FREE! Masterclass On Microbudget Filmmaking with Michael Glover Smith

Documentary Feature

, 90 Minutes

Description: Chicago-based filmmaker, author and College of Lake County film studies instructor Michael Glover Smith has written and directed four acclaimed independent feature films since 2015. In this presentation, Smith will show selected scenes from all four films and discuss the logistics of microbudget moviemaking in the Midwest -- from scriptwriting to fundraising to shooting to post-production and beyond -- as well as how to navigate the tricky worlds of festivals and distribution. Followed by a Q&A.


Bio: Michael Glover Smith wrote and directed the independent feature films COOL APOCALYPSE (2015), MERCURY IN RETROGRADE (2017) and RENDEZVOUS IN CHICAGO (2018), all of which won awards at festivals across the U.S. and were the subject of rave reviews. The Chicago Sun-Times' Richard Roeper wrote that "Smith has a deft touch for creating characters who look and sound like people we know" and RogerEbert.com’s Matt Fagerholm has called him “one of the Windy City’s finest filmmakers.” His films have screened at Rooftop Cinema Club in Los Angeles, Spectacle Theater in Brooklyn and the Gene Siskel Film Center and Music Box Theater in Chicago. He was a recipient of the Siskel Center's Star Filmmaker award in 2017 and made Newcity Chicago's "Film 50" list in 2018 and 2020 for being one of fifty individuals who "shape Chicago's film scene." He teaches film history at several colleges and is the author of FLICKERING EMPIRE (Columbia University Press, 2015), an acclaimed nonfiction book about film production in Chicago during the silent era. He is currently in post-production on his fourth feature, RELATIVE, starring Wendy Robie (TWIN PEAKS), which will premiere in 2022.