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Lakefront Pictures is a team of creators who tell untold stories by voices normally unheard. We have proven success producing high-production-valued television pilots, short films, feature films, and branded marketing videos. Several of our projects have been official selections in the film festival circuit and recognized by networks and studios. Our dedicated professionals provide top service, creativity, and enthusiasm to serve your project needs.

Our Vision: We share untold stories from voices normally unheard that will influence others to want to change their lifestyle.

Chicago

The Founders

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Jennifer Karum

CO-FOUNDER • PRODUCER • WRITER • ACTRESS

Karum (Goodman) is a neuro-diverse, multi-hyphenate Actress, Writer, Producer and Director who comes from the Corporate World in which she spent 18 years focused on New Business Development. With a knack to ask for what she wants, she's no stranger to the Producing world when it comes to getting missions accomplished.

 

Growing up as an Actress, her first streak in the Writing and Producing world happened in 2016, when she auditioned for Ryan's project, landed the lead role and offered to expand the script to what is known as "Conrad" a new media pilot that attracted the likes of Eric Roberts and Harry Lennix. Her first feature she wrote, produced and acted in, The Unseen, a Horror/Thriller starring RJ Mitte (Breaking Bad) just received Domestic Distribution and has an International Sales Agent attached.  Jennifer is known for building and leading teams, script writing, directing, coordinating talent, hiring crew, negotiating contracts, and raising capital. Her portfolio can be seen HERE.

In 2018, Jennifer received an award as Top 10 female producers through Studio Daily out of Los Angeles. She has also been recognized by a Managing Director at CBS. She also is known for Producing Blackhatter, Pictures Only, and more. You may have caught her on screen on Better Call Saul the Finale episode in which she was a Co-Star!

Jennifer Writes, Produces and Directs the Actor Demo Reel scenes, Writes and Produces internal films and new media content, and produces projects brought to Lakefront.

Jennifer is repped by Ambassador Talent in Chicago, Eris Talent in LA, and Bankston Talent in Texas for her Acting. Jennifer is managed by Luxhammer for her Writing, Producing, and Directing.

 

Jennifer joined forces with Ryan Atkins, Co-creator on Conrad to create Lakefront Pictures.

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Ryan Atkins

CO-FOUNDER • DP • POST-PROD SPECIALIST

Ryan is a Content Creator, Director of Photography, and Post-Production Specialist based in Chicago.

 

With 17+ years under his belt, his expertise shines through his visual storytelling and media management for education, corporate, government agencies, small businesses, motion picture productions, and music videos. Many of his previous clients include: Northwestern University, The University of Chicago, Ashland University, Sarpino's Pizzeria, Chicago Fire Dept, Make-a-Wish, and more. His most recent work was serving as Video Development Coordinator for Loyola Medicine. He created content, coordinated with doctors, and produced content in both the operating room and in office, used for marketing of the hospital. On top of his expertise in the Corporate digital era, he excels as Director of Photography and Post-Production Manager for Narrative content. He is known for being Co-Creator and Director of Photography for the 'Conrad' pilot, Pictures Only, Blackhatter, and more, including his most recent work as The Director of Photography and Post-Production Manager for The Unseen which acquired distribution. All this work and more, has helped him acquire management for his work. His portfolio can be seen HERE.

In 2018 Ryan Co-Founded Lakefront Pictures with Jennifer Karum, specializing in both film, media, commercial and television projects.

 

Ryan is managed as a Director of Photography through Luxhammer and is repped by Evan J. Cholfin,  

Lakefront Pictures is managed by Luxhammer

Team 

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Adam Smestad
Patty Bell

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

MARKETING MANAGER

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