HEADLINES

Breaking Down Ted Lasso and Its Smashing Success

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

Read More

Sam Raimi, Paramount Movie Heading to Chicago, Cinespace

There is a major movie project heading to Chicago’s Cinespace Studios, and among the producers leading the team is a genre blockbuster legend. Sam Raimi, director of the Spider-Man trilogy…

Read More

AICP Post Awards Announces 2021 Winners, Blacksmith’s Kwok Wins Best in Show

Ben Kwok, Visual Effects Supervisor at Blacksmith, won the Best in Show at the AICP Post Awards premiere, held virtually this evening. Kwok won for his masterful compositing and Flame…

Read More

NBC OneChicago Is Back! Filming Begins This Week

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 last ten…

Read More

Yessian and NBC Team Up for Thrilling Olympics Spot

The Olympics are almost here, and the anticipation is building by the minute. NBC just released a poetic celebration of the upcoming Summer Olympic Games and the passion of its…

Read More

Melissa Etheridge to Perform at 2021 AMP Awards Thursday

Melissa Etheridge, the singer, songwriter and activist whose distinctive, smoky vocals, heartland ballads and love songs have earned her multiple Grammy nominations and wins, as well as an Academy Award,…

Read More

Strickland Targeting Fall to Film Latest Thriller, The Crimson Sun

As we look ahead to the second half of 2021, we shine a spotlight toward the latest effort from Chicago filmmaker Joseph Strickland. His dramatic thriller, The Crimson Sun, is…

Read More

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

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

Read More

Fox Series The Big Leap Launches Into Production July 20

It’s time to dance like everyone’s watching. And finally, after persevering through a number of pandemic-related delays, it’s time for the long-awaited Fox series THE BIG LEAP to vault into…

Read More

Sarofsky and Shaw Launch “Between the Keyframes” Vidcast Covering the Craft and Culture of Motion Design

“Between the Keyframes” is a new vidcast hosted by Erin Sarofsky and Austin Shaw, two formidable experts in the motion design industry. Austin literally wrote the book on motion design…

Read More

The Colonie, Burrell Drive Home New Toyota Campaign

It’s all about the joy of the ride. That’s the message delivered by Toyota’s new multi-model media campaign out of Burrell. The agency partnered with The Colonie on the package…

Read More

International Screenwriters’ Association Releases New Diversity Initiative

International Screenwriters’ Association has unveiled a new Diversity Initiative to elevate writers from underrepresented and marginalized communities. They are seeking writers with unique  perspectives based on race, sexuality, gender, neuro diversity,…

Read More

New Chicago Facility for NoiseFloor

Despite the pandemic, Noisefloor had a successful 2020, with many new clients and projects to their credit. The business success led the studio to expand its facilities in the heart…

Read More

Two New Projects for Hulu / Kartemquin Accelerator Program for Filmmakers of Color

It’s a green light for two Chicago filmmakers, with backing from two cornerstones of the film world. Kartemquin Films announces the two projects that will participate in the second year…

Read More

Nomadland, Beasts of Southern Wild Producers Lead Mentor Ensemble

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

Read More

The Midwest’s Newest Film Office Director: Gary Camarano

You may not have met Gary Camarano yet, but you should. The newest film office in the Midwest is the Northwest Illinois Film Office, and the person at the helm…

Read More

Lisa Trifone Joins Kartemquin Films; 15 Yr Career Includes Sundance, Music Box Films

With over fifteen years of experience in the independent film industry and a lifelong love of the movies, Lisa Trifone has built a career across a varied list of job…

Read More

GoTraveler Releases AmbienceTV from The Shedd Aquarium

GoTraveler today announced Questar Entertainment’s streaming service, GoTraveler, has partnered with the Shedd Aquarium to bring parts of the Shedd to millions of viewers worldwide. Just in time for summer…

Read More

Werewolves Within Director Josh Ruben Talks Screams and Laughs with SCREEN

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

Read More

Mini-Superheroes Rule in New Havas and Carbon Collab for Babybel Plus+

The beloved Babybel characters are back, and this time with superpowers. Directed by Carbon’s Liam Chapple and produced at Carbon for Havas, the ‘Introducing Babybel Plus+’ campaign launches the brand’s…

