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Slideshow, Interviews: Red Carpet Portraits at Chicago Intl Film Festival Gala, June 1, 2024

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John C. Reilly, Career Achievement Award honoree.

CHICAGO – The Red Carpet was for rock … er, cinema … stars at the the 60th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) Summer Gala, and the directors, actors and film VIPs were present and feted. Patrick McDonald and Photographer Joe Arce of were also there, and got the stars to pose and talk.

Exclusive Portraits: John C. Reilly at 60th Chicago Intl Film Festival Gala

CHICAGO – You’ll never hear a better speech about the actor’s gratitude for his hometown than John C. Reilly’s proclamation at the 60th Chicago International Film Festival’s Summer Gala on June 1st, 2024. He brought the house down with emotional and passionate words about his journey that began in the Windy City.

Film News: CineYouth Festival at Facets Chicago April 19-21, 2024

CineYouth Fest 2024

CHICAGO – The annual CineYouth Festival for 2024 is on tap beginning Friday, April 19th, presenting 66 short films across 10 programming blocks featuring everything from comedy to animated shorts to highlights from the Chicago region. Plus, CineYouth features two workshops focused on accessibility tools and good collaborative practices, live filmmaker Q&As, and more.

CIFF23 Podtalk: Director Olmo Schnabel’s Debut ‘Pet Shop Days’

Pet Shop Days

CHICAGO – The director debut is the flourishing element of any film festival, and the Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) has always been a nurturing place for the latest cinema talent. “Pet Shop Days” is the debut of director and co-writer Olmo Schnabel, and screened at the 59th CIFF.

CIFF23: Matthew Modine Pedals for ‘Hard Miles’ at 59th CIFF

CHICAGO – The stature and talent of actor Matthew Modine has loomed large for nearly two generations. He began his career in his early twenties, and continues to make an impact as he takes on new roles … for instance, that of a social worker in “Hard Miles,” which screened at the 59th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF).

CIFF23: Peter Sarsgaard Plus Closing Night at 59th CIFF, 'The Bikeriders'

CHICAGO – That’s a wrap! The 59th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) Closing Night is October 22nd, 2023, with “The Bikeriders,” which is set in Chicago and directed by Jeff Nichols (“Mud,” “Take Shelter”), who will make an appearance on behalf of the film. Click CLOSING for info and tickets.

CIFF23: Gold Hugo as Best Film is ‘Explanation for Everything’

CHICAGO – The 59th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) announced its competitive award winners on October 20th 2023, and the recipient of The Gold Hugo in the International Feature Film Competition – the festival’s top honor – is ‘Explanation for Everything” (directed by Gábor Reisz), a coming-of age story.

CIFF23: Writer/Director Emerald Fennell Applies the ‘Saltburn’

CHICAGO – Writer, Director and Actor Emerald Fennell is leading a new revolution of commentary in her feature films. She began with “Promising Young Woman” in 2020 – for which she won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay – and her follow-up is “Saltburn,” which screened at the 59th Chicago International Film Festival on October 19th.

CIFF23: Actor David Dastmalchian for ‘Late Night with the Devil’

CHICAGO – David Dastmalchian’s star is rising rapidly. The actor, who studied locally at DePaul University, brought his new role on film – “Late Night with the Devil” – to the 59th Chicago International Film Festival. A reprise screening will take place on October 19th, 2023. Click LATE NIGHT for info and tickets.

CIFF23: Actor Michael Shannon Makes Director Debut for ‘Eric Larue’

CHICAGO – Michael Shannon is also a film director. The distinctive actor, who has wowed cinema fans with his performances over the years, showcased his directorial debut at the 59th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) with “Eric Larue.” Shannon did a master class on directing, walked the Red Carpet and appeared at the film screening.

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