DAY TWO Podtalk: ‘Girl on the Third Floor’ at the 55th Chicago International Film Festival

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CHICAGO – One of the more popular series at the 55th Chicago International Film Festival is their “After Dark” screenings, with the most notorious of 2019 horror unspooling throughout the late night hours. One of the best is “Girl on the Third Floor, which is directed by Travis Stevens, and features Phil Brooks (also known as C.M. Punk of wrestling fame), Sarah Brooks and Travis Delgado, all of whom are from Chicago. The Festival just added a second screening on October 18th, 2019 (11p, 11:15p) at the AMC River East 21 in Chicago. Click here for more info and tickets.

The Chicago International Film Festival Celebrates DAY TWO of the just-launched movie extravaganza. Film recommendations for today include THE NEW BAUHAUS, THE TRUTH and SOLE. Click here for a complete rundown of DAY TWO screenings and events.

Phil Brooks in ‘Girl on the Third Floor’ at 55th Chicago International Film Festival
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Don and Liz, a couple from Chicago (Brooks and Trieste Kelly Dunn) are expecting a baby and are looking for a new start in a “fixer upper” in the suburbs. Don is handling most of the renovation himself, but gets a hand from Milo (Travis Delgado). The new owner is also being harassed by a local woman named Sarah (Sarah Brooks) who has a seductive agenda and won’t leave him alone. The house itself has a reputation of its own, and it challenges Don on as many levels as it has floors.

This is Phil “C.M. Punk” Brooks first major acting role, and as he expresses in the Podtalk below it was a top drawer experience. Of course, he knows about being top drawer in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), as he held the Championship title for the longest time in the decade of 2010s (434 days). He retired from pro wrestling in 2014, and recently did a few bouts for the mixed martial arts Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), in the midst of making his film acting debut.

Sarah Brooks, who portrays her namesake Sarah in the film, is also a recurring character on “Chicago Med,” and Travis Delgado makes his major feature film debut as Milo, a twist on the “best friend.” In a two-part Podtalk, Patrick McDonald of talks to the cast of “Girl on the Third Floor.”

Travis Delgado and Sarah Brooks for ‘Girl on the Third Floor’
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In Part One of the Podtalk with Patrick McDonald of, Phil Brooks speaks first, followed by Sarah Brooks, followed by Travis Delgado. They trade off their question/answers from there in the same order.

In Part Two, Sarah Brooks starts out talking about “Girl on the Third Floor,” and the other cast members share their experiences and life lessons within the production.

“The Girl on the Third Floor” is part of the 55th Chicago International Film Festival “After Dark” series, and will have two screenings on October 18th, 2019 (11pm and 11:15pm), at the AMC River East 21, 322 East Illinois Street, Chicago. Phil Brooks, Sarah Brooks and Travis Delgado will appear on behalf of the film. The 55th Fest takes place October 16th to October 27th, 2019. Click here for film schedules, information and to purchase tickets. senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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