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Television Thu Apr 03 2014

Art of the Web Series

By now most of you have heard of web series, for those of you that have not, it is simply a series of video content posted and obtained online. The most popular, and probably most recognizable, of these today is arguably "House of Cards." Mind you, "House of Cards" is not what I would consider typical, or most common, when thinking about web series. Most web series that are being produced today are independent, made by people that want to tell a story or be a part of the entertainment or film/video world but do not feel it is accessible from where they are, so like all great producers they just get out there and make it happen.

YouTube, Blip and Vimeo have given video creators a platform for distributing their footage. Today I want to focus on five web series being produced in Chicago.

The City Hates Us

A series about a circle of artist trying to balance life, friendship, and the difficulties of following your dreams in the big city.

Guys' Book Club

This is a comic series is about a group of married men who form a book club as a reason to get away form their wives. Above is the fist episode, but there is plenty of backstory in the 30 minute pilot.

CATastrophes

A series with a real goal of supporting cat adoption, I think it is one of the best produced series being done in Chicago. Here is the episode that got me hooked.

Funemployed

This series is about a group of friends that are maneuvering in the new jobless world of adulthood after graduating college.

Our Cultural Center

This is my comic series that looks behind the scenes of a non-profit art center that lost its main funder. Now the founder, Victoria, and staff have to adjust to the new profit-driven director -- Victoria's ex-husband, Randall.

 

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Feature Mon Jun 09 2014

I Grew Up in a Big Ol' Gay Disco: an Interview with Oli Rodriguez

By H. Melt

Oli Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist working in film, photography, and performance. H. Melt sat down with him to find out more about his relationship to Chicago, the city's queer history, and how it impacts his artmaking.
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Steve at the Movies Fri Jul 25 2014

Hercules, Lucy, A Most Wanted Man, I Origins, And So It Goes, Happy Christmas, Magic in the Moonlight, Under the Electric Sky & Closed Curtain

By Steve Prokopy

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Mon Jul 28 2014
Impress These Apes @ ComedySportz

Mon Jul 28 2014
Physical Festival @ Links Hall

Tue Jul 29 2014
The Moth StorySLAM @ Martyrs'

Tue Jul 29 2014
Physical Festival @ Links Hall

Tue Jul 29 2014
This is Spinal Tap @ Millennium Park

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Physical Festival @ Links Hall

Wed Jul 30 2014
WBEZ presents After Water @ Mayne Stage

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Physical Festival @ Links Hall

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School of Rock Allstars @ Beat Kitchen

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Physical Festival @ Links Hall

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Great Midwest Uke Fest @ Chief O'Neill's

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American Graffiti & Car Show @ Portage Theater


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