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									 DEUTSCH, LEVY & ENGEL, CHTD.                             225 W. WASHINGTON STREET
                                                          SUITE 1700
                                                          CHICAGO ILLINOIS 60606
ATTORNEYS AT LAW                                          312.346.1460


                   Hal "Corky" Kessler
                   Deutsch, Levy & Engel, Chtd.
                   225 W. Washington Street
                   Suite 1700
                   Chicago, Illinois 60606
                   TEL: 312.346.1460
                   CELL: 312.925.2110
                   FAX: 312.346.1859
                   Kessler@dlec.com
                   www.dlec.com



Corky has extensive entertainment law, corporate and worldwide entertainment industry
experience. Corky regularly speaks on the business and legal aspects of feature film
development and tax incentives in connection with the entertainment industry.

Corky has successfully worked with governors and United States Congressmen in several
states to implement new laws and federal tax incentives for investments in qualifying
film and television projects, which led to Sections 181 and 199 of The American Jobs
Creation Act of 2004. Corky has also authored a reference book covering such federal
and state tax incentives.

Corky has represented several authors and negotiated publishing deals with several major
publishers, including Random House and Doubleday.

Corky has also assembled and built winning teams for more than 30 entertainment and
other business ventures. He has developed, packaged and executive produced feature
films, theatre projects and television projects, including “The Sum of Us,” starring Russell
Crowe, which won the Australian Academy Award for Best Film and most currently
“Certifiably Jonathan” starring Jonathan Winters, Robin Williams, Howie Mandel, Rob
Reiner, Jim Carrey, Sara Silverman, and others.

Corky has participated in seminars and conducted speaking engagements throughout the
United States and Canada:

•       April 24, 2010 – Los Angeles, California – Conducted two seminars with
discussions Updates on Section 181, State Incentives and Current Issues That Affect
Independent Filmmakers.
•       April 23, 2010 – Brit Week Film & TV Summit – Los Angeles, California –
Panel member for discussion Financing and Dealmakers Sessions. The panel was
moderated by Peter Caranicas, Editor of Variety.



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•        April 17 – 18, 2010 – NYC Indie Film Financing & Production Conferences –
New York, New York - Conducted two days of seminars on several film industry topics.
Panel member for discussion on The In’s and Out’s of Obtaining Financing for Feature
Film, Documentaries and Educational Films.
•        April 6, 2010 – Film Specific Seminar – Conducted a teleseminar to filmmakers,
producers and funding sources on financing and distribution. Moderator – Stacey Parks.
•       February 3, 2010 – Film Specific Seminar - Conducted a teleseminar to
filmmakers, producers and funding sources on issues concerning the indie filmmaker.
Chain of title issues and documents needed for E&O distribution. Moderator - Stacey
Parks.
•        January 26, 2010 – Sundance Film Festival – Salt Lake City, Utah - Lead a
panel at Sundance Film Festival. The panel was moderated by John Corser and other
members consisted of a funding source, distribution, accountant, line producer and
business plan guru.
•       December 9, 2009 – Film Specific Seminar - Conducted a seminar to filmmakers,
producers and funding sources on how to be grandfathered under Section 181 of the
American Jobs Creation Act when it sunsets at the end of 2009. Moderator - Stacey
Parks.
•       November 6, 2009 – Los Angeles, California – Conducted a seminar with
discussions on funding and new funding alternatives, federal and state financing and
marketing a film and Section 181 issues.
•        October 31, 2009 – Texas Motion Picture Association – Austin, Texas –
Conducted a seminar with discussions on funding and new funding alternatives federal
and state and financing and marketing a film.
•        October 1-2, 2009 – International Black Film Festival – Nashville, Tennessee.
Panel member for discussion regarding pitfalls, hang-ups and legalese. Conducted a
federal and state tax incentives workshop.
•        September 25, 2009 – Film Financing Night presented by the Los Angeles Film
School – Spoke on Section 181 of the American Jobs Creation Act.
•         August 14-15, 2009 – Conducted Film Finance Seminars to Filmmakers and
Producers in Los Angeles, California regarding Section 181 of the American Jobs
Creation Act and legal and business pitfalls screenplay through distribution.
•        June 11-14, 2009 - Film Finance Seminars to Filmmakers and Producers in Los
Angeles, California regarding Section 181 of the American Jobs Creation Act.
•         May 20, 2009 – Webinar to Filmmakers and Producers on film finance and
Section 181 of the American Jobs Creation Act.
•       March 11, 2009 – Film Finance Forum 2009 of Los Angeles– spoke on
minimizing risk through insurance and legal strategies to investment bankers, hedge fund
managers and other film industry personnel.
•        January 21, 2009 – Sundance Film Festival – spoke on federal tax incentives,
legal and business pitfalls screenplay through distribution.
•        December 6, 2008 – Santa Fe Film Festival – Conducted two seminars, with
discussions on funding and new funding alternatives federal and state and financing and
marketing a film.




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•         October 15, 2008 – International Black Film Festival of Nashville – Conducted
three seminars, with discussions on how to create an “A Team” for film projects, insider
tips for film distribution, and exploring options available for securing funding.


Corky has been the attorney on over 15 feature films and is actively working on over 12
more film projects. Corky is currently working on setting up several film funds
throughout the Country.

