At Eli’s, we are always pleased to support the mission of The Illinois Film Office. Under the direction of Brenda Sexton for the past four years, the IFO has gotten new legislation passed which created tax incentives for producing films in Illinois. As a result, Illinois has hosted productions including The Break-Up, Ocean’s Twelve and Batman Begins.

This year, Brenda and the IFO expanded the presence of Illinois at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah by hosting two functions; one at Brenda’s Park City residence that was co-hosted by film critic, Richard Roper, and one at the Main Event Lounge with Chicagoan John Cusack to highlight “Grace is Gone” which was filmed in Illinois.

We provided Eli’s Cheesecake for both events and were delighted when “Grace is Gone” was named as the best dramatic feature at the Festival and was acquired by the Weinstein Company.

The Sundance Film Festival also marked Brenda Sexton’s departure as Director of the Illinois Film Office. Saluted in a Chicago Sun Times editorial for her achievements on behalf of the industry, Brenda will remain
active in the industry. We extend our best wishes to her successor, Betsy Steinberg, who brings an outstanding industry background to the position.

We look forward to continuing to have more experiences like watching “Fred Claus” being filmed this week on Michigan Avenue with scenes at both Water Tower Place and Westfield Northbridge Mall.