Great News for Chicago Indies

Great News for Chicago Indies

Great news abounds as three Chicago independent features are set for nationwide release after securing distribution deals this summer. FilmBuff recently announced that it licensed worldwide rights to distribute UNCLE JOHN, the accomplished debut of writer/director Steven Piet. This Illinois- and Wisconsin-made feature is an unusual crime drama as well as a dark morality tale about a prickly old-timer who would rather see a local disappearance remain unsolved. UNCLE JOHN made its World Premiere at South By Southwest this March and followed it up with a Chicago Premiere in May over at the Midwest Independent Film Festival.

UNCLE JOHN opens locally at Facets and in theaters and VOD nationwide on September 18th. You can purchase tickets for Facets here and can pre-order the feature on iTunes here.

Here's the trailer for your viewing pleasure:

BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER: Indiewire just reported that Wolfe Releasing has acquired worldwide rights to writer-director Stephen Cone's HENRY GAMBLE'S BIRTHDAY PARTY, starring Cole Doman, Pat Healy, Elizabeth Laidlaw, Nina Ganet, Francis Guinan and Kelly O’Sullivan.

The film is set over 24 hours at a pool party in which the 17-year-old son of an evangelical preacher comes to terms with his own spiritual doubts and his adolescent sexuality. The film has had much success at festivals across the country, including the Sidewalk Film Festival, where it won the SHOUT Jury and Audience Narrative awards, the 2015 Maryland Film Festival and BAMCinemaFest in New York City. Look for HENRY GAMBLE'S BIRTHDAY PARTY on DVD, VOD and other digital platforms in early 2016.

IT'S THIS ONE: Finishing a feature film in ten months, concept-to-completion, is quite a feat from Grace McPhillips, Sterling Rock Productions, and the production team behind THE OTHER ONE. Now everyone can see this award-winning film via Video on Demand through Amazon, as the film has secured distribution with Indican Pictures.

Mysterious and eerie, THE OTHER ONE has earned multiple awards, world-premiered at the Palm Beach International Film Festival, played many festivals and was an Audience Choice Nominee at The Chicago International Film Festival in 2014. The film tackles dementia, school violence, ghosts, grief, and family secrets, through gorgeous cinematography, powerful acting, and an unusual musical and sound score.

Click here to purchase THE OTHER ONE this minute on Amazon Instant!

And you can enjoy a preview at SCREEN Magazine's TRAILER PARK

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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