Two Chicago connections to Marvel’s “Ant-Man” hit

David Dastmalchian

ACTOR DAVID DASTMALCHIAN, an ensemble member of the Shattered Globe Company and Caffeine Theatre, is in Marvel Studio’s $132 million blockbuster “Ant-Man,” playing Kurt, one of Ant-Man’s cohorts. 

The movie stars Paul Rudd in the title role, Michael Douglas, Judy Greer, John Slattery and Bobby Cannavale and many more.

Dastmalchian, who studied drama at The Theatre School at DePaul, last year produced his first indie feature, “Animals,” now available on VOD.  He stars in the 2016 action/thriller, “The Belko Experiment,” along with fellow Chicagoans Michael Rooker, Tony Goldwyn and Rusty Schwimmer in the cast.

“ANT-MAN’S” MAIN-ON-END TITLES were created by Sarofsky, the West Loop design-driven firm of Erin Sarofsky that also created titles for “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Captain America” The Winter Soldier.”

The company can’t reveal the actual wok until the film’s Blu-Ray release later this year, although Sarofsky did say, “Conceptually, these main-on-end titles are intricately connected to the film’s overall narrative … in what we consider to be our very best work.”

TWO YEAR OLD AGENCY O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul was named 2015 Agency of the Year at Advertising Age’s Small Agency Awards in Boston July 30. The two-year old agency of Tom O’Keefe, Matt Reinhard and Nick Paul is best known for their work for Big Lots. 

A CANON WORKSHOP Tuesday, Aug. 4 at Magnanimous Media on the new Canon C300 MKII, will be led by Canon rep Paul Hawxhurst demonstrating the camera and giving attendees some hands-on time. Call 312/465-2366 to RSVP.

Also: Magnanimous, at 600 W. Cermak Road, is the 48 Hour Film Project’s location for the Friday, Aug. 14 kickoff and the Sunday, Aug. 16 drop-off of finished short films.

Forty-three teams have signed up to make a short film within 48 hours and Magnanimous is offering participants 20% off rentals used for the competition.   

BMO FINANCIAL GROUP named FCB agency of record for all is North American operations, including BMO Harris bank in Chicago, replacing Y&R Midwest in Chicago.  FCB Chicago and FCB Montreal will be involved in the assignment for the Canadian-owned company.

DIGITAL KITCHEN created the new position of managing director of innovation & brand experience for Christopher Burns, who will oversee customer experience strategy, content marketing, experiential design and product development across the agency’s three offices.  Most recently, Burns was VP/marketing for Catamaran, pharmacy benefits managers. 

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