The Chicago Film Office, Rubenstein Law Firm, and Emanuel Congregation present the Chicago Social Justice Screenwriting Competition. This competition aims to further the voice of the disenfranchised though narrative media … Continue reading “Chicago Film Office presents screenwriting competition”

The Colonie’s Keith Kristinat edits ‘Two Dum Micks’

Two Dum Micks — an offbeat comedic short film, written, directed, and produced by D.B. Sweeney and edited by Keith Kristinat at The Colonie – is sweeping the festival circuit with over two dozen first-place awards to date. The story follows Mikey and Mick, played by Sean Astin and Sweeney, a pair of down-and-out guys … Continue reading “The Colonie’s Keith Kristinat edits ‘Two Dum Micks’”

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

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 F. … Continue reading “Rebecca F. Williams, VP/Group Creative Director, Burrell”

The biggest stories of 2019

The City of Chicago reigned supreme in 2019. Advertising agencies blended social justice with clever branding. Content creators reinforced Chicago’s reputation for inclusivity. Film studios entertained the nation while helping the local neighborhoods. And a handful of friends said goodbye. Below is a list of Reel Chicago’s top articles for 2019, separated by category and … Continue reading “The biggest stories of 2019”

Kartemquin’s ‘City So Real’ to premiere at Sundance

Kartemquin Film’s City So Real, the newest project by two-time Academy Award-nominated director Steve James, will make its world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, running January 23-February 2. The four-hour miniseries is a mosaic portrait of current-day Chicago that delivers a deep, multifaceted look into the soul of America’s third-largest city, set against … Continue reading “Kartemquin’s ‘City So Real’ to premiere at Sundance”

Taking off with Bottle Rocket Media

Award-winning Chicago-based video content agency wields a startling variety of depth and expertise Chicago video content agency Bottle Rocket Media fuels traditional expertise with DIY spirit. Guided by a pair of visionaries who met while working at the Oprah Winfrey Show, the company has become one of the industry’s most unique production and post operations … Continue reading “Taking off with Bottle Rocket Media”

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”

Nanfu Wang named keynote for DVID graduation

Award-winning filmmaker will help celebrate grads of the doc program organized by Kartemquin and the Community Film Workshop Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago are thrilled to announce award-winning filmmaker Nanfu Wang (One Child Nation, Hooligan Sparrow) will provide the keynote speech at the 2019 Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) graduation on … Continue reading “Nanfu Wang named keynote for DVID graduation”

“Traces of Home” earns Kartemquin support

Chicago filmmaker Colette Ghunim gets a massive boost for a doc about her family’s Palestinian and Mexican roots Hosni Ghunim met Iza Planas on the day he arrived in the United States in the mid-1970s. He was a Palestinian refugee who had spent three decades living in Syria, a relocation forced upon his entire village … Continue reading ““Traces of Home” earns Kartemquin support”

Kartemquin benefit to honor Julia Reichert

Empowering Truth Benefit Luncheon will also feature exclusive preview of Steve James’ newest project Kartemquin Films, the award-winning Chicago-based documentary not-for-profit behind films such as Hoop Dreams and Minding the Gap, announced today it will honor documentary legend and three-time Academy Award nominee Julia Reichert at the organization’s 2019 Empowering Truth Benefit Luncheon on October … Continue reading “Kartemquin benefit to honor Julia Reichert”

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”

Gloria Steinem joins board of new Kartemquin film

Legendary activist and writer strengthens diverse and powerful leaders advising ‘The Dilemma of Desire’ Writer, lecturer, political activist, and feminist organizer Gloria Steinem will join the project advisory board for the upcoming feature-length documentary The Dilemma of Desire. The co-founder of Ms. and former New York magazine columnist strengthens a powerful group of leaders dedicated … Continue reading “Gloria Steinem joins board of new Kartemquin film”

