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Film News: ‘September Morning’ Opens 8th Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival on Aug. 3, 2017

2017 Blue Whiskey FF Logo

CHICAGO – The 2017 Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival (BWIFF), a Chicagoland favorite for eight years, is hitting the big time by bringing the festival to the historic Music Box Theatre, in the City of Chicago proper for the first time. The Opening Night Film is “September Morning,” about a group of college kids bonding after the events of September 11th. The Opening Night short and feature films will be preceded by “The Blue Carpet,” and followed by an after party (details below). The BWIFF runs for eight days, through August 10th, 2017.

HollywoodChicago.com ESP, En Español: ‘Atomic Blonde,’ ‘Detroit,’ y ‘Dunkirk’

HCESP

CHICAGO – Cada semana, HollywoodChicago.com le traerá las criticas de las películas que hemos visto y que están saliendo esa semana, pero en español. HollywoodChicago.com ESP no sólo representa HollywoodChicago.com Espanol, sino también Esta Semana en Peliculas. Esta semana haremos una gira de guerra a través de la historia de la Segunda Guerra Mundial (“Dunkirk”), a la Guerra Fría (“Atomic Blonde”) y a la zona de guerra en casa (“Detroit”).

Exclusive Portraits: Jane Fonda Wows the Crowd in Chicago

CHICAGO – It was show time for two-time Oscar winner Jane Fonda, as she accepted a Career Achievement Award from Cinema/Chicago at the Radisson Blue Aqua Hotel, and participated in a tribute night – moderated by Chicago Sun-Times Film Critic Richard Roeper – on Saturday, July 29th, 2017.

Interview, Audio: Abby Quinn, Gillian Robespierre & Elisabeth Holm of ‘Landline’

Landline Abby Quinn, Elisabeth Holm, Gillian Robespierre photo by Patrick McDonald

CHICAGO – It takes a collaborative village to make a movie, and part of that collective came to Chicago to promote “Landline.” Director Gillian Robespierre, Co-Writer Elisabeth Holm and debut actress Abby Quinn were essential to the film, which is set in 1990s New York City and features Jenny Slate in the lead role.

Podcast: John Michael Revives ‘Meatball Seance’ at Mary’s Attic Chicago on July 31, 2017

Meatball Seance

CHICAGO – John Michael is back! Chicago’s favorite monologist is reviving his latest show, “Meatball Seance.” For the next two Mondays, July 31st and August 7th, 2017, Michael will perform at at Mary’s Attic in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. In celebration of this funny and amazing audience participation show, HollywoodChicago.com reruns a podcast done with Michael in April of this year.

Interview, Audio: Actress Jenny Slate Answers the Call in ‘Landline’

CHICAGO – Jenny Slate keeps getting more high profile, both in voiceover work (“The Secret Life of Pets”) and as an actress. Her latest film is “Landline,” her second with director Gillian Robespierre. In the film, Slate portrays an engaged-to-be-married “adult” who is having trouble coming to terms with her life.

Interview, Audio: Monica Raymund of ‘Chicago Fire’ Debuts New Film ‘Tanya’ on Aug. 1, 2017

Monica Raymund on set for 'Tanya'

CHICAGOTV fans know Monica Raymund as paramedic Gabby Dawson on the long-running “Chicago Fire.” But the talented actor is expanding her range, debuting her first film as director, “Tanya,” at the Midwest Independent Film Festival on Tuesday, August 1st, 2017. The short film – written by Sam Forman – will be part of “Female Filmmakers Night” at the Midwest Indie, and is part of Raymund’s involvement with Hidden Tears Project, an organization dedicated to raising consciousness by creating media on gender inequality, sexual abuse and human trafficking.

Slideshow: Dolby Atmos Makes U.S. Debut at Chicago’s Sound-Bar on July 29, 2017

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Innovative Dolby Atmos system is introduced at Chicago’s Sound-Bar.

CHICAGO – The latest sound innovation will make its U.S. debut right here in Chicago as the immersive, multi-dimensional sonic aura of Dolby Atmos will premiere at the iconic dance club Sound-Bar on July 29th, 2017. The club presentation will spin starting at 10pm with “Solarstone” from producer, composer and DJ Richard Mowatt. The audio system boasts no compression, 30 speakers and 22 channels of separation. Paired with Sound-bar’s legendary light show, the installation is one of the most inventive sound happenings to date.

Podcast Talk: Jerry Vasilatos of Chicago’s 48 Hour Film Project on Kickoff on July 30, 2017

48 Hour Film Project 2017

CHICAGO – For the 13th straight year, Chicago will host the 48 Hour Film Project. The international competition allows filmmakers to gather their production teams and challenges them to create a short film in only 48 hours. Producer Jerry Vasilatos is in charge of the Chicago competition and is hosting a meet and greet on July 30, 2017 at the Lincoln Tap Room on the North Side.

Film Review: ‘Detroit’ is Stark, Blunt & Honest U.S. History

CHICAGO – It has become clear to anyone who is making an observation about authority and “order” in America, that for certain people it comes with a severe price. “Detroit” explores an incident within the 1967 riots there, when white police officers raided a hotel and perpetuated crimes of their own.

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