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

(Last Updated On: October 13, 2022)

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 the directors of the highly anticipated Marvel Studios series for Disney+, Ironheart. SCREEN broke the news earlier this month that Ironheart will be filming in Chicago beginning October 24th. The Emmy-nominated director will be taking time out of her incredibly busy schedule to stop by IFA Chicago for an intimate chat, which is open to the public. Here is everything you need to know.

IFA Chicago will be hosting an intimate conversation with Emmy-nominated creator, director, and producer Sam Bailey. This event is part of the organization’s In Focus with… series.

Doors open at 6:30 pm Central. The event will take place at IFA (Independent Film Alliance) Chicago’s Hub, 2602 W. 16th Street 4th Floor, located on the Cinespace Film Studios campus. The program will be an in-person event with Bailey attending in-person.

Click here to purchase your tickets for this highly anticipated event.

Chicagoan in the Marvel Studios Director’s Chair

Chicago’s Sam Bailey to direct multiple episodes of Ironheart

As SCREEN reported earlier this year, Chicago native Sam Bailey is directing multiple episodes of this latest foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Sam Bailey’s star has taken off since her Primetime Emmy nomination for the web series Brown Girls, which she created with poet Fatimah Asghar in her hometown of Chicago. The series starred two young women coming to terms with queer identity, and navigating career and relationships, and went on to be developed with HBO. Since then, Bailey has become a mainstay in the television circuit, directing episodes of the series Alone Together, First Wives Club, East of La Brea, Grown-ish, Loosely Exactly Nicole, and Netflix’s Dear White People, for which she was also a writer and producer.

As for Bailey’s Chicago roots, she was born in the city’s Logan Square neighborhood. Bailey began stage acting as a teenager and received her bachelor’s degree from Columbia College Chicago, before co-creating the aforementioned Brown Girls.

So Who Is Ironheart? Let’s Bring You Up to Speed

Comic book aficionados will recall that Riri Williams/Ironheart was first introduced in Marvel Comics in 2016, the creation of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Mike Deodato. In the comics, she is a 15-year-old MIT student who reverse engineers Iron Man’s armor in order to create armor of her own. Iron Man, also known as Tony Stark, eventually took notice and gave her his encouragement to pursue the life of a superhero.

Ironheart stars Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams

There is another notable Chicago connection with the Ironheart franchise. One of the writers on the comic book series back in 2018 was Chicagoan Eve Ewing. Click here to enjoy her interview with marvel.com. As to Ewing’s involvement with the television series, SCREEN will have updates as they become available.

To bring you up to speed, here is a quick Ironheart character breakdown from vlogger Blerd Without Fear

For more about Marvel Studios’ upcoming shoot in Chicago later this month, click here for SCREEN’s latest article about the Ironheart production.

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