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.
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.
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
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.
Directed by Janet Milstein.
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
DOCUMENTARY & PROMOTIONAL PROJECTS
Back 2 School
Chicago House “Elliot”
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.
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.
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)
Ribbon Around A Bomb (dir. Cole Simon, DP Tom Platt)
Spring Awakening (dir. Cole Simon, DP John Klein)
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.
Official Selection: 2008 Trail Dance Film Festival
Official Selection: 2008 Phantasmagoria Film Festival
Official Selection: 2009 River Bend Film Festival
Official Selection: 2011 Trail Dance Film Festival
Official Selection: 2011 Lake County Film Festival
UNDER THE TABLE
Official Selection: 2012 Chicago Sci-Fi Spectacular