| Oct 24, 2012
| 5:17 PM
Jessy Schram laughs when I suggest she's the hardest working gal on TV these days, but she shouldn't. In the past two years, she's had plum roles in three high-profile series.
The Skokie native and former Buffalo Grove resident currently can be seen at 7...
| Oct 29, 2012
| 8:26 AM
Is the Chicago International Film Festival good, good enough or not quite that?
This is the question. This is the question to be asked of any festival, every perennial cultural mainstay in every city. It's the way to keep us all honest, whatever dog we...
| May 6, 2012
| 1:00 PM
Move over, Los Angeles.
Production companies are looking to Baltimore as a backdrop for filming locations, thanks in part to state funding used to lure them to Maryland.
And film industry people say Maryland’s economy is reaping the rewards....
| May 16, 2012
| 8:16 AM
Amid mounting evidence that rival states are chipping away at California’s movie and TV production business, a coalition of entertainment unions and film industry officials is renewing a push to provide long-term funding for California’s...
| Nov 2, 2012
| 7:33 AM
According to Andy and Lana Wachowski, most of their films are set in Chicago — although none have actually shot here.
When my colleague Chris Borrelli asked about this for a piece that ran in the Tribune last week, Lana Wachowski replied, "There...
| Aug 31, 2012
One of the first things you notice during the opening credits of "Sleepwalk with Me" is a producing acknowledgment that reads simply: "In association with WBEZ Chicago's This American Life."
Chicago's largest public radio station is in the movie...
| Sep 4, 2012
| 11:01 AM
The state Senate has overwhelmingly approved a bill to continue funding California's film and television tax credit.
The Senate vote last week was 32 to 2 in favor of extending two more years of funding for the tax credit. California sets aside $100...
| Sep 6, 2012
| 7:56 AM
As Gov. Jerry Brown mulls whether to sign into law another round of subsidies for local production companies, the question that confronts him is how much each job on a movie set is worth to taxpayers.
In Massachusetts, lawmakers recently discovered a...
| Sep 8, 2012
Jake Eberts, the Canadian independent producer and founder of Britain's Goldcrest Films, which revived the British cinema industry in the 1980s with a string of Oscar-winning movies, including "Gandhi" and "Chariots of Fire," died Thursday in Montreal. He...
| Jun 6, 2012
| 10:33 AM
Producer Andrew Lazar was all set to shoot an adult romantic comedy in Hermosa Beach, where the story is set.
But now, he’s forced to have the $10-million movie rewritten with Miami Beach as the backdrop so he can take advantage of Florida’...
| Jun 14, 2012
| 5:54 PM
California's film tax credit program has helped to stem the flight of movies and TV shows since it was enacted in 2009, but would be more effective with more funding and fewer restrictions on the types of projects that can qualify, a new study concludes....
| Jun 29, 2012
| 7:14 AM
Lawmakers gave a preliminary thumbs up to a two-year extension of California's film tax credit, a mixed result for Hollywood backers who had pressed for a five-year extension but were relieved to get more money given the state's budget crunch.
By a 5-1...