Quriosity’s Michael Maes creates explosive Frito Lay spot

Partnering with The Mill for VFX, Quriosity’s Michael Maes delivers a spot with action-movie excitement, playing like a trailer for an Oscar-winning movie. Quriosity Productions director Michael Maes’ new Frito Lay Cheddar Jalapeno Spot is far from cheesy and packs a fiery punch. In this spot, the elements of the new chip flavor don’t just … Continue reading “Quriosity’s Michael Maes creates explosive Frito Lay spot”

Biscuit stars in new spot by EP+Co and Quriosity

Quriosity Productions captured the beauty of breakfast in a new commercial for Bojangles restaurant by New York and Greenville-based agency EP+Co. Directed by Mike Maes, the 30-second Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit is one of several TV and online spots designed to create a new look for the legendary franchise. The work is part of … Continue reading “Biscuit stars in new spot by EP+Co and Quriosity”

Quriosity signs Sarah Gitersonke to rep Midwest

Executive Producer Qadree Holmes “beyond excited” to hire pro with versatile client and production experience Quriosity Productions enthusiastically announced today the newest addition to their team, Sarah Gitersonke, who will represent the company in the Midwest. Gitersonke, owner and agent of directorial and creative representation firm SG+Partners, started in the Chicago production scene in 2006 … Continue reading “Quriosity signs Sarah Gitersonke to rep Midwest”

Director Sheldon Candis signs with Quriosity

Baltimore native and USC grad brings inclusive and breathtaking style to Chicago- and LA-based production company Sheldon Candis — a writer and director known for his work in documentary, cause marketing, inspirational, and entertainment genres — has signed with Chicago- and LA-based production company, Quriosity. Candis’ work draws heavily on the influences of strong women … Continue reading “Director Sheldon Candis signs with Quriosity”

Local 476 pickets non-union production

The Chicago Studio Mechanics Union works for interests that range far beyond the film industry   Members of Chicago Local 476 picketed a non-union production shooting in the city last weekend. Inspired to protect the opportunities, wages, and benefits of its members, the Studio Mechanics believe that their protest also serves interests far beyond the … Continue reading “Local 476 pickets non-union production”

Director Michael Maes signs with Quriosity

Michael Maes is by far one of Chicago’s best food and product Photographer / Directors —Qadree Holmes, Quriosity Productions Chicago-based Quriosity Productions has added Michael Maes — a premier food and beverage director and photographer with clients spanning the globe — to its directorial roster. Inspired by a love of food, travel, and culture influence, … Continue reading “Director Michael Maes signs with Quriosity”

MERGE, Quriosity launch new Land O’Frost campaign

A funny new campaign makes a tasty point by bringing sandwich items into a board room conference call   Newly-formed agency Merge Chicago has decided to bring sandwiches to life — literally — for Land O’Frost, a 60-year-old Lansing, IL-based sliced meats brand that is looking to make gains in the grocery aisle and disrupt … Continue reading “MERGE, Quriosity launch new Land O’Frost campaign”

Quriosity signs DUGUD LAB for still and motion work

(Chicago — 24 April 2018) Quriosity Productions has just signed DUGUD LAB’s Zackary McDowell and Jonathan Fields, a team of creative change-makers that aim to produce positive imagery in order to best service their clients. McDowell and Fields are experts at promoting beautiful, fulfilling lifestyle stories in their motion and still work including an exciting … Continue reading “Quriosity signs DUGUD LAB for still and motion work”

Two by Four, Quriosity help DePaul campaign launch

(Chicago — 19 April 2018) DePaul University announces a new brand awareness campaign with the message “Here, We Do.” Breaking April 23 and running initially for 12 weeks, the campaign is the university’s first comprehensive brand advertising since 2011. David Kalsbeek, SVP of Enrollment and Marketing, explains that Here, We Do. differentiates DePaul from other … Continue reading “Two by Four, Quriosity help DePaul campaign launch”

