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Story of Chicago’s 19th-century power couple told in documentary

BY LORI RACKL TV Critic/lrackl@suntimes.com March 21, 2013 8:10PM

 

Chicago is what it is today thanks in no small part to deep-pocketed visionaries Bertha and Potter Palmer, a 19th-century power couple depicted in a new documentary Sunday on WTTW-Channel 11.

Produced by River Forest-based Corn Bred Films, the half-hour program tells two love stories: one between young socialite Bertha Honore and the self-made millionaire 23 years her senior, and another between the Palmers and the muddy Midwest outpost they helped transform into a world-class city after the Great Chicago Fire in 1871.

Fargo's Joey King stars in Corn Bred’s indie drama

BY DUTCH RYAN / REEL CHICAGO August 12, 2014.

Teen actress Joey King  (“The Conjuring,” FX’s “Fargo”) will star in Corn Bred Films’ suspenseful coming-of-age indie drama “Oriole Park,” along with Joel Murray (“Mad Men”), Thomas Beaudoin (“Other Plans”) and Christian Stolte (“Chicago Fire”).

The story is about a young woman struggling with her mother’s death and her father’s descent into alcoholism in late 1978, as her Chicago neighborhood is rocked by disappearances leading to serial killer John Wayne Gacy’s arrest.