Emmy Nom for BROWN GIRLS, Carrie Coon; Big Win for SIGNATURE MOVE

Emmy Nom for BROWN GIRLS, Carrie Coon; Big Win for SIGNATURE MOVE

It's been a good couple of days for Chicago filmmakers. The Chicago-made web series BROWN GIRLS, fresh off the news of its development deal with HBO, has been nominated for its first Emmy. The show and its creators, writer Fatimah Asghar and director Samantha Bailey, were nominated for Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series. And its competition has slightly larger budgets to work with (for now), perhaps you've heard of them... BROWN GIRLS is up against online-only spinoffs from major network shows BROAD CITY, FEAR THE WALKING DEAD, BETTER CALL SAUL and MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

BROWN GIRLS centers around two Chicago 20-somethings — Leila, a gay Muslim South Asian writer and Patricia, a black singer — and the ways that their cultural backgrounds entangle with their work and love lives. It debuted its seven-episode first season in February on OpenTV and was picked up by HBO in June. HBO leads the 2017 Emmy noms with over 100. While you're making your Emmy Viewing Party plans, click here to watch the full first season on BROWN GIRLS on OpenTV.

PRIMETIME EMMY NOM AND SNUB ALL ROLLED INTO ONE: It's rare that a Primetime Emmy nomination for one artist is overshadowed by the fact he or she didn't receive a SECOND nomination, but such is the case with Chicago actor Carrie Coon. Coon earned a Primetime Emmy nomination for her work on season three of FARGO, but her critically acclaimed performance in the final season of HBO series THE LEFTOVERS was left without a nomination, as was pretty much the entire show, outside of a Best Guest Actress nomination for Ann Dowd. So in the wake of what should be a joyous celebration over Coon's first Primetime Emmy nomination, there is actually an even larger hubbub from fans across the Twitterverse over the show that was left out, and Coon herself was equally displeased to learn that no love was given to her LEFTOVERS family.

"Honestly, I'm certainly thrilled for FARGO but I'm heartbroken this morning for my friends on THE LEFTOVERS because I was really hoping to see some love for Justin, who I think has been brave and deep for three years," Coon said in a statement shortly after the nominations were announced. "For Damon [Lindelof] whose storytelling... I've never seen anything quite like THE LEFTOVERS on TV. I'm so proud of it and I think history will be very kind to the show but my heart breaks a little bit for my fellow LEFTOVERS this morning... I know the fans are with us. And I know that the television critics have been so supportive of the show and there have been so many amazing, thoughtful pieces written about the ethos of the world we built."

BIG WIN FOR SIGNATURE MOVE: The Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival, considered by many to be the nation's leading LGBT festival, has announced its winners and a Chicago feature is bringing home the shiniest hardware, the U.S. Grand Jury Prize. "U.S. Grand Jury Prize: For a delightful, well-acted and incisive romp into Chicago's multi-cultural neighborhoods and a moving exploration of the unique bonds between mothers and daughters. Its inspiring message of love and acceptance explodes with humor and heart. We award the Best US Narrative Feature Film prize to Jennifer Reeder for SIGNATURE MOVE." Outfest ran from July 6th to July 16th. More news on SIGNATURE MOVE national release coming soon; click here to follow this film in the meantime.

Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival, www.midwestfilm.org and Programming Associate for U.S. Narrative Features at the Sundance Film Festival. Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film. More from Mac at www.findmac.com.