Call Sheet: Seda, Stone and Swanberg

Call Sheet: Seda, Stone and Swanberg

The Illinois Film Office's Louis Ferrara confirms production on the faith-based feature CANAL STREET is underway, and there are several familiar faces in this cast, including a few gents in the offseason of their TV series gigs. CHICAGO PD and now CHICAGO JUSTICE star Jon Seda joins EMPIRE's Bryshere Gray, Chicagoan Harry Lennix (currently co-starring on THE BLACKLIST) and LETHAL WEAPON's Clayne Crawford. CANAL STREET is a story about the reasons for the deep-seated divisions within the city of Chicago and the city’s diversity, touching on themes of family, friendship, and forgiveness. Rhyann LaMarr is in the director's chair and also executive producing. Filming continues through April 27th; as this films forges ahead... as always, I'll keep you posted.

FROM SHORT TO FEATURE: This Saturday's premiere for the coming of age short film REAL PRAYERS ARE SAID IN GERMAN will also serve as a fundraiser for the upcoming feature. The story from Ann Hagemann is based on true events in her father's childhood during WWII, as three siblings must cope with their beloved Father's tuberculosis diagnosis, anti-German sentiment, and the poverty of wartime farming. Saturday's fundraiser is at the Dank Haus German-American Cultural Center, 4740 North Western Ave, in Chicago. Click here for more.

NOISYCOLORFUL SPRING: The debut feature from Chicagoan Logan Stone NOISE AND COLOR hits the road May 20th, shooting in Ohio, New Mexico and plenty of points in between. A disillusioned man struggling in a dystopian Middle America finds a mysterious videotape that proves the existence of a mythic paradise in the desert. Following the tape's instructions, he follows the cryptic omens and signs embedded in the world around him, evading dangerous pursuers along the way. Stone's producers include Nick Silva, Kayla Jones, Jamie McKinney, Erica Duffy, with Troy Pryor handling distribution. Cast submissions can be emailed to and crew inquiries can be sent directly to In the meantime, enjoy this newly minted trailer:

WIN IT ALL WATCH IT ALL: Joe Swanberg's feature WIN IT ALL launches today on Netflix. If you prefer the big screen as I do, you can head to the Music Box Saturday for a one night only screening, followed by Q&A with Swanberg and his co-writer and co-producer Jake Johnson. Johnson stars as small time gambler Eddie Garrett, who agrees to watch a duffel bag for an acquaintance who is heading to prison. When he discovers cash in the bag, he’s unable to resist the temptation and winds up deeply in debt. When the prison release is shortened, Eddie suddenly has a small window of time to win all the money back. Trailer time:

JUNE FOR WISCONSIN MICROBUDGET: Alarik Films joins with Maggie Productions producing their second full feature film, BETWEEN THE WALLS. Production is set for June in Kenosha. A man awakens in a cabin-like room with no recollection on how he got there or why. A woman lurks outside that carry a deadly virus; the only safe place is to remain in the room with his three roommates. But as each day goes on, the man notices some unusual and contort events; the only way to survive is to pursue the truth in this the post catastrophic world. Check out a quick first look at BETWEEN THE WALLS in Screen's TRAILER PARK.

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