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HBO Renews Filmed-In-Illinois Comedy Series SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE For A Third Season

Great news for the Illinois television production community as Summer approaches. HBO announced today that the critically acclaimed comedy series SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE has been renewed for a third season. Somebody…

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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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DDB Chicago Names Emma Montgomery CEO as She Departs Leo Burnett Australia

The search is over and DDB Chicago has its new CEO. Leo Burnett Australia chief executive officer Emma Montgomery is set to leave the agency to head back to the…

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Five Questions with Tessa Films Director Mercedes Bryce Morgan

What do The Simpsons, Spike Jonze, and a 90’s camcorder have in common? They’re all right here as director Mercedes Bryce Morgan of the talented Tessa Films roster stops by…

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‘One of the Boys’ Premiere Set for May 27th

Mark your calendars for this Saturday. Vibes Video Productions is proud to announce the premiere of One of the Boys, a comedic web series starring Hannah Eisendrath, Anania Williams, Ealon…

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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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Cutters Studios Continues Growth With Addition of Editor Devon Bradbury

High-end editorial boutique Cutters announces the immediate addition of distinguished Editor Devon Bradbury to its roster for exclusive representation across the U.S.A. The announcement was made by Cutters New York…

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Cannes’ Fantastic Pavilion Selects Clare Cooney’s Filmed-In-Chicago Flick ‘Departing Seniors’

The Fantastic Pavilion, a new hub for the genre community set to make its debut at Cannes’ Marché du Film this week, has revealed its seven Gala screenings, and a…

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Dallas-Based Camp Lucky Teams Up with HGTV for New Series “Home In A Heartbeat”

Camp Lucky is excited to be a part of the team behind HGTV’s new series Home In A Heartbeat. Produced by Rabbit Foot Entertainment, the show features host Galey Alix – Wall…

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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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Charisma Carpenter and Kristina Wong Lead ‘Hold You So Tight,’ Filming This Month

Stage and screen phenoms Kristina Wong (Sweatshop Overlord – LA Times “Must See” / NY Times “Critic’s Pick”) and Charisma Carpenter (Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Angel) come together in an AI comfort film as final…

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Emmy Winning Editor Morgan Taylor Bradley Comes Home to Whitehouse Post

Whitehouse Post has enhanced its roster with the addition of Emmy award-winning editor Morgan Taylor Bradley. A captivating editor with more than a decade of experience cutting at top post houses…

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‘Chicago PD’ Casting Director Claire Simon Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

What do The Shield, an epic triathlon, and the best Brussels sprouts ever have in common? They’re all right here Chicago Fire and Chicago PD‘s Chicago Casting Director Claire Simon…

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Alyssa Thordarson and Michael Glover Smith set World, Int’l and Local Premieres for ‘Paper Planes’

PAPER PLANES, a new short film co-directed by Alyssa Thordarson [AFTER (A LOVE STORY)] and Michael Glover Smith (RELATIVE), based on an original screenplay by Thordarson, will have its world,…

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French Butter Salutes its Women Leaders to Close Out Women’s History Month

French Butter, the food and beverage production company, has capped its recent surge of attention-getting work by celebrating the role women play in its sales, management and growth. A certified…

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Carbon Chicago Executive Producer Gretchen Praeger Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

What do Clint Eastwood, Kenan Thompson, and The Joker have in common? They’re all right here as Carbon Chicago Executive Producer Gretchen Praeger stops by SCREEN for a thoroughly entertaining…

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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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Women’s History Month Short Film Screening Saturday, Presented By Community Film Workshop of Chicago

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Community Film Workshop of Chicago (CFWC) will host a free screening with women filmmakers from Chicago’s South Side on Saturday, March 25th from…

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Sanctuary Director and Texas Filmmaker Kayla Abuda Galang Wins Special Jury Award at SXSW

Texas filmmaker Kayla Abuda Galang, the Filipino-born, U.S.-raised filmmaker known for dynamic, character-driven stories that explore themes of home, family, and belonging, received the SXSW 2023 Special Jury Award in…

