“Emerald City” video for punk band The Tossers album

The Tossers in “Emerald City”

ERIC RICHTER, Victory Records’ in-house video producer, has a new video for The Tossers’ “Emerald City,” the title track off the Gaelic punk band’s new album.  The song is front man Tony Duggins’s love letter to his hometown.

Richter and DP/Steadicam operator Dustin Smith shot the band playing at Victory’s West Loop office, and they also captured extensive roving shots of Chicagoans all over town.

“We’d stick the camera in anyone’s face to get as honest of a reaction out of people as we could, which I felt was important to the feel of the video,” Richter says.  “I think I almost got hit by a bus, a cab, and a biker during the shoot.”

Sara Chapman supplied scenes of St. Patrick’s Day parades and other local atmosphere from Media Burn’s deep vault of Chicago archival footage.

The Tossers play March 16 at Metro.


BILL SEBASTIAN’S Qwerty, a romance between a recluse and a tournament Scrabble player, is the March feature at the Midwest Independent Film FestivalRoger Ebert called it “charming, winning and sweet.”  

Dana Pupkin and Eric Hailey in QwertySebastian’s wife Dana Pupkin stars with Eric Hailey, Bill Redding, and Joel WiersemaJuliet McDaniel wrote the script.  Pupkin and Sebastian produced with Jeremy Truelove and Lake County Film Festival founder Nat Dykeman

It’s March 5 at Landmark’s Century Centre, 2828 N. Clark St.  Doors at 6 p.m., producers panel at 6:30, screening at 7:30, after party at Avenue Tavern, 2916 N. Broadway.


FATHER AND SON FILMMAKERS Kurt and Nick Gerber of Gerber + Scapelli Photography are making Operation Route 66, a documentary about their transcontinental road trip, during which they interviewed veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan transitioning back to civilian life.


THE 6th ANNUAL PEACE ON EARTH FILM FESTIVAL opens March 7 with Ben Moses’s A Whisper to a Roar, chronicling democracy movements in Egypt, Malaysia, Ukraine, Venezuela and Zimbabwe. 

The festival, which celebrates nonviolence, tolerance, social justice, and ecological balance, runs through March 10 at the Chicago Cultural Center, 67 E. Washington St., with six feature documentaries, three narrative features, seven short docs, five narrative shorts, and seven student films.

WRITER/PRODUCER RAM GOETZ and director John Santiago of ShutOut Productions are making the feature drama Blame this March.  Joe Rubin stars as a bodybuilder striving to overcome trauma from a past abusive relationship.  With Amber Calderon, Jay Disney, and Kersten HaileCorey Powers is DP.  Production designer, Tanner Masseth.


CINEMA SLAPDOWN March 13 at Columbia College centers around one of 2012’s most provocative film, Compliance, with Facets Multimedia founder Milos Stehlik versus Frederick  Miller, MD, PhD, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, North Shore University Health System.  Referee’d by associate professor and Talk Cinema host Ron Falzone, at Film Row cinema, 1104 S. Wabash, 7 p.m.

MIKE (TAPIOCA) HOULIHAN’s documentary Our Irish Cousins, covering the “solid green link between Chicago and Ireland” through Houlihan’s trip to the Ould Sod to explore his roots, screens in the Gene Siskel Film Center’s 16th Annual European Union Film Festival, March 13 at 8:15 p.m. at 164 N. State St.

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