Rendezvous in Chicago: Three Tales of Love in the Windy City

Chicago, Illinois | Film Feature

Drama, Romantic Comedy

Michael Smith

1 Campaigns | Illinois, United States

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RENDEZVOUS IN CHICAGO examines love in its many different forms in a modern urban setting. It is a character-driven comedy with a phenomenal ensemble cast, featuring veterans of the Chicago stage, TV and film worlds, and a labor of love for third-time feature filmmaker Michael Glover Smith.

About The Project

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Mission Statement

RENDEZVOUS IN CHICAGO is being produced by Layne Marie Williams under her Women of the Now banner and most key crew positions will be filled by women. One story will focus on a gay couple, treating marriage equality in a positive light, while the other two stories will be very female-centric.

The Story

RENDEZVOUS IN CHICAGO is a short comedic feature film comprised of three vignettes corresponding to the beginning, middle and end stages of a relationship:

Part 1: THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV. Paul (Kevin Wehby), a charming young man, attempts to pick up Delaney (Clare Cooney), a bookish grad student, in an otherwise empty wine bar. She turns the tables on him in a most unexpected manner.

Part 2: CATS AND DOGS. Rob (Matthew Sherbach) and Andy (Rashaad Hall) are enjoying the bliss of newly formed couplehood. Rob has planned to propose marriage as they walk from their apartment to the lakeshore nearby, but has he made the right decision?

Part 3: THE END IS THE BEGINNING. Julie (Nina Ganet) comes home from work early to find her boyfriend, Wyatt (Shane Simmons), in bed with another woman (Melanie McNulty). After violently ejecting them from her apartment, Julie begins to fall in love with . . . you the viewer!


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Full Credits:

Written and directed by Michael Glover Smith (MERCURY IN RETROGRADE)

Starring Clare Cooney (Steve McQueen's WIDOWS), Chelsea David (COOL APOCALYPSE), Nina Ganet (Stephen Cone's HENRY GAMBLE'S BIRTHDAY PARTY), Rashaad Hall (the Emmy-nominated web series BROWN GIRLS), Matthew Sherbach (CHICAGO PD), Shane Simmons (PARTY TIME PARTY TIME), Kevin Wehby (MERCURY IN RETROGRADE), Sophie the Shih Tzu and more!

Produced by Layne Marie Williams (AN ATRAMENTOUS MIND) for her Women of the Now production company. Executive Produced by David McNulty. Shot by Alex Halstead (CALLIOPE). Edited by Eric Marsh (ORDERS). Location sound recorded by Colin Lenehan.

World Premiere expected in late 2018!


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Costs $4,000

This is the total we need for camera/G&E equipment rental fees. We're shooting on the ALEXA Classic!

Production Crew Salaries

Costs $4,850

Our fearless crew members have all agreed to work for reduced rates in order to get the movie made!

Cast Salaries

Costs $1,800

We're paying SAG Ultra-Low Budget wages for all of our phenomenally talented cast members!

Post-Production Sound

Costs $1,500

Scoring and Sound Mixing are vital!

Post-Production Image

Costs $2,500

Editing, color correction and DCP production are so essential!


Costs $600

Feeding the cast and crew is of the utmost importance!

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About This Team

Michael Glover Smith (Writer/Director): Michael is known for the award-winning feature films COOL APOCALYPSE and MERCURY IN RETROGRADE, the latter of which stars Roxane Mesquida and Najarra Townsend, and about which Richard Roeper in the Chicago Sun-Times wrote: "Smith has a deft touch for dialogue, creating six distinct characters who look and sound like people we know...a smart, funny, quietly effective and authentic slice of older millennial life." His work has screened at festivals and indepedent theaters across the U.S., played in Chicago at the prestigious Gene Siskel Film Center and at Movies in the Parks' Onscreen Local Film Showcase and is distributed on DVD by Emphasis Entertainment. He is the co-author, with Adam Selzer, of the acclaimed Flickering Empire (Columbia University Press, 2015), a book-length study of the silent film industry in Chicago. He teaches film studies at several Chicago-area colleges and is the author of the White City Cinema blog.

Layne Marie Williams (Producer/Assistant Director): Layne Marie is an award-winning filmmaker (AN ATRAMENTOUS MIND) located in Chicago. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Women of The Now, a video and event production company that focuses on empowering womxn in film. Layne Marie is the Co-founder and Director of Development of The Women's Film Festival in Philadelphia, PA. She and her WOTN crew are so excited to produce Michael's Smith new feature film RENDEZVOUS IN CHICAGO along with a handful of other projects this spring and summer. For updates check out

Alex Halstead (Director of Photography):
Alex has made a name for himself as a cinematographer in Chicago's filmmaking scene with a unique signature style of wielding and color and light in a bold way. He has shot dozens of experimental, documentary and narrative shorts, music videos and the forthcoming feature film CALLIOPE. Alex previously enjoyed working with Michael Glover Smith as gaffer on COOL APOCALYPSE. Check out his work on the web at

Eric Marsh (Editor):
Eric is a Chicago-based filmmaker who teaches film at DePaul's College of Computing and Digital Media. He is the co-director and editor of the acclaimed absurdist war movie ORDERS, which had its World Premiere at the Kaunas International Film Festival in Lithuania in 2017 before premiering online at Kentucker Audley's No Budge website in January, 2018.

Haley McCormick (Production Designer):
 Haley is a multimedia conceptual artist from Daytona Beach, FL. While studying art in Chicago she developed a strong interest in experimental filmmaking and color distortion. She currently works at Bear Tooth Theatre in Anchorage, AK as a film festival curtator. Repurposing VHS, magnifying obscenity and isolating familiar objects to capture beauty are constants in her work. Her short DANCER will screen at the 2018 Chicago Underground Film Festival.

Armani Barron (Production Manager): Armani is an award-winning producer and designer. An all-around creative, she recently produced Saba's music video "Busy" and is currently branding the North Coast Music Festival. 

Colin Lenehan (Sound Mixer): Colin received a BA in Audio Design and Production from Columbia College Chicago and has captured location audio for independent films including Nicholas Richards' NORMAL and Michael Smith's COOL APOCALYPSE. A life-long musician, he also recently composed the score for Tim Wolak's comedy slasher BEWARE OF THE KLOWNS.

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