Read More

That’s A Wrap on Chicago Feature Film RELATIVE; Twin Peaks, Steppenwolf Legends Lead Cast

Production on Michael Glover Smith’s fourth feature film, RELATIVE, wrapped today after two weeks of shooting in Chicago and the near-north suburbs. According to Smith, it was the “smoothest” production…

Read More

$100M Netflix Movie Starring Adam Driver Starts Shooting This Week

Tax incentives work. That stance is looking stronger than ever as the latest Netflix studio project White Noise, starring Academy Award nominees Adam Driver (Marriage Story) and Greta Gerwig (Lady…

Read More

Seed Adds Director Kali Bailey To Their Roster

Seed Media Arts is pleased to announce the addition of Director, Kali Bailey, to its roster. This continues Seed’s recent run of partnerships with experienced cinematic storytellers all having expertise…

Read More

Optimus Promotes Luis Mayorga to Animation Director and Tyler Nelson to Creative Director

Leading production and post house Optimus announced that Optimus Design has promoted Luis Mayorga to Animation Director and Tyler Nelson to Creative Director. The well-deserved and hard earned promotions shed a light on the talent…

Read More

Netflix, Adam Driver, Gerwig, Baumbach Bring White Noise to Cleveland

The Greater Cleveland area will host the latest Netflix studio project White Noise, starring Academy Award nominees Adam Driver (Marriage Story) and Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) and directed by Noah…

Read More

Mode Project Wins Silver Telly for Chicago Symphony Orchestra Collaboration

It’s great to start the summer off with a win. Mode Project is excited to announce that “Music in a Time of Crisis: After All This”,  a social media video…

Read More

Calabash Helps Turn Lucky Charms Into Loki Charms For ‘Mischievously Delicious’ New Spot

In celebration of Loki‘s recent release of the new Loki series starring Tom Hiddleston, Disney and Marvel have teamed up with Lucky Charms for a magical makeover, transforming the beloved…

Read More

Director Tim Roper and 11 Dollar Bill Team with Ogilvy and the CDC to Educate Gen Xers

A man sits down with his 45-year-old son for a frank discussion on a ticklish topic in a new public service announcement for the Centers for Disease Control and Ogilvy,…

Read More

STORY’s Blair Hayes Evokes Everyday Heroes for Pedialyte

During the pandemic, we’ve all drawn inspiration from frontline workers. In a new ad for Pedialyte and Norton Agency, Chicago, STORY director Blair Hayes tells the story of a little girl named Mia who is inspired by an everyday hero into an act of kindness.

Oscar Noms Timothee Chalamet, Guadagnino Now Filming

Oscar nominees are heading to Ohio this summer. Production is now underway in Cincinnati on Bones and All, the upcoming film starring Academy Award Nominated A-list actor Timothee Chalamet, directed…

Read More

Michael Glover Smith’s Feature RELATIVE Shoots This Month; Twin Peaks, Steppenwolf Legends Lead Cast

Award-winning writer/director Michael Glover Smith (Mercury in Retrograde, Rendezvous in Chicago) will begin principal photography on his fourth feature film, Relative, this month, and his full cast and crew are…

Read More

NBC Backs Chicago Producers Lab; Meet the Five Promising Participants

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

Read More

Theatrical Run in Full Swing for Jack Newell’s Audience Award Winner MONUMENTS

What better stamp of approval for a film than an audience award? As you peruse your viewing options for this weekend, consider adding the Audience Award Winner from the latest…

Read More

Original documentary series from Sarofsky and partners wins Brand Film Award

The partners behind “A Mystery to Me,” an original documentary series created to raise awareness of the rare neuromuscular disease myasthenia gravis (MG), are extremely proud to have earned this…

Read More

The Latest on CW’s The 4400 Reboot in Chicago: Shoot Dates, Cast Additions

The new CW series The 4400 has landed in Chicago and there is news to share. Filming for the CW’s reimagining of the 2004 USA Network sci-fi drama series is…

