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HBO Max Chicago TV Series ‘South Side’ Premieres Thursday

The season premiere is here. One of the crown jewels of Chicago’s booming television industry is the HBO Max series South Side. The highly anticipated Season Three Premiere is here…

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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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Chicago Blackhawks and Daily Planet ‘Hit the Ice’ for Thrilling New Campaign

Hockey season is in full swing, and Chicago’s Daily Planet is in the thick of it. Director Michael Gabriele, Executive Producer Scott Marvel and the Daily Planet squad teamed up…

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Carbon Elevates Phil Linturn and Liam Chapple to Partnership Roles

Creative production studio Carbon announces the promotion of Phil Linturn and Liam Chapple to partnership roles. The pair joined Carbon in 2016 and have been a driving force in growing the company…

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Director Blaine Hogan Brings His Eclectic Background to Tessa Films

Director Blaine Hogan is ready to take center stage as he joins the roster at the Chicago and L.A.-based production company, Tessa Films. The signing of the former actor-turned-filmmaker, who…

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Chicago Series ‘The Bear’ Plates Three Critics Choice Award Nominations

TV nominees for the 28th Annual Critics Choice Awards were announced this week, and a Chicago television series is near the top of the pack. FX’s The Bear earned a…

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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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Cliffhangers Galore in Fall Finales of ‘Fire’ ‘Med’ ‘PD’ Coming Up Wednesday, Here’s Your First Look

The Fall Finales are here, and so are the cliffhangers, surprise guests, and a highly anticipated wedding. The Dick Wolf triumvirate of Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD brings…

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PETERMAYER Celebrates Michigan in New Spot for Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau

Full service agency PETERMAYER is helping the Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau celebrate a part of Michigan that a lot of consumers have probably never seen in a new commercial for the tourist…

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AMP West Coast Chapter Elects Stone Irr as President, Completes National Leadership Change for Music Trade Group

Stone Irr, Senior Producer at BUTTER Music + Sound in Los Angeles and an accomplished recording artist and producer in his own right, has been elected President of the West Coast…

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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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The Official Photo Booth for The AICP Awards in Chicago… Here Are the Best of the Booth

The AICP Awards national tour, which brings winners of the AICP’s three competitions – The AICP Post Awards, the AICP Next Awards, and the AICP Show: The Art & Technique…

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100+ Photos from The AICP Awards in Chicago Are Here!

The AICP Awards national tour, which brings winners of the AICP’s three competitions – The AICP Post Awards, the AICP Next Awards, and the AICP Show: The Art & Technique…

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Executive Creative Director Chuck Rachford Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

Favorite commercial, the best advice ever, and your most prized possession? Current Global’s Executive Creative Director Chuck Rachford stopped by to share the answers to those all-important questions in a…

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Meijer, The Distillery Project Team Up for Hunger Relief Effort ‘Simply Give’

Now is the season for gratitude and giving, and this new work is right on time. Grand Rapids, Michigan based retailer Meijer’s hallmark hunger relief effort, “Simply Give,” campaign recently…

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‘Chicago PD’ Star Marina Squerciati Reveals Her Greatest Challenge to Date

Marina Squerciati is a fan favorite of the highly popular Dick Wolf drama Chicago P.D. Marina recently stopped by to give her loyal #OneChicago fans a bit more insight into…

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Agency Creative Director Turned Film Director Ed Han Joins Quriosity Productions

Ed Han, the former agency creative director turned film director, has joined the roster of Quriosity Productions. He brings with him a great eye for everything from lifestyle to automotive spots,…

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Patrick Mahomes Popular State Farm Spot Leads to Yessian, TMA Collab for ‘Jazz Bath’

Are you ready for your jazz bath? State Farm recently introduced dorky, mullet-wielding, saxophone-slinging “Jeff the Equipment Manager” in a spot with Super Bowl Champ Patrick Mahomes. The commercial riffed…

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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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11 Dollar Bill Teams with BravoEcho in Capturing the Winter Park Experience

11 Dollar Bill helped capture the spirit of adventure, spectacular views and downhill fun offered by Colorado’s longest continuously operating ski resort in a new campaign for Winter Park. Conceived…

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Sarofsky Adds Hollywood Producer Will Townsend, Promotes Joel Signer to Head of Production

Let’s ring in some uplifting news as we head into the holiday season! Continuing its growth and its investments into excellence, one-stop cross-media production company Sarofsky is promoting Senior Producer…

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Reid Brody’s ColorNation Announces Additional Artist Signings

ColorNation, the newly launched remote color grading service founded by veteran post production entrepreneur Reid Brody, has added four new colorists to its roster of available artists. Joining are Gino…

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Your First Look at Comedy Pilot ‘I Didn’t Mean to Go Mental,’ Led by Carly Glenn and Amy McIntyre

The trailer premiere is here for a brand-new Chicago-made pilot. Right before the world shut down in March of 2020, Carly Glenn was Amy McIntyre’s associate at McIntyre’s company, Beeline…

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11 Dollar Bill Wins Gold, Silver and Bronze at One Club Denver Awards

11 Dollar Bill enjoyed a banner night at The One Club for Creativity’s annual Denver Awards, picking up two Gold, one Silver, two Bronze and two Merit Awards for work…

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New Faces, New Drama in Fresh Episodes of ‘Fire’ ‘Med’ ‘PD’ Coming Up Wednesday, Here’s Your First Look

The Dick Wolf triumvirate of Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD brings its loyal #OneChicago fans a round of brand new episodes this Wednesday, November 16th. So what can…

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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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AICP Mentoring Program Gears Up for Second Cycle

The AICP Mentoring Program is now seeking mentee applications as it prepares to launch its second cycle. Information on the program, including how to apply for admission as a mentee,…

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Why Chicagoans Should Be Particularly Excited to See ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ This Weekend

If you’re a Chicago movie and TV fan, you have even more reason to head to the theater this weekend. Your first look at Ironheart is approaching faster than you…

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The Biggest Night of the Year for the Chicago Advertising and Creative Community – The AICP Awards – Arrives Nov 17

The AICP Awards national tour, which brings winners of the AICP’s three competitions – The AICP Post Awards, the AICP Next Awards, and the AICP Show: The Art & Technique…

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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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Your First Look at Eight New Documentary Features in Development for 2023

Bold and impactful voices are poised to be amplified in the new year. Chicago’s revered documentary filmmaking house Kartemquin Films is at the heart of that amplification. After a year-long…

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Cow Lamp Films and The Annoyance Theatre Partner for Chicago Sketch Show TV Series

From the home of sketch and improv, Chicago’s Cow Lamp Films and The Annoyance Theatre are partnering to produce a new Chicago sketch TV series, Out of the Loop. Earlier this…

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Keslow Camera’s Jim Summers Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

What do Wilco, Batman, and Tom Hanks have in common? They’re all right here as Keslow Camera’s cinematography guru and marketing pro Jim Summers stops by for a thoroughly entertaining…

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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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It’s Life and Death in New Episodes of ‘Fire’ ‘Med’ ‘PD’ Coming Up Wednesday, Here’s Your First Look

The Dick Wolf triumvirate of Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD brings its loyal #OneChicago fans a round of brand new episodes this Wednesday, November 9th. So what can…

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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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20th Century Pilot ‘Deli Boys’ Wraps in Chicago This Week; ‘Ms. Maisel’ Star Leads Cast

Chicago is heading into November strong, with a flurry of new production in town. 20th Century Studios is currently filming its latest pilot, Deli Boys. SCREEN announced earlier this fall…

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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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Doc Chicago Is Here This Saturday; SCREEN Chats with Founder Ines Sommer

Doc Chicago is here, and we have the founder with us today to tell you why you should be heading to the Chicago Cultural Center this Saturday. The schedule for this year’s…

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Justin Casselle Teams Up with PETA for Impactful Comedy Spot [Exclusive Interview with SCREEN]

Justin Casselle continues his rise through the commercial directorial ranks with his latest work for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), which brings you an unexpected comedy twist….

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Optimus, Cutters Studios Creatives Highlight Camp Kuleshov Midwest Winners

The winners are in! AICP’s Camp Kuleshov challenge for the Midwest region was a success once again and accolades were awarded Thursday in Downtown Chicago. The nightlife hotspot Tree House…

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IFA Chicago ‘Magic Hour’ Fundraiser Set for Dec 1; Alex Pissios to Receive Hometown Hero Award

Chicagoans, mark your calendars for December 1st. The Independent Film Alliance of Chicago (IFA), a nonprofit dedicated to providing the community and resources needed to build a diverse and sustainable…

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It’s All-Out Mystery as New Episodes of ‘Fire’ ‘Med’ ‘PD’ Coming Up Wednesday, Here’s Your First Look

The Dick Wolf triumvirate of Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD brings its loyal #OneChicago fans a round of brand new episodes this Wednesday, November 2nd. So what can…

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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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Jayce Baron and Hailie Sahar Kick-off Black Alphabet Film Festival with ‘Beyond Ed Buck’ Screening

Black Alphabet, a nonprofit committed to promoting equity awareness on behalf of the Black LGBT+ community through the use of media and the arts, has announced the 9th Annual Black…

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Target Ad Features Ironheart on Full Blast; Marvel Series Filming in Chicago This Week

Marvel series Ironheart has been in the headlines in Chicago all year, and the new franchise has finally landed in Chicago, filming around town this week. And the iron-clad character…

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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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20th Century Studios Pilot ‘Deli Boys’ Now Filming in Chicago Through November 5th

Chicago is finishing up the month of October strong with a flurry of new production in town. 20th Century Studios has begun filming its latest pilot. Sources tell SCREEN the…

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Doc Chicago Set for Saturday November 5, Here’s the Full Schedule

Documentary filmmakers from across the Midwest will be en route to Downtown Chicago next weekend. The schedule for this year’s DOC CHICAGO – the free mini-conference for and by Midwest documentary filmmakers…

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Black Harvest Film Festival Launches November 4th, Here’s the Lineup

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center has revealed the full festival schedule for its 28th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival, which will take place…

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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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New Aveeno Kids Campaign from Doner, The Barkers, and Sarofsky Celebrates Children’s Independence

A new Aveeno Kids cross-media campaign entitled “Kids Can” has recently debuted from full-service advertising agency Doner. With three :15 spots (“Dad,” “Mom,” and “Curly Hair”) and numerous shorter versions,…

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Filmmaker of the Moment: James Choi and His Promising Project ‘All Things Considered’

As we look ahead to 2023, there is one more promising Chicago production to add to your radar. The winner of The 8th Annual showcase of Windy City feature films…

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Kartemquin Films New Artistic Director is Amir George

Kartemquin Films has named award-winning filmmaker, curator and programmer Amir George its artistic director to lead the artistic vision of the organization and to work collaboratively in strategic planning, advocacy…

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‘Ironheart’ Director Sam Bailey Speaks Thursday; Filming Begins in Chicago Tuesday

One of the most highly anticipated series to land in Chicago is here, and the action is about to get underway. The Ironheart fandom will kick into high gear this…

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Filming in Chicago Begins October 26 for Network Pilot ‘Deli Boys’; ‘The Bear’ DP Joins Team

It’s been a busy October in Chicago and the pace is only picking up. 20th Century Studios (formerly 20th Century Fox until a couple of years ago) is in town…

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Powerful ‘Sons of Toledo’ Premiere Headlines Chicago Ad Federation and AAF Toledo Event Oct 24

Powerful homegrown and diverse storytelling takes center stage this Monday. Chicago Ad Federation’s Diversity Thought and Leadership Council and the AAF Toledo will be hosting the Chicago premiere of the…

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Haunted House at the Firehouse! New Episodes of ‘Fire’ ‘Med’ ‘PD’ Coming Up Wednesday, Here’s Your First Look

The Dick Wolf triumvirate of Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD brings its loyal #OneChicago fans a round of brand new episodes this Wednesday, October 19th. So what can…

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‘The Masked Singer’ Star Ken Jeong, charlieuniformtango, TRG Team Up for New ThermaCare Campaign 

It’s time to bring the heat! charlieuniformtango teamed up with TRG on a new campaign for ThermaCare heat wraps. And they enlisted a fan favorite to lead the way on the…

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Kohler and Chicago’s The Distillery Project Team Up to Generate ‘The Power to Live Boldly’

When the power goes off, life goes on. Because Kohler goes on. That’s the statement behind a new 60-second spot created by independent Chicago-based The Distillery Project (TDP) in its first work for the…

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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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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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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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PHOTO BOOTH: Chaz Ebert Honored at Sold Out Screen Gems Benefit

An uplifting and inspiring evening, and we’ve got the pics to prove it. Established in 1975, the now 47-year-old art cinema and pioneering video rental outlet FACETS hosted its first Screen Gems Benefit since…

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‘Chicago Med’ Star Brian Tee To Exit After 8 Seasons… But He Will Return to Direct!

