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General Information

Name:  Michael Corcoran  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;


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Corcoran lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Michael Corcoran is a published author and a freelance writer. He has written for Printers Row Journal of the ''Chicago Tribune'' and ''''. A Certified Chicago Tour Guide, Corcoran also does performance poetry, standup comedy, storytelling monologues, acting, voice over, ESL/EFL/ABE tutoring, and plays a mean blues harmonica.

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Titles At Your Library

Hollywood on Lake Michigan: 100+ Years of Chicago and the Movies
ISBN: 1613745753

Chicago Review Press. 2013

Ranging from the dawn of the silent era to today’s blockbusters and independent films, this revamped second edition chronicles the significant contributions by Chicago and Chicagoans to more than a century of American filmmaking. Among the Windy City’s unique honors in this history are the development of film technology by early major players Essanay Film Manufacturing Company and the Selig Polyscope Company the first African American–owned and operated film studios the birthplace of gore flicks the origination and growth of movie palaces and the importance of the Second City, Goodman, and Steppenwolf theaters as training grounds for the industry’s best comedic and dramatic talent. Readers will relish behind-the-scenes stories of local favorites like The Blues Brothers and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, as well as recent box office smashes like Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. Fully revised and updated, this premier guide to the Windy City’s history in the film industry features new profiles of film locations, more photographs, and exclusive interviews detailing all aspects of the moviemaking process, making it the perfect guide for film lovers and Chicago history buffs alike.


Hollywood on Lake Michigan

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