FIRSTHAND: Coronavirus WTTW Documentary Series

3+ FIRSTHAND: CoronavirusOne-Hour Special Compiled from WTTW Digital Documentary SeriesMonday, May 18, 9:00 pm and Thursday, May 21 at 8:00 pm on WTTW#FIRSTHANDwttw In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, WTTW hit the streets of Chicago to film the 15-part digital series FIRSTHAND: Coronavirus, produced and released in real time, that explored the personal, firsthand perspectives of … Continue reading “FIRSTHAND: Coronavirus WTTW Documentary Series”

Industry thoughts on getting back to work safely

3+ A message from the Illinois Production Alliance. As a film industry professional, you no doubt have seen, read or been sent a wide array of proposed production safety guidelines. That is one of several issues that studio stakeholders and the workforce are grappling with as they discuss readiness to restart production.  It is anticipated that … Continue reading “Industry thoughts on getting back to work safely”

Chicago neighborhood food pantries get boost from AT&T

3+ Food pantries and organizations helping residents address food insecurity issues in Chicago’s south and west side neighborhoods are receiving support from AT&T, including three neighborhoods – Austin, Auburn Gresham and South Shore – receiving special focus by Mayor Lightfoot and the City’s Racial Equity Rapid Response Team. AT&T is supporting the effort through its … Continue reading “Chicago neighborhood food pantries get boost from AT&T”

AT&T provides meals to 6,000 Chicago Police officers

3+ During this National Police Week, AT&T is recognizing police officers’ service and sacrifice with support to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, which is providing meals to 6,000 Chicago Police Department (CPD) officers on the street and on duty across every police district in the city.  The initiative will also provide gift cards for the … Continue reading “AT&T provides meals to 6,000 Chicago Police officers”

Pritzker and Wellington the Penguin in ‘All In Illinois’ PSA

3+ Governor JB Pritzker got some help from Wellington the Penguin and several other friends at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium in a new All in Illinois video that reinforces the message for families and children to stay home and practice social distancing. The 60-second social media video features the Governor and Shedd’s iconic aquatic resident, Wellington … Continue reading “Pritzker and Wellington the Penguin in ‘All In Illinois’ PSA”

Burrell posts powerful COVID-19 video on IG

2+ During her appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation earlier this month, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot told host Margaret Brennan while the novel coronavirus COVID-19 has impacted the United States in unthinkable ways, the virus has been “devastating” for black communities. This can be attributed in part to the underlying health conditions that disproportionately impact … Continue reading “Burrell posts powerful COVID-19 video on IG”

Jeep debuts new spot during ‘One World’ global special

1+ As part of the One World: Together At Home globally televised and digital special on Saturday night to support frontline health care workers and the World Health Organization, FCA premiered an all-new television commercials for the Jeep® brands. The 30-second video, “Seven Continents” for Jeep, aired during the two-hour TV special as part of the globally … Continue reading “Jeep debuts new spot during ‘One World’ global special”

Ad Industry says Gov. Whitmer’s ban violates free speech

3+ Five of the nation’s largest advertising trade associations today released a joint statement urging Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to rescind a portion of Executive Order No. 2020-40 prohibiting certain types of advertising in Michigan. The following statement was issued by the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s), American Advertising Federation (AAF), Association of National Advertisers (ANA), Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), and … Continue reading “Ad Industry says Gov. Whitmer’s ban violates free speech”

Chicago Film Office presents screenwriting competition

3+ The Chicago Film Office, Rubinstein Law, and Emanuel Congregation present a new screenwriting competition for Chicago-based feature and television scripts. Accepting Features and TV Pilots The Chicago Film Office, Rubenstein Law Firm, and Emanuel Congregation present the Chicago Social Justice Screenwriting Competition. This competition aims to further the voice of the disenfranchised though narrative … Continue reading “Chicago Film Office presents screenwriting competition”

McDonald’s donates 750,000 masks for frontline workers

4+ Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the McDonald’s Corporation today announced a new donation of 750,000 N95 face masks to support healthcare professionals and personnel as well as first responders aiding in the citywide response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The City of Chicago will add these masks into its repository and determine where allocations are … Continue reading “McDonald’s donates 750,000 masks for frontline workers”

