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Second City names new film comedy school for Harold Ramis
In this Dec. 12, 2009 file photo, actor and director Harold Ramis laughs as he walks the red carpet to celebrate The Second City's 50th anniversary in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching, File)
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Chicago improv troupe Second City is opening a school focusing on comedic filmmaking and naming it after late writer-director-actor Harold Ramis.

Second City said Tuesday that applications are being accepted for the school's yearlong filmmaker program that starts in September in Chicago. Students enrolled in the intensive program will learn comedy training, film history, storytelling and film production. They'll produce a pilot TV show or short film.

Ramis' longtime collaborator and film producer Trevor Albert will be the school's chairman. The advisory board will include Second City alumni Steve Carell, Adam McKay, Catherine O'Hara and others.

Ramis died in February 2014 at the age of 69 at his home in the Chicago suburbs after suffering from an autoimmune disease. He is famous for movies including "Caddyshack," ''Ghostbusters" and "Animal House."