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Interview: Christine Dudley, Director of The Illinois Film Office

Christine Dudley, Director of the IFO

CHICAGO – When filmmakers are searching for the “rules of the road,” when seeking to produce in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois, one of the stops they need to make is with The Illinois Film Office. The Film Office is part of the state’s Department of Commerce, and not only takes care of production coordination, but the economic incentives for film, television and advertising in the area. Since 2015, the Director of The Illinois Film Office has been Christine Dudley.

Film News: Midwest Pilot Showcase at Midwest Independent Film Festival on Oct 4, 2016

Midwest Pilot Showcase

CHICAGO – Television continues to be a hot medium for new voices and creativity. Among the official selections for the Independent Pilot Competition at the 12th Annual New York Television Festival are seven pilots made right here in the Midwest. Those seven will be featured at the Midwest Pilot Showcase, at this month’s Midwest Independent Film Festival, Tuesday, Oct. 4th, 2016 (6pm). The festival takes place at the Landmark Century Centre in Chicago.

Slideshow: Larenz Tate Stars in New NBC Show ‘Game of Silence’

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Larenz Tate stars in the new NBC-TV show, ‘Game of Silence.’

CHICAGO – The new NBC series “Game of Silence” premiered on a special Tuesday night rollout (April 12th, 2016), and one of the co-stars in the ensemble, Larenz Tate, was recently in Chicago at STUDIO XFINITY to promote the show. Tate is a Chicago born actor – his brothers Larron and Lahmard are also actors – and he also had a featured role in the cult TV series “Rescue Me.” The regular time slot for “Game of Silence” will be Thursdays at 10pmET/9pmCT.

TV News: Smithsonian Channel Premieres ‘The Hammer of Hank Aaron’

Hammer of Hank Aaron, The

CHICAGO – One of the greatest records in baseball, the total home run record held by Babe Ruth, was challenged by an unassuming ballplayer named Henry “Hank” Aaron in the early part of the 1970s. The quest to break that record was complicated because Aaron was a black man, and race in America again became an issue. The Smithsonian Channel chronicles that journey, as part of their new “Major League Legends” series, with “The Hammer of Hank Aaron,” premiering on February 29th, 2016.

Slideshow: Chicago International Film Festival TV Awards Slated for April 22. 2015

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CIFF TV Artistic Achievement Award honoree. Jesse Spencer of ‘Chicago Fire.’

CHICAGO – The Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) kicks off its 51st year by presenting their annual Television Awards on April 22, 2015. The Awards honors innovative and outstanding members of the television community, in production and advertising. The honorees include Whitehouse Post production house, TV newscaster Jay Levine (Investigative Journalism) and ‘Chicago Legend in Advertising’ Tom Burrell.

HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 100 Pairs of Advance TV Premiere Passes to NBC’s ‘American Odyssey’

CHICAGO – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: TV, we have 100 pairs of advance TV premiere tickets up for grabs to the new NBC drama “American Odyssey” starring Anna Friel and Peter Facinelli! This will be a special event honoring women in the military for their services.

TV Review: Grisly Sacrifice for Science in Captivating Period Drama ‘The Knick’

Knick, The

CHICAGO – Cinemax’s ominous new series “The Knick” is a hospital drama that’s very much in the voice of its director, Steven Soderbergh. Set in New York City at the turn of the 20th century, the series presents the medical world as it inches closer and closer to modernity, while making contemporary parallels to the desperate hustle by surgery room clients and their doctors alike regarding treatment of the human body. What has changed in the politics of medicine? What hasn’t?

HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 60 Pairs of Advance TV Passes to NBC’s ‘Crisis’ with Gillian Anderson

CHICAGO – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: TV with our unique social giveaway technology, we have 60 pairs of advance-screening TV passes up for grabs to NBC’s new TV thriller “Crisis” starring Gillian Anderson (“The X-Files”)!

TV Review: Premiere of ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ Lacks Originality

From Dusk Till Dawn

CHICAGO – It’s been a year of updatings that has seen venerable characters like Norman Bates and Hannibal Lecter solidly re-envisioned by the small screen. So how fare the Gecko Brothers? Not all that great sadly. This overly slick redux of the fantastic film “From Dusk Till Dawn” (1997) not only suffers from pretty people syndrome but borrows so heavily from the original film that it feels less like homage and reboot than redress and reshoot.

TV Review: Season Two Proves That ‘Bates Motel’ is Still the Place to Check In

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CHICAGO – The theme of Season Two is ‘unraveling’. Lies unravel, best laid plans unravel, loyalties unravel and most of all Norma and Norman Bates unravel in increasingly spectacular fashion. This pulpy re-imagining of the Bates family history is easily one of the best things on TV and the premiere episode of Season two isn’t afraid to take advantage of how attached audiences have become to the Twitchy pair and their assorted and very troubled friends and neighbors.

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  • [Trans]formation

    CHICAGO – The issue of gender identity, especially for those who are born with a vagueness as to what to call themselves between/beyond boy and girl, has come front and center in the U.S., both with the legalization of gay marriage and the callous repudiation of identity by trying to pass laws dismissing it (the North Carolina “bathroom” laws). The performance companies of The Living Canvas and Nothing Without a Company is currently staging “[Trans]formation,” which presents gender identity art by six performers, who perform most of the play in the nude.

  • Life Sucks

    CHICAGO – Let’s face it, life does suck. But what can we do about that? How do we survive? Lookingglass Theatre Company’s latest stage presentation tries to answer those thorny questions through a group of fellow travelers, flung together at a cabin retreat, trying to figure out why (indeed) “Life Sucks.”

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