Vasilatos nabs a couple Megafest noms

The Chicago filmmaker earns a pair of honors while exploring options for his next project Restored in 2018 for its 25th Anniversary with a new orchestral score, Lifetime Television’s first original holiday movie, Solstice, produced and directed by Jerry Vasilatos, will be screened as an official selection at the Action on Film / Hollywood Dreamz … Continue reading “Vasilatos nabs a couple Megafest noms”

The Colonie hires artist/designer Ashley Lee

Former UNLTD. creative brings agency chops to expanding and “formidable” department offerings The Colonie has added Motion Designer and 3D Artist Ashley Lee to its full-service editorial and postproduction staff. Before becoming a part of The Colonie’s expanding Motion Design Department, Lee spent two years animating and crafting content for a variety of online platforms … Continue reading “The Colonie hires artist/designer Ashley Lee”

The Escape Pod unveils new leadership team

“To help our clients win, we need to make sure our leadership team is the best in the business.” – Norm Bilow, Escape Pod Big moves are happening at indie agency The Escape Pod. The agency announced its new leadership team. This news includes Derek Sherman who has been appointed Executive Creative Director, Tyler Moore … Continue reading “The Escape Pod unveils new leadership team”

Mark Androw receives AICP’s highest honor

The legendary Chicago producer and entrepreneur was presented with the Jay B. Eisenstat Award during last night’s AICP Show in NYC STORY co-founder and Executive Producer Mark Androw received the Jay B. Eisenstat Award at last night’s AICP Show in New York City. Almost single-handedly responsible for making AICP one of the most effective and … Continue reading “Mark Androw receives AICP’s highest honor”

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”

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”

Reel Women: Emily Walton, advertising pro

OKRP’s creative phenom talks about family, work, evolving attitudes towards women, and tropical drinks Emily Walton is an Associate Creative Director (Art Director) at O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul where she helps lead the Chili’s business. Having visited over 40 countries, Emily looks to her experiences abroad to inspire her work, which has also made its … Continue reading “Reel Women: Emily Walton, advertising pro”

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”

Reel Black List: La Donna Tittle, Renaissance Woman

Acting on Showtime’s hit series “The Chi” is just one of the versatile artist’s many career success stories Native Chicagoan La Donna Tittle is an accomplished actor, model, radio personality and CEO / producer / host of Cookin’ Wit’ Tittle … Bon Appetite, Let’s Eat, a spirited show about food and drink on CAN TV … Continue reading “Reel Black List: La Donna Tittle, Renaissance Woman”

‘Among Wolves’ week-long screening at Music Box

“Gorgeous … intimate” Chicago-produced doc tells of Bosnian War veterans who find peace while defending a herd of wild horses To celebrate the release of Among Wolves, an award-winning documentary that premiered at the Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF), the Chicago filmmakers present a special week of screenings, events, and discussions that explore combat trauma … Continue reading “‘Among Wolves’ week-long screening at Music Box”

Advertising trailblazer Barbara Gardner Proctor passes

The woman who President Reagan called “The Spirit of America” opened the nation’s very first African-American owned ad agency Barbara Gardner Proctor’s story is what American dreams are made of. Born in 1933 in Black Mountain, North Carolina, to a single mother, Bernice Gardner, and raised by a grandmother and an uncle in extreme poverty … Continue reading “Advertising trailblazer Barbara Gardner Proctor passes”

Northwestern’s Block Museum debuts new branding

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. The … Continue reading “Northwestern’s Block Museum debuts new branding”

Chi-made ‘the T’ wins Streamy for Best Indie Series

“‘We are born scattered, then find each other.’ It is this reverse diaspora that led the two of us to work together” Creators Bea Cordelia and Daniel Kyri (Chicago — 22 October 2018) Bea Cordelia and Daniel Kyri’s original web series the T (Full Spectrum Features and OTV) wins Best Indie Series at the 8th … Continue reading “Chi-made ‘the T’ wins Streamy for Best Indie Series”

