The Call Sheet

The Call Sheet

WOMEN IN THE DIRECTOR'S CHAIR(S): Earlier this summer, we told you all about the upcoming feature film THE VIEW FROM TALL, co-directed by frequent theatre collaborators Erica Weiss and Caitlin Parrish. This indie is now shooting in and around Chicago, and is set to wrap principal photography on November 9th. Written by Parrish (a writer on CBS’ UNDER THE DOME), and based on her award-winning play of the same name, the film stars Amanda Drinkall (star of the Goodman Theater’s Venus in Fur, in her feature film debut) as Justine, a teenaged girl ostracized from her high school for being tall, obviously smart and mature, and most recently, for having an underage affair with her English teacher. She develops an unlikely friendship with her court-mandated therapist, played by the inimitable Michael Patrick Thornton (ABC’s PRIVATE PRACTICE). Led by producer Amanda Pflieger (SXSW jury winner ANIMALS), the local team includes Co-Producer/UPM Mary Kay Cook (DIMENSION), Director of Photography Stephanie Dufford (THE WISE KIDS) and Production Designer Amanda Brinton (A LIGHT BENEATH THEIR FEET), with casting by Mickie Paskal and Jennifer Rudnicke of PR Casting (SHAMELESS).

ASYMPTOTES ON THE RUN: The psychological drama ASYMPTOTES is currently filming throughout Chicago and has added Director of Photography Michael Kwielford of Potenza Productions to the team. Written and directed by Edward Pionke, cast includes Vanessa Hughes, Casey Chapman, Mackenzie Wiglesworth, who also starred in Pionke's last feature, MOTHER'S MILK, which will be released on DVD next month. Filming continues through this month, with a target wrap date of the first weekend in December; you can follow the film on facebook here.

HERE'S A ELECTION WE CAN ACTUALLY WIN: Please cast your vote today for Chicago feature ORIOLE PARK to win IndieWire's "Project of the Month!" ORIOLE PARK stars Joey King, Joel Murray, and Christian Stolte in a coming-of-age story set in Chicago's Oriole Park neighborhood in the fall of 1978, in the months leading up to the arrest of John Wayne Gacy. VOTE HERE, then once you've clicked on ORIOLE PARK and entered your email address, you'll receive an email with a link you need to click on to make sure the vote counts. Winning film lands a consultation with Tribeca Film Institute. Let's at least win ONE election this week, people!

BIG WIN FOR CASTRO BROS: Pedro and Ramiro Castro Jr, the Castro Bros, returned to the New York Television Festival (NYTVF) for the second time in a row and brought their viral internet character "Toby Jones" with their sizzle "Jones Sweet Ass TV Pitch" (which we also presented over at the Midwest Independent Film Festival's Pilot Showcase last month, you can watch it right here). The Castros are happy to announce that they will ink their second development deal at the fest as well. This year's deal comes from mass media giant Conde Nast, with the Castro Bros developing new shows for The Scene, Conde Nast's digital network. Conde Nast chose Pedro and Ramiro's pitch out of nearly 100 submitted from all the participating artists at the NYTVF. More details as they develop. Congrats, gents!

CURRENTLY IN THEATERS: The Wisconsin feature THE SURFACE leaps from its recent world premiere at the Milwaukee Film Festival to an extended run at Marcus Theaters throughout the great state. Directed by Gil Cates Jr., the film stars Sean Astin, Chris Mulkey and Mimi Rogers in the compelling story of Mitch (Astin) and Kelly (Mulkey), two strangers, both at the end of their rope, who suddenly meet in the middle of the unpredictable waters of Lake Michigan. As they confront the secrets and sorrows that brought them there, they find inspiration in one another’s struggle to survive. Click here for showtimes and be sure to support this indie by going out to the theater and enjoying it on the big screen!

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