Corky has been Executive Producer and/or attorney on feature film projects, which
include:

•   “Certifiably Jonathan”
       Starring, Jonathan Winters, Robin Williams, Howie Mandel, Rob Reiner, Martin
       Mull, Jim Carrey, Dana Carvey, Lili Tomlin, Sara Silverman, Bonnie Hunt and
       others.
•   “The Sum of Us" (Australian Academy Award Winner)
       Distributed by The Samuel Goldwyn Co.
       Starring Russell Crowe and Jack Thompson. Currently in video and DVD
       release.
•   "Finding North" (Screenplay by Kim Powers)
       Distributed by Cowboy Booking.
       Starring Wendy Mckenna and John Benjamin Hickey.
       Currently in Video and DVD release.
•   “Sacrifices" (Screenplay by Edward Seaton)
       Currently in video release.
•   "Rockville Slayer" (Screenplay by Marc Selz).
        Currently in theatrical and DVD and video release.
•   “Legend of Bloody Mary" (Screenplay by Joseph Domingo)
       Currently in the distribution phase.
•   "Teary Sockets" (Screenplay by Scott Anderson)
        Currently in the distribution phase.
•   "Paradise" (Screenplay by Mark Sells and Payton Dunham)
        Currently in the development phase.
•   "Little Chicago" (Screenplay by Carl Veno)
        Currently in the development phase.
•   Corky has also been the attorney for the Producers on the feature film entitled
    "Wild Things."
•   "Greater" (Written by Brian Reindl). Life story of Arkansas football player
    Brandon Burlsworth.
•    “Dravn” (Screenplay by Jesse Negron)
       Produced by WarFront Productions
       Currently in development phase.
•   “Abelar, Tales of an Ancient Empire” (Screenplay by Yancy Butler and Victoria
    Maurette)
       Produced by Nick Celozzi
       Currently in development phase.

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•   “Snap” (Screenplay by J.P. Riley and Rich Steen)
        Produced by Letter Blue Productions, LLC
        Currently in development phase.
•   “Marble City” (Screenplay by Tom Sjolund)
        Produced by Tom Sjolund, Scott Putman and Letter Blue Productions, LLC
        Currently in development phase.
•   “Bagmen” (Screenplay by Norman Snider)
        Produced by Donald Zuckerman
        Currently in development phase.
•   “Bronzeville”
        Produced by Think Differently Company
        Currently in development phase.
•    “Stray Hearts” (Screenplay by Keri Roebuck Fitzgerald, Revisions by Jenny
    Wingfield)
        Produced by Dorothea Petrie, William S. Gilmore and Shari Rhodes.
        Currently in development phase.
•   “Heart Strings” (Screenplay by FireFly Film & Video)
        Produced by FireFly Film & Video
        Co-Producer: James Pasternak
        Currently in pre-production.
•    “Caught in the Crossfire” (Screenplay by K. Southeby Lorenz)
        Produced by Stonehedge
        Currently in development phase.
•   “Confessions from Philly” (formerly known as Brotherly Love) (Screenplay by K.
    Southeby Lorenz)
        Produced by Vincent J. Wiley and Deborah Romare
        Currently in development phase.
•   "MoMo " - TV documentary series on the life of Sam Giancana
        Produced by Nick Celozzi
        Currently in pre-production.
•   "20% Fiction " (Screenplay by Barry Primus)
        Produced by Nick Celozzi
        Executive Producer: Robert DeNiro
        Currently in pre-production.
•   "Broken Hill " (Written and Directed by Dagen Merrill)
        Starring: Luke Arnold, Alexa Vega and Timothy Hutton
        Distributor: Porchlight Entertainment
•   "The Road Not Taken " - Currently in development phase.
•   "Nigel" - Currently in development phase.
•   "The Dark Path" - Currently in development phase.
•   "Galatea Onna Bugeisha" - Currently in development phase.
•   "American Garage" - Currently in development phase.
•   "Urges" - Currently in development phase.
•   "2 East" - Currently in development phase.
•   "Love In The Boneyard" - Currently in development phase.
•   "Magically Married" - Currently in development phase.


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•   "Steal Away, Steal Away" - Currently in development phase.
•   "Tribe Of The Dead" - Currently in development phase.




He has also developed, been producer on and the attorney for many theatrical plays.
They include:


•       "The Nerd"
•       "Driving Miss Daisy" (A Joseph-Jefferson Winner)
•       "Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune"
•       "Steel Magnolias"
•       "Shirley Valentine"
•       "The Good Times are Killing Me"
•       "I'm Not Rappaport"
•       "Jump for Joy" (Duke Ellington's critically acclaimed Pegasus Production)
•       "Hoops" (the life story of the Harlem Globetrotters and Abe Saperstein)
•       "Hauptman" (Off Broadway production of the award-winning Victory Garden
        Play)
•       "Don’t Dress for Dinner" (Producer: Damian Arnold) (Chicago Production and
        Broadway Production)


Corky has been active and instrumental in conducting "Biz Sessions," a seminar dealing
with the business and legal aspects of feature film development. It debuted in Chicago in
the Spring of 1998; over 100 people attended. Further, he set up ISA Distribution which
distributed "Tie-Died Rock’n Roll’s Most Dedicated Fan," a film about the Grateful Dead
parking lot sub-culture. He is also active in establishing and advising various film funds
and film funding sources in North America.

An Adjunct Professor at Northwestern Law School and John Marshall Law School,
Corky teaches an entertainment law. He previously developed a syllabus for and taught a
similar course at Columbia College in its Film Department. Corky has been a panel
member and speaker at many film seminars and festivals in the U.S. and Canada. He has
written articles for Screen Magazine and other film and entertainment magazines and
periodicals.

Corky’s expertise in corporate matters, earned him a seat on the Illinois panel to
recommend amendments to the Illinois Limited Liability Company Act. In addition,
during the course of his career, Corky has litigated over 200 cases, including over 50 jury
trials.

Corky is admitted to practice in Illinois, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District
of Illinois, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and is a member of the Trial


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Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He is a member of the
American and Chicago Bar Associations.




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