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My films have screened at US festivals including:

Adirondack Film Festival (Glens Falls, NY)

Borrego Springs Film Festival (Borrego Springs, CA)

Buffalo International Film Festival (Buffalo, NY)

Chelsea Film Festival (New York, NY)

Gasparilla International Film Festival (Tampa, FL)

Hell's Half Mile Film & Music Festival (Bay City, MI)

Indy Film Fest (Indianapolis, IN)

Julien Dubuque International Film Festival (Dubuque, IA)

Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (Middlebury, VT)

Midwest Film Festival (Chicago, IL)

Sunscreen Film Festival (St. Petersburg, FL)


Winner, 2011 Lisagor Award for Best Arts Reporting & Criticism, Chicago Jewish Star, "Henry Miller & the Jews"

Presented by the Chicago Headline Club, one of the largest chapters of Society of Professional Journalism in the US, recognizing the best of Chicago journalism


Finalist, 2012 Lisagor Award for Best Sports Story, Chicago Jewish Star, "An Ace Bowler Who Nailed the 7-10 Split"

Finalist, 2017 Lisagor Award for Best Sports Story, Chicago Jewish Star, "Double Play"

Winner, 2022 Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival Franklin Film Development Fund Grant for screenplay My Boyfriend at the Time

Semifinalist (top 2%), 2023 Austin Film Festival Script Competition, Comedy Feature Screenplay, for My Boyfriend at the Time


"Austin Film Festival Announces 2023 Script Competitions Semifinalists & Second Rounders"

Austin Film Festival, September 29, 2023

"Indie feature 'Not If I See You First' wraps filming in Skokie"

Reel Chicago, September 12, 2023

"Behind the Scenes of Chicagoland Comedy Feature 'Not If I See You First'"

Screen Magazine, August 15, 2023

"Comedy Feature 'Not If I See You First' Filming in Skokie; Director Wertheimer Talks with Screen"

Screen Magazine, July 18, 2023

"'Relative,' produced by Skokie man, coming to Gene Siskel Center"

by: Donald Liebenson, Chicago Tribune, June 6, 2022


"World Premiere Announced for Michael Glover Smith Feature 'Relative'"

Screen Magazine, February 14, 2022

"Brian and Jan Hieggelke and Chicago Film Project Announce Next Feature"

Screen Magazine, October 13, 2021

"That’s A Wrap on Chicago Feature Film RELATIVE"

Screen Magazine, June 29, 2021

"Michael Glover Smith’s Feature RELATIVE Shoots This Month; Twin Peaks, Steppenwolf Legends Lead Cast"

Screen Magazine, June 10, 2021

"Michael Glover Smith's 'Relative' filming in May"

by: Daniel Patton, Reel Chicago, February 7, 2020

"Skippers review" 

by: Linda & Al Lerner, Movies and Shakers, September 17, 2019

"Cow Lamp releases 'Skippers'"

by: Daniel Patton, Reel Chicago, August 9, 2019

"Review: Skippers" 

by: Alan Ng, Film Threat, July 19, 2019


"The Skevanston Movie Star"

Inside the Skev, Season 1, Episode 2, December 24, 2018

"'Skippers' provides laughs and surprising emotion"

by: Zach Parfeniuk, Delta Collegiate, October 3, 2018

"A Compelling Meditation on the Dichotomy Between Desire & Necessity"

by: Robert E. Martin, Review Magazine, September 6, 2018

"Hell's Half Mile reveals lineup for 2018 festival"

by: Jaylie Dice, Delta Collegiate, August 21, 2018

"Windy City Fest to premiere Wertheimer's 'Skippers'"

by: Joey Filer, Reel ChicagoJuly 11, 2018

"Chicago Jewish Star newspaper folds after 27 years" 

by: Robert Channick, Chicago Tribune, May 8, 2018

"'Skippers' Screens at the 2018 Indy Film Fest" 

by: Richard Propes, The Independent Critic, April 2018

"Film crew shooting indie movie in Bay County"

by: Cole Waterman, Bay City Times, November 7, 2016

"Hell's Half Mile celebrates Bay City's soul"

by: Greg Horner, Delta Collegiate, October 5, 2015

"HHMx: Film and Music Reviews" 

by: Peter Skrzypczak, Delta Collegiate, October 5, 2015

"Chicago Comedy Film Fest announces official selections"

by: Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune, August 25, 2015

"See the list of feature films screening at 2015 Hell's Half Mile fest in Bay City" 

by: Cole Waterman, Bay City Times, August 14, 2015

"Best Coast?: Why Moving from New York to Los Angeles was the Best Decision I Ever Made" 

by: Jenna Payne, MovieMaker, August 6, 2015

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