Mark Schimmel’s "The Musician" Screened at the Midwest Independent Film Festival

Schimmel’s film, which had its world premiere on March 5, follows the relationship between a well-known musician and an aspiring artist.

Cinema and Television Arts faculty member Mark Schimmel’s film The Musician screened its world premiere at the Midwest Independent Film Festival. The Midwest Independent Film Festival is a “year-round film festival [that] sits proudly at the center of the independent film scene in Chicago and the Midwest and is dedicated to celebrating and strengthening the Midwest filmmaking community.”

The Musician is a story of a famous violinist who spends her days dressing up as a street musician to perform. The film features musician Anne Harris and first-time actor Reese Harley, who plays the child that steals Harris’ violin when she is distracted by a security guard. The film was partially funded by a professional grant from Columbia College Chicago. It was shot during the summer of 2018 with the the assistance of students Connor Townsend and Merissa Duignan and alums Justin Franklin and Jeremiah Baffour-Ose. Watch the trailer for The Musician here.


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