|IFO Director Brenda Sexton
John Crededio may sue the state of Illinois over the remarks its representative, IFO director Brenda Sexton, made at the recent IFP Filmmakers Conference.
A shocked audience, fellow government employee panelists and film commissioners from other states heard the film “czarina” disparage Chicago Studio City owner Crededio at a panel discussion about what government can do for the indie filmmaker.
In response to a question about Studio City’s status, Sexton responded that the state would not do business with Studio City because the owner ? whom she does not personally know ? had a “checkered past” and “criminal associations.”
Sexton ended her allegations with a warning to herself; that she better not say anything more or she could end up with broken kneecaps.
A stunned filmmaker said, “If she’s smearing the CSC like this to the community, what does she say to the people when she’s out in L.A.?” Another filmmaker commented, “What kind of impression does that make on the other state film commissioners who were here? What kind of twisted stories about Chicago will they take back with them?”
Many believe the former commercial real estate broker’s imprudent remarks were motivated by her desire to promote her scheme for the state to acquire a site other than Studio City for soundstages.
It is well known that Sexton is actively pursuing state funds to convert the former steel plant at 95th and Stony Island into soundstages at a cost of $10 million.
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