Former Chicagoans in LA team to shoot a horror short

Writer / director Colin Costello

FORMER CHICAGOANS Colin Costello and George Artope’s short thriller, “Immurement,” will be produced by Bill Artope’s Wild Eye Entertainment starting in May following a Kickstarter campaign.

The filmmakers are former Chicagoans: Costello and Bill Artope worked together at DDB, as a creative and executive producer, respectively. Bill’s son, George Artope is a feature and TV movie editor and partner at Wild Eye Entertainment. 

“‘Immurement’ is a psychological thriller in the vein of ‘The Twilight Zone’ and ‘Tales from the Crypt,’” Costello explained. “A woman wakes up in a bricked chamber. No windows. No doors. She has no idea how she got there, who put her there and for that matter, who she even is.”

 “Immurement” stars Chicago-based actress, Lorna Sheehan (“The Dilemma”), Buffalo Grove native Albina Katsman (“The Innocent”), and reality TV favorites, former Chicago resident James Rhine (“Big Brother”) and Ariana Madix (“The Vanderpump Rules”). 

The filmmakers launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $18,000 for production by April 16. Costello reported that 25% of their goal was raised a week after the crowd funding campaign started. You can follow their progress at

The filmmakers plan to shoot in late May and tour the festival circuit in 2016.

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Cornelious joins from five years as CCO at GlobalHue, Detroit where she led Jeep North America’s advertising and spearheaded  new business wins from US Bank, HBO, NBA, Microsoft, Susan G Komen, Coca-Cola and AutoZone.

In November, 2014, she received the Marketing to African American with Excellence (MAAX) Award as Advertising Executive of the Year from Target Market News. 
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“There is an increasing demand from viewers for diverse, authentic content and I’m excited to develop new stories that resonate with these audiences,” she said.