Applications open for Kartemquin Diverse Voices in Docs

Kartemquin will award grants ranging from $5-$10K to individual DVID fellows (Chicago — 6 September) — Applications are now open for Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID), a mentorship program for Midwestern documentary makers of color organized by Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago. Eight Midwest filmmakers will be selected from those who … Continue reading “Applications open for Kartemquin Diverse Voices in Docs”

AICP sets new venue, agenda as it comes to Minneapolis

New format includes a ‘happy hour’ for drinks and socializing, followed by a screening of the Next Awards (Minneapolis — 30 August 2018) The honorees of the AICP Show: The Art & Technique of the American Commercial and the AICP Next Awards will be showcased in Minneapolis this year at a re-vamped screening and reception … Continue reading “AICP sets new venue, agenda as it comes to Minneapolis”

Asian Pop-Up Cinema returns to Chicago September 12

Features seventeen films from across the Asian continents, presents premieres including Japanese zombie comedy “One Cut of the Dead” as Closing Night — tickets on sale now (Chicago — 13 August 2018) — Non-profit pan-Asian film organization Sophia’s Choice today announces Asian Pop-Up Cinema – Season Seven, the fall film series presenting seventeen films from … Continue reading “Asian Pop-Up Cinema returns to Chicago September 12”

“Knockout” wins Chicago’s 48 Hour Film Project

Like all the submissions, the dialogue, editing, and direction reflect a film that was revised, rehearsed, and shot over and over again Alley Cake Films’ short film, Knockout, was named Best Picture of the 14th annual 48 Hour Film Project Chicago during an awards ceremony at the Music Box Theater last night. The story of … Continue reading ““Knockout” wins Chicago’s 48 Hour Film Project”

MIFF presents first-ever juried Female Filmmaker Night

“When we’re talking about issues of gender equality and representation, I think it’s an everybody problem.” Executive Director, Amy Guth For the first time in its history, the Midwest Independent Film Festival will screen a juried selection of work during the annual Female Filmmakers Night celebration, which takes place Tuesday August 7th at Landmark Century … Continue reading “MIFF presents first-ever juried Female Filmmaker Night”

Colorist Julien Biard joins Carbon Chicago

Full-service creative studio Carbon has bolstered its roster in Chicago by welcoming multiple award-winning colorist Julien Biard as Senior Colorist   With over a decade of experience in London, Biard joins Carbon after honing his craft at MPC and Finish/ Freefolk, working alongside industry greats Jean-Clément Soret and Paul Harrison. During his tenure at Freefolk, … Continue reading “Colorist Julien Biard joins Carbon Chicago”

Cutters, Mill, Optimus, Utopic among AICE Shortlisters

Rachelle Madden, VP, Post Production and Digital Production Affairs for AICP, has announced the Shortlist for this year’s AICE Awards for post production excellence. “Our 2018 Shortlist is the result of hours of work by our judges,” says Madden. “We want to thank them all for their contributions and also salute all the editors and … Continue reading “Cutters, Mill, Optimus, Utopic among AICE Shortlisters”

Chicago/Mexico’s “En Algun Lugar” reflects the times

The Chicago-based production company – Iconoclast Films – shot En Algun Lugar in Chicago and Mexico. It has already screened at eleven festivals and has taken home major awards such as Best Foreign Feature and Best Director at the London Independent Film Awards 2018, Best LGBTQ Feature and Best Producer (Aric Jackson) at the Oniros … Continue reading “Chicago/Mexico’s “En Algun Lugar” reflects the times”

Explore Media names Seth Deahl Executive Producer

Deahl brings 15 years of experience producing commercials to leadership role as company expands Chicago offices Explore Media, a full-service HD video production company focused on creating commercials and digital content, is thrilled to announce that Seth Deahl has been named Executive Producer. Deahl brings over 14 years of successful experience producing acclaimed commercial productions … Continue reading “Explore Media names Seth Deahl Executive Producer”

