( Chicago, IL ) Chicago Filmmakers is pleased to announce two new editions of Masterwork: Industry Conversations, a series of virtual interviews with long established and award-winning filmmakers followed by a Q&A session with the audience. On Thursday, October 29 at 6:30PM CST, Chicago filmmaking duo Bob Hercules and Keith Walker from Media Process Group ( MPG ) will be joining us to discuss their 3-decade career as creative partners and their secrets to success. Following that, Steven Poster, ASC will join us on Wednesday, November 18 at 7:00PM CST to discuss his career as a cinematographer in Hollywood.
Media Process Group is known for filming Obama's momentous "homecoming" in Kenya and his diplomatic stops in South Africa, Ethiopia and Chad resulting in the documentary, SENATOR OBAMA GOES TO AFRICA. Their documentary MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to win 17 awards on three continents including a Peabody Award. In 2019, FLANNERY, a film executive-produced by Bob Hercules, won the prestigious Ken Burns/Library of Congress Award and their newest documentary, MIKVA: DEMOCRACY IS A VERB, is slated to run on WTTW on October 29 at 8:00 PM CST.
Steven Poster is a prolific and award-winning Director of Photography, shooting landmark films like the 2001 cult classic DONNIE DARK and iconic music videos like Madonna's LIKE A PRAYER. The Chicago native joins Chicago Filmmakers in this edition of Masterwork, taking viewers through his more than sixty cinematography credits, as well as his tireless advocacy for inclusivity and diversity in the film industry.
Masterworks: Industry Conversations is an opportunity for local artists to learn from established filmmakers and industry decision-makers who are from Chicago or started their careers in the city. Each interview is followed by a Q&A session for attendees to ask questions specific to their interests and gain more knowledge from the interviewees. Previous guests include award-winning cinematographer Jeff Jur ( DIRTY DANCING, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL ); camera operator, International Cinematographers Guild board member, and activist Michelle Crenshaw ( BOB HEARTS ABISHOLA ); and Sarah Clark, casting director at Compass Casting in Chicago, Emmy-nominated producer, and award-winning director.
Tickets for Masterwork: Industry Conversation are a suggested donation of $10-25 and can be reserved here. Chicago Filmmakers members receive free access to Masterwork: Industry Conversations, including previously recorded events.
About Chicago Filmmakers
Chicago Filmmakers is a not-for-profit media arts organization that nurtures the development of aspiring filmmakers of all ages by offering classes, workshops, and summer camps; empowers artists to create new work through production grants, equipment access, fiscal sponsorship, and other services and resources; and encourages the professional advancement of media artists through seminars, panel discussions, lectures, rough-cut and open screenings, as well as networking events and other opportunities for artistic exchange. Chicago Filmmakers serves diverse audiences through its year-round weekly film exhibition programs and its two annual film festivals, Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival and The Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival.