The Call Sheet

The Call Sheet

STILL SHAMELESS: The Showtime series “Shameless” was in Chicago filming scenes for its second season. Locations included Bronzeville, Lawndale, North Avenue Beach… Cast includes William Macy, Emmy Rossum and everyone’s favorite Evanstonian Joan Cusack.

IN OTHER EXCITING EXTERNALS NEWS: The Emmy-nominated series “Mike & Molly” was in town filming some lovely Chicago scenery for a bit. While only a small portion of the series is actually shot in Chicago, at least they are keeping some Illinoisians busy… the sitcom includes Plainfield native Melissa McCarthy, Urbana boy Marc Roberts and Steppenwolf ensemble member Rondi Reed.

SUPERHEROES ABOUND: “The Avengers” wrapped in Cleveland September 2nd while Superman continues his descent upon the Chicagoland/Plano area this month…

CRISIS ABROAD: Junko Kajino and Ed M. Koziarski return next month from the first five months of production in Fukushima, Japan on their documentary “Uncanny Terrain,” about organic farmers facing the nuclear crisis. They’re following people looking for solutions to ensure the safety of the food supply under the threat of long-term low-level soil contamination from the radioactive fallout. Follow these brave filmmakers at

DEADLY SCREENWRITERS: Gary and Beth Hoover’s feature screenplay, “The Little Death,” was just named a top ten finalist in the New Hampshire Film Festival’s script competition. The dark comedy previously won best screenplay at both Asheville Film Festival and Moondance International Film Festival, and took home silver in the comedy category from PAGE International last year. The 11th annual fest will be held October 13-16 in Portsmouth.

NEW AT KARTEMQUIN: 79 year-old Peter Anton has spent decades obsessively chronicling his life story in a massive, illustrated autobiography titled “Almost There,” and nothing – not poverty, obscurity, isolation or crippling disabilities – will stop him from seeing it published. What conflicts arise when filmmakers Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden befriend this “outsider artist” and help him get his work shown publicly for the first time is the dramatic center of the film. Learn more about “Almost There” and snag your tix for Kartemquin’s 45th anniversary gala at the Metro on September 15th at

MORE DOC ACTION: Let’s get green. In “Appalachian Spring: A Green Story,” Media Process Group producers John McCarthy and Bob Hercules (who recently collaborated with Kartemquin on “A Good Man”) will tell the stories of three brilliant ‘green’ energy inventors/entrepreneurs as they try mightily to turn their ideas into valuable contributions toward solving a looming global environmental crisis and building a ‘green’ economy. More from Hercules and MPG at

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Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival. If you are a nice person, you will follow the fest at Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film. More from Mac at