South Loop

Juan Diego Ramirez, Ellen Fliesler, Quetta Carpenter, Frank Platis, Jonathan Hughes, Eliza Stoughton, Stephanie Sullivan, Hugh Grady, Arturo Rangel

Jacob Giblin,Mike Pusateri,Victoria Floro,Joe Steiff,F. Tyler Burnet, Kate Brown,Ken Johnson,Candace Sansone, David Rokos,Al Prudeaux


John Rangel, Juan Diego Ramirez, Kirk W. Johnson, Edgar Velazquez, Elliott Eisman, David Rokos, Beata Pilch, Ken Johnson, David Rokos, Sketch Middle, Beth Flax, Esteban Carrillo, David Rokos, Brett Blanken, David Baker, Rick Mertz, Chris Colucci, Candace Sansone, Laura Schmidt, Christian Ambrose, Noorjabeen Naseer, Nestor Policarpio

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After struggling for years to find a vocation, 32 year-old RICK gets his real estate license with the financial and emotional support of his long-time girlfriend TERESA. Rick comes into real estate during the boom of 2005 and the sales come easy. He catches the eye of his boss FRANK and quickly gains his friendship as they often go out after work and enjoy the spoils of their good fortune. Rick soon buys his first condo. Meanwhile, Teresa works late shifts waiting tables. She and Rick see each other less and less and they both sense distance growing between them. She asks to move in and Rick asks her for time to think about it. From there the relationship slowly dissolves. Business is so good Rick buys a second condo in the South Loop, the emerging neighborhood in Chicago. Finally, he tells Teresa they now live in two different worlds. He leaves her.

From his late night outings with Frank, Rick soon meets CYNTHIA, a recent transplant from Dallas who works for Macy’s. She came to Chicago when they took over Marshall Field’s. Rick and Cynthia hit it off quickly despite her constant traveling for work. However, it’s now 2007 and the housing bubble bursts. Rick lives in his south loop condo and Cynthia encourages him to sell his neighborhood place. He puts it on the market knowing a sale is going to be tough. Still, he helps to orient Cynthia to her new city. Her boss is up for a promotion and it calls for her to spend long hours working and schmoozing so she can position herself to inherit his old position. Meanwhile, Rick struggles to make sales and his two mortgage payments are eating his savings. The stress of his financial situation begins to affect his relationship. He asks Cynthia to move in with him, partly for love, partly for savings, but she balks. As Rick scrambles to sell his neighborhood condo, he feels Cynthia pulling away from him. She stresses that she simply wants to earn her promotion but Rick believes she is cheating on him. With the market crashing and his girlfriend falling from his grasp, Rick finds he could lose everything he worked to get…

JUAN DIEGO RAMIREZ – “Rick”, Producer

Juan Diego Ramirez is an actor, producer and award-winning playwright.   He is a member of Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble, where he performed in such theatrical productions as "The Mexican O.C.", and the West Coast premiere's of "Guilt Anthology" and "Miss Lebron".  He's also performed for South Coast Repertory Lincoln Center Institute, the Bilingual Foundation of Los Angeles, Long Beach Playhouse, Chapman University, Fullerton College, Centro Cultural de Mexico, Stages Theatre, Chance Theatre, Hunger Artists and the Muckenthaler.  Juan's performance in his play "Revelations" was named one of the years best by the O.C. Weekly in 2007.  In 2008, "Revelations" was named best play of Teatro La Tea's "Asi Somos" Theatre Festival and his performance in the play was recognized as one of the best of the festival.  His other plays, "Latino 101", "Public Speaker", "Mr. V-Neck" and "One Out of Six" premiered at Fullerton Colleges Director's Festival.  "One Out of Six" was named best of the fest in 2006.  Juan has also appeared in the award winning short films, "Someone to Love" and "An Assignment".  The latter aired on Showtime and won an Imagen Award for best short film.  He will be seen next in the independent feature film "The One Nighter".   Juan received a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from California State University of Long Beach.


Ellen Fliesler is an actress, dancer, and singer in the Chicago area. She is so excited to be performing in such a vibrant city. Although she comes from a theater background, she is rapidly building her experience in other forms of media. In addition to working with Parkside Films, Ellen’s film credits include projects from the Art Institute of Chicago, DePaul University, Columbia College, and several other private production companies.


Quetta Carpenter is originally from Arizona where she was a company member of Southwest Shakespeare Company. She earned an MFA in Acting from Penn State University, and interned at the Utah Shakespearean Festival. Quetta appears in the films Happily After, Schizo Cool, Time Takes a Holiday, Hungry for Attention, Public Enemies, and the miniseries Clinton County Community Players. Quetta currently resides in Chicago where she teaches acting at Act One Studios. 

JOHN RANGEL – Writer, Producer, Director

John A. Rangel earned an MFA in Film Production from Chapman University (Orange, CA) in May of 2003.  While there he completed a number of short films and videos, including Finding Yourself in L.A. (2000), an Official Selection of the 2001 New York Independent Film Festival.  His graduate thesis short film An Assignment was an official selection of a number of film festivals and won numerous awards, including “Best of Chicago” at the 2003 Chicago International Film Festival and “Best Short Film” at both the 2004 New York Latino International Film Festival, and the 2004 Imagen Awards.  The film also aired on the Showtime and SiTV cable networks.  John is also an Assistant Professor in the Motion Picture/Television Department at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.