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100 independent films, converge in Naperville
By Melissa Jenco | Daily Herald Staff

Edmond Coisson, left, Lou Ruiz and Daniel Nigg film the Glessna Coisson screenplay "Ring Me" outside the City Club restaurant in Naperville.


Photo courtesy of Edmond Coisson

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Published: 9/21/200 12:06 AM

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After working behind the scenes on such movies as "Batman Begins" and "The Break-Up," Jeff Manimbo became determined to make a film of his own.

In 2006, the Elgin man made that dream a reality, filming "Lost Along the Way," which he wrote, directed and produced.

The movie, shot almost entirely in DuPage County, tells the story of a man who is going through a "quarter-life crisis."

It is now one of more than 100 films from across the globe that will be part of the inaugural Naperville Independent Film Festival that runs from Wednesday, Sept. 24, through Saturday, Sept. 27.

"I'm so excited that I'm going to have a platform to show this film, especially in the area where it was shot," Manimbo said.

Giving filmmakers a venue to get feedback on their creations was one of the goals of the festival's founders - Gary Pradel and Naperville filmmakers Edmond and Glessna Coisson - in addition to giving area moviegoers a chance to see one-of-a-kind films.

"Making films has become so much more mainstream than it used to be," said Pradel, vice president of technology at First National Bank of Naperville and son of Mayor George Pradel.

Feature films, documentaries and groups of shorts will be shown at Classic Cinemas Ogden 6 Theatre and the Comedy Shrine in downtown Naperville throughout the festival for $7 a ticket.

Twenty-seven of the films are nominated for one of the festival's 13 awards, which will be handed out at the end of the four-day event.

"Anyone that wants to see movies that nowhere else can be found, this is the place to be," Edmond Coisson said.

The festival will also include workshops on screenwriting and the business side of Hollywood as well as panel discussions with filmmakers.

For example, Edmond Coisson said, "You'll see how 'A Line in the Sand' was made and how it was done, and then when you see the movie it's like now you understand."

One thing that will set the event apart, Edmond Coisson said, is its efforts to be family friendly. Films were given ratings of green, yellow or red to let audiences know in advance how mature the content will be.

In addition, the festival features a Family Matinee Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Alfred Rubin Community Center, 305 W. Jackson Ave.

Families will be able to attend workshops, visit interactive booths and meet actress Kay Panabaker, a former Naperville resident who has appeared in an array of movies and television shows including "Summerland," "Phil of the Future," "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody" and "Nancy Drew."

Organizers are also rolling out the red carpet for a few other special guests throughout the festival, including Golden Globe Award-winning actress Karen Black of "Easy Rider" fame and actor David Proval, whose resume includes "Mean Streets" and "The Sopranos."

The festival will kick off with an opening night ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at All Saints Catholic Academy, 1155 Aurora Ave. Tickets for the opening event are $40.

For a full schedule of films and workshops and to purchase tickets, visit

If You Go

What: Naperville Independent Film Festival opening night

When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

Where: All Saints Catholic Academy, 1155 Aurora Ave.

Tickets: $40