Another OneChicago fan favorite is exiting, but don’t worry, ChiHards, he will be back. Chicago Med star Brian Tee will exit the series following eight seasons on the medical drama….

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Marvel Series ‘Ironheart’ Director Sam Bailey Headlines IFA Chicago Event October 20th

One of the premier up-and-coming directorial talents in the country hails from Chicago, and she will be back in town this month, with good reason. Sam Bailey is one of…

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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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Chicago-Based FamilyTime Channel Launches on SLING TV

This fall, gather the family for a new co-viewing experience. Chicago-based Questar Entertainment announced today that its linear channel, FamilyTime, is available on SLING TV for free, let’s take a…

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Winners Announced for Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival

Reeling: The 40th Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival has announced the winners of the Best Narrative and Documentary Feature Jury and Audience Awards, recognizing artistic achievements in global LGBTQ+ independent…

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Louise Rider Ascends to Executive Producer Post at Another Country

Another Country Managing Director Tim Konn and his colleagues worldwide are very proud to announce the immediate promotion of Louise Rider to the position of Executive Producer. Rider has been…

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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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20th Century Studios Pilot ‘Deli Boys’ Filming in Chicago This Month

Could there be another hit series on the horizon for Chicago? It all begins with the pilot, and 20th Century Studios (formerly 20th Century Fox until a couple of years…

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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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Filming in Chicago Underway for AppleTV Sci-Fi ‘Dark Matter’ Starring Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Connelly

The highly anticipated blockbuster series Dark Matter has finally arrived in Chicago. Filming in underway in the Windy City, withTop Gun star and Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly and Obi Wan-Kenobi…

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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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Chicago-based Strange Loop Studios Adds Italian Directing Duo ES.POIRE

From Milan to Chicago. Live action production company Strange Loop Studios has added Italian directing duo ES.POIRE to its roster for exclusive commercial representation in the US.   The Milan-based pair consists…

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The Pickwick Burns Tonight! New Episodes of ‘Fire’ ‘Med’ ‘PD’ Coming Up Wednesday, Here’s Your First Look

The Dick Wolf triumvirate of Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD brings its loyal #OneChicago fans a round of brand new episodes this Wednesday, October 5th. So what can…

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Nashville Film Festival Announces Festival Winners, Including Chicago Film ‘The Year Between’

The Nashville Film Festival announces the 53rd edition’s award winners, including best films in each category and the winning scripts in the organization’s esteemed screenplay competition. Brazilian film MARS ONE, written…

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Chicago Alliance of Film Festivals Announced, Will Begin Operations in 2023

Together we are stronger. And with that in mind, an all-new unifying organization has been formed in Chicago. It was announced at FACETS’ annual Screen Gems Benefit last week, honoring the life and career…

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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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Chicago-Based Agency NEXT/NOW Scores Top Honors in International MUSE Creative Awards

The International Awards Associate organization recently announced the winners of its second annual MUSE Creative Awards program, dedicated to creative professionals who inspire others to greater heights. For the second…

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Jessy Schram and Nick Gehlfuss Talk the New Season of ‘Chicago Med’ with SCREEN [Exclusive]

The new season is here for Chicago Med and stars Nick Gehlfuss and Jessy Schram have much to say about what lies ahead for their characters this time around, and…

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Chicago Med Premiere Stunner Revealed by Nick Gehlfuss and Jessy Schram!

The season premiere is here for Chicago Med and stars Nick Gehlfuss and Jessy Schram have revealed a surprise for tonight that any and all ChiHards (aka diehard One Chicago…

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‘Chicago Fire’ Star Hanako Greensmith Talks Crossover… But Not the One You’re Expecting

OneChicago fans are all about the crossover. But what if Chicago Fire could crossover with any show, past or present? In SCREEN’s exclusive interview with Hanako Greensmith, the Chicago Fire…

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February Start Date for FX Series ‘The Bear’ Season Two in Chicago

2023 will be off to an uproarious start in Chicago. Critics love The Bear. Fans love The Bear. And most of all, Chicago loves The Bear. So when can the…

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Flavor Births ‘Long Live Mograph’ Stunner for Half Rez 9

To entice and energize attendees of the ninth edition of their celebrated motion graphics design event in Chicago, the illustrious organizers of this year’s Half Rez came together around a…

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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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Chicago International Film Festival Lineup Packed with Premieres; Kathryn Hahn Among Honorees

The Chicago International Film Festival has announced the full lineup of films and programs for this year’s 58th edition of North America’s longest-running competitive film festival, running October 12 –…

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Jim Beam Selects Leo Burnett as Global Agency of Record

It’s a big win for Burnett as the revered agency is back with Beam. Beam Suntory has named Leo Burnett its global creative agency of record for top-selling bourbon brand…

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Jennifer Connelly To Star In Apple Sci-Fi ‘Dark Matter’; Filming in Chicago Begins Sep 29

Top Gun star and Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly is on her way to Chicago. Connelly will star alongside Joel Edgerton in the nine-part sci-fi series Dark Matter. Sources tell SCREEN…

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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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Emmy Nominated Showrunner Courtney A. Kemp Headlines IFA Chicago Event Tuesday

Power Book IV: Force fans, your Tuesday night plans are set. Join IFA Chicago this Tuesday, September 13th, as they sit down with Emmy-nominated showrunner, Courtney A. Kemp, creator of…

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The Countdown Begins! OneChicago Season Premieres Coming Up Wednesday Sep 21

The anticipation is building as the blockbuster night of three Chicago series premieres is fast approaching. Of course, we are talking about Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D., in…

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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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Bounce Helps Agencies Thrive With New Business Model

Bounce Sound Studios is the way out of a drag that has been hobbling the post-production industry for decades. Fueled by an inspiration that grew directly within the film and…

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Keanu Reeves Series ‘Devil in the White City’ Sets Spring Start Date, But Will It Film in Chicago or Toronto?

Keanu Reeves has Chicago buzzing about his new series The Devil in the White City, but will The Matrix star be filming in the Windy City, or heading to Canada?…

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‘Chicago Fire’ Star Yuriy Sardarov Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

For the first seven seasons of the NBC drama Chicago Fire, Yuriy Sardarov played fan-favorite firefighter Brian “Otis” Zvonecek, before his character died tragically in a heroic firefight. OneChicago fans…

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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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Destroy Your Art A Sizzling Success at Music Box

They came. They created. They destroyed. The fourth annual immersive event “Destroy Your Art” welcomed an enthusiastic crowd and four brave filmmakers to the historic Music Box Theatre on Thursday,…

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McKenzie Chinn, Tessa Films Wrap ‘A Real One’; ‘This Is Us’ Star Leads Cast [Exclusive BTS Photos]

A Chicago filmmaker is ready to step into the national spotlight, and that moment may be fast approaching. A Real One, the new short film from emerging writer/director and Sundance…

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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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Ice-T Teams Up with charlieuniformtango for Raising Cane’s Spot

It’s not often you get to work with a legend. Justin Wilson of the charlieuniformtango roster directed a video for Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers celebrating National Iced Tea Day this…

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Sarofsky’s Design Expertise Powerfully Frames ‘The Gray Man’ Starring Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans

Ryan Gosling is “The Gray Man” and Chris Evans is his psychopathic adversary in the Netflix/AGBO spy thriller directed by Anthony and Joe Russo now available globally on Netflix. The…

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‘Justified: City Primeval’ Wraps in Chicago Thurs, Heads to Miami for Brief Shoot

Filming for the highly anticipated FX series Justified: City Primeval is going smoothly, and is set to wrap in Chicago this Thursday, August 18th. Sources tell SCREEN the production will…

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Season Two Renewal Expected for Filmed-In-Chicago Amazon Series ‘Paper Girls’

Critics have been saluting the new Amazon series Paper Girls, but the question still looms: Will there be a Season Two? Sources tell SCREEN that answer is likely a yes….

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Two Projects Announced for Peng Zhao and Cherry Chen Fund for AAPI Voices at Kartemquin Films

Two talented and vital Midwest voices are about to be amplified. Kartemquin Films is pleased to announce the first two projects supported by the Peng Zhao and Cherry Chen Fund for…

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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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Big NYC Win for Michael Glover Smith’s ‘Relative’ As Theatrical Expands through Chicago, Midwest

A Chicago indie is celebrating a prestigious win in New York as its theatrical run heats up in the final months of summer. Michael Glover Smith’s fourth feature film, the…

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Samsung TV Expands Lifestyle Programming with Hipstr App; ’42 Grams’ ‘Biggie and Tupac’ Join Lineup

A promising new partnership looks to power a new platform forward. Samsung and Hipstr today announced that Questar Entertainment’s streaming service, Hipstr, is now available globally on Samsung TV’s. The…

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ABC Says No to ‘This Is Us’ Exec Producer’s Pilot ‘Insight’

Hopes were high for a new ABC franchise coming to Chicago, but it looks like that moment will have to wait. The Disney-owned network has decided not to move forward…

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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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Emmy Winner Jane Lynch, OKRP, STORY Lead the Way to Mercury Award Win for Illinois Office of Tourism

Illinois is in the middle of everything and this week, it is in the middle of earning impressive awards for the state’s latest tourism campaign. Directed by Emmy winner Jane…

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Why You Gotta Get to Chicago Filmmaker Kevin Shaw’s ‘Let the Little Light Shine’ This Weekend

“A rousing tribute to grassroots activism with the visceral impact of all six ROCKY movies and a couple of CREED films put together.” So says Michael Phillips of the Chicago…

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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…

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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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Keanu Reeves Series ‘Devil in the White City’ Set to Film in Chicago in 2023; Scorcese, DiCaprio to EP

Chicago already has a powerhouse new series to look forward to in 2023. Hulu on Thursday officially announced that Keanu Reeves will executive produce and star in Devil in the…

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Courtney B. Vance, Paramount’s ‘Heist 88’ Begins Filming in Chicago

Emmy winner Courtney B. Vance is back in Chicago for his next project, and filming begins today. The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story star is teaming with writer…

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Destroy Your Art Is Back, Led by Rebecca Fons and Jack C. Newell; Meet the Filmmakers Ready to Wreck Shop

It’s time to create and destroy. The fourth annual immersive event DESTROY YOUR ART that marries film and performance art for a completely unique experience that’s impossible to replicate, returns…

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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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Johnny Depp Pops Up in Cinematic Trailer for ‘Sea of Dawn’; Quriosity Teams Up with Buddha Jones

Holding the poor hapless bill collector, Anselm Rodriguez, by the collar (and firmly under his spell), Phillip the Shopkeeper – played artfully by none other than Johnny Depp – spins yarn after yarn about…

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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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Industry Leader Caitlin Grady Joins Cutters Studios as Managing Director/Executive Producer

High-end editorial boutique Cutters is very proud to announce the addition of Caitlin Grady in the role of Managing Director/Executive Producer of Cutters New York. The announcement was made by…

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Black Advertising Titans Team Up for ‘Channels Changers’ Doc 

Channels Changers is a documentary-in-progress about the advent of the African American Ad-Maker. Starting in the mid-1960s, the film celebrates Chicago-based industry leaders and innovators who were largely shut out…

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‘Justified: City Primeval’ Back Filming with Added Protection Following Gunfight

The FX series Justified: City Primeval is back on track, but not without a few critical adjustments. Sony has ramped up protection on the Chicago set of Justified: City Primeval…

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Filmed-In-Chicago Amazon Series ‘Paper Girls’ Premieres July 29th; Plus: Will There Be a Season Two?

