Coming soon to your next night of Netflix and Chill, could be a television series developed by one of Vesta Preferred Realty's very own, Kimberly Wehr. We're proud to say the Vesta Family is full of movers and shakers, adding innovators and artists is just another way we strive to push forward.
We're excited to say that NETFLIX is in talks to option VIKTORY, a original drama written by Vesta's, Kimberly Wehr. If you've come by the office lately, then chances are Kimberly has greeted you.
A Litte Background about the series...
VIKTORY is a story about a foster child's search for a family and her struggle to define her own identity amidst an unstable upbringing. We invite you to support Kimberly's bid for selection by supporting her teams efforts to raise a budget to shoot their proof of concept.
Kimberly & her team need to raise a minimum of $2,000, that's just 15 minutes worth of the pilot, but you may have noticed, it takes some real mooh-lah to turn out movie magic.
Well, we think Chicago can do way better than that so click to support our girl!
Promo Still: VIKTORY
Last year Kimberly wrote the pilot for the perspective television series, VIKTORY, a story which follows a young girl as she navigates life in Chicago’s Foster Care system. She and her team are in a race to pitch their show to Netflix next year. To learn more about the project and how you can support them [CLICK HERE].
It used to be true... If you wanted to get anywhere in the film/television industry you had to pack up and head out to Hollywood or New York, but Chicago’s booming production industry changed that narrative. Now, more than ever, creatives of all levels have the opportunity to produce new, exciting, and bold stories right here in the Midwest.
“Chicago’s film industry has evolved in recent years
into one of the country’s buzziest production cities,”
said Betsy Steinberg, Executive Director of Kartemquin Films.
When you think Cinema what comes to mind? Maybe Los Angeles or New York, inarguably two of the leading powerhouses for film production.
You may not immediately think of Chicago, but in the last seven years film and television production in Chicago has reached historic highs as our citys government and the Chicago Film Office work hand in hand to entice new productions to the area.
“WE CAN BE THE NEW HOLLYWOOD.
THERE IS NO REASON TO LEAVE CHICAGO IF WE CAN AGGREGATE THE CREATORS ALREADY HERE INTO ONE COMMUNITY.”
Last year, 580 individual film and media projects brought the city an estimated $423 million in job creation and expenditures. 2017 saw record breaking activity for local film and media production and 2018 is on track to beat those numbers with 4 new shows set to film this fall and summer 2019.
How that economic growth got started is one of those tales that is simply American to its core.
In 2007 Alex Pissios, a real estate developer from an immigrant Greek family, was facing bankruptcy in the middle of Chicago’s housing crisis. With a wife, four children and 11 million dollars in debt trailing behind him, a chance encounter with a distant relative at a cousins’ wedding in Toronto sparked the idea for a new venture: Cinespace Chicago.
Though it started out as just a collection of depressed warehouses in Chicago’s Lawndale neighborhood, today, Cinespace Chicago is the biggest independent movie studio outside of Hollywood.
Cinespace Chicago Film Studios
With so much growth and state of the art production space right here in the city, there’s never been a better time for local vendors to consider marketing their services to film productions and a unique opportunity for home buyers who want to list their homes as movie locations.
It has also created new opportunities for emerging filmmakers. Kimberly Wehr, has long held a passion for innovative storytelling and has collaborated with other local artists over the years to create independent films.