Indie Film SCREW CITY gearing up for production
Morrison, IL (February 19, 2019) - Local indie film SCREW CITY, a coming-of-age story about a rustbelt-city teenager trying to escape is dead-end life through his punk rock band, is gearing up to start filming in Northwest Illinois. According to SCREW CITY co-producer Chris Pratola, “We're ready to go. The script is finished, the shoot dates set. We are finalizing funding, and when we’re finished, we will jump right into casting and pre-production.”
The film, written, directed and co-produced by Joselito Seldera, is set in Rockford and Chicago, Illinois. Pratola describes the film as following Chuck, who is only weeks from graduating high school in Rockford, IL. As all his peers around him are getting ready to leave town and move on with their lives, Chuck's greatest fear is being stuck in Rockford the rest of his life...alone. His only way out depends on the success of his punk rock band, Stick Figure. That is, if he can convince his best friends/bandmates to stick it out with him.
Gary Camarano, Director of the Northwest Illinois Film Office, said, “I think the entire production team is very creative and artistic, but just as interesting is the way they are approaching the film’s financing. They are conducting an innovative crowdfunding campaign that gives investors of all levels the opportunity to participate in a film production. The film’s producers will be hosting webinar to discuss equity crowdfunding, SCREW CITY, and the in’s and out’s of investing in a movie. Those interested should do their homework, and participate in the webinar. It’s a really interesting peek behind the scenes at film making, and an innovative strategy for financing film projects.” The webinar will be held on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm, and pre-registration is required.
Pratola added, “We feel SCREW CITY is the ideal entry-venture for investors who are interested in film. We want to dispel the notion that filmmaking is an elitist venture, and equity crowdfunding has the potential to do just that by changing the traditional model of how movies are made.”
As the film concludes its financing objectives, casting calls for local talent will be held in the Northwest Illinois region. The Northwest Illinois Film Office will be working closely with the producers to schedule and promote those casting calls. Camarano said, “The producers are from the region, and its great seeing local indie films like SCREW CITY getting their chance to tell their story. We look at ourselves as a ‘film friendly community’ here, and we stand ready to assist.
For further information about SCREW CITY visit www.startengine.com/screwcitymovie.
For information about the Northwest Illinois Film Office visit www.filmnwilllinois.com .
Gary Camarano, Executive Director