Film community events rock the weekend

Open Television
& Stage 18
host a celebration,
Eleven04 &
Third Beacon
throw a soiree
on Friday night

The opportunity to support Chicago filmmakers and projects is one of the coolest things about being a part of the Windy City production community. There is a chance to do both at events happening in and around Cinespace studios on Friday night.


Open Television’s 2019 lineup underscores the brilliance that the platform has established since it was founded in 2015. Featuring four new, original pieces of content — Damaged Goods, FOBia, The Right Swipe, and Good Enough — the “biggest cycle to date” drew a sold-out crowd when it was introduced at the Museum of Contemporary Art in April.

OTV’s commitment to inclusivity and support cast a safe and friendly mood throughout the MCA when the shows were launched. It also came with late-night style interviews and music that were executed perfectly between the big-screen presentations.

Described as a “platform for intersectional pilots and series” that supports “Chicago artists,” OTV is a place where the entertainment and the hospitality appeal to everyone. There’s something really special happening here. See what it’s about and meet some of the people involved at Stage 18 on Friday night.

Friday July 12, 6–9 p.m.
Stage 18 Chicago, 2558 W 16th St, Chicago, Illinois 60608
For tickets, click here.


Combing production and post under the same West Side roof, Eleven04 and Third Beacon are on a mission to make industry-wide collaboration an everyday thing.

Eleven04 is “a startup film equipment rental house and production company that is funded and managed by Columbia and DePaul film students and alumni.” Third Beacon is “a film and video studio proudly offering services in both pre-production and post-production.”

Their joint venture — The Indie Co-Lab — is described as “a coalition of filmmakers and businesses whose aim is to support and grow the independent filmmaking community here in Chicago.”

The West Pilsen space that houses the arrangement will include “a 40×40 sound stage, editing suite, full kitchen and lounge and co-working space for all filmmakers to take advantage of.”

The party that launches it will include “free food and beverages, short film screenings from local filmmakers, a local artist showcase, a filmmaker-designed Instagram corner, and raffle prizes from sponsored vendors.”

The hosts appear to know everyone involved in the Chicago production and post community, especially because the RSVP tickets have sold out and the last-minute extras are going fast.

But not to worry, the invitation promises that, “you can still come without rsvp, and we will try our best to accommodate you.”

Friday, July 12, 2019 at 7–11:59 p.m.
2059 W Hastings St, Unit B, Chicago, Illinois 60608
For tickets, click here.

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