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Actor Spotlight: David Dastmalchian on Late Night with the Devil

Published: October 3, 2023  |  Filed under: Behind the Scenes, Festival News

headshot: David DastmalchianActor David Dastmalchian may be known for his roles in big-budget films – from The Dark Knight and The Suicide Squad to this summer’s Oppenheimer. But he’s the star of the upcoming indie production Late Night with the Devil, a found footage horror film about a fictional ‘70s talk show host whose personal and professional life are in free fall. In anticipation of the #ChiFilmFest screening of Late Night with the Devil, with David appearing in-person for a Q&A on Oct.[…]

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Director Spotlight: Haroula Rose on All Happy Families

Published: September 29, 2023  |  Filed under: Behind the Scenes, Festival News

headshot: Haroula RoseHaroula Rose is a Chicago native musician, writer, producer, and filmmaker. We were thrilled to screen her debut feature Once Upon a River at our 55th Festival in 2019, and we’re so excited to welcome Haroula back this year for the World Premiere of her next feature, the delightful family comedy All Happy Families, starring Josh Radnor, Becky Ann Baker, Rob Huebel.

We chatted with Haroula about her very Chicago film, how music fits into her filmmaking, and of course, her favorite Chicago movies.[…]

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59th Chicago International Film Festival Sneak Peek: Opening Night, Centerpiece, Closing Night & More

Published: September 14, 2023  |  Filed under: Festival News

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The 59th Chicago International Film Festival announced select highlights of this year’s festival, running October 11 – 22, 2023. Films will be presented at venues throughout the city including the AMC NEWCITY 14, the Music Box Theatre, the Gene Siskel Film Center, the Chicago History Museum, the Hamilton Park Cultural Center in Englewood, Harrison Park in Pilsen, the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

We Grown Now, written and directed by Festival alum Minhal Baig (Hala), will open the Festival on October 11 at the Music Box Theatre.[…]

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Festival Founder’s captivating memoir now available on audio

Published: August 24, 2023  |  Filed under: Festival News

Book titled Starstruck against a black and red backgroundWant to hear behind-the-scenes stories from 50+ years of the Chicago International Film Festival in anticipation of this fall’s 59th edition?

Check out Starstruck: How I Magically Transformed Chicago into Hollywood for More Than Fifty Years. It’s a captivating memoir by our Festival Founder Michael Kutza detailing his time at the helm of the longest-running competitive film festival in North America, with stories featuring stars from Sophia Loren and Steven Spielberg to Viola Davis and Al Pacino.

As Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone says, “For many of us, Michael Kutza brought the great city of Chicago to life with his infectious love of film.”[…]

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