Read More

Start Your Engines! Seat Belt Required for High Octane Indy 500 Ad with Takuma Sato

The greatest spectacle in racing, the Indianapolis 500, was accompanied by a thrilling and entertaining spot from Array Sports and a wealth of Midwest talent. In the driver’s seat for…

Read More

Quriosity, Yoder Bring the Funny for NIPSCO

The cardinal is a popular figure, with those red feathers appearing everywhere from baseball jerseys to statewide promotional campaigns. But in the latest spot from Quriosity Productions, Director Kenneth Yoder…

Read More

Senior Editor Adam Henderson Joins charlieuniformtango

Lola Lott, charlieuniformtango principal/CEO, announced senior editor Adam Henderson is joining charlieuniformtango this week. “Whether it’s making you laugh, making you cry, or making you think, Adam’s editing makes a…

Read More

‘Shameless’ alum Jeremy Allen White headlining FX pilot ‘The Bear,’ filming in Chicago in July

Shameless fans might be missing the dearly departed Emmy-winning series but there is good news ahead. Shameless alum Jeremy Allen White will be returning to Chicago and to the small…

Read More

Tyshun Wardlaw Shines Light on the Black Youth Experience in Growing Up Milwaukee, Now on HBO Max

You need to know who Tyshun Wardlaw is. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Tyshun Wardlaw has shined an unforgettable light on the Black youth experience in Milwaukee, and HBO MAX…

Read More

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

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

Read More

Town Hall Tonight for Illinois Production Alliance

Tonight, Wednesday, May 26th, the Illinois Production Alliance (IPA) will be hosting a briefing and update on the Illinois Production+ Legislation, including an open forum at the end to answer…

Read More

The Latest on Three TV Pilots from Fox, NBC, Freeform

Three television pilots filmed in the Chicagoland area, and all three have earned series orders, but where will they shoot? SCREEN is giving you a rundown of what lies ahead…

Read More

Free Spirit Media Celebrates 20 Years of Media Magic, New Exec Director, Tonight

Tonight, the Emmy-winning organization FREE SPIRIT MEDIA commemorates 20 years of transformative digital media arts, journalism, and creative workforce programming and powerful content creation. Join FSM this evening from 7:00-8:00…

Read More

AICP Releases Best Practices for Engagement to Spur BIPOC Opportunities

AICP’s Equity & Inclusion committee has released a set of Best Practices for Engagement aimed at helping ad agencies and brands address barriers in how they bid and award production…

Read More

Talking Casting Post-COVID with Joan and David O’Connor

As we return to “normalcy” there are some changes from the pandemic that are likely to stick… and possibly for the better. That might be particularly evident in the world…

Read More

STORY’s Ky Dickens Captures the Art of the Sandwich for Land O’Frost and Merge

In a new spot for Land O’Frost’s Bistro Favorites and Chicago agency Merge, STORY director Ky Dickens shows that, when it comes to sandwiches, beauty is in the eye of…

Read More

Creative Director Ian Bradley Joins Carbon; Marvel, Spider-Man, HBO Highlight Resume

Ian Bradley has joined creative studio Carbon’s growing team of designers and directors. With deep roots in graphic design, Ian has art directed for key studios across the US including…

Read More

Skillicorn Partners with Bradley Johnson at SEED

Roy Skillicorn, who founded Seed Media Arts in 2011, has recently partnered with Los Angeles Executive Producer Brad Johnson (pictured here). Earlier this year, Skillicorn left his position as Backyard’s…

Read More

Doc Film, Renowned Chef Offer Intimate Glimpse Into Asian American Resilience

In the wake of a tumultuous moment for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) communities nationwide comes a much needed – and delicious – morsel of hope. This Saturday, May…

Read More

Winners Announced for Cinema Chicago’s CineYouth Festival

CineYouth Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago, announced award winners for its expanded 2021 edition, comprising films accepted for the pandemic-preempted 2020 edition plus a new slate of films submitted for the 2021…

Read More

Smash Success for Chicagoan O’Neil and the Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival

