2021

DAY NINE: Kenneth Branagh film 'Belfast' at 57th Chicago International Film Fest, Oct. 21, 2021

Kenneth Branagh

CHICAGO – Day Nine of the 57th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) honors actor Kenneth Branagh In presenting “Belfast,” the nostalgic homage to his hometown Irish city during the 1960s. This is Branagh’s 23rd film as director. (click BELFAST for details).

DAY EIGHT: Rebecca Hall film 'Passing' at 57th Chicago International Film Festival, Oct. 20, 2021

CHICAGO – Day Eight of the 57th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) welcomes actor Rebecca Hall, presenting her debut film as director, “Passing,” the emotional story of racial identity in the early 20th Century (click PASSING for details).

DAY SEVEN: Centerpiece 'C’mon C’Mon' at 57th Chicago International Film Festival, Oct. 19, 2021

CHICAGO – Day Seven of the 57th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) highlights the Centerpiece Film “C’mon C’mon.” The upcoming fall film was directed by Mike Mills (“Beginners”) and features Joaquin Phoenix (click C’MON for details).

DAY SIX: Monday is ‘Dune’ Day at 57th Chicago International Film Festival, Oct. 18, 2021

Dune

CHICAGO – Day Six of the 57th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) morphs from Monday to “Dune”Day. The exquisite film adaptation of the iconic novel is nothing short of miraculous, especially if you love the source (click DUNE for details).

DAY FIVE: Chicago Film History at 57th Chicago International Film Festival, Oct. 17, 2021

CHICAGO – Day Five of the 57th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) will present a documentary on Oscar Micheaux, the originator of black filmmaking, who began in Chicago. (click OSCAR MICHEAUX for details), as well as a whole slate of films and events.

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: Raul Benitez on the After Dark Series, Chicago International Film Festival

2021 CIFF After Dark

CHICAGO – One of the more popular series at the Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) – opening tomorrow, October 13th, 2021 – is the After Dark series. The title screams horror films, but the series also focuses on outliers in categories such as sci-fi, fantasy and the just plain bizarre.

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    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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    CHICAGO – It’s time again for live theater in Chicago, and The Factory Theater – in anticipation of their 2021-22 Season – is launching “Quiet Please! It’s A Silent Auction,” an online silent auction through the month of August (the 1st-31st). An amazing array of goods and services are available for bidding, and can be accessed by clicking here.

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