Independent Film Production Update

Parris Reeves’ horror feature “The Evil One,” financed by Florida’s Maverick/Breakaway and due for video release in August from Lion’s Gate, has its world premiere July 16-17 at Film Life’s American Black Film Festival in Miami. Reach Reeves at For more on the fest see

Cornerstone Pictures is holding auditions for its 35mm Christian romantic feature drama “Love’s Curves.” E-mail headshots and resumes to producer Jon Ross at

Filip J. Rymsza’s metaphysical feature “Sandcastles” will have its world premiere this August at Indiefest Chicago July 30-Aug. 8. The film headlines the Lato “Summer of Films” Festival Aug. 2-8 and screens at the Gdynia Polish Film Festival Sept. 13-18. Reach Rymsza at or see

Anthony Batie Sr. is beginning reshoots for his micro-budget DV feature “For Steppers Only,” the story of a girl who enters a dance contest to pay her college tuition. E-mail

Dave Heckler’s Image Five Productions is producing the short “Penance,” the 1982-set coming-of-age story of a gay teen confronting abuse in a Lutheran church. Reach Heckler at

Harmony Joyride Productions is in production on their 35-minute North Shore DV short “All This Murky Green,” a workplace comedy about electronics store employees who are amateur crime fighters. Greg Beam, Peter Ferry, and Kate Mortimer star. Ryan Wolff and Tim Ferrin direct a script by producer Justin Peters. Reach Peters at 224/436.0658.

Dave Hudson, who runs the West Suburban acting school Skitz-N-Sketchez Arts Academy, starts shooting his third children’s film “The Block,” Aug. 9 in and around his hometown of West Dundee. Cast includes child actors Mandy Cummings, Stephen Nitz, Jesse Greco, and Dean Schmeltz. “The Block” is written by Los Angeles screenwriter and Glen Ellyn native Daniel Redmond. Reach Hudson at 847/845-6333 or Hudson will premiere “The Block” at his second annual Main Street Film Festival in West Dundee. His “The Broom Closet Portal” played the first festival last May.

– by Ed M. Koziarski,