Vasilatos edits second doc about S.C. gang wars

Scene from “Colors: Bangin’ in North Carolina

JERRY VASILATOS of Nitestar Productions edited Colors: Bangin’ in South Carolina, the second documentary about gang violence in that state by Terrance Davis (South Carolina Drug Wars).

Davis is a former gang member who escaped the culture, graduated from college and film school. “I depict the quest of power, money, and respect that turns wholesome teens into greedy adults. I also detail the story of human mistakes and redemption for one’s sins,” he says.

Vasilatos edited the series Gangland, for the History channel, and directed the Lifetime movie Solstice.

He has edited documentaries on the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Robie House, the Chicago Cultural Center’s Tiffany Dome, and the Adler Planetarium.


May 9 is a diverse compilation of 15 of the best short films that screened in international festivals, curated for a one-night event of independent films with different perspectives of stories worth telling, in and how the world works.

Two of the six US films being show were by Illinois filmmakers: Zack, by Sean Pierce and The Pigeon Family, Cyra K. Polizzi.

At Landmark Century Centre Cinema, 2828 N. Clark, 7:30 p.m., $10.

Indie Boots also widens its presentation scope with a Theatre Festival, called “The Rebecca Plays,” May 20-23 at Theatre Wit, which offers world premieres of short plays, each by a different playwright, director and cast. Also at 7:30 and $10.

REN PATTERSON of Strongbow Magic is producing the short Evangelist, May 10-12 in Madison, Wisconsin. The Evangelist “tells the story of the last broadcast of a televangelist as he confronts his inner demons on the air,” coproducer Ken Miyamoto says. “Very powerful character and we have an amazing actor in place.” 

Donavon Armbruster and Stacy DeGolier star. Tom Dunn wrote the script.

CHRISTIAN GRIDELLI AND HUNTER NORRIS of DimeStore Films are in preproduction of their first feature length comedy, “The Origins of Wite & Humor” which they expect to start shooting in fall with the help of $17,000 raised from Kickstarter campaign running through May 31.

The story is about a comedy writer’s desperate need for approval that leads him into increasing bizarre scenarios as he tried to explore his own worth outside of the writer’s room.

THE NORTHWEST CHICAGO FILM SOCIETY opens its summer season of 35mm screenings at the newly renovated Portage Theater May 1 with John Ford’s The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence.

The series continues with Shirley Clark’s LGBT landmark Portrait of Jason on May 29; “pre-Code scorcher” Heat Lightning June 26, introduced by New Yorker writer Margaret Talbot, daughter of costar Lyle Talbot; and Curtis Harrington’s macabre horror Games July 3.

CARLO TREVISO of Veteran Pictures has garnered best writing and People’s Voice Award nominations from the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences 17th Annual Webby Awards for his sci-fi short Adirondack, a Disney-inspired mockumentary about a manned mission to Mars.

THE WORDY SHOW May 5 is the third program in the Sprocket Hole/Speaker Box “expanded cinema” series, mixing 16mm film and video with live music and comedy.

It features Alan Beattie’s Oscar-nominated Doubletalk, Emily Hubley’s animation Deliberating Man, and three films by DePaul professor Dana Hodgdon, with music by Advance Base and improv by Beau Golwitzer, Caitlin Bergh, Shannon Cason, and Halle Butler. At Township, 2200 N. California, 7:30 p.m. $8.

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