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Marvel’s ‘Ironheart’ Filming in Chicago This Month

More good news for the Chicago production community… and for Chicago comic book diehards. The new Marvel Studios series Ironheart will be filming in the Windy City at the end…

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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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Katie Couric Joins List of Chicago International Film Festival Special Guests

The Chicago International Film Festival today announced that award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Katie Couric, executive producer of NO ORDINARY CAMPAIGN, will appear at an encore presentation of her film. Meanwhile, two new…

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Director Mercedes Bryce Morgan Joins Tessa Films

From Toronto to Tessa. Director Mercedes Bryce Morgan has joined the directorial roster of the Chicago and L.A.-based Tessa Films. Already busy with a variety of projects under the Tessa…

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FCB Chicago Executive Producer Whitney Cusack Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

What do Keanu Reeves, the O’Jays, and an epic trip to Aruba have in common? They’re all right here as FCB Chicago Executive Producer Whitney Cusack stops by for an…

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Chaz Ebert to Be Honored at FACETS Screen Gems Gala

Entrepreneur, publisher, author, producer, and philanthropist Chaz Ebert has spent her career championing overlooked films and filmmakers, providing invaluable opportunities for new and diverse voices. Her work as a film…

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On Set Exclusive with Clare Cooney and Her Feature ‘Departing Seniors,’ Now Filming in Chicago

Clare Cooney couldn’t be happier. Her feature directorial debut, the horror-comedy Departing Seniors, has been filming throughout the month and is set to wrap this week. Clare has an all-star…

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Clare Cooney Directorial Debut ‘Departing Seniors’ Now Filming in Chicago

Following a series of tremendously successful short film forays, Clare Cooney is making her feature film directorial debut. The project is currently underway in her longtime artistic home of Chicago….

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April Wright Goes ‘Back to the Drive-In’ with Her New Doc Premiering at the Music Box

April Wright fell in love with movies growing up north of Chicago where she went to the Waukegan Drive-in, The Grayslake Outdoor, and the Keno across the border in Kenosha,…

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Cramer-Krasselt VP and Group Creative Director Amy Gozalka Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

What do Eminem, Lassie, and an epic round of Double Dare have in common? They’re all right here as Cramer-Krasselt VP and Group Creative Director Amy Gozalka stops by for…

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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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Chicago Pilot ‘Inferno’ Lands on RokuChannel; SCREEN Interview with Creator Wendy Roderweiss

It’s been a sensational summer so far for Wendy Roderweiss. Her Chicago-made pilot Inferno has been snapped up by RokuChannel, and hope is high for the future of the series….

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West Coast Premieres at LA Shorts, Cordillera for Chicago Film; ‘Walking Dead’ ‘Chicago Med’ Stars Lead Cast

The prolific festival run continues for Chicago-made short film After (A Love Story). The dramatic piece launches its West Coast leg this week, with a Los Angeles Premiere at the…

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HighDive Creative Director Katie Bero Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

What do a canceled Fox TV show, an epic trip to Bali, and the best cheeseburger ever have in common? They’re all right here as Creative Director Katie Bero of…

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Chicago Pilot ‘I Didn’t Mean to Go Mental’ Moves into Post Production After Successful Shoot

The cast and crew of I Didn’t Mean To Go Mental are still soaring following a successful shoot this Summer. “It was the biggest dream of mine coming true right…

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Director Meg Gàmez Rosters with SEED

Award winning director Meg Gàmez has joined SEED Media Arts for exclusive representation after owning, directing, and serving as Executive Producer at her own production company for several years. A first-generation Hispanic…

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Women of the Chicago Creative Community Speak Out in the Wake of Roe v. Wade Ruling

The Supreme Court ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade has sent shockwaves through the entire country, and women in the Chicago creative community are speaking out. From chief advertising executives…

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Optimus Promotes Ariana DeSimone to Editor

Optimus today announced that Ariana DeSimone has been promoted to editor. The latest addition to the leading production and post house’s growing editorial team, Ariana brings creativity, passion, and a relentless work ethic to her…

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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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HBO Series ‘Somebody Somewhere’ Starts Filming Season Two This Week

It’s shaping up to be a busy summer in Illinois. The HBO comedy series Somebody Somewhere, led by Bridget Everett and executive produced by Mark and Jay Duplass, began filming…

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AICP Names Former Cinespace Exec Sheila R. Brown as VP, Equity & Inclusion 

Matt Miller, President and CEO of AICP, today announced the appointment of Sheila R. Brown as the association’s first-ever VP, Equity & Inclusion. Brown will represent the association in all…

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Marvel’s ‘Ironheart’ Now Filming in Atlanta… Will It Land in Chicago Soon?

