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Podtalk: Director Jacob Gentry on ‘Broadcast Signal Intrusion’

Jacob Gentry, photo by Joe Arce.

CHICAGO – In 1987, one of the oddest incidents in broadcast history took place in Chicago, when a local news sports segment and an episode of “Dr. Who” on PBS was interrupted by a bizarre video sequence featuring a man in a Max Headroom mask. This infamous event was the inspiration for the new film “Broadcast Signal Intrusion” – directed by Jacob Gentry – which was release to theaters and through Video-On-Demand on October 22nd, 2021, after playing at the 57th Chicago International Film Festival.

Via Zoom: Director Jessica Kingdon on China’s ‘Ascension’

CHICAGO – China sits across the sea as a country of sprawling expansion … economically, socially and governmentally. There is a new documentary that tries to understand all this proliferation and at the same time is a work of film art. “Ascension” is created and directed by Jessica Kingdon.

Via Zoom: David Dastmalchian Talks ‘Dune,’ as Piter De Vries

CHICAGO – The film “Dune,” an adaptation of the classic Frank Herbert sci-fi novel, is just coming off its opening weekend. One of the principle roles, Piter De Vries from the House Harkonnen, is portrayed by David Dastmalchian. DD is having a stellar 2021, coming off his triumph as Polka-Dot Man in “The Suicide Squad.” He talked to HollywoodChicago.com via Zoom.

Podtalk: Harry Shum Jr., Kelley Mack on ‘Broadcast Signal Intrusion’

Harry Shum Jr, Kelley Mack photo by Joe Arce

CHICAGO – In 1987, one of the oddest incidents in broadcast history took place in Chicago, when a local news sports segment and an episode of “Dr. Who” on PBS was interrupted by a bizarre video sequence featuring a man in a Max Headroom mask. This infamous event was the inspiration for the new film “Broadcast Signal Intrusion,” which was release to theaters and through Video-On-Demand on October 22nd, 2021, after playing at the 57th Chicago International Film Festival.

Red Carpet: Photo & Interview of Rebecca Hall at 57th Chicago International Film Festival

CHICAGO – Rebecca Hall is not content being one of the best actors of her generation, she also has directed her first feature film, “Passing.” Representing the film at the 57th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF), she walked the Red Carpet … Joe Arce got the Exclusive Photo and Patrick McDonald got the interview.

Via Zoom: Bobcat Goldthwait's New Film Takes a ‘Joy Ride’

CHICAGO – The career of comedian Bobcat Goldthwait is a wild roller coaster of hilarity and passion, so naturally his latest film is called “Joy Ride.” The film will be co-presented by the Chicago Critics Film Festival at the Music Box Theatre on October 22th, 2021. Bobcat and Dana Gould, his tour partner in the documentary, will attend. Click JOY RIDE for details.

DAY FOUR: Holly Morris of 'Exposure' at 57th Chicago International Film Fest, Oct. 16, 2021

CHICAGO – Day Four of the 57th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) will feature a filmmaker appearance by Holly Morris of the documentary “Exposure” (click EXPOSURE for details), and many other special events.

DAY THREE: Thriller Films on Tap at 57th Chicago International Film Festival, Oct. 15, 2021

CHICAGO – Day Three of the 57th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF), and the festival kicks into gear with many notable films, including the much anticipated thriller “Antlers” at the ChiTown Movies Drive-In (click ANTLERS for details).

DAY TWO: Tony Scott-Green, Composer of ‘Sink’ at Chicago International Film Fest, Oct. 14, 2021

CHICAGO – It’s Day Two of the just-begun 57th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF), and the spotlight shines on local short films at the CITY & STATE program, which includes ”Sink” directed by Curtis Matzke, with music composed by Tony Scott-Green. Click the titles for more information.

Via Zoom: Joshua Young of Chicago Southland International Film Festival, Oct. 11-17, 2021

Chicago Southland Film Fest

CHICAGO – South of Chicago, specifically the south suburbs, is Governors State University (University Park, Illinois). Emerging from the pandemic is the Chicago Southland International Film Festival, which takes place October 11th through the 17th, 2021, and is presented by the University.

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  • Midnight Mass

    CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on October 21st, 2021, reviewing the new miniseries “Midnight Mass,” currently streaming on Netflix.

  • Chicago Party Aunt

    CHICAGO – The funny meter of Netflix went off the scale last week, as the animated series “Chicago Party Aunt” made its debut on September 17th. What began as a Twitter account by comic actor Chris Witaske (who also provides his voice talent) has morphed into the cartoon adventures of Aunt Diane Dumbowski, her nephew Daniel, and an array of familiar Chicago-isms and characters.

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