MUDBOUND EP Teitel Brings Netflix Feature to Chicago
March 15, 2018 by Andrew Schneider
Oscar nominee MUDBOUND Executive Producer and native Chicagoan Bob Teitel (pictured here) will be bringing his next feature back to his hometown. The Netflix feature BEATS is set to begin shooting in Chicago at the end of May, the Illinois Film Office confirms.
In BEATS, 15-year-old, agoraphobic August Monroe, traumatized after witnessing the shooting murder of his sister four years ago, is a talented beat artist who never leaves the house, enabled by his over-protective mother, Carla. When August is "discovered" by a down-on-his-luck music producer, Romelo Reese, who manages to get August out of the house and into the mainstream of life again, both August and Romelo are able to face up to their respective demons and hopefully move on with their lives.
Teitel will be joined by producers Glendon Palmer, Christian Sarabia & Mitch Smith. Teitel's Unit Production Manager for BEATS will be Carrie Holt de Lama. Palmer and Holt de Lama also worked with Teitel on Sundance selection SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU, which chronicled the summer 1989 afternoon when the future President of the United States, Barack Obama, wooed his future First Lady, Michelle Obama, on a first date across Chicago's South Side.
Teitel is best known in the Chicago community as one of the creators of the highly successful BARBERSHOP franchise, which filmed its first two movies in the Chicagoland area. Teitel reunited with BARBERSHOP co-creator George Tillman Jr. as executive producers for this year's critical hit MUDBOUND, which earned four Academy Award nominations, including Best Supporting Actress (Mary J. Blige), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Song ("Mighty River") and Best Achievement in Cinematography (Rachel Morrison).
BEATS will be directed by Chris Robinson, working off the screenplay from newcomer Miles Orion Feldsott. More details here at SCREEN as production breaks ground this spring.