Excitement has been building and comic book diehards are buzzing about the new Marvel Studios series Ironheart. The series is expected to film in Atlanta and Chicago between now and…

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Meet Jessica Lyons, the New Casting Director at O’Connor Casting

Meet Chicago’s newest casting director. O’Connor Casting has long been established as one of the top commercial casting forces in Chicago, if not in the country, and they have added…

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June 20th Start Date Confirmed for Marvel’s ‘Ironheart,’ ‘This Is Us’ Star Joins Cast

Excitement is building and comic book diehards are buzzing about the new Marvel Studios series Ironheart. SCREEN broke the news last week about a possible June shoot start, and those…

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Fran Montoya Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

What do the Newlywed Game, George Strait, and Disneyland have in common? They’re all right here as charlieuniformtango Director of Sales Fran Montoya answers Five Questions with SCREEN. Let’s get…

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Marvel’s ‘Ironheart’ Targets June Start, Taps Chicago’s Sam Bailey to Direct, Coogler to EP

SCREEN broke the news last fall that the Marvel Studios series Ironheart was likely to film in Chicago in 2022, and it appears that time may be approaching. Sources tell…

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Carbon Grows Colorist Roster with Electrifying New Talent Bree Brackett

Creative Studio Carbon has promoted Bree Brackett to colorist. Brackett is making her mark straight out of the gate with campaigns for Adidas, AT&T, eBay, Gap and Nike, to name a few.  Bree…

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Sundance Vet and Netflix Writer Minhal Baig to Direct ‘We Grow Now’ in Chicago

A Chicago filmmaker is bringing her next project back home. Minhal Baig’s most recent feature film, Hala, was a Sundance Grand Jury Award Nominee and critics’ pick, was executive produced…

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HBO Series ‘Somebody Somewhere’ Starts Filming Season Two This May

It’s shaping up to be a busy summer in Illinois. The HBO comedy series Somebody Somewhere, led by Bridget Everett and executive produced by Mark and Jay Duplass, is ramping…

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Lindsay Tyler Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

Lindsay Tyler has been a mainstay in the Chicago advertising community for over two decades, with tenures at FCB Chicago and Havas. Lindsay recently joined the team at Whirlpool as…

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World Premiere at Oscar Qualifying Festival for Chicago Film; ‘Walking Dead’ ‘Chicago Med’ Stars Lead Cast

Chicago-made short film After (A Love Story) will have its World Premiere at the Academy-Qualifying 46th Cleveland International Film Festival. The film, which tells the story of a surviving couple…

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Chicago Sci-Fi Pilot ‘Wizdom’ Wraps, Powers Ahead to Post [Exclusive BTS Photos]

The exciting new sci-fi pilot Wizdom has wrapped production at Cinecity Studios in Chicago and is now in post and picking up steam. SCREEN has exclusive behind-the-scenes photos, and a…

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Indie Film Investor Kelly Waller Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

Miley Cyrus, Saved By the Bell, and the best advice ever! All here in the week’s round of Five Questions. The Chicago Media Angels investment group is all about connecting…

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Neha Datt Schultz Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

What do Captain America, Foo Fighters, and the best sushi ever have in common? They’re all here as Picture North Executive Producer and Head of Development Neha Datt Schultz answers…

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‘Chicago Fire’ Co-Producer Daniele Bernstein Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

Led Zeppelin, Jersey Shore, and the best episode of Chicago Fire ever! It’s all here as Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, and Chicago Med Co-Producer Daniele Bernstein Answers Five Questions with…

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HBO Series ‘Somebody Somewhere’ Renewed for Season Two

Just a few episodes into its debut season, the comedy series Somebody Somewhere, led by Bridget Everett and executive produced by Mark and Jay Duplass, has received a second season…

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Chan C. Smith Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

What do Ava DuVernay, Married at First Sight, and an epic seafood boil have in common? They’re all right here today as director Chan C. Smith of the Tessa Films…

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Jennifer Reeder’s ‘Night’s End’ to Release on Shudder March 31st [Exclusive Interview]

Jennifer Reeder’s next film is here. Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural announced the release for Jennifer Reeder’s latest thriller Night’s End is set…

