January 28, 2011 by Mike McNamara
CLOONEY HOMECOMING? George Clooney and friends will be in Michigan and Ohio beginning this month to film the political thriller “Ides of March.” Clooney’s many hats for this one include director, actor, co-producer and co-writer… pretty much everything but craft services. He’ll have some talented assistance, including Golden Globe nominee Ryan Gosling, Golden Globe winner Paul Giamatti, and Oscar winners Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Marisa Tomei. “Ides” will be a bit of a homecoming for Clooney, who went to high school just outside of Cincinnati.
TIGER TAIL IN BLUE: Illinois filmmaker Frank V. Ross is looking to film his seventh micro-budget feature “Tiger Tail in Blue” in 2011. It’s a story about “loving stuffed animals and neglecting people.” More specifically, “Tiger Tail in Blue” follows a young married couple, Christopher and Melody, that works opposite schedules to remain financially afloat as Chris bangs out his first novel while working as a waiter. As never seeing each other begins to take its toll, Chris finds the attention he craves in Brandy, a saucy co-worker. Cast includes Chicago actor Rebecca Spence (“Public Enemies,” “The Dilemma”), crew includes producer Adam Donaghey, who also produced Ross’s 2010 feature “Audrey the Trainwreck.” “Audrey” made its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival and recently landed on the New Yorker’s “Top 25 Films of 2010” list.
MORE LOW-BUDGET NEWS: CNGM Pictures is scheduled to film its ninth feature film “Fortress of Forever” throughout Illinois and the Midwest this April. After five years of higher education, Danny Oldham is coming home. Danny hopes to only stay the summer but finds himself tangled in debt, his family’s plans and the joy of old friends, including his high-school crush, Elena. Written by Nick Cardiff, directed by Michael P. Noens. Cast submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org, crew submissions to email@example.com, more info at http://fortressofforever.com.
CURRENTLY AT KARTEMQUIN: Thirty-five years ago, a life-changing piece of legislation prohibiting sex discrimination in federally funded education, including athletics, was enacted into law. By mandating equal opportunity, Title IX set in motion far-reaching changes that would not only revolutionize America’s playing fields, but its political, social and cultural landscape as well. Kartemquin Films is currently developing In the Game, a feature-length documentary that will look at how and why change takes place in a democracy--by not only exploring how Title IX has altered the face of sports, but also by understanding the meaning of sports in the American experience. Directed by Maria Finitzo, executive produced by Gordon Quinn; more from Kartemquin at http://www.kartemquin.com!
THE CHICAGO CODE PREMIERES THIS MONTH: Fully filmed in Chicago, the new Fox series “The Chicago Code” will make its network premiere on Monday, February 7th at 8 pm Central. Watch this show, watch it again, then tell your friends to watch it! Let’s keep this series on the air and in Chicago for years to come.
Is your film heading into production? Please drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me all about it. I’ll do my best to include it in “The Call Sheet.”
Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival, www.midwestfilm.org. Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film. More from Mac at www.findmac.com.