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Five Questions with Ken Hoyd, Screenwriter and EP of ‘Long Division’

The Chicago-made drama Long Division is now available for your viewing pleasure on Tubi. On the heels of this exciting premiere, Screenwriter and Executive Producer Ken Hoyd (pictured here with…

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John Mossman’s ‘Good Guy with a Gun’ Premieres February 20th

The worldwide digital premiere is here for Chicago’s latest festival darling. Freestyle Digital Media, the digital film distribution division of Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group, has acquired North American VOD…

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Creative Cypher Announces Its First Animated Project by Creator Lamard Cher-Aime

Creative Cypher continues to break barriers in Black film as it releases its first animation project, Captain Zero.  Captain Zero is one of nine projects already in various stages of production for…

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Chicago’s Curtis Matzke Ready to Spin Screenplay ‘Sea Dogs’ Into a Thrilling Graphic Novel

Chicago filmmaker and screenwriter Curtis Matzke’s screenplays have led to award-winning and compelling work on the big screen, namely his films Sink and The Orchestra. Matzke’s next screenplay will be…

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Chicago-Made Horror Thriller ‘Departing Seniors’ Slashes Top 10 on iTunes

It’s been a thrilling month for director Clare Cooney and her team behind the horror feature Departing Seniors. On the heels of a prolific festival run with stops at the…

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Clare Cooney’s Chicago-Made ‘Departing Seniors’ at Music Box, Releases Digitally Worldwide

The theatrical and worldwide premieres are here for the horror thriller Departing Seniors. On the heels of a prolific festival run with stops at the Chicago International Film Festival and…

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Photos from the Sundance World Premiere of Chicago Indie ‘Ghostlight’

2024 has launched with a prestigious world premiere from a promising Chicago directing duo. Kelly O’Sullivan and Alex Thompson made a splash on the national indie film scene when their…

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Patrick Lives On Reveals Lineup For Feb 24 Showcase

More than a dozen films will screen during the 7th Annual Patrick Lives On Film Showcase and Fundraiser at Resolution Studios on Saturday, February 24, 2024. Created by seasoned vets…

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Michael Glover Smith Sets World Premiere for New Short ‘Handle With Care’

HANDLE WITH CARE, a new short film written and directed by Michael Glover Smith (RELATIVE) and starring Alyssa Thordarson (AFTER: A LOVE STORY) and Mickey O’Sullivan (CHICAGO PD), will have…

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Heading to Sundance? Join SCREEN at the 14th Annual Monday on Main Street

The Sundance Film Festival is back in-person and kicks off this week. If you are making the trek to Park City this month, here is a soiree for you to…

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Eriq La Salle Talks ‘Laws of Annihilation’ and His Next Project

Eriq La Salle is well known for his thrilling work as a Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actor, but it’s now his excellence as an author that is turning heads across…

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Patrick Lives On Film Submissions Open Through January 15

The 7th Annual Patrick Lives On Film Showcase sponsored by Resolution Studios and Cinespace Studios takes place at Resolution Studios on Saturday, February 24, 2024. And there is still time…

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Elevated Films Chicago Kicks Off 2024 with ‘Quantum Cowboys’ Jan 10

2024 is here, and Elevated Films is opening the year with some thrilling and entertaining cinema. And even better… it’s free. Elevated Films Chicago plans to host screening events year-round…

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Sundance World Premiere for Chicago Indie ‘Ghostlight’

2024 will launch with a prestigious world premiere from a promising Chicago directing duo. Kelly O’Sullivan and Alex Thompson made a splash on the national indie film scene when their…

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LA World Premiere for Chicago Short Film ‘Fitting Descriptions,’ ‘One Chicago’ Actors Lead Cast

Fitting Descriptions, a short film co-directed by Tiffany Bedwell and John Mossman, launched its festival run with a west coast world premiere on December 7th, the final day of the…

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Michael Chait, Ryan Urban Team Up on Visually Stunning Music Video for Big Time Rush

Everybody is working for the weekend. In this case, a talented collective teamed up in Detroit to bring the latest hit from pop quartet Big Time Rush entitled Weekends –…

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Sean Fahey’s ‘For Kicks’ Premieres At 11th Urban Action Film Fest in NYC

Get ready to kick off an unforgettable cinematic experience as Sean Fahey’s For Kicks makes its grand entrance at the 11th Urban Action Film Festival in the heart of NYC!…

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Best of the Midwest Awards Winners Announced; Mossman Wins Best Director

The Midwest Film Festival hosted an unforgettable evening celebrating the remarkable talent of Midwest filmmakers at the 2023 Best of the Midwest Awards (BMAs) last night, on Tuesday, November 2nd….