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Cutters Promotes Magdalena Hernández to Editor

It’s always a joy to start the work week with some positive news. High-end editorial boutique Cutters is very proud to announce the promotion of Magdalena Hernández to Editor. The…

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Chicago-Powered Sci-Fi Pilot ‘Wizdom’ to Shoot in February; Pissios to Exec Produce

A thrilling new sci-fi pilot is arriving in Chicago in 2022. Thieves test their limits to survive each heist. Motorcycles race faster than the speed of light. Home cooked drugs…

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Sundance Selects Chicago Short ‘Close Ties to Home Country’

Over 10,000 films submitted, only 59 are selected. Close Ties to Home Country, a short comedy produced and filmed in Chicago, is heading to the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. The…

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Five Questions with ‘Killing Eleanor’ Star Jenny O’Hara (SCREEN Exclusive)

The compelling and thought-provoking independent feature Killing Eleanor is now available for you to enjoy on digital platforms across the globe. The Illinois indie is presented by Chicago Media Angels…

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Zanah Thirus Strides Forward As Both Producer and Director

2021 has marked a pivotal year in Zanah Thirus’ career journey as a producer and director. She began her journey in advertising as an Associate Producer at FCB Chicago in…

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Oak Park Community Stands Strong with Social Change Film ‘Gray Area’

Tarleton/Dawn Productions and Kelley and Ryan Kitley announce that the film, Gray Area, will premiere at the Lake Street Theatre on October 25, 2021. Gray Area was almost entirely funded by the Oak…

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Chicago Sci-Fi Pilot to Shoot This Winter, Led by Swinford, Sievers, Williams; Cinespace’s Pissios to EP

There is a new sci-fi franchise in the works in Chicago, with a highly touted ensemble of homegrown talent at its core and an all-star Executive Producer set to support….

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Comedy Central Filming ‘Surina and Mel Light it Up’ in Chicago

Comedy Central has brought a new project – and potentially a new series – to Chicago. The project is entitled Surina and Mel Light it Up: A Diwali Story, and…

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Alyssa Thordarson, Clare Cooney, Jason Chiu, Walking Dead, Chicago PD Actors Join AFTER: A LOVE STORY

This spring, as the world looked to be emerging from the pandemic’s grip, Chicago actor and writer Alyssa Thordarson (pictured left) began thinking about the ways in which people deal…

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International Screenwriters’ Association To Present Virtual Table Read of Grand Prize Winning Script, Directed by Emmy Award Winner Mary Lou Belli

Join the International Screenwriters’ Association on August 13th for a virtual table read of the Grand Prize-winning script for the 2021 Table Read My Screenplay Competition: The Surveillance of Ordinary Things…

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Oscar Nom Diane Quon Selected to WIF and Sundance Institute Financing Intensive

The Sundance Institute and WIF (Women In Film, Los Angeles) today announced the projects and creators selected for the annual WIF and Sundance Institute Financing Intensive, and there is an…

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Nomadland, Beasts of Southern Wild Producers Lead Mentor Ensemble

Producers of Oscar Winners, Independent Spirit Award Nominees, and Festival Grand Jury Prize Winners are aplenty in the impressive collective of mentors Full Spectrum Features and the Chicago Film Office…

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NBC Backs Chicago Producers Lab; Meet the Five Promising Participants

There are five producers in Chicago you need to know, and five projects you’ll want to add to your radar for the months ahead. These five filmmakers were selected to…

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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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You Must Watch Clare Cooney’s New Film. Everybody Else Is.

2021 is shaping up nicely for Clare Cooney. With a feature film heading into production this summer, the award-winning actor-director-writer-editor-producer just released her latest short film on the prestigious short…

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Your First Look at Zanah Thirus’ Black Feminist Romantic Comedy

Zanah Thirus’ flair for effectively producing 21st-century films is how successful filmmakers build their careers. At film conference Q&A sessions and even on peer-to-peer calls, the conversations heavily revolve around…

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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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Elisabeth Moss Series Chooses Chicago, Leonardo DiCaprio to Executive Produce

Apple has ordered a new series, RIPPLE EFFECTS starring Emmy Award winner Elisabeth Moss, for its streaming service Apple TV+, and the series will be shooting in Chicago. Oscar winner…

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AICP Unveils BIPOC Mentoring Program