It is finally here! After much anticipation across the globe, Amazon will introduce its audiences to Paper Girls. Amazon Prime will launch the series this Friday, July 29th. And the…

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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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Senior Director and Head of Production Otto Linwood Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

What do Chris Rock, John Legend, and the best season in Miami of Ohio football history have in common? They’re all right here as Senior Director and Head of Production at…

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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 Southland International Film Festival Set for July 29th; Social Justice Issues In Focus

Chicago Southland International Film Festival (CSIFF) presented by Governors State University (GSU) is hosting its inaugural Summer Showcase event on July 29. The festivities will be hosted at Governors State…

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Elevated Films Brings ‘Hypochondriac’ to Chicago; Jennifer Reeder to Moderate Q&A

Elevated Films brings the drama this evening, with Hypochondriac, screening tonight, Tuesday July 26th, on the lawn at Lathrop, next to the Chicago river. Click here for your tickets for…

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October Start Date for Apple TV Series ‘Dark Matter’ in Chicago; ‘Obi-Wan’ Star Joel Edgerton Leads Cast

The highly anticipated new series from Apple TV+ and Sony Pictures Television appears to have zeroed in on its start date, its city, and its series lead. Sources tell SCREEN…

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New Seasons of ‘Chicago Fire’ ‘Chicago Med’ ‘Chicago PD’ Begin Filming This Week

OneChicago is back! Fresh off a thrilling trio of season finales, followed by a summer break to recharge, the beloved Dick Wolf #OneChicago triumvirate of Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, and…

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Daily Planet’s Michael Gabriele Explores a Brilliant New Artform in 360-Degree Film ‘Flowing with Fire’

Flow is a state of mind. And when you’re in flow, you’re expressing the deepest parts of you. Such is the message at the heart of Flowing with Fire, the new…

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‘Power Book IV: Force’ Line Producer Rich Lederer Talks Season Two

Name a show that’s filmed in Chicago in the past twenty years and there’s a pretty good chance Rich Lederer was a part of it. Now, the veteran of everything…

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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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It’s Christmas in July as Chicago-Made ‘Christmas with Felicity’ Theatrical Premiere Arrives

Following its holiday premiere on AMC+, Christmas with Felicity will have its big screen debut in the community where filming took place. Presented by Sock Monkey Museum, Christmas in July is here…

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Filmed-In-Chicago FX Series ‘The Bear’ Renewed for Season Two

The beef will be back! FX has renewed “The Bear” for a second season soon after Season 1 premiered all at once on Hulu. More great news for the Chicago…

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Leo Burnett Chicago Earns Emmy Nomination for ‘The Lost Class’ Anti-Gun Violence Campaign

A powerful anti-gun violence message helmed by Leo Burnett Chicago earned an Outstanding Commercial Emmy nomination from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, announced today. The winner of the…

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OneChicago Is Back! Filming Begins July 19th for ‘Chicago Fire’ ‘Chicago Med’ ‘Chicago PD’

The highly successful Dick Wolf #OneChicago triumvirate of Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, and Chicago Med, which has led the historic resurgence of the Chicago production industry over the past decade,…

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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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HighDive, Cutters Team Up for Hilarious ‘Jurassic World’ Jeep Campaign Behind-The-Scenes Sketches

Blockbuster Jurassic World: Dominion has wowed millions of cinephiles across the globe this summer, but few have seen these hilarious behind-the-scenes vignettes. The “Filming With Real Dinosaurs” supershorts are a…

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Filmed-In-Chicago Amazon Series ‘Night Sky’ Canceled

Superb performances from Oscar winners Sissy Spacek and J.K. Simmons were not enough to secure a second season of Amazon’s sci-fi series Night Sky. The news comes a month and…

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Longstanding Flavor EP Neal Cohen Rises to Managing Director

The leaders from creative production studio Flavor and Cutters Studios are very proud to announce the promotion of longstanding Flavor Executive Producer Neal Cohen to the company’s Managing Director role….

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Courtney B. Vance, Paramount to Film ‘Heist 88’ in Chicago in August

Emmy winner Courtney B. Vance is returning to Chicago for his next project. The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story star is teaming with writer Dwayne Johnson-Cochran, Gunpowder &…

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Open Television Announces 2022 OTV Fellows; Chicago’s Adhana Reid Among the Honorees

Earlier this year, Open Television announced the national expansion of its highly-anticipated fellowship for emerging writers, directors and producers. Today, they announce this year’s class of fellows. This annual program…

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Premiere Date Set for Amazon Series ‘Paper Girls’; Plus: Will There Be a Season Two?

The anticipation for the first season of Amazon Prime series Paper Girls is building, and we now have a release date for the show. The countdown can begin as Amazon…

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The 29th Chicago Underground Film Festival Lineup Is Packed with World Premieres, Panels, and Parties

Anyone who’s been to CUFF knows that a ticket to the festival doesn’t just get you admission to the films, it’s an admission to a subculture. Set for July 27-31…

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Highland Park Shooting Suspect Charged; Chicagoland Community Stunned

A 21-year-old arrested in connection with a mass shooting at a Highland Park Fourth of July parade has been charged with murder, authorities and multiple news sources announced Tuesday. The…

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‘Power Book IV: Force’ New Cast Additions Include ‘Chicago P.D.’ ‘The Chi’ Stars

Power Book IV: Force at Starz has recruited some familiar faces Chicago television diehards will appreciate. Chicago P.D. actor Carmela Zumbado and Miriam A. Hyman of The Chi are among…

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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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Great Chicago Pitch a Smashing Success, Jennifer Huang’s ‘The Long Rescue’ Wins Top Prize

Think TED Talk meets Shark Tank meets Kickstarter. The Great Chicago Pitch took center stage this month, showcasing diverse, emerging documentary storytellers and celebrating the power of community. The GCP…

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HighDive’s Erin Nedelman Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

What do Bruce Springsteen’s daughter, the Spice Girls, and the Kardashians have in common? They’re all right here as Art Director Erin Nedelman of the Emmy-nominated, Super Bowl-winning Chicago agency…

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Filmscape Chicago Brings Together the Film and TV Community [SCREEN Photo Booth Exclusive]

The mantra for this year’s Filmscape Chicago was “New Dates, New Venue, Same Mission,” and the conference was a must-attend for anyone in the Midwest production community this past weekend,…

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Former Chicago Film Office Director Kwame Amoaku Heads to New York

One of the anchors of the Chicago production community is heading east. Kwame Amoaku, who resigned from his position as Director of the Chicago Film Office earlier this month, appears…

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‘Ozark’ Star Cassady McClincy, ‘Chicago Fire’ Star David Eigenberg Highlight Attendees of ‘Relative’ Premiere

It’s been a thrilling month for the Chicago-made independent feature Relative as the film kicked off its theatrical run with a world theatrical premiere in Chicago. The film debuted at…

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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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Cutters Detroit Names Ryann Harrison its Newest Editor

High-end editorial boutique Cutters today announced the promotion of Ryann Harrison to Editor. The announcement was made by Cutters Detroit Executive Producer Becky Smialek. A graduate of Central Michigan University,…

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Ashley Leitner of Turncoat Pictures Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

Terminator 2, Cake Wars, and the Real Housewives?!? It’s going to be a high-octane round of Five Questions with SCREEN, as Turncoat Pictures Visual Effects Coordinator Ashley Leitner joins the…

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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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New Look, New Space, New Collaborations for Prysm Studios

Prysm Studios took the pandemic as an opportunity for change. While their classic all-in-one business model and streamlined design promoted efficiency, this Chicago-based Production House understood their need for expansion…

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CAC Announces Recipients of the 2022 ENVISION Grant

Chicago Artists Coalition is thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2022 ENVISION Grant for Chicago-based artists working in the field of time-based digital and electronic art: Erica Gressman, and Bun Stout. Gressman…

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Illinois Shatters Record for Film Revenues with $630 Million in Economic Impact in 2021

Governor JB Pritzker and Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced that projected film production revenue in 2021 hit a record high of $630 million shattering pre-pandemic levels in 2019 by $70…

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Highdive Lands Beam Suntory, Launches ‘Get Busy Living’ Campaign for Sauza

It’s time to get busy living! So says Sauza in its latest campaign, alongside its newly announced agency of record, Chicago-based Highdive. Highdive has grabbed its first spirits client, having…

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Dennis Dean Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

If you’ve been a part of an independent feature film in Chicago or anywhere in the Midwest, there’s a pretty good chance the friendly folks at Johnsonese were a part…

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Carbon Welcomes VFX Virtuoso Isaac Irvin

VFX Supervisor Isaac Irvin is bringing his skills and artistry to Carbon. An impressive talent with big brand commercials and Hollywood blockbusters under his belt, Isaac is delighted to join the…

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Your First Look at Chicago-Made Pilot ‘Refresh’ from Writer Joe Klos

There is a new independent sci-fi series in the works, and SCREEN has your first look at the pilot, plus a chat with the creator. Creator Joe Klos and director…

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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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Indianapolis Production Company Road Pictures Signs Director Mark Schimmel

Director Mark Schimmel has signed with Road Pictures for national representation. Greg Malone, Executive Producer and owner of Road Pictures, and Schimmel have a long-standing relationship including sharing second unit…

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Packed Theatrical Premiere at Music Box Theatre for Michael Glover Smith’s ‘Relative’

A joyful and appreciative crowd of more than 500 cinephiles descended upon the historic Music Box Theatre in Chicago for the World Theatrical Premiere of the Chicago-made independent feature Relative….

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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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Comedy Pilot Filming in June Teams Former Asst and Boss Duo Carly Glenn and Amy McIntyre

Right before the world shut down in March of 2020, Carly Glenn was Amy McIntyre’s associate at McIntyre’s company, Beeline Reps. Despite the end of their working relationship caused by…

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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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Tabitha Jackson Leaving Sundance; Kim Yutani Joins Senior Leadership

Tabitha Jackson, Director, Sundance Film Festival and Public Programming, will be leaving the Sundance Institute. Director of Programming Kim Yutani will join the senior leadership team of the Institute. Sundance…

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‘Walking Dead’ Star Cameron Scott Roberts Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

It’s a big week for the Chicago-made movie Relative… a week-long world theatrical premiere that begins with one night only at the Music Box Wednesday then bows at the Gene…

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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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Quriosity Productions Names New L.A. Executive Producer, Expands with Talent, Staff Additions

Quriosity Productions is taking in the sun as the company expands its footprint in Los Angeles while simultaneously staffing up in its hometown of Chicago. News of the integrated production…

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Colonie Expands with Former Leo Burnett Senior Producer Zach Day

Award-winning post-production studio The Colonie has hired Zach Day as Producer/New Business. Day brings more than fifteen years of ad agency experience, most recently as a Senior Producer at Leo…

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Chicago LGBT+ Filmmaker Embarks on First Feature

Breaking the Barrier chronicles OnWord Skate Crew making history by building Chicago’s first non-traditional public mobile skatepark during a global pandemic. It is a vulnerable portrait of a variety of…

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Special ADIFF Chicago Film Series Lands at Facets June 10-12

Watch 10 films from 10 countries with 9 U.S. Premieres at the special African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) Chicago Film Series from June 10-12, 2022.   For the 19th consecutive…

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Chicago’s Lightswitch Video Wins Five Telly Awards for New Orleans Projects

Lightswitch Video, a Chicago-based video production company, recently won five Telly awards for their work on “Mardi Gras for All Y’all” and “Rex 150th Anniversary Documentary.” The event featured iconic…

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FX Unveils Trailer for Chicago-Made ‘The Bear,’ Led by ‘Shameless’ Star Jeremy Allen White

The Bear was 100% filmed in Chicago and it will be premiering on Hulu June 23rd. SCREEN has your first look at the series today. FX has unveiled the trailer…

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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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11 Dollar Bill Shortlisted for AICP Post Award for Colorado Lottery Spot

11 Dollar Bill is currently shortlisted for an AICP Post Award for its contribution to a spot for the Colorado Lottery offering a hilarious homage to the Rocky Mountain spirit. Welcome…

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Director Sheldon Candis Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

What do LeBron James, the Jackson Five, and the best birthday cake ever have in common? They’re all right here as director Sheldon Candis answers Five Questions with SCREEN. A…

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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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Kwame Amoaku Resigns from Chicago Film Office; Betsey Grais to Serve As Interim Director

One of the cornerstones of the Chicago film community is changing course. Friday marks the final day for Kwame Amoaku as Director of the Chicago Film Office. Deputy Director Betsey…

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Matt Damon and Iron Man to Square Off at Siskel Film Center Special Event June 25th in Chicago

The Gene Siskel Film Center at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago announced that actor, producer and screenwriter Matt Damon will be honored with the Film Center’s Renaissance Award during a special…

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Silver Telly Win for Huffman’s Controversial Film Centered on Chinese Persecution of Muslims

For this documentary film, winning a national award is notable, but only if it helps raise awareness of the atrocities on which it centers. Such is the case for director Brent…

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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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AICP Midwest’s MEET.DRINK.TALK Festivities Coming Up Wednesday June 1st

AICP Midwest is ramping up for its annual evening of munching, sipping, and chatting with their community. Chicago and Midwest advertising creatives, producers, vendors will want to etch out 5:00…

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AICP Week Returns June 7-9 with New Format

AICP Week is back, and with it comes a new format for presenting and celebrating the winning work in the AICP Awards competitions: the AICP Show: The Art & Technique…

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Telly Awards Winners Announced

The Telly Awards, the world’s largest honor for video and television content across all screens, announced this year’s winners, including a variety of top-tier brands and organizations as well as…

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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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Fans React to the Finales of ‘Chicago Fire’ ‘Chicago PD’ and ‘Chicago Med’

Another season of #OneChicago is in the books, as a trio of explosive finales dominated the NBC airwaves on Wednesday night. The popular triumvirate of Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and…

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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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Cinespace Studios Names Michael Scott Jr. Its First Director of Industry and Community Relations

Cinespace Studios, a global studio platform, announced today that Michael Scott Jr. will join the company in the newly created position of Director, Industry and Community Relations. Scott will report to…

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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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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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AMP Awards Announces Winners, Here’s the Full List

Heavy Duty Projects, the New York and Los Angeles-based music for picture studio, took home the Ryan Barkan Award for Best in Show at the ninth annual AMP Awards for…

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PHOTO BOOTH: Doc10 Film Festival in Chicago

The Doc10 documentary film festival enjoyed a stellar seventh round celebrating bold and brave voices this month. The festival engaged audiences from May 19 – 22 at the Davis Theatre…

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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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Chicago Critics Film Festival Announces Audience Award Winners

The Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA), the Chicago-area print, online and broadcast critics group that celebrates the art of film and film criticism, today announces the Audience Award winners following the…

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‘Early Edition’ Reboot Scrapped at CBS

Chicagoans and 90’s TV aficionados were excited to hear that a reboot of the CBS classic series Early Edition was in the works. However, CBS has decided not to move…

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Doc10 Film Festival Is Here! SCREEN’s Exclusive Chat with the Programmers

Doc10 is Chicago’s only all-documentary film festival and provides a one-of-a-kind experience for its audiences, reaching thousands of local cinephiles over the last several years. The festival runs through this Sunday,…

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AMP Awards Announces 2022 Shortlist

The judges’ work is done, the Curatorial Committee has weighed in and now the finalists have been unveiled, as the 2022 AMP Awards for Music & Sound has today published…

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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.

PHOTO BOOTH: Elevated Films Chicago Kickoff

Go big or go home. That was the mantra as Elevated Films Chicago took over the 17th floor Town Hall – which also happens to be an NBA-sized basketball court…

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‘This Is Us’ EP Kay Oyegun’s ABC Pilot ‘Insight’ Now Filming in Chicago; Emmy Nom Joins Cast

SCREEN reported earlier this Spring that a promising ABC pilot is heading to Chicago, and filming for that hourlong drama is now underway. This Is Us executive producer and episode…

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Salt-N-Pepa, Prysm Studios Bring the Right Rhythm to New Checkers Campaign

Checkers teamed up with Prysm Studios and Fitzco to deliver a new spot that has us tapping our toes. This is just one ad in an ongoing campaign featuring Checkers’…

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HighDive, Cutters, and Director Stewart Hendler Team Up for Fearless Jeep Spot

What better time than today for a joyous, thrilling spot about living life fearlessly and to the fullest? The latest campaign for Jeep is “Born Free” and featured a collaboration…

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Your First Look at ‘Paper Girls’ from Amazon; Plus: Will There Be a Season Two?

The anticipation for the first season of Amazon Prime series Paper Girls is building. And so are the questions. When will the first season premiere? Will there be a Season…

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Elevated Films Chicago Kicks Off Season Thursday

Go big or go home. That’s the mantra as Elevated Films Chicago will be taking over the 17th floor Town Hall – which also happens to be an NBA-sized basketball…

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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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Anthony Bourdain Series Heads to Cannes Film Market with Chicago’s Questar and California Pictures

Chicago-based Questar Entertainment is partnering with California Pictures this Spring to bring a large catalog of Questar originals, travel content, and independent films and TV to the 75th Cannes Film Market. …

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rEvolution Acquires Detroit-Based Centigrade to Broaden Industry Expertise

rEvolution, the world’s largest independent sports marketing agency, has acquired Detroit-based integrated marketing agency Centigrade. The acquisition bolsters rEvolution’s current roster of global clients, joining others in the automotive, motorsports…

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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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Reel Black Filmmakers Celebrates 10 Years of Empowering Black Filmmakers

Reel Black Filmmakers – a program of the Community Film Workshop  of Chicago – celebrates its 10th Anniversary with a Reunion and Membership Drive on  Saturday, May 21 at the…

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Battle of the Ad Bands Ready to Rock the Cubby Bear 

The Battle for Hope — an annual Chicago advertising live music competition — returns to the Cubby Bear for its ninth run on May 12. A fundraiser for the Off…

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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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Tom Hanks Comedy ‘A Man Called Otto’ Filming in Cleveland, Toledo

The latest Tom Hanks studio movie will be filming in the Midwest this week. A Man Called Otto will be shooting in Ohio, working in Cleveland through today, Tuesday, May…

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BBDO Pakistan’s Hira Mohibullah Heads to Kansas City to Lead VMLY&R as ECD

Hira Mohibullah will join VMLY&R as executive creative director based in Kansas City. Joining from BBDO Pakistan, Mohibullah is the latest addition to VMLY&R’s growing bench of creative talent, and will focus…

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Here Are the AICP Awards Shortlists

The AICP Awards today released the Shortlists for the 2022 editions of its three competitions: The AICP Show: The Art & Technique of the Commercial, the AICP Next Awards and…

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Rotten Tomatoes and Chicago Film Critics Announce Winners of ‘Emerging Critics Grant’

Rotten Tomatoes and the Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA) announced today the inaugural recipients of the “Emerging Critics Grant” program.

Whitehouse Post Editor Luke Sloma Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

What do Skittles, Milwaukee, and the best advice ever have in common? They’re all right here in this week’s round of Five Questions with SCREEN! Whitehouse Post Editor Luke Sloma…

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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.

Quentin Tarantino Will NOT Be Directing ‘Justified: City Primeval,’ Sources Tell SCREEN

Chicago was abuzz on the news that Academy Award winner Quentin Tarantino would be directing an episode of the new FX series Justified: City Primeval this May. Unfortunately, sources tell…

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Is Amazon Series ‘Paper Girls’ Season Two in Doubt?

Will there be a Season Two of Paper Girls? One of the biggest series to film in Chicago last year was the highly anticipated Amazon Studios series Paper Girls, with…

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Chicago Actor and TV Host Will Clinger Attacked on Train

Will Clinger is a fan favorite of the Chicago theatre and television scene, and host of the popular Wild Travels. Unfortunately, on Monday night, he found himself in his wildest…

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TBD Post Welcomes Post Veteran Ron Rendon, Teams Him With Karen Jacobs

TBD Post, a premiere post production studio in East Austin, is making plans for expansion by adding two industry veterans and sales representation to its team. TBD Post Founders Brandon…

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CineYouth Festival Announces Award Winners

The 17th CineYouth Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago, announced award winners for its 2022 edition in nine categories, as well as the recipient of this year’s Prodigy Scholarship. This year’s award…

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11 Dollar Bill’s Josh Eggleston Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

What do Iron Man, Pearl Jam, and Bad Girls Club have in common? They’re all right here as Josh Eggleston is the latest contestant in our weekly round of Five…

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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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‘Chicago Fire’ Star Christian Stolte Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

What do Gordon Ramsay, David Bowie, and an epic snowball fight have in common? They are all right here as we have a very special guest for this week’s round…

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Ohio, Kansas, Iowa Festivals Crack Top 50 List

Did your favorite film festival crack the Top 50? Moviemaker Magazine has released its annual list of ’50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee,’ and there are quite a few…

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Emmy Winner Jane Lynch Helms New Campaign for Illinois Tourism

An Emmy winner has returned to the Midwest to shine a joyous light on her home state. Actress, producer and writer Jane Lynch recently directed a series of commercials for…

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Camp Lucky Drives Post For Magnolia Series ‘Van Go’

Dallas-based Camp Lucky builds on its collaboration with Magnolia Network providing post production on season two of Van Go. In the series, Austinite and Chewy Design Co. owner Brett Lewis renovates vans…