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Thought-Provoking Comedy ‘The OG Bootcamp’ to Film in Chicago This January

Chicago Filmmaker Zanah Thirus (pictured top left), recognized as one of Diversity in Cannes’ Top Ten Filmmakers of the Decade, is set to challenge societal norms and tickle funny bones…

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Tom, Dick & Harry Creative Co. Releases Original Horror-Comedy Series ‘350 W. Eerie’

As we bid a fond farewell to Halloween, let’s take a look at a new horror comedy series. Tom, Dick & Harry Creative Co. (TDH) released 350 W. Eerie, an original four-episode…

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‘The Punk Show in Chicago’ Wins ‘The Pitch’ at CIFF Industry Days

The 59th Chicago International Film Festival has announced THE PUNK SHOW IN CHICAGO as the winner of The Pitch at the 9th edition of Industry Days. Written and directed by Erika Valenciana, produced by Anuradha Rana, and…

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IFA Chicago Names Wesley Julian New Executive Director

The Independent Film Alliance (IFA) Chicago has named Wesley Julian its new executive director as it works to fulfill its mission to build and support Chicago’s independent film industry. Julian…

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Chicago-Made Holiday Movie ‘Reporting for Christmas’ Premieres on Hulu November 1st

The uplifting, family-friendly holiday movie Reporting for Christmas will premiere on Hulu November 1, where it will be streaming exclusively this holiday season. The film will also be available to …

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‘Room Tone’ A Silent But Deadly Day On The Set

Sound Designer Mark Ruff helped Director Michael Gabriele transform one of the least noticeable yet most important filmmaking tasks into a short titled, Room Tone, that will screen at the Facets’ Chicago…

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Exclusive: Willie ‘JR’ Fleming Talks About ‘We Grown Now’

Chicago activist and entrepreneur Willie ‘JR’ Fleming attended the Chicago International Film Festival’s Opening Night Block Party with his sister Marlene Mcintosh on Wednesday October 11. Intending to see Minhal…

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Five Questions with ‘Waiting for the Light to Change’ Director Linh Tran

The theatrical premiere is here for a Chicago-made grand jury prize winner. Waiting for the Light to Change opens at the Gene Siskel Film Center this weekend through September 28th,…

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Powerful Doc ‘Hotshot’ Offers Unprecedented Glimpse into the World of Elite Firefighters; Chicago’s Donlon Among Producers

In a groundbreaking cinematic endeavor, the gripping documentary Hotshot unveils the harrowing reality of Hotshot firefighters, the unsung heroes who combat wildfires without water. With the current fires in Hawaii…

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Bauer Brings Marvel Comics to Life in Fantastic Fashion

If you ever picked up a comic in the 80’s, you are in for a treat, courtesy of one overachieving Marvel Comics aficionado. Chicago filmmaker Harry Bauer has been perfecting…

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Five Questions with ‘Silent As the Grave’ Writer and Co-Director Brad Podowski

The Chicago- and Midwest-made thriller Silent As the Grave has just made its worldwide digital release, and the writer and co-director Brad Podowski is here to tell us all about…

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Chicago Film Critics Association Welcomes New Member Toussaint Egan, Announces Awards Calendar

The Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA), the Chicago-area print, online and broadcast critics group that celebrates the art of film and film criticism, released their roster for 2023-2024 today, announcing…

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DESTROY YOUR ART Is Back, and Here Are the Four Chicago Filmmakers Destined to Destroy

Would you create a film if you knew it would only be seen once, and then immediately destroyed, never to be seen again? Four Chicago filmmakers are saying yes to…

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Fahey’s ‘For Kicks’ Is A Journey Beyond Fame With Eugene Thomas

Filmmaker Sean Fahey details the life of action star Eugene Thomas in For Kicks, a feature-length documentary premiering at the Chicago Underground Film Festival on September 17. Besides telling the story of an actor who…

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Courageous Yemeni Women at the Heart of Huffman’s Latest Documentary

Cinema is often at its strongest when we find ourselves inspired by individuals displaying extraordinary courage and conviction. Such is the case with Chicago filmmaker Brent Huffman’s latest documentary feature…

