Director’s 3X Cannes winning film screens Wednesday

A 2013 CANNES LION triple Grand Prix film will be presented here Wednesday by sales rep Tracy Bernard, on behalf of her client, B Reel, which produced the hourlong episodic film, “The Beauty Inside,” for client Intel and San Francisco agency Pereira & O’Dell.

B Reel’s founding owners, Pelle Nilsson and Petter Westlund from Stockholm, now living in LA, will host the event at the James Hotel.  For the past year, Bernard has represented the company with offices in Stockholm, New York, Los Angeles, Barcelona and London.  

As Bernard describes the film, a man wakes up every morning to discover he looks like someone else, but while “you can change the outside of yourself, the beauty comes from inside, from who are and that’s the theme of the film.”

Three hundred people from 13 countries auditioned via Skype to have their likenesses in the film, directed by Drake Doremus, who helms features – his “Breathe” will be released in November — and commercials.

Bernard says the event is open to all who wish to attend. Reception at 6 p.m., presentation at 7, at the James, 55 E. Ontario.

CHICAGO ACTRESS ILYSSA FRADIN was elected national vice president, mid-sized locals, at SAG-AFTRA’s Inaugural Convention last month in LA.  She is one of eight national VPs, marking the first time the newly-formed actors union has a full team of elected leaders.

Here at home, the local will offer its annual blood drive and free flu shots Monday, Oct. 21 at the Kaufherr Members Center, 1 E. Erie.   Donors will receive a voucher for a free half-hour headshot session (one look) with a local photographer, redeemable by Dec. 15.   Flu shots available 3-5 p.m. on a first come, first shot basis.

DIRECTOR GEORGE TILLMAN, JR., the Columbia College graduate who went on to large success as a Hollywood director, in partnership  with fellow Columbia alum and producer Bob Teitel, will have received two Achievement Awards this month.

On Friday, Oct. 10, the Chicago International Film Festival presents him with a Career Achievement Award, the same award the Milwaukee native received from the Milwaukee Film Festival a few weeks ago.

Tillman is represented for commercials by STORY.  He and STORY EP Cliff Grant are classmates and Grant plans on attending the event with some of STORY’S clients.

CHICAGO FILM & MEDIA SUMMIT, Sunday, Oct. 20 has garnered 700 registrations so far; its exhibit tables are filling up fast – still some openings, though — and eight panel discussions have been announced.

They are:  “Financing your Film in the Age of Celebrity by Crowd Funding;” “Producing: The Chicago Way;” “Decoding Distribution: From VOD to DIY;” “Case Study: The Harvest;” “Talent Casting for Producers and Directors;” “Documentary: Building Audience and Creating Impact; “The Art of the Trailer” and “Exploring Opportunities of Web Series Format.”

A CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD will be presented to actor Dale Benson in recognition of his more than a half century of continuous work in Chicago area theatre, at a ceremony Nov. 4 at the Drury Lane Theatre.

An Actors Equity member since 1959, Benson has performed on 25 Chicago area theatres. Over he has career he has earned many honors, serving as the Chicago Ambassador to the Humanities and Arts Conference in New York and seven Jeff Award nominations and one Jeff Award.

Take time out from the month’s super busyness and send news of what’s going on at your place to Ruth@reelchicago.com.

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