2018 CIFC Board of Directors Introduced to Membership

The Board of Directors for 2018 were introduced to the general membership of the Central Illinois Film Commission at our monthly membership meeting on January 19, 2018.  Pictured in the front row l-r are Karl Luthin, Kathy Jean, Jerry Hopgood, Barbara Hopgood, Diana Dugan and Joyce Ludwig.  Standing l-r are Chuck Ludwig, Ron McDonald, Dean Williams, Clara Davis, John Mangis, Laura Richter and Bishop Stevens.  Not pictured are Liz Zalar and Kimberly Connor.

Additionally, the membership were given updates on the status of several filming projects that are in the works for central Illinois.

Ron McDonald reported that the newly redesigned website for the Central Illinois Film Commission is about 90% complete and members were encouraged to get a preview glimpse of it by using the temporary URL  springfieldfilmcommission.com.  Plans are to point our permanent URL, centralillinoisfilmcommission.com to the new site in the coming week.  The springfieldfilmcommission.com URL only served as access to the new website as it was being built out.  The Central Illinois Film Commission will NOT be changing it’s name.  There is a new, searchable, Talent Directory of our members on the new website, however, we are lacking many members photos.  If you do not have a photo associated with your name, send a headshot photo to Dean Williams so it can be added to the directory.  If you don’t have a headshot, Dean will be taking photos at our next monthly meeting on February, 15.

Up and coming actor and newly elected CIFC board member Bishop Stevens briefly talked about his new filming endeavor, Mom and Dad, starring Nicholas Cage and Selma Blair that is scheduled to be in theaters in a limited release beginning today, January 19.  It will also be available through On Demand.

Michael Holub, CIFC member and actor, described his experiences in being a background actor and more frequently a featured background actor in several of the TV shows filmed in the Chicago area including Chicago Med, Chicago PD and Chicago Fire. Additionally, he’s been getting more and more work in film projects lately. He stressed that being on-time, being available to take rolls when called and building relationships on set as keys to getting call-backs for more work. Recently retired from the law enforcement field, Michael is enjoying his new-found love of acting and being in the film-making industry.