Dwelling within Chicago’s “Public Housing Unit”

Screenwriter Patrick Wimp gathered an abundance of background material before he began on Public Housing Unit, a story about three police officers who patrol the Chicago projects in the 1980s. Over the previous year, along with creators Angie Gaffney and Ted Reilly, he had interviewed not only the cops who had worked the public housing … Continue reading “Dwelling within Chicago’s “Public Housing Unit””

Explore Media-produced spot goes viral

Explore Media told a classic American tale in a fifteen-second spot that took less than a month to go viral. “The Ultimate Trade-Proof Snack” for GoGo squeeZ — featuring a cast of preteen grade-schoolers and absolutely no dialogue — has racked up 6.7 million views since debuting in mid-July. Together with the corresponding 30-second spot, … Continue reading “Explore Media-produced spot goes viral”

McGarryBowen brings NYC to life for US Open campaign

The US Open’s new “You In?” campaign is an ode to New York City, courtesy of McGarryBowen Chicago.

The buildings, bridges and food trucks of the Big Apple form a literal nighttime backdrop for footage of the event’s legendary action. As players and fans light up walls throughout the city, a voiceover declares, “Only New York can throw a party this big.”

New Hamilton app lets Chicago see show for less

My daughter, Max, is thirsty to see Hamilton.

I am as well, but with a college tuition to pay one has to wonder if it’s worth shelling out hundreds of dead presidents to see a show about dead founding fathers and costs almost as much as her education.

But now, the theater gods are smiling, or singing, because there is now a new app to purchase cheaper Hamilton tickets.

VP/CD Vos among recent hires and promotions at R+K

Naperville-based Rhea + Kaiser has been keeping more than busy this summer. The full service marketing agency announced a pair of promotions and a pair of new hires in July.

Jack Vos was appointed to vice president, creative director last week. The versatile veteran gained experience the old-fashioned way with Eiseman Johns and Law at the beginning of his career, where his duties as a junior art director included running the mount room.

Polaroid Wall Party updates history of film community

Tomorrow’s Polaroid Wall Party at the Wishbone will bring together many of the pioneers who started building Chicago’s film community long before computers took over the editing suite.

“Everyone wants to see what has become of each other,” says IPA cofounder Scott Jacobs, who organized the 5:30-8:30 p.m. event with Kartemquin, Film Archives and Media Burn Archives.

“Drive Slow” preview at Free Spirit Media’s Focus event

Free Spirit Media’s Focus event at The Ivy Room on May 31 will feature “a lot of people and a chance to get together and reflect on a great year,” says Chelsea Corbin, FSM’s development & communication manager.

“It’s a big celebration of media in Chicago,” she adds, “specifically, the youth voice.”

One of the greatest causes for celebration will be a sneak peak at the film series Drive Slow, which was made by ten emerging filmmakers in Free Spirit’s Industry Pathways Certification program.

Corbin describes the group as “super talented.”

Terrence Howard records “Empire” finale tune at CRC

It wasn’t too long ago that giant recording studios were the norm in Chicago. There was Streeterville, Universal and Paragon.

Now? All gone. But still left standing is CRC. Recently, the recording studio has provided ADR and mixing for films including Hidden Figures, Spike Lee’s Chi-raq and Michael Bay’s Transformers: The Last Knight as well as numerous commercials and podcasts even.

If you ask CRC business affairs director, Dave Dakich, CRC’s continued success is due in part to their constant mix of music artists, films and commercials.