Funeral services set for cameraman Andy Lock; two Wisconsin indies start production

Funeral services for longtime sports cameraman Andy Lock of AndyCam, who died from a heart attack Wednesday, will be held Tuesday, Aug. 26 at St. John’s Church in Kankakee at 11 a.m.

Mr. Lock had been filming pre-game White Sox interviews prior to the game at U.S. Cellular Field when he was stricken.

Visitation is Monday, 4-9 p.m. at the Schreffler Funeral Home, also Kankakee; call 815/932-2421.

FILM WISCONSIN: Business is bustling with two indie films in the works, and two others in preproduction, reports FilmWisconsin executive director Scott Robbe.

*Eric Stoltz, Camryn Manheim and Seymour Cassel star in the historical drama/romance “Fort McCoy,” written by writer/producer/actress Kate Connor, based it on her mother’s experiences at Fort McCoy during WWII. Now shooting in LaCrosse.

*Actor John Savage leads the cast of “Nephilim,” set to start filming Sept. 13 in Green Bay and Milwaukee. A MarshHawk Productions in conjunction with Green Bay’s Pulse Studios.

Director Danny Wilson (“Darkest Days”) co-wrote with Darren Foster; producer is Wisconsin native Susan Moses (“Possibility,” “Midnight Cabaret”).

Upcoming are “Motel, Gas Station,” from screenwriter Mary Sweeney (“Mulholland Drive”)and Sabrina Sutherland (“Lost Highway”), with Sweeney directing, and “Nonames,” about friends in a small town, slated for filming in Wisconsin Rapids.

MORE EMMY NOMINATIONS than ever this year for the 2008 regional competition and they will be revealed at the Sept. 9 nominations party. It will be held at the swanky new Trump International Hotel and Tower’s Grand Ballroom and just seeing it should be worth the $25 fee.

THREE CREATIVES JOIN CRITICAL MASS, Omnicom’s digital marketing agency: CD Jon Andexler, from Avenue A/Razorfish, AD Vanessa Donley from AbelsonTaylor and ACD Rina Mallick from Y&R’s Wunderman unit.

CHICAGO 2016 OLYMPICS SUPPORTERS can get into the act of telling by creating an under-60-second video on why Chicago is the best place for the 2016 games. Special channel Chicago2016.org allows videomakers to post their work.

ORCHESTRA HALL RECORDING STUDIO owned and operated by long-standing musicians Lanny Grilly and Jeff Kier, holds a grand opening Aug. 21 at its new, bigger, better studio at 2341 N. Milwaukee.

Formerly Swing Odyssey Studio of Evanston, the new facility caters to classical and jazz markets, and producers original music and sound design for theatre and dance companies, film and video.

A reason to boast: Their concert Steinway was judged to be “one of the finest recording pianos in existence,” by a Steinway representative.

NEW AT HOOTENANNAY is executive director Don Avila, who joins from JWT, where he had been director of JWTwo, the agency’s in-house editorial facility, a creative director and senior producer.

MEET THE VEEPS: At DraftFCB, they are studio manager Tarek El-Mofty, a 10-year agency veteran, and executive producer, Qwest Sam Ciaramitaro, who joined the agency in 2006 as a senior producer.

Side dish: Ciaramitaro recently produced a six-part TV series, “The Show,” about six Minor League Baseball players trying to make it to the Majors.

*At National Cinemedia, the biggest digital in-theatre network in North America, Pam Biederman was promoted to SVP/central division where she leads the Midwest national sales team.

ADD “AUTHOR” to award-winning film director/agency art director Scott Smith’s many creative achievements. His first novel, “Like Dizzy Gillespie’s Cheeks,” was published by iUniverse and is available in print at Barnes & Nobel at Clybourn and Webster Place.

Smith describes “Cheeks” as a humorous look into the life of Sam Greene, a Chicago jazz pianist, stuck playing dingy bars, museum benefits and Nordstrom’s half-yearly sales.

Smith will be reading from “Cheeks” Oct. 15 at the Book Cellar on Lincoln Ave. as part of a local author night there.

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