Midwest Media Now!

  • MMN Season 2 ep 004 Crossing Lines

    I talk with Charlie Breit about his Branded entertainment project "The Lines". He's also putting together a meetup on Thursday September 29th to bring together local Chicago filmmakers. "The Lines" is branded entertainment sort of "The Hills" meets driver education. Allstate Insurance is the brand and safe driving is the message. Charlie cleverly weaves young adult situations with driving mishaps. Each episode ends with nice message about safe driving. The production quality is great and he's found brought together some great local actors. The project is worth watching and a good sign that brands in the Midwest might be looking for opportunities to get their messages out in different ways.

  • MMN S2 ep003 Space Hospital a Galaxy of fun

    Yes I like cheese especially on pizza, hamburgers, fries, hotdogs and yes some of my content. Check out what one of the co-creators of Space Hospital Rob Poe has to say about making a series on a shoestring and still making sure everyone has fun doing it. Space Hospital has found that balance of cheese, story, camp and fun. It's a fine line to walk and not many people can do it. You can try to look good and not pull it off or not now how to make it campy and just make it look bad. This kind of work needs the right ideas and the right style and Poe has manages to make it a reality.

  • Wood Sugars, Comedy Brewing in Chicago MMN S2 ep002

    I've been lucky doing this show. I keep meeting a lot of funny people here in Chicago that are making great comedy. Maybe this dates me I'm not sure but when you listen to the Wood Sugars podcasts you really get a sense of old school comedy. When they say variety show they mean it they are all over the place. Short skits, interviews, music you name it they are doing it. They are also quick to mention their producer Jeremiah Watkins which his expertises adds to the great radio show quality.

  • We Are Skokie — MMN S2: ep001

    In this episode I talk with Karen and Frances. They are working to bring a community together with photography and social media to help build out it's historical archive and start conversations and share stories about what life is like in Skokie, IL.

  • MMN! Ep 032 Here Comes The Bod Squad

    Listen to the podcast right here! Or Subscribe to Midwest Media Now! On iTunes New media doesn’t just have to be about creating some new drama or sketch comedy. It […]

  • MMN: ep 031 Oh look LADYPARTS

    I spent the evening with Jeph Porter and crew at Joone Studios in Wicker Park watching them wrap on a full day of shooting their sketch comedy series "Ladyparts".

  • MMN ep:030 Kickstart your project

    Well it looks like Joe Avella reached his goal but you still have time to add to his bottom line so he can have a larger budget to make something cool. He droped by our normal Wednesdays @Starbucks to tell us about his project and how's he's funding it through KickStarter. What's always great about talking with Joe is his views of making this stuff called new media. Well really new media is just the way he's getting the word out about his film. But he has some great views about where film and content creation is going.

  • MMN: ep 029 Girl Power!

    Jessica Christopher and Jayme Joyce are the two founding filmmakers behind Joone Studios a NEW New Media studio located in Wicker Park. They have all the amenities an budding filmmaker or new media content creator could want.

  • MMN ep:028 Infamous = Famous

    Joey Barto, Director/Co-Creator and Greg Washington, Producer/Co-Creator/Main Character are working hard on their own mythology and creating a story of people with, well let's just say special talents. Infamous The Web Series, FIND, FRIEND, FOLLOW

  • MMN ep:027 Maybe Hip? You BET!

    Talk about making media this group of creative start ups are making media A TON OF IT! They are the "Ted Turners" of Chicago's Northshore. Starting in a garage... well they are still in a garage ( no reason you can't have a great studio in a garage) they are building a media empire with an impressive line up of shows that are covering all kinds of happenings in Chicago and the Internet.