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Chrysalis (2014) Night with Director John Klein and Screenwriter Ben Kurstin


June 1, 6 pm at Blue 1647 Innovation Center


Special Guests Director John Klein and Screenwriter Ben Kurstin.

Chrysalis (2014) is a post-apocalyptic horror film set decades after a bio-terrorist attack unleashes a virus upon the world, transforming much of humanity into vicious creatures and laying waste to civilization. The remnants and survivors have staggered about for years, as the infected slowly starve and die off. 

Plus special guest visit from Past President of CSN Colin Costello – in person with updates from LA. 

JOHN KLEIN (director) is a happily married director and cinematographer, lover of dogs, Instagram addict (@windycitycamera), and all-around happy dude.  He has shot projects of all shapes, sizes, and budgets; whether it’s short films like the neo-noir Fate Accompli or feature films such as the character-driven NightLights, or whether it’s traveling around the globe for the Bangladesh documentary Strong Bodies Fight, producing promotional spots for Research Down Syndrome or the Back2School program, or lensing the HBO GO web series “Single Long” in his hometown of Chicago, he’s always eager to collaborate and tell unique stories in a visually dynamic style.  He also serves as the producer of the award-winning production company Glass City Films, and couldn’t be prouder of his second feature as director, Chrysalis, which exists today thanks to the incredible generosity of over 350 Kickstarter backers and a phenomenal cast and crew. 

BEN KURSTIN (screenwriter/cinematographer) has been working in Chicago’s film industry for over eight years in many camera and G&E roles.  He went to Columbia College Chicago and graduated in 2007 with a degree in cinematography, starting his journey with still 35mm black and white photography and then working his way through 8mm, 16mm, tape, and digital, to encompass all types of mediums. Since then he has worked on feature films, shorts, commercials and TV honing his skills and cinematic eye.  He first worked with John Klein in 2008 on the film Nowheresville, and then with Glass City Films in 2009 on Separation AnxietyChrysalis is the first script that Ben has written that has been produced and also his first feature film as Director of Photography. Ben writes stories and shoots in a way that is dark, complex and heavy, and tries to push the bounds of narrative storytelling outside its comfort zone. 

Plus special guest visit from Past President of CSN Colin Costello – in person with updates from LA. 

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June 1, 6 PM at the Blue 1647 Innovation Center

Annual Members please rsvp with the free ticket.