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Behind the Scenes of Chicagoland Comedy Feature ‘Not If I See You First’

A fresh new comedy will be heading to your local theatres and film festivals in the new year. The microbudget comedy feature film Not If I See You First wrapped…

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Colette Ghunim, Co-Founder of Mezcla Media Collective, Named Obama Foundation United States Leader

Mezcla Media Collective announced that Co-Founder Colette Ghunim is among the first cohort of 100 emerging changemakers selected to participate in the Obama Foundation’s Leaders USA program. The Obama Leaders…

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DisFest Presents Short Films At Cultural Center Event

A half-dozen shorts will screen continuously at the Cultural Center during DisFest, a free and accessible celebration of artists and performers with disabilities, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday,…

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Comedy Feature ‘Not If I See You First’ Filming in Skokie; Director Wertheimer Talks with SCREEN

We could use a little more comedy these days. Good news: There is a microbudget comedy feature film ready to begin production later this month in the near North Chicago…

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Exclusive Interview: The New Boss Of Fields Studios

Shawn Papazian has built an impressive record of success in the film business throughout his career, including an Emmy nomination and collaborations with Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions. Now, he…

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World Premiere Is Here for ‘The Crusades’ As ‘Cobra Kai’ ‘Goodfellas’ Stars Lead Cast

It’s a historic week for Chicago motion picture studio Bad Little Thing, Inc. Their debut feature film, the dramatic comedy The Crusades, will be released on VOD and Digital this Friday,…

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Sinema Obscura Presents ‘Meet The Makers’

A select group of indy filmmakers will showcase their work during Meet The Makers, an event hosted by Chicago’s Sinema Obscura at The Logan Theatre Lounge from 7-10 pm on…

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‘Married at First Sight’ Chicago Podcasters Attract Series Creator Bergqvist to Their Show

We’ve all had dating woes. Some of us have had marriage woes. And almost all of us have taken pleasure at some point in the titillating TV turbulence that is…

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‘The Bear’ Director of Photography Andrew Wehde Joins Panel Lineup for Filmscape Chicago

When Hulu’s The Bear dropped last summer, it took the internet and the Chicago food scene by storm. Filmscape Chicago is the largest film and television expo in the Midwest…

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‘Empire’ Star Terrence Howard and Mira Howard Talk with SCREEN, Launch Disruptor Platform Holly

Terrence Howard is best known among Chicago TV fans for his tenure as “Lucius Lyon” in the popular Fox series Empire, which filmed primarily in the Windy City. Born in…

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Midwest Filmmakers Travel To Cannes Short Film Corner

The award-winning, Midwestern-based short film, A Cloudy Moon, screened at the Cannes Short Film Corner in May. An ode to cozy flirtations, wistful recollections and spontaneous song, the six-and-a-half-minute mini-musical captures…

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Charles Jenkins Teams Up with Agents of Slang

Charles Jenkins’ music video for “God Be Praised” is an awe-inspiring visual spectacle that seamlessly intertwines the power of music, breathtaking cinematography, and the poignant beauty of a historical setting….

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Post-Finale Exclusive with HBO Series ‘Somebody Somewhere’ Creators Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen

Fans are buzzing about the season finale, and the dynamic duo behind the show is here to talk all about it. The critically acclaimed HBO Original comedy series Somebody Somewhere,…

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Producer Daryl Sledge Returning Home to Chicago with His Next Feature ‘Why?’

Daryl Sledge is bringing his next project back home. The Chicago native and Brooklyn resident is currently in pre-production on the feature film Why?. Why? is the award-winning debut novel…

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44th Annual Telly Awards Winners Announced

The Telly Awards, the world’s largest honor for video and television across all screens, has announced its 44th annual winners after a record-breaking year for entries. Winners include some of…

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‘About My Father’ Director Laura Terruso Talks with SCREEN; DeNiro, Maniscalco Lead Cast

The upcoming comedy About My Father unites actor-writer-comedian Sebastian Maniscalco with the great Robert DeNiro and an all-star supporting cast. The filmmaker in the director’s chair for this movie is…

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Filmscape Chicago Unveils Schedule for June 24-25

As you begin making plans for the Summer, there is one weekend you can confidently ink into your calendar. Filmscape Chicago is set for June 24-25 at CineCity Studios. Today,…

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Marvel Blockbuster ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ Showcases Visual Artistry from Sarofsky

Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” is the final installment in the film series’ blockbuster trilogy. Written and…

