“IT’S ALL GOOD,” a comedy feature from Aaron Fronk, Vinny Degaetano and Cooper Johnson of FND Films screens Oct. 20 at the Music Box Theatre and the next day it’ll be digitally released on on FND’s website.
“It’s All Good” follows three broke filmmakers (Fronk, Johnson and DeGaetano) who suffer the consequences of a fraudulent crowdfunding campaign.
The film mirrors the filmmakers’ experience raising close to $78,000 on Indiegogo in 2014 to fund their first feature. After they collected the cash via a goofy plea video,they fell off the map.
A two-year marketing hoax followed. The filmmakers claimed they were not making a film, when in fact they were. “It’s all Good” spins off into a fictionalized account of how the filmmakers blow it. “We wanted to explore crowdfunding in a humorous and unique way,” says Fronk.
Led by Fronk, who directed, with a crew of four, the film shot over 40 days in 2014 and 20 days in 2016, in Oak Park, River Forest, Chicago and Marengo. DP was Taylor Russ. Written by Fronk, Johnson and DeGaetano, produced by Johnson and DeGaetano.
“HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER” celebrates its 30th anniversary with a special midnight screening Thursday, Oct. 21 at the Music Box Theatre. Directed and co-written by Chicago-based John McNaughton, it stars Michael Rooker as the psychopathic drifter and cold-blooded random miller. This was the first feature for McNaughton and Rooker, who went on to appear in 114 subsequent movies and TV shows.
Projection will be a 44K scan and restoration from the 16mm original negatives, with a new 5.1 audio mix from the stereo 35mm mag reel.
HORROR FEATURE “SCAR LAKE,” the first feature from producer Daryle Moore’s Aurora-based Mojo Productions, started production last weekend in Sturgeon Bay, Wisc.
Moore and award-winning director / producer / writer John Wesley Norton co-direct. This is Norton’s eighth feature and the third feature collaboration for the two filmmakers.
“Scar Lake” follows a group of friends who attempt to escape their daily grind at a lake house but find themselves influenced by a diabolical force that preys upon their worst impulses and desires. Starring Shannon Brown, Anita Nicole Brown and Brian Barber in a cast of 10.
Co-directors were Norton and Moore; Drew Pientka was DP; AD/line producer was Bruce Spielbauer, who also acts in the film. Special effects makeup and effects provided by Catherine Woods.
Production continues at the end of this month in Wisconsin and Chicago.
COMPOSER HEATHER MCINTOSH AND DIRECTOR STEPHEN CONE currently working on “Princess Cyd,” their third indie feature together, discuss how they share pivotal scoring choices at the “Creativity and Collaboration: The Composer-Director Relationship” evening Tuesday, Oct. 25, presented by IFP Chicago and Columbia College.
Georgia native now living in LA, McIntosh (“Z is for Zachariah”) is composer-in-residence at Columbia’s Music Composition for the Screen program. She has twice made the Academy Awards shortlist of composers, in 2013 and again in 2015.
Stephen Cone, (“Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party”) has been writing, directing and producing indie films here for the past 10 years. He also teaches at Northwestern University.
At Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash, 8th floor. Doors open at 6:30, program at 7 p.m. Free to IFP members; $20 general admission and available at IFP Chicago Events.