The Reel Black List: Annette Galloway, Filmmaker

Annette Galloway is an admirable and accomplished filmmaker who has achieved success and notoriety in her profession. As a writer, producer, and director, she certainly possesses the ambition and determination to continuously create a memorable repertoire of masterpieces that showcase what she is passionate about.   Along with her pioneering spirit and a love for … Continue reading “The Reel Black List: Annette Galloway, Filmmaker”

Escape Pod, Ogilvy, Box Office, Foo Fighters in the news

Escape Pod launches freelance recruitment app Go Shortlist Today, Escape Pod announced the creation of a free online platform connecting the industry’s top creative freelancers with top ad agencies. Created by Escape Pod’s interactive arm, Ora Interactive, “Go Shortlist” uses a proprietary algorithm combined with a personalized talent assessment to rank the top creative freelancers, … Continue reading “Escape Pod, Ogilvy, Box Office, Foo Fighters in the news”

Cutters-edited ‘Princess Cyd’ wins at Chi Film Fest

The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival announced its winners Friday night and one of the films awarded was a Cutters Studios post project by writer / director Stephen Cone called Princess Cyd. The film was given “The Chicago Award.” A Chicago-based filmmaker, Cone is best known for 2015’s Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party, which was hailed … Continue reading “Cutters-edited ‘Princess Cyd’ wins at Chi Film Fest”

New gigs for Sciarotta, Funk, Kirk and Gitersonke

Joe Sciarotta promoted to Ogilvy Co-U.S. Creative Officer

Ogilvy and Mather announced that the agency promoted veteran Chicago creative leader, Joe Sciarotta to U.S. Chief Creative Officer along with Alfonson Marian, who will also share the title. According to a report in AgencySpy, they will form a new stateside management team alongside U.S. CEO Lou Aversano and chief strategy officer Steve Zaroff.

An exclusive with the shop that built FCB’s “Teddy Gun”

Hero Solutions’ Ira Amyx and Jay Neander knew just what to do when advertising agency FCB Chicago asked them to fuse a stuffed animal with a firearm.

“We made a metallic-silver looking teddy bear with a pistol coming out of his face,” says Neander. “The bear was 3d printed and then re-coated and finished.”

“The gun was a .357,” adds Amyx. “We cast a real one and made a fake one.”

Escape Pod hires Celia Jones as new brand director

The Escape Pod Group announced today that that it has named veteran marketing executive Celia Jones as Brand Director.

In this role, she will be responsible for amplifying the agency brand and managing PR and marketing initiatives across the group’s three partner agencies: The Escape Pod, digital agency ORA Interactive, and experiential agency OutCold.

A tribute to the legend, Ruth L Ratny

Ruth Louise Ratny, founder and editor of ReelChicago and Screen Magazine, passed away quietly in her sleep on the evening of February 21.

The only daughter of German immigrants who settled in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood, Ruth lived through a Great Depression, a World War, the Beat Generation, Viet Nam, hippies, disco, the first great wave of Feminism, VHS, Betamax, yuppies, two Middle Eastern Wars, the next great wave of Feminism and sixteen US Presidents.

SCC’s Cubs spot goes wildly viral with millions of hits

A 30-SECOND CUBS SPOT, “Fly the W,” created by Chicago Cubs’ agency Schafer Carter Condon (SCC) featuring the narration of injured Cubs catcher Kyle Schwarber, was designed to get fans excited about the Cubs’ National Division Series playoffs starting Oct. 7.

And it did it ever! — the spot was a hit waaaay out of the park, beyond anyone’s expectations, by garnering an amazing two million-plus views since it was posted on Facebook a scant two weeks ago.

MIFF to screen work of 14 fabulous Female Filmmakers

Filmmaker / editor Gail Gilbert’s short film, thriller “Democracy in the Driver’s Seat,” will be one of 14 women-made shorts showcasing at the Midwest Independent Film Festival’s annual Female Filmmakers Night, Tuesday, Aug. 2.

The distinguished filmmakers have been at their craft for many years, are producing an impressive body of work and possess a large collection of prestigious international awards.

