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Executive Talks: Creating Chicago

  • Stage 18 Chicago 2558 W 16th St Chicago United States (map)
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Join us with the current and former Directors of the Illinois Film Office for an in-depth discussion of the history, the present, and the future of the Chicago Film Industry. Panelists include Betsy Steinberg, Christine Dudley, and Peter Hawley. Moderated by Angie Gaffney.

Betsy Steinberg: As Executive Director of Kartemquin Films, Steinberg served as Executive Producer on Academy Award nominated documentaries Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, Edith+Eddie, and Minding the Gap as well as nine other projects including Steve James’ epic series America to Me. She led development efforts at Kartemquin that resulted in unprecedented fundraising for the organization. Steinberg was instrumental in building Chicago’s production infrastructure by serving as Director of the Illinois Film office from 2007-2015, launching the state’s 30% film tax credit and helping to guide the development of Cinespace Chicago Film Studios. Prior to her work in the IFO, Steinberg developed, produced, directed and wrote television projects for History, A&E, National Geographic and the Discovery Networks. She was named Chicagoan of the Year in Film by the Chicago Tribune in 2015. She has served on the boards of the Chicago Media Project, Free Spirit Media and The Midwest Independent Film Festival.

Peter Hawley: In his role as Director of the Illinois Film Office, Peter and his team strive to make Illinois the best state in the country for film and television production. In addition, the IFO is actively trying to build the infrastructure needed, film studios and production crews, to attract projects to Illinois from around the country and around the world. Peter has been an Illinois-based filmmaker for more than 30 years. He has written and directed the feature film,Victimless Crimes, directed or produced numerous television commercials, music videos, and award-winning documentary films. Beginning in 1996 he began his college teaching career at Columbia College Chicago. In 2007 he was one of the original faculty members at Flashpoint Chicago, and named Dean in 2014. He became Dean of Columbia College Hollywood in 2016, merging both campuses. Peter began teaching at Loyola University Chicago in 2017. On May 1, 2019 he became the Director of the Illinois Film Office.