Chicago crew take SXSW Jury Prize for ‘Finding Yingying’

3+ Feature documentary, Finding Yingying has been awarded the SXSW 2020 Documentary Feature Special Jury Prize for Breakthrough Voice.  Produced by Kartemquin Films, Finding Yingying is Chicago-based filmmaker Jiayan “Jenny” Shi’s debut feature documentary. The film follows the story of the Zhang family who, in the summer of 2017, travel to the United States from China in … Continue reading “Chicago crew take SXSW Jury Prize for ‘Finding Yingying’”

Sarofsky adds SXSW winner Ben Strang to roster

3+ Chicago-based, design-driven production shop expands with California based, award-winning creator of “Beast” Continuing its growth and its investments into excellence, design-driven production company Sarofsky is adding Ben Strang to its directorial roster. The news was announced by company Principal and Executive Creative Director Erin Sarofsky, and Executive Producer Steven Anderson. Based in Santa Monica, … Continue reading “Sarofsky adds SXSW winner Ben Strang to roster”

SXSW: 72andSunny, Dropbox get active through murals

7+ If it’s early March, then that means SXSW beckons for artists from film, TV, music and advertising to make an annual pilgrimage to Austin, Texas and explore, inspire and create. It’s mecca. This year, Dropbox and 72andSunny LA teamed up to create an combustive environment where artists were encouraged to unleash their creativity on … Continue reading “SXSW: 72andSunny, Dropbox get active through murals”

SXSW will be enhanced by the presence of Chicago pros

A MCGARRYBOWEN CONTINGENT and Comma Music’s Managing Director Bonny Dolan are heading for SXSW for a Thursday, March 17 panel called “Inside Out: How Did This Song Get into That commercial.” Dolan shares the stage with the agency’s ECD Michael Straznickas, CD/writer Dave Reger, music producer Brandy Ricker and Steve Ross, director of content production.

Anderson’s ‘Born in Chicago’ blues doc bows at SXSW

John Anderson’s new soulful documentary about Chicago’s greatest contribution to American culture – the blues – rolls out at the buzz-greasy SXSW Music Festival on March 13 in Austin, Texas.

“We think Austin – where music is so important – is a great place to launch,” says Anderson. “This is a music film, but it looks at the cultural and social upheavals of its time. We’re lucky being able to make it now when the main guys are still around to talk about it.

Steve James’ basketball doc debuts at SXSW

OSCAR NOMINEE STEVE JAMES, an Oscar nominee for the seminal “Hoop Dreams,” has told another compelling basketball documentary: “No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson” for ESPN’s “30 for 30” series.

The documentary is about a 1993 incident in James’ hometown of Hampton, Va., that racially divided the community and came to define the 17-year old basketball star’s image, however unfairly.

Chicago makes presence known at SXSW festival

Chicago has a particularly strong lineup this year at the increasingly influential South by Southwest Film Festival, running March 12-20 in Austin, Texas.

In the lineup are documentary premieres tied to Kartemquin and IFP/Chicago, narrative premieres from Frank V. Ross and Music Box Films, and a film and performance from Califone.

In “No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson,” produced by Kartemquin Films for ESPN’s 30th anniversary “30 for 30” documentary series, “Hoop Dreams” director Steve James returns to his native Hampton, Virginia.