Live and in-person film festivals are back! Located in a quaint Victorian town in the Pocono Mountains of Eastern Pennsylvania, The Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival (JTIFF) recently wrapped its…

Read More

Accomplished Editor John Dingfield Comes Home to Cutters

High-end editorial boutique Cutters is very proud to announce the return of Editor John Dingfield to its roster. The announcement was made by Cutters Studios President/Managing Director Craig Duncan and…

Read More

Duplass Brothers, HBO Bring Series to Illinois

HBO has a new comedy series, and all signs point to filming in Illinois this summer. But no, not in Chicago. In the small town of Lockport, Illinois, 30 miles…

Read More

FCB and Sarofsky Serve Up Festive Spots for Bud Light Chelada Campaign

A new festive campaign featuring the refreshed visual identity of Bud Light Chelada from global, award-winning and integrated marketing communications company Foote, Cone & Belding (FCB) has recently debuted across all media….

Read More

Iowa, Michigan, Kansas Fests Make Top 50 List

Every year, one of the most highly anticipated and coveted honors for film festivals is MovieMaker Magazine’s 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee. A number of superb film festivals…

Read More

Your First Look at Zanah Thirus’ Black Feminist Romantic Comedy

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

Read More

11 Dollar Bill Produces “The Tattooed Torah,” an Animated Children’s Film about the Holocaust

The Tattooed Torah, now available for screening on the USC Shoah Foundation’s IWitness website, is an animated short based on the children’s book by Marvell Ginsburg. Like the book, the…

Read More

Full Cast and Crew Announced for Chicago Feature Now Filming

Santa is coming to town and he’s playing matchmaker. The Christmas Pitch, produced by Illinois production and distribution company, Questar Entertainment, is currently filming in Chicago and surrounding suburbs. The…

Read More

37th Chicago Latino Film Festival Announces Winners of Audience Choice Awards

The 37th Chicago Latino Film Festival announced today the winners and runner-ups for the Audience Choice Awards. The Audience Choice Award for Best Feature went to The Heist of the Century, Argentinian director Ariel Winograd’s…

Read More

AICP Announces Roster for 2021 Awards Committee

AICP has announced the lineup for the 2021 AICP Awards Committee, the far-reaching group of industry veterans and experts tasked with promoting and marketing the 2021 AICP Awards, which comprises…

Read More

VMLY&R, Optimus Team Up for Hilarious V By Velveeta Campaign

Feel the magnificence. Breathe in the bliss. But it might not be the bliss you are expecting. Optimus and VMLY&R teamed up for a series of hilarious spots for Velveeta…

Read More

Cinespace Welcomes New Productions, Expands Space, Steadily Returns to Campus Capacity

The film industry in Chicago is back up and rolling! Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, the second-largest film studio outside of Los Angeles in North America, is pleased to welcome several new productions…

Read More

Elisabeth Moss Series Chooses Chicago, Leonardo DiCaprio to Executive Produce

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

Read More

The One Late Show You Cannot Miss

Amid the sea of late night fare, there is one show, one night only, that you cannot miss. This Saturday, April 17 at 8 p.m. Central, the intersectional Late Show…

Read More

Spielberg Funds New Film Foundation

Jewish Story Partners (JSP), a new Los Angeles-based film foundation, has launched with an ambitious vision with $2,000,000 in funding, and will soon announce its first round of grantees. Jewish Story…

Read More

AICP Unveils BIPOC Mentoring Program

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

Read More

BBDO Lands Home Depot, Beating Out Leo Burnett, Hill Holiday

Home Depot has appointed BBDO as its U.S. creative agency of record, AdAge reported today. The other agencies vying for this coveted account were reportedly Leo Burnett and Hill Holiday….

