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Jon Silver’s feature The Premiere begins filming in Chicago Reel Chicago News

Comedy Talent from Second City, Steppenwolf, Key & Peele, RoseAnne, and Strangers With Candy to star in new Jon Silver Indie Feature Film, The Premiere.

The Premiere, a new Comedy/Drama feature film by Jon Silver (The Civil Hoax, Twain: Cancelled), starts shooting in January of 2024. Filming completely in the city of Chicago, the story Focuses on a young filmmaker juggling countless challenges on the night of his first premiere, including high-expectations, celebrity appearances, and imaginary delusions projected onto the screen. It is Jon Silver’s fourth feature film.

Jon Silver is a Chicago-based filmmaker coming from a comedy background. He is the Co-Founder of ShowPup Productions and an instructor at Chicago Filmmakers. Jon has worked with Second City, iO and The Annoyance to produce comedy sketches, short films, web series, TV pilots, and more. His first feature The Civil Hoax, was called ‘Can’t Miss Indie Cinema’ by the Chicago Tribune.

The Premiere explores themes of art, culture, race, money and the film industry. Far from Hollywood, Chicago media artists often struggle with lack of fame and success, but most of all ego and artistic expression. This dramedy delves deep into the realities of being a young artist today.

CineCity Studios is partnering with the production to facilitate studio space, and they will also film on location at one of Chicago’s most revered historic theaters, The Music Box Theatre, in addition to other locations around Chicago.

A ShowPup production, in association with Kernel Productions and Fernandez Films, The Premiere‘s Director of Photography will be Michael Fernandez and Produced by Jenny Argyle Hogan. The film is written & directed by Jon Silver. Executive Producers include Zack Fishman and Grant Troyer.

Cast includes Grant Kennedy Lewis(Steppenwolf), Adam Schreck (Second City Mainstage), Greg Hollimon (Strangers with Candy), Rick Hall (K.C. Undercover), and Natalie West (RoseAnne/The Connors).

ShowPup Productions is an independent media company, dedicated to curating quality narrative content and providing a platform for creators. By partnering with creatives, they strive to help launch and incubate their craft.


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