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"Comparisons to Coppola's "The Godfather" graphically portrays the ruthless nature of the crime syndicate business." - The New York Times

"
There is a new genre on the movie scene. John Covert has created and defined it with his superb crime thriller. Superb, taut and effective" -Film Threat
"The style of Godard, Fassbinder, Greenaway." -Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

"
A pair of hip, disillusioned Hamlets. Convinces absolutely." -Chicago/Magazine

"Writer/Director John Covert is one of the rising stars of the American Independent scene. Highly compelling. Raw and powerful." -
Elliot Grove - Raindance/London
WAITING FOR THE MAN

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OFFICIAL SELECTION:
Nominee Best Feature/Maverick Spirit Award
Cinequest International Film Festival
The Art Institute Of Chicago
Independent Feature Project- IFFM/NY
Raindance Film Festival - London


"Writer/Director John Covert's highly acclaimed second feature is a lucid descent into the depths of the spiritual consequences of a life in an organized crime family. Covert expertly infuses WAITING FOR THE MAN's disturbing spiritual intensity with unexpected flashes of humor and tenderness. Subnation magazine declared, "Striking, lyrical, hypnotic. A work of art."

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THE  BLIND  LEAD

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OFFICIAL SELECTION:
Chicago Underground Film Festival,
Screen Magazine Film Festival

Johnny Boy , a psychotic playwright, drives to New York to run down a phantom deal. Along for the ride are a drug-dealing buddy named Aristotle and Johnny Boy's sexually self-destructive sometime girlfriend Anita. The drug fueled all night drive descends into sadistically funny mind games, sex games and finally violence. Then in New York the real fun begins. They don't all make it back, but they all do reach the end of the road.


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The Blind Lead
"One of the best films of the year." -Film Threat

"
From up-and-coming filmmaker John Covert comes this raw and
powerful film. Don't miss this stunning debut." -Facets Film
"A genuine convincing sense of  creeping paranoia and imploding minds.
A winner." -Your Flesh

"A truly great film." -The Chicago Underground Film Festival


SHUT-EYE
Release: August 2009

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OFFICIAL SELECTION
Visions For The Future -The Gene Siskel Film Center

"SHUT-EYE" the latest work from acclaimed Writer/Director John Covert is a hard hitting contemporary character study of family ( and national) dysfunctionalism and violence played out in the all night dive bars, three flat brownstones and mob owned strip joints of the post 9/11 Chicago underworld."

Starring Stana Katic (ABC TV "Castle")


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SHUT-EYE
SHUT-EYE
"A Robert DeNiro role.. John Covert gives a fine performance playing a Chicago cop estranged from the force." -Film/The Reader
"Jennifer Kern is a cross between Laura Linney and Nicole Kidman." - Windy City Times





Girls and Buildings


Review of Work In Progress/Special Screening

"Captures the existential, restless spirit of the French New Wave. A strong cast; sharp and seductive." - Film/The Reader

"Set in a Northside brothel.. voyeurism is the order all around." -Gene Siskel Filmcenter

"
A fantastic cast. Great! Very compelling." -Tom Rousch-Pensacola International Film Festival

GIRLS AND BUILDINGS

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Currently in Post-Production


OFFICIAL SELECTION:
Visions For The Future -The Gene Siskel Film Center

The secret world of itinerant brothels is the setting for this gritty and often funny story of surveillance camera pornography, blackmail, murder and the battle for the soul of a little boy.

In theaters fall 2009

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FATTY DRIVES THE BUS

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Directed by Mick Napier
Produced by John Covert

Oh no! It appears as if Satan isn't going to fill his soul quota this month! So of course, he turns himself into a tour guide and takes a bus-load of unsuspecting tourists on a ride down the highway to hell. An absurdist, Dada comedy from Mick Napier and his infamous legendary Annoyance ensemble.

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THE BLANK PAGE (1999)

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Directed by Adam Langer

Produced by John Covert

Synopsis from Writer/Director Adam Langer. www.adamlanger.com

"One of my most popular shows. It concerned the inner workings of a slacker magazine in Chicago, loosely based on my experiences as the managing editor of Chicago's Subnation, which emerged on the local scene at just about the moment when folks like Liz Phair, Smashing Pumpkins, Urge Overkill, and Veruca Salt were attracting national attention. I directed a low-budget feature film adapted from the play. It was produced by independent film auteur John Covert of Covert Creative Group and distributed by Troma Pictures' more family-friendly company 50th Street Films. Versions of this play appeared in a staged reading at Circle Rep in New York shortly before that theater company closed and also in full productions in Amherst, Massachusetts, San Francisco, and New York, but no cast came close to the energy and talent of the original Chicago ensemble, all of whom can be seen in the trailer below."

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