Paula Hendrickson

Making Chicago Heights for Just $1000

Making Chicago Heights for Just $1000

Daniel Nearing explains how he produced and marketed the micro-budget movie Chicago Heights.

by Paula Hendrickson. After sharing Daniel Nearing’s screenwriting process in a previous issue, it only seemed right to follow through and find out how he’s managed to produce critically praised films with almost non-existent budgets. Here’s how. Most filmmakers consider $2 million a micro-budget. You made Chicago Heights (now The Last Soul on a Summer […]

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Daniel Nearing and The Last Soul on a Summer Night

Writing high art on a low budget

by Paula Hendrickson Daniel Nearing accomplished what many thought was impossible. He adapted Sherwood Anderson’s classic collection of short stories, Winesburg, Ohio, into a feature-length art film, garnering rave reviews and earning his film a spot among the late Roger Ebert’s list of 2010’s top art films. Even more impressive: He did it on a […]


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