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Film Feature: Navigating the 55th Chicago International Film Festival

CHICAGO – The Windy City’s greatest annual cinema celebration is upon us, and the 55th Chicago International Film Festival is about to crank up the projection machines for 11 days of amazing cinema treats, from October 16th through the 27th, 2019. How does a film buff or curious participant navigate the waters of the festival? HollywoodChicago.com is here to guide you.

Film News: Chicago screening for ‘Coriander and a Penny’s Worth of Lonesome,’ Oct. 14, 2019

Coriander and a Penny's Worth of Lonesome

CHICAGO – A special public screening of a new animated film “Coriander and a Penny’s Worth of Lonesome” will take place on Monday, October 14th, 2019 (7pm), at the Film Row Cinema at Columbia College in Chicago, 1104 South Wabash Avenue, 8th Floor.

Film News: Character Actor Robert Forster Dies at 78

LOS ANGELES – The unforgettable actor Robert Forster had one of the most celebrated of “second acts” in show biz history, but he would humbly characterize himself as a “working actor,” performing in film and TV for over 50 years. Forster passed away on October 11th, 2019, in Los Angeles. He was 78 years old.

Podtalk: Kenneth Tsang, Lifetime Achievement Recipient at Asian Pop-Up Cinema, Oct. 10, 2019

Kenneth Tsang, 'The Attorney'

CHICAGO – Season Nine of Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC) is coming to its grand finale, and it closes by honoring one of the most prolific character actors in Hong Kong cinema with its Lifetime Achievement Award … the incomparable Kenneth Tsang.

Podtalk: The Animated Rob Paulsen Offers ‘Voice Lessons’

CHICAGO – Who are the voices in our lives that really matter? If you were a cartoon fan in the 1980s and ‘90s then it was Rob Paulsen, the source for Pinky (“Pinky & the Brain”), Yakko (“Animaniacs”) and a myriad of others. Recently Paulsen beat cancer, which threatened his career, and he tells the story in the new book … “Voice Lessons.”

Film News: Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema to Close 9th Season with Hong Kong Week & Honors

2019 APUC Closing Week

CHICAGO – Season Nine of Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC) goes out with a celebratory bang as Hong Kong Week begins on Saturday, October 5th, 2019, and culminates with a Lifetime Achievement Award event for actor Kenneth Tsang Kong on Thursday, October 10th.

Exclusive Photo: Author Salman Rushdie for New Book ‘Quichotte’

CHICAGO – It’s a major event when an author the magnitude of Salman Rushdie releases a new novel, and “Quichotte” is now on the shelves. The story was inspired by Don Quixote, and set in current times. Joe Arce took an Exclusive Photo of Rushdie at an event sponsored by Anderson’s Bookshop at North Central College in Naperville (Illinois).

Podtalk: Christian Bables of ‘Signal Rock’ at Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema, Oct. 3, 2019

Signal Rock

CHICAGO – Season Nine of Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC) is partnering with FYLPRO (Filipino Young Leaders Program) for a benefit on Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 (7pm) at the Alliance Française in Chicago, and screening the film “Signal Rock.” Filipino lead actor Christian Bables will appear on behalf of the film.

Interview: Ping Lumpraploeng of ‘The Pool’ at the Asian Pop-Up Cinema, Oct. 2, 2019

Pool, The

CHICAGO – Season Nine of Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC) celebrates Thailand and the Philippines this week, and starts off with the tense thriller “The Pool” (Thailand), on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 (7pm) at the AMC River East 21 Theatre. Director Ping Lumpraloeng will appear on behalf of the film.

Film News: Female Filmmakers Night at Midwest Independent Film Festival, Oct. 1, 2019

2019 Female Filmmakers Night

CHICAGO – It’s the popular Female Filmmakers Night for the First Tuesday Midwest Independent Film Festival, falling on the first day of October, 2019. Nine films will screen at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema, with the event beginning at 6pm.

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