The Call Sheet: 03.05.07

Michael Keaton will star in and direct “Merry Gentleman,” which will be shooting in Chicago for 25 days beginning March 19. The feature also stars Emmy Award winner Kelly Macdonald (“The Girl in the Café,” “Gosford Park”) and is written by Chicago’s Ron Lazzeretti (“The Opera Lover,” “Wedding Night”). Lazzeretti is also an award-winning commercial director currently serving as Senior Vice President, Creative Development Director at DraftFCB.Robert Townsend and Angela Bassett star in “Of Boys and Men,” shooting in Chicago March 6-25. The feature is being directed by Carl Seaton (“One Week”); Sharon King heads up casting and Carrie Holt (“2wks, 1yr”; “Kubuku Rides”) is on board as Unit Production Manager. General number for the production office is (708) 697-6153.Call it a scoop: Universal Studios is producing “Wanted,” which is scheduled to shoot first in Prague, then in Chicago, between April 16 and July 28. More details as they become available!Open Road Productions is in the early stages of production for “Sway,” written by Rocco Cataldo and Jen White. In this feature, a young man in and out of foster homes receives a second chance at life. For more information, please visit www.swaythemovie.com or www.myspace.com/swaythemovie; you can also e-mail Rocco Cataldo at rocco@or-prod.com.“Damned” is a low-budget horror flick shooting in Kansas City, MO, beginning March 12. It just wouldn’t be spring without a low-budget horror flick shooting nearby, would it?Great news for “Steel City!” Congratulations to Raymond J. Barry, who was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for his portrayal of Uncle Vic. Meanwhile, co-star America Ferrera recently won a Golden Globe Award for her work in the ABC hit “Ugly Betty.” Be sure to catch “Steel City,” filmed in Illinois by Alton, IL native Brian Jun, at The Midwest Independent Film Festival on Tuesday, March 6. For more information, please visit www.midwestfilm.com.Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder and Director of The Midwest Independent Film Festival, www.midwestfilm.com. Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film and has been doing so for the past eight years.