First state-funded film wraps

Executive producer Brad Wells Cheeseburger Films’ Brad Wells made history

WPA gets 'SOUL!' - all 40 show episodes

Patti LaBelle After a year of tracking down lost episodes of “

Digital video plays on the legitimate stage

Scott Parkinson (Cassius) in Julius Caesar. photography by Liz Lauren

Stroke fatal to audio mixer Bill Reis

Bill Reis, considered to be Chicago’s top audio mixer, died Jan. 1 of a stroke subsequent to what appeared to be successful heart surgery a week earlier at Highland Park hospital. He had just turned 50. Mr. Reis had worked at Spots BME for several years following eight years at now-defunct Skyview. Said Spots’ Bruce Frankel, “Th

Festivals sweet on Taradash's

Editor Scott Taradash spent two years and close to $500,000 of his own money to produce “Honeyboy,” a feature length doc about Chicago blues legend David “Honeyboy” Edwardsby. The picture gets top billing Sunday evening at the Gene Siskel Film Center, where Taradash and Honeyboy will appear. Taradash and DP Eric Kay of


BARBIZON LIGHTING doubled its space to 4,000-sq. ft. and added much needed storage space when it moved last month to 2525 N. Elston from 2356 N. Damen. The new separate warehouse houses “an assortment of grip gear needed that day,” notes Julie Giampaolo, one of Barbizon’s five employees. Larger orders are ship

Three win Illinois screenwriting awards

Sandi Stevenson, from Libertyville, a part-time copywriter with Vance Publishing, a finance attorney Richard Kohn and his writing partner Brian Adler, an L.A. producer/director, and Jan Pena-Davis, an 8th grade teacher at Humboldt Park were the three winners of the Illinois/ Chicago Screenwriting Competition. Winners received $2,500 checks and cryst

Lovett's Large Band, Randy Newman on "Sound Stage"

Ch. 11 stages will jump Dec. 18 when HD Ready captures its third “Sound Stage” show with Lyle Lovett’s 20-piece Large Band and songwriter Randy Newman. The show is based around “Smile,” Lovett’s new MCA Records album of movie songs. “Smile,” from “Hope Floats,” w

Sports celebs in commercial spotlight

Stars of DDB’s new “Power of Cheese” campaign are baseball Hall of Famers Sparky Anderson and Johnny Bench, manager and former catcher of the Cincinnati Reds, respectively. They were booked by Nova Lanktree of CSMG, Skokie, the power-house sports agency that bought her 12-year old company a year ago. N  Copyright © 2016.  All rights reserved.