Read More

HBO MAX, Comedy Central Series Starts Filming Monday

SOUTH SIDE is back! The critically acclaimed series and ratings champ will begin shooting its second season in Chicago this Monday. The highly anticipated second season is expected to film…

Read More

Oscar Noms, Premieres Headline Asian Pop-Up Cinema

With one of its most diverse lineups, Asian Pop-Up Cinema: Season 12 continues with a drive-in film festival, April 15 – May 2 at The Drive-In at Lincoln Yards, operated by local landmark cinema,…

Read More

GoTraveler adds Rick Steves’ Europe to Linear Line-Up

Travel is different now more than ever. In a recent YouGov study with 17,000 participants around the world, the number one reason people are traveling is to see loved ones,…

Read More

Sarofsky’s Rebrand, New Anthem

As creators of premium storytelling content for brands and for the entertainment industry, Owner and Executive Creative Director Erin Sarofsky and her fellow makers at one-stop cross-media production company Sarofsky…

Read More

NBC Pilot Gets Series Pickup, Led by BATMAN’s Reeves, Chicago Fire Alum

NBC’s latest pilot pickup brings more potentially great news to Chicago’s booming television production scene. NBC has given a series order to ORDINARY JOE, whose pilot filmed in town this…

Read More

Screen Exclusive: HAMILTON Star to Lead Chicago Feature

After a sold-out national tour of Hamilton, Joseph Morales is lighting up the screen as the male lead in the Christmas rom-com, The Christmas Pitch. Morales, who assumed Lin-Manuel Miranda’s…

Read More

Burrell, The Colonie Team Up for “Black Experience on Xfinity”

Burrell Communications recently teamed up with The Colonie, tapping the talents of editor Graham Chapman and the Chicago-based company’s design team for the multi-platform launch of “Black Experience on Xfinity”…

Read More

11 Dollar Bill Opens LA Office, Editor Jess Weber at Helm

11 Dollar Bill, the post production and design studio with facilities in Chicago and Boulder, CO, has launched a new satellite office in Los Angeles. Led by senior editor Jess…

Read More

CW Series Chooses Chicago

A cult sci-fi series is making a comeback, and it will be shooting in Chicago. The CW has given a straight-to-series order to THE 4400, a reimagining of the 2004…

Read More

Trailer Premiere for Josh Hope’s New Feature

Director Josh Hope teams up with SHAMELESS star Ethan Cutkosky, actor Brad Hunt (MAGNOLIA, THE BRIDGE), Golden Globe and Emmy-winning composer Roger Neill, Dreamworks veteran Lisa Freberg, and a stellar…

Read More

Grammy Nom, Yessian, Hudson Rouge Team Up for Lincoln

It’s time to find your happy! Grammy nominee Jon Batiste will have you singing and dancing out of your seat at the office today. The talented artist is at the…

Read More

Directing Duo Joins charlie uniform tango

Texas-based charlieuniformtango will now be representing directing team Andy Mahr and Ashton Rodgers, charlieuniformtango principal and CEO Lola Lott informed SCREEN today. “We’re thrilled to be able to share Andy…

Read More

$100,000 Digital Production Fund Now Open

Chicago Filmmakers is pleased to announce the 2021 call for applications for the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund (CDMPF), a grant designed to support Chicago-based filmmakers and digital media artists…

Read More

11 Dollar Bill Brings Dazzling Display to NYC

11 Dollar Bill is working with JD Sports to let New Yorkers know there’s a new brand in town. The post-production and design studio, with locations in Chicago and Boulder, Colorado, has been…

Read More

Netflix, DuVernay Take Flight with Quriosity Director Candis

The uplifting and inspiring true story of Bessie Coleman, whose pioneering achievements behind the pilot’s stick of a Jenny biplane early in the 1920s led to the creation of the…

Read More

Take a Look at the Latest Addition at Resolution Studios

RESOLUTION STUDIOS announces the opening of THE EAST STAGE, the latest addition to Chicago’s premier production studio, servicing corporate and advertising clients alike. Measuring in at 2800 square feet, the…

Read More

Father & Son Duo Headline Show Filming in Chicago

Heart, humor and humanity are coming to a new streaming service, Questar, this year with a Questar Original, THE MIRACLE SHOW. Filming in downtown Chicago and all over the country, father…

Read More

#DisneyMustPay? The Writer and the Mouse

Picture this: you have been hired to write a book based on a popular science fiction film. The franchise is wildly successful. The royalties start coming in. You expect to…

