WHAT’S IN THE TRUNK? Director Scott Prestin is set to film the independent feature TRUNK in and around the Chicagoland area throughout the month of October. Unidentified body in your trunk... guilty until proven innocent. The intense psychological drama centers on the battle of wills between cop and suspect in the interrogation room of a Chicago police station. This film also marks the debut for screenwriter Jules Cherie, who is executive producing the feature with his brother Raymond. Chicago actors Jaclyn Hennell (who received raves for her work in the Stephen Cone feature BLACK BOX), James Sharpe, Barret Walz, Jason Bradley and Eamonn McDonagh headline the cast for TRUNK. I’ll keep you posted as this one heads into production!

YOU’RE NOT WELCOME: Chicago-based production company Family Squid begins filming its debut feature NOT WELCOME next month. A couple suspects that their McMansion might be haunted. In actuality, the ghost is a 30 year-old failed cartoonist who has occupied vacant rooms for years without their knowledge. So begins an absurd turf-war in this comedy of errors populated by psychics, private investigators and spirits. Writer/director Marc Sloboda joins producer Brian Crush, executive producer Roger Welp, co-producer Ben Garbe. Cast includes Chicago theatre stalwarts Rebecca Spence, Kelly O’Sullivan and Rich Cotovsky. NOT WELCOME shoots in the Chicagoland area - including Crystal Lake, Forest Park, Oak Park and Berwyn - October 9th through the end of the month.

Interested cast and crew should email with "Not Welcome Submission [Cast or Crew]" in the subject heading. More from Family Squid at and

HELLO NEW ORLEANS: The Illinois independent feature DIG TWO GRAVES will make its world premiere at the New Orleans Film Festival Oct 16-23. GRAVES was directed, co-written and co-produced by Hunter Adams, alongside producer P.J. Fishwick, line producer Claire Connelly and production designer Merje Veski. Cast includes Danny Goldring, Kara Zediker, Ted Levine and Oklahoma teen newcomer Samantha Isler, who also just wrapped up the upcoming Viggo Mortensen flick CAPTAIN FANTASTIC. In DIG TWO GRAVES, The mysterious death of a young boy triggers the unearthing of a town's long buried secrets. Click here for tickets to the New Orleans premiere and click here to follow this film on facebook.

MILWAUKEE THEN CHICAGO: The Illinois indie THE OTHER ONE screens at the Milwaukee Film Festival October 1st and 7th then bows at the Chicago International Film Festival Saturday, October 11th. In THE OTHER ONE, a teacher survives a school shooting and returns to her remote childhood home to care for her ill mother. As the dementia deepens, secrets tumble out, and she discovers her life is a lie. Written and directed by Josef Steiff, cast includes Grace McPhillips and Nancy Sellers, tickets and showtimes at

SEE YOU THIS AFTERNOON: The latest feature from Chicago director Stephen Cone THIS AFTERNOON will make its world premiere October 10th at the 50th Chicago International Film Festival. After accidentally stumbling into a therapy group for sex addiction, an aspiring youth pastor strikes up a friendship with a lonely housewife who has a proclivity for picking up strangers on Craigslist. The two spend the afternoon together, revealing themselves to one another through a profound and penetrating conversation, which eventually leads to transformative personal revelations. Raw and sensitive, this micro-budget Chicago indie is an intimate look into individuals struggling to find fulfillment in their lives. Click here to purchase your tickets!

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