So the snows came early this year.  I can’t remember the last time I saw this much snow this early in December.  Some may want to migrate south, but this is usually when things start to get interesting around here.

First off, allot has happened since my last entry.

The weather may be cold but things are heating up where we’re at.  Last week was spent shooting segments for Comcast’s Newsmakers and Political Update.  We actually had some really interesting guests on this round so checkout CNN Headline News at 5 before the hour every hour for theNewsmakers spots.  Here’s a picture I snapped with my iPhone:

Paul Lisnek with Chicago Alderman Toni Preckwinkle

[Proof that with a bit of touch up, the iPhone can take a half-way decent picture…

…and BTW it’s cool to actually catch something on TV you shot a week earlier.]

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On December 2nd Arx attended the Midwest Independent Film Festival’s Best of the Midwest Awards, complete with Richard Roeper and Steve James!

Congratulations to the winners and all the finalists!

Festival director Mike McNamara with Hoop Dreams director Steve James above and critic, Richard Roeper below.

Charles and I with an old film school friend, Matt Fagerholm,

(I got this picture from Click here for more pictures from that event).

Comcast was there covering the event so don’t forget to check out Prime Time Chicago week nights on Channel 100and On Demand for a chance to see the event yourself.

It was a really classy party with an entertaining little award show thrown into the middle of it.  Charles and I had a great time catching up with old friends and making new ones.  I highly recommend it to anyone in the local movie business.

A week later (last night) Charles and I attended a local IFPevent and so many of the same people were there it reminded me how small the Chicago film business is.  Speaking of which, Miguel Silveira, the director of Carnaval Blues and the award winning Namibia, Brasil, won the annual Production Fund Award last night.  So we will soon be seeing another film from this visionary director.

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Aside from all that glamorous stuff, business continues as usual, snowed in or not.  Amat the Great’s music video So Flyis moving along nicely along with our main project…but more on that later.