Read More

HighDive’s Patrick Burke Shares His Super Bowl Faves

The Super Bowl was a big night for HighDive Group Creative Director Patrick Burke, whose team created the popular Tracy Morgan spots for Rocket Mortgage that won Best Super Bowl…

Read More

Super Bowl Picks and Pans with Producer Mary Kay Cook

Independent films produced by Mary Kay Cook have premiered at the most prestigious film festivals on the planet, from Sundance to South By Southwest. So what did Mary Kay think…

Read More

Optimus Editor Emily Hayes Talks Super Bowl with SCREEN

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 Optimus Editor…

Read More

Super Bowl Picks and Pans with Cutters Tim LoDolce

The Super Bowl was a big night for Cutters Editor Tim LoDolce, who cut the popular Tracy Morgan spot for Rocket Mortgage that won Best Super Bowl commercial in the…

Read More

Yessian EP Katie Overcash Talks Super Bowl Ads

In the advertising world, Super Bowl Sunday is about anything but football. It’s about the commercials! Yessian Executive Producer Katie Overcash chatted with Screen about highlights and lowlights from the…

Read More

Casting Director Joan O’Connor’s 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 Casting Director…

Read More

Super Bowl Picks with Creative Director Scott Smith

Freelance creative director Scott Smith’s career included work on major campaigns for iconic American brands the likes of Allstate, Kellogg’s, and McDonald’s, not to mention a Frito Lay Super Bowl…

Read More

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…

Read More

Tessa Films EP Lisa Masseur Shares Her Super Bowl Picks and Pans

In the advertising world, Super Bowl Sunday is about anything but football. It’s about the commercials! HighDive Group Creative Director chatted with Screen about highlights and lowlights from the epic…

Read More

VMLY&R Creative Director Brandan Jenkins Talks Super Bowl Ads

In the advertising world, Super Bowl Sunday is about anything but football. It’s about the commercials! VMLY&R Creative Director Brandan Jenkins chatted with Screen about highlights and lowlights from the…

Read More

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 the epic event…

Executive Producer Qadree Holmes Shares 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 Quriosity Founder and Executive Producer Qadree Holmes had to say about the great and not-so-great offerings from Sunday night…

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

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

Read More

Million Dollar Funding Win for Chicago’s OTV

It’s a brave new world of filmmaking, and Open Television (OTV) has completed their first fundraising effort as a non-profit organization, securing near 1.2 million dollars. Founded in 2015 by…

Read More

Leo Burnett’s Dominique Robinson Answers Five Questions

Barack Obama, Diana Ross, and 90 DAY FIANCE! All that and more as Leo Burnett Chicago Account Director Dominique Robinson answers Five Questions with SCREEN… SCREEN: Most famous person you’ve…

Read More

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

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

Read More

Blackhouse, JFI Highlight Sundance 2021

There are plenty of ways to enjoy this year’s Sundance Film Festival from the comforts of your own home, and SCREEN is here to provide you with a few highlights…

Read More

Independent Spirit Award Nomination for SAINT FRANCES

The 36th Film Independent Spirit Awards are just under three months away, the nominations for the 2021 ceremony have arrived, and a Chicago-made gem has nabbed a coveted nomination among…

Read More

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

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

Read More

Richards Group, charlieuniformtango Team Up for Gas South

The charlieuniformtango FX/CG team did the character animation integrated into live action to create one :30 and two :15’s for The Richards Group client Gas South. The campaign’s fun spots bring “Mr. Meter” to life to introduce Gas South’s simple, no deposit, OnePrice plan with the tag line “The Difference is Good.” Let’s take a look at one of the new spots from the campaign . . .

Cutters Studios Senior Partner/Editor Chris Claeys Retires from Editing

In the final days of 2020, the expansive, international group comprising Cutters Studios received a rare email message from the company’s Senior Partner/Editor Chris Claeys. “One thing this very odd…

Read More

Another Big Win for McKenzie Chinn

Fifteen emerging storytellers from Chile, India, Kenya, Tunisia and the U.S. will convene digitally for Sundance Institute’s January Screenwriters Lab, and among them is a promising filmmaker from Chicago. McKenzie Chinn has been selected to the Sundance Institute’s 2021 class of Screenwriting Lab Fellows. The Fellows will work to further develop twelve original projects, in collaboration with an experienced group of Creative Advisors.