The AICP’s Equity & Inclusion Committee, an integral part of the association’s commitment to facilitate real and sustainable long-term equity shifts within our industry, has unveiled plans for its new…

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Opal H. Bennett Named Co-Producer at American Documentary | POV

American Documentary (AmDoc) the parent organization of the PBS documentary series POV, announced the addition of Opal H. Bennett as Co-Producer for POV, the longest independent documentary showcase on television. …

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HERStory: Rogers & Hahn’s Must-Watch Sci-Fi Short

The dynamic duo of director-actor Sadie Rogers and producer Grace Hahn has much to celebrate this week as their stunning sci-fi short film HOW IS THIS THE WORLD? releases worldwide…

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Chan C. Smith Joins Tessa Films

Chan C. Smith, a Chicago native who’s taken her skill as a storyteller to such genres as publishing, media and documentary film, is set to make her mark on the…

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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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You Must Watch Leonard and Marcelle’s New Chicago Made Series BETA

Set aside the Netflix remote for a night and enjoy some local fare this weekend! The first season of the female-driven, Chicago-made web series BETA is now up and ready…

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The Black List And Cassian Elwes Select Aemilia Scott For Screenwriting Fellowship

Another prestigious honor for a Chicago filmmaker. The Black List and Cassian Elwes have selected Aemilia Scott as the 2021 Cassian Elwes Independent Screenwriting Fellow. Scott is a writer/director whose…

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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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SINGLE DRUNK FEMALE Now Shooting, Helmed by Headland, Sheedy

Here’s some eggnog for your holiday as the Disney-owned Freeform has a pilot entitled SINGLE DRUNK FEMALE currently filming in Chicago. The half-hour pilot, produced by 20th Television, is being…

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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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Daughterhood Director Cecilia Albertini and Star Carmela Corbett

The Oscar-qualifying short film showcase HollyShorts is bigger and better than ever, and this year, it’s virtual. Enjoy some of the best and brightest short form filmmakers from across the…

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Amazon Debut for Illinois-Indiana Indie Feature

Illinois-Indiana indie THE MISADVENTURES OF MISTRESS MANEATER is riding a successful festival run into its worldwide digital release on Amazon, and here is your first look at the feature from…

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MasterChef Star Hosts Female-Driven Foodie Pilot Filming in Milwaukee

This fall in Milwaukee, Chicago-based travel app and linear channel, GoTraveler, is filming their first original series pilot. The new series CURBSIDE EATS is centered around good food, good drinks,…

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Your First Look at Four New Features for 2021

As we look ahead to 2021, there are four Illinois features in the works that deserve a spot on your radar. Let’s take a look… The 56th Chicago International Film…

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Exclusive: What You Haven’t Heard about Immigration Nation on Netflix

The explosive and controversial documentary IMMIGRATION NATION is now on Netflix and rattling viewers on both sides of this national debate. Screen Correspondent Joanna Kay sat down with co-directors Christina…

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The Girl in the Blue Bra: From Short to Feature Film

Chicago filmmaker Ayesha Abouelazm, who has two shorts about gender and cultural bias, is turning one of her short films, THE GIRL IN THE BLUE BRA, into a feature. Right…

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12 Year Old Writer Helms New Animated Series

Parents and teachers have been faced with the new challenge of discussing the ever-evolving pandemic outbreak with young children. 12-year-old Natalie Munez Lising had an idea, and wrote a story…

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Jennifer Gaida Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

This week, The Colonie colorist Jennifer Gaida answers Five Questions with SCREEN. Gaida joined The Colonie’s staff at the beginning of the year following a stint with Energy BBDO’s Flare……

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Chicago Filmmakers Join New Travel TV Project

Film has become more comforting than entertaining. Our screens are window frames and galleries to the world. Do you ever notice that you want to turn on the TV, but…

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Will Smith’s Former Dir of Development Patterson Back Home in Chicago

When Will Smith asked her if she wanted to help launch his first production company she said, “It depends.” Meet Danita Patterson, a woman who was set in her Midwest…

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Jennifer Reeder Answers Five Questions

Jennifer Reeder’s psychological thriller KNIVES AND SKIN has received raves throughout its prolific festival run, which included a World Premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, and American Premiere at…

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11 Dollar Bill’s Lisa Effress Answers Five Questions

In the latest installment of our popular weekly feature, Lisa Effress, managing director at 11 Dollar Bill in Boulder, answers Five Questions with SCREEN. SCREEN: Most famous person you’ve ever…

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