Community High School District 94

326 Joliet Street, West Chicago IL 60185

Contact:  Gail Eckl Daniels,    
Phone 630/876-6556    


Apr 24, 2007
For Immediate Release


The world premiere of the independent film "Lost Along The Way" will debut on Saturday, May 5th, 7:00 p.m., in the Weyrauch Auditorium at Community High School in West Chicago. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Sharon Bokker Scholarship Fund at District #94. This film, a light drama, is about a young man whose parents pass away and how an old flame comes back into his life and helps him pick up the pieces. A teaser trailer for the film can be found at

Jeff Manimbo, writer and director, shot the entire film in western DuPage County. After working as a production coordinator for film and television for 10 years, Jeff formed his own independent film company, Island Dream Media. He studied film at Columbia College in Chicago before moving to Florida where he worked in the film departments at Disney Studios and Universal Studios. Jeff worked on films including Batman Begins and The Break Up. He also worked on several television episodes of ER and Fox™s My Big, Fat Obnoxious Boss. After moving back to Illinois, and settling in West Chicago, Jeff studied graphic design and multi-media at the Illinois Institute of Art. Jeff spends part of his time working on the audio-visual staff at Community High School. "Lost Along The Way" was shot in high definition at several locations including West Chicago, Winfield, Wheaton and Glen Ellyn. The entire project was completed in DuPage County. Some of the teachers at Community High School served as extras and a few CHS students worked on the production crew. Rosemary Briones, Special Education Teacher, was the Assistant Producer and Product Coordinator of this film.

Jeff has directed films before but this is the first time he has directed a full-length feature film. He believes that "Chicago is a good place for independent film makers because there are so many talented people here."

Community High School is located at 326 Joliet in West Chicago. The doors will open at 7:00 p.m.. The movie will begin at 7:30 p.m. with Questions & Answers with Jeff and some of the cast members following the film. The cost is $3 per person. This film is rated PG-13 for mild language.