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Filmed-In-Kentucky Comedy ‘Going Nowhere’ Releases Worldwide Amid Rave Reviews

Filmed in Kentucky, right in the heart of Oldham County. The comedy indie Going Nowhere is now out for your viewing pleasure and receiving great reviews. We have the trailer,…

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Sebastian Maniscalco on DeNiro Being Coached by His Dad While Filming ‘About My Father’

On the set of About My Father, actor-writer-comedian Sebastian Maniscalco worked side-by-side with not one but two superstars: the great Robert DeNiro… and Sebastian’s Dad. DeNiro and Dad had a…

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HBO Series ‘Somebody Somewhere’ Creators Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen Talk S2 with SCREEN

The premiere is here, and the daring duo behind the show is here to give you a sneak peek. The critically acclaimed HBO Original comedy series Somebody Somewhere, starring and…

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Shorts-a-Palooza Showcases Illinois Talent, Location

The Third Annual Shorts-a-Palooza film festival takes place on Tuesday, April 18, at Morrison Tech in Morrison, Illinois. Hosted by the Northwest Illinois Film Office, the celebration highlights a stunning…

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Directorial Debut for ‘Chicago PD’ Veteran Patricia Frontain Premieres on Lifetime This Friday

The premiere is here for a cornerstone of the Chicago production community. Patricia Frontain, who has served as Script Supervisor for more than 200 episodes of the popular NBC series…

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‘Oriole Park’ Earns Grey List Acclaim, Targets Fall 2023 Production Start

The Grey List is a curated list of original, high-quality, market-ready feature and pilot scripts from writers over the age of 40, and the script for Oriole Park made the cut….

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Upcoming ‘Patrick Lives On’ Film Fest Will Be ‘Best Ever’

NBC crew members and an internationally renowned photographer are among the filmmakers screening shorts during the sixth annual Patrick Lives On Film Showcase, March 11 at Resolution Studios. They will join a…

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Jack C. Newell’s ‘How (Not) to Build a School in Haiti’ World Premiere March 1st on Hipstr

Exciting news for documentary fans, a new film is about to hit your screens! The documentary, titled How (Not) to Build a School in Haiti, explores development, history, and colonialism…

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Chicago Composer Robert ‘Diggy’ Morrison Soars in BET Series ‘The Family Business’

Robert “Diggy” Morrison has been scoring films in Chicago for over thirty years. His latest endeavor has led him to the highly popular original series for BET, The Family Business,…

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‘Relative’ Returns to Chicago Screens, Continues Expansion Throughout U.S.

Michael Glover Smith’s fourth feature Relative, which launched a joint premiere theatrical run at the Music Box Theater and Gene Siskel Film Center last summer, is set to return to…

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Indie Film Closeup: ‘The Blacklight’ Executive Producer Don Hatton

Five years ago, Don Hatton joined forces with a group of artists to start shooting an indie film that would eventually look like a blockbuster. Coordinating finance, locations and talent…

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Nora Kaye and Whitney Uland Get the Band Back Together in ‘The Cosmos Sisters’

It’s time to get the band back together! So say Nora Kaye and Whitney Uland, who co-wrote, co-directed and co-star in The Cosmos Sisters, a dark comedy about two high school…

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Patricia Frontain Wraps Lifetime Feature Starring Mena Suvari

Director Patricia Frontain completed production on a Lifetime movie starring Mena Suvari in mid-November. Managing about 30 crew, she worked an “incredibly intense” 12-day schedule in Los Angeles to shoot…

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‘Wolf Hound’ Director Michael Chait Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

Is Wolf Hound one of the most ambitious independent films ever made? It’s a question worth asking. This death-defying thriller from director Michael Chait, alongside the VFX expertise of Turncoat…

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Submissions Open 12/1 for ‘Patrick Lives On’ Film Fest

Submissions for Chicago’s beloved Patrick Lives On film festival will run from December 1 to February 15, 2023. Open to anyone from the Chicago film community, entries can represent any…

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Exclusive: Mexican Border Drama ‘The Red Note’ To Film In 2023

Estefania Bonilla Hernandez and Craig Whitney are on the brink of what could be one the most impactful films of the decade. After spending the past six years documenting the…

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Emmy-Winning IL Filmmakers Premiere New ‘Hero Street’ Installment on Putnam Giant Screen Nov. 12

Quad Cities filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films will premiere their new documentary An Infantryman from Hero Street during Veterans Day weekend, Saturday, November 12 on the…

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Oscar Winner Michael Giacchino Chooses Sarofsky for Marvel Studios’ ‘Werewolf by Night’

Michael Giacchino is already widely acclaimed as the composer behind numerous Oscar-, Emmy-, and Grammy-winning scores for a growing number of feature film and television masterpieces, including eight Pixar movies….

