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Podtalk: Director Gregory Dixon of ‘Olympia’ at 54th Chicago International Film Festival, Oct. 15, 2018

Olympia

CHICAGO – As each generation transitions to adulthood, the overwhelming changes that occur in employment, relationships and loss become their drama. Director Gregory Dixon and writer McKenzie Chinn teamed up to create a film that addresses that drama, in the made-in-Chicago “Olympia.” The film is screening at the 54th Chicago International Film Festival on Monday, October 15th, 2018 (5:30pm). For details and tickets, click here.

Film News: DAY SIX of 54th Chicago International Film Festival Discovers ‘Friedkin Uncut’

Friedkin Uncut

CHICAGODAY SIX of the 54th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) on Monday, October 15th, 2018, features a tribute to the Chicago-born director William Friedkin (“The Exorcist,” “The French Connection”), two made-in-Chicago films and four films vying in the International Competition.

Podtalk: Director Jennifer Hou Kwong & Producer Ellis Goodman on the film ‘Art Paul of Playboy’

Art Paul of Playboy Magazine

CHICAGO – There was a time in America when the medium of the magazine produced superstars. Famous writers, reporters, photographers and illustrators ruled the day, from the magazine’s invention in the 1920s to their ebbing in the 1960s (when TV became a rival) to their last gasp before the internet. One superstar that emerged worked for Playboy Magazine, and was as influential as founder Hugh Hefner in creating the ethos of that particular empire. A legendary art director is profiled in the documentary, “Art Paul of Playboy: The Man Behind the Bunny.” The film is screening at the 54th Chicago International Film Festival on Sunday, October 14th, 2018 (7pm). For details and tickets, click here.

Film News: DAY FIVE of 54th Chicago International Film Festival is ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

CHICAGODAY FIVE of the 54th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) on Sunday, October 14th, 2018, is a day to introduce yourself to a new side of Melissa McCarthy in “Can You Forgive Me?, to make a date with “Watergate,” the remarkable four hour documentary about that American history, to hop on “The Band Wagon” and to remember a magazine-era icon, Chicago’s own Art Paul.

Red Carpet: OPENING NIGHT with 'Beautiful Boy' at the 54th Chicago International Film Festival

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Andre Royo portrayed Spencer in ‘Beautiful Boy.’

CHICAGO – It was with much anticipation that the 54th Chicago International Film Festival launched with a special screening of “Beautiful Boy,” starring Steve Carell and Timotheé Chamalet. Walking the Red Carpet was one of the supporting cast members, Andre Royo, and the director of the film, Felix Van Groeningen.

Film Review: 'First Man' is Reverential to Moon Landing Mission

CHICAGO – There were several “firsts” for humankind in our civilization and technology breakthroughs, but until 1969 no person had even stepped on a planetary surface other than on earth. Neil Armstrong was that man, and he is portrayed by Ryan Gosling in a respectful overview of that Apollo 11 mission in “First Man.”

Film News: DAY FOUR of 54th Chicago International Film Festival Visits ‘Widows’

Widows

CHICAGODAY FOUR of the 54th Chicago International Film Festival on Saturday, October 13th, 2018… to kick off a huge festival weekend… continues with Industry Days from 10am-5pm (click here for details), a CINEYOUTH “Best of the Fest” screening (click) and the a mega-Red Carpet for the film “Widows,” including Liam Neeson.

Film News: DAY THREE of 54th Chicago International Film Festival Grooves with ‘United Skates’

United Skates, 2018 CIFF

CHICAGODAY THREE of the 54th Chicago International Film Festival on Friday, October 12th, 2018, continues with Industry Days from 10am-4pm (click here for details), the beginnings of the “After Dark” screenings (click) and the center stage presentation of the amazing documentary “United Skates.”

Film News: DAY TWO of 54th Chicago International Film Festival Spotlights ‘The Hate U Give’

Hate U Give, The

CHICAGODAY TWO of the 54th Chicago International Film Festival on Thursday, October 11th, 2018, features a Red-Carpet event for the hot American film “The Hate U Give.” the beginning of Industry Days at the Fest, and the cranking into gear of the daily cinema offerings.

Film News: ‘Beautiful Boy’ Opens the 54th Chicago International Film Festival on Oct. 10, 2018

CHICAGO – It’s Opening Night for the 54th Chicago International Film Festival on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018, and the film that kicks it off is the highly anticipated “Beautiful Boy,” featuring Steve Carell and Timotheé Chalamet, and directed by Felix Van Groeningen.

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