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Via Zoom: ‘Two Eyes’ Screens at REELING40 on Sept. 29, 2022

CHICAGO – The spiritual film “Two Eyes” is in the spotlight at the REELING40 LGBTQ+ International Film Festival on Thursday, September 29th, 2022 (7p). Producer Steve Kozlowski will appear on behalf of the film, click TWO EYES for info and tickets.

Podtalk: FACETS Chicago Honors Chaz Ebert on Sept. 28, 2022

CHICAGO – Chaz Ebert carries on. The standard bearer for representing Chicago’s film world also continues her advocation for the community beyond film, since the passing of her husband Roger Ebert in 2013. Chaz will be honored by FACETS Chicago at their Screen Gems Benefit on September 28th, 2022.

Via Zoom: Writer/Director Todd Flaherty’s “Chrissy Judy” at REELING40, Sept. 25, 2022

Chrissy Judy

CHICAGO – With drag in its spotlight, but relationships at its core, the comedy “Chrissy Judy” screens on the first weekend of Chicago’s iconic REELING40 LGBTQ+ International Film Festival on Sunday, September 23rd, 2022 (6:30p). Writer/director Todd Flaherty will appear on behalf of the film, click CHRISSY JUDY for info and tickets.

Via Zoom: Filmmaker Nicholas Eliopoulos on Colin Higgins Doc at REELING40, Sept. 24, 2022

Celebrating Laughter: The Life and Films of Colin Higgins

CHICAGO – Mention the name Colin Higgins and it might draw a blank. But mention the film “Harold and Maude” (1971) and any cinema room will light up with passion. Higgins took his Grad Thesis screenplay from his late 1960s USC days and created (with director Hal Ashby) a legitimate 1970s classic. This film, and many other fan favorites, are in the documentary The Life and Films of Colin Higgins” … directed by Nicholas Eliopoulos. Click COLIN for info and tickets.

Podtalk: Season 15 Asian Pop-Up Cinema Focus on South Korea, Sept. 24-Oct. 2, 2022

Mother's Place, APUC Season 15

CHICAGO – South Korea takes the spotlight at the 15th Season Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC) film fest, from September 24th through October 2nd, 2022. HollywoodChicago.com caught up with Sophia Wong Boccio … the Founder, Executive Director and Curator of APUC … for a preview of the South Korea Cinema Showcase and her launch of the new season so far. For more information, click SOUTH KOREA.

Podtalk: Mark Schilling, Japan Cinema World Expert, at Asian Pop-Up Cinema, Sept. 17-23, 2022

CHICAGO – It’s Japan’s turn at the Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC), and the guest emcee is Mark Schilling, an American from Tokyo who in the 1980s began his journey as a world expert in Japanese cinema. For more info on this weekend, click JAPAN CINEMA.

Via Zoom: Jack C. Newell on ‘How (Not) to Build a School in Haiti’

CHICAGO – Putting together a documentary, especially as it involves a step-by-step process, can take a bit of time. Filmmaker Jack C. Newell has spent 10 years putting together “How (Not) to Build a School in Haiti.” The Premiere of the film is Friday, September 16th at Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center. Click HAITI for info and tickets.

Podtalk: ‘Trauma Clown’ John Michael is Back with ‘Meatball Seance’

CHICAGO – After a triumphant tour of Canada, the unforgettable Chicago monologist John Michael is back in the Windy City to perform his award-winning “Meatball Seance.” The internationally staged audience participation event will be in the Raven Room at the Redline VR on this Friday (9/16 at 9:30p). Click Meatball for tickets and details.

Film News: Asian Pop-Up Cinema SEASON 15 Begins Sept. 10, 2022

CHICAGO – Out of the gate for Fall film fest time is the milestone 15th Season of the Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC). This season is taking “the show on the road” with screenings around Chicagoland and their diverse communities. APUC opens on September 10th with the U.S. Premiere of “I Am What I Am” (From China, CLICK HERE).

Film News: ‘The Class’ at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre on Sept. 8, 2022

CHICAGO – “The Class,” a film with strong Chicagoland ties – both in the past and present – will have a one-night-only premiere at Chicago’s iconic Music Box Theatre on September 8th, 2022 (7pm). Select stars and production crew will attend, and all the deets are available by clicking THE CLASS.

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  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio review of the new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray version of 1979’s “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” the first film of one of the most successful film franchises in movie history, spun off from the original breakthrough sci-fi TV series of the 1960s. Beam me up.

  • A League of Their Own 2022

    CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on The Eddie Volkman Show with Hannah B on WSSR-FM (Star 96.7 Joliet, Illinois) on September 2nd, reviewing the new TV series “A League of Their Own,” a parallel universe adaptation of the popular 1992 film, now streaming on Prime Video.

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