Lake FX Summit + Expo

Lake fx

If you create, perform or produce

... you're in!


Immerse yourself in the 2nd annual Lake FX Summit + Expo - the Midwest's largest free convening of artists and creative entrepreneurs.
  • Join national leaders in the arts and creative industries for 100+ Lake FX Summit conversations, panels and workshop that will help you further your arts practice and career.
  • Discover new emerging talent - and catch free performances by Chicago's breakout music artists at IN Tune Music Showcases with iHeartMedia.  A separate registration opens May 2 for these events featuring Oscar and Grammy-winning artists Rhymefest and a special guest performance by Lupe Fiasco in support of Lake FX 2016.
  • Sit back and enjoy the show at IN Sight Viewing Opportunities including a Podcast Stage featuring live recordings of your favorite local podcasts, real A & R Auditions by selected Chicagoland musicians in front of music label A & R executives, and a Festival of Chicago Film Festivals featuring screening selections from over 30 Chicago area film festivals.
  • Connect with career-enhancing resources at the Lake FX Expo, featuring over 70 organizations in a trade show format.
  • Browse and buy at the Lake FX Marketplace by Dose Market, a showcase of 60 local designers, chefs, makers, bakers, entrepreneurs and artisans.
  • Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) and nearby loop locations.


Register today!







10:30 - 11:30 AM

Friday, May 13, 2016

Gene Siskel Film Center



State of the Unions:  Labor, Film & Television

Presented by the Illinois Production Alliance



Mark Hogan, Business Agent, I.A.T.S.E. Studio Mechanics Local 476

Brad Matthys, President, I.A.T.S.E. Studio Mechanics Local 476

Shirley Berling, Business Agent, I.A.T.S.E. Theatrical Wardrobe Local 769

Justin Conway, Business Agent, I.A.T.S.E. Cinematographers Local 600

Eric Chaudron, Executive Director, Chicago SAG-AFTRA

John Coli, Jr., President, Teamsters Local 727


Description:  Union talent and labor has been the backbone of Chicago's film and television industry for decades.  Praised by producers for their skill and work ethic, Chicago's film technicians, crafts people and performers are considered among the best in the country.  Labor leaders will discuss how unions have grown and diversified their ranks to meet the increasing industry demand; how and when independent filmmakers can best source union talent and crews; and unions' strategic role in the Illinois Production Alliance and the creation of film industry incentives.