Bitter Jester Creatives goes home with the gold

THREE GOLD AURORA 2008 AWARDS for documentaries went to Bitter Jester Creative, a creative content company in Highland Park that’s led by CD Nicolas DeGrazia, DP Daniel Kullman and editor Travis Marriott.

Their winning entries: “Meet the Honorees 2007,” the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner honoring high school students; “Our Stories,” a video created for parents and students by the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Underage Drinking Prevention Coalition and “Jonas Gerard: A Distinctive Voice,” a 3-minute trailer for a feature about the artist’s life.

SAYS AUDIO ENGINEER SAM FISHKIN about recent work at his Mix Kitchen: “We call the Coors/DraftFCB audio messaging we delivered for Nascar updates hi-speed / lo-def. So can we call the video soundtracks, concert footage and big screen playback we mixed for ALLI weight loss drug, featuring Wynonna Judd, on its product tour bus meandering across the U.S. slo-speed/ hi-def?”

GLOBE TROTTING PRODUCER MISTY TOSH travels to a tiny Indonesian village this week with hundreds of pounds of welcome donations ? computers, books and clothes for its people There, Tosh and her production partner Lisa Colangelo will resume their mission of providing a school and self-help programs for the natives, through their 4th World Love nonprofit.

After Tosh returns in early May, ReelChicago will host an event to raise money and other kinds of donations for their humanitarian endeavors, in conjunction with the premiere of our expanded new website.

THE NATIONAL AICP named 26 judges to select the best work among its member for the 2009 AICP Show. The lonely Chicagoan appointed to the panel was Don McNeill of Digital Kitchen.

A FULL HOUSE IS EXPECTED April 7 at the Midwest Independent Film Festival for the long-awaited premiere of “The Merry Gentlemen,” the indie feature produced entirely in Chicago in 2007. Draftfcb creative exec Ron Lazzeretti wrote the screenplay and the movie marks the directorial debut of its star Michael Keaton.

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* Chris Johnson’s Johnsonese Brokerage LLC offers “insurance for the creative community,” a la equipment and production insurance, business liability and workman’s comp. Phone, 773/252-8750

*Jonathan Levy’s The Rolling Bean is a mobile, upscale coffee service, by that we mean lattes, espresso and the like, that’s ready to roll into offices, sets and locations. Phone number is 773/679-0970.

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