Horror-Comedy ‘Departing Seniors’ has begun filming in Chicago | Reel Chicago


Seniors Department

Jose Nateras applied his own experience as a gay, Mexican American, person of color to the script, while bringing in the humor and wit of influences such as Jordan Peele, Diablo Cody, Wes Cravenand more.

Nateras is an actor and writer from Chicago and is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago and earned his MFA in Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In addition to an extensive career on stage, as an actor, Nateras has appeared on Showtime’s The Chicas well as NBCs Chicago Fire and Chicago PDjust to name a few.

Producer / Director Clare Cooneywho makes her feature directorial debut has previously directed a TV series and short films including, Runner, which she wrote and starred in, and won the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the 2018 Chicago Critics Film Festival. As an actress, Cooney has appeared in Chicago Based productions including Chicago Med, Chicago PD and 4400.

The project is being produced by Dashawna Wright‘s Choppe Productions along with Clare Cooney, Jose Nateras and Kelly Parkerwith support from Divisionist Films. Greg Newman and Queensbury Pictures are executive producing.

Wright is an award-winning independent producer & filmmaker based in Chicago, IL who has produced and directed several short films.

The recipient of the 2018 Chicago Independent Producer’s Apprenticeship for the Chicago International Film Festival, Wright has worked on Hollywood’s most prominent Chicago-based shows, and is a founder of “Film Girls”, a film collective by women, for women. She has her Master’s in Creative Producing from Columbia College Chicago & a Bachelor’s in Mass Communication from Jackson State University.

Chicagoans should recognize some of these actors in Seniors Department. In addition to Diaz-Silverio, the film also stars Yani Gellman (Pretty Little Liars) as mr. arda, Lorena Diaz (Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago PD) as Nurse Ramirez, Ireon Roach (candy man and Chicago PD) as Bianca, and Cameron Scott Roberts (Chicago Fire and The Walking Dead) as Trevor.


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