Now in Dallas, Holecek back in town for screening

POST PRODUCER CARRIE HOLECEK, former executive producer at Red Car Chicago, returns to Chicago Thursday, Sept. 11 for the first time since she left Chicago last year after Red Car

Jacobs and Fratini the champs of summer bocce ball

The 2014 Optimus Beach Bocce Ball league championships Saturday at Oak Street Beach concluded with a leisurely throwdown between the two-man “My Other Partner” team of Tim Jacobs, Optimus ‘ national director of sales, and Andy “Fu” Fratini.

Cossette Chicago’s new ECD is Chuck Rachford, from DDB

Cossette, the number one Toronto agency that opened a Chicago office last May after winning the McDonald’s Owner/Operators of Chicagoland and Northwest (MOCNI) business, has hired award-winning Chuck Rachford as executive creative director,

Ex-agency creative Manera’s ambitious feature debuts

Heading for theatrical distribution this month is LA-based writer/director Jim Manera’s 

Series stars at Cinespace for Sinai Hospital benefit

“Chicago Fire” and “Chicago PD” cast members will be in attendance, along with 400 expected other guests, at the End of Summer Soiree benefit being hosted by Cinespace for its neighbor, Mount Sinai Hospital

A toast to comic Urlakis’ “Day Drinking” webseries

Plenty of people like to knock back a few cold ones while the rest of the world is at work, but the pastime is rarely celebrated in popular culture. “Day Drinking,”

McDonald's CCO Paleo-Lazar resigns after 14 years

Marlena Peleo-Lazar, McDonald’s chief creative officer and a 14-year veteran of the Oak Brook-based company, has resigned amid pressure of reversing the chain’s falling U.S. sales, Advertising Age reported.

One at Optimus’ three new directors bring total to 11

ONE AT OPTIMUS has boosted its directors’ roster to 11 with the addition of a trio of award-winning directors. They are LA-based D

Kartemquin's new doc distribution strategies

Tim Horsburgh, Kartemquin’s director of communications and distribution is working on distribution of Kirsten Kelly and Anne de Mare’s The Homestretch, which begins its premiere Chicago theatrical run Sept. 12 at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

Diversity Conference seeks to hike film work and jobs

Chicago’s Diverse Film Conference, aimed at organizing support for greater film job diversity by amending the Illinois Filmmakers 30% Tax Credit, will be held Saturday, Sept. 6 at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 10 a.m. to noon.

Philanthropists to help fund worthy docs in progress

Chicago filmmakers’ fiction and non-fiction projects will get a boost from Homegrown Chicago, an initiative of the Chicago Media Project, which aims to connect philanthropists with social issue “impact” documentaries.

‘Dead Girls’ lively choice for two horror film fests

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