Karabas, “Real Prayers,” “Make Out Party,” and more

Chris Karabas

Chris Karabas

RSA Films promotes Chris Karabas to executive producer

Before the promotion, Chris Karabas was the Midwest representative for RSA Films. In his new role, Karabas is expected to utilize RSA Films’ resources to branch out into multiplatform storytelling – especially social media.

Previously, Karabas worked for Shafer Antelis Music in the early 90s, was a songwriter for EMI Music in Nashville, was a partner at the House of Representatives agency in Chicago that represents RSA Films, and founded Rock House Entertainment.

RSA Films, and its co-founder Ridley Scott, likely made a wise choice in Karabas precisely because of this range of skills in the media and entertainment worlds. The hire comes amid an overall push towards transmedia at RSA Films.

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Real Prayers Song Competition extends deadline to April 3rd

Chicago-based actress and producer, Ann Hagemann, and her film project, Real Prayers Are Said In German, are hosting the Real Prayers Song Competition. Musicians are called to submit a song that will be used in the film by April 3, 2018.

"Real Prayers Are Said in German"
“Real Prayers Are Said in German”

The Real Prayers Song Competition encourages musicians to use a female vocalist and a piano for the music and recording. In the film, the song will be performed by a 13-year-old girl and accompanied by a muni band and accordion.

Musicians must send their name, email, phone number, mp3 recording of their song, and the transcribed sheet music (lead sheet) to realprayerscompetition@gmail.com.

The winner of the competition will receive $1,000.00 and be asked to collaborate with the filmmakers on turning the short song into a full arrangement for the feature film.

For more information, go to Real Prayers Are Said In German.

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World Premiere of “Make Out Party” – March 30th and 31st

The film premiere of Emily Esperanza’s Make Out Party — and its accompanying extravaganza of live performances, carnival games, dance parties, and kissing booths — is scheduled for March 30 and 31, 2018. Tickets are sold online and no tickets will be sold at the door.

"Make Out Party"
“Make Out Party”

Festivities begin at 7 pm and the film is to be screened at 8:30 pm. To learn more about the event and purchase tickets, click here.

The premiere of Make Out Party is presented by the Chicago Underground Film Festival, IFP Chicago, and Full Spectrum Features — a Chicago-based non-profit dedicated to supporting LGBT, minority, and women filmmakers.

Emily Esperanza wrote and directed this wild movie that reflects the chaos and joys of an early John Water’s film. Attendees can expect a night as fun as the film itself.

CAF accepting nominations for
“2018 Advertising Woman of the Year”

The Chicago Advertising Federation is accepting nominations for the 2018 Advertising Woman of the Year. Last year’s winner was President of mcgarrybowen, Laurel Flatt.

This is a lifetime achievement award for a female advertising or marketing professional who lives and works in the greater Chicago area, holds an executive role, and has made significant contributions to the industry, her company, and others through civic and community activities.

If you know someone worthy of this outstanding award, fill out the CAF nomination form.

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ASMP Chicago/Midwest asks members
to submit images to be featured on website

The organization dedicated to aiding fellow photographers in the Midwest has just rolled out its new website, but one key element is missing: photographs.

ASMP Chicago/Midwest is calling Chicago/Midwest chapter members to submit their images to be featured on the new site. Submissions are due by April 10, 2018.

For more information on submission guidelines, click here.

Second City produces programming for the
Kennedy Center’s District of Comedy Festival

The Second City Training Center is partnering with the Kennedy Center for its District of Comedy Festival on July 19-21, 2018.

The Second City will provide original content for the festival through its new show titled Generation Gap…Or, How Many Millennials Does It Take to Teach a Baby Boomer to Text Generation X?

The Second City Training Center will also host improv, stand-up, and character development workshops at the festival. The names of the workshops are Intro to Improv Fundamentals, So You Want to Try Stand-Up, and Character Generator.

For more information on the District of Comedy Festival, click here.

Eric Lane casted for role in Fox’s “Rel” pilot

Eric Lane
Eric Lane

Chicago actor Eric Lane has landed a role in the new Fox pilot, Rel. Lane has played significant roles in Chicago productions for two decades, including Barbershop, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., Chi-Raq the Series, and Empire.

The pilot, Rel, is named after Lil Rel Howery – the hilarious Chicago actor and comedian who has recently received national attention for his outstanding performances in HBO’s Insecure and Jordan Peele’s Oscar-winning Get Out.


Clare O’Connor
Clare O’Connor

Clare O’Connor casted as young
Madeline in untitled Fox pilot

Chicago actor Clare O’Connor will be a series regular in a currently untitled 20th Century Fox TV pilot. O’Connor has been casted as the younger version of a fearless lawyer named Madeline.

Film and television powerhouses Danny Strong and David Elliot will be producing and writing the new show.

Media Burn Archive offers free digitization of tapes till May 31st.

Media Burn Independent Video Archive is offering new clients the chance to have three videotapes digitized for free. This offer ends May 31, 2018.

Media Burn specializes in the archival and digitization of footage for artistic, historical, corporate, cinema, and personal purposes.

For more information, click here.

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