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Executive Producer Matt Nelson Joins Yessian New York

Matt Nelson is bringing his executive producer expertise to Yessian’s New York Studio. The music maestros also have studios in Detroit, Los Angeles and Hamburg. Nelson brings a wide range…

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BREAKING: Illinois Film Production Tax Credit Expanded; ‘Gamechanger’ for IL & Chicago Industry

It’s time to celebrate a massive win for the Illinois production industry. Effective July 1, 2022, the Illinois Film Production Tax Credit program will officially be expanded, implementing the new…

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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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Chicago’s Next Comedy TV Series? ‘Fat Jesus’ Wins Pitch-A-Thon; Meet the Winner Kyle Leland [Exclusive]

Is Chicago’s next great comedy television series right around the corner? The Pitch-A-Thon initiative, powered by Denver/West Coast-based SeriesFest, Second City, and IFA Chicago is dedicated to discovering and nurturing…

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Your First Look at Season Finale for ‘Power Book IV: Force’ This Sunday

Chicago is Tommy’s town now. And the finale is here for the first season of Power Book IV: Force. The series filmed in and around Chicago throughout 2021. Executive produced…

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Production Veteran Kate Smith Returns to Flavor as Executive Producer

The leaders from creative production studio Flavor and Cutters Studios are very proud to announce the return of production veteran Kate Smith in the role of Executive Producer. The announcement…

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VSA Partners Helps Rare Air Media Launch Collection of Michael Jordan NFTs

Non-Fungible Tokens, or NFTs, are creating tremendous opportunities for creators and collectors of art, memorabilia, and other digital assets. Now Rare Air Media, producer of Michael Jordan’s 1998 visual autobiography…

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New Episodes of ‘Fire’ ‘Med’ ‘PD’ Coming Up Wednesday, Here’s Your First Look at #OneChicago

The Dick Wolf triumvirate of Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD brings its loyal #OneChicago fans a round of brand new episodes this Wednesday, April 13th. So what can…

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The Full Slate of World Premieres at Chicago Latino Film Festival, Including ‘Bye Bye Chicago’

As the countdown for the 38th Chicago Latino Film Festival, presented by Corona Extra, begins, organizers unveiled the list of films that will receive their World, North American, U.S. and…

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‘This Is Us’ Writer-Director Kay Oyegun ABC Pilot to Film in Chicago in May

This Is Us writer-director Kay Oyegun has a new drama in the works for ABC, and that pilot will be heading to the Windy City. Sources tell SCREEN the pilot…

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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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Police Releases Video and Photos of Attackers of Chicago Film Office Director Kwame Amoaku

The Chicago and Illinois production world was stunned when one of the cornerstones of its community, Chicago Film Office director Kwame Amoaku was beaten, robbed, and hospitalized, but there is…

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New Episodes of ‘Chicago Fire’ ‘Chicago Med’ ‘Chicago PD’ Wednesday, Here’s Your First Look

The Dick Wolf triumvirate of Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD returns with brand new episodes Wednesday. So what can you expect from this trio of Windy City heroes…

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Joey Waldrip Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

What do Garth Brooks, the New York Yankees, and Family Feud have in common? They are all right here as charlieuniformtango Owner, Senior VFX Artist, and Colorist Joey Waldrip answers…

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LeBron James Latest Project ‘Shooting Stars’ Begins Filming in Ohio in April

LeBron James is bringing his next feature film project back home to Ohio. He will be producing a movie entitled SHOOTING STARS, based on the four-time NBA champion’s life. Seeing…

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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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AICP Show and AICP Post Awards Announce Curatorial Committees

Matt Miller, President and CEO of AICP, today announced the composition of the Curatorial Committees for the 2022 AICP Show and the AICP Post Awards. The Jury Presidents and Curators…

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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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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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Picture North Hires Veteran Editor Christine Wolf

Picture North adds seasoned editor Christine Wolf to their growing post-production team. Transitioning from Whitehouse Post, Wolf brings over 15 years of experience and leadership to the expanding Picture North…

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Banner Expands Its Roster

Banner expands roster and capabilities with its production and post production teams. Here’s a look at the latest additions… Banner president Patrick Dahl says, “Our clients trust Banner to deliver…

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HBO Max ‘Computer School’ Pilot Filming in Detroit; SNL Alum Tim Robinson Stars

A Detroiter is bringing a TV series back home to Michigan once again. HBO has given a pilot green light to Computer School, a single-camera comedy written/executive produced by Saturday…

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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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Formula 1 Star, Cutters, M Booth Bring Passion to New Patron Spot

Passion, pride, and perfection are at the heart of the new Patron spot released this month, and at the core of the collaboration between Cutters Studios and M Booth on…

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OddMachine signs Director Marcus K. Jones 

Chicago and LA based Production and Post company OddMachine has welcomed a new talent to its Directorial roster: New York based Director Marcus K. Jones. OddMachine, a full-service company specializes in…

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Wednesday: Reel Black Filmmakers’ South Side Short Film Series Explores Family Dynamics

Reel Black Filmmakers, a program of the Community Film Workshop of  Chicago, will conclude this year’s South Side Short Film Series on Wednesday, March 23rd from 7- 8:30pm via Zoom…

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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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SXSW ‘Shouting Down Midnight’ Earns Raves, Features Texas Collaboration

The biggest film festival in Texas launched a powerful and thought-provoking collaboration between two Lone Star State stalwarts. Texas-based charlieuniformtango teamed up with Austin Director Gretchen Stoeltje’s on her compelling…

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‘Fargo’ Season Five Expected to Shoot in Calgary, After Filming S4 in Chicago

Fargo fans were jubilant to hear that the series would be back for a fifth season, but will Chicago television professionals be jubilant as well? Season Five will be set…

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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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WE tv Greenlight for ‘Kold X Windy’ Scripted Drama on Chicago’s South Side

The streets of Chicago’s South Side have a lot to say. WE tv today announced it has greenlit a new scripted drama series, Kold x Windy, from creators Kenny Young,…

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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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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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9th Annual Chicago Critics Film Festival Announces First Seven Films

The Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA), the Chicago-area print, online and broadcast critics group that celebrates the art of film and film criticism, announces today the first seven films selected…

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Myriad Wins High Honors at AAF Triangle ADDY Awards

Raleigh based video agency, Myriad, is pleased to announce their recent wins at the American Advertising Federation Triangle ADDY Awards. In addition to taking home Best In Show and the…

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Smash Virtual Opening Production Stage in Downtown Chicago

Beginning this May, Smash Virtual is opening a permanent, state-of-the-art virtual production stage in downtown Chicago, bringing the cutting-edge of filmmaking to the Midwest film industry. By merging large LED…

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Meet the Six New Diverse Voices in Docs Fellows at Kartemquin

Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago has announced the six new 2022 Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) fellows.  Welcoming the 9th cohort, DVID is a professional mentorship…

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Chicago Latino Film Festival Announces Opening Night and Centerpiece Screenings

The 38th Chicago Latino Film Festival announced today its selections for their Opening Night and Centerpiece screenings at ChiTown Movies Drive-In, 2343 S. Throop St.  The Festival opens Thursday, April…

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‘Power Book IV: Force’ Renewed for Season Two

Great news for Chicago… and for 50 Cent. Despite Executive Producer 50 Cent’s threats about pulling his shows off STARZ earlier this month, it’s been announced that the latest installment…

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‘The Big Leap’ Canceled After One Season

The Big Leap has unfortunately fallen flat. Fox has cancelled the dance show-within-a-dramedy after one season. Averaging just over 2 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating, The Big…

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Magdalena Hernandez Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

90 Day Fiance, Aquaman, and the National Museum of Chocolate! It’s all here as Cutters Studios Editor Magdalena Hernandez Answers Five Questions with SCREEN. Let’s get to it! SCREEN: Your…

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Chicago Lands ‘Justified’ Spinoff; Will Quentin Tarantino Direct?

Justified: City Primeval received its greenlight from FX earlier this year, and sources tell SCREEN this series will be shooting in Chicago. Timothy Olyphant will be reprising his role as…

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Robert Pattinson and ‘The Batman’ Poised for Record Box Office Bash This Weekend

The long-awaited BATMAN blockbuster is finally here. Reviews have been stellar, and audiences are ready to return to Gotham this weekend. SCREEN has a collection of the latest BATMAN teasers,…

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Will 50 Cent Pull ‘Power’ Off Starz?

50 Cent is not happy, and frankly, he’s got reason to be unhappy. Starz has not yet renewed Power Book IV: Force for a second season, despite the show breaking…

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Daily Planet’s Michael Gabriele Tells a Story of the Brassy Power of Love in ‘Mariachi Boy’

“The world could use some positivity right now.” So says director Michael Gabriele when asked about the charming short film, Mariachi Boy. A boy enlists a tuba in a quixotic…

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New Podcast ‘Our Fighting Spirit’ Aims To Ease Ukraine Suffering

The new podcast Our Fighting Spirit launched a profound mission during its inaugural episode this week. Besides providing a first-hand account of the situation in Ukraine, the program is helping…

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‘Power Book IV: Force’ Line Producer Lederer Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

This series is Chicago through and through, and so is today’s guest for Five Questions with SCREEN. Power Book IV: Force Line Producer Rich Lederer’s Chicago credits range from the…

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Chicago Filmmaker Bob Hercules to Helm ‘Tom Who’ Doc on Late Night Host Tom Snyder; Snyder’s Daughter to Co-Direct

Leaping from one legend to another. Chicago filmmaker Bob Hercules, who co-directed the Peabody-winning American Masters bio-documentary of the legendary poet and activist Maya Angelou, is set to co-produce and…

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Chicago-Based KINGPIX Launching Streaming Platform This Month

The new KINGPIX Digital Streaming TV Network is set to launch, according to its founder, and the platform has signed a two-part docuseries from California-based B and B Productions. KINGPIX…

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David Fincher, Michael Fassbender Movie ‘The Killer’ Begins Filming in Chicago This Week

The Killer has arrived. SCREEN broke the news back in August that the latest David Fincher drama The Killer would be filming in Chicago, and the production has finally landed….

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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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The Biggest Stunt in ‘Chicago P.D.’ History

New episodes of the One Chicago franchise return to NBC this Wednesday, and Chicago P.D. will launch its midseason premiere with a terrifying and exhilarating challenge for its production team….

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New Coca-Cola Collab for charlieuniformtango and Plot Twist Creativity

Let’s start out the week with some fresh news on a smooth spot out of the Southwest. charlieuniformtango teamed up with Plot Twist Creativity on a new :30 spot for…

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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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Tandem Enhances Clearcover Message

Tandem got fresh by going old school in a new campaign for Clearcover Car Insurance. Ditching the frivolity overpopulating today’s marketplace, the Chicago production boutique filmed Clearcover personnel explaining the…

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SEED Signs Director Brandon Nicholas

Award-winning director Brandon Nicholas has officially joined SEED’s growing roster of talented directors for commercial and branded content. They quickly kicked off their partnership with an exciting project for PayPal…

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Chicago Mourns the Loss of Actor Lindsey Pearlman

The Chicago artistic community is mourning the loss of one of its most beloved talents. Actor Lindsey Pearlman had been a mainstay in the Chicago theatre and on-camera world for…

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Camp Kuleshov Winners Announced; Cutters Editor Taylor Among Winners

The wait is over. In a series of cross-country virtual presentations, winners were announced for the latest edition of Camp Kuleshov, AICP’s annual trailer competition for all assistants in post…

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Best and Worst Ads of the Super Bowl? Top Creatives and Execs Make Their Picks!

