First Tuesdays with the Midwest Independent Film Festival:

Chicago Pilot Showcase!
Special advance screening of Chicago pilots competing in NYTVF 2014

Chicago TV pilots take center stage at First Tuesdays with The Midwest Independent Film Festival on Tuesday, October 7th, with festivities beginning at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema at 6 p.m.  The 10th Annual New York Television Festival (NYTVF) has announced a record 62 official selections for this year’s Independent Pilot Competition and there are a record seven Chicago productions among this year’s picks.  The Midwest Independent Film Festival will be presenting all seven pilots on October 7th before they make their official premiere at NYTVF at the end of the month.  Cast and crew will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion with the audience.


And the seven Chicago pilots are…


The Wake (Sci-Fi Drama): The latest project from independent Chicago development studio, Black Apple Media. In a post-apocalyptic world where resources are scarce, a small population tries to solve the mystery surrounding the power plant on the outskirts of their settlement.


Apartment Guy (Workplace Sitcom): Created by Bill Boehler. Bill and his colleagues at a real estate agency navigate the woes of apartment-hunting in Chicago, getting into trouble and overcompensating for their mistakes along the way.


Bad Ambulance (Psychological Horror Thriller): Created by Daniel Klein. Your time of greatest need, when you call out for help, can you trust the first responders?

The Jamz (Comedy): Created by Jim Kozyra. In an attempt to land a coveted morning show gig, two radio DJs endeavor to create a successful radio show in their current late-night slot.


Man Scout (Docu-Reality Comedy): Created by Shawn Bowers and Colin Hogan. As a kid, Colin wasn't 'scout material.' Now, as a boyish man, he endeavors to earn all the badges he never could in this docu-comedy that proves it' s never too late to go after your dreams.


Love Spitters (Dating Game Show): Created by Rich Seng and Nicholas Charles Peters. To win the heart of one hip hop vixen, four freestyle emcees mu st answer a series of questions – on a beat and in rhyme – in this dating competition full of wit and swagger.


Jones Sweet A** TV Pitch (Spoof Reality): Created by Pedro Castro and Ramiro Castro Jr.  Businessman Toby Jones will do anything to get on TV...for the right price.

FIRST TUESDAY SCHEDULE: Tuesday, October 7, 2014 -- 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.  Chicago 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 20-25 at Tribeca Cinemas.  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: