Filmmakers Meetup!

This bi-monthly event is a wonderful way to find your next writer/DP/motivation/producer/agent/friend! Join us on Tuesday, March 25th 2014 from 7pm - 9pm to mix and mingle with local filmmakers. Network and learn about projects that are looking for cast & crew right now. Or perhaps you have a project of your own? Looking for inspiration? Don't be shy and jump in!

For the uninitiated: this bimonthly networking event provides a chance for filmmakers to meet and collaborate on projects. Are you a screenwriter looking for a producer? A director looking for a director of photography? This event is open to anyone who is interested in making independent media: editors, actors, art directors, composers, make-up artists... Bring your resume and business cards, and we’ll handle the rest. Special guest speakers and community businesses will also be featured.

As always, it's totally free for Chicago Filmmaker members, $5 for non-members. To inquire about membership, go to: or call[masked]-1447. We're bringing the drinks back and we'll be full of cool people talking film... don't miss it!

This week, our special guests from THE UNDERGROUND MULTIPLEX will be presenting: FREE MEDIA: Mending Arts When All is Broke.  A TED-style talk about media production and it's relationship to community and finance featuring Emmy-nominated producer Joseph R. Lewis and award-winning movie programmer Legendary Lew Ojeda. 

With their track record of zany stunts and their penchant for PT Barnum-esque showmanship, we can expect this presentation to be bombastic and rebellious with a dash of sincere silliness.

In 2010 Lewis and Ojeda founded The Underground Multiplex, a community arts organization that engineers national media campaigns for underground artists, programs community events, and produces original media content (much of which is freely available at their online portal

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  • Eric Edwards A.

    Great meeting, great words heard, thanks!

    1 · March 29, 2014

    • Lewis O.

      Thanks, Eric! Very pleased you were able to make it and hear us out.

      1 · March 31, 2014

    • Eric Edwards A.

      Me too Lewis, really awesome stuff. I've actually been looking for a way to get in touch with you but no luck, and was looking to chat about a couple things coming up in the near future. Would you mind DM me on Facebook how to reach you, or just email me at : [masked]? Thanks man, hope top hear from you soon

      June 6, 2014

  • Doris W.

    Hello I look forward to meeting some other creatives to collaborate with.

    May 16, 2014

  • Lewis O.

    Another update/follow-up example from our talk on Tuesday night: Joe Lewis and I are both members of the Emmy-nominated Elephant and Worm TV Show, which will begin a second season on CAN-TV tomorrow at 3:30pm. Our guest will be Gene Bowen, who was the subject of the Meinecke Art Show last Friday. You will notice we've highlighted Bowen in recent posts on The Underground Multiplex (TUGM). In a future TV show, we'll feature Ralph Kipniss, also the subject of numerous TUGM posts.

    Using Elephant and Worm's CAN-TV show in this manner serves us in a few different ways: 1) it extends the age demographic for covering a particular subject in a different way, 2) having a CAN-TV show can reach those who have cable TV but not internet (yes, such people are out there) and 3) it gives another opportunity to practice creating media quickly and efficiently for immediate consumption and self-promotion. It extends the net out further for media attention and community service and involvement.

    March 31, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Let me know if you guys need a hand for taping?

      April 1, 2014

  • Lewis O.

    Exciting follow-up to Tuesday night's meeting:

    The Underground Multiplex made The Chicago Reader again, this time for the second Meinecke Studio Art Show called Factual Abstractions. The article appears in the current Chicago Reader on page 35, or you can read the online version here:

    To reflect back on our talk on Tuesday: YOU. CAN. DO. THIS. You have the tools. You have the smarts. Even if you think you don't have the experience, it doesn't matter. Build up the right team, nurture them and seek out the stories that will help someone (or others). Your investment in the benefit of others will get YOU noticed in the end.

    I'm currently processing an audio recording of Tuesday's talk that will appear as a podcast of Mediatrocities on The Underground Multiplex. Once that is completed, I will post a notice here.

    Thanks and best of luck to you! Look forward to talking to you again.

    2 · March 27, 2014

  • Steve

    Sorry I couldn't make it! Quick question to the group - do we have any location scouts out there? Thanks!

    March 26, 2014

  • Simon M.

    Like before, really well organized and meaningful.

    March 26, 2014

    • Lewis O.

      Thanks, Simon! Very glad you enjoyed it.

      2 · March 26, 2014

  • Brian G.

    I have been to a bunch over the years. This was one of the best. Very good motivational speech. I Felt like I absorbed an entire business power book in 45 mintues. Brief, powerful information about Transmedia.

    March 26, 2014

    • Lewis O.

      Thanks very much for the kind words, Brian! Here's hoping it helps you in your current and future projects!

      March 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Super Awesome & Insightful!!!

    1 · March 25, 2014

    • Lewis O.

      Thanks very much, Scott! Very pleased to have you attend.

      March 26, 2014

  • Lewis O.

    Tuesday night, Joe Lewis and I will give the lowdown on what The Underground Multiplex (TUGM) is and our philosophy. Until then, if you've not heard nor read about us, the following is a crash course resume of some of our "greatest hits:"

    TUGM first breaks story of The Portage Theater's conflict with an "end times" church. Post is referenced in a tweet by Roger Ebert and gains major traction in local media:

    TUGM's midnight movie programming helps Facets Night School win Chicago Reader's "Best Late Night Programming of 2013" with stiff competition from Music Box, Logan Theater and Landmark Century:

    TUGM breaks the story of The Lost Marionettes of Ralph Kipniss, leading to an award-nominated cover story by (now former) Chicago Sun-Times arts features writer Dave Hoekstra:
    NBC 5:

    Rediscovery of Tristan Meinecke's art and gallery show, leading to major Chi Trib coverage:

    March 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm am very grateful and excited to connect with all tomorrow!!! :-)

    March 25, 2014

  • Andrew F.

    Rats. Next time.

    March 24, 2014

  • Eric N

    Currently searching for any internship openings at post houses, any help would be much appreciated. I came off active duty last summer and am finally here attending Columbia College Chicago and learning as much as I can. I look forward to meeting other filmmakers.

    1 · February 3, 2014

    • Troy O.

      Have you had any success in your pursuit of internship? What specifically is your skill and what are you looking to do?

      March 19, 2014

    • Eric N

      Still currently looking. Just helping with freelance stuff here and there at the moment. My focus is editing and my main software is adobe premiere.

      March 19, 2014

  • Lewis O.

    I look forward to sharing with all of you the ideas and working model that helped us gain awards and front page features/attention in The Chicago Sun-Times, The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, The Associated Press, NBC5 Chicago and others.

    2 · March 18, 2014

  • David J M.

    Look forward to attending (pending an out of state directing gig) If anyone wants to touch base via email about developing new projects I'd love to connect.

    1 · March 8, 2014

  • joe

    Check out the noisivelvet, a 501c3 nfp, web site: -- Beginning first round of edits and could likely use more help in the next month or two. Editors, graphics, sound, film festival research, and more -- Please send any inquires to [masked]

    2 · February 8, 2014

    • Eric N

      Sounds like a plan. I will send you and email with my latest work and we can go from there

      February 9, 2014

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