Chicago natives working in LA — actor Michael Shannon, producers Albert Berger, Bob Teitel and Laurel Ward, plus home-based director John McNaughton -– will be among the Chicago and Hollywood film pros participating in the Oct. 20 Chicago Film & Media Summit & Expo.
The Summit & Expo is sponsored by the Chicago Dept. of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and will be held in the Cultural Center. As such, it’s taking the place of the Independent Feature Project’s (IFP) annual fall conferences that disappeared several years ago.
Eleven panels and presentations will cover various aspects of funding, production and distribution.
- One of those panels will be a concept-to-completion case study of McNaughton’s new indie horror thriller, “The Harvest,” with panelists Michael Shannon, its star, producers Steven A. Jones and Kimberly Jose’ and the screenwriter Stephen Lancellotti.
“The Harvest” will have premiered at the Chicago International Film Festival Oct. 19, the night before the Summit.
- Top Chicago feature producer Jones will moderate “Producing the Chicago Way” panel, about the resources and advantage of filming here, with Chicago natives Albert Berger and Bob Teitel. Veteran producer Albert Berger’s feature “Nebraska,” directed by Oscar-winning director Alexander Payne, screens Oct. 16 at CIFF. Teitel is the partner of George Tillman, Jr. in State Street Films, two of Columbia College’s most illustrious alums.
- On the Chicago side of the panels, Milos Stehlik, Facets Multimedia founder/director will lead a group of distributors, sales agents and festival programmers in a panel on “Decoding Distribution: From VOD to DIY.”
- Grace McPhillips’ Chicago Acting in film Meetup Group will discuss “Talent Casting for Producers and Directors,” and other sessions will cover “Transmedia Storytelling,” “The Art of the Trailer,” “Exploring the Web Series” and “Creating Partnerships for Documentarians.
The industry Steering Committee of 20 representatives from various film organizations is largely organizing the Film & Media Summit panels. Other panels have been announced, with more to come.
Meanwhile, on the Expo exhibitor front, committee member CIMMfest associate director David Moore, is lining up 50 Expo exhibitors. Some exhibitor tables are still available, Moore says, and you can Email Dave Moore if you want to get your brand out there at no cost. The Expo will be held in the beautiful Tiffany domed GAR Hall.
The Chicago Film and Media Summit & Expo is free and open to all, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington.
Sidebar: Reel Chicago will have a table and looks forward to meeting its readers.