Chappell helms music video for Illinois’ Margo Price

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Singer-songwriter Margo Price

A MUSIC VIDEO for Nashville country singer-songwriter Margo Price, “Hands of Time,” was directed by Ben Chappell of One at Optimus in LA and cut here by Optimus editor Mark Czajkowski.

It recently premiered on CMT.com. The 4:38 minute autobiographical video is a love song about Price is originally from the small Western Illinois town of Aledo, Illinois and the 4:38-minute autobiographical video is a love song about Price’s family, hometown and past.

Rolling Stone said, “The video adds context to Price’s music, shining a light on some of the people and places that shaped her upbringing.” DP was LA’s Frank Mobilio.

One at Optimus EP was Jonah Mueller; line producer, Sarah Slevin Wien; Optimus’ finish artist, Jim Moss; audio engineer, Ben Treimer; EP/managing director, Brian Hraster and producer, Jenny McDonald. Nice Show at Optimus handled color.

WHO KNEW? Chance the Rapper, the 23-year old Chicago hip-hop artist, was the star of a feature, “Slice,” his first, that was quietly filmed in Chicago this summer. Set in a mysterious city, the story is about “an enigmatic outlaw framed for a killing spree that targets unsuspecting pizza delivery boys.”

The studio, A24, will release “Slice” in the second half of 2017, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

WHAT’S NEW. Tom Fletcher, a consultant for Fiji Films of New York is now working out of a Lake Forest office, at 717 Forest St – a 7-minute commute from his Lake Bluff home, he says. Office phone is 847/457-2641 … Energy BBDO recently hired Kendall Fash as director of post production, moving over from seven years of producing at Beast Editorial, Company 3 and Method … Drew Hall also moved over to Energy BBDO as editor in Flare, from creative video editor at DigitasLBI … Cutters’ spot production division Dictionary Films signed international, award-winning Auckland, New Zealand-based directors Miki Magasiva, a Samoan, and Robin Walters, who is of Maori descent. “It will be our pleasure to recommend them to our colleagues and to explore unique solutions drawing on their phenomenal experiences and talents,” says Chris Rossiter, Dictionary managing director/EP.

THE RECENTLY RELEASED DOC, “Madigan. Power. Privilege. Politics.,” about House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) has begun its Chicagoland theatrical screening schedule, after it was heavily released theatrically Downstate in October.

The 60-minute doc can also be seen on Comcast cable’s Xfinity on-demand until Nov. 15 and you can also conveniently see it online, here.

“Madigan” was funded by non-profit, Rauner-aligned Illinois Policy Action (IPA), the lobbying arm of the conservative Illinois Policy Institute and scripted by an IPA writer. But it was produced by an Austin, Texas studio, because no Illinois company would’ve touched it fearing retribution from Madigan or one of his people, ReelChicago reported.

WITH THE NEW YEAR AROUND THE CORNER, it’s time to get your 2017 ReelChicago advertising organized. For a 2017 Media Kit, email ruth@reelchicago.com and ask about our Happy New Year discount when you sign up by Dec. 15.

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