CSC the venue for “Blood Money” horror film fundraiser

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THE GOOSE ISLAND BEER-sponsored fundraiser for the production of a trailer for horror film “Blood Money” will be a night of music, art show, raffles and meet up with the cast and crew and the official GoFundMe kick-off Saturday, April 30 at Chicago Studio City.

“Blood Money-The Movie” is a modern-day horror film set in Chicago centering on an epic battle between vampires and Chicago gangsters. Now in the development stage, it will be produced by the partnership of Louis Childress’ Sir Sax Productions and Tim Armstrong and Denise L. Baker’s ReActure Films. Childress wrote the screenplay and Armstrong will direct.

Special guests are award-winning painter Stormy Monday, music guests Uptown Shakedown and One Season. An industry expert will speak about the current state of Chicago film production.

Beer from Goose Island and Glunz Beer, food by Capri Ristorante. Tickets, $20-$25. may be purchased here.

Chicago Studio City is at 5660 W. Taylor, 7-11 p.m.

McDONALD’S SHOOK UP the ad world this week with the announcement it had issued RFPs to three global holdings companies, including Publicis’ Leo Burnett and Omnicom’s DDB in Chicago that have handled the bulk of its business for decades. The third conglomerate was not named. The reason, says US Chief Marketing Officer Deborah Wahl, was “The need … a omnichannel integrated agency resource that can support our marketing efforts today and then prepare us also as the future continues to evolve.”

ADVERTISING WOMEN OF NEW YORK plans to expand to Chicago in July. AWNY has been serving women in the media, marketing and communications industries since 1912, and currently has a membership of more than 1,500. AWNY executives will preview their plans for Chicago – and beyond – at a private reception in early May.

THE ACCLAIMED DOC, “Voice Among the Silent: The Legacy of James G. McDonald, from filmmaker Shuli Eshel, airs on WTTW/11 Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m. and will its Israel premiere on Israel Independence Day, May 12 at Tel Aviv Cinematheque. Q&A with Eshel after the screening. The doc is about McDonald, an advisor to President Roosevelt and a League of Nations commissioner on refugees, who had sounded the alarm about Hitler’s genocidal intentions towards European Jewry in 1933. Had world leaders listened to him, the Holocaust might have averted.

LAST CALL FOR CHICAGOMADE SHORTS to be screened as part of the for the city’s 4th annual Millennium Park Summer Film Series. May 1 is the deadline for submission of shorts up to 5 minutes long. See the DCASE website for details. Submit through the mail to rebecca.stocchetti@cityofchicago.org.

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