Creative Cypher, a conclave of content creators that have come together to champion diversity in the film industry, announces it has developed a mobile app that aggregates talent, content and opportunities for independent artists in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York, and three other major U.S. cities. The Creative Cypher app creates access to resources, job listings, events, discounts and content, including the Cypher News channel, films, music videos and podcasts, in addition to an industry database with a wealth of talent resources from around the country.
The app is free to download now from your app store but will make its national debut at the Creative Tech Expo on Saturday, September 30 at 3:30 p.m. in the VIP area of Venue One, 219 N. Paulina St., in Chicago. The Expo is a technology immersion experience that is family and community accessible, featuring an assortment of presenting tech companies, organizations and individuals who are at the forefront of media, maker, mobile, internet/gaming and robotic tech revolutions. Creative Cypher is a sponsor of the Expo.
The Cypher, a 501c3 nonprofit, was founded by actor and Chicago native Troy Pryor in 2014 to break the barriers to inclusion in the burgeoning Chicago film and television industry. It is headquartered in Stage 18 Chicago at Cinespace, 2558 W. 16th St., and offers educational programming including a filmmaker incubator and script coverage, providing writers feedback and discounts on forums hosted by Cypher partners such as the International Screenwriters’ Association. In the past year, the Cypher has expanded to Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Miami and Austin, Texas, with another chapter due to launch in Dallas next month.
Download the app to access the events calendar, job listings, creative content and the Cypher News channel that includes interviews and drops with celebrities. You can also purchase event tickets and RSVP through the app. You must be a Cypher member to access member discounts, the professional database and to receive push notifications about exclusive events and VIP access. The app also acts as a member card. For a limited time, creatives can join the professional database for free once they submit a profile and it is approved. In the future, the cost will be $100 a year for individuals and $150 a year for organizations.
“With the app, the Cypher will be able to extend its influence and outreach as an aggregator of talent and resources for independent artists nationwide,” said Pryor, 32. “As we saw recently with the Emmy Awards, content created by independent artists like Donald Glover and Chicagoan Lena Waithe is being elevated and recognized. We’re excited to offer the app at a time of forward movement.”
Pryor, born and raised in Chicago, became the youngest member elected to the SAG-AFTRA board of directors in 2013, and is co-chair of its New Media Committee. He recently accepted an invitation to join the Gene Siskel Film Center’s Associate Producers board, a dynamic group of active, connected movie lovers between 25-40 years of age. He is currently curating programming to present at the Sundance Film Festival in January.