Music experts speak to ‘Salon’

Chicago Filmmakers is experimenting with a “Salon Series” of new informal discussions with experts on various subjects to supplement its slate of production courses.

The series kicks off Feb. 13 with two prominent music composers, Mark Messing and Dr. Ilya Levinson, discussing the art and technique of scoring for films.

Maestro-Matic co-founder and innovative composer Mark Messing has scored several indie features (“Temporary Girl,” “The Unspoken”) and designed sound for various theatrical productions. He is musical director for Redmoon theatre. A musician, Messing performs with Ten Tongues, Maestro Subgum and the Whole and DHS and was a co-founder of the Loofah Method multimedia performance group.

His fellow composer is Russian born Ilya Levinson, PhD,who has written music for many high-end television documentaries and local orchestras. He is the composer-in-residence with American Music Festivals and an instructor at the U. of C. and winner of many competitions and fellowships.

The evening’s co-sponsor is the American Composers Forum of Chicago. “This is the kind of event we eventually want to have on a regular basis,” said Filmmakers program director Patrick Friel. He and Filmmakers’ founder Brenda Webb, comprise the North Side film center’s staff.

CHICAGO FILMMAKERS in April will start celebrating its 30th anniversary in December with retrospectives of films shown at Filmmakers since 1973, one person shows of present and former key filmmakers and an historical survey of 70-80 years of independent film production in Chicago. Filmmakers is located at 5243 N. Clark.