New book looks at how the film industry began right here in Chicago

New book looks at how the film industry began right here in Chicago
New book looks at how the film industry began right here in Chicago

New book looks at how the film industry began right here in Chicago

Chicago has been growing as a movie making destination. Action flicks like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Divergent and more indie films like Drinking Buddies filmed here in recent years. But Chicago still seems very Midwestern compared to the film mecca-Hollywood. But our growing presence on the scene is a return to history. The book Flickering Empire: How Chicago Invented the U.S. Film Industry dissects how the major studios launched the silent film era right here in Chicago. Co-authors Michael Glover Smith and Adam Selzer explain why Chicago was such a hot spot and when that bright light faded. (Flickr/Alex Eylar)