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’”
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”
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”
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.
“CHICAGOMADE” EVENTS will be on display at SXSW, March 11-16 in Austin, Texas, as the first-of-its-kind collaboration between DCASE (Dept. of Cultural Affairs & Special Effects), Choose Chicago and World Business Chicago.
“Uncle John,” the debut indie feature from producer Erik Crary and director Steven Piet is on its way to select theatrical distribution by Film Buff, barely six months after it took SXSW by storm in March.
“Chicago Made” music riches and tech innovations will be on display a second year before the thousands of international visitors at SXSW Music, Film, Interactive festivals March 15-18 in Austin, Texas.
For Kevin Pang and Mark Helenowski having their first documentary accepted for a world premiere at SXSW Film, Music and Digital Festival after more than three years in the works, was like winning the lottery, says Helenowski, sounding still awed at their unexpected good fortune.
Grammy winning singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge will make her first appearance at South by Southwest, thanks to the powerhouse panel of advertising and music industry women, arranged by Comma Music executives Bonny Dolan and Michael Paoletta.
Chicago’s music, film and technology is stepping out in the world, starting with the 18th annual South By Southwest (SXSW) Music and Media Conference and Festival, March 7-16 in Austin, Texas.
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.
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 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.