Registration open for Aug. 26-28 48HR Film Project

THE CHICAGO 48 HOUR FILM PROJECT is back for the 12th year the weekend of Aug. 26-28 to see who can produce the best short film in only 48 hours based on a genre, character, prop and line of dialog that will be provided.

For the second consecutive year, director / editor Jerry Vasilatos is staging and producing the event from his new office space at Cinespace.

The winning short will compete against films from around the world at Filmapalooza 2017 for a crack at the grand prize and to screen at the Cannes Film Festival 2017, Court Metrage.

Early bird registration $140 now through Aug. 1.

VSA CEO DANA ARNETT and distinguished graphic designer Michael Bierut will discuss “The State of Design” June 21 along with the presentation of Bierut’s new book, “How to ..” at Fullerton Hall, Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tickets $15 at the door.

IN RESPONSE TO THE DEMAND for talent of all ages, Brian Boden’s Talent Group Inc., specializing in non-union talent, has expanded its services to include a children’s division. After years of being an adult-only agency, notes agent Briana Katz. “We now have 46 children in our talent pool and already more than half have been booked for voiceovers, commercials, corporate and print campaigns.”

AN EVENING OF F.A.M.E.,” Lily’s Talent Agency’s annual non-profit talent competition and silent auction, whose mission is to financially help performing artists advance their careers, will be held June 25.

Judges include Emmy winning TV anchor Robin Robinson, now a CPD spokesperson, multi-honored songwriter / producer Malik Yusef and other celebrities. At the Merit School of Music, 38 S. Peoria, 6-9 p.m. Tickets, $50, may be purchased here.

EXPLORE MEDIA of South Bend won four Telly Awards for commercials in its 37th annual competition: A top Silver Telly for a Martins Supermarket spot and Bronzes for University of Notre Dame and two Advantage Federal Credit Union spots. That adds up to 45 Telly and 12 Addy Awards in the production company’s 12 years in business.

THE CHICAGO LATINO NETWORK, the largest network of its kind, hosts its CLN Summer Celebration with a Cause Thursday, June 30 at Untitled night club at 111 W. Kinzie, 6 p.m.; tickets, $15. The event benefits Lydia Home Association that helps troubled families and children.

YOU WON’T SEE THE CUBS PLAY from a Wrigley Field rooftop(they’ll be on the road) but you will be able to see a good movie at “Skybox on Sheffield,” June 23, presented by Susie Linker’s Elevated Films. The first outdoor movie at a Wrigley rooftop under the stars is “How He Fell in Love,” starring Matt McGorry (“Orange is the New Black”) and Amy Hargreaves (“Homeland”).

At 3627 N. Sheffield. Doors open at 7 p.m., screening starts at sunset. Music by DJ Vinyl Voyage, beer and plenty of free snacks. Tickets are $15, and are available here!

REEL DETROIT. Publicis agencies Leo Burnett and DigitasLBi Detroit are planning to merge and thus create a new unit, Engage M-1, dedicated to serving their shred General Motor accounts.

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