Timely doc “Raising Bertie” screens at Siskel Center

THE FIRST THEATRICAL RUN of Kartemquin’s and Beli Film’s award-winning feature doc, “Raising Bertie” produced and directed by Margaret Byrne, screens Nov. 18-19, at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Set in North Carolina’s rural Bertie County

First Pop Culture Con Nov. 26-27 a blast from the past

The first-ever, exciting, enormous Chicago Pop Culture Show & Sale takes place Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 26-27 at the Pheasant Run Mega Center in St. Charles, giving visitors a spectacular blast from the past. A year in the works, this new event builds on the concept of a comic convention w

Find indie films and crews on JJack’s new ETC site

Filmmaker Justin Jackola’s JJack Productions’ recently launched “Expose the Crew” (ETC), a double-duty online platform that showcases the latest films produced by local independent filmmakers it’s also a source from which to hire experienced crews. Each Tuesday, “Exposing the Crew” high

Facets premiering Wilmette filmmaker's first feature

Wilmette writer / director / cameraman, Sam Kretchmar just wanted to make something to keep his creative juices flowing. His writing partner and producer, Michael Covino, wanted to make the “the greatest movie ever.” Last year the duo produced the f

Jackson co-stars in sci-fi epic to film here in 2017

It’s never too early to announce a-major film production planning to shoot in Chicago in 2017, especially when the film is a $130 million sci-fi adventure. The film is “Inversion,” the first feature from Facing East, the new Hong Kong/Beijing-based production venture. Production will start in February, 2017 at Babelsberg Studios in Berlin before moving to Shanghai and Chica

SAG-AFTRA’s renovated KMRC now ready for use

SAG-AFTRA members’ home-away-from-home, its place to work, record, rehearse, audition and connect — the 15-year old Kaufherr Members Resource Center (KMRC) — has reopened after a month of updating and renovation. The renovation covered the installation of a new, 6x8-ft. sound recording booth, from W

Jane Lynch to accept a Comedy Film Fest award

A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD will be presented to actress/comedian Jane Lynch, a Chicago area native, by the Chicago Comedy Film Festival (CCFF) and the Second City’s Harold Ramis Film School, Thursday, Nov, 10 before a sold-out audience at The Second City Training Cen

BAM Studios expands to 5th ADR facility at Cinespace

Recording company BAM Studios, a major provider of ADR to many of the network TV series and Hollywood features filming here, has opened its fifth ADR studio at Cinespace, after a summer of construction.

Pitching a 3D animated wise guys series at the AFM

Producer Joe Orlandino of Chicago’s Atlas Media Group, hopes that the investors and distributors at the current American Film Market (AFM) make an offer his people can’t refuse for the animated series he’s pitching. “The Baritonios,” the rau

New CIFCC: Diversity among multi-platform film critics

The new Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle, (CIFCC) dedicated to giving a voice to local film critics working in new media, held its first film showcase last weekend, Nov. 5-6, at two theatres. “Resilience,” a document

A 5th Marvel-ous 3D title project from Sarofsky design

Chicago-based Sarofsky created, designed and produced the opening title sequence for Marvel Studio’s latest hit movie, “Doctor Strange,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the eponymous superhero role and released Saturday in the US i

Filmmaker scores funding at AFM for his Cubs’ feature

That long-awaited and exciting Chicago Cubs 10-8 World Series victory over the Cleveland Indians not only elated millions of Cubs fans, but it instilled confidence in one filmmaker that his Cubs’ film will be produced without having to wait decades to do so. The filmmaker is Chicago writer / producer / director Anil Sun

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