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Chrysalis (2014)

Chrysalis is a post-apocalyptic horror film set decades after a bio-terrorist attack unleashes a virus upon the world, transforming much of humanity into vicious creatures and laying waste to civilization. The remnants and survivors have staggered about for years, as the infected slowly starve and die off.

Our story follows Josh (Cole Simon) and Penelope (Sara Gorsky), two such survivors who have banded together in the hope of rescuing others and hopefully rebuilding civilization. When they encounter Abira (Tanya Thai McBride), the lone survivor of another group, they must face new and terrifying challenges if they are to survive.

Chrysalis (2014) is the fourth feature from Glass City Films, produced in association with Huckpoten Entertainment, written by Ben Kurstin and directed by John Klein.

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Feature Films

Glass City
(2008)
Happily After
(2010)
Separation Anxiety
(2010)

Short Films

Hangers (2012)

A dark horror comedy about Gabriel, a young wisecrack waging a battle against the ghost of his new apartment's former tenant. When it becomes clear that all the ghost wants is to see the former love of his life, Kate, one last time, Gabriel vows to help him -or it- move on.

Starring Bryce Wissel, Adam Shalzi, and Rachel Crouch. Directed by Blake Clouser.
In collaboration with Beasts! Productions.

Watch the trailer here

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Under the Table (2012)

Awkward conversations at dinner, unplanned pregnancies, and an overzealous waiter…just another night at the restaurant, until events suddenly take a turn for the horrible and surreal. An homage to horror flicks of the 1970s written and directed by Darren Callahan, who also composed the electrifying score.

Starring Danielle Doetsch, Sasha Grishkov-Dance, and Cole Simon
With Paul E. Martinez, Brian Amidei, Sarah Grant, and Ellen Green.

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Children of the Invisible Man (2012)

A short grindhouse trailer directed by Darren Callahan to screen before "Under the Table" at the 2012 Sci-Fi Spectacular held at Chicago's historic Portage Theatre. Watch it here!

The Sleepover (2011)

Hide the booze! Friends at a sleepover incur the wrath of the dreaded Miss Meddle when their antics go a few tipsy steps too far. This short film served as a final film project for students of Je Suis Talent, with children ranging from 5-17 years old expertly tackling the lead roles.

Produced in collaboration with Je Suis Talent and Fearless Flicks.

Directed by Janet Milstein.

Rendezvous (2008)

Hired guns Booth and Chapman are at odds over the ethical dilemma that is part of their profession. While Booth prefers to avoid any emotional attachment to his "assignments," Chapman tries to show her victims at least some shred of compassion. But when Booth finally decides to share his feelings for Chapman, they find themselves in the middle of a dangerous - and deadly - emotional rendezvous.

Starring Sergio LoDolce and Devon Iott. Directed by Cole Simon.

Significant fests: 2008 Phantasmagoria Film Festival (Best of Fest), 2008 Atlanta Film Festival, 2008 Waterfront Film Festival, 2008 Rockport Film Festival

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Other Projects

DOCUMENTARY & PROMOTIONAL PROJECTS

Back 2 School
(2012; dir. Cole Simon) A truly powerful documentary about the Illinois Currency Exchange Charitable Foundation, whose mission is to supply school supplies to inner city kids and families struggling to make ends meet. Through interviews and testimonials, we learn that the fight for the education of America's children is happening at all levels, and only together can we fix it.

Watch the trailer here.
A smaller promotional piece we created for the organization is linked here.

Chicago House “Elliot”
(2011, dir. Cole Simon) A brief fundraising piece for the Chicago House foundation, which assists HIV-positive individuals in finding employment, housing, and most importantly a sense of self-worth and a reason to keep on living. We're hoping to continue our work with this organization in 2012.

Grace United Methodist Church:
(2012, dir. Cole Simon)
Part One: Children
Part Two: Church
Part Three: Community

A series of three promotional videos comissioned by Grace United Methodist Church in LaSalle, IL, to raise awareness for their initiative to expand and renovate their facilities. For more information, visit: www.MyGraceFamily.org.

The Ephemera Video Diaries:
(2011, dir. John Klein and Cole Simon)
Part One: Building A Robot
Part Two: Rehearsal Process
Part Three: Full Circle

This three-part video series was commissioned by Polarity Theatre Ensemble for their sci-fi stage comedy Ephemera, a world premiere unique for its "stage-specific site installation" art pieces designed (with cardboard) by renowned Chicago artist lewis lain. Our concept strove to show each member of the cast and crew as pieces of a larger puzzle, and thus our visual style took them to the far edges of the frame, boxing them in with set pieces and even titles. The arc of the videos takes us from humble beginnings in an apartment to a completed show filled with textured lighting and contrasting elements, without diminishing the overall concept.

