Chicago: Industry News 12/13/16


“At some point in 2016 America was broken,” intones a cast member in the opening minutes of The Second City’s latest mainstage production (its one-hundred and fifth, but who’s counting). Shortly thereafter this is amended slightly and rendered a bit more realistic: “America was broken but maybe it was never whole in the first place.” READ FULL ARTICLE

NBC’s “Chicago Fire” about the firefighters and paramedics at the firehouse of Engine 51, marked the airing of its 100th episode last week and with it, a high economic milestone for the Chicago film industry. READ FULL ARTICLE

Out of the 58 category winners at the 58th Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards held last Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown, 11 were production/non-broadcast companies whose programs aired on local television. READ FULL ARTICLE

Chicago actor and filmmaker Tania Richard just released the next season of her series called mom in real life and she wants to tell you all about it. The actress, whose resume includes a stint on the upcoming Dick Wolf series CHICAGO JUSTICE, has brought together several of her talented Chicago on-screen mates, including Antoine McKay of EMPIRE and Second City fame, for Mom in Real Life. Let’s take a look… READ FULL ARTICLE

The Midwest Independent Film Festival is the nation’s only film festival solely dedicated to the Midwest filmmaker, presenting audiences with regionally produced independent cinema every first Tuesday of the month at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema, 2828 North Clark in Chicago. This year-round film festival sits proudly at the center of the independent film scene in Chicago and the Midwest and is dedicated to celebrating and strengthening that community. READ FULL ARTICLE

At its Dec. 15 Annual Christmas Party, the Central Illinois Film Commission will present its first-ever “Man of the Year Award” to the mayor of Springfield, James O. Langfelder for his dedication to the CIFC. READ FULL ARTICLE




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