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How to Make Your Movie or Series Now

How to Make Your Movie or Series Now Saturday, October 11

You have an idea, now what? Let a panel of industry experts guide you on your next steps. Meet producers, directors, actors, writers and production personnel that can help you make your dream script a reality in a post discussion meet-up.

Free, 2 hours

About the panelists:

Stephen Cone is a Chicago-based filmmaker. His 2011 feature film, the award-winning, critically-acclaimed THE WISE KIDS, which the Chicago Tribune’s Michael Phillips called “one of the best coming-of-age pictures in a long time”, has screened at more than 50 festivals worldwide, won 8 awards, including the Outfest Grand Jury Prizes for Outstanding US Feature and Outstanding Screenwriting, received rave reviews, including a New York Times Critics‘ Pick, as well as raves in Variety and from Roger Ebert, appeared on four Best of 2011 lists (including the Chicago Tribune’s and Chicago Reader’s) and was acquired for DVD/VOD by Wolfe Video.

Stephen is currently in post-production on two experimental features, THIS AFTERNOON and THE MYSTERY OF LIFE, as well as his new feature HENRY GAMBLE’S BIRTHDAY PARTY, featuring Pat Healy, Tyler Ross and a large ensemble of incredible Chicago actors.


Matt Corrado is a member of the Director’s Guild of America. He has directed and has 20 films to his credit as a 1st Assistant Director, including the recently completed COLOMBIANA. 

As a Producer Matt Corrado has raised money, worked as a Line Producer and/or Production Manager. He has budgeted, scheduled and managed the productions of feature films, short films, commercials, and most recently web series for The Onion (i.e. Onion Talks, Tough Season). He is currently producing for Onion Labs, the fledgling advertising agency within The Onion. With Onion Labs Corrado has produced over 50 commercials for 30+ clients (i.e. Burger King, Honda, Clorox, P&G).

As a business owner (Muster Master Pictures, LLC) he produces commercials, industrial documentary and promotional work for corporate clients. He has experience working in several states and under several different tax incentives, including, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, and California. He knows the reliable vendors in Chicago, how to be compliant with unions and the significance of working in the Third Area.


PJ Fishwick is a Commercial, Feature Film and Web Producer based in Chicago. PJ studied Film, Video and Media studies at Western Michigan University and Charles University in the Czech Republic. He has produced three independent features, most recently DIG TWO GRAVES which took part in the IFP Emerging Narrative and Rough Cut labs. Dig Two Graves is currently in post production and will premiere at festivals this coming fall.  PJ's comedy web work includes content for Above Average, Rodrigo Quintez: Quality Childrens Entertainer and Teachers: A Web Series which was recently optioned by TV Land for a pilot. PJ is currently the Producer at the Chicago based commercial production company Cap Gun Collective. Cap Gun Collective is comprised of two distinct platforms--the first, a director led, live action, commercial production company, and the second, Cap Gun TV, a hybrid development studio/production company for original content. ​


Jack C. Newell is a writer/producer/actor/director of award-winning films that have screened across the United States and abroad, including the Montreal World Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner, and The Boston Film Festival.
His first feature length film, CLOSE QUARTERS, can be seen on Vimeo VOD after a successful festival run and stint at the Gene Siskel Film Center. He is currently in post-production on his second feature length film, OPEN TABLES, and is in production on his first feature length documentary, HOW TO BUILD A SCHOOL IN HAITI, that follows the construction of a single school in rural Haiti as a case study in international economic development.

Jack sits on the Education Committee board for the Chicago International Film Festival. He is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago in film/video.