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Theater News: Final Weekend for Possibilities Theatre Company’s “Free Space,” Oct. 29-31, 2020

Free Space

CHICAGO – Yes Virginia, there still is live theater. The Possibilities Theatre presents “Free Space,” a play by Tara Meddaugh, via Zoom and a special live performance (weather permitting) in its final weekend October 29th-31st, 2020. For more information, including tickets, click here.

Via Zoom: Lorrisa & C.J. Julianus for ‘The Misadventures of Mistress Maneater,’ on Oct. 30, 2020

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CHICAGO – The culmination of years in sweat and other equity on an independent feature film – slyly entitled “The Misadventures of Mistress Maneater” – has paid off for writer and lead actor Lorrisa Julianus and her husband/director Craig “C.J.” Julianus.

Via Zoom: Steve James and Zak Piper for ‘City So Real,’ Premiering on NatGeo Oct. 29, 2020

CHICAGO – The 2018-19 mayoral campaign in Chicago was a historic moment for the city, as the first woman of color (Lori Lightfoot) was elected. Director Steve James, of the legendary “Hoop Dreams,” takes on the events leading up to this history and beyond, in “City So Real.”

DAY 11 & 12: Closing Night Film of 56th Chicago International Film Festival is ‘Nomadland’

CHICAGO – In this challenging year the 56th Chicago International Film Festival provided a sense of normalcy, within the context of the “new normal.” Offering virtual, online and in-person drive-in screenings, it succeeded in doing what its 2020 slogan said, “Film Will Take You There.”

DAY TEN: Top Film at 56th Chicago International Film Festival is 'Sweat'

CHICAGO – The Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) is competitive, and the 56th edition presented its awards on October 23rd, 2020, as a live virtual and online event on the CIFF YouTube page. The winner of the Gold Hugo as Best International Film was “Sweat” (France), directed by Magnus von Horn.

Film Review: He’s Back! On-Air Review of ‘Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm’

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CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on October 22nd, 2020, reviewing the new Sacha Baron Cohen redux of “Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm,” and the last weekend of the 56th Chicago International Film Festival.

DAY NINE: LIVE FROM CHICAGO! The 56th Chicago International Film Fest Awards, Oct. 23, 2020

CHICAGO – The Chicago International Film Festival was founded in 1965 by Michael Kutza, and is the longest running “competitive film festival” in North America. So with that in mind it’s time for the 56th festival to confer those awards.

DAY EIGHT: Gregory Monro via Zoom on ‘Kubrick by Kubrick’ at 56th Chicago International Film Fest

CHICAGO – The mercurial genius of filmmaker Stanley Kubrick is a cinephile’s dream, and his films continue to influence. A new documentary, “Kubrick by Kubrick,” directed by Gregory Monro, uses Kubrick’s actual words from past interviews.

Podtalk: Director Kerri Lyn Walsh at Midwest Film Fest Ad Community Shorts Night, Oct. 21, 2020

Midwest FF Ad Community

CHICAGO – The Midwest Film Festival continues their 2020 Fall Drive-In Programs on October 21st, 2020, with the presentation of “Ad Community Shorts Night.” Doors open at 5:30pm at the Chi-Town Movies Drive-In near the Pilsen neighborhood … click here for ticket purchasing information.

DAY SEVEN: Podtalk with Neal Sáles Griffin, for ‘City So Real’ at 56th Chicago International Film Fest

CHICAGO – One of the most influential documentary makers in film history is Chicagoan Steve James of Kartemquin Films. His lens has commented upon not only the seminal “Hoop Dreams” (1994), but “Stevie” (2002), “The Interrupters” (2011), the Roger Ebert bio doc “Life Itself” (2014) and the recent “America to Me.”

Flashback Interview: Jamie Redford, Filmmaker of ‘Resilence’ and Son of Robert, Dies at Age 58

James Redford

MARIN COUNTY, CALIF. – James “Jamie” Redford was on a righteous mission. The activist filmmaker created documentaries that spoke of the ills society is facing, including “Toxic Hot Seat” (chemicals in households), “Paper Tigers” (childhood psychology), “Resilence” (a deeper dive into Adverse Childhood Experience) and his recent “Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution.” Jamie Redford died of bile duct cancer on October 16th, 2020, at his home in Marin County, California. He was 58.

DAY SIX: Podtalk, Heather Ross of ‘For Madmen Only’ at 56th Chicago International Film Fest

CHICAGO – One of the prime Chicago-centric documentaries at the 56th Chicago International Film Festival is “For Madmen Only: Stories of Del Close.” Del Close was a legendary instructor in the Chicago comedy improv scene, and director Heather Ross created this multi-layered doc of his comic force.

Film Review: Taken in by Liam! On-Air Review of ‘Honest Thief’

Honest Thief

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on The Eddie Volkman Show on WSSR-FM (Star 96.7 Joliet, Illinois) on October 16th, 2020, reviewing the new Liam Neeson action movie, ‘Honest Thief, also featuring Robert Patrick of “Terminator 2.”

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    CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on February 18th, 2021, reviewing the new TV series “Young Rock,” Tuesdays on NBC-TV.

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    CHICAGO – What is one of the greatest survival instincts of the pandemic? Creativity. The Zoom web series “What Did Clyde Hide?” is the result of a creative effort from Executive Producer/Show Runner Ruth Kaufman, Producer Sandy Gulliver and Director Sean Patrick Leonard. Kaufman and Leonard talk about the series, naturally, via Zoom.

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