Reposted from the article “Champaign opens first Film Office outside of Chicago” by Ruth L Ratny of Reel Chicago on 05/04/2016
“If you build it they will come” is the plan for the recently opened Champaign County Film Office the only other official state film office outside of Chicago.
The Film Office, in the person of Terri Reifsteck, is part of the Champaign County Convention & Visitors Bureau, of which Reifsteck is marketing and business development director.
University of Illinois, historic architecture and pristine farmlands, it has only a bare sliver of indigenous production. Currently, there’s one production house, 10-year old Shatterglass Studios and a host of enthusiastic part-time hobbyist filmmakers.