Thomas’ animated feature from play in development

Writer/EP Cheryl Thomas

CHERYL THOMAS is the writer and executive producer of the in-development animated feature Elv-olution, adapted from her own play, which ran in December at the Greenhouse Theater and is slated for a remount this Christmas season. 

It’s based on Jason Kinnear’s novel Elvolution from Sakura Publishing.  Thomas calls it “a quirky origin story of Santa’s elves — they migrated to the North Pole from an oppressive village in fictional Elbania a long time ago.

While it’s peppered with quirky humor, it is an inspiring tale of an oppressed group’s journey to freedom.”

Chris Poole, who directed the play, is also directing the film. Donnell McNairy is doing 2D animation, with illustrators Theora Kvitka and Margie Lawrence

HUNTER ADAMS (The Hunger Bull) wrapped production Feb. 3 on his sophomore feature Dig Two Graves, shot in and around downstate Shawnee National Forest.  

Ted LevineDanny GoldringSami Isler, and Troy Ruptash star. P.J. Fishwick is producer, Claire Connelly line producer, Philip S. Plowden and Jon Parkerassociate producers.  Adams wrote the script with Jeremy Phillips.

FUTURE WEATHER, the debut feature by Carbondale native and Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy alumna Jenny Deller, has its Chicago premiere in a weeklong run starting Feb. 22 at the Gene Siskel Film Center

Newcomer Perla Haney-Jardine stars as an abandoned teen obsessed with ecological disaster.  With Amy MadiganLili TaylorBill Sadler and Marin Ireland.

AMANDA PETERS, director of operations for full-service production and post houseFOUR Productions, is directing the 30-minute TV pilot Limbo, about “a close knit group of friends [that] parties all the time and often de-prioritizes their careers.”

FILMMAKER MARK HARRIS will teach a screenwriting class for those who are serious about learning “The Art of Writing a Hollywood Script,” March 9, Ice Theater Lawndale,  3330 W. Roosevelt Road, 1:30-3:30 p.m.  Cost is $20 for adults and $10 for college students.

STEVEN SUMMERS of Wexford Bayne Productions is directing the feature drama The Glass House, a triptych of interwoven stories “focusing on the emotional, moral and practical impact on the decision of bringing children into today’s world.”  Summers teaches in DePaul’s Digital Cinema department. 

MUSIC BOX FILMS will release French writer-director Alice Winocour’s César-nominated feature debut, the period drama Augustine, this spring.  Chanteuse Sokostars as a seizure-prone kitchen maid who is sent to a psychiatric hospital on a diagnosis of hysteria. 

Music Box’s William Schopf and Ed Arentz made the deal with Grégoire Melin of Kinology.

TOMASZ WYSOCKI of Motion in Stills is directing the Polish-language short Frozenfrom his own script about an ice fisherman contemplating his father. Dan Mott is producer. DP, Arthur Swidzinski. Wysocki’s short White Walls was featured in the Cannes Film Festival’s Short Film Corner last year.

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