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Illinois Indie Thriller ‘The Unseen’ Starring ‘Breaking Bad’s RJ Mitte Acquired By Gravitas Ventures

Great news has arrived for an Illinois indie. Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to the feature film The Unseen. Jennifer A. Goodman wrote, starred in, and produced the…

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SEED signs the Goddess of Wisdom, Minerva

Shauna Seresin and Mary Knox of Minerva  (the name appropriately refers to the Roman goddess of wisdom and victory!) have begun to represent SEED Media Arts in the Northeast US…

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Chicago-Made Pilot ‘The Resentful Angel’ Launches on Amazon Prime, Looks Ahead to Series

It’s a little bit It’s a Wonderful Life… without the virtuous protagonist. Welcome to The Resentful Angel, the promising pilot executive produced by Cheryl Graeff & Shelley Daniels, crafted with an all-Chicago collective of…

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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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39th Chicago Latino Film Festival Opens and Closes with Films Directed by Women

The 39th Chicago Latino Film Festival announces today the selection of Claudia Sainte Luce’s offbeat comedy about second chances, Love & Mathematics, as its Opening Night film on Thursday April…

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Casting Director AJ Links Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

What does it mean to “channel your inner Beyonce?” Find out right here as Casting Director AJ Links of Chicago’s superb PR Casting stops by for a thoroughly entertaining round…

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33rd Onion City Experimental Film Festival Announces Opening Night Film and Competition Programs

Chicago Filmmakers, the presenting organization of the Onion City Experimental Film Festival, is pleased to announce the full slate of programs for the 33rd edition, running March 30 – April 9….

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Season Two Of HBO Series ‘Somebody Somewhere,’ Filmed In Illinois, Debuts April 23

The premiere is here! The critically acclaimed HBO Original comedy series Somebody Somewhere, starring and executive produced by comedian and singer Bridget Everett, returns for its seven-episode second season Sunday,…

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Cutters Studios Adds London-Based Editor Elena De Palma

High-end editorial boutique Cutters is very proud to announce the immediate addition of distinguished Editor Elena De Palma to its roster for exclusive representation across the U.S.A. For De Palma,…

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Marvel’s ‘Ironheart’ Release Might Be Delayed Until 2024

Marvel Studios might be looking at a possible delay for its upcoming Disney+ series, Ironheart, which filmed briefly in Chicago. Ironheart, with Dominique Thorne reprising her role as Riri Williams…

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Leo Burnett SVP and Executive Producer Bridget Rose Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

What do Charles Barkley, The Bachelor, and the craziest commercial ever made have in common? They’re all right here as Leo Burnett SVP and Executive Producer Bridget Rose answers Five…

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The Online Premiere Is Here for Chicago-Made Festival Fave ‘After (A Love Story)’

On the heels of a wildly successful festival run, including a dozen award nominations, nine wins, playing at Academy-Award qualifiers, local screenings, and more than twenty fests all over the country,…

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Vanessa Fortier Joins Chicago Agency TDP as Creative Director

The Distillery Project (TDP) has hired Creative Director Vanessa Fortier. A creative leader with a proven ability to build major brands through the power of 360 cross-channel ideas, Fortier has received…

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Casting Director Jessica Lyons Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

What do the X-Men, Pushing Daisies, and the best restaurant ever have in common? They’re all right here as Chicago-based Casting Director Jessica Lyons of O’Connor Casting stopped by for…

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‘Chicago Med’ Co-Exec Producer Nicole Rubio Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

We are thrilled to kick off the new year with a very special guest from America’s favorite night of TV on NBC. Nicole Rubio has directed episodes of Chicago Fire,…

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Indigo Girls to Perform at Sundance Opening Night Festivities

The Grammy Award-winning folk rock duo Indigo Girls will perform at Opening Night: A Taste of Sundance presented by IMDbPro on January 19 in Park City. The band will also premiere their new documentary, It’s…

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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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Chicago’s Britt Boardman Makes Directorial Debut in HBO Max Series ‘South Side’

Chicago women film and television directors have fought their way into the national spotlight in recent years, and that momentum is stronger than ever. Jennifer Reeder is now one of…

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Senior Producer Margie Ayala of Quriosity Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

What do hot yoga sessions with Slash (yes, the guitar legend Slash), loving Star Wars, and completing FOUR triathlons have in common? They’re all right here as Quriosity Senior Producer…

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Sundance Announces Lineup; Chicago Media Project Brings ‘Mariachi’ to the Party

Sundance is live and in-person once again! Today the nonprofit Sundance Institute announced the slate of independent films selected across the feature film categories for the 2023 Sundance Film Festival….

