The Oct. 10-24 Chicago International Film Festival pays homage to Chicagoans this year, honoring producer/director George Tillman, Jr. with a Black Perspectives Tribute, and inviting Jennifer Hudson, star of Tillman’s new movie, to join the festivities Friday, Oct. 11.
Tillman receives the Career Achievement Award at the AMC River East theatre, followed by a screening of his “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete,” simultaneous with its release in select theatres by Codeblack Films.
Jennifer Hudson, who has never had an alcoholic drink or taken drugs in her life, stars as a drug addict, whose arrest forces her son and his best friend (the Mister and Pete of the title) to fend for themselves in the mean streets of Brooklyn.
An After-party at Altitude at the W Chicago Lake Shore Hotel immediately follows the tribute and film presentation.
Tillman, a Milwaukee native, and his producing partner, Chicagoan Bob Teitel, of State Street Films, are 1991 Columbia College grads, who headed for LA after producing several films that won accolades and awards.
Tillman’s first commercially successfully feature was the 1997 “Soul Food,” made in Chicago. He has returned many times to shoot here, including directing Reid Brody’s 2008 “Nothing Like the Holidays.”
This will be Hudson’s first appearance at Black Perspectives since 2008, when she sang at the tribute to Sidney Poitier.
A WRIGLEY’S 5 GUM SPOT from Energy BBDO released Monday was a collaboration of The Mill New York and Chicago and The Whitehouse. According to The Whitehouse EP Dan Bryant, the main figure, “The Archer,” was shot green screen at The Mill’s Manhattan office and all the heavy design and visual effects were created by The Mill staff here and edited by The Whitehouse.
Sarah Tomick was the agency’s online producer; creatives, senior art director Isaac Pagan Munoz and ACD/copywriter Bowen Mendelson.
For The Mill/Chicago: Adam Grint, CD, Steve Beck, CGI and Bowe King, design director; Andrew Sommerville, senior VFX producer; 2D compositing artists Dusty Miller, Randy McEntee and Grint.
For Whitehouse Post: editor Nikki Vapensky, EP Dan Bryant and producer Caitlin Morris.
LEVIATAN SIGNED West Coast representation with Claire Worch’s Claire & Company and on the East Coast with Rich Dunkin’s Ice Tea Productions. Tracy Bernard continues to rep the creative studio in the Midwest.
THIS WEEKEND, STORYTELLER HARRY PETRAKIS, chronicler of the Greek American experience in books and movies, will receive the FilmHellenes Honorary Award at the National Hellenic Museum, Sunday, Sept. 22.
Following a screening of Petrakis’ 1969 Chicago-set-and-shot “A Dream of Kings,” Q&A will be moderated by screenwriting professor John Petrakis. Last year’s honoree was Alexander Payne. The Greek Film Fest in Chicago will be held Nov. 7-11.
AD COMMUNITY SHORTS PROGRAM annually presented by the Midwest Independent Film Festival Oct. 1 will screen the work of agency and production company filmmakers Sandro, Nadav Kurtz, Alex Fendrich, Andy Spyrison, Eddie OKeefe and Matthew Mandarino, Tony Rogers, Ron Lazzeretti, Dave Urlakis and Frank Donnangelo.
They were selected by a jury of 22 primarily Chicago agency and production shop execs. Evening starts at 6 p.m. at Landmark Century Cinema, 2828 N. Broadway.
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