Chicago sports teams combat COVID ‘We Are Not Playing’

1+ Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today announced a groundbreaking campaign, “We Are Not Playing,” in partnership with Chicago’s professional sports teams to combat the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Each of Chicago’s hometown professional sports teams –  including the Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, Fire, Red Stars, Sky, White Sox – has signed on to the … Continue reading “Chicago sports teams combat COVID ‘We Are Not Playing’”

Michael Fassnacht to serve as Chicago CMO

2+ Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and World Business Chicago (WBC) Vice Chair Mellody Hobson today announced that WBC will name Michael Fassnacht as the Chicago Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Working alongside City agencies and its public and private partners, the CMO will create a unified, citywide marketing, branding and business development strategy to elevate perceptions of Chicago as … Continue reading “Michael Fassnacht to serve as Chicago CMO”

Mayor puts foot down in witty new PSAs from Havas

5+ Chicago’s Mayor Lori Lightfoot is educating the City of Chicago on how she’s staying home and saving lives through baking, decorating, playing music and sipping tea. Through a series of PSAs the Mayor promotes home activities and social distancing as cities across the country move to bend the curve of the pandemic. To produce … Continue reading “Mayor puts foot down in witty new PSAs from Havas”

Cinespace donates 20,000 sq. ft. to Food Depository

8+ Cinespace Chicago Film Studios is donating 20,000 square feet of studio space to the Greater Chicago Food Depository for storage of food boxes for families affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). On Friday, officials announced eight more deaths in Illinois related to the pandemic and 1,105 more cases statewide, raising the death toll to … Continue reading “Cinespace donates 20,000 sq. ft. to Food Depository”

Kartemquin Films’ Quinn diagnosed with COVID-19

5+ There are now 134 reported new cases of Coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 422, with at least four deaths. This according to the Chicago Tribune. Unfortunately, among those new cases is Chicago’s acclaimed documentary filmmaker and Kartemquin Films co-founder Gordon Quinn. Quinn, whose credits include Hoop Dreams and recent Oscar nominee Minding the … Continue reading “Kartemquin Films’ Quinn diagnosed with COVID-19”

Grubhub sets up fund for drivers and restaurants

1+ Social distancing is now the new norm. And with restaurants and bars having seating areas closed and overcrowded supermarkets out of stock in major cities across the United States including LA, Chicago and New York, take out and food delivery is norm as well. Chicago-based Grubhub has now announced a collaboration with the mayors … Continue reading “Grubhub sets up fund for drivers and restaurants”

Pritzker mandates shutdown of public events over 1,000

2+ Today in a formal announcement, Illinois Gov JB Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot have join other states by placing restrictions on large gatherings. Pritzker asked that events of 250 people or more be postponed or cancelled. He then further mandated that all events of more than 1,000 people are banned in an effort … Continue reading “Pritzker mandates shutdown of public events over 1,000”

COVID-19 claims Chicago & NY St. Patty’s Day parades

1+ The mayor was not alone in her decision as New York City, Boston, Dallas, Dublin and other cities dropped their festivities for the holiday. According to the Chicago Tribune, Mayor Lightfoot made her decision after days of speculation. Also included in the decision were the South Side’s Irish Parade and even the smaller Northwestern … Continue reading “COVID-19 claims Chicago & NY St. Patty’s Day parades”

Jewish Film Fest to screen six classics on opening night

0 In a gesture of mischievous generosity, the JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival is offering movie lovers a choice of six different films to see on opening night. ET, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Funny Girl, Keeping Up with the Steins, Stand By me, and When Harry Met Sally will energize the launch of the organization’s … Continue reading “Jewish Film Fest to screen six classics on opening night”

At Sundance w/Kartemquin’s Steve James & Zak Piper

3+ Reel Chicago correspondent, reporter, and film critic Pamela Powell interviews Kartemquin Films’ Oscar-nominated director Steve James and Emmy Award-winning producer Zak Piper at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Chicago-based documentarian Steve James presented his newest endeavor, a four-episode mini series City So Real, to the Sundance Film Festival patrons just days ago in the … Continue reading “At Sundance w/Kartemquin’s Steve James & Zak Piper”