In the advertising world, Super Bowl Sunday is about anything but football. It’s about the commercials! Ad agency pros from throughout Chicago chatted with Screen about highlights and lowlights from…

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FX Comedy ‘The Bear’ Begins Filming in Chicago, Led By ‘Shameless’ Star Jeremy Allen White

It’s shaping up to be a very busy 2022 for the Chicago television production industry. SCREEN reported back in October that the FX comedy series The Bear had received a…

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World Premiere Announced for Michael Glover Smith Feature ‘Relative’

Michael Glover Smith‘s fourth feature, Relative, which was shot in Chicago last summer and produced by Brian and Jan Hieggelke’s Chicago Film Project, will have its world premiere at the…

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HighDive, Cutters Win Big at Super Bowl; ECD Patrick Burke Shares His Fave Ads of the Night

Super Bowl Sunday was a big night for HighDive. The agency’s Rocket Mortgage commercial, leaning on the lively charisma of Anna Kendrick and nostaglia of Barbie Dream House, claimed the…

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Havas Head of Production Vincent Geraghty Shares His Super Bowl Faves

In the advertising world, Super Bowl Sunday is about anything but football. It’s about the commercials! A 30-year veteran of the advertising industry and the newly hired Head of Production…

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Super Bowl Hits and Misses from Keith Jamerson

In the advertising world, Super Bowl Sunday is about anything but football. It’s about the commercials! Keith Jamerson serves as U.S. Head of Production at Stink Studios. Keith spent the…

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Edelman VP Dani Jackson-Smith Shares Her Super Bowl Favorites

In the advertising world, Super Bowl Sunday is about anything but football. It’s about the commercials! Dani Jackson is Edelman’s Vice President of Influencer and Multicultural Marketing. We were honored…

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Optimus Editor Randy Palmer Talks Super Bowl Picks and Pans

Award-winning editor Randy Palmer is one of the cornerstones of the superb squad at Optimus. He is also an avid Los Angeles Rams fans. And he also was kind enough…

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Cinematographer Chris Rejano Talks Super Bowl Picks and Pans

What were your favorite spots from the advertising extravaganza that is the Super Bowl? How about your least favorite? Let’s see how your answers line up with what acclaimed cinematographer…

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Super Bowl Hits and Misses from Creative Director Erin Sarofsky

Super Bowl Sunday was a great day for Sarofsky Owner and Creative Director Erin Sarofsky, as her team collaborated on a well-received spot for Chevrolet (see below). We were honored…

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Director Justin Casselle Shares His Super Bowl Faves

In the advertising world, Super Bowl Sunday is about anything but football. It’s about the commercials! Midwest native Justin Casselle’s career path has included stints with FCB and DDB Chicago…

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Super Bowl Hits and Misses from Executive Producer Qadree Holmes

Which Super Bowl spots did you love? Which did you not love? Let’s hear what the pros had to say! We were thrilled to have Quriosity Productions Executive Producer and…

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Super Bowl Hits and Misses from Executive Producer Lisa Masseur of Tessa Films

In the advertising world, Super Bowl Sunday is about anything but football. It’s about the commercials! We were thrilled to have Tessa Films Executive Producer and Founder Lisa Masseur stop…

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Super Bowl Hits and Misses from Yessian’s Jarrett Farkas

In the advertising world, Super Bowl Sunday is about anything but football. It’s about the commercials! We were honored to have Yessian Associate Creative Director and Composer Jarrett Farkas stop…

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Super Bowl Hits and Misses from O’Connor Casting’s Virginia Anello

Behind every great commercial is a great casting director. And one of the best in the biz is O’Connor Casting in Chicago. We were thrilled to have Casting Director Virginia…

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Super Bowl Picks and Pans from Another Country’s Peter Erazmus

Super Bowl Sunday was a big night for Another Country and Cutters Studios. The team collaborated with HighDive on their Rocket Mortgage commercial, bringing the lively charisma of Anna Kendrick…

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Could CBS’ ‘Early Edition’ Be Returning to Chicago?

If there is one television series that belongs in Chicago, this is it. CBS has ordered a pilot for a reboot of the drama series Early Edition. The popular and…

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Will ‘Power Book IV: Force’ Be Renewed for a Second Season?

Tommy is the new king of Chicago. And apparently also the Starz network. The Sunday, February 6th debut of Power Book IV: Force posted the biggest series premiere audience for…

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Here’s the Lineup for the 25th Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival

Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center will present its 25th Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival (CEUFF), from Friday, March 4 through Thursday, March 17. After a COVID-truncated 2020 festival and…

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Do You Need A Hug? Picture North, FCB Chicago, COX Team Up for Heartwarming Campaign

What does a hug mean? During the COVID-19 pandemic, the way people think about hugs has drastically changed. As lockdowns have come and gone, there has been a collective strain…

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Johannes Leonardo Chief Creative Officer Julia Neumann Named Chairperson of AMP Awards

Julia Neumann, Chief Creative Officer of the independent New York agency Johannes Leonardo, has been named as Chair of the 2022 AMP Awards for Music & Sound. Her appointment was…

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Disney Channel Series ‘Saturdays’ Set to Film in Chicago This Spring

Disney Channel is bringing its latest family-friendly franchise to film in Chicago. The network recently granted a series order to Saturdays, a coming-of-age roller-skating comedy created by 17-year-old Black-ish star…

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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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Seasoned VFX Artist Matt Trudell Joins Cutters Studios’ Flavor as Motion Designer

The leaders from creative production studio Flavor and Cutters Studios are very proud to announce the addition of Matt Trudell to their global staff in the position of Motion Designer….

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‘Power Book IV: Force’ Star Phil Donlon Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

The highly anticipated Starz series Power Book IV: Force premieres Sunday, February 6th, and one of the stars of the show is here to tell us all about it. Force…

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Pitch-A-Thon Initiative Unites IFA Chicago, SeriesFest and The Second City Film School

The Independent Film Alliance Chicago, SeriesFest and The Second City Film School are excited to present the SeriesFest Pitch-A-Thon Chicago 2022 on March 31, an event giving comedic independent creators…

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GoTraveler Joins Forces with VIZIO

GoTraveler, an OTT app and linear channel with the world’s largest collection of professionally produced travel shows and series, announced today that some of their top-rated shows are now included…

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Sundance 2022 Top Jury Prizes Go To ‘Nanny,’ ‘The Exiles,’ ‘All That Breathes, ‘Utama’

After nine days, 84 feature films and 59 short films, the juries have deliberated and the audience has voted, and tonight the 2022 Sundance Film Festival’s Awards were announced. The…

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Durable Goods Signs Chicago-Based Emmy Nom Bob Balaban to Roster

Bicoastal production company Durable Goods has signed critically-acclaimed actor, director, writer, and producer Bob Balaban to its roster for commercials and branded content in the U.S. market. Balaban returns to…

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Apple TV+ Series ‘Dark Matter’ Chooses Chicago; ‘Spider-Man’ EP Tolmach to Produce

Apple TV+ and Sony Pictures Television are partnering on a new series, and it looks like that franchise will be coming to Chicago. Sources tell SCREEN the TV adaptation of…

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Editor Joe Clear, Wild Gift, The Colonie Team Up for SMA with Music Video

Take a moment to enjoy a terrific tune, then spend many moments taking in the vital cause behind it. The Colonie Editor Joe Clear recently partnered with the production company…

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NoiseFloor’s New Studio Takes Chicago to the Next Level in Sound

Despite the pandemic, NoiseFloor, the full-service audio facility located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, has had a year full of growth. At the beginning of 2021, NoiseFloor’s 8 full-time employees…

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Abigail Disney Doc Marks Chicago Media Project’s Sixth Sundance Film

The Sundance Film Festival is underway, virtually so, with filmlovers (and hopefully filmbuyers) experiencing world premiere cinema from the small screens in their respective living rooms. The festival has marked…

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Michael Maes Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

Cobra Kai, Avengers Assemble, and the best dinner of your life? It’s all here as award-winning commercial photographer Michael Maes plays Five Questions with SCREEN. Michael is also a director…

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charlieuniformtango’s Joey Waldrip Announces New Colorist Reel

Joey Waldrip has a colorful story to tell: After 21 years of working at charlieuniformtango, he’s now an owner of the company, and has become one of the industry’s most…

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Lena Waithe Series ‘The Chi’ Begins Filming Season 5 This Week in Chicago

Television production is picking back up in the Windy City. Critically acclaimed Showtime series The Chi will get to work on Season Five this week. Filming is set to begin…

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‘Chicago P.D.’ Resumes Filming After Brief Pause Due to COVID

Great news for Chicago P.D. fans and for the many industry professionals working tirelessly on the show. Filming on Season 9 of the NBC drama Chicago P.D. resumed today, following a…

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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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‘Chicago PD’ Pauses Production Due to COVID, Expected to Resume Filming Next Week

Filming on Season 9 of the NBC drama Chicago P.D. has been paused for the rest of this week, following a number of positive COVID tests. The good news is sources…

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Chicago Producer Katie Hoban Passes Away at 44

Katie Hoban age 44, passed away suddenly earlier this month, on January 4th. Katie is beloved in the Chicago creative community. She spent much of her career as Senior Producer…

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‘Chicago Fire’ to Resume Filming This Week After Brief Pause Due to COVID

Good news for Chicago Fire fans, not to mention the many Windy City professionals gainfully employed by the long-running Dick Wolf series. Sources tell SCREEN the popular firehouse drama is…

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What to Expect from New Episodes of ‘Chicago PD,’ ‘Chicago Fire,’ and ‘Chicago Med’

The Dick Wolf triumvirate of Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD finally returned from their winter break on January 5th. And they returned with a roar, dominating the Wednesday…

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Colette Gabriel Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

What do George Clooney, Clive Owen, and a Shakespearean puppet show have in common? They are all waiting for you right here as we kick off 2022 with a fresh…

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Your First Look at ‘Power Book IV: Force,’ Starring Chicago’s Joseph Sikora

Chicago is Tommy’s town now. So declares the new extended teaser trailer for the highly anticipated series Power Book IV: Force. The series filmed in and around Chicago throughout 2021….

