WBEZ | Michael Shannon http://www.wbez.org/tags/michael-shannon Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago hosts first film and media summit http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2013-10/chicago-hosts-first-film-and-media-summit-108853 <p><p>OK, so they didn&rsquo;t set off the &ldquo;<a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/entertainment/the-scene/Giant-Transformers-Explosion-Fizzles-Out-226204481.html">mother of all bombs</a>.&rdquo;</p><p>But the Transformers: Age of Extinction film shoot confirms what many have already noted: Chicago is <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/tv-and-movie-crews-spending-more-time-filming-chicago-106462">exploding as a destination for film and television production.</a></p><p>Chicago&rsquo;s local film scene is also heating up. Kartemquin <a href="http://kartemquin.com/news/the-interrupters-wins-an-emmy">just won an Emmy</a> for its already wildly acclaimed documentary The Interrupters. Newcity <a href="http://newcityfilm.com/2013/10/03/film-50-chicagos-screen-gems-2013/">has released a list</a> of 50 Chicago film and media movers and shakers. <a href="https://goodpitch.org/events/gpchi2013">Good Pitch</a> is coming to Chicago for the first time, with its &ldquo;speed dating&rdquo; approach to matching documentary filmmakers with potential funders. And now the<a href="http://newcityfilm.com/2013/10/03/film-50-chicagos-screen-gems-2013/#more-18891"> city of Chicago</a> is hosting its first ever <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/filmmediasummit.html">film and media summit.</a></p><p>The one-day event on Oct. 20 follows close on the heels and format of Chicago&rsquo;s first &nbsp;music summit. There&rsquo;ll be panels on expected topics: casting, funding distribution and new media platforms. Some screenings are planned.</p><p>The most interesting (and potentially most raucous) event is likely to &nbsp;involve local filmmaker John McNaughton (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Wild Things). He and others will conduct a &ldquo;case study&rdquo; of what it took to make his latest film The Harvest, which stars Michael Shannon and will debut at the Chicago International Film Festival Oct. 19, the night before the summit.</p><p>Rich Moskal directs the Chicago Film Office and organized the one-day summit.</p><blockquote><strong>Like what you&rsquo;re reading? <a href="http://www.wbez.org/donate" target="_blank">Help support WBEZ by making a donation today.</a></strong></blockquote><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s true that Chicago is getting a lot of talk these days as a destination for Hollywood,&rdquo; said Moskal. &ldquo;But this summit is about the local community, and how Chicago is the center of creativity for independent features, webisodes ... film and media created by Chicagoans.&rdquo;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/4208413591_667b803ea6_z.jpg" style="height: 234px; width: 350px; float: right;" title="A crew filming in Chicago. (Flickr/FaceMePLS)" />The summit itself is a creation of Chicagoans. Moskal enlisted lots of local film organizations (<a href="http://cimmfest.org/">CIMMfest</a>, <a href="http://www.ifpchicago.org/">IFP Chicago</a>, <a href="http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/">Chicago International Film Festival</a>) to program and help produce the event.</p><p>Still, there will be some Hollywood talent on hand. In addition to McNaughton and Shannon, attendees include producers George Tillman Jr. and Bob Teitel of <a href="http://www.statestreetpictures.com/home.html">State Street Films</a> (Soul Food, the Barbershop movies).</p><p>In an interview from his Los Angeles office, Teitel raved about Chicago&rsquo;s assets, from the great actors and <a href="http://www.chicagofilmstudios.com/">local facilities</a>&nbsp;to the attitude of crews.</p><p>&ldquo;&rdquo;When you shoot in California it seems like everybody thinks they should be a director, or that&rsquo;s always my experience!&rdquo; said Teitel with a laugh. &ldquo;In Chicago everybody always acts as a unit and a team. It&rsquo;s incredible.&rdquo;</p><p>Moskal agrees, but thinks the local scene could use a bit more attention in and beyond Chicago. He hopes the event is an opportunity for locals to network, cross paths or launch collaborations. And he thinks a summit could be a magnet to draw filmmakers, funders and distributors to the city.</p><p>&ldquo;I think there&rsquo;s something about people recognizing Chicago as a place that&rsquo;s not only known for its culinary scene and not only known for its theater but also known for its film and media,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>But after organizing back-to-back summits, some think Moskal&rsquo;s long-term goal is to create a Chicago version of Austin&rsquo;s <a href="http://sxsw.com/">South by Southwest (SXSW)</a>. When I asked, Moskal didn&rsquo;t say yes. But he didn&rsquo;t say no either.</p><p>&ldquo;Ultimately it&rsquo;s about promoting the local community to Chicago and beyond,&rdquo; said Moskal. &ldquo;If South by Southwest is a good model for that, absolutely.&rdquo;</p><p>The Chicago Film Summit is Oct. 20 at the Chicago Cultural Center.</p><p><em><a href=" http://www.wbez.org/users/acuddy-0" rel="author"> Alison Cuddy </a> is the Arts and Culture reporter at WBEZ. You can follow her on <a href=" https://twitter.com/wbezacuddy"> Twitter </a>, <a href=" https://www.facebook.com/cuddyalison"> Facebook </a> and <a href=" http://instagram.com/cuddyreport"> Instagram </a></em></p></p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 10:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2013-10/chicago-hosts-first-film-and-media-summit-108853 Chicago theater's Michael Shannon brings law and lust to HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire' http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/chicago-theaters-michael-shannon-brings-law-and-lust-hbos-boardwalk-empire <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/shannon as agent van alden.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Michael Shannon has quite the reputation for tackling intense roles. The Academy Award nominee got his start in Chicago theater with the likes of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.steppenwolf.org/">Steppenwolf Theatre Company</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://aredorchidtheatre.org/">A Red Orchid Theatre</a>.</p><p>But you&rsquo;ve probably got glimpses of him in films like &quot;The Runaways,&quot; &quot;8 Mile,&quot; and, way back in the day, &quot;Groundhog Day.&quot; Shannon received an Academy Award nomination for his supporting role in &quot;Revolutionary Road.&quot;</p><p>Currently he&rsquo;s one of the stars of HBO&rsquo;s &quot;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.hbo.com/boardwalk-empire#/index.html">Boardwalk Empire</a>.&quot; Shannon plays Federal Agent Nelson Van Alden, who&rsquo;s trying to take down an Atlantic City kingpin. The series draws to a close Sunday, at least until Season 2.</p><p>Shannon joined &quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; from New York City to talk about his journey.</p></p> Thu, 02 Dec 2010 14:16:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/chicago-theaters-michael-shannon-brings-law-and-lust-hbos-boardwalk-empire