Actor Rolando Boyce returns home for ‘The Chi’

2+ South Side native who plays Darnell describes the opportunity as an “important” and “beautiful” homecoming. Veteran actor Rolando Boyce has joined the cast of Showtime’s The Chi for season 2 as Darnell, Jacob Latimore (Emmett’s) father. Boyce is a native of the South Side and a veteran of the Windy City theater scene. He … Continue reading “Actor Rolando Boyce returns home for ‘The Chi’”

Female-led “Range Runners” films in IL this summer

2+ Fatal Funnel Films announces cast for upcoming thriller   Actors from Chicago’s hottest shows to perform in inaugural feature shooting in Shawnee National Forest and nearby Carbondale     (Chicago — 7 May 2018) Fatal Funnel Films, an Illinois-based independent film company, today announces the complete cast and production team of their inaugural feature … Continue reading “Female-led “Range Runners” films in IL this summer”

DePaul, Second City to offer comedy film degrees

3+ No Joke: DePaul collaborates with world’s largest school of improvisation to offer degrees in comedy filmmaking (Chicago — 3 May 2018) The Second City and DePaul University today announced a collaboration designed to expand comedy education. Starting in fall 2018, DePaul’s School of Cinematic Arts will offer comprehensive new undergraduate and graduate degrees in … Continue reading “DePaul, Second City to offer comedy film degrees”

Karabas, “Real Prayers,” “Make Out Party,” and more

11+ RSA Films promotes Chris Karabas to executive producer Before the promotion, Chris Karabas was the Midwest representative for RSA Films. In his new role, Karabas is expected to utilize RSA Films’ resources to branch out into multiplatform storytelling – especially social media. Previously, Karabas worked for Shafer Antelis Music in the early 90s, was … Continue reading “Karabas, “Real Prayers,” “Make Out Party,” and more”

Reel Women: Kamelya Alexan, Filmmaker

10+ Born in Tehran, Iran, Kamelya Alexan moved to Chicago when she was five-years-old, where she was raised. Kamelya has worked on and completed over twenty-five projects including documentaries, shorts, music videos, and feature films such as The Dark Knight, Public Enemies, and The Express.   Her most recent film, Before the Fall, won Best … Continue reading “Reel Women: Kamelya Alexan, Filmmaker”

12:40 p.m. — Sheila Brown, CineCares Foundation

9+ “It’s a good day,” says Sheila Brown, the Executive Director of the CineCares Foundation. “The interns will receive twelve weeks of on-the-job training.” Brown leads an effort to place young adults from nearby neighborhoods into paid internships at Cinespace. This morning, she learned that the first cohort participating in the foundation’s internship program will … Continue reading “12:40 p.m. — Sheila Brown, CineCares Foundation”

Networks unveil fall lineups at upfront this week

With a Writers’ Strike now averted, the networks can now get back down to business, and partying it up, when they announce their Fall schedules this week at New York’s Upfronts.

The Chicago Production Community can now also take comfort in knowing that many series are returning here this summer and fall for production.

Keefe produces fridaynitebYtes web comedy series

JOE KEEFE of Long Tail Media Group is producing fridaynitebYtes,  a streaming comedy sketch series targeted to tween-and-teen internet users. The members contribute their sketch ideas and a professional cast and crew creates a show based on their ideas.

“This is where young members can contribute to upcoming episodes and learn comedy and production skills,” says Keefe, the founding executive producer of Second City Com he says.