REELSCREEN: News & Notes – 12/15/03

ACROSS THE HALL FOR MITIDIERO. Veteran editor Mickey Mitidiero and partner/business manager George Sosnowski closed their 21-year Lakeshore Productions and moved across the hall into KI Edit Design space. Mitidiero remains busy with his former clients, including Element 79 and Cramer/Krasselt, while Studio 300 continues to operate in old Lakeshore side of 540 N. Lake Shore Dr. KI (rhymes with sky) is the editing house of editors Paul Kopchak and Anthony Izzo, and editor Paul Hendricks and business manager Doreen Izzo. Phone number is 312/276-0706.

RAVES FOR “UNCLE NINO.” The Bob Shallcross-David James feature starring Joe Mantegna got an excellent boost on its road to distribution when it opened Dec. 5 in Grand Rapids and Muskegon. “It played to sold out audiences with many turned away,” reported James. John Douglas’ movie review in the Grand Rapids Press was glowing and he noted Pierrino Mascarino’s performance as Uncle Nino, calling the film a must see for families this holiday season.

HERE’S A SHOCKER! Venerable Producers Color Service of Detroit was closed down, suddenly, after more than 50 years in business. Rumor has it, the company could not repay a snowballing bank loan and the bank foreclosed. Earlier, equipment had been sold off but nobody thought much of it. Employees were stunned when they arrived at work and found doors padlocked and lawyers waiting to tell them to return home. Rumor has it that Grace & Wild will acquire PCS’ two magnificent sound stages.

AND ANOTHER ONE. The Tape House of New York is selling a significant amount of equipment by order of a bankruptcy court. The equipment being sold is not deemed necessary to further its operation, noted a flyer circulating local post houses, and the forced sale is considered a downsize, not a closure. Todd Finn of Woburn, Mass. is handling the auction.

AN EMMY FOR DOC. A documentary that exists in five versions, and was two years in the making on a shoestring budget won a local Emmy in the public affairs category. “Too Flawed to Fix: The Illinois Death Penalty Experience” was produced by Jackie Rivet River, famous for her humanitarian docs, and John Lyons, a recent Columbia College grad, “and an Amnesty International Illinois Death Penalty Coordinator and wise beyond his years,” said River. Many good people, including DP/editor David Moravec, along with Mike Torchia, Andrew Ryann, Bill Wallace, Richard Ball and Tom Yore, contributed fully to the film.

DDB ARTISTS EXHIBIT. A variety of art by 18 gifted DDBers will be exhibited one day only, Dec. 17, at the agency. Called “Enemies of the Ordinary,” it features paintings by Tom Fath, Bruce Cascia, Todd Treleven, Vaughnda Johnson, and Byron Reaves; paintings and a bronze by Sarah Hayes; Bill Pisarri’s paintings, film and sculpture; Maire Kennedy’s sculptural painting; Kathy Baker’s paintings and voodoo dolls. There are photographs by Julie Chenevert, Kraig Krueger, Chris Eustice, Marty Kohr and Parry Metz. And Janet Webber’s book about flamingos; Tim Souers Cubs journal; Matt Bergstrom’s buildings models and drawings and a carved fish by Mike Schif.