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black excellence

23
Mar
2022
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Young Chicago Filmmakers Receive Grant for Doc on Hoda Katebi’s Co-op Blue Tin Production

Chicago natives Jonah Ocuto and Amaya Benbow are the recipients of local video production company Lightswitch Video’s inaugural film grant.  The Full STEM Ahead Filmmaker’s Initiative is a first-year initiative designed to not only encourage STEM education and careers in STEM but to also cultivate the filmmakers of tomorrow in the process.  Ocuto and Benbow were chosen to receive a $5,000 grant to produce a...
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22
Mar
2022
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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 unconventional solutions to creative challenges, celebrated their 13th anniversary last December. Marcus K Jones brings a  bevy of sharp and sophisticated fashion and beauty work.   “We are thrilled to welcome Marcus to the roster,” said OddMachine...
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22
Mar
2022
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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 with films about families. From the mother and daughter charting a successful business path to a father and daughter’s journey across the globe to find their paternal relative to two  young brothers protecting one another...
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17
Mar
2022
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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, Phil James, and Vernon “Xtreme” Brown. Exposing the reality behind Chicago’s South Side and its street culture that has influenced our entire nation, the original series consists of 8 one-hour episodes and will debut this...
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15
Mar
2022
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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 program for Midwestern documentary filmmakers of color, created by Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago. Fellows are chosen from a pool of applicants with a demonstrated commitment to social issue documentary. The...
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3
Mar
2022
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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 network ratings records left and right. As a result, hip hop mogul 50 Cent, who is one of the Executive Producers of Force, is threatening to take the Power universe off Starz, declaring the show...
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22
Feb
2022
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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 roster answers Five Questions with SCREEN. Let’s get to it! SCREEN: Your favorite commercial ever (not produced by you or your team)? CHAN: Anything by Procter and Gamble, honestly. They are so good at bringing...
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14
Feb
2022
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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 past decade in Chicago as an Executive Producer for DDB and Producer with Leo Burnett. We were thrilled to have Keith stop by Screen after the game to present his picks… SCREEN: What was your...
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14
Feb
2022
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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 as a producer. Justin is now directing national commercials with his company Great Guns, most recently the historic first campaign for Pearl Milling Company, formerly known as Aunt Jemima. So what did Justin think of...
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