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Film Feature: Guide to the 56th Chicago International Film Festival, Oct. 14-25, 2020

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CHICAGO – It’s one week to go until the Opening Night of the 56th Chicago International Film Festival, as this year’s fest goes virtual and online. But also as a “hybrid,” the fest mixes in special events, eight drive-in screenings and opportunities/programming in a wide range of special offerings. Although the structure of the Festival may be different, the scope of their film selection for cinema fans is still in place.

Podtalk: Ashton Swinford, Creator of ‘Miss Information,’ a Web Series Premiering Oct. 7, 2020

Miss Information

CHICAGO – Fact or fiction is a current debate in news programming, especially as people naturally digest “the news” that makes them comfortable. A new five-episode web series created by filmmaker Ashton Swinford, “Miss Information,” is a satire-oriented show that seeks to entertain and educate viewers on the bias, fake news and bot infiltration that litters social media.

Interview: The Illuminating Evolution of the Band ‘Each Day’

WEST CHICAGO, ILL. – The WC Social Club hosted emerging Indie Rock performers Each Day for a much needed night of live music and liquid refreshments. The talented and versatile band consists of Taylor Oechsel (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, main songwriter), Christopher Marszalek (drums, producer) Nick Stubblefield (lead guitar) and Mia Stubblefield (vocals).

Podtalk: Lydia Dean Pilcher, Director of ‘A Call To Spy’

CHICAGO – When a prominent and influential producer made the transition into solo directing, she sought stories that matched her intuitive and natural passions. Lydia Dean Pilcher chose “A Call to Spy,” a World War II-era drama that focuses on three women who defied their obstacles and became early war heroes.

Film Review: On-Air Reviews of ‘On the Rocks’ & ‘A Call to Spy’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on October 1st, 2020, reviewing the new films On the Rocks” (In select theaters October 2nd and on AppleTV+ starting October 23rd.) and “A Call to Spy” (In theaters & Video-On-Demand).

Flashback Podtalk: Director Haroula Rose of ‘Once Upon a River,’ in Chicago Oct. 2, 2020

Once Upon a River

CHICAGO – A Chicago director comes into focus with her debut film, “Once Upon a River” with a Chicago screening beginning on Friday, October 2nd, 2020, at the historic Music Box Theatre. Director Haroula Rose – with Bonnie Jo Campbell, the author of the source novel of the film – sat down last year for HollywoodChicago.com at the 55th Chicago International Film festival regarding the film.

Film News: Union & Indie Passion Shorts Night at Midwest Film Festival, Sept. 29, 2020

Union & Passion Night

CHICAGO – The Midwest Film Festival adds three fall dates to their revived 2020 season and kicks off on September 29th, 2020, with a Drive-In presentation of “Union & Indie Passion Shorts Night.” Doors open at 6pm at the Chi-Town Movies Drive-In near the Pilsen neighborhood … click here. for tic

Flashback Interview: Directors Betsy West & Julie Cohen on Their Documentary ‘RBG’

RBG Ruth Bader Ginsburg

CHICAGO – In honor of the recently deceased Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Magnolia Pictures has re-released her documentary “RBG” in a limited theatrical run … and will also donate their net proceeds to the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, which was co-founded by Ginsburg.

Podtalk: Actor Rula Gardenier of ‘Breaking Fast,’ screening at the 38th REELING Virtual Film Fest

Rula Gardenier

CHICAGO – The 38th edition of Chicago’s REELING LGBTQ+ fest – virtual and online in 2020 – kicked off on September 24th with the film “Breaking Fast.” Portraying the mother of main character Mo is Rula Gardenier, a former Chicago actor who now lives in Los Angeles.

Film Review: Must See! On-Air Review of ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’

CHICAGO – Won’t you please come to Chicago. “The Trial of the Chicago 7” opens in theaters September 25, 2020. Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com, reviewed the film during the Eddie Volkman Show (Star 96.7 FM Joliet, Illinois).

Film Review: Celebrating the Farce of July! On-Air Review of ‘Kajillionaire’

Kajillionaire

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on September 24th, 2020, reviewing the new live action film “Kajillionaire,” a new film by quirky writer/director Miranda July.

Film News: 38th REELING LGBTQ+ Virtual/Online Film Fest from Sept. 24 thru Oct. 4, 2020

CHICAGO – Like many of the other film festivals in 2020, the 38th edition of Chicago’s REELING LGBTQ+ fest will be virtual and online. Over the course of 11 days, 30 features and 54 short films from 21 countries will be presented. Click here for details.

Film Review: Spreading Wings! On-Air Reviews of ‘The Nest’ & ‘Antebellum’

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CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on September 18th, 2020, reviewing the new films “The Nest” (in theaters) and “Antebellum” (VOD).

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  • Miss Information

    CHICAGO – Fact or fiction is a current debate in news programming, especially as people naturally digest “the news” that makes them comfortable. A new five-episode web series created by filmmaker Ashton Swinford, “Miss Information,” is a satire-oriented show that seeks to entertain and educate viewers on the bias, fake news and bot infiltration that litters social media.

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    CHICAGO – It’s coming! YippieFest 2020 – joining the virtual and online revolution during these particular times – is set for August 21st through the 23rd. Details to come on schedules and times, but the whole fest can be downloaded for FREE on those dates through TWITCH streaming service. Click here for more details.

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