Filmmakers sign Japanese co-production for Chicago indie "Homesick Blues"

“Homesick Blues” filmmakers Ed M. Koziarski and Junko Kajino The teeming maze of the Tokyo

First 2003 Tourism spot airs

Illinois Tourism’s first commercial of 2003 from BBDO directed by Dennis Manarchy shows off seven tourist “must see” destinations, from the Magnificent Mile to the Garden of the Gods at the southern tip of the state.

IPA rally lays out details of wage-tax credit bill in state legislature

Chicago Studio City’s John Crededio and Ron DeRosa were among the 200-plus filmmakers who attended the Illinois Production Alliance forum and membership rally at the Hilton hotel April 28. Crededio listened intently to the speakers’ reports and plans, which had included the state’s acquisition of CSC’s West Side five-sta

Green's indie feature startsself-distribution route in Chicago

John Mahoney and Ian Gomez star in Terry Green’s “Almost Salinas.”

Agencies clients of techieRichter Brothers graphics studio

Jeremy Richter combines technology and graphics for agency and corporate clients

Swell's Joe Otting hits feature paydirt with Splendid Pictures

Joe Otting turned his Project Greenlight bid into a Splendid Pictures production deal.
 

"Hale Bopp" director readies second feature

Director Chris Rubeo (left) on the set of “Hale Bopp.”

Spring blooms with spot business

You can take this to the bank: Film business historically slows down before Easter and spikes thereafter. In fact, the second quarter of the year has begun with a bang for spotmakers. Crossroads, for one, is enjoying the curve. It’s in the midst of two weeks of shooting for the ongoing Joan Cusack U.S. Cellular campaign for Doner

Budget upped to $500,000 forReaves' Chicago horror film

Producer Parris Reaves and actor Carl Wright of “When Thugs Cry,” premiering May 9 at the DuSa
 

Chill-O-Vision reshoots scenes onChevy Chase comedy "Bad Meat"

Chevy Chase and Lance Barber star in “Bad Meat”.

Avenue

John C. Reilly returns to alma mater DePaul for the Theatre School’s 15th Annual Awards for Excellence in Arts ceremony May 8. The Mike Leary twins, Bridget and Evelyn, arrived April 25. Leary had been FCB’s production head for 12 years. Here’s why we’re glad to live in Illinois:

Under the master's baton

Austin Pendleton
 

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