Principal photography has begun on “Dreaming Grand Avenue,” starring Jackson Rathbone (“Twilight”) and Andrea Londo (“Narcos”), the second feature by writer-director Hugh Schulze.
A new romance with Alma forces Zaynab to confront her relationship with her recently widowed mother who escapes to TV dramas and finding her daughter a husband. In this coming-of-age Muslim melodrama, Zaynab copes by taking up Lucha-style wrestling.
One of “The 50 Most Anticipated American Films of 2017”
KNIVES AND SKIN follows the investigation of a young girl’s disappearance in the rural Midwest, led by an inexperienced local sheriff. The ripple of fear and suspicion among the small-town residents destroys some relationships and strengthens others. This mystical teen noir presents coming of age as a life-long process and examines the profound impact of grief as the teenagers experience an accelerated loss of innocence while their parents are forced to confront adulthood failures.
Written and directed by Jennifer Reeder
World premiere at Berlinale 2019
We were fortunate in raising the money for Signature Move; thanks to the singular nature of the project and to the compelling goals of Chicago Film Project, most of our investors offered without really being asked.
I’ve known Andy Derrow for more than thirty years, since we were teamed up in my first job out of college and grad school, at Goldman Sachs in the mid-eighties (it would be the only job I’d have working for someone else). Though our partnership was truncated by my departure in 1988 to tend to Newcity full-time, our friendship has endured and expanded to include his wife Janis and his three boys, all full-grown now. Andy eventually went to New York with Goldman, then to Philadelphia with another firm, and he reached out about investing when I wrote to him (and many in my Rolodex) when we did the crowd-funding this past spring. Andy is an associate producer of Signature Move. Read More
We are ecstatic and honored to announce that Shabana Azmi, one of the greatest actors in Indian history, a pioneer in India’s art-house Parallel Cinema movement and a legend of Bollywood, has signed on to play Parveen, the mother of Zaynab, one of the leading roles in the film. Read More
We are stoked to share the news that Audrey Francis has signed on to play the role of Zaynab’s mentor in wrestling (and life?), Jayde. She’s gonna kick ass, literally. Read More
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
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
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