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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).

Exclusive Portrait: Nikki Haley for Her Recently Released Book

Nikki Haley, Photo by Joe Arce 2022

CHICAGO – Nikki Haley, the former governor of South Carolina and the first woman U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., is throwing her new book into the ring “If You Want Something Done: Leadership Lessons from Bold Women.” She appeared on behalf of the book at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, Illinois, on October 3rd, 2022.

Podtalk: Director Lila Neugebauer on the ‘Causeway’ Effect

CHICAGO – Lila Neugebauer has made her transition complete. The well-known stage director morphed into a behind-the-camera director, beginning with TV and culminating in her recent Apple TV+ film debut “Causeway,” featuring Jennifer Lawrence and Brian Tyree Henry in a film of hope and redemption.

Podtalk: Director Lila Neugebauer on the ‘Causeway’ Effect

CHICAGO – Lila Neugebauer has made the transition complete. The well-known stage director morphed into a behind the camera director, beginning with TV and culminating in her recent Apple TV+ film debut “Causeway,” featuring Jennifer Lawrence and Brian Tyree Henry in a film of hope and redemption.

On-Air Film Review: Eat It with ‘Weird: The Al Yankovic Story’

Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on November 3rd, 2022, reviewing “Armageddon Time,” a memoir from writer and director James Gray, in theaters beginning November 5th..

On-Air Film Review: Countdown Begins in ‘Armageddon Time’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on November 3rd, 2022, reviewing “Armageddon Time,” a memoir from writer and director James Gray, in theaters beginning November 5th.

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.”

On-Air Film Review: Comeback with ‘The Return of Tanya Tucker Featuring Brandi Carlile’

Return of Tanya Tucker II ...

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on The Eddie Volkman Show with Hannah B on WSSR-FM (Star 96.7 Joliet, Illinois) on October 7th, reviewing the new documentary “The Return of Tanya Tucker Featuring Brandi Carlile,” Currently in select theaters.

On-Air Film Review: Blaggardry Reigns in ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on The Eddie Volkman Show with Hannah B on WSSR-FM (Star 96.7 Joliet, Illinois) on October 28th, reviewing the wide release of “The Banshees of Inisherin,” an Irish-themed film featuring Colin Ferrell and Brendon Gleeson. Currently in theaters.

Podtalk: Sacha Jenkins Directs ‘Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues’

CHICAGO – One of the most prominent Americans musicians in the 20th Century, if not one of the greatest, was Louis Armstrong. The memorable black trumpeter, vocalist and outsized personality found success in the Jim Crow era, and how he did it is spotlighted in Sacha Jenkin’s documentary “Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues,” now streaming on Apple TV+.

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  • Yellowstone, Season 5

    CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio streaming series review for “Yellowstone,” the popular Western series set in modern Montana … in Season 5. Available to stream on the Paramount Network and through Video On Demand beginning November 13th.

  • Paranormal Activity: The Ultimate Chills Collection

    CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on Eddie Volkman Show with Hannah B on Star 96.7 WSSR-FM (Joliet, IL) reviewing the new Paramount Pictures Blu-Ray Collection of “Paranormal Activity: The Ultimate Chills Collection,” containing all seven films in the series plus a documentary.

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