The entries are:

Bulls’ Vines win NBA award for best digital content

At first, filmmaker Travis Rime Brooks thought the call from Luka Dukich, the Chicago Bulls’ digital content manager, was a prank. But the call was the real thing that resulted in a six-month assignment, millions of viewers and a prestigious award.

Brooks, a stop-motion and Vine expert, had been recommended to the Bulls by Vine, the 2013 Twitter-launched app of 6-second long looping videos.

Artisans to sell their wares at CRC’s “Rock & Shop”

CHICAGO RECORDING is getting into the holiday spirit with its first “Rock and Shop,” Tuesday, Nov. 12, a chance to shop for a variety of unique artisan creations all made by agency and production people after they leave their day jobs.

Studio manager Rose Razal has gathered together 16 such artisans, whose jewelry, fine art, home decorations, knits, glassware, clothing, food, leather accessories, photographs and more will be open for business.

“We certainly invite other artists we may have missed to participate,” Razal says. 

14 indie made TV shows earn Midwest Emmy nominations

Not as many non-broadcaster-produced shows received 2012 Midwest Chapter Emmy nominations this season as they had in past years.  Still, approximately 14 companies, especially multiple nominees Bitter Jester and HMH Media, had award-worthy spots, docs and craft skills to qualify for an Emmy nod. 

Here are the non-broadcast nominees in nine out of 22 categories of endeavor, with some winning more than one nod for the project.  The producer/host/reporter receives the award.

BVI to learn filmmaking essentials from local pros

The island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands wants to become a serious contender for feature film production and invited Nate Grant of Lake Shore Film & TV Productions to start the ball rolling with a reprise of Grant’s surprisingly successful Feature Film Seminar.

Grant’s invitation was extended after a BVI representative attended the seminar (FFS) last February at Cinespace and told BVI film commissioner Rhodni Shelton having the seminar would be a good way to provide core information as a way of seeding their ultimate infrastructure.

Cutters wins at AICE; Beast boosts Bradley

KUDOS TO CUTTERS for winning three top 2012 AICE awards at the ceremony held Thursday in Marina Del Ray Ritz Carlton. Editor Chris Hafner scored Best of Chicago and Best Automotive for Fiat 500 “Karl Abarth,” and John Binder of Another Country aced Best Sound Design for Allstate.  Optimus Design won for Best Design for Craftsman. 

John Mahoney to honor Kelsey Grammer at Hugos

AN ADDED SPECIAL TREAT for Hugo Awards attendees.  John Mahoney will be on hand to honor his “Frasier” co-star Kelsey Grammer at the Hugo awards ceremony Thursday, April 19 at the new Chicago Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N. Columbus Drive. 

Mahoney, an Oak Park resident, and Grammer, star of Starz series “Boss,” played Dr. Martin Crane, father of Dr. Frasier Crane in the comedy series that ran a record-breaking 11 years on NBC. Tickets are $100 and may be purchased at www.chicagofilmfestival.com or by calling 312/683-0121.

Classical violinist Rachel Barton Pine plays in heavy metal rock band

Metal rock band, Earthen Grave, which marries the sounds of metal past and future, is probably the only metal rock band in the world whose band member is a world famous classical violinist.   

Formed in 2008, the thrash heavy metal band snowballed together one-by-one to include classically trained virtuoso Rachel Barton Pine on the 6-string electric violin, Ron Holzner, band manager and bassist, Jason Muxlow and Tony Spillman, guitar, Scott Davidson, drums and Mark Weiner, vocals. 

Sundance premiere for 3 Michigan-shot features

Three Michigan-shot features premiere this week at Sundance: “Another Happy Day,” a drama starring Ellen Barkin, Demi Moore and Kate Bosworth; the comedies “Cedar Rapids,” starring Sigourney Weaver, Ed Helms and John C. Reilly and “Salvation Boulevard,” with stars Jennifer Connelly, Pierce Brosnan and Ed Harris.

