Call Sheet

Call Sheet

McNAUGHTON BACK HOME: Chicago directing legend John McNaughton and producer Steven A. Jones are developing a television pilot and they plan to be shooting here on the homefront. The episodic is based on the book “Hack” by writer/artist Dimitri Samarov. Past collaborations between McNaughton and Jones have included “Wild Things,” “Normal Life,” “Mad Dog and Glory” and the iconic Chicago indie “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.” Further dates and details on “Hack” coming soon…

BEH-WATCH: Also coming back home is Chicago native Alex Beh, who plans to direct and star in his screenplay “Warren” later this spring. Joining Beh for this coming of age dramedy will be producer Orian Williams, best known for the critically acclaimed “Control.” I’ll keep you posted!

MIDWEST MOVIES AT SUNDANCE: A few Midwest selections at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, most notably “Liberal Arts” from Columbus native and “How I Met Your Mother” star Josh Radnor. This indie filmed in Ohio at Kenyon College where both Radnor and his co-star Allison Janney went to school. Other films on the Sundance screens this month include the shorts “92 Skybox Alonzo Mourning Rookie Card,” shot in Branson, MO by Minnesota native Todd Sklar and “L Train” by Chicago native Anna Musso.

WRAPPED UP IN SCOTCH TAPE: Microbudget master Julian Grant just completed principal photography on his latest production, “F**kload of Scotch Tape”. Based on the crime noir stories of writer Jedediah Ayres, FLOST tells the story of heat seeking missile Benji and his attempt at redemption after participating in a kidnapping caper. For more information on FLOST, feel free to join them online at

NICE NOM FOR MOSS: The American Society of Cinematographers has nominated “Chicago Overcoat” DP Kevin Moss for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography. Moss’ competition in the television movie/miniseries category includes Ed Lachman for HBO’s “Mildred Pierce,” Moxness for ReelzChannel’s “The Kennedys,” Martin Ruhe for PBS’ “Page Eight,” and Wojciech Szepel for PBS’ “Any Human Heart.” The 26th annual ASC Awards will be held February 12th… we’ll be pullin’ for ya, Kevin!

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Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival. Follow the fest at Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film. More from Mac at