David Boffa to Direct Episode 1

David Boffa with actor.
Photo credit: Randy Slagle.

Chicago 139 Productions announced David Boffa as the director for Episode 1 of Staydream.  Mr. Boffa previously worked on Staydream as the principle behind-the-scenes videographer for the pilot episode.

Originally from New Jersey, Mr. Boffa lived in Maine and Rome, Italy, before moving to Wisconsin five years ago.  He is an art historian by training and filmmaker by disposition, with a wealth of experience in independent film.  He has written, filmed, and directed multiple documentaries, and has been the cinematographer and behind-the-scenes videographer for narrative films.

Mr. Boffa stated that he is, “thrilled to be directing an episode of Staydream, not only for its entertainment value but also for the positive message it has for aspiring women filmmakers everywhere.”

Episode 1 is scheduled to start filming this summer.

Angie Campbell Joins the Cast of Staydream

Angie CampbellChicago 139 Productions announced that Angie Campbell has joined the cast of Staydream, taking over the role of Alex.

Born in Milwaukee, this Chicago-based actress originally studied psychology before returning her focus to her passion: acting.  Ms. Campbell now pursues acting and improv full time. She has since appeared in a variety of short films and web productions, as well as the television show Chicago Fire.  

Initially hearing about Staydream through a friend, Ms. Campbell was excited to audition for the role of Alex, stating, “I was immediately drawn to Staydream’s quick, witty writing and characters that felt real.”

Future episodes of Staydream are currently in pre-production.

Review from James DeVita

Praise for the Staydream pilot from an icon in Wisconsin arts!

“I really enjoyed the episode. … The jumps into fantasy are really great — I didn’t expect them, which was fun and surprising.”

– James DeVita (Author, Actor, Theater Director, Core Company Member and Literary Manager at American Players Theatre;  https://www.jamesdevita.com/)

Review from Oliver Robins

Check out what Hollywood actor Oliver Robins had to say about Staydream!

Oliver Robins, best known for his role as “Robbie” in the original Steven Spielberg production of “Poltergeist,” as well as “Poltergeist II,” and the feature comedy “Airplane II,” had an opportunity to check out “Staydream.”

We’re excited to hear what a seasoned filmmaker has to say about “Staydream” while he’s finishing up his most recent horror film “Celebrity Crush” which will be released in 2018, and which Mr. Robins wrote, directed, and stars in.

Here are some of Mr. Robins’ thoughts on Staydream…

“As a USC Film Alum, “Staydream” hits close to home for me — after being accepted to the cinema school, my family had a financial crisis and my tuition money disappeared over night. After a miracle occurred, I was able to attend the famed institution. With that said, this endearing story will connect with anyone with passion and hopes, and the unrelenting desire to pursue those dreams.”

– Oliver Robins (Actor, Writer, Producer, Director)

Staydream crew returns to work on new episodes

Chicago 139 announced today that the writers room, led by head writer Peter Rambo, has completed work on the next three issues of the Staydream series. The new episodes follow Nadia Klempner, played by Madison-based actor Nadia Geiger, as she heads off to college.

Pre-production on the episodes will begin on Tuesday, November 28, when department heads will come together to begin the work of breaking down the scripts and preparing to go back into production.

The Staydream team is still seeking cast and crew to work on future episodes. Check the website for more information.

Premier Date Set for Staydream

Post-production work has been completed on the pilot episode of Staydream and the producers have set a date for the premier. Chicago 139 will make the link public on its website on December 4, 2017.

“I could not be happier with the result of the hard work we’ve put into this production,” said Dave Grundgeiger, executive producer of Staydream and founder of Chicago 139 Productions. “We set out to develop a project that is funny and that is rich in story and characters, and I believe we have accomplished that. Our inspirations are Master of None, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, New Girl, and 30 Rock.”

Fans still have time to get on the Staydream mailing list and get advance news about the ongoing production and access to special offers not available to the general public. Fans can signup on the website.