Chicago is just a little over a week away from its first ever coordinated presence at South By Southwest. And while there’s no shortage of Chicago talent to be found at the music portion of SXSW (see the Chicago Made showcase for a strong showing of hometown acts), it’s worth noting that the annual Austin festival’s film and interactive portions boast their own share of Chicago names.


From Sunday, March 9th through Wednesday, March 12th, the Chicago Made SXSW Trade Show Booth will feature an array of meet and greets and performance sessions from Chicago interactive, film, and music talent and industry. Among them are Miles Benjaminand Brian Schopfel, both formerly of Eyes & Ears Entertainment, which recently folded intoThe Uprising Creative. The duo have extensive experience in innovative digital promotional campaigns for an expansive array of artists, and are both worth connecting with for their insights into the interactive and music industries.


Miles Benjamin SXSW


Also appearing at the trade show booth is Eric Sheinkop, CEO at music licensing powerhouse Music Dealers. Sheinkop recently co-authored the book Hit Brands: How Music Builds Value for the World’s Smartest Brands, which explores the role of music in moving business forward. Another local music author, Martin Atkins, will also be holding court at the Chicago Made booth. Atkins, the Music Business Department Chair of SAE Chicago, is currently at work on his third book, Band:Smart, which follows in the vein of his comprehensive tour industry guide, Tour: Smart. And elsewhere, on the film side of things,Collin Shiffli and David Dastmalchian, director and writer, respectively, of SXSW 2014 film selection Animals, will also be visiting the trade booth. Animals follows a struggling couple who battle addiction while living in their car outside of the Lincoln Park Zoo.


Colin Shiffli


For a full schedule of the Chicago Made Trade Show Booth, check out


Photos: Eric Sheinkop, Miles Benjamin, Colin Shiffli

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