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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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Whitehouse Post Promotes Steve Kroodsma to Editor

Continuing their tradition of cultivating exceptional editorial talent, Whitehouse Post proudly promotes Steve Kroodsma to their Chicago roster. Born and raised in Michigan, Kroodsma zeroed in on editing early while attending…

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OneChicago Is Back! New Episodes Premiering, New Episodes Filming

Fresh off the winter holiday break, the #OneChicago triumvirate of Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, and Chicago Med are back for their midseason premiere tonight. And all three shows are also…

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Sundance Cancels In-Person Festival, Moves Forward with Virtual Fest

Here we go again? Hopefully not. And while it’s not the best start for 2022, it’s likely the right decision… and there is hope ahead (see below). Just two weeks…

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AICP Announces New Leadership; Mehling First Woman Elected Chairperson of the National Board

The AICP National Board of Directors elected a new leadership slate at its 2021 year-end meeting. Lisa Mehling, Owner/President of CHELSEA, was elected Chairperson and Tabitha Mason-Elliott, Partner/Head of Production,…

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René Steinkellner Joins 11 Dollar Bill Chicago as Executive Producer

Continuing to grow its leadership team, 11 Dollar Bill has appointed René Steinkellner as Executive Producer at its Chicago studio. Steinkellner, who served as Executive Producer at FCB, Lord+Thomas, Chicago…

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Brand New Chicago-Made Christmas Movies to Add to Your Holiday Watchlist

Christmas is here, and there are plenty of Chicago-made movies for you to enjoy in cozy comforts of your home this weekend. And not just those classics from twenty years…

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February March Shoot for Chicago-Bound FX Series ‘The Bear’

Here is yet another stocking stuffer of good news for the Chicago television production industry. SCREEN reported back in October that the FX comedy series The Bear had received a…

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Slamdance Cancels In-Person Fest, Goes Virtual; Sundance Moving Forward

There are two major festivals that kick off the new year, and one of them will now be going virtual-only. Is this is harbinger of decisions to come for centerpiece…

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PHOTO BOOTH: Holiday Cocktail Party at Chicago Recording Company

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On the 2021 album Archetypes, Chicago Recording Company (CRC) engineer Jonathan Lackey helped transform an ambitious musical vision into a trio of Grammy nominations.  Archetypes is a collection of 12…

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David Fincher, Michael Fassbender Movie ‘The Killer’ Films in Chicago This February

The Killer is on his way. SCREEN broke the news back in August that the latest David Fincher drama The Killer would be filming in Chicago, and now it appears…

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‘The Power of the Dog’ Leads Chicago Film Critics Awards with Honors for Campion, Cumberbatch

The Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA) today announces their 2021 award winners. Claiming the organization’s top honors is Jane Campion’s masterful THE POWER OF THE DOG, which earned a leading…

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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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The Unofficial ‘Loudest Show in the Industry,’ the AMP Awards for Music & Sound, Is Back Live and In-Person in 2022

It’s back! The unofficial ‘loudest show in the industry,’ better known as the AMP Awards for Music & Sound, has announced its return as a live, in-person event in 2022….

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Megan St. John Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

The holidays are here and so is an entertaining round of Five Questions with SCREEN! This week, Hike Creative Founder and Producer Megan St. John stopped by and shared stories…

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Carbon Conjures Up Animated Adventure Film ‘Repeater’ for Vienna’s OFFF DACH Festival

Are you ready for an animated adventure? From creative production studio Carbon comes ‘Repeater,’ the vibrant animated Title Film to this year’s OFFF Dach creativity and design festival in Vienna….

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Sundance Lineup Announced; Chicago Media Project Soars with Five Selections

Sundance is live and in-person once again on the snowy streets of Park City this January. The lineup is here, and anticipation is in the air. The festival, which will…

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Kanye West Documentary ‘Jeen-Yuhs’ Highlights Sundance 2022 Lineup

More than twenty years in the making, the highly anticipated Kanye West documentary jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy from Netflix leads the lineup of feature films set to premiere at the…

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The verdict is in for the high-profile jury trial surrounding Empire star Jussie Smollett, though the journey may be far from over. Smollett has been found guilty of five counts…

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11 Dollar Bill Produces PSA for The Climate Reality Project

The time is now and the message is clear. Climate activists from around the world call for urgent action to combat climate change in a powerful public service announcement for…

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Joe Otting Takes Us Back to the Farm for Whiskey Acres’ ‘Bottled-in-Bond’ Campaign

“Greatness isn’t born from punching a clock,” says the voiceover in a stirring new two-minute brand short for Whiskey Acres Distilling Company, directed, shot and edited direct-to-client by Joe Otting….

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New Marvel Series ‘Ironheart’ to Film in Chicago April 2022

Those in pursuit of promising TV production news for 2022 need look no further. A blockbuster new series is headed for Chicago in the form of Marvel Studios’ Ironheart, which…

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One at Optimus Signs Directors Ashley C. Battle and Chris Vanderwall

Let’s welcome in the holiday season with some exciting new hires in downtown Chicago. ONE, the production arm of Optimus, has signed Ashley C. Battle (pictured here) and Chris Vanderwall to its directorial roster. The…

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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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‘The Cleaner’ Features Chicago Ties, All-Star Cast Led by Luke Wilson

Indie darling The Cleaner is enjoying a successful run on digital platforms worldwide, boasting an all-star cast and production team, and a taut and moving emotional drama. The cast is…

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Thanksgiving Premiere for Chicago Indie ‘The Christmas Pitch’ as ‘Hamilton’ Star Leads Cast

Santa is coming to town for Thanksgiving and he’s playing matchmaker. The Christmas Pitch, produced by Illinois production and distribution company, Questar Entertainment, is now available for your holiday viewing…

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Vic Mensa, Filmmaker Panel Highlight Premiere Party for ‘Wake & Bake with Dom Brown’

A vibrant and electric crowd descended upon downtown Chicago to celebrate the premiere of new series Wake & Bake with Dom Brown. Nearly 200 people filled event space Loft on…

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Elevated Films Chicago Expands Youth Filmmaking Program

It’s always encouraging if not inspiring to see today’s filmmakers making profound efforts to blaze a path for the filmmakers of tomorrow. Elevated Films Chicago is ramping up its mission…

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The Black Harvest Film Festival shines a stunning spotlight on Black voices from across the country and around the globe, with the month-long festival running through December 2nd at the…

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Cap Gun Signs Global Director Amit Gupta

The latest addition to the Cap Gun roster of directors, Amit Gupta excels in weaving the stories of life, inspiration, and capturing the small moments that speak to the authenticity…

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IATSE Says ‘Yes’ to Contract and ‘No’ to Strike… But Just Barely

And now the film and television industry can breathe a sigh of relief… but just barely. By the narrowest of margins, members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees,…

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Chicago Critics Film Festival Announces Audience Award Winners, 2022 Festival Dates

The Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA), the Chicago-area print, online and broadcast critics group that celebrates the art of film and film criticism, today announces the audience choice award winners at the…

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Thanksgiving Premiere for Chicago-Made ‘Christmas with Felicity’ on AMC+

What better way to celebrate the holidays in Chicago than with a locally-produced heartwarming film premiering on a national network’s streaming service? The family-friendly movie Christmas with Felicity will premiere…

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11 Dollar Bill Takes Home Six Awards at ONE Club Denver

11 Dollar Bill had a big night at The ONE Club for Creativity – Denver’s annual awards competition honoring the year’s best work in advertising in the Rocky Mountain region….

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Cinespace Sells for $1 Billion; Alex Pissios to Exit

The cornerstone of the Chicago television and movie production industry is changing hands. TPG Real Estate Partners has acquired the studio campuses of Cinespace Studios in Chicago and Toronto —…

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When IATSE and AMPTP negotiators reached an agreement last month, most television and film professionals and aficionados breathed a sigh of relief and moved on to the next headline on…

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Sundance Vet to Produce Thanksgiving Movie in Chicago; Kevin Cooper to Direct

Chicago-based Producer and Sundance Film Festival alum John Condne has come onboard to produce the Thanksgiving drama-comedy Home Invasion for the Holidays, written by Luke Thomas and directed by Kevin…

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Facebook’s Lizette Williams Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

Beyonce, Charles Barkley, and the best steak in town? It’s all here for you today as Facebook’s Head of Global Vertical Solutions Marketing Lizette Williams stopped by for a thoroughly…

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Collaboraction Welcomes New Executive Director Saudia Davis

Chicago-based multimedia arts organization Collaboraction has a new captain at the helm of its critically acclaimed and socially conscious ship. Today Collaboraction announced its new Executive Director, Saudia Davis. Saudia…

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Kartemquin Welcomes Betsy Leonard as Executive Director

Kartemquin Films, the award-winning Chicago-based documentary nonprofit organization, today named Betsy Leonard as Executive Director. Leonard will begin on December 1st, overseeing all aspects of operations, programs, and serving as…

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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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Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards Set for December 5th; Comedian McGann to Host

The Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is pleased to announce that the virtual 63rd Annual Emmy® Awards ceremony will be live-streamed on Sunday, December…

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Tandem and The Colonie Help Creative Agency KSV Save the Business World from Themselves

Tandem Inc. and The Colonie help creative agency KSV save the business world from themselves in their latest campaign for New Jersey-based Utility, PSE&G. When something slows you down or…

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In Hilarious New PSA, Top Urologists and SNL Great Tim Meadows Encourage Men To Save Their Future Boners By Getting Vaccinated

No, this is not your typical public service announcement and yes, it is hilarious and yes, it is effective. In the ongoing effort to get more of the nation vaccinated,…

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The 28th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival Is Underway, with A New Partner and Packed Lineup

In a collaborative re-envisioning of the 28th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF)—the world’s longest-running underground film festival—Full Spectrum Features (FSF) is the official presenter of CUFF this year to…

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Black Harvest, Chicago’s Black Film Festival, Soars All November with Dionne Warwick Biopic, Will Smith’s ‘King Richard’

Dancing, drinks, and Dionne (and dessert, too!). An epic weekend of film festivals in the Windy City is headlined by the 27th Black Harvest Film Festival.

Chicago Critics Film Festival Announces Full Film Lineup, Schedule and Guests

The Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA), the Chicago-area print, online and broadcast critics group that celebrates the art of film and film criticism, today announces the complete lineup, schedule and special…

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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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11 Dollar Bill Adds WOW! Factor to Made’s New Campaign

You know this new campaign makes you wanna shout. 11 Dollar Bill provided graphic design, editorial and post-production services for a new campaign for Wow! in which the speed, quality…

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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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Another Country Names Tim Konn Managing Director

It’s always inspiring to see a company promoting from within its own ranks, and such is the case at premier post-production audio house Another Country. Founder and Cutters Studios Partner…

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Chicago Series ‘Wake and Bake with Dom Brown’ Headlines Launch of Free Streaming App Hipstr from Cow Lamp Films

Cow Lamp Films has announced their new streaming app and linear AVOD channel, Hipstr, will be available on smartphones and smart TV’s this November and coming soon to VIZIO SmartCast®…

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Strike Averted! IATSE & AMPTP Reach Deal On New Film & TV Contract

The Chicago/Midwest film and television production community can breathe a sigh of relief as negotiators from the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees have reached a deal for a new…

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Series Order for FX Comedy ‘The Bear’ Led By ‘Shameless’ Star Jeremy Allen White

FX is keeping Shameless vet Jeremy Allen White in Chicago with a series order for the Windy City-set restaurant comedy The Bear. The pilot filmed in town this past July…

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Alex/October To Screen At La Femme Film Festival Tonight

With a return to in-person film festivals, the Los Angeles-based Dances With Films marked the world premiere of ALEX/OCTOBER, a drama that deals with addiction, depression, suicide and redemption. The…

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11 Dollar Bill Helps Piggyback Create a Buzz for Cheeba Chews

11 Dollar Bill ended things on a high note in providing editorial, graphics design and post services for a new social campaign for Cheeba Chews, a maker of bite-size cannabis…

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Brian and Jan Hieggelke have found their next film. The Hieggelkes’ Chicago Film Project, the film and T.V. production arm of their Chicago-based print and digital cultural magazine Newcity, has…

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Chicago Fire Celebrates 200th Episode, We’ve Got the Photos

October 20 is going to be a huge date for all fans of Chicago Fire as it will mark the 200th episode of the mothership of Dick Wolf’s popular One Chicago franchise….