The Blackhouse Foundation and MPAC Hollywood Bureau Launch Television Screenwriting Lab for Black Muslim Writers

In an effort to elevate the art and narratives of Black Muslim screenwriters, The Blackhouse Foundation announces its official partnership with the MPAC Hollywood Bureau, to present the 2021 Television Screenwriting Lab for Black Muslim Writers, today via Shadow and Act.

Leviathan Opens 2021 with New Hires

Let’s open 2021 with some new hire news! Creative agency Leviathan announces the addition of (pictured left to right) Account Manager Meg Miller, Art Director Mackenzie Suben, and Designer Morgan…

Read More

James Rayburn Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

Hulk Hogan, Dave Grohl, and a December dose of Cobra Kai! It’s an entertaining holiday round of Five Questions with SCREEN. This week, we welcome charlieuniformtango Senior Editor and Partner…

Read More

That’s a Wrap on Disney Channel Christmas Movie in Chicago

And that’s a wrap on CHRISTMAS AGAIN, just in time for the holiday break. The Disney Channel family film completed production in Chicago on Wednesday, and here is a quick lowdown on the storyline, cast, and Chicago key crew…

Get Ready To Tear Up With Daily Planet’s Short ‘Grandma’s Treats’

The holidays are playing out very differently this year and that inspired the folks at Daily Planet to tell a unique story and share it with the world. Titled “Grandma’s…

Read More

How to Write and Direct a Christmas Movie in a Month

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

Read More

Sundance Slate: 50% Directed by Women, 50% Directed by BIPOC

The Sundance Film Festival lineup is set, and representation is paramount for 2021 showcase of new independent work selected across the Feature Film, Short Film, Indie Series and New Frontier…

Read More

SINGLE DRUNK FEMALE Now Shooting, Helmed by Headland, Sheedy

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

Read More

Sarofsky, Kartemquin Films Team Up for A MYSTERY TO ME

The filmmakers behind “A Mystery to Me,” a new documentary series that aims to raise awareness of the rare neuromuscular disease myasthenia gravis (MG), are very proud to detail their…

Read More

Amazon Debut for Illinois-Indiana Indie Feature

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

Read More

Fox, NBC Pilots In Production in Chicago

Great news heading into the holidays. Two network pilots that had been scheduled for this past Spring are now in full swing in Chicago. The NBC pilot ORDINARY JOE is…

Read More

Michael Shannon Headlines Debut Feature for Seth Savoy

ECHO BOOMERS, the director debut for Chicago filmmaker Seth Savoy, will make its hometown premiere this Tuesday, November 10th, in a special night at the drive-in, hosted by Elevated Films…

Read More

Your First Look at Milwaukee Adventure Film

A very personal short film, made in Milwaukee, is enjoying quite a jumpstart to its festival run, including two fests this weekend. Fresh off its World Premiere at the prestigious…

Read More

Starz POWER Spinoff Series Lands in Chicago

The next major franchise to land in Chicago is here. The popular Starz franchise POWER will be sending its highly anticipated spinoff series POWER BOOK IV: FORCE to the Windy…

Read More

MONUMENTS Wins Audience Award at Nashville

A big win for a Chicago feature film to jumpstart its festival run. Nashville Film Festival announced today Jack Newell’s MONUMENTS has won the coveted Audience Award for U.S. Independent…

Read More

MasterChef Star Hosts Female-Driven Foodie Pilot Filming in Milwaukee

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

Read More

Chicago Dates Are Set for THE BATMAN

The Chicago dates for THE BATMAN are set. Director Matt Reeves and his team will be shooting in Chicago for five days next month, and are currently in pre-production. Those…

Read More

Your First Look at Four New Features for 2021

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

Read More

Cutters Studios Principals Name Craig Duncan President

Cutters Studios CEO Tim McGuire and his colleagues worldwide are very proud to announce the immediate promotion of company Managing Director and Partner Craig Duncan to the position of President….

