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Film News: Merle Hayden, Subject of ‘Manlife: The Last of the Lawsonians,’ Dies at 96

Merle Hayden

RACINE, WIS – The last of the Lawsonians has now passed on. Merle Hayden, six days after he made an appearance on Closing Night at the Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF), died on June 10th, 2017, of natural causes in Racine, Wisconsin. He was 96 years old. His life was the subject of a World Premiere documentary shown at CUFF, “Manlife: The Last of the Lawsonians” on June 4th. Mr. Hayden made an appearance at that screening, lucidly participated in a Q&A and got to celebrate the achievement of his life’s work brought to a cinematic form.

Film News: ‘Manlife: The Last of Lawsonians’ Wins Audience Award at 2017 Chicago Underground Film Festival

Manlife

CHICAGO – The 24th Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF) wrapped on June 4th, 2017, and announced their award winners on June 7th. Taking the Audience Award, the top prize at CUFF, was the closing night film “Manchild: The Last of the Lawsonians.” As a bonus, the 96 year-old star of the film, Merle Lawson, got the opportunity to bask in the limelight, as he appeared on behalf of the film.

Film News: CUFF Closing Night Film is ‘Manlife: The Last of the Lawsonians’ on June 4, 2017

Manlife

CHICAGO – It’s been five days of off-the-wall cinema, filmmaker appearances, afterparty happenings and showing off the emerging Logan Square neighborhood. The 2017 Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF) is wrapping up on Sunday, June 4th, with a day of film presentations, culminating with the special U.S. and World Premiere of “Manlife: The Last of the Lawsonians.”

Film News: Documentary Opens 2016 Chicago Underground Film Festival on June 1

CUFF 2016

CHICAGO – The eclectic, the bizarre and the “underground” awaits film fans with the 23rd edition of the Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF), with Opening Night on June 1, 2016. The fest opens with the documentary “Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present,” directed by Tyler Hubby. The director will be in attendance, and more details and ticket purchasing information can be found by clicking here.

Film News: 48 Hour Film Project Chicago Screenings, Awards on Aug. 27, 2015

48 Hour Film Project

CHICAGO – Imagine having only a two-day period to shoot, edit and score a short film. That’s the challenge behind the 48 Hour Film Project. This year’s Chicago edition of this competition concludes on Aug. 27, 2015 at the Logan Theatre when it will screen the best of the competition and present awards.

Weekend Preview: 2015 Chicago Underground Film Festival

2015 Chicago Underground Film Festival

CHICAGO – One of the funkiest and offbeat film festivals is taking place in Chicago through Sunday, May 17th, 2015. The 22nd Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF) showcases independent, experimental and documentary films from around the world. This year’s festival takes place all at the Logan Theatre – 2646 North Milwaukee, Chicago – and the films are augmented by nightly parties and concerts.

Interview: Director Josh Hope for ‘Wild Blue’ at the Chicago Film Fiesta

Chicago Film Fiesta Logo

CHICAGO – The Chicago Film Fiesta is an ongoing showcase for independent and micro budget shorts and features, and they are presenting the film “Wild Blue” on Saturday, February 8th, 2014, at the Logan Theatre in Chicago. “Wild Blue” is a road picture, written and directed by Josh Hope.

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