Quriosity adds Brad DeMarea to directorial roster

Brad DeMarea, the latest director to join Quriosity’s expanding roster, specializes in comedy and visual storytelling in both commercial and film platforms. As a filmmaker, he loves shining a spotlight on characters that are normally on the edge of the frame and is in constant pursuit of a memorable visual.   Brad’s career began as … Continue reading “Quriosity adds Brad DeMarea to directorial roster”

Quriosity captures genuine “Big Moments” for Purina

Quriosity Productions spent days preparing to shoot Purina’s Big Moments campaign for St. Louis agency CheckMark Communications. But when the cameras started rolling, it all came down to a girl and a dog who had known each other less than two days.

“Purina wanted real moments of kids,” explains Quriosity founder and executive producer Qadree Holmes. “They love genuine honesty.”

Quriosity’s Lumpkin producing the AICP Show

When Quriosity senior producer Jennifer Lumpkin attended her first AICP Show at the Cultural Center four years ago, she was “overwhelmed” and remembers thinking, “It was gorgeous and so inspiring.”

On Thursday, Nov. 17, she’ll be at the show as a co-producer.

Lumpkin, one of several volunteers who worked on the show, planned to shadow five-year executive producer Gayle McCormick this year and assume the lead role in 2017, when McCormick steps down to accommodate her growing responsibilities as executive producer at Ogilvy.

Chicago film community mourns loss of Jeff Marpé

The Chicago film community is sadden by the loss of film pioneer Jeff Marpé, executive producer, director and founder of Line 9 Productions who passed away suddenly on July 14th. Jeff’s sudden passing came as a shock to his family, son Breydon age 23, daughter Kali age 20, and ex-wife Rose who said that Jeff had … Continue reading “Chicago film community mourns loss of Jeff Marpé”

‘Queen Bess’ released on the Netflix Film Club

“Netflix went out and there and found a group of amazing filmmakers who you may not be aware of but should be, and their storytelling power is universal,” – – Executive Producer Qadree Holmes, Quriosity Productions. The uplifting and inspiring true story of Bessie Coleman, whose pioneering achievements behind the pilot’s stick of a Jenny … Continue reading “‘Queen Bess’ released on the Netflix Film Club”

Noisefloor welcomes Carly Glenn to the family

Noisefloor welcomes singer/songwriter, filmmaker, and writer Carly Glenn to the family. Carly has worked in production for almost 3 years and brings many talents to the table. “Carly is a great fit for us. Her willingness to wear multiple hats and learn new skills is exactly what we were looking for,” says Noisefloor partner Cory … Continue reading “Noisefloor welcomes Carly Glenn to the family”

AICP townhall: Crew Safety and Filming (video)

Yesterday, members of the AICP Midwest held their second townhall, discussing the best practices for the safety of crew and everyone on set while filming. With the Chicago Film Office scheduled to begin issuing permits for filming on June 15, this was an important meeting as the Chicago film and TV industry prepares to get … Continue reading “AICP townhall: Crew Safety and Filming (video)”

AICP Midwest holding town hall on crew safety & filming

AICP Midwest presents: A Look Forward Crew Safety and Filming Thursday, June 4, 2020 10:30 am CST Via Zoom  A town hall Q & A for crew on navigating the road ahead when production resumes.  AICP Midwest Board Members/Moderators:Qadree Holmes – Founder / Executive Producer Quriosity ProductionsMarsie Wallach – Freelance Line Producer Panel: Tim Harris … Continue reading “AICP Midwest holding town hall on crew safety & filming”

At Cinespace and beyond. Who’s working today.

Over the past week it’s safe to say that the Illinois film community is doing their best to ensure that their employees are safe during this unfortunate time. In light of worldwide health concerns about the impact from the COVID-19 virus, many have postponed production until further notice. Starting Monday, Cinespace will close the secondary … Continue reading “At Cinespace and beyond. Who’s working today.”

