First Tuesdays with the Midwest Independent Film Festival:

Midwest Pilot Showcase!
Special advance screening of Midwest pilots competing in NYTVF 2015

Midwest-made TV pilots take center stage at First Tuesdays with The Midwest Independent Film Festival on Tuesday, September 1st, with festivities beginning at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema at 6 p.m.  The 11th Annual New York Television Festival (NYTVF) has announced its official selections for this year’s Independent Pilot Competition and there are five Midwest-made productions among this year’s picks.  The Midwest Independent Film Festival will be presenting all five pilots - plus one very special addition - on September 1st before they make their official premiere at NYTVF this fall.  Cast and crew will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion with the audience.


JUST ADDED FOR TUESDAY: Right before the Pilot Showcase, we'll have our Producers Panel... and we have EMPIRE Co-Executive Producer Loucas George and CHICAGO FIRE Producer Todd Arnow in the house! Here are the full details...

And the five Midwest pilots are…


Blackouts: A series of lightning-fast sketches, ranging from silly to absurd, offers surprises at every turn. Created by Chicago filmmakers Di Billick, Daniel Ennion, Joey Gilmore, Michael Grush, Toby McMullen, and Eric Richter. Watch the trailer!


Danny's Choice: Created by Indiana filmmakers Doug Keeling and Alyssa Keeling.  Danny is trying to survive the 5th grade one difficult choice at a time as his friends Jimmy, Billy, and Zach constantly peer pressure him to abandon his morals. Watch the trailer!

It's Megan:  A feminist sketch group in bros' clothing - provocative, irreverent, female-driven sketch about a male-driven world. Created by Chicago's Sarah Shook, Whit Conway, Blair Beeken, Chelsea Devantez, Asher Perlman, Niccole Thurman, Emily Walker, and Adam Peacock. Watch the trailer!


Goodnight Jeffrey: Jeffrey is a worrier, especially at night. Unable to fall asleep, he replays his day through the lens of his neurotic memory and imagination. Created by Tyler Smith. Watch the trailer!

Settled: A married couple of suburban doofuses experience life's parade of mundane frustrations, most of which are self-inflicted. Created by Blair Beeken and Asher Perlman, directed by Second City's Head of Digital Media Production Jeph Porter. Watch the trailer!

SPECIAL SCREENING: Witnesses. This Midwest-made pilot won the Critics' Award at NYTVF 2014 and most recently took home the coveted Best Pilot prize at the inaugural SeriesFest this summer.  Two young drifters scout their next targets by posing as missionaries in rural Wisconsin. But justice will be served in this 'Midwestern' thriller when their paths collide with the local police chief and county judge, who each have their own ways of enforcing the law. Produced by Wisconsin native David Eisenberg and Jon Higgins. Watch the trailer!

FIRST TUESDAY SCHEDULE: Tuesday, September 1, 2015 -- First Tuesday festivities begin with a Pre-Show Cocktail Reception at Landmark Century Centre Cinema (2828 North Clark) at 6 p.m.  The evening's Producers Panel begins at 6:30 p.m. in the theater.  Midwest Pilot Showcase screens promptly at 7:30 p.m.  A post-screening reception will be hosted by Avenue Tavern, 2916 North Broadway, immediately following the film program.




Founded in 2005, The New York Television Festival (NYTVF) is a pioneer of the independent television movement, connecting its community of artists with leading networks, studios, agencies, production companies, and brands.   Original television and web series pilots will be presented for industry executives and TV fans October 19-24.  For more information on the NYTVF, visit


Founded in 2005, The Midwest Independent Film Festival is the nation's only film festival solely dedicated to the Midwest filmmaker, presenting audiences with regionally produced independent cinema every first Tuesday of the month at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema, 2828 North Clark in Chicago.  This year-round film festival sits proudly at the center of the independent film scene in Chicago and the Midwest and is dedicated to celebrating and strengthening that community. More information can be found on the Festival website: