2 of 4 CIFF Audience Awards go to Chicago filmmakers

Two of the four coveted Audience Choice Awards of the 50th Chicago Film Festival went to Chicago filmmakers now living on the West Coast. Kartemquin director Joanna Rudnick’s “On Beauty,” won the award for Best Short Film, out of 68 short films from 50-plus countries and Gabe Polsky’s Best Feature Documentary “Red Army” won out of a field of 19.

Senate votes to improve & expand Michigan incentives

In a 32-4 vote, Michigan’s Senate last week approved a bill to extend and improve the state’s film tax credit program, which was limited and reduced in 2011 and set to expire in 2017. The bill is how headed to the House.

AICE charges agencies with unethical post practices

In a well couched but nonetheless blistering policy statement, the AICE claims that agencies steering post work to their own in-house facilities and other subterfuge is an “overt conflict of interest.”

New development director and new address for STORY

For the first time, STORY production/post will have an in-house sales director, working in its new offices when commercial pro, Melissa Thornley, starts Nov. 1 as Midwest head of new business development.

Doc tells of kids folk singer Jenkins’ unique career

Filmmaker Tim Ferrin learned about children’s folk singer Ella

Docmaker Michael Moore has 2 dates here this week

MICHAEL MOORE AND MICHAEL SHANNON light up our celeb scene over the next few weeks while they’re in Chicago. Tonight, Moore will  present the 25th anniversary screening of his first doc, “R
 

Large cast performs in 3 ComEd YouTube videos

There’s a theatrical flair to Leo Burnett’s current YouTube and Vimeo campaign for client ComEd. Three videos were filmed on a theatre stage and the cast of 16 principals included a Shakespearean actor and Second City performers along wit

DGA office changes into ‘new, improved rep model’

After nearly 30 years of operation, the Chicago DGA office will close and adopt what the DGA National Board calls “a new and improved representation model” for Midwest-based members,

Ullrich’s first feature wins CIFF’s Chicago Award

AMONG THE 30 TOP AWARDS that were presented Friday night at the conclusion of the 50th Chicago International Film Festival, was the coveted Chicago Award won by director
 

Second Toronto agency since May opens an office here

When Toronto-headquartered digital marketing platform agency DAC Group opened an office here last month, it was the second Canadian agency this year to set up a branch operation in 

Englewood Film Fest Oct. 23-26 showcases 6 local works

The dramatic feature “Englewood: The Growing Pains in Chicago,” the powerful directorial debut of William L. Cochran, fittingly opens the 4th annual Englewood International Film Festival, Oct. 23-26 at the Chatham 14 Theatre.

City becomes a popular set for spots, films ahead

BUSY PRODUCTION IN WEEKS AHEAD on the streets of Chicago.  On the feature side: “Batman vs. Superman” moves after months in the Motor City to the Windy City and opens an office at Cinespace
 

ReelChicago.com.  Copyright © 2014.  All rights reserved.