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IFA Chicago Announces McKenzie Chinn as Recipient of ‘Breakthrough Voice Award’ at Inaugural Fundraiser

IFA Chicago’s “Breakthrough Voice Award” is an honor given to an individual whose work has already received professional acclaim and demonstrates an exceptional level of creative quality and storytelling integrity,…

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Leo Burnett EVP and Head of Production Ashley Geisheker Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

Chicago’s AICP Awards Show is coming up this Thursday and one of the night’s many special guests is Leo Burnett EVP and Head of Production Ashley Geisheker. Before the big…

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Chicago Femme Leaders Erica Duffy and Rebecca Martin Fagerholm Team Up to Found ‘The Call Sheet’ Magazine

The secret’s out! After a week kicked off by a mysterious Instagram post this past Monday announcing to “Tune in Thursday for Something New…,” Camera Ambassador and Cinema Femme proudly…

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Layne Marie Williams and Campbell O’Hare Seek to Shake Up the Horror Genre with ‘The Hallows’ [Exclusive]

As Halloween thrills trail into November and those Fall chills begin to set in, a haunting tale is beginning to take shape for the year ahead. Chicago/LA filmmaker Layne Marie…

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PHOTO BOOTH: ‘Ironheart’ Director Sam Bailey Headlines IFA Chicago Event

The highly anticipated Marvel Studios series Ironheart landed in Chicago to film in October and November, and it did so with a Chicago filmmaker in the director’s chair. The Emmy-nominated…

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Leadership Change at Gene Siskel Film Center as Exec Director Jean de St. Aubin Exits

There is an important personnel update to share from the Chicago cultural landscape. After nearly two decades at the Gene Siskel Film Center, Executive Director Jean de St. Aubin is leaving…

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That’s a Wrap on Marvel’s ‘Ironheart,’ Here’s the Latest on the Highly Anticipated Series

The new Marvel Studios series Ironheart has completed its two weeks of filming throughout Chicago, and that’s also a wrap on principal filming for the inaugural season of the franchise….

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Marvel’s ‘Ironheart’ Now Filming in Chicago; Sacha Baron Cohen Joins Cast as ‘Mephisto’

A Halloween treat is here for the Chicago production community as well as Chicago comic book diehards. The new Marvel Studios series Ironheart is now filming in the Windy City….

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Executive Producer Kristin Angeletti Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

That time you nearly hit Tim Robbins with your car, plus the Best Halloween Costume Ever! We have all that and more as Whitehouse Executive Producer Kristin Angeletti stopped by…

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Producer Sarah Mueller Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

What do Married at First Sight, Dennis Quaid, and the Strangest Halloween Ever have in common? They’re all right here as Chicago-based Prysm Studios Producer Sarah Mueller stops by for…

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charlieuniformtango Collaborates on ‘The Turning Point’; Richard Linklater, Trevor Noah Among Exec Producers

Powerful storytelling is at the forefront, and you’ll have your first look this Sunday. charlieuniformtango recently collaborated on Director Gretchen Stoeltje’s compelling documentary, Shouting Down Midnight, executive produced by Richard…

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Your First Look at Five New Chicago Features In Development for 2023

As we look ahead to 2023, there are five Illinois features in the works that deserve a spot on your radar. Let’s take a look… The 58th Chicago International Film Festival has…

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Nikki Weiss-Goldstein Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

What do Pat Benatar, a 1933 Louis XV Steinway Grand Piano, and the best Halloween costume ever have in common? They’re all right here as Chicago and Midwest talent rep…

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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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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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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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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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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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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’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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