Framestore, Music Box, “Anne and Andy,” and more

The old Pabst Brewery

The old Pabst Brewery

John Ridley Transforms Beer City into Film City

According to Deadline, Oscar-winner John Ridley will team up with Milwaukee film organizations and studios to transform a former 40,000 square-foot Pabst Brewery into No Studios.

Ridley brings his depth of experience and history of excellence to Milwaukee. He has written, directed, and produced dozens of influential films and is internationally known for his Oscar-winning adapted screenplay for 12 Years a Slave.

No Studios will foster filmmakers and artists during the creative process, and screenings will be a regular occurrence at the massive facility once designed to brew PBRs — Cheers!

Cinespace Expands Studio Space in Toronto

According to CTV News Toronto, Cinespace Film Studios plans to build a 165,000 square-foot studio in the Port Lands neighborhood of Toronto, Ontario.

This expansion follows Cinespace’s recent development of a 50,000 square-foot addition to its studios in the Etobicoke district of Toronto. The development of more studio space has been a priority for Mayor John Tory who works with city agencies and Cinespace to ensure the demands of the $2,000,000,000 Toronto film industry are met.

Call for Entry: ChicagoMade Short Films to be Screened at Millennium Park

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and the Chicago Film Office are once again offering short filmmakers the opportunity to screen their works at one of the city’s most-iconic venues, Millennium Park.

Chicago filmmakers are invited to submit their shorts that are no longer than five minutes, and those selected will receive $200 and have their films shown during Chicago’s 6th Annual Millennium Park Summer Film Series (June 5 through Aug 21).

All submissions are due by 11:59 pm on May 1, 2018.

For more information, click here.

“Anne and Andy” Released Online

Jordan Selander’s feature film, Anne and Andy, is finally released online. In this narrative about punk rock in Chicago, Andy (Andrew Palmer) and Anne (Alex Seligsohn) struggle with their relationships, drugs, and identities. This movie provides insight into the often-overlooked punks that thrive in Chicago’s Westside. Anne and Andy comes across as a documentary about the lives of the actors and Selander himself, and it serves as a reflection of how many punks view themselves.



Framestore Wins Oscar for Best Visual Effects

Framestore, a visual effects company with locations in Montréal, Pune, London, New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, won a well-deserved Oscar for Blade Runner 2049’s visual effects.

Along with the convincing recreation of a 23-year-old Sean Young, the VFX team at Framestore masterfully honored the stylized effects of Blade Runner (1982) and complimented the visual vision of the sequel’s Director of Photography, Roger Deakins.

Deakins also brought home an Oscar for his work on Blade Runner 2049.

Oscars Continue at Music Box Theatre

Music Box Theatre continues the celebrations all week and the next by showing films that received Oscars and nominations at the 90th Academy Awards, such as A Fantastic Woman, Loveless, and Phantom Thread. The Music Box also welcomes visitors to witness the following 2018 Oscar Documentary Shorts: Traffic Stop, Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405, Edith + Eddie, Heroin(e), and Knife Skills.

For information on screening times, click here.

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