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CHICAGO, IL (October 19, 2012) - Grab an extra-large cup of your favorite soda, “shaken-not stirred,” and join Team Surprise Film in a triumphant sing-along at the barricades inside the AMC River East for the most precious FREE ticket in town, Monday October 22 at 8 p.m. Only you and a select few will have bragging rights as you Tweet, Facebook, FourSquare, Pinterest or even just plain talk to your friends or even the Queen of England and the President when the Chicago International Film Festival invites you to a free screening of…well, no one will know what they are seeing until the lights go down.

Like the Master of Suspense, the Festival has thrilled audiences for years with special surprise screenings of films starring the likes of Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Russell Crowe, Olivia Wilde and Heath Ledger. The tradition continues with another free advance presentation of a movie that will make you feel like a decadent Russian aristocrat who has fallen in love with a dark, handsome vampire. 

The only way to get a ticket before Tom, Russell, Keira, Catherine, Daniel, or even Anne does is by wearing a Chicago International Film Festival shirt, sweatshirt or hoodie. So if you don't have one already, be sure to buy one at the AMC Festival box office.

The Surprise Events takes place Monday, October 2, 8 pm at the AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.)

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity is reached.

Tickets for the 48th Chicago International Film Festival, October 11-25 are on sale and can be purchased online at the Festival Store:, via Ticketmaster, by phone at 312-332-FILM (3456); or by visiting the Festival box office at AMC River East 21. 

Led by Presenting Partner, Columbia College Chicago, the 48th Chicago International Film Festival's sponsors include: Official Airline - American Airlines; Producing Partners: AMC Theaters, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; Major Partner: Intersites; Supporting Partners: DePaul University School of Cinema and Interactive Media, Stella Artois, Chris Pagano - Realtor, Land Rover, WBBM NEWSRADIO 780 AND 105.9FM, ShutterBox Photobooth, Cultivate Studios; Participating Partners: iN Demand, EC Charro Tequila, Brugal Rum, Creative America, Gibsons Restaurant Group, Second City Computers, Optimus; and the Festival's Headquarters Hotel, JW Marriott Chicago. 

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Cinema/Chicago is a not-for-profit cultural and educational organization dedicated to encouraging better understanding between cultures and to making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image. The Chicago International Film Festival is part of the year-round programs presented by Cinema/Chicago, which also include the International Screenings Program (May-September), the Chicago International Television Competition (April), CineYouth Festival (May), Intercom Competition (October) and year-round Education Outreach and Member Screenings Program.
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