PATRIOT Creator Conrad, THE CHI's Rodriguez, Chicago Pilots Headline Fest Tonight

PATRIOT Creator Conrad, THE CHI's Rodriguez, Chicago Pilots Headline Fest Tonight

Chicago-made TV pilots take center stage at First Tuesdays with The Midwest Independent Film Festival this evening, Tuesday, September 5th, with festivities beginning at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema at 6 p.m. The 13th Annual New York Television Festival (NYTVF) has announced its official selections for this year’s Independent Pilot Competition and there are a whopping EIGHT Midwest-made productions among this year’s picks. The Midwest Independent Film Festival will be presenting ALL EIGHT PILOTS in a 90-minute program tonight before they make their official premiere at NYTVF this fall. Filmmakers will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion with the audience.

Every First Tuesday, the Midwest Independent Film Festival opens the night with a pre-show panel, where the fest brings together three or four stalwarts in the independent film and television industry to discuss a particular topic. Tuesday's panel boasts some prominent players in several Chicago television series. Here is a quick rundown of the panel (and we're told there might be a very special guest added last minute to the panel, but that guest will not be announced until the fest begins at 6 pm):

Dave Rodriguez, Co-Executive Producer, THE CHI

Dave currently serves as Co-Executive Producer alongside Executive Producer and Oscar/Golden Globe/Grammy winner Common on the Showtime series THE CHI, currently filming in Chicago. Directorial credits include the ABC series SCANDAL, CHICAGO FIRE, ROSEWOOD, CSI: LOS ANGELES and ANIMAL KINGDOM.

Steve Conrad, Creator-Writer-Director, PATRIOT

Steve is the creator of the critically acclaimed Amazon series PATRIOT, currently in production on its second season. Steve is also a writer and director on the series; additional writing credits include the Will Smith movie THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS, THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, and THE WEATHER MAN.

Dana Scott, Unit Production Manager, THE CHI

Dana currently serves at Unit Production Manager on the Showtime series THE CHI, currently filming in Chicago. UPM and Production Supervisor credits include the NBC series THIS IS US, Fox series THE EXORCIST, USA series SIRENS.

To find out more about tonight's Chicago Pilot Showcase lineup, learn more about the panel that opens the night, and inquire about tickets, head to midwestfilm.com