2022

Film News: ‘A Thousand and One’ is Top 2023 Sundance Fest U.S. Film

PARK CITY, UTAH – The 2023 Sundance Film Festival announced their Grand Jury Prizes on January 27th, and the top films were “A Thousand and One” (U.S. Dramatic), “Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project” (U.S. Documentary), ‘Scrapper’ (World Cinema Dramatic) and “The Eternal Memory” (World Cinema Documentary).

In Memoriam: Slideshow of Celebrities Who Passed Away in 2022 By Photographer Joe Arce

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Barbara Walters, December 30th, 2022.

CHICAGO – The grim reaper spares no one, despite even having a celebrity status. But photographer Joe Arce, who has taken thousands of Exclusive Portraits of famous folks, gives some notables one more memorial image as we say adios to last year. Through his lens, from Barbara Walters at the end of December back to January, below is the Slideshow of Celebrities who passed away in 2022.

Feature: Top 25 Celebrity Portraits of 2022, by Photographer Joe Arce

Jessica Lange, Photo by Joe Arce 2022

CHICAGO – 2022 was a year of change and transformation. The former leader of the free world morphed into a horribly photoshopped digital trading card spokesmodel and pitch man. That and a full on spy challenging the DOJ to find the stolen classified documents in a shell game of 3 card monte exactly like a subway car hustler.

Film Feature: The 10 Best Films of 2022, By Patrick McDonald

CHICAGO – Lists are very arbitrary, but the exercise in determining a personal 10 BEST FILMS list of any year is a celebration of what I love, and there ain’t nothing wrong with that. The filtering of experiences that form our opinions is a great gift, and the journey I’ve had with film criticism and reporting has been the greatest of my life.

Exclusive Portrait: Jessica Lange at 2022 Chicago Humanities Festival

CHICAGO – Jessica Lange’s long career as actor is on the record … from “King Kong” to “American Horror Story.” But her new book “Dérive” focuses on the photo artist in her, and she discussed it at the the 2022 Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) on November 12th. Photographer Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com was there to get the Exclusive Portrait.

Exclusive Portraits: Katie Couric at 58th Chicago Intl. Film Festival

CHICAGO – Media journalist Kate Couric came to the 58th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) as an Executive Producer for the film “No Ordinary Campaign,” the story of Brian Wallach and wife Sandra Abrevaya, who decided to use their political acumen to create change when Brian was diagnosed with ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

Podtalk: Director Amos Why on ‘Far Far Away,’ During Last Weekend of Asian Pop-Up Cinema

Far Far Away APUC 2022

CHICAGO – Season 15 of the Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC) is wrapping up its Fall Edition with Hong Kong Week, and this final weekend is packed with films and in-person events. Click links for details, the following two are on Saturday, November 5th … FAR FAR AWAY, THE FIRST GIRL I LOVED. And on Sunday, November 6th … PRETTY HEART, SEPTET and SCREENINGS WITH THE STARS

Via Zoom: Yeung Chiu-Hoi of ‘The First Girl I Loved’ at Asian Pop Up Cinema, Nov. 5th, 2022

First Girl I Loved, The APUC 2022

CHICAGO – Season 15 of the Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC) is wrapping up its Fall Edition with Hong Kong Week, and this final weekend is packed with films and in-person events. Click links for details, the following two are on Saturday, November 5th … FAR FAR AWAY, THE FIRST GIRL I LOVED. And on Sunday, November 6th … PRETTY HEART, SEPTET and SCREENINGS WITH THE STARS.

Film News: Chicago’s Black Harvest Film Fest Opens Nov. 4th, 2022, with ‘Black Harvest Feast’

28th Black Harvest Film Festival

CHICAGO – One of the longest running and most important Black film festivals is right here in Chicago, as the 28th edition of the Black Harvest Film Festival has Opening Night on Friday, November 4th, and runs in-person until November 20th at the Gene Siskel Film Center in the downtown Loop. For Opening Night details and ticket information, 28th BHFF OPENING.

Film News: 'Period Drama' is Top Film at 2022 ‘Best of the Midwest’

CHICAGO – The “Best of the Midwest,” the Awards Ceremony of Chicago’s Midwest Film Festival, were presented on November 3rd, 2022, at CineCity Studios in Chicago. The Grand Prize film was the short “Period Drama,” a clever twist on a woman’s coming of age. Emma Thatcher was a two-trophy BMA recipient, garnering Best Actress and Best Director for her debut feature “Provo.”

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