TV’s Dick Wolf to keynote Sunday’s Film Summit

Dick Wolf, TV show creator/producer

“Law and Order’s” Dick Wolf, who’s here filming two NBC TV shows will be the keynote speaker at Sunday’s Chicago Film and Media Summit & Expo at the Cultural Center at 5 p.m.  But be forewarned – his speech is open for registrants only so sign up to attend now.

With Wolf’s special appearance, registration probably will hit an estimated 1,200. Attendance is free, starts at 10 a.m. and ends after Wolf’s speech, at 6 p.m.

“Given his illustrious career, I’m certain he’ll have many intriguing insights to share with our filmmaking community,” touts Mayor Emanuel, who himself was cited as one of Chicago filmdom’s 50 Screen Gems 2013 by Newcity for being so welcoming to Hollywood entertainment projects.

Writer/producer Wolf has a tie to Chicago, besides his current “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago PD” series. Back in the day, he wrote episodes for Chicago-set “Hill Street Blues” that filmed here 1981 to 1987. The two-time Emmy winner began his career as an advertising executive.

Panel highlights

Prior to Wolf’s talk will be a continuous flow of eight panels, headlined by Michael Shannon who stars in director John McNaughton and producer Steven A. Jones’ new horror thriller, “The Harvest,” which will premiere at CIFF Oct. 19. 

Producer Bob Teitel, partner with recently CIFF honoree George Tillman, Jr. (“The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete”), and producer Albert Berger (“Nebraska”) lead a panel called “Producing the Chicago Way.”  These prominent filmmakers are Chicago natives.

The Summit is also presenting a special all-Chicago “The Festival of Festivals,” a reely good idea that should help boost the city’s indie cinema reputation.  “Festival” films are those that showcased in the myriad of local fests, such as CIFF, CIMMfest, Black Harvest, Chicago Comedy, Underground, Irish, Latino, Polish, Reeling:LGT International and many others.

On Saturday night, Cinespace president Alex Pissios is hosting a Pre-Summit Reception at the studio for invitation-only guests.

A variety of exhibitors

To date, some 40 film-related companies and organizations will exhibit (although production and post houses and music companies are visibly absent from the list below) in the GAR Hall under the Tiffany Dome.

Dave Moore, associate director of CIMMfest, is in charge of exhibitor signups. Still time through Thursday to sign up.  Contact Moore at 773/895-6209 or Email


Chicago Film Office

Illinois Film Office

Chicago International Film Festival

Poster Boss

Dodd Camera

Acme Props & Modeling

Facets Multimedia

Street Level Youth Media

Walkwest Productions

Johnsonese Brokerage LLC

Stiff Investigations


Lawyers for Creative Arts

Natalie Viteterna Makeup Artist

Foxy by Alexis Garcia

Polish Film Fest

Chicago Underground Film

School of Art Institute

Actors Training Center

Daufenbach Camera

Key Code Media


O’Connor Casting


Kartemquin Films

Gene Siskel Center


Pulse Video Productions

Actors Training Center

Second City Training Center

Chicago International Movies and

Music Festival

Chicago Acting In Film Meet-Up

International Latino Film Festival

Essanay/St. Augustine Restoration

Midwest Film Festival

Irish Film Festival

Kenneth Hale

Chicago Filmmakers

City Lights Orchestra

Creative Solutions

30 Seconds Over Chicago

Canon Camera

Josh Lamb

Columbia College Chicago

Northwestern University