Two of the four coveted Audience Choice Awards of the 50th Chicago Film Festival went to Chicago filmmakers now living on the West Coast. Kartemquin director Joanna Rudnick’s “On Beauty,” won the award for Best Short Film, out of 68 short films from 50-plus countries and Gabe Polsky’s Best Feature Documentary “Red Army” won out of a field of 19.
In a 32-4 vote, Michigan’s Senate last week approved a bill to extend and improve the state’s film tax credit program, which was limited and reduced in 2011 and set to expire in 2017. The bill is how headed to the House.
In a well couched but nonetheless blistering policy statement, the AICE claims that agencies steering post work to their own in-house facilities and other subterfuge is an “overt conflict of interest.”
For the first time, STORY production/post will have an in-house sales director, working in its new offices when commercial pro, Melissa Thornley, starts Nov. 1 as Midwest head of new business development.