Filmworkers and Vitamin Go to Bat for Nutri-Grain

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Filmworkers and Vitamin recently provided visual effects and post-production services for a new, national spot about a family of vampires who learn to love mornings thanks to Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain. Conceived by Leo Burnett, Chicago, the spot opens on a vampire couple who are interviewed in their suburban home. Admitting they weren’t “morning people,” the couple tells how their lives have been turned upside down by the crunchy taste of Nutri-Grain Fruit Crunch Bars.

Read the details in Screen HERE.

Female Filmmakers Night Presented by the Midwest Independent Film Festival


We can’t wait to see you Tuesday… our 2013 Female Filmmakers lineup is set!  This year’s roster includes Oscar nominated directors, films loaded with festival laurels making their Chicago Premiere with us and much more… all from talented women throughout Chicago and the Midwest.  Click here to find out which shorts made our 2013 Female Filmmakers Night   

If you have any questions or comments about our upcoming First Tuesday festivities, please feel free to shoot me an e-mail at

We look forward to seeing you Tuesday, May 7th for our Female Filmmakers Night at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema!


Mike McNamara
Director of Programming
First Tuesdays with the Midwest Independent Film Festival

Moving Pictures at Columbia Chicago May 7th


Join us Tuesday, May 7th from 5-8 for:

Moving Pictures

at Columbia College Chicago

Students and faculty of Columbia’s Film & Video Department cordially invite you as we highlight the talent of our graduating seniors and graduate students in all areas and concentrations of Film & Video.

This very special event is on Tuesday, May 7th from 5-8pm. Please join us in Film Row at 1104 S. Wabash (8th Floor) for a glass of wine and a catered reception while mingling with other industry professionals and enjoying a showcase of our graduates latest reels.

As a respected professional in this Industry, your input and guidance is invaluable to our students. Please click on the link(s) below for more information and to RSVP.

5-6pm: Keynote Speaker from our industry (to be announced!)

6-8:00pm: Screening of reels, FrameWork Interviews and networking reception

See you there!

Moving Pictures is part of Industry Events 2013, Columbia’s premier series of showcases, reviews, and receptions for graduating students, running now through May 17th. See the schedule and more info at

Hollywood Camera Seminar May 3-12 with Discount for WIFC Members

Hollywood Camera Work is putting on their final seminar series in Chicago May 3-12. The three-part series includes a Green Screen Intensive and two Camera Directing workshops: Raw Techniques and the Masterclass in Staging and Blocking. These courses are especially beneficial for female directors looking to increase their confidence and the ability to retain authority on-set. This has been a major issue for many women who have had the experience of having their power undermined by a male DP.
WIF Chicago members are offered a 15% discount!
Here is a link to the Website:



Passion for Dancing: The Story of Shulamith

A Film by Women in Film Members Shuli Eshel (36 minutes, 2013)

Place: At the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago, Inc.

31 W Ohio St., Chicago, IL 60654

(Between State and Dearborn)

Date: Sunday May 19, 2013

Time: Doors open at 3:00 PM for tickets (close at 5:00 PM)

3:30 PM—-Short introduction by Shuli Eshel

Screening of documentary

Followed by a Q & A and DVD signing

Admission: $5

Passion for Dancing: The Story of Shulamith recounts the life of Shuli Eshel, an Israeli born Chicago filmmaker, as she reconnects with her childhood passion for dancing through Salsa. The documentary weaves the themes of family, survival, friendship, love, marriage, divorce, feminism and peace activism. Shuli’s film career has been driven by her feminist consciousness and her passion to make this a better world. Clips from her documentaries highlight work that proved important, ground-breaking firsts in Israel and the United States. Chicago’s multi-racial and multi-ethnic Salsa community join Shuli as they relate their passion for Salsa and underscore Shuli’s belief that “It is NEVER too late to reconnect with your childhood passion or any passion you might have, and use it for the rest of your life”.

For more information contact Shuli at 773-868-4140

DVD Premiere Special $20, (retail price is $29.99)

For more information contact Shuli at, 773-868-4140

Parking: Lots of Street Parking on Sunday OR 12 hours in the parking garage located within the Grand Plaza building. Garage entrance is directly adjacent to the Instituto Cervantes lobby on Ohio, as well as one block south on Grand. $8.00 with validation from the center.


AICE Nominates Chicago’s Beast, Red Car, Utopic and Optimus

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Cut+Run Scores Six Finalists; The Whitehouse, MacKenzie Cutler, Rooster, jumP, EditBar Tied with Four Noms Apiece

CHICAGO, April 25, 2013, A SHOOT Staff Report — Finalists for the 2013 AICE Awards have been selected by the judges, with the winners to be announced and honored during a gala ceremony on May 16 at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago.

Congrats to Beast Chicago for leading the way in nominations for AICE. Read about the other contenders RED CAR CHICAGO , Company 3utopic and Optimus in Shoot HERE.