Stitely Entertainment:
The Stitely Orchestra
Chicago Groove Collective
Stephanie Rogers Band

These compilation videos for Stitely Entertainment, taken from live performances of wedding bands, show our expertise at not only shooting multi-camera concerts but crafting finished products that speak to all demographics, specifically through powerful editing, well-rounded interviews, and a willingness to depict our clients with honesty and integrity.


STAGE PLAY TRAILERS

Naughty! The Musical World of Emmet Taylor Farkus (dir/DP John Klein)
A collection of the show's oddest lines may make you think you're walking into a tasteless, screwball farce of a musical ... and you'd be absolutely right, in the best way. This musical was composed by Happily After's Leo Schwartz.

Ribbon Around A Bomb (dir. Cole Simon, DP Tom Platt)
This incredibly ambitious musical about love, art, gender, ethnicity, family, and history demanded a dark, unique trailer for its marketing.

Spring Awakening (dir. Cole Simon, DP John Klein)
Promethean Theatre Ensemble's respectful and well-reviewed translation of the famous play was teeming with fantastic imagery, and we truly enjoyed bringing those images to filmic life through our own unique concepting.


MUSIC VIDEOS

These songs appear on the Glass City soundtrack, and their music videos – directed by Cole Simon and John Klein, respectively – serve as thematic companion pieces to the finished feature film. In "Ohio Sky," the lead singer is tormented by the conflict between his art and his need to pay the bills; in "Standing Barefoot on Marble Floors," we follow Meaghan through different scenes and colors of the film, ending in a reveal of what all the colors have created.

"Ohio Sky" by My Beloved Tragedy.

"Standing Barefoot on Marble Floors" by Meaghan Roberts.

Festival Achievements

GLASS CITY

Official Selection: 2008 Trail Dance Film Festival
NOMINEE - Best of Fest, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress
WINNER - Best Drama
Official Selection: 2009 River Bend Film Festival
FEATURED Midwest Film - Opening Night
Official Selection: 2009 Ohio Independent Film Festival
Official Selection: 2009 Central Florida Film Festival
Official Selection: 2009 Naperville Independent Film Festival
NOMINEE - Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress
WINNER - Best Actor (Scott Wilson)
Official Selection: 2009 Black Swamp International Film Festival

RENDEZVOUS

Official Selection: 2008 Phantasmagoria Film Festival
WINNER - Best Film
Official Selection: 2008 IUSB Film and Video Festival
Official Selection: 2008 Rockport International Film Festival
Official Selection: 2008 Paso Robles Digital Film Festival
Official Selection: 2009 Trail Dance Film Festival
Official Selection: 2008 Beverly Hills HI-Def Film Festival
Official Selection: 2009 Festivus Film Festival
Official Selection: 2009 Lake County Film Festival
Official Selection: 2009 Atlanta Film Festival (Academy Award qualifier)
Official Selection: 2009 Fractured Lens Film and Video Festival
Official Selection: 2009 Ohio Independent Film Festival
Official Selection: 2009 Waterfront Film Festival
Official Selection: 2009 FirstGlance Film Festival Online Shorts Program
Official Selection: 2009 Black Swamp Film Festival
Official Selection: 2009 Naperville Independent Film Festival
NOMINEE - Best Short Film, Best Director
Official Selection: 2009 ThrillSpy International Film Festival

OHIO SKY

Official Selection: 2009 River Bend Film Festival

SEPARATION ANXIETY

Official Selection: 2011 Trail Dance Film Festival
NOMINEE - Best Drama, Best Actress
WINNER - Best Director (Cole Simon)
Official Selection: 2011 Grand Rapids Film Festival
Official Selection: 2011 Theatre Tribe Film Festival
Official Selection: 2011 Alexandria Film Festival
Official Selection: 2011 Columbus International Film+Video Festival
WINNER - Honorable Mention

HAPPILY AFTER

Official Selection: 2011 Lake County Film Festival
Official Selection: 2011 River Bend Film Festival (Featured)
AWARD - Friend of the Festival (Glass City Films)
Official Selection: 2011 Blue Whiskey Indie Film Festival
Official Selection: 2011 Action On Film International Film Festival
NOMINEE - Best Production Design
Official Selection: 2011 Central Florida Film Festival
Official Selection: 2011 Park City Film Music Festival
WINNER - Gold Medal of Excellence in Music
Official Selection: 2012 Trail Dance Film Festival
NOMINEE - Best Feature Narrative

UNDER THE TABLE

Official Selection: 2012 Chicago Sci-Fi Spectacular