AICP Midwest lists all who are open for business

Reel Chicago supports all efforts of those who are working, boots on the ground, to service their clients during these most difficult times. Below is a list of AICP Midwest members who are open for business, supplied by Lisa Massuer, AICP Midwest President. FROM AICP MIDWEST  Collectively, the National AICP community has been working to … Continue reading “AICP Midwest lists all who are open for business”

Free Spirit Media succeeds at ‘Building Bridges’

Film leaders echo the inspiration of emerging creators at Founder’s Circle fundraising event   A panel of young professionals made it clear that Free Spirit Media is worth the hype that it consistently generates during an event at the Arts Club of Chicago on October 1. Explaining the organization’s worthiness to a room full of … Continue reading “Free Spirit Media succeeds at ‘Building Bridges’”

The Mill Chicago welcomes new EP Jenny Lumpkin

“Force to be reckoned with” brings industry expertise and relationship-building finesse to full-service production studio The Mill announced today that Jenny Lumpkin has joined their Chicago studio as Executive Producer. Lumpkin arrives at The Mill after spending the last seven years at Quriosity Productions, a Chicago-based production company. As Senior Producer, she developed Quriosity’s production … Continue reading “The Mill Chicago welcomes new EP Jenny Lumpkin”

Chicago creative industry celebrates diversity

The Chicago Advertising Federation’s Summer Diversity Mixer celebrates a wave of the future that’s been here all along Besides motivating consumers, increasing social impact, and moving the nation forward, diversity is fun. It makes people happy to get along. When combined with food, drink, and music, it becomes the Chicago Advertising Federation’s Summer Diversity Mixer. … Continue reading “Chicago creative industry celebrates diversity”

Free Spirit Media sharpens a thrilling Focus

The Chicago nonprofit’s energetic fundraiser brought media pros together with young artists for an exciting night at the Ivy Room Free Spirit Media’s annual Focus event started out as a cocktail reception and turned into a rocking throwdown over the course of three hours last Thursday night. When it ended, the organization had collected over … Continue reading “Free Spirit Media sharpens a thrilling Focus”

AICP Midwest Chapter sets active agenda for spring

A busy slate of events will culminate in the AICP Post Awards next month AICP’s Midwest Chapter is about to kick off a series of events for the local ad and production community that will provide opportunities for professional development, learning and networking. The slate is the product of planning and strategizing by the chapter’s … Continue reading “AICP Midwest Chapter sets active agenda for spring”

Reel Women: Yasmine Gorleku, Producer

Yasmin is a first-generation West African who has travelled the world, but still feels right at home in her native Chicago, where she spent the last four years as part of the team at Quriosity Productions. From intern to Associate Producer, Yasmin’s climb to success did not come without her pulling up her sleeves to … Continue reading “Reel Women: Yasmine Gorleku, Producer”

Yajaira Marie and Patrick Richter take the PY road

With projects ranging from Chicago to France, Yajaira Marie and Patrick Richter’s PY Films has earned the founders’ lasting dedication   Two weeks ago, Yajaira Marie and Patrick Richter made a fulltime commitment to the Chicago-based production, development and finance company that they founded in February. With a new office on the 57th floor of … Continue reading “Yajaira Marie and Patrick Richter take the PY road”

Reel Women: Jenny Lumpkin, Agent and Producer

Jenny Lumpkin is the international Artist Agent and Senior Producer for Quriosity Productions. Politely referred to as “Q #2”, she is armed with a BFA in both graphic design and creative writing from the Kansas City Art Institute. Besides offering an intimate understanding of the art of visual communication in advertising and entertainment, Jenny is … Continue reading “Reel Women: Jenny Lumpkin, Agent and Producer”

The hilarious idiocy of “Bobby Roberts”

The Bobby Roberts Project is a comedy series about a quest for fame undertaken by the title character, Bobby Roberts, who happens to be the (fictitious) son of actor Eric Roberts. Bobby hopes to gain celebrity by completing a biopic about George Washington, but a lack of funding, a wealth of inexperience, a delusional ego, … Continue reading “The hilarious idiocy of “Bobby Roberts””

The Reel Black List: Qadree Holmes, Visionary EP

Qadree Holmes has successfully risen from intern to production assistant to producer and, finally, to the Founder / Executive Producer of Quriosity Productions. While line producing, he recognized a significant shift in the market — clients and agencies were seeking integrated creative talent options to represent the different social channels now available. Conversely, they did … Continue reading “The Reel Black List: Qadree Holmes, Visionary EP”

Dwelling within Chicago’s “Public Housing Unit”

Screenwriter Patrick Wimp gathered an abundance of background material before he began on Public Housing Unit, a story about three police officers who patrol the Chicago projects in the 1980s. Over the previous year, along with creators Angie Gaffney and Ted Reilly, he had interviewed not only the cops who had worked the public housing … Continue reading “Dwelling within Chicago’s “Public Housing Unit””

It’s official: Qadree Holmes is a “Game Changer”

Quriosity founder and executive producer Qadree Holmes will be honored as a “Game Changer” at the Global Mixx Music & Film Forum this weekend. He is one of ten recipients who will claim the title during the 11th annual two-day music and film conference at the Illinois Institute of Art in River North.

“A Game Changer is someone who has impacted in some way and given back to the community through his or her talent,” says Global Mixx founder Mary L. Datcher. “Q has a great deal of success on the filmmaking side, but he also has mentored younger kids.”

Jane Lynch to accept a Comedy Film Fest award

A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD will be presented to actress/comedian Jane Lynch, a Chicago area native, by the Chicago Comedy Film Festival (CCFF) and the Second City’s Harold Ramis Film School, Thursday, Nov, 10 before a sold-out audience at The Second City Training Center.

Lynch will receive the award from Jessica Hardy, CIFF founder / artistic director and Second City president Andrew Alexander. The 7 p.m. presentation will be followed at 8:30 p.m. by the Chicago Filmmakers Shorts Program of a dozen locally-made comedy films.

Androw reelected president of AICP/Midwest a third time

The Chicago-headquartered AICP / Midwest has elected new officers and board beginning Oct 1 for a two-year term, with Mark Androw of STORY reelected for a third term as president.

AICP / Midwest is one of seven regional chapters. Its membership consists of 22 General Member and 24 Associate Member companies.

The newly elected officers, in addition to Androw, are freelance producer Marsie Wallach as vice president, who is new to the board, and Essanay Studios’ Wayne Kubacki, returning for his second term as treasurer.

NY firms back Chicago-made TV comedy show “The Jamz”

If there ever were an “overnight success story,” this is it! Unknown Chicago-made and Chicago-set comedy shorts called “The Jamz” is discovered by New York powerbrokers who fund and produce a TV series and will digitally distributing it worldwide.

The first four half-hour episodes of “The Jamz” will have its world premiere Monday night, April 4 at the Logan Theatre, an invitation only event for the creators, producers, cast and crew, followed by a cast talk-back moderated by Eric Ferguson of 101.9 The Mix.

“Drive Slow” preview at Free Spirit Media’s Focus event

Free Spirit Media’s Focus event at The Ivy Room on May 31 will feature “a lot of people and a chance to get together and reflect on a great year,” says Chelsea Corbin, FSM’s development & communication manager.

“It’s a big celebration of media in Chicago,” she adds, “specifically, the youth voice.”

One of the greatest causes for celebration will be a sneak peak at the film series Drive Slow, which was made by ten emerging filmmakers in Free Spirit’s Industry Pathways Certification program.

Corbin describes the group as “super talented.”

Biggest attendance yet expected at AICP Show

The annual AICP Show, the industry’s giant grand finale party, expects 1,200-1,500 guests when it arrives Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Chicago Cultural Center, the third city on its annual year-end tour of 10 major US advertising markets.

Kansas City is the first stop on itinerary, for the first time, Nov. 6, as the AICP Midwest chapter reaches out to embrace more Midwest advertising markets, according to chapter president, STORY’s Mark Androw.