Podtalk: Programmer Stephanie Sack on Ti West’s ‘X’ & ‘Pearl’ at FACETS

Steffi Sack Presents July 2024

CHICAGO – The same day that director Ti West’s “MaXXXine” – the third film in his “Maxine” series – is released, why not catch up with the story beforehand at Chicago’s FACETS with a double feature/discussions on the first two films, “X” and “Pearl,” presented by film programmer Stephanie Sack. Click TI WEST for tickets/details.

Podtalk: Quin Mathews JFK/Dallas Doc at the Dallas International Film Fest, Apr 25-May 2, 2024

Dallas International Film Festival 2024

CHICAGO – The Dallas International Film Festival Opens on Thursday, April 25th and runs through May 2nd, 2024. On April 26th, director Quin Mathews will screen his documentary “City of Hate: Dallas and the Assassination 60 Years Later.” For more tickets and more information about the Dallas International Film Fest, click DIFF.

SXSW2024: ‘Bob Trevino Likes It’ is Top Film at SXSW Film & TV Fest

Bob Trevino Likes It SXSW 2024

AUSTIN, TX – The 2024SXSW Conference and Festivals wrapped on March 16th, after nine days of magic and Austin wackiness, showcasing film, TV, interactive, conferences, interviews and music. The Film & TV Fest named “Bob Trevino Likes It” as the top Narrative Feature and “Marvin is Sorry” as top TV Pilot.

SXSW2024: ‘Magic City: An American Fantasy’ Red Carpet Slideshow

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Killer Mike and ‘Magic City’ creator Cole Brown (right).

AUSTIN, TX – The Red Carpet traditions at SXSW take on a different intensity, and the cast and production crew of “Magic City: An American Fantasy” walked the walk on March 12th, 2024. The documentary series is about a famous strip club in Atlanta that became a hangout for celebrities. One of the narrators in the doc is Atlanta’s own Killer Mike, and he was there.

SXSW2024: Reviews of ‘Arcadian,’ ‘The Gutter,’ Cheech & Chong

AUSTIN, TX – The depth and number of films at the SXSW Film & TV Festival portion of the week is nirvana for a film geek’s adventure. Here are three of the films I caught at SXSW … all led by familiar names and have high interest. “Arcadian,” “Gutter” and “Cheech and Chong’s Last Movie” … look for them in 2024.

SXSW2024: Susan Sarandon, Cheech & Chong and Nicolas Cage

AUSTIN, TX – One thing that SXSW attracts are movie stars. With the big premieres headquartered at the famous art deco Paramount Theatre in Austin, audiences were treated to appearances by the legendary Susan Sarandon (“Gutter”), a reunited Cheech & Chong, and for the creme de la creme we were in the “Cage.” The great Nicolas Cage appeared on behalf of “Arcadian.”

SXSW2024: Independent TV Pilot Program & Picture of the Day


AUSTIN – My first full day at the 2024 SXSW fest was slow to get going, only because my flight came in late Saturday night and I decided to go downtown and partake of a late get together event (it’s about the networking). So after registering on Sunday morning I went through the creativity expo, checked the VR exhibit, and went to my first screening, the Independent TV Pilot Program.

Chicago@SXSW: Curtis Matzke on His ‘Residencies & Retreats’ Panel

CHICAGO – The Windy City will be represented at the upcoming SXSW Festival in Austin (March 8th-16th, 2024), and throughout the week there will be a series of articles previewing their interaction. The series begins with Curtis Matzke of Unfinished Films, sitting on the panel he created, “Understanding Artist Residencies & Retreats for Filmmakers” on March 10th.

SXSW2024: ‘Road House’ Opens SXSW Film/TV Fest, Friday, Mar 8

CHICAGO – A reimagining of the 1980s cult classic “Road House,” featuring Jake Gyllenhaal, is the Opening Night Film for the 2024 SXSW Film & TV Festival on March 8th, 2024. Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com will be covering the festival through March 13th.

JFK60: Kicking the Seat Vodcast Discusses the JFK Conspiracy Film ‘Executive Action' (1973)

Executive Action

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on Ian Simmons Vodcast, KICKING THE SEAT, talking the 1973 first JFK conspiracy film “Executive Action” … it’s 50th Anniversary. Why was this particular anniversary film chosen? Because today … November 22nd, 2023, is the 60th Anniversary of the John F. Kennedy assassination.

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