Sam Macon helms “Sign Painters,” Radar’s first feature

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RADAR STUDIOS FIRST FEATURE, the hit documentary Sign Painters, directed by Radar’s Sam Macon and artist/photographer/filmmaker Faythe Levine, adapted from their 2012 book about the embattled art of hand-painted signage, will preview at a private screening Oct. 23 at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Timm Gable and Jonah Mueller produced; cinematographer was Travis Auclair; Bill Marmor and Jeff Dwyer co-edited with color by Nolo Digital Film.

Since its debut last March at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Sign Painters has had 46 screenings throughout the US, Canada, New Zealand, Turkey, Singapore, Spain and Scotland, The 15 scheduled screenings between Oct. 4 and Dec. 31 include Canada, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland and Germany.

137 FILMS, the producers of docs Gold Hugo winner The Believers and The Atom Smashers, on Oct. 4 will host its annual Science Fair, celebrating its 9th anniversary.

The evening features science experiments, previews of 137 Films current productions, cocktails, including “The Cold Fusion,” music, entertainment and a chance to win to raffle tickets to The Colbert Report.  At 1133 W. Fulton Market, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets, $50 in advance, $60 at the door.

L. PAT WILLIAMS of Serpentwise Pictures’ gang drama, Game of Bones, premieres in October at the Harper Theater and is available now online.  A. J. Brown stars as a gang leader dealing with a series of double crosses.  With Steven Dawkins, Susanmarie T. Reese, Deshon Andrae, Ryan Flennoy, and Kaylan Armstrong.  Williams wrote the script with Robert Williams and produced with Sarah McCreary and Winston Coombs.

JOE LOSURDO and CHRISTINA TILLMAN’s punk musical Sacrificial Youth has its East Coast premiere at the CBGB Film & Music Fest, Oct. 11 at 11:30 a.m. and Oct. 12 at 9:30 p.m. at Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Avenue in New York.

THE 3rd ANNUAL ENGLEWOOD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL opens with a screening of festival director Mark Harris’s Black Coffee, No Sugar, No Cream, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Chatham 14, 210 E. 87th St.  Tiffany Hines, Christian Keyes, and Darrin Dewitt Henson star in a story about a man fighting to hold onto the business his father built.

WOLF POINT MEDIA is in production on the second season of its inaugural web series The Scarlet Line, which premiered Aug. 31.  Kathrynne Wolf stars as a retired member of a secret society of avenging women, working with a police detective (Joe Gandurski) to bring down a rogue member.

FORMER TENNIS PRO Elena Chernyakova, who also played for Northwestern, joins the cast of Claude Reid’s thriller Psychotic, about a couple who murders their roommates and friends.  Reid is producing with Christopher Free through their NuConcepts Productions.

TAVORES JOHNSON of Puissant Productions is making the action thriller True Grace, about an FBI agent battling corruption inside the bureau.  Johnson is producing with Marcus Martin and Christopher Bailey.

SARA PEAK CONVERY’S personal documentary, I Never Said I Wasn’t Happy, examining her parents’ conflicted marriage, premiered Sept. 26 at the Patio Theatre. Convery, a filmmaker and a fine artist, looks at her parents’ relationship the lens of painting, photography, 16mm film and revealing interviews.

Her film, Janis: A Daughter’s Portrait, was a winner in the Documentary Short category at the 2007 Landlocked Film Festival. I Never Said I Wasn’t Happy expands on the earlier film’s themes.

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