IFP/Chicago's "75 Minutes with Joe Chappelle" a Rousing Success

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    On Thursday, June 19, more than 125 members of Chicago’s production community ventured out to Cinespace Chicago for IFP/Chicago’s “75 Minutes with Joe Chappelle,” a conversation with the Evanston-based executive producer of NBC’s hit shows “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago PD,” hosted by Chicago Tribune reporter Nina Metz.

     Chappelle screened a clip from his earliest work, the 1994 feature “Thieves Quartet,” as well as a scene from “Chicago Fire,” as Metz guided a conversation that covered the range of Chappelle’s career in advertising, feature film and television.  After the discussion, attendees were allowed the opportunity to take a peek at the set of Molly’s Bar from “Chicago Fire” while meeting and chatting with Chappelle, Metz and fellow filmmakers in the audience.

     “’75 Minutes With …’ is a signature event for us because they give IFP/Chicago audiences – members and non-members alike – the chance to get some thoughtful insights from our speakers, and our evening with Joe Chappelle really exemplified that,” says Carrie Holt de Lama, President of IFP/Chicago.  “We’re excited to keep delivering opportunities and events like this one to support our terrific community of independent filmmakers.”

     IFP/Chicago thanks Cinespace Chicago for providing the venue; NBC Universal for allowing the event to take place on the set; Resolution Digital Studios for the A/V equipment; and Tribeca Flashpoint for providing volunteers.