Archives for May 2016

Flashback: Entertainment Lawyers in Chicago

Tom Leavens, from the Newcity Film 50 photo shoot/Photo: Joe Mazza-Brave Lux

Tom Leavens, from the Newcity Film 50 photo shoot/Photo: Joe Mazza-Brave Lux

Unless you’re writing your own material, one of the first things a film producer needs to do is to obtain rights to something to film, either a finished screenplay or perhaps some underlying work (fiction, magazine article, etc.). To do this right (meaning you’ll be able to distribute the movie you’ll ultimately make), you’ll need to find a lawyer, ideally someone specializing in such things. It turns out that making a film is a mountain of contracts (and legal bills), so this is an important decision. While Chicago is not the entertainment-law beehive that is LA or NY, we have some fine lawyers specializing in the practice.

To find them, I asked people I knew in the film and entertainment industry for referrals. I got a few from trusted sources, and set out to meet them. [Read more…]

Signature Move Casting Update: Charin Alvarez to Play Rosa!


We are thrilled to announce that Charin Alvarez been cast in the role of the other woman in Alma’s life, her mother Rosa.  [Read more…]

Signature Move Casting Update: Sari Sanchez to Play Alma!


We are thrilled to announce that Sari Sanchez has been cast in the role of Alma as our romantic lead, the woman who is destined to capture Zaynab’s heart. [Read more…]

Signature Move Casting Update: Mark Hood to Play Milo!

Mark Hood Headshot + Resume

We’re excited to start sharing casting news, starting with the news that Mark Hood has been cast in the role of Milo, the bar owner who plays a small but pivotal role in bringing Alma and Zaynab together. We’re working with Chicago casting agency Paskal Rudnicke Casting, Inc. ( by the way. [Read more…]

Angie Gaffney joins Signature Move” as Co-Producer

ag headshot

One of the most important roles in making a film is the line producer, which is sometimes combined with production manager on low-budget films. Simply put, the person in these roles is responsible for everything that makes the movie production work as a business entity: creating the budget and the schedule for principal photography and hiring and managing much of the crew. Chicago has quite a few well-regarded line producers and we got to know a bunch of them over the course of the last couple of years. They’re quite busy, given all the TV activity in town these days, and part of the challenge for any project is availability. This is definitely not a last-minute hire. But we are ecstatic that one of the best in town, Angie Gaffney, has joined “Signature Move” as co-producer, a role in which she’ll perform or directly oversee the line producer duties, lead the hiring of the production crew and help execute a whole host of other essential duties. [Read more…]