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New Film Content Added to CAR

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to announce the addition of film, video and moving image coverage on its professional development website for artists, Chicago Artists This is the first addition of a new creative discipline to the website since 2010.

CAR was officially launched in 2005 as a program of the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. It began with a principal focus on the visual arts discipline, but was always envisioned to grow into a resource for artists and art organizations in every discipline, and as a vehicle to encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Today, CAR provides resources for Chicago’s dance, film, literary, music, theater and visual arts communities, boasting more than 70,000 visits per month. As a hub for arts information, the website publishes articles on professional development and studio practice topics monthly, featuring local artists, as well as job postings, calls for artists, event and studio space rentals.

After issuing an extensive survey to film professionals to understand the needs of the industry, the Coalition determined that a film section on CAR should address both the commercial and fine art aspects of filmmaking, and should support the vibrant, growing community of independent filmmakers in Chicago. CAR Film will support Chicago’s film communities by providing information on employment and opportunities in the industry, as well as reporting on the art and business of moving image production.

In development during the past year, the new CAR Film section was informed by outreach to numerous organizations in the film community, including the Chicago Film Office, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Filmmakers, Chicago International Film Festival, CIMM Fest, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Facets, IFP, Chicago Actors in Film, Latino International Film Festival, Midwest Independent Film Festival, Gene Siskel Film Center, Illinois Production Alliance, Kartemquin Films, Music Box Films, Cinespace and numerous individual practitioners.

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