REELSCREEN: News & Notes

MOVERS & SHAKERS. Editor Adam Soboscienski moves over from a nine-year stint at Red Car, bringing the editing team to seven. His credits include Coors Light, test market spots for new low carb Coors Edge, Cub Cadet tractors, United Airlines, Vidal Sassoon…

Evie Silvers’ new company, Silvers Reps, signed award-winning DP/producer and HD specialist Rick Thompson of Indianapolis-based Richmarc Productions for Chicago representation. Call 312/498-0636 or Email esilvers@aol.com… Freelance production manager Jonathan Becker moved to L.A., where his sister, line producer Cindy Becker has been living.

SURPRISE GUEST. Lt. Gov. Patrick Quinn stopped in to wish his good friends, Helena and Man-Sung Son of SMS Productions, a happy 20th anniversary and took time to say a few words to the filmmakers who had just seen a reel of tape/film transfers. Quinn, who is familiar with Man-Sung’s connection to Asian producers and distributors, said he’d like to see Chicago become a center for world-wide filming “for years and years to come.” While he extolled the film business, he was reminded that he was preaching to the choir.

SWEET HOME PARTY. Some 600 guests expected for the Sweet Home Illinois party in L.A. Oct. 4 will be treated to a mini Taste of Chicago. Food is being provided by the Illinois Restaurant Association coordinated by Phil Stefani Signature Events. On Oct. 5, Harold Ramis and producer Albert Berger will be the keynote speakers at a breakfast for 200 L.A. producers. The major underwriter of the event is Driehaus Capital Management. Other benefactors include Sharon Angell, Bob Hogan/Teamsters 714 and Paul Oddo/Local 476. American Airlines is the official airlines sponsor.

EVENT KICKOFF. Here at Burnham Harbor, some 100 guests attended a Sweet Home Illinois’ kickoff party aboard the 100-ft. yacht, “The Golden Touch,” owned by Sharon and Charles Angell of Newlywed Foods. Guests from among film, political, business and social circles enjoyed Phil Stefani’s elegant hors d’oevres and cocktails and wines from Diageo.

LAURA LINNEY AT IFP CONFERENCE. Actress Laura Linney and director Dylan Kidd of the new indie movie “P.S.” headline the Oct. 21-24 IFP/Midwest conference at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. “P.S.” from Newmarket screens Friday, Oct. 22, after the premiere of production fund winner Anthony Collamati’s “The Apologies.” Eight panels with no overlaps run all day Friday and Saturday. Flyover Zone Fest is set for Saturday night.

DAY OF HD WORKSHOPS. Fletcher Chicago and Midwest Media Group host workshops Sept. 28 at Fletcher, 1000 N. North Branch: Producing for 24P, a non-technical overview, with presenters from both companies, 9-11 a.m.; technical, hands-on Varicam Camera Workshop, at varying times; Discreet Smoke demonstration, 12:30-3:30. HD equipment open house, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. See www.fletch.com/feEvent.asp?NextAction=Event&EID-99.

EURO RSCG GEARS UP. New management was named at the beleaguered French-owned Euro agency. CEO Ron Bess named Zain Raj EVP/chief marketing officer, formerly present/CEO of Brand XP. Chief creative officer Steffan Postaer will lead the Chicago office as well as the affiliated North America group of companies.

ESSANAY SHOOTS. Essanay equipment has been rolling for Cylops of New York Downstate and Iowa shoot for Archer Daniels Midland… L.A.’s O to 60’s huge Soldier Field shoot for a breast cancer PSA … Believe Me of Santa Monica here for McDonald’s/Burnett in suburban homes … Hyatt Hotels for L.A.’s Independent Media … Chicagoland Chevy Dealers for Waterkotte … L.A.’s Headquarters for Ford … and Chicago Story’s shoot for Carson’s on the Essanay stage. Aside: Essanay’s equipment rental for “Amityville Horror” ends Oct. 7 when the movie wraps. “Amityville” has been here since Aug. 1.

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