Independent Production Roundup

LANCE CATANIA of X-Ray Productions has completed post on his debut feature, the HD horror pic “Cup of My Blood.” Catania, a seasoned commercial director/DP, shot on HD in December 2003. Catania wrote the script with Ken Nilsson, who produced with Noel Olken of Waitergonebad Productions.

“Cup of My Blood” stars Daniel Patrick Sullivan, Janina Gavankar, Roger Anderson, Circus?Szalweski, and Lance Mulvaney. X-Ray co-owner Gene Cosentino is executive producer. Salvatore Peccoraro edited. Robert McNaughton scored and Doug Pieper and Phil Barrie did sound design at Bosco Productions. Effects by Sean McMenemy of SeanFX.

Producers rep Susan Jackson of Turtles Crossing, who repped the 2004 breakout horror pic “Cabin Fever,” signed on to rep “Cup of My Blood” last year after a trailer screened at the American Film Market. See

Jonathan Tucker and David Strathairn in “Relative Evil.”

TANYA WEXLER’S rehab drama “Relative Evil,” formerly “Ball in the House,” has gotten its long-awaited DVD release through Screen Media Ventures. “Relative Evil” shot here in 2000, debuted at the Toronto Film Festival Sept. 12, 2001, and struggled to find distribution despite strong receptions from reviewers and festival audiences.

Jonathan Tucker stars with Jennifer Tilly and David Strathairn. Ira Deutchman’s Redeemable Features produced. Local crew included line producer Christina Varotsis, 1st AD Bruce Terris, 2nd AD Marie Frick, production coordinator Jennifer Byrne. Casting by Tenner Paskal Rudnicke. See

BULLETPROOF FILM’S documentary “Axis of Evil” is out on DVD from Facets Video. Based on Jim Swanson’s book, “Axis of Evil” examines the Bush administration’s rhetorical use of the concept of evil to manipulate public opinion. Carmine Cervi directed and edited, and produced with Warren Leming, Ilko Davidov and Swanson. Morningstar Entertainment is distributor in Canada. See .

KITCHEN PRODUCTIONS are in production on their SAG-experimental debut feature “Legit,” which shoots on DV through February. Director James W. Boinski stars as a mobster-turned-nightclub owner trying to cut his mob ties. Boinski wrote the script with executive producer John Stemberg and producer Richard Strimer. “Legit” co-stars Norm Boucher, Allen Kalfas, Angie Schoofs, and Stemberg and Strimer. DP is Rocky Jones of Handheld Films (“Lost Girls”). Email Stemberg at

DON WINTER’S dramatic short “13 Days in April” screens Feb. 4-6 at the Dam Short Film Festival in Boulder City, Nev., and March 10-20 at the 29th Cleveland International Film Festival. Winter directed from Joe Calomino’s based-on-a-true story script. “13 Days in April” stars Robert Kitchen, Marsha Estell, Jody Wilson, and Christina Adachi. DP, Therese Sherman. Music by Nicholas Tremulis. John Wyllie Produced.

Winter executive produced with Mark Harris. Winter shot Harris’ directorial debut “Why Men Cheat,” due out on DVD from Richmond, Va.-based Day for Night Films. Email

RUSTY NAILS presents a selection of Movieside shorts as part of the IFP/Chicago-Facets Film Series Wednesday, Feb. 9 at Facets Multi-Media, 1517 W. Fullerton. Screenings at 7 p.m., workshop at 6. See

CHICAGO SCRIPTWORKS presents a staged reading of David Bright’s comedy feature screenplay “H.U.D.” Feb. 9 at The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia. Reception at 6:30 p.m., performance at 7. Caren Evers directs the reading. Bright’s urban comedy script “White Elephant Party” is slated for production this year. See

KIM BAER and DIANA ROMERO present a reading of their feature script “The Soul of a Man,” Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. at The Leopard Lounge, 1645 W. Cortland. Baer and Romero are co-producing the film. Email

REELTIME INDEPENDENT FILM & VIDEO FORUM seeks submissions of documentaries, as well as features, shorts and animation, for monthly screenings at the Evanston Public Library and Northwestern University Block Museum of Art. See

AARON COVICH and COLBY HANIK of Villa Park-based Gimpydog Productions were honored by the DV Awards for outstanding achievement in digital production, for their feature “Envying Alice.” See

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