Directorial debut for composer Gina Fontanini


GINA FONTANINI, a film composer and music supervisor who worked at Studio Chicago/Music Industry Workshop, is making her directorial debut with the feature “Follow the Leader,” shooting in Chicago, New York and Prague this summer.

Fontanini worked with writer Christina Koustenis on the screenplay, based on Czech-born artist Misa Verbeek’s experience growing up in Czechoslovakia and immigrating to the U.S. as a young woman.

“Follow the Leader” is a coproduction of Fontanini’s La Gi Productions and New York music house Third Rail Productions.

Fontanini’s score for the film is being recorded at Chicago Recording Company.

Fontanini composed the scores for “This Town,” “Flying Over Cuba,” “The Past,” “Finding the Bronx,” “Sanctuaries of the Heart,” and “An Unforgivable Sin.” Email

THE 17th ANNUAL CHICAGO UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL, in its third year under the IFP/Chicago umbrella, runs June 24-July 1 at the Gene Siskel Film Center.