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Film News: ‘For Grace’ is Top Film at 2016 ‘Best of the Midwest’ Awards Night

8 December 2016 5:56 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – On Tuesday, December 6th, the Midwest Independent Film Festival gave out their 2016 “Best of the Midwest” Awards with a ceremony at Rockit Bar & Grill in Chicago. Best Feature honors went to “For Grace,” directed by Mark Helenowski and Kevin Pang. Best Female Actor was Amy Frazzini of “Guidance,” Best Male Actors were T.J. Jagodowski and David Pasquesi of “T.J. & Dave,” and Best Screenplay was Robert Putka of “Mad,” among other categories.

The evening was hosted by Festival Director Mike McNamara, and included presenters Betsy Steinberg – Executive Director of Kartemquin Films, Christine Dudley – the Director of the Illinois Film Office, Amy Guth of Wgn Radio and Christian Stolte of TV’s “Chicago Fire” The event took place in the upstairs nightclub area of Rockit Bar & Grill in Chicago.

Best Female Actor Amy Frazzini (‘Guidance’), with BMA Host Mike McNamara

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Film News: Midwest Independent Film Festival ‘Best of the Midwest’ on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016

5 December 2016 9:39 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – On Tuesday, December 6th, the Midwest Independent Film Festival will award their 2016 “Best of the Midwest” honors with a ceremony at Rockit Bar & Grill, 22 W. Hubbard, in Chicago. The evening will be hosted by Festival Director Mike McNamara, and nominees include the short film “Lady of the House” (directed by Brad Bischoff), plus feature films “Mad” (directed by Robert Putka), and “My Friend’s Rubber Ducky” (directed by Josh Hyde).

Presented by the Midwest Independent Film Festival

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The Midwest Independent Film Festival is a year-round movie event in Chicago that takes place the first Tuesday of every month, at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema. The festival has been recognized by Chicago Magazine in their “Best of Chicago” issue, and has become one of the top places for local filmmakers, producers and actors to network in the city. The “Best of the Midwest” Awards has a »

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Interview: Director Jack C. Newell on Digital Release of ‘Open Tables’

30 November 2016 1:08 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Local filmmaking has always gotten a boost through director Jack C. Newell. His 2015 film “Open Tables,” shot in Chicago and Paris, will get it’s digital release on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016, on iTunes and Video-On-Demand. This coincides with his art project “The Wabash Lights,” and his continued production work.

Open Tables” features couples and groups meeting in restaurants, talking about their lives and relationships. Although the centerpiece is food, the meal is the conversation, including a story about a sojourn into Paris – shot in black and white. Newell directed the film in the improvisation style rooted in the Chicago comedy scene, much like his first narrative film, “Close Quarters,” which featured many local improvisation artists. He also takes on the lead role as Ryan, who defines himself through the adventure in Paris. The film explores and provides perspective on the elusiveness of relationships.

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

4 October 2016 7:50 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

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.

From the improv mastery of T.J. Jagodowski and David Pasquesi, to the diverse point of view from Indian-American creator Puja Mohindra, the Pilot Showcase is an amazing line-up of comedy, drama and inspiration. The pre-show Producers Panel (6:30p) will feature screenwriter Chris Parrish, whose TV credits include “The King of Queens” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” For the complete line up and ticket information. click here.

First Tuesdays with the Midwest Pilot Showcase

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