BIG PARTY TONIGHT hosted by Corey Coken and Jamie Vanadia’s NoiseFloor to celebrate the opening night of the seventh consecutive year of CIMMfest, which, in association with city-sponsored Lake FX Summit + Expo, is our answer to SXSW.
The Chop Shop / lst Ward in Wicker Park is giving guests a Red Carpet welcome, starting at 10 p.m. and going until 1 a.m.
The party will serve complimentary Lagunitas beer and Jameson Irish whiskey signature drinks. Dancing into the night (literally) to music by Numero Group DJs.
SPIKE LEE heard directly Mayor Emanuel’s displeasure at the “Chiraq” title of the director’s movie due to shoot in Englewood this summer, at a Wednesday meeting at City Hall. We heard that Lee’s movie is based on a famous ancient Greek anti-war drama, updated to two warring gang leaders and how it affects the community. The mayor didn’t say if Lee agreed to change the title.
KEY CODE MEDIA was named #1 Nationwide Reseller of the Year, providing reseller and system integrator services to production, broadcast and post.
The awarding vendors were Avid Worldwide Reseller of the Year, Facile Technologies Nationwide Reseller of the Year, Newel Nationwide Reseller of the Year, storageDNA Worldwide Reseller of the Year, Telestream Nationwide Reseller of the Year and Quantum Preferred Reseller.
Veteran reseller John Connelly, Sr. leads the Key Code Schaumburg office.
PIXAR DISNEY’S CHARACTER ARTIST Chris Sasaki will visit Columbia College Friday, April 17 to provide an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the studio’s latest film, “Inside Out,” that opens nationally next June.
Professionals are invited to attend. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the 6-7 p.m. presentation. Seats are limited so get there early. The event was SRO when recently presented in New York.
ENERGY BBDO’S BUD LIGHT business will have a new home in New York. The agency is moving the brand to its main office in Manhattan where it will continue to produce the work. This shouldn’t come as a surprise since AB InBev announced last December it would relocate its sales and marketing teams to New York from St. Louis.
NEW CHICAGO TOURISM SPOTS are going national for the first time, expanding beyond Midwest markets. The $2.2 million media campaign, developed by FCB Chicago for Choose Chicago, the city’s travel marketing arm, launched with an 80-second anthem video. TV spots will be 15 and 30-second versions.
The narration is enthusiastically delivered by Marc Kelly Smith, creator/founder of the International Poetry Slam movement.
The theme is based on Daniel Burnham’s advice, “Make no little plans” and was 15 months in development. “Chicago Epic” will run through August. Starcom USA is handling the media buys.
“THE LIBERATOR,” the Latino International Film Festival’s opening night film about Simon Bolivar proved so popular that it will screen again Friday, April 17, at the AMC River East 21 theatre at 7 p.m.
RUSSELL CROWE is scheduled to be in attendance at the Sunday, April 19 advance screening of his new movie, “The Water Diviner,” at the Kerasotes ICON theatre.
SPEED NETWORKING at Lake FX/CIMMfest Sunday brings industry pros together with attendees in 7-minute sit-down sessions at the Emporium, 1366 N. Milwaukee, 1-2:30 p.m.
They include: Scott Fetters (BOD, Chicago Music Commission); Kenneth Yoder (writer-director); Alexander Fruchter (owner, Closed Sessions); Martin Atkins (chair of the Music Business Program at SAE and author of Tour:Smart); Taylor Kravitt (Vicarious Venues, Bevy Chicago, 8 Track Management, Lincoln Park Tavern); Althea Legaspi (music curator); Kent Nielsen (owner, Fort Knox Studios); Chris Clark (Director of Music, Leo Burnett); Travis Life (artist attorney at Leavens, Strand & Glover); T.J. Sagen (manager, Disturbed); Abraham Mellish (singer-songwriter); Kate Drane (Indiegogo); Ben Hewitt (co-founder, Nusiki – Music Social Network); Jeff Becker (entertainment and media attorney, Swanson, Martin & Bell); Michael Nehs (post and audio); and Jessie LaBelle (senior creative director, Music Dealers).
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