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Chicago Indie ‘Relative’ Earns Festival Wins, Box Office Success

Coming off a prestigious win at a film festival in New York and a high-profile Los Angeles premiere, a Chicago indie will continue to add more screening dates at fests and…

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Exclusive: Darren Aronofsky Declares ‘The Whale’ Is ‘The Most Hopeful Film I’ve Done’

“The most hopeful film I’ve done.” So declares Oscar Nominated director Darren Aronofsky as he spoke with SCREEN’s Dan Patton in an exclusive interview. Aronofsky was in Chicago to present…

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‘All Happy Families’ Wraps in Chicago, Led by Haroula Rose, Michael Shannon; SCREEN Chats with Co-Writer Coburn Goss

Chicago native Haroula Rose burst onto the independent film world with her debut feature and festival darling Once Upon a River, and she has now wrapped production in Chicago on…

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One Minute Review: Illinois-Made, Award-Winning ‘The Blacklight’ Begins Streaming Oct 1

The Blacklight is a suspenseful thriller that combines murder and magic with a large dose of the supernatural. It’s also funny as hell. Filmed partially throughout Northern Illinois, the low-budget indie…

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‘Chucky Chicken’ Creator Michael Cook Talks about Making It Big

Fourteen years ago, Michael Cook had an inspiration about escaping. The Illinois-based artist, writer and director felt that many Americans, including himself, could make good use out of a break…

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WGN Radio Legend Nick Digilio Among Four New Chicago Film Critics Members

The Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA), the Chicago-area print, online and broadcast critics group that celebrates the art of film and film criticism, released their roster for 2022-2023 today, announcing the…

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Passion, Planes and Pyrotechnics with ‘Wolf Hound’ Director Michael B. Chait and VFX Guru Ryan Urban

A Hollywood action thriller on an indie budget. That was the ambitious mission accomplished by director Michael B. Chait, VFX guru Ryan Urban, and their talented cast and crew. Wolf…

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Chicago Filmmakers Production Fund Awards Cash Grants of Up to $20,000 Each to Local Artists

Chicago Filmmakers is pleased to announce that the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund (CDMPF) has awarded cash grants ranging from $3,000 to $20,000 to seven Chicago artists for the production…

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‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Chicago Fire’ Stars Lead Lakefront Pictures Upcoming Feature ‘The Unseen’

OneChicago and Breaking Bad fans will see some familiar faces in the latest feature film from Chicago-based Lakefront Pictures. Chicago Fire star Christian Stolte and Breaking Bad mainstay RJ Mitte…

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Chicago Screenwriter Brett Neveu Teaming Up with Oscar Nom Michael Shannon for ‘Eric LaRue’ [Exclusive Interview]

Two Chicago powerhouses will be teaming up for a promising project this August. Two-time Academy Award Nominee Michael Shannon and Joseph Jefferson Award winning playwright Brett Neveu will be collaborating…

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Horror Indie ‘Weekend Deadaway’ Filming This Month in Joliet and Chicagoland Area

There is a slasher flick in the works in the Chicago and Illinois suburbs this month. Writer-director Clinton J. Phillips and his production company Three Feathers Films are bringing the…

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Filmscape Chicago Ready to Roll This Weekend… and It’s Free!

Filmscape Chicago is here. The mantra for this year is “New Dates, New Venue, Same Mission,” and it’s a must-attend for anyone in the Midwest production community this weekend, June…

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Exclusive Clip: Michael Glover Smith’s Feature ‘Relative’ Expands to Woodridge and Wilmette

Chicago Film Project has announced the expansion of writer/director Michael Glover Smith’s (pictured here with his father at the theatrical premiere) fourth feature film, Relative, into suburban Woodridge and Wilmette…

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Tribeca World Premiere for Illinois Indie; Interview with Director Alex Heller and Producer Eugene Sun Park [Exclusive]

A very personal story for an up-and-coming director is about make a very public World Premiere. The Year Between will debut at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City…

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Oak Park Filmmakers Winning Big at Film Festivals and Fighting for Social Change

