Five Questions with Indie Film Investor Mark Glassgow of Chicago Media Angels

The investor collective Chicago Media Angels has supported quite a few Illinois independent features in recent years, including SXSW pick Come As You Are and critics’ picks Once Upon a River and Killing Eleanor. Today, one of the co-founders of CMA, Mark Glassgow, stopped by SCREEN to have some fun with a thoroughly entertaining and insightful round of Five Questions. Let’s get to it!

SCREEN: Ok Mark, you are immersed in the independent film world, so give us one indie we should add to our streaming queue this week!

MARK: I just rewatched Ali Abassi’s Border on Hulu —  one of the great films of this generation in my opinion. Rarely does a film pull off a high-concept genre so well, while also having such sincerity and heart. Every department on the film is working at the highest form of their craft – Writing, Acting, Locations, Wardobe, Makeup. 

It’s aspirational.

Here is the trailer and then you can click here is watch Border on Hulu…

SCREEN: Worst job ever?

MARK: In high school, I sanded and re-painted rusted urinals and urinal dividers for a few weeks as part of a job. Financing and producing movies is much more fun. 

SCREEN: When you and the team at Chicago Media Angels are considering a film for investment, what’s the one biggest factor that tends to sway you one way or the other?

MARK: I love investing in people who consider themselves entrepreneurs first and foremost, because that is really the heart of independent film. Being a producer means running a business –  in which you will hire and manage dozens of people who are all working under immense pressure towards a collective goal.  A producer can have incredible artistic talent, taste, craftsmanship, etc. but if they aren’t reliable and accountable it’s hard to want to invest in them.

SCREEN: If you could be a member of any musical group in history, what would it be?

MARK: Weird answer but I always fantasize about being Kevin Shields’ guitar tech for My Bloody Valentine. An unlimited budget to spend on gear. It’d be a hard job though.

Ok Mark, this music video from My Bloody Valentine is for you!

SCREEN: What is your most prized possession?

MARK: I have a modified Fender Blues Jr. that I inherited from a relative that I really love, and my neighbors really don’t love.


SCREEN: Can you cook? What’s your go-to dish?

MARK: I do cook! I love making chimichurri sauce and grilling a steak, that’s probably the go to. 

SCREEN: If you could only be a fan of one sports team, what would it be?

MARK: University of Illinois Basketball.

Here are some highlights from the latest season for Illinois men’s and women’s basketball…

SCREEN: What’s that TV show you’re a little embarrassed to admit you love to watch?

MARK: The British show Naked Attraction. It’s like The Bachelor for naked people. 

And here is the raciest trailer in the history of Five Questions with SCREEN!

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