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)

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.

Staydream Launches New Website

Chicago 139 Productions has launched a new website for its Staydream comedic web series, a project being filmed in and around Madison, Wisconsin.

The new website, located at www.staydream.tv provides information about the show, a look behind the scenes of the production and an inside look from the point of view of principal actor Nadia Geiger, who plays Nadia Klempner on the show.

The production is the first web series to be shot in the Madison area in recent memory and was written and filmed by a Madison-based crew. Professionals actors in the series hail from Madison, Milwaukee and, most recently for some, Hollywood.


Chicago 139 Establishes Madison Writers Room for Staydream

Madison-based Chicago 139 Productions has established a writers room to begin work on a new comedic web series to be produced in the Madison area. Dave Grundgeiger, executive producer for the Staydream project, said writers have begun to meet weekly to hammer out ideas for the pilot.

“We have a great group of creatives who have come together to work on this project,” Grundgeiger said. “I’m very pleased with what we’re seeing so far and expect to have a finished pilot script within the next few weeks.”

Chicago 139 Productions Launches Staydream Project

Madison-based Chicago 139 Productions announced today that the company would create and produce a comedic web series here with the goal of releasing the pilot in 2017. Dave Grundgeiger, owner of Chicago 139 and executive producer for the Staydream project, said the series would seek out cast and crew who live and work in the local area.

“We have so much creative talent right here. I’m absolutely certain we’re going to see more and more great film projects coming out of Madison, and we want to help drive that growth,” Grundgeiger said.

Chicago 139 expects to launch a writers room to develop ideas for the pilot. For more information, contact the company.