Oak Park residents Adria Dawn and David Tarleton, of Tarleton/Dawn Productions, are making their mark through their films for social change.  On May 24th, Dawn’s birthday, the filmmaking partnership and…

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Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 8 Premieres Tonight at Siskel Film Center

Full Spectrum Features presents the Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 8 premiere at the Gene Siskel Film Center today, May 26 at 7pm with a post-screening Q&A. Click here to purchase your passes for tonight’s festivities. This…

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Dazzling Glass-House Treatment Intrigues in Titles for HBO Max’s ‘The Staircase’ from Sarofsky

The eight-episode Max Original limited series “The Staircase” debuted this month on HBO Max. Inspired by a true story, “The Staircase” explores the life of Michael Peterson (Colin Firth), his…

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Your First Look at Chicago Pilot ‘A Series About A Series’ Plus Our Chat with Director Sonny Kruger

A Chicago filmmaker has a new pilot, it’s winning awards, and it’s here for you to watch right now. SCREEN brings you an exclusive chat with Sonny Kruger, creator of…

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Music Box Theatre and Gene Siskel Film Center to Co-Present World Theatrical Premiere of Michael Glover Smith’s ‘Relative’

Newcity/Chicago Film Project has announced the World Theatrical Premiere of Michael Glover Smith’s fourth feature film RELATIVE in Chicago in June.

Cleveland, Michigan Filmmakers Among Sundance Institute Fellows

The nonprofit Sundance Institute announced today the names of the mediamakers selected for the new Humanities Sustainability Fellowship, a year-long program providing 20 U.S.-based under-resourced nonfiction mediamakers whose work and livelihood…

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IFA, IPA and Chicago Media Angels Team Up for Tax Incentive Discussion Wednesday

Illinois Production Alliance Executive Director Christine Dudley, Chicago Media Angels Executive Director Ted Reilly to discuss the expanded Illinois State Film Tax Incentive.

What’s Next for Cinematographer Christopher Rejano: Thriller Collabs with Jennifer Reeder, Jim Vendiola

It’s been a busy year for cinematographer Christopher Rejano, and he is just getting started. This week marks the worldwide premiere of the highly anticipated horror feature Night’s End, which…

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The Chicagoland MFA You Haven’t Heard of… Yet

Many Chicagoans have been heading back to school of late, to either move up the ladder in their field or to pursue a new profession altogether. If you are looking…

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Chicago Author Carlo Treviso Celebrates His Sicilian Heritage With Debut Thriller Novel

Fact: On March 30, 1282, as the bells of Palermo, Sicily, tolled for Vespers, a Sicilian woman crying “Death to the Angevins!” led a people’s uprising against the French garrison…

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New Thrive Colour Collaborates on Three Feature Films, Including Bruce Willis Thriller

A new colorist collective is off to an auspicious start. Matt McClain, Thrive Colour Founder/Colorist, announces the completion of the company’s work on three new feature films: A Day to…

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Chicago’s Next Scripted Sports Drama? ‘Devonte’ Set to Make a Run for the Title

It’s time for a fresh and honest take on the world of professional sports, and this scripted Chicago-made drama might be getting its call to the field. The pilot Devonte…

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Grand Jury Award for Chicago Indie ‘Relative’ and ‘Walking Dead’ Star Roberts

It’s always great to open your festival run with a win. And Michael Glover Smith’s fourth film, Relative, did just that. The dramatic feature, which was shot in Chicago last…

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Looney Look Back: Calabash Creative Director Wayne Brejcha and His Work On The Original ‘Space Jam’

Back in 1996, Wayne Brejcha, current Co-Owner/Creative Director of Calabash, was just beginning his animation career at the Chicago-based studio when the first Space Jam movie entered his life. Directed…

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Directors Steve Conry and Christian Schultz find the heart of the Electric Forest Music Festival

Directors Steve Conry and Christian Schultz recently released this heartfelt documentary that celebrates the 10 year anniversary of world famous music festival, Electric Forest. Electric Forest is co-produced by Madison…

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‘Chicago Fire’ Fan Favorites Miranda Rae Mayo and Yuriy Sardarov Reunite in Indie Feature ‘Daddy’

Two OneChicago fan favorites will be reuniting, though it won’t be in Chicago. Miranda Rae Mayo is reteaming with her former Chicago Fire co-star Yuriy Sardarov on Daddy, a dark…

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Dave Wooley Explains How to Make a Dionne Warwick Film

