About Phil Ranstrom

Phil Ranstrom is an Emmy Award-winning writer, director, producer with over 25 years of experience in the film industry. He has worked for a variety of clients in the diverse fields of entertainment, PR and marketing, and community reporting.

As Phil Ranstrom works in preparation for his upcoming production Pierogi Blues, check out some of his past interviews.

For his work on Cheat You Fair: The Story of Maxwell Street., Phil Ranstrom is interviewed on WGN TV‘s Midday News by Steve Sanders.


Chicago’s Maxwell Street, was the city’s most interesting and influential place. It was the birthplace of the electric urban blues. It is quintessentially the “missing link” between blues and rock. Phil explores these topics in his film. It is a recording of oral history of a lost moment in time.

Get a sense of Phil’s documentary, Cheat You Fair: The Story of Maxwell Street., through excerpts from WGN-radio host Rick Kogan’s interview with Phil.


At the Sundance Film Festival,  Phil Ranstrom, talks about Cheat You Fair: The Story of Maxwell Street.

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