Voice-over and radio legend Ken Nordine (Word Jazz) has recorded hundreds of radio and TV spots and movie trailers over the past seven decades and has been the voice of our Festival for 47 years. From his far-out mind comes Agenbite of Inwit, which he describes simply: “The title comes from a phrase purported to be from a Benedictine monk who lived in the 14th century, and dealt with the inner workings of the bite on conscience. Take a look, hope you like it.”
English, 57 min
A founding member of Chicago’s celebrated Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Joan Allen has been dazzling audiences on both stage and screen throughout her remarkable career. She has shone equally in art house dramas such as Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm and Gary Ross’s Pleasantville as well as in blockbusters like the Bourne series and John Woo’s Face/Off. Her accolades include a Tony for her performance in Burn This and an Obie for her role in The Marriage of Bette & Boo as well as three Oscar® nominations for her unforgettable portrayal of Pat Nixon in Oliver Stone’s Nixon, her role as Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible, and her stunning performance of wily vice presidential candidate Laine Hansen in The Contender. Join us for a discussion of her craft, her career and her Illinois roots.6:00 pm Red carpet arrival6:30 pm Tribute and presentation of the Career Achievement Award8:30 pm Reception PUBLIC Chicago (1301 N. State Pkwy)
Hailing from Chicago, Steve James is one of America’s most acclaimed documentary filmmakers. From the classic Hoop Dreams to the recent spectacular success of The Interrupters, James’s films illuminate their subjects with an intimate, observational style that is rarely matched. James will discuss his films, Chicago, and the state of documentary film in general. Moderated by Scott Tobias.
One of the most celebrated (and versatile) directors working today, Philip Kaufman’s work includes such wide-ranging masterpieces as Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Right Stuff, and The Unbearable Lightness of Being (as well as an original story credit for Raiders of the Lost Ark). Following a screening of his 1974 tale of Arctic survival The White Dawn, Annette Insdorf, Director of Film Studies at Columbia University and author of Philip Kaufman, will lead a Q+A with Kaufman followed by a book-signing.
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