MMN: ep 029 Girl Power!

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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 any budding filmmaker or new media content creator could want. But I’ll let them tell you about the features in the podcast.

What makes this place special? Jessica and Jayme are filmmakers too so they understand the needs of media makers on a budget and they’ve set up a great flexible studio for just about any need. Plus this gives them the space to keep working on their own creations. Which you can find links to in the show notes below.

Check out their work and their studio it might just be the kind of place you’re looking for, for your next productions.

On the Show
Jessica Christopher and Jayme Joyce FriendFollowFind
Sean McMenemy FriendFollowFind

Joone Studios

Jessica Christopher and Jayme Joyce

Things that came up
Columbia College
Skin Deep
Chicago Overcoats
Days of the Living Dead
Jeph Porter, Producer/Director Lady Parts

Here’s some photos from their event but don’t forget to check out JOONE STUDIOS to get a better view of their studio.

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MMN ep:028 Infamous = Famous

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Infamous might equal famous but that’s not going to their heads, these guys get it. Making films and making new media is what they are doing down in Shreveport, Louisiana, and that’s about as far away as you can get from Hollywood.


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.

They want to tell stories the way they want to tell stories. That’s a good thing for content creators and viewers.  After you listen to the show you’ll get a better idea what makes these guys tick and making their production flow work.

They are getting deeper into their first season so there’s plenty of time to catch up.  I encourage you to check out their show an if you’re anywhere near Shreveport help these guys out and make things happen there.

On the Show
Infamous The Web Series, FIND, FRIEND, FOLLOW

Joey Barto, Director/Co-Creator
Greg Washington. Producer/Co-Creator/Main Character
Sean McMenemy webtwitter

Things that came up!
Chris Nolan
Shreveport, Louisiana
Millenium Films
Drive Angry
The Gates
The Shreveport Film Industry Meetup Group
Walter Murch

The Gear
Sony EX1
Sony Ex3
Sienhizesr mics wireless
Adobe CS4
After Effects

Production Stills!





MMN ep:027 Maybe Hip? You BET!

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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.

They have the right attitude about getting out there an making media. As you’ listen to the show you’ll here about what inspired them to break into the business, and the tools they use to do it. Plus you’ll get their view on where all this stuff is going.

We recorded this episode at one of our creative events called Let’s Create, if you like to find out more or even attend and maybe get on the show just go here.



MaybeHip on Facebook
Big Teeth
Beyond the Pedway
Let’s Create

On the show: Find, Follow, Friend
Patrick Lothian
Robby Silver
Lexi Scherr
Mike McFadden
Gregg Jaffe
Tim Jahn
Sean McMenemy

Maybe Hip Show Line Up:
For or Against
My Indie Life
Your News
Ok Good Stuff
Hip Shorts
Chicago Rocks

Things that came up:
Revision 3
Kevin Kelly 1000 True Fans.
Daisy Whitney
Panasonic AG HMC 150
Canon 5D
Canon T2i
Film Riot
Next New Networks

MMN ep:026 MTSS the title says it all.

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I say that’s short for something because I want to get indexed by Google. It stands for the “Midwest Teen Sex Show” It’s not what you think it is, so listen up! But it’s something you should watch and watch whatever else Guy Clark might be working. Now I know what you’re thinking. But get your mind out of the gutter for a minute and know this is more about understanding awkward situations.  Understanding the situations with great production, humor and a funny cast. Some of which you’ve already heard about on our Cell Camp episode.

On the Show
Guy Clark webClark Olson Media
Dave Olson webtwitter
Sean McMenemy webtwitter


Nikol Hasler
Britney Barber

Things that came up!
Find Midwest Teen Sex Show Here, episodes here and on twitter!
Sam has Seven Friends
Adam Corolla
Real American Family
Public Internet Channel
1 Economy

MMN ep:025 Milk Money

It takes money to make Milk, I mean it takes money to make movies. That’s just what Todd Tue of Milk Products Media is doing with his latest project titled “From Grass to Cheese”. Friday the 19th they kicked off their fund raising efforts to make a feature doc about making organic cheese in Ohio. When Todd visited the Nolan’s Family farm last year he thought it might be an interesting project.

But what he found was a great story of family working together to make a living and build a future for themselves. Not only was he inspired by the land but the Nolans as well.

One of the best things about this fund raising effort you get more than just a name on the credits you get cheese! Come on what more can you ask for?

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Seriously watch the trailer and try and tell me the Midwest isn’t beautiful!

A small sample from a feature length documentary about the Nolan’s family-run dairy farm in Ohio and their venture into cheese making. This project is currently under production and needs your support please visit

Milk Products Media
Laurel Valley Creamery
The Farmers Wife
Seven Signs
HVX 200
P2 Cards
Final Cut
Small Chicago


MMN ep:024 A Face in the Crowd

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This is a first, but I’m sure not a last. New Media talking about Old Media well at least on this show. Today we’re talking about a film “A Face In The Crowd” Director: Elia Kazan 1957

I’ve never seen a more poignant film than this that represents everything that is going on in New Media today.  The idea of a “little radio show” much like a podcast is today launching personalities, to radio and TV personalities having influence over the thoughts of the general public and even big brands wanting a piece of the action because they want to attach their names to a rising star in hopes of selling more product.

Warning, there are some spoilers to the movie as we talk about some key scenes but we didn’t give away the ending or anything like that. All I can say is I encourage everyone to watch this movie even after all this time this movie is more relevant now than ever before.

We’re giving away 3 copies of “A Face in the Crowd” to a random commenter or tweeter that retweets this episode. Please use the following line so we can find your entry easy or just leave a comment on the post. If you’re not already following Midwest Media Now on Twitter that’s okay but you’re missing out!

@midwestmedianow pick me! pick me! I want to see “A Face In The Crowd” #faceinthecrowd

This show was off the cuff with our Wednesday morning media group that at Starbucks in Schaumburg.  Drop by or Skype in if you ever want to be a part of nerdy discussions.  When I brought it up in the group I was surprised to hear at at least one other had seen the movie.

On the show:
Tony Gasbarro web
Sean McMenemy webtwitter
Celina Acquaro web
Bill Fortune web

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MMN ep:023 The Edge of Fringe in Chicago

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On the edge of creative performance you will find the fringe. Mikayla Brown and Vinnie Lacey of Fringe Chicago talked with me about their upcoming event slated for the beginning of September. If you’re a performer get your application in there now! The deadline for submissions is February 15th 2010. If you like watching raw creativity well you better pencil in some time between Sept 1st – 5th.

This is no ordinary performance showcase this is stuff you won’t see at any mainstream events. Even Mikayla and Vinnie don’t know what to expect. But judging from their passion and their experience with similar events it’s going to be crazy fun! Fringe events have had quite a history and are popping up all over the county and now here is Chicago!

Just listen to the show and get all the details and hear the history of Fringe.

On the show:
Chicago Fringe

Sarah Mikayla Brown
Executive Producer/Interim Board President (Board Member)
Vinnie Lacey
Vice President (Board Member)
Sean McMenemy webtwitter

Things that came up!
Chicago Fringe
Argo Tea
Find out more about Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood here, here and here!

Minnesota Fringe
Fringe NYC

TimeOut NewYork
PopUP Art
Crash Pad Puppets

Chicago Fringe 411
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