MBC short on renovation funds

MBC’s new home Kinzie & State.

L.A. producer sharesperspectives at workshop

Stephen Simon   It’s not

L.A. producer sharesperspectives at workshop

Stephen Simon It’s not often that a

REELSCENE: PRODUCTION NEWS

WATCH FOR “SAUDI ARABIA, a Complicated Ally,” a special presentation of A&E to run almost immediately from Kurtis Productions. Bill Kurtis, Post Effects’ producers Scott Jacobs and Mitch Apley journeyed to Saudi Arabia last fall to tape the special. It will continue to

'Barber Shop 2' to film here—if Chicago Studio City stages remain open

If Chicago Studio City is sold before the July start date, “Barber Shop 2” could be filmed in in Los Angeles. “Of course, we’d try to find another place in Chicago,” said line producer Tom Busch of the sequel to George Tillman and Bob Teitel’s “Barber Shop” hit of last summer. &#

Benefit for IFP grant winner to raise additional funds

IFP/Chicago 2003 Production Fund winner Karen Friedberg holds a benefit for her film, “King of the Tango,” to raise additional finishing funds not covered by the IFP’s $85,000 in-kind grant. The benefit takes place March 22 at I-Space and Schneider Galleries, 230 W. Superior, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friedberg
 

Second film upcoming for corporate editor McKay

Manning Productions’ senior editor Chris McKay is preparing to direct his second feature. Production of suspense thriller, “Light,” is scheduled for summer, with a budget of “under a million dollars—way under,” McKay said. He is courting investors along with producers Nicole Bernardi-Reis, and Scott Linderberger of Wayfarer Films, but McKay expec

Montreal subs for ?Wicker Park' in Lakeshore/ MGM's new movie

If Mayor Daley were outraged over the filming of “Chicago” in Toronto, can you imagine his sputter over the filming of “Wicker Park” in Montreal? The mayor’s ire might grow even worse in learning that “Wicker Park’s” producer is Tom Rosenberg, whose Lakeshore Productions has yet to produce a movie in Rosenberg’s own Chicago.

Fletcher supplies cameras for new ESPN-HD cable

For more than five years, Tom Fletcher has tirelessly promoted high definition and watched the market for the high-end digital technology expand, albeit, more slowly than originally expected. But now, as of March 30, HD takes a quantum leap forward?like an overnight sensation who’s been honing his chops for years?when ESPN, t
 

First new film house in ages opens

A scene from Giraffe’s comedy PSA for ASHA

Groundbreaker opens WIDC Fest;5,000 expected March 14-23

WIDC presents filmmaker Yvonne Welbon with its action award March 15.

Industry rally set for Oscar Sunday

What better occasion than the Academy Awards to focus attention on the Illinois visual media industry. That’s what the Illinois Production Alliance rally Sunday, March 23 is counting on. The rally, expected to draw thousands, will be held at noon at the Thompson Center (State of Illinois Building), Randolph and Clark. The rally will express essentia
 

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