CHICAGO — TV mogul Dick Wolf will lend some star power this weekend to the city's first ever Chicago Film and Media Summit, the city announced Tuesday.
Wolf, the Emmy award-winning mastermind behind "Law and Order" and more recently the producer of "Chicago Fire" and spinoff "Chicago PD," is scheduled to be the keynote speaker Sunday at the summit at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.
Former Chicagoan Michael Shannon, who was recently seen destroying Chicago as General Zod in the summer's "Man of Steel," will be another famous face on the summit's panels.
The event arrives on the heels of a summer filled with Hollywood TV and movie projects filming in the city, but the city said this summit's focus is on homegrown, local filmmaking.
Filmmaker Jon McNaughton ("Wild Things," "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer"), producer Bob Teitel ("Barbershop") and Justine Nagan of the documentary company Kartemquin Films will also be among the locals featured at panels, which tackle casting, film fundraising and more.
Free tickets to the event, presented by the city with help from several film groups, were still available Tuesday morning, though organizers warned they could be snatched up quickly.
Fans can also stop by the first floor of the cultural center and watch a variety of free short films all day Sunday as part of The Festival of Festivals, with no registration required.
The summit takes place as the Chicago International Film Festival brings moviemakers from all over the world to the city from Oct. 10 to Oct. 24.