The 2018 CIG Film Festival

The Chicago International Genre Film Festival was held 12/6/18 – 12/9/18.

Main Theater: Studio Movie Grill, Wheaton, IL 60189



Executive Director

Mark received his B.A. in Performance Studies and his M.A. in Theatre/Arts Marketing and Management at Northwestern University/Kellogg School of Management. He also received his J.D. from Loyola University, Chicago and is currently licensed to practice law in New York and Illinois. He has produced and directed numerous stage shows, feature films and television projects.  Mark is pleased to serve as the current Executive Director of the CIG Film Fest.


Artistic Director

Marc Menet is an Emmy award winning freelance cinematographer based out of Chicago. His experience ranges from narratives and commercials to music videos and documentaries. Marc studied cinematography at Columbia College Chicago where he accumulated over 100 cinematography credits on a large variety of films. Marc has been awarded the Rising Star Cinematographer Award from Screen Magazine, and his work has been seen on such channels as PBS, MTV, the History Channel, Discovery, National Geographic, Showtime, NBC, and Fox.


Marketing Director

Andy is an accomplished entertainment executive and entrepreneur. Mr. Salmen has over 15 years in the entertainment industry as a writer, producer, distributor, marketing executive, and on-air talent with firms such as ESPN, ESPNRadio, FOX, and ABC. Mr. Salmen is the founder of SOLCO Entertainment, a media production and finance company utilizing innovative strategies and technology to produce and monetize content. Mr. Salmen is also a partner and cofounder in the media companies Pixovi and StoryOsophy.


Steve Jones

Writer/ Producer

Credits include: Henry – Portrait of a Serial Killer; Mad Dog and Glory; Wild Things; The Merry Gentleman

Tom Batounes

Actor/ Producer

Credits include: A Chance In The World, WTF News America, The Opera Lover,  The Merry Gentleman

Nate Herman

Writer/ Director

Credits Include: Saturday Night Live; Second City Headline News; WTF News America; Shut Up & Dance

Joel Kastleberg


Credits Include: Bodies, Rest & Motion, Kicking and Screaming, Cyrus – Mind of a Serial Killer, Sleep With Me

Harry Manfredini


Credits Include: Friday 13th, Swamp Thing, Deep Star Six, Wishmaster, Kickboxer 3: The Art of War, The Hills Have Eyes Part II

Jonathan Bross


Credits Include: 2001 Maniacs; Veronika Decides to Die; The Legend of Awesomest Maximus; The Kid

Greg McKay


Credits Include: Undercover Brother, Primary Colors, Night of the Demons, Brain Dead, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman



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