Sunday, August 30, 2009

What's the Matter With Kansas Chicago Premiere at Gene Siskel Film Center 9/18

 Dug spent years traveling to Kansas repeatedly with film making team, Joe Winston and Laura Cohen, to complete the documentary,  "What's the Matter with Kansas?"   Here's a prior blog post about the shoot.  I saw an advanced screening last year and it was excellent.

Now, everyone has a chance to check it out September 18th-24th at The Gene Siskel Film Center.

Here's what Laura and Joe have to say:

Our new movie, "What's the Matter with Kansas?" based on Thomas Frank's best-seller, is making its Chicago debut at the Gene Siskel Film Center on September 18th, 2009. It will play for a week in our beautiful hometown and we are very excited to bring it home.
Friday, September 18th, 6:15 and 8:15 pm
Saturday September 19th, 3:15, 5:15 and 8:15 pm
Sunday September 20th, 3:15 and 5:15 pm
Monday September 21st, 6:15 and 8:15 pm
Tuesday September 22nd, 6:15 and 8:15 pm
Wednesday September 23rd, 6:15 and 8:15 pm
Thursday September 24th, 6:15 and 8:15 pm 
We'll do a Q & A with author Thomas Frank after the 8.15pm screenings on Friday, September 18th and Saturday September 19t.  Also, we will be available to chat informally in the Gene Siskel Film Center's gallery/cafe adjacent to the theater lobby after the 6:15pm screenings both nights.
A lush cinematic portrait of conservative Middle America. four years in the making, the movie answers the question most on the minds of America just entering the age of Obama - WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED?
We’re profiled in this week’s issue of the Reader:
Watch the trailer
Read a rave review in Variety:
Learn about the controversy in L.A. Times 
visit our official web site:
Also -- we've been getting great advance press, but any journalists you know who'd be interested, please put 'em in touch with us.
You can buy tickets by calling the box office at 312-846-2600 or by visiting You can also purchase tickets at the Gene Siskel Film Center box office, 164 N. State in downtown Chicago, after 5pm weekdays and 2pm weekends. 
See you there!
Laura and Joe

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Peterson Park Hosts Gymnastics Training For Special Olympics 2010

Dug was recognized, by the kids' gymnastics coach and summer camp councilor, who were both working with special olympics athletes today.   Our two have been in park district gymnastics for 5 & 7 years respectively, and our youngest will begin the Developmental Team training in September.   Gymnastics has been such a positive influence in their lives, increasing confidence, balance, discipline and strength.

In today's shoot, differently abled children and adults of all ages, in the gymnastics program, were featured in the Chicago Park District show,  Chicago @ Play.   This segment will likely air later in September and be available then on Youtube.  The special olympics athletes are already in training for competition in March 2010.

For more information, check out 

Marriott Spot Shoots in Chicago with Cheerleaders, ESPN announcer and Unsuspecting Guests

Tuesday and Thursday this week, Dug is shooting a commercial for the Marriott Hotel Chain.   Rich Eisen (ESPN, NFL Network) provides play by play commentary of the Marriott experience.   Hotel guests are all actual people, rather than paid actors, and their moment in the limelight comes complete with cheerleaders.

Friday, August 21, 2009

These Guys Really Know How To Clean Up--Living Lands and Waters

One of Dug's more interesting, and philanthropic gigs this spring, was shooting a river clean up with chemical giant, ADM, and the river warriors from Living Lands and Waters. They all met up in Quincy, IL on for a full day of river resuscitation.

Living Lands and Waters runs numerous river clean up missions and specializes in corporate volunteer days. Big business brings the manpower and Living Lands brings the boats and teams knowledgeable in sorting and recycling the various flotsam.

Chad, one of the founders, was hilarious and kept the volunteers entertained and working hard, with friendly competitions between boats and goofy jokes. At one point he flexed his biceps and said, "Call the vet, 'cause these puppies are sick."

If you like to geek out on fun statistics, check out their web site where they keep a running "River Stats" tally of found objects like:

83 toilets
587 milk crates
128 BBQ grills
181 coolers
55,301 tires
12,322 balls
42 messages in bottles ............

These guys clean up pretty good. April 4th, 2009

Thursday, August 20, 2009


It's day 2 on the Discovery shoot. And without blowing any privileged information, I can say Dug's enjoying the crew. The Producer from Texas and Cameraman from the East coast have done numerous shoots together and have great rapport. The word is, they're hilarious and great to work with--helpful traits when you're logging long hours in a van with people.

The producer told Dug she liked his style and attitude, to which he replied, "I didn't know I had either."

Dug's offspring, pictured above, are pretty hilarious, too. And they have loads of style. But their attitudes... Nope. Not so conducive to
long hours in the car, or waiting around while grownups talk. But they do play well with others.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

So much for freedom of the press ((snark))

Please note: No crew member should give any statements to the press.

This e-mail, and any attachment, is intended only for the person or entity (wow-Discovery e-mails persons and entities?! Does this conclusively mean there is life on other planets?)
to which it is addressed and may contain confidential and/or
privileged material. Any review, re-transmission, copying,
dissemination or other use of this information by persons or
entities other than the intended recipient is prohibited.

Today Dug is working for ___(noun)____Channel. They're in town doing a show on

__(noun)_______. He had an early call and had to ___(verb)______ to the _____(noun)__.

by ___(number)______ o'clock.

The day was filled with ____(adjective)_ ___(plural noun)___and numerous

___(plural noun)___.

The interviews were done in a compassionate and professional way by ___(proper noun)_____.

It will be fascinating and informative to learn more about ____(noun)_______. This segment should air around the ___(number)__ of __(month)__.

Our lips are sealed.........

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Dugsound Inc. Business Boomin'

The TV industry may not be boomin' in this economy, but Dug's still boomin'...and mixin'... So we'll shortly have a "best of" the last 6 months up for perusing. Dug Sound, Inc. will now be available on Facebook, so we'll be making regular updates.

I also hope to run regular posts on what's on the air or already aired/on line. Some companies are touchy about bloggers blowing their plot secrets in advance. But once the shows Dug has worked on are public knowledge, they're fair game.

I'm also compiling a regular SWAG n TAG section, featuring a "best of" those staples of TV stuff, like Chicago Paranormal Detectives glassware, little plastic men in blue and glow in the dark shirts. The tag photos will feature cool, weird lanyards and tags, like the FBI ones that explode with pink dye when your visitor pass day is over.

So, as soon as I figure out how to get this blog linked up with the Facebook, Dug Production Sound, Inc. page, and all that good stuff, you too can stalk Dug and all the sordid characters and assorted associates he has the pleasure to work with. Enjoy.