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'Chicago Style' Doc Will Provide 'Definitive Story' of This City's Pizza

By Justin Breen | August 5, 2015 5:59am

CHICAGO — Who wouldn't love a good documentary about Chicago pizza? (Besides Jon Stewart and Anthony Bourdain, that is).

That's the mindset of Sebastian Howley, who Tuesday started an IndieGogo project seeking $8,500 to fund "Chicago Style" — a film he hopes to begin shooting in September and release by July, in time for Taste of Chicago.

"I was thinking of something that was unique and Chicago-centric," said Howley, 42, a veteran film writer and director who owns the multimedia company Any Moment Productions LLC. "And something that would be fairly well received."

Regardless of whether he raises the $8,500 — which will be used to, among other things, transport and feed crew members — Howley said he'll make the film.

He's billing "Chicago Style" as the "definitive story about the past, present and future of pizza in Chicago." It will focus on mainstream pizza spots like his favorites — Uno and Lou Malnati's — but also interviews with everyday people who dish on their top pie selections.

"It would cross over so many people," Howley said. "Pizza is something that everyone gets."

Justin Breen says the film will spend all sorts of time discussing Chicago pizza:

Most importantly, Howley said he wants to make the documentary "fun and entertaining."

"I'm going to keep it light," Howley said. "It's not about blood diamonds or something."

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