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New Indie Film Shooting In Andersonville This Month


Logan Kibens and Sharon Greene. Pic: Indiewire

Starting last week, a new independent movie that focuses on a married couple and their struggle between relationships and technology began filming in the Andersonville neighborhood. The filming is slated to continue through July 24, 2015.

The movie is called “Operator” and focuses on the relationship between the movie’s two stars, Martin Starr (“Silicon Valley”) and Mae Whitman (“Parenthood,” “Arrested Development”). Starr plays a man who designs digital personalities for automated call centers. Whitman is the newest muse for his latest creation.

The director, Logan Kibens, and her wife, Sharon Greene, both co-wrote the script for “Operator” and actually first met in Chicago. They drew upon their own relationship experiences for the movie. Kibens, who now calls Los Angeles home, lived in Chicago for a little over a decade. Greene has strong ties to the Andersonville-based Neo-Futurists, an experimental theater company. The couple workshopped the script at the Sundance Screenwriters Lab.

Kibens told the Tribune, “The film came from a desire to capture that moment in a long-term relationship when the option of doing the same old thing goes away and you must change together or break apart.”

Both Kibens and Greene still feel connected to Chicago. In the Tribune’s story, Greene said, “Chicago is still the emotional home for many of our stories, and ‘Operator’ is no exception. We’ve also tried to utilize some of the unique and incredible things about the city that just can’t be replicated anywhere else — the beautiful Chicago lakefront, the architecture and landscape, and of course the Neo-Futurists theater, which is a thing in and of itself.”

As for any possible street closures, EVB is in communication with the aldermen’s offices. If we have information, we will update this story as well as announce it on social media.

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