Comedy jury has daunting job

Eight improv pros are walking past walls of floor-to-ceiling head shots, peering at the pictures, recognizing faces, occasionally putting a shot on the wall labeled “YES!” A comedy troupe rehearsing a difficult script? Not exactly. Instead, explains TV producer Thea Flaum, the mission was to pour over

Music experts speak to 'Salon'

Chicago Filmmakers is experimenting with a “Salon Series” of new informal discussions with experts on various subjects to supplement its slate of production courses. The series kicks off Feb. 13 with two prominent music composers, Mark Messing and Dr. Ilya Levinson, discussing the art and technique of scoring for films.

Interactive PSAs part of $500,000Theatre League promotion

Visitors to Chicago who want to attend a Chicago theatre production can simply place a finger on a computer touch screen. It will display the venue of their choice, indicate ticket availability for that night, how to get

Swell adds Eurostyle editor

Swell’s new editor, Nadia Hennrich, was originally recruited to the U.S. by Detroit’s Blue Highway, after it made a search of European editors and deemed her the ideal candidate. But eight months later, Detroit was not the ideal place for the Hamburg, Germany native. Telling an editor friend she would like to work in Chicago, he said, &

Chicagoan shares top credit on Spirit Award nominee

Co-cinematographer Ron Forsythe (left) and director Bernard Rose (top) on the set of “ivans Xtc.,” wh

Foreman history docs win big; new PBS HD series in the works

Like a lot of young boys his age, Gary Foreman was captivated by the rugged boldness of Fess Parker as “Davy Crockett” and “Daniel Boone,” and ultimately became deeply involved in

No more clowning around

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Multi-episode doc set for PBS

Gita Saedi During her six year journey to discover ̶

Barrett puts finishing touches on new Oak Park stage

With a hearty laugh, Brad Barrett said he’s “about $15,000 away” from finishing the construction of his 7,200-sq. ft. AGLS (for A Great Lighting Stage) in Oak Park. Soundproofing and a cyc will bring it to completion. Nonetheless, AGLS had solid commercial bookings in January, and February is shaping up n

'Spaceman X' lands in Quincy

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AFTRA elects 14 to board

Local AFTRA elected Dick Kay to the national board and 14 other members to board membership, out of 263 total voted ballots. Representing freelance actors/announcers, models, and specialties categories: Bernie Allen, Sharon Carlson, Will Clinger, Bradley Gabbert, Craig Harris, Bob Wallace, Cedric Young. For the broadcast category: Ji

Calabash animating 2 more shorts

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