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Chicago, IL -- Actor John C. Reilly took a sold-out crowd on a trip down memory lane during a special event held at the AMC River East on October 12. 

The one-on-one with Reilly (Chicago, Boogie Nights, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story) was part of the 47th Chicago International Film Festival’s Chicago Connections program sponsored by WBBM Newsradio. It was moderated by Phyllis E. Griffin, a faculty member of the Theatre School at DePaul University, who directed Reilly while he was a student in a production of Sam Shepard’s Curse of the Starving Class, presented as part of The Theatre School Showcase of Contemporary Plays and Classics. Reilly graduated from DePaul in 1987 with a BFA in Drama. 

During the conversation, Reilly paid tribute to those who encouraged his pursuit of acting, including his high school drama mentor, who was in the audience. Reilly jokingly recalled the Chicago of his youth as a city totally painted in green, in a reference to then Mayor Richard J. Daley’s dominant presence in city life. Reilly also encouraged young directors to really listen--to the actors, to each other, to everyone. And even though improvisation played a vital role in training as an actor, Reilly underlined the importance of a well-written text. 

Reilly also presented the Chicago premiere of We Need to Talk about Kevin on October 11. He walked the red carpet at the AMC River East 21 and participated in a Q&A discussion after the film that was moderated by Mark Caro of the Chicago Tribune. 

Chicago Connections, a ticketed series of screenings, discussions and Q&A’s, was created to honor notable Chicagoans who have left their special mark on the film industry. 



All events, except for some Spotlight: South Asia screenings, are at the AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois Street. Tickets for the 47th Chicago International Film Festival are on sale now. All individual tickets must be purchased by phone 312-332-FILM (3456), in person by visiting the Festival box office at AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.), or through Ticketmaster. 


Led by Presenting Partner, Columbia College Chicago, the 47th Chicago International Film Festival’s sponsors include: Premiere Partners-- American Airlines, Lincoln; Producing Partners-- AMC Theaters, DePaul University's School of Cinema and Interactive Media, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; Major Partners-- Allstate, Intersites; Supporting Partners-- Applitite, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Brugal Rum, Kodak, Second City Computers, WBBM, and the Festival's Headquarters Hotel, JW Marriott Chicago. 


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 Hugo Television Awards (April), CineYouth Festival (May), Intercom Competition (October) and year-round Education Outreach and Member Screenings Program. 

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