Cinema/Chicago’s yearly CineYouth Festival celebrates the work of youths 21 years old and younger, highlighting the creativity of the next generation of filmmakers. Best Of The Fest showcases the winning films from the 2013 CineYouth Festival. This screening will include a Q&A with winning CineYouth filmmakers.
The 49th International Communications Media Competition (INTERCOM), a competition run by the Festival’s presenting organization, Cinema/Chicago, recognizes the incredible creativity found in corporate, industrial, and educational filmmaking. This screening will showcase some of this year’s winning work, presenting an hour of non-theatrical filmmaking whose level of cinematic truly deserves to be seen on the big screen. This is a free event! Tickets must be obtained from box office.
As a first time director, do you feel a duty to address the political context in which you are working? Or do you prefer to focus on telling more personal stories? Do filmmakers working in politically volatile environments get pressured or pigeon holed into making political work, and what ethical dilemmas can this produce? Join a group of festival filmmakers who will consider and debate these issues in relation to their own practice.Panelists:Jahmil X.T. Qubeka, Director, Of Good ReportAbdeslam Kelai, Director, MalakBernard Attal, Director, The Invisible CollectionDiego Quemada-Díez, Director, La Jaula de OroRoberto Flores Prieto, Director, Chasing FirefliesJohn Rangel, Director, Girls on Liberty StreetModerator: Dan Rybicky, Columbia College ChicagoThis is a FREE event! No ticket required. Event takes place at Columbia College Chicago: 1104 S. Wabash, 502.
Documentary filmmakers have a unique relationship to their subjects, with a responsibility to accurately tell their stories. But they also must consider film form and crafting an engaging narrative for the audience. How do directors strike the right balance between these considerations; is such a distinction even valid?Panelists:Mosco Kamwendo, Director, Comrade PresidentDamon Vignale, Director, The ExhibitionSusanna Helke, Director, American VagabondAustin Peck and Anneliese Vandenberg, Co-Directors, Tough BondCecilia Peck, Director, Brave Miss World Moderator: Bruce Sheridan, Professor and Chair, Cinema Art + Science, Columbia College Chicago This is a FREE event! Tickets must be obtained from box office.
As gay issues and subjects become more and more a part of everyday mainstream culture, has it become redundant to classify films as “gay” or “lesbian”? Is it more legitimate to shun these labels, or are there actually advantages to embracing these identifiers? A panel of filmmakers and experts discuss these concerns, considering both films in the Festival and broader contexts.
A group of Chicago’s most respected and forward thinking film writers will discuss their views on recent changes and developments in film criticism styles and platforms, the evolving place of film journalism in the industry, and the role that critics can play in shaping a film’s exposure and marketability.Panelists:Ben Sachs, The ReaderBrian Tallerico, Rogerebert.comErik Childress, eFilmCritic / WGN RadioTasha Robinson, Senior Editor, The DissolveMichael Phillips, The Chicago Tribune Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, Mubi.comModerator: Alison Cuddy, WBEZ Chicago This is a FREE event! Tickets must be obtained from box office.
Chicago’s groundbreaking improvisational comedy scene is lauded all over the world. Bringing together the worlds of improv and film takes a host of talented individuals - but what exactly are the key ingredients that make the magic happen? Come hear from a panel of writers, producers, directors, and actors who have worked - often in multiple capacities - with film and improv, and find out what they think makes it all come together.Panelists:Susan Messing, Actress and Comedian, The Annoyance Theater and iO Theater Frank V. Ross, Director, Tiger Tail in BlueDenis Declue, Writer, About Last NightJimmy Carrane, Comedian and Host of “Improv Nerd”Moderator: Ron Falzone, Columbia College ChicagoThis is a FREE event! Tickets must be obtained from box office.
With the popularity of horror and genre films at a seemingly all-time high, opportunities for genre programming and distribution are also growing. Join a panel of programmers, filmmakers and distributors who will discuss the current surge in popularity of both independent and studio-produced horror and genre films, and consider how film festivals, exhibitors, filmmakers, and distributors can make the most of this (blood) thirsty new audience for horror.Panelists:Ti West, Director, The SacramentMichael Winton, Director of Marketing and Publicity, IFC MidnightJohn McNaughton, Director, The HarvestLisa Holmes, Home Entertainment Director of Sales, Music Box FilmsModerator: Julian Grant, Columbia College ChicagoThis is a FREE event! Tickets must be obtained from box office.
Many of the films - both features and shorts - in this year's Spotlight Africa program are co-productions. Through the experiences of our visiting filmmakers, we look at how creative co-producing can enhance Africa's increasingly vibrant and diverse filmmaking culture, and what can be done to strengthen and support these important international film industry connections.Panelists:Jahmil X.T. Qubeka, Director, Of Good ReportJoel Karekezi, Director, Imbabazi: The PardonHakim Belabbes, FilmmakerModerator: Donald Smith, Associate Professor, Cinema Art + Science, Columbia College ChicagoThis is a FREE event! Tickets must be obtained from box office.
A group of documentary filmmakers and funding organizations discuss current trends in fundraising and best practices and strategies for effective documentary financing models.Panelists:Kathy Im, Director of the Media, Culture and Special Initiatives Program of the MacArthur FoundationCynthia López, Executive Vice President/Co-Executive Producer of the POV documentary seriesRahdi Taylor, Film Fund Director, Documentary Film Program, Sundance InstituteThis is a FREE event! Tickets must be obtained from box office.
Join us as we celebrate an evening of LGBTQ excellence in film, music and dance!The celebration will take place at:The Center on Halsted3656 N. Halsted St.EVENING PROGRAM:6:00pm: Cocktail reception and hors d' oeuvres on the rooftop terrace7:30pm: Awards ceremony with special tribute to Q Hugo honoree, filmmaker Scud, and live performances by:World Music Singer/Songwriter: Sandra AntongiorgiThe Legendary Joel Hall DancersReigning Miss Continental 2014: Naysha Lopez9:00pm: After-party at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St.
Want to be part of the development process? Attend a table reading of the new screenplay Midterm Breaks by Ron Falzone and directed by Jack C. Newell, featuring a cast of well-known local actors. Your opinions will help to develop this script as it moves toward production here in Chicago.This is a FREE event! No ticket required.Event Location:Columbia College ChicagoMedia Production Center, 1600 S. State
Don’t miss this opportunity to meet filmmakers visiting the Festival as part of our Spotlight Africa program.The informal get together will take place at Black Cinema House, 6901 S. Dorchester Ave.Panelists:Alex Pitstra, Director, Die WeltJoao Viana, Director, The Battle of TabatoMosco Kamwendo, Director, Comrade PresidentModerator: Vaun Monroe, Columbia College ChicagoThis is a FREE event! No ticket required.
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