The Call Sheet

The Call Sheet

IFC PICKS UP INDIANA FEATURE: Congratulations to Richmond, IN filmmaker Zack Parker, who follows up the world premiere of his latest thriller PROXY at the Toronto Film Festival this week with the news that IFC Midnight has picked up the film. This Midwest-made indie features a screenplay by Parker and Kevin Donner, cast includes Chicago filmmaker Joe Swanberg, working in front of the camera this time around. In PROXY, seeking consolation in a support group after a vicious attack, a young woman gradually comes to realize that nothing in her life is as it appears. While you’re waiting for PROXY, head to Zack’s site right now and purchase his critically acclaimed film SCALENE at

URIBE GEARING UP FOR DEBUT: Chicago filmmaker Ben-Hur Uribe is set to shoot his feature film debut NIGHT OF THE THRONE, filming September 20th through October 27th in the Chicagoland area. Production team includes DP Rob Pessolano and veteran gaffer extraordinaire Zet Smith. In THRONE, everyman Jonathan’s morals come into conflict, throwing him into a crisis that he must reconcile. He discovers the world is not what it seemed and perhaps he has the potential to do more than what he thought capable. Take a few minutes and enjoy Ben’s award-winning short film POR AMOR on iTunes here.

SURFACING IN WISCONSIN: THE SURFACE is now headed into post after wrapping production this month. The film is “an 18 year dream come true" for writer-producer Jeff Gendleman, who grew up in Milwaukee and moved his family back home from LA seven years ago. THE SURFACE is the story of two strangers, both at the end of their rope, who suddenly meet in the middle of the unpredictable waters of Lake Michigan. Impressive cast headed by Sean Astin (LORD OF THE RINGS), Mimi Rogers (AUSTIN POWERS) and Wisconsin native Chris Mulkey (CLOVERFIELD); production team includes director Gil Cates Jr. and DP Jimmy Sammarco. Follow the film at

TALKING ABOUT THE OTHER ONE: Here's an update on the Illinois feature THE OTHER ONE which shot locally in Galena and Chicago employing 99 hard workin cast and crew. The post team worked hard to make some preliminary festival deadlines and are now polishing it for the big Sundance/Slamdance submission deadlines. With 205 supporters the film raised $35,224, but is still accepting tax deductible donations at to get them through the hardest part of an indie's life... festivals, marketing, and distribution.

HORROR COMEDY FILMING: “A family gets more than they bargained for when they move into a secluded cabin in Beaver Pelt Falls”… probably not going to go well for that family but we’ll be there to laugh and shudder with them along the way. Stephen Folker’s second feature FIELD FREAK has been shooting throughout the summer and will wrap in late October. Cast includes Glenn Harston and Trena Penson, actors and crew hail from throughout the Midwest, including Wisconsin, Chicago & Iowa City. Folker is still casting for the October shoot, actors can find submission info in our Classifieds at

SPEAKING OF HORROR: Columbia College alumni Anastasia Basche and her husband Josh are aiming to shoot their thriller feature SEVERED SOULS in the spring. When the heir to a gun manufacturing fortune, Hadley Keller, learns that her family is cursed to die an early death, she must enlist the help of her estranged husband and his team of ghost hunters to cleanse the family home, unleashing a storm of ghostly vengeance that threatens to kill them all and forces Hadley to face her own guilt surrounding the death of her daughter. I’ll let you know when they’re ready for cast and crew submissions later this year… in the meantime, you can check out the Basche’s award winning work at

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