These films generated some $16.8 million and created about 480 Michigan jobs, says MFO director Carrier Jones.

Docmaker in Middle East on peace mission

IN THE MIDDLE EAST for three weeks is documentarian Malachi Leopold of Left Brain/Right Brain Productions. He is visiting Israel, the West Bank and Gaza as part of a delegation hosted by Interfaith Peace Builders and meeting with young Palestinians and Israelis under the age of 25 who are working together to achieve peace.

Leopold has worked for more than a year on developing a project connected to the ongoing Middle East conflict.

Three win ?Looking for Democracy’ contest

A short film examining the issues of free speech while chronicling a veteran’s protest to a flag hung upside down, won the grand prize in the 2010 Illinois Humanities Council’s second annual “Looking for Democracy” contest.

Theophilus Jamal an actor, filmmaker and master’s candidate at DePaul’s Digital Cinema program, creatively answered the contest’s question: “Where do you see democracy in your life?”

Jamal’s top prize entry, “American Flag,” and the two other winners will screen at a May 3 awards presentation and panel discussion at Columbia College’s Film Row Cinema.

IFO staffer injured in taxi accident

JOYCE KILBURG, the Illinois Film Office’s diversity officer, was seriously injured Wednesday night when the taxi she was riding crashed into a tree. She was heading home after attending the Vince Vaughan premiere. Call the IFO, 312/814-3600 for updates.

DIRECTORS AND STARS will add more glitz and glamour to the 45th Chicago International Film Festival opening tonight through Oct. 22. Tonight, Uma Thurman (“Motherhood”) leads the parade down the red carpet.

Others expected are director John Woo scheduled for Oct.

Festivals, Screenings, Events, Etc.

CHICAGO FILMMAKERS’ Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival June 16-18 opens with a program featuring a who’s who of avant-garde heavyweights:

Michelangelo Antonioni’s “Michelangelo Eye to Eye,” Michael Snow’s “Sshtoorrty,” Jonas Mekas’ “Williamsburg, Brooklyn,” Kenneth Anger’s “Mouse Heaven,” Ernie Gehr’s “Precarious Garden,” Peter Kubelka’s “Poerty and Truth,” and Ken Jacobs’ “Mountaineer Spinning.”

At 8 p.m. June 16 at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State.

Festivals, Screenings, Events, etc.

HURT McDERMOTT’S 2004 Slamdance best screenplay winner, “Nightingale in a Music Box,” has its New York premiere Tuesday, June 7 at 8 p.m. at the Brooklyn International Film Festival.

Kelly Hazen, Catherine O’Connor and Andrzej Krukowski star in the dystopian thriller about a woman on the run for a crime she can’t remember.

“Nightingale” also played the Athens and Mill Valley film festivals. Todd Slotten and Leigh Jones produced. Music by Robert Fripp of King Crimson and Brian Eno of Roxy Music. Sales agent is Seth Kittay of All Channel Films in Los Angeles.

Independent Production Roundup

A FIRST FILM by screenwriter/journalist Ytasha Womack, the feature-length “Love Shorts” screens Feb. 15 in the Patchwerx Film & Video Series. Womack co-produced with Jumaane N’Namdi, owner of G.R. N’Namdi Gallery. Jonothon Woods, CEO of A’se Creative Group production company, directed. The monthly series is held at the HotHouse, 31 E. Balbo, 7 p.m., $2 suggested donation. See www.hothouse.net.

REELSCREEN: News & Notes

AN ENVIABLE PROJECT. A post job for Leo Burnett and client Philips Sonicare dental hygiene that Machete editors started in May and kept growing and growing finally ended two weeks ago.

“Philips is an international player,” notes Machete partner Luis Landgraf, “and the number of spots kept growing and they were sent back and forth to Germany, Holland and Japan.” Everybody edited, he says, meaning: Marty Bernstein, Scott Cohen, new addition Kenan Legg and Mary Roland.