First Tuesdays with the Midwest Independent Film Festival:

Our Annual Midwest Pilot Showcase!
Special advance screening of Midwest-made pilots

Midwest-made TV pilots take center stage at First Tuesdays with The Midwest Independent Film Festival on Tuesday, October 4th, with festivities beginning at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema at 6 p.m. The 12th Annual New York Television Festival (NYTVF) has announced its official selections for this year’s Independent Pilot Competition and there are seven Midwest-made productions among this year’s picks. The Midwest Independent Film Festival will be presenting all seven pilots on October 4th before they make their official premiere at NYTVF this fall. The showcase will also include premieres of two brand new pilots, one from the legendary improv duo of T.J. Jagodowski and David Pasquesi and one from the Executive Producers of TEACHERS, currently in production on its second season for TV Land. Filmmakers will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion with the audience.


And the nine Midwest pilots in this year's showcase are…

TJ & Dave: In the spirit of the iconic long-running improv show "TJ & Dave," all scenes in this pilot are fully improvised on the day of the shoot. The only thing known going in is where they're shooting. Created by T.J. Jagodowski, David Pasquesi and Ron Lazzeretti.

Sickos: This Cap Gun TV Production was created by Laura McKenzie, Mary Winn Heider and Laura Grey, directed by Matt Miller and produced by P.J. Fishwick.

Curfeud: Official Selection, 2016 New York Television Festival. Two kooky-but-loving parents try to keep tabs on their endless supply of curfew-breaking adult children in this improv-friendly series featuring a who’s who of Chicago comedy.
Created by Jeff Murdoch and Jo Scott.


Geeta's Guide to Moving On: Created by Chicago's Puja Mohindra. After her Indian-American Prince Charming dumps her, heartbroken Geeta Gidwani moves back in with her parents and learns to move on with the help of her family and her friends. Official Selection, 2016 New York Television Festival.

Julius: Lovable, well-meaning service advisor Julius Smith is an unusual selection to be the star of a new reality TV show about his life. Created by Nnamdi Ngwe and John Shaw. Official Selection, 2016 New York Television Festival.


Written Off: The fashion section of "The Chicago Truth" is shutting down, rendering Keith and Liam jobless. These two best friends and cohorts have no choice but to reinvent themselves and put their journalistic talents to work. Created by Antoine McKay and Margie Shabazz. Official Selection, 2016 New York Television Festival.  

Click Bait: Official Selection, 2016 New York Television Festival. Comedians face off in a series of outrageous online assignments in this web-centric prank show, created by Chicago's Shawn Bowers and Colin Hogan.

Guidance: A Catholic high school psychologist with a secret and a drinking problem struggles to keep his professional and personal lives separate and intact. Created by Josh Wolff. Official Selection, 2016 New York Television Festival.

The Kama Sutra Club: A sexually-repressed professor researches every position of the Kama Sutra in an attempt to scrub away the memory of his ex-wife. Created by Dan Klein. Official Selection, 2016 New York Television Festival.

FIRST TUESDAY SCHEDULE: Tuesday, October 4, 2016 -- 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 immediately follows 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 24-29.  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: