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Saturday, May 3 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Chicago Film Business: Beg, Borrow, or Build LIMITED

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OK, here we go, Chicago is rising (or not). The Chicago film scene is booming…  recently named the best city in America to live and make movies, but how do we get OUR movies made?  TV shows are shooting here, blockbuster films are shot here.  But what are WE getting out of it?  What do we need as a City to make Chicago a place where filmmakers can actually thrive HERE?  Enabling us to finance, cast, and create our own movies without running to the coasts.


Steve Johns

Steve is the CEO of Reed Rigging, the Midwest’s largest rigging company. His career includes over twenty-eight years of progressive experience in the areas of technology, corporate development, venture capital, consumer marketing, entertainment and entrepreneurship. As the Midwest’s largest event and entertainment rigging company, Reed Rigging serves experiential marketing companies, major touring artists, lighting, film &... Read More →

Steven A. Jones

A Brooklyn native and graduate of The Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He spent 10 years as a director of animated TV commercials for clients including Cap’n Crunch and McDonalds before teaming up with director John McNaughton to produce his first feature film, the controversial “Henry – Portrait of a Serial Killer”. Since then Mr. Jones has produced films including “Mad Dog and Glory&rdquo... Read More →

Rich Moskal

Rich Moskal was appointed director of the Chicago Film Office in 1996 and leads the City of Chicago’s efforts to attract and advance feature film, television series, commercial and all other forms of media production. Since then, more than 1000 film and television productions have been made in Chicago generating $2 billion in local revenue. These include the recent features Divergent, Jupiter Ascending, Transformers 3 & 4, and the... Read More →

William Schopf

William Schopf is the owner of Chicago’s historic Music Box Theatre and of Music Box Films, one of the leading distributors of foreign and independent film in North America.   Music Box Films, distributing 12-18 films per year theatrically and twice that many to the home entertainment market, is best known for having brought The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trilogy to the US, as well as The Returned and other high quality foreign... Read More →

Bruce Sheridan

Bruce Sheridan has been Chair of Cinema Art + Science since 2001 and is a leader in the move to redesign film and media education for the 21st century. He has 30 years experience directing, producing, and writing drama and documentary for the screen and teaches all of those disciplines. He won the 1999 New Zealand Best Drama Award for the tele-feature Lawless. In 2006 Kubuku Rides, a short film he produced with Tim Evans and Steppenwolf Films... Read More →

Betsy Steinberg

In her post as Managing Director of the Illinois Film Office (IFO), Betsy Steinberg heads the effort to attract film and television production to Illinois. Under her leadership, the state has broken revenue and jobs records four times – including 2013’s $358 million revenue report -- nearly doubling the previous record set in 2012. Betsy brings seventeen years of production experience with her to the IFO. Immediately prior to coming... Read More →

Saturday May 3, 2014 2:30pm - 4:00pm
1st Ward 2033 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647