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Surprise! Chicago International Film Festival Screens ‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus’

Heath Ledger in "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassas"

CHICAGO – “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassas,” the long anticipated final film of Heath Ledger, directed by Terry Gilliam, was previewed last night at the Chicago International Film Festival at their “surprise’ screening.

2009 Chicago International Film Festival Awards: Martin Landau Speech, Young Filmmaker Interviews

CHICAGO – Film and TV icon Martin Landau accepted his Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2009 Chicago International Film Festival in the same hotel he stayed at while filming Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest” in 1959.

2009 Chicago International Film Festival ‘Best of the Fest’ For Oct. 21, 2009

Chicago International Film Festival

CHICAGO – As the 45th Chicago International Film Festival comes to a close, this year’s award-winning and most popular films are being screened one more time. All of the screenings will be held at the AMC River East 21 theater at 322 E. Illinois St.

Interviews: Winners at the 2009 Chicago International Film Festival

CHICAGO – “Mississippi Damned,” the feature film winner of the Gold Hugo, the top prize at the Chicago International Film Festival, was a labor of passion for producer Morgan R. Stiff and director/writer Tina Mabry.

Interview: Director Brian Caunter of ‘Chicago Overcoat’ at the Chicago International Film Festival

CHICAGO – Last Saturday at the Chicago International Film Festival was a very important debut for the new film “Chicago Overcoat,” directed by newcomer Brian Caunter. The hometown audience gave big thumbs up to the gritty mobster film.

Interview: Director F. Gary Gray of ‘Law Abiding Citizen’ With Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx in "Law Abiding Citizen"

CHICAGO – Justice is the theme of “Law Abiding Citizen,” a new film starring Jamie Foxx as a district attorney in Philadelphia who is targeted for revenge by a former client (Gerald Butler). Directing the film is veteran F. Gary Gray (”Friday,” “The Italian Job”).

Interview: The Fab Five With LeBron James in ‘More Than a Game’

CHICAGO – Inspiration comes from within, and the four members of Akron, Ohio’s St Vincent - St. Mary High School, playing basketball with LeBron James from 1998-2002, have a deep well of inspiration to give in the new film “More Than a Game.”

Interview: Director Ti West on ‘The House of the Devil’ at Chicago International Film Festival

Jocelin Donahue of "The House of the Devil"

CHICAGO – Discovering young filmmaker talent is one of the most exciting elements of the Chicago International Film Festival. Writer/director Ti West is one of those discoveries, with his horror film premiere, “The House of the Devil.”

Red Carpet: Hot Film ‘Precious’ Premieres at 2009 Chicago International Film Festival

CHICAGO – Backed by industry giants Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry, the new film “Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire,” had a red carpet premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival on October 14th.

Red Carpet: Willem Dafoe at the 2009 Chicago International Film Festival in Lars von Trier’s ‘Antichrist’

Willem Dafoe and Patrick McDonald, photo by Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto

CHICAGO – Willem Dafoe, the intense and excitable actor in so many classic films, walked the red carpet at the Chicago International Film Festival October 12th, representing the premiere of his new film with director Lars von Trier, “Antichrist.”

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