Amelia Dellos and Eric Anderson of Corn Bred Films
How long have you been an IFP Chicago member?
Corn Bred Films joined in 2011.
Why did you join?
We wanted to get more involved with other independent filmmakers. It’s been great for us to feel like a bigger part of the fabric of the creative community.
What does it mean to you to be a filmmaker in Chicago? How does Chicago inform/influence your work?
Amelia: “For me, it is equal parts challenging AND exciting, it feels like independent film is at the tipping point here in Chicago just about to hit its stride and about to take off. I find that to be really exciting. It feels like the Wild Wild West of filmmaking, which is completely ironic because film started in Chicago! I guess it all comes full circle, right?”
“As a born and raised Chicagoan, the city is part of my DNA. While we didn’t necessarily plan it this way, many of the stories we tell are steeped in Chicago history.”
Eric: "We just love this city and love to tell stories about it. We have a Midwestern sensibility when it comes to our work ethic and a desire to tell stories that are not only entertaining, but mean something."
What projects are you currently working on?
It’s an exciting time. Our first produced feature as screenwriters, OTHER PLANS, will be released on Tuesday, June 9th on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play. It’s a romantic comedy starring Jamie Kennedy, Rebecca Blumhagen, and Malik Yoba (who was a fan favorite on Empire). We’re fans of the genre, with our tastes spanning from classics like Roman Holiday and Sabrina up to more modern classics like Notting Hill and Four Weddings and a Funeral. We tried to create something lighthearted that families could enjoy together, and hopefully we accomplished that. We have another romantic comedy in the pipeline that we’re hoping to work with Irish comedian Dylan Moran on, once the script is where we want it.
At the opposite end of the spectrum is ORIOLE PARK, a dramatic thriller set in 1978 in the neighborhood where John Wayne Gacy lived. We’re still tweaking the script, but we have Joey King and several other actors attached and are hoping to go into production later this year.
What was the last movie you saw?
We saw Slow West and Ex Machina over the same weekend. Both were exhilarating in their own way. We really appreciate films with unique points of view, that are visually compelling and where you can't see where the story is going. We were genuinely surprised by the endings of both, which is rare and wonderful.
Interview conducted June 2015