Read More

Filmscape Is Here: What to Watch, See, Do

Filmscape Chicago is here and the cinema and television production expo is all virtual and all free for you to enjoy this week.

Head to the Drive-In This Week!

The resurgence of the drive-in movie theater continues across the country, and Illinois is no exception. Here are some highlights from the week ahead for some fun at the drive-in!

Optimus and Northwestern Medicine’s Powerful Message

Leading healthcare forward to a future that is brighter and better is the main mission for Chicago-based Northwestern Medicine.

Quriosity, Upshot’s New Campaign Takes Off

The latest collaboration between the agency creatives at Upshot and the talented team at Quriosity Productions have brought a lighthearted vision to life in the latest campaign for Darigold.

Illinois Moves to Phase Four, But When Will TV Be Back in Full Swing?

Good news on the film and television front as Governor J.B. Pritzker today released new guidelines for Illinois as the state looks to move into phase four of its reopening…

Read More

Is Good Genes the Next TV Franchise for Chicago?

We can all be heroes. So say Michael Fry and Ashley Tribble, the creators of GOOD GENES, the wildly imaginative and intentionally inclusive sci-fi series that has been selected to…

Read More

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

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

Read More

Vincent Singleton Announces Next Project

Born in Kankakee, Illinois, Vincent Singleton, an accomplished film director, and professor, is preparing to go into production for his next independent project, SURVIVOR, SOLDIER, SINNER, SAVIOR, targeting a shoot…

Read More

Four Emerging Producers, Four New Features for Chicago

Meet the inaugural class of the Chicago Independent Producers Lab, fueled by a partnership between Full Spectrum Features and Chicago Film Office, with support from the National Endowment for the…

Read More

Your First Look at New Series THE DARK

While it may feel like the end of times, we sat down with Chip Rossetti, writer and director of “The Dark,” a post-apocalyptic mini-series produced by Chicago production company, Questar,…

Read More

THE REUNION Director Phil Donlon Exits Due To Creative Differences

Director Phil Donlon has decided to exit the film THE REUNION due to creative differences with the producers regarding his vision for the film. THE REUNION follows out of work…

Read More

Gordon Quinn Beats COVID-19, Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

While the rest of us were sitting at home complaining about canned soup and network reruns, documentary producer extraordinaire, Emmy winner, and Kartemquin Films co-founder Gordon Quinn was in the…

Read More

Ziegelman’s New Pilot, Short Film Keeping Him Busy In 2020

These weeks in quarantine can be a catalyst of creativity for some filmmakers, and that is the case with Chicago independent filmmaker and advertising director Larry Ziegelman. Larry has a…

Read More

12 Year Old Writer Helms New Animated Series

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

Read More

What’s Next for Charles Andrew Gardner

There’s a lot that has changed in the film world. One of the most exciting times for a filmmaker is getting into festivals and reading critics’ reviews of their films….

Read More

PHOTO BOOTH: Patrick Lives On Fundraiser and Film Showcase

The 4th Annual “Patrick Lives On” film showcase and fundraiser attracted an enthusiastic full house on Saturday, March 7th at Resolution Digital Studios. The organization was founded by NBC CHICAGO…

Read More

Chicago Filmmakers Join New Travel TV Project

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

Read More

Best and Worst Ads of the Super Bowl? Ad 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 the epic event . . .

Qadree Holmes Talks Super Bowl Spots with SCREEN

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 Quriosity Founder and Executive Producer Qadree Holmes had to say about the great and not-so-great offerings from Sunday night…

World Premiere Set for Chicago Doc

Chicago director Rob Christopher has announced the World Premiere of ROY’S WORLD, about the childhood of Chicago born/bred writer Barry Gifford, at the 16th Glasgow Film Festival February 26 –…

Read More

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

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

Read More

Filmmaker Courting Denzel to Play Harold Washington

Could the iconic Denzel Washington be playing the barrier-bashing Chicago mayor Harold Washington in the not-so-distant future? Writer-director Joseph Michael Chopin believes so, and he’s taking steps to bring his…

Read More