Dave Wooley did not mind that Dionne Warwick hesitated to let him do a movie about her when he mentioned the idea five years ago.  “When Dionne says she’s really…

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What Rebecca Hall Wants You to Know about Her Directorial Debut ‘Passing,’ Starring Tessa Thompson

Racial identity and female-driven storytelling are at the heart of the profound and elegant psychological drama, Passing. Vicky Cristina Barcelona actor Rebecca Hall makes her directorial debut with this feature,…

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Chicago Company Crafts VFX for ‘The Matrix Resurrections,’ ‘Work In Progress’

As The Matrix Resurrections trailer continues to break the internet, with well over 50 million views worldwide, the film has also shined a light on a highly touted VFX artist…

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James Gunn Recruits Sarofsky for ‘The Suicide Squad’ Main Titles and Signature Design Flares

With “The Suicide Squad,” writer/director James Gunn and Warner Bros. Pictures have earned worldwide acclaim for creating what many consider to be the best DC Universe film of all time….

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Matzke’s ‘The Orchestra’ Ready for an Encore

Director Curtis Matzke’s five-minute short, The Orchestra, premiered this month at filmshortage.com. A one-act thriller with virtually no dialogue, the film transforms a student music rehearsal into a crescendo of…

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Filmscape Takes Over Cinespace Chicago August 28-29

Are you a filmmaker, cinematographer, producer, editor, key grip, gaffer, or content creator or any genre or community? If so, your weekend plans are set. Filmscape is excited to announce…

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Mossman’s Good Guy With A Gun Now Filming; Swanberg, Pasquesi Highlight Cast

Director John Mossman knows a thing or two about the good-guy-with-a-gun theory. A lifelong hunter and target shooter, he has witnessed its ability to upset liberals and thrill conservatives, to…

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An Entire Movie in One Shot: An Ambitious Endeavor in Milwaukee

Capturing a single complete scene in one shot is quite an achievement. Capturing an entire feature length film in one shot is nothing short of historic. A single 91-minute take…

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Breaking Down Ted Lasso and Its Smashing Success

The new season of hit comedy Ted Lasso is off and running, and audiences are once again in love with the charming and uplifting show, led by Chicago comedy scene…

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Werewolves Within Director Josh Ruben Talks Screams and Laughs with SCREEN

Is there anything better than a film that can make you laugh and scream at the same time? So it goes with the new horror comedy Werewolves Within, now in…

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Director Natalie Morales Wants You to Try PLAN B

The best trips are never planned. When a straight-laced high school student has a regrettable first sexual encounter, she and her and slacker best friend have 24 hours to hunt…

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Exclusive: Five Questions with Slamdance Winner Brian Morrison

An epic journey for a Marine veteran, and a very special event here at Screen. The gripping documentary Bastards’ Road brought home the coveted Audience Award at Slamdance as well as…

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Wanna Arm Wrestle? Fresh New Comedy GOLDEN ARM Director Maureen Bharoocha

A buddy comedy set in the world of ladies arm wrestling? Yes indeed! Female-driven sports films are few and far-between, but today a fresh, funny, and critically acclaimed one is…

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Stacey Maltin and Margarita Zhitnikova Take Their Triple Threat on the Road

Triple Threat is leaping from its world premiere at the Cinequest Film & VR Festival to a rigorous festival run. But before the film begins its prolific roadtrip, writer-director Stacey…

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Powerhouse Female Filmmaker Iram Parveen Bilal on Her New Feature, I’ll Meet You There

SCREEN’s Joanna Kay talks with powerhouse female filmmaker Iram Parveen Bilal about her critically acclaimed new film I’LL MEET YOU THERE. Enjoy the uplifting interview below then click here to…

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How to Write and Direct a Christmas Movie in a Month

Writing, producing, and shooting a feature film in less than a month is quite a feat. But that’s exactly what happened. “We wanted to do something silly and we wanted…

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Milana Vayntrub and Talia Osteen Talk THE SHABBOS GOY

God literally forbids she turn off a vibrator gone rogue, so an Orthodox Jew sets out on a quest to find someone who can. Screen’s Joanna Kay chats with director…

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Who Is The Fixer?

Who is THE FIXER? This short-form crime thriller is set to premiere at the Oscar-qualifying #HollyShorts Festival and stars the inimitable Danny Trejo. Screen’s Joanna Kay is chatting with Michael…

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Hilarious Online Dating Debacle in SHIRi at HollyShorts

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