“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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Chicago Film Office
Illinois Film Office
Chicago International Film Festival
Acme Props & Modeling
Street Level Youth Media
Johnsonese Brokerage LLC
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
Key Code Media
Gene Siskel Center
Pulse Video Productions
Actors Training Center
Second City Training Center
Chicago International Movies and
Chicago Acting In Film Meet-Up
International Latino Film Festival
Essanay/St. Augustine Restoration
Midwest Film Festival
Irish Film Festival
City Lights Orchestra
30 Seconds Over Chicago
Columbia College Chicago