Tag: chicago

Born to be Blue

Born to be Blue

| March 31, 2016

I was cheering for jazz man and singer Chet Baker, as portrayed by Ethan Hawke in the new film Born to be Blue. Hawke lights up the screen as jazz legend Baker, whose tumultuous life is thrillingly re-imagined with wit, verve and style to burn. In the 1950s, Baker was one of the most famous […]

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Chaplin’s Essanay Comedies

Chaplin’s Essanay Comedies

| November 15, 2015

Outside of Chicago, Essanay is remembered primarily for one thing and one thing only: Charlie Chaplin. After his tenure at keystone, Chaplin was wooed to come to Chicago by Essanay Film Manufacturing Company, who offered him a then unheard of salary of $1,250 a week with a $10,000 sign-on bonus. Though Chaplin produced none of […]

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Fools screening at the Big Apple Film Festival

Fools screening at the Big Apple Film Festival

| November 4, 2015

Fools, a film by Benjamin Meyer, will screen at the Big Apple Film Festival, Thursday, November 5th, 8:30 p.m. at the Village East Cinemas. Meyer will be in attendance. Fools, Meyer’s feature directorial debut, which he also wrote, won the Audience Award at its World Premiere Screening in June at Dances with Films Festival in […]

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Cooley High

Cooley High

| April 21, 2015

No release I’ve personally reviewed from Olive films is as historically significant as their upcoming Blu-ray release of Michael Schultz’s Cooley High (1975). By my estimation, this puts it easily among the distributor’s top three most important releases, along with High Noon (1952) and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956). Cooley High differs from those […]

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2015 Peace on Earth Film Festival in Chicago

2015 Peace on Earth Film Festival in Chicago

| March 18, 2015

The 2015 Peace on Earth Film Festival (POEFF), presented by Transcendence Global Media, NFP, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special events, will showcase a captivating exploration of film in the areas of nonviolence, tolerance and social justice – with corresponding panels and filmmaker Q&As – at the Chicago Cultural Center’s […]

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FilmMonthly talks to Director Keith Purvis about his film, Travis and Tabitha.

FilmMonthly talks to Director Keith Purvis about his film, Travis and Tabitha.

| January 7, 2015

We had the privilege in conducting this interview with first-time filmmaker Keith Purvis, about his film, Travis & Tabitha. He’s currently in the midst of a Indiegogo campaign, in order to finalize the film about 20 somethings in the city of Chicago, as they find out about each other and themselves. FilmMonthly: What is your […]

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Interview with Chopping Mall Director Jim Wynorski, Guest of this Year’s Massacre in Chicago

Interview with Chopping Mall Director Jim Wynorski, Guest of this Year’s Massacre in Chicago

| October 15, 2014

With 100’s of beloved cult films in his eclectic oeuvre, Jim Wynorski has been providing fodder for fan boy dreams for over 25 years. Happily, Chopping Mall, one of his most cherished titles, will be presented this Saturday, October 18th, at The Massacre in Chicago. Wynorski, who will be present at the event, recently spoke […]

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The 12th Annual Chicago African Diaspora Film Festival

The 12th Annual Chicago African Diaspora Film Festival

| June 16, 2014

The Chicago African Diaspora International Film Festival is back to celebrate 12 years of consecutive work in the Windy City. To be held from June 13-19, hosted by Facets Cinematheque and presented by Art Mattan Productions, the festival will showcase 14 documentary and fiction films set in The United States, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, […]

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Interview: Crispin Glover Brings Films, Big Slide Show to Chicago

Interview: Crispin Glover Brings Films, Big Slide Show to Chicago

| January 31, 2014

While perhaps best known as an actor in such films as Back to the Future, Crispin Glover is also truly interesting artist and filmmaker who uses his appearances in major-studio Hollywood films to finance his own films and artistic pursuits. Mr. Glover has directed two feature films so far, the first two in a trilogy […]

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Qwerty

Qwerty

| November 19, 2013

Qwerty follows the individual and collective adventures of a quirky Chicago couple, Zoe and Marty. Viewers are immediately entranced by the just-silly-enough vibe that is balanced out by some of the deeper hurts that come to the surface as the story unfolds. The oddball love story is endearing with an unusual sense of humor, but […]