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Independent Film

13
Oct
2021
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Chicago International Film Festival Opens with Wes Anderson, Todd Haynes Premieres

A trio of highly anticipated films will open this year’s Chicago International Film Festival, here is the rundown for tonight’s famed festivities… TONIGHT AT 7 PM AT THE MUSIC BOX THEATRE: THE FRENCH DISPATCH On the occasion of the death of their beloved editor Arthur Howitzer, Jr., staffers of The French Dispatch, a widely circulated American magazine based in the French city of Ennui-sur-Blasé, convene...
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5
Oct
2021
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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 Festival has announced a slate of five narrative feature film projects in active development that have been selected for CIX: Lab, a new year-long creative development program under the Festival’s Chicago Industry Exchange banner.  After...
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28
Sep
2021
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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 The film follows a bartender, struggling for years as an unpublished writer, who helps a combat veteran face his fears over publishing a short story about his time in Iraq.  Ghostwriter recently made its world premiere at Dances with Films (DWF:LA) in...
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28
Sep
2021
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Chicago Sci-Fi Pilot to Shoot This Winter, Led by Swinford, Sievers, Williams; Cinespace’s Pissios to EP

There is a new sci-fi franchise in the works in Chicago, with a highly touted ensemble of homegrown talent at its core and an all-star Executive Producer set to support. Wizdom is a futuristic fast-paced anti-hero drama rooted in a super-stylized world, boundless in possibility, and augmented with strategic visual effects to bring that compelling universe to life. Co-creator and lead actor Ashton Swinford (pictured...
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15
Sep
2021
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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 originality, but their superior  cinematic vision as well.   Gray Market, directed by Mario DiPaolo & Zachary Moore and executive produced by Cory Proctor, is a 30-minute crime drama series set in Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhood that...
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7
Sep
2021
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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 terror that builds throughout the story.  Nimble direction — along with composer Tony Scott-Green’s mysterious score and actor Gillian Butcher’s intimate performance — have helped The Orchestra win numerous awards since its theatrical premiere at...
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7
Sep
2021
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CineCares Foundation Exec Director Sheila Brown Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

The CineCares Foundation at CineSpace Chicago Film Studios is devoted to empowering Chicago residents from underserved communities on the west and south sides through education and job training in TV & Film and has one of the most successful job training programs, the Mirkopoulos Internship Program, in the film industry. The Executive Director of the foundation is Sheila R. Brown and she stopped by this...
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3
Sep
2021
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PHOTO BOOTH: Filmscape 2021 a Success at Cinespace

That’s a wrap on Filmscape 2021 and the weekend extravaganza hosted at Cinespace for creative content directors and producers, as well as cinematographers, sound and production professionals, was a tremendous success. Special guests and speakers included Lilly Wachowski and Lisa Masseur of the Chicago-made Showtime series Work In Progress. Meanwhile, Filmscape’s exhibit floor was filled with camera, lens and lighting manufacturers from across the film...
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3
Sep
2021
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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 path. AdAge reports that “advertising and media leaders, especially women and women of color, are calling for action against Texas’ new law that restricts women’s access to abortions. And some of them are suggesting brands...
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25
Aug
2021
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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 a hybrid model of online and in-person events for their 2021 show taking place this weekend on the Cinespace Lot August 28 and 29. A nonprofit based in Chicago, Filmscape was founded with the goal...
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