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The State Of The Film Industry in Illinois

Kwame Amoaku, Director of the Chicago Film Office, and Peter Hawley, Director of the Illinois Film Office, discuss the state of the industry in Illinois. Non-members, click here to register:

Thursday, December 12, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Central Standard Time)
4245 N Knox Ave, Chicago, IL 60641 Get Directions
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Kwame Amoaku, Director of the Chicago Film Office, and Peter Hawley, Director of the Illinois Film Office, discuss the state of the industry in Illinois.

The Chicago Film Office, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, leads the city’s effort to attract and enhance the production of feature films, television series, commercials, documentaries and all forms of local screen entertainment. For filmmakers, it is a one-stop liaison for all City of Chicago production needs including permits, city services, and logistical support.

The Illinois Film Office is the gateway to government for production, and this program will provide the information you need to navigate the Illinois Film Production Tax Credit Program. Please join the IFO leadership in learning how government can help you achieve your creative vision while supporting economic development in Illinois.

Kwame Amoaku brings 25 years of experience in the film industry as an executive producer, director, assistant director, production manager, location manager, actor and writer. Prior to joining the Chicago Film Office, Amoaku was location manager for the NBC series, “Chicago Fire” (since 2014) and for the Netflix movie based on Chicago’s hip-hop scene, “Beats” (2019). His acting credits include “Chicago Fire,” “ER” and “Prison Break.” He attended Southern Illinois University.

Peter Hawley is an award-winning writer and director of feature films, television commercials and documentaries. As an undergraduate at Northwestern University he won a national student Emmy Award for his music video Next to You, and several awards and festival appearances for his short film The Law of Inertia. The success of these projects gave him the opportunity to write and direct the feature film Victimless Crimes.

From narrative films Hawley transitioned into directing television commercials, specializing in storytelling. As a commercial director for more than 15 years, his advertising credits include national spots for Windex, Glade, Off-Skintastic, and Weber Grills. He also created and wrote the "Denny Dent" television campaign for classic rock radio stations in the United States and Canada, and a commercial spoof of the popular television show "E.R." for ABC7 in Chicago.

Since 1996 he has been a faculty member at Columbia College Chicago, Academic Dean and a founding faculty member of Tribeca Flashpoint College, and Dean of Columbia College Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA. He started teaching at Loyola University in Chicago in the Fall of 2017.

Since May 1, 2019 he has been the Director of the Illinois Film Office.

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The State Of The Film Industry in Illinois

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