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IATSE Announces Nationwide Strike to Begin Monday If Producers, Studios Deal Doesn’t Happen

IATSE President Matthew Loeb announced in plain and simple terms where the IATSE/ AMPTP negotations stand, and he did so on his Twitter account this morning… I am announcing that…

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Chicago International Film Festival Opens with Wes Anderson, Todd Haynes Premieres

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Optimus Promotes Zach Scheitlin

Optimus today announced that Zach Scheitlin has been promoted to Audio Engineer. Scheitlin’s elevation bolsters an already formidable audio team under the leadership of Senior Audio Engineer Marina Killion, and drives the department…

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There was a terrific turnout from the Chicago/Midwest advertising and creative production community as AICP/Midwest’s MEET.DRINK.TALK, a cornerstone event for the Midwest advertising world, was back to in-person after a…

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HBO Series ‘Time Traveler’s Wife’ Filming in Chicago This Week

“A romance for the ages.” That’s a bold claim but one HBO is making with confidence as it forges ahead through filming its new seriesThe Time Traveler’s Wife en route…

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Your First Look at Five New Chicago Features In Development for 2022

As we look ahead to 2022, there are five Illinois features in the works that deserve a spot on your radar. Let’s take a look… The 57th Chicago International Film…

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Highdive Creative Director Eduardo Vea Keating Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

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Nashville Film Festival Announces Festival and Screenplay Award Winners

The Nashville Film Festival (NashFilm) tonight announced the 52nd edition’s award winners, including best films in each category and the winning scripts in the organization’s esteemed screenplay competition. The debut…

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AICP/Midwest’s MEET.DRINK.TALK Set for Downtown Chicago This Thursday

If you’re an advertising agency creative, commercial producer, or Midwest production professional, your evening plans for this Thursday are set. A cornerstone event for the Midwest advertising community is back…

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IATSE Members Overwhelmingly Approve Strike Authorization, So What’s Next?

What’s next for IATSE and AMPTP? Simply put, it’s time to negotiate. In an expected and overwhelming show of union solidarity, IATSE members voted to authorize a nationwide strike against…

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Charlieuniformtango Partners to Assume Ownership of the Company November

Big news out of Austin as charlieuniformtango partners James Rayburn, Deedle LaCour and Joey Waldrip will assume ownership of the company this November. “This transition has been two years in…

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The Latest on the Possible IATSE Strike; Union Members Vote This Week

Will IATSE union members strike? We will know very soon. Union members vote on strike authorization later this week, between Friday, October 1 and Sunday, October 3, with results expected…

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Documentary Emmys Tonight, with ‘Finding Yingying’ Among Nominees; Director Jenny Shi Talks with SCREEN

The Documentary Emmy Awards Ceremony is set for tonight, Wednesday, September 29th, at 7 pm Central, and Chicagoans have reason to watch and cheer this evening. Jiayan “Jenny” Shi and…

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Patrick Wimp named Program Lead of Second City Film School

Patrick Wimp has been named Program Lead of the Second City Film School. A cinematographer, director, writer and producer whose credits range from TV series to shorts and feature films,…

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Miller’s Directorial Debut Premieres Wednesday

Ghostwriter, an Illinois-made dramatic feature film, will have its Chicagoland area premiere at the Pickwick Theatre in Park Ridge on Wednesday, September 29. The film follows a bartender, struggling for…

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charlieuniformtango Teams Up with Hold Fast Co., Bill and Todd for Johnsonville Sausage

Are you a Tongsman? You’ll find out right now as charlieuniformtango teamed up with new Milwaukee-based agency Hold Fast Co., and newly formed creative alliance, Dallas-based “Bill and Todd” (comprised…

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Kartemquin Films to Host Third Annual Empowering Truth Benefit

Kartemquin Films, the award-winning Chicago-based documentary not-for-profit organization, will host its third annual Empowering Truth Benefit, taking place virtually on November 3rd at 7:00pm CT, streaming live on YouTube. Click…

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

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What You Need to Know for Season Premiere of Dick Wolf Triumvirate ‘Chicago Med’ ‘Chicago Fire’ ‘Chicago PD’

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Your First Look at the Latest from Oscar Nominees Quon and Quinn

Are you ready to be inspired? The next project from two Oscar-nominated cornerstones of the Chicago documentary is here. Diane Quon, producer of Best Documentary Nominee Minding the Gap, and…

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IATSE Calls for Strike Authorization Vote; How Will Chicago TV Industry Be Impacted?

Is a nationwide strike of IATSE union members imminent? “IATSE members are mobilizing in preparation for a nationwide strike authorization vote to demonstrate our commitment to achieving the change that…

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Chicago Ad Vet Directs Milestone Spot for Pearl Milling Company, Its First Since Changing Name from Aunt Jemima

A veteran producer of the Chicago advertising community is now seated in the director’s chair for a milestone advertising campaign. Pearl Milling Company, the brand that was Aunt Jemima for…

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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

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Ryan Seacrest Executive Producing Pilot for ABC, Freeform; Filming in Chicago This Month

A familiar face has joined a promising pilot filming now in Chicago. Famed American Idol frontman Ryan Seacrest has leapt aboard the one-hour dramatic pilot, but he won’t be in…

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Rick Bayless Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

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8th Annual Black Alphabet Film Festival Returns to Chicago this November

“Together Again.” That’s the goal as many film festivals and small businesses reopen around the country and welcome people back through their doors. And it’s also the theme for one…

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Whitehouse Post Boosts Leadership with Five New Partners and New Executive Director of Post Production

It’s always exciting to share news of a company growing their team from within and promoting their own through the leadership ranks. Venerable editorial company Whitehouse Post announces the advancement of five…

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Naked Studios Reveals New Chicago Crime Drama ‘Gray Market’

For years Naked Studios, Inc. has been teaming up with Chicago creatives to deliver captivating visuals, but their most  recent unveiling of ‘Gray Market’ not only highlights the company’s exceptional…

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ABC Pilot Shooting in Chicago… and It Is NOT a Reboot of ‘The Nanny’

There is a new pilot starting filming this week in Chicago, but it is not the show you think it is. The project is entitled The Nanny, igniting a bevy…

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That’s a Wrap on ‘Good Guy with a Gun’; BTS and Wrap Photos (Screen Magazine Exclusive)

“The experience was hilarious and grueling, full of good vibes and creativity amidst the emotionally and physically taxing material,” said director John Mossman in summing up the shoot for his…

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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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Telluride Film Festival Is Underway, Here’s the Lineup

The Telluride Film Festival is underway now, and here’s the lineup. TFF’s celebration of artistic excellence brings together cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers, and artists to discover the best in world cinema…

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Could SXSW Face A Boycott in the Wake of New Texas Abortion Laws?

With the cornerstone U.S. festival South By Southwest preparing for its live and in-person film, music, and interactive mega-showcase this coming Spring, there may be an unexpected roadblock in its…

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New One Chicago Poster Highlights the ‘One Heart’ of ‘Fire,’ ‘PD,’ ‘Med’

One of the many attributes that has attracted millions of fans to Dick Wolf’s #OneChicago franchise over the years is that it has heart. That heart is the centerpiece of…

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Haroula Rose’s Charming Commercial Debut for Bailey’s; Optimus Chicago, Jess Weixler Among Collaborators

Chicago native Haroula Rose has built quite a name for herself in the independent film community, and is now making her mark in advertising world. Produced by Hello Sunshine in…

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Fran Drescher, Joely Fisher Win SAG-AFTRA National Elections

From The Nanny to the President. SAG-AFTRA members have elected The Nanny star Fran Drescher president and Golden Globe nominee Joely Fischer secretary-treasurer. Their two-year terms began immediately upon the…

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Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 7 World Premiere Run at Siskel Thru September 8th

It’s time to get out to the theater… the newly reopened theater at the Gene Siskel Film Center, that is. Full Spectrum Features (FSF) is pleased to announce the films…

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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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Optimus Promotes Dave Buehrle to Executive Producer | Head of Production of One at Optimus

From Michigan to LA to Chicago, from Indiana Jones and Fast and Furious to top level commercial clients across the globe. Dave Buehrle’s career has taken yet another leap today…

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Becky Smialek Ascends to Executive Producer Role for Cutters Editorial Detroit

A jump from New York City to her hometown of Detroit has now led to a leap to Executive Producer for Becky Smialek. Cutters Studios is very proud to announce…

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Spider-Man Trailer Shatters Avengers Endgame’s Viewership Record

With movie theaters across the globe fighting to regain their footing and their audiences, the prospects of Spidey swooping in to save the day this December look promising. The trailer…

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Emmy Winner Korey Miller Joins Quriosity Roster

Quriosity Founder Qadree Holmes has added an Emmy winner to his renowned roster of directors. Holmes’ Chicago-based, minority-owned creative diversity boutique is excited to announce that Korey Miller has joined…

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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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Motion Graphics Designer Brian Stevens joins Hootenanny

It’s always a pleasure to announce new hires here in Chicago’s advertising and commercial production community. Screen is thrilled to share that Chicago post house Hootenanny’s design department is growing…

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January February New Target for Sam Raimi Horror Thriller to Shoot in Chicago

What better way for Chicago to kick off the new year than with a major horror thriller produced by a genre legend? SCREEN reported recently that Sam Raimi, director of…

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Chicago Made Showtime Series WORK IN PROGRESS Season Two Premiere This Sunday

Your plans for Sunday night are set. Created and filmed in its hometown of Chicago, WORK IN PROGRESS is back and Season Two is ready to roll on your small…

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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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Full Spectrum Features Launches Inaugural Community Storytellers Grant

Full Spectrum Features (FSF) announces the call for applications for their inaugural Community Storytellers program. Designed to support Chicago-based storytellers of various art forms, Community Storytellers will equip artists with…

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Cannes Lions Award and Vimeo Staff Pick Further Mission for Awareness in Series from Sarofsky and Strang

It was quite an accomplishment for the filmmakers from Sarofsky, Kartemquin Films, Museum + Crane, their partners at digital-native agency closerlook, and global immunology company argenx, when the first installment…

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Meet Daily Planet’s New Senior Producer

Chicago-based Daily Planet Productions announces the addition of Senior Producer Amy Stewart to the company’s team. “Amy has a depth of production knowledge and a strong ability to creatively problem…

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Gene Siskel Film Center Presents Chicago Favorites; Chaz Ebert, Steve James, Ayana Contreras Highlight Presenters

The Gene Siskel Film Center is pleased to present Chicago Favorites, a series of eight films curated by a cross-section of notable Chicagoans. On eight dates between August 21 and September…

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David Fincher, Michael Fassbender Project THE KILLER Will Film in Chicago

While we must never talk about Fight Club, we will certainly be talking about its director David Fincher’s next Netflix project, The Killer, which is expected to arrive in Chicago…

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Acclaimed Documentary UNAPOLOGETIC Launches Theatrical Run Aug 20; Directorial Debut for O’Shay

Meet Janaé and Bella, two fierce abolitionists whose upbringing and experiences shape their activism and views on Black liberation. Through their lens, UNAPOLOGETIC provides an inside look into the ongoing movement…

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Chicago Film Critics Association Welcomes Three New 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 2021-2022 today, announcing the…

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Elliot Page to Be Honored at Outfest With Achievement Award

Outfest is thrilled to present Academy Award®-nominated actor, Elliot Page with the Oufest Achievement Award at the Outfest Los Angeles 2021 Closing Night Gala being held Sunday, August 22, 2021 at…

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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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AbelCine and IFA Chicago Announce “The Hub at Cinespace”

The Independent Film Alliance of Chicago and AbelCine are collaborating on the development of a community center on the Cinespace Chicago lot. Programming will address the business, creative, and technical…

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