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50/50 Raffle Winner

Published: October 23, 2023  |  Filed under: Festival News

We have our first official 50/50 Raffle Winner for the 59th Chicago International Film Festival!

The winning ticket number is 99000025192

If this is your number, you have won $940.73!

To claim your prize, call 312.683.0121 or email

Thank you everyone for playing and for attending this year’s festival![…]

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A colorful truck weaves through winding mountain roads, two people sit on its roof observing the passing scenery.

Film Spotlight: Billy Dec & Michele Josue on Food Roots

Published: October 17, 2023  |  Filed under: Festival News

Chicagoans may know Billy Dec from his restaurant Sunda or his appearances on the Today Show, Criminal Minds, and Empire. But many may not know that Dec has Filipino heritage – and that’s what he decided to explore in making the documentary Food Roots.

We chatted with Billy Dec and fellow Filipino-American Michele Josue, the director of Food Roots, about the project, discovering one’s heritage, their favorite Chicago films, and more.

Q&A with Billy Dec

Photo: Billy DecWhat was the genesis of Food Roots?[…]

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Director Spotlight: Eric Seals on Bike Vessel

Published: October 13, 2023  |  Filed under: Behind the Scenes, Festival News

headshot: Eric D. SealsEric D. Seals is a Chicago-based director and cinematographer who’s worked on projects from live sports and Netflix documentary series to ads. His directorial debut, Bike Vessel, follows a bike trip he took from St. Louis to Chicago with his father after his dad changed his lifestyle following three quadruple bypass operations. The film is both a funny and touching portrait of a father-son road trip while also commenting on racial health disparities and the systemic racism Black men face.[…]

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