Saturday, October 13, 2012

Spooky Halloween Party – at Northbrook Court Oct. 27

Spooky Halloween Party – at Northbrook Court Oct. 27
WHAT: Northbrook Court is hosting its first Halloween Party. Bring the family to enjoy complimentary treats and special activities, including Halloween arts & crafts, a costume parade and a creepy family photo station. Join the professional staff from Bizar Entertainment to learn the choreography to the classic Michael Jackson song, "Thriller," and be a part of the group performance. Kids can jump on stage for a Halloween Costume Contest. All contest participants and winners will win ghoulish prizes from favorite Northbrook stores.
WHEN:                 Saturday, October 27,2012 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
WHERE:               Northbrook Court (event taking place on the lower level, near Macy’s)
                                2171 Northbrook Court
Northbrook, Illinois 60062
WHO:                   All ages are welcome.

48th Annual Chicago International FIlm Festival Day 3

  Lessons in Cinema
Rebecca Fons, Education Program Manager
It's a tumultuous time for public schools – budget tightening, school closures, never ending pressure on teachers and administrators to produce high ranking students and test scores. The outlook can seem bleak when facing the uphill journey that is educating our youth.

When the odds feel insurmountable, I turn my attention to the core of the solution: the individual student. That single student who seeks guidance, passion and inspiration. Every weekday morning of the Festival and throughout the school-year, Cinema/Chicago provides that inspiration through our free Education Outreach Screenings to Chicago Public School students as part of our year-round Education Outreach Program.

Screening after screening, as hundreds of students file into the theater and I look out over the sea of faces in the seats, I am confident that within this school year, within this school day, and within these next two hours, at least one student will be moved to act by the film they see. They will be inspired to create art by the images they are exposed to; they will be driven to speak their voice by the program we have presented.

It's a triumph, one student at a time.
  5 Questions For... Sarah Burns (director of The Central Park Five
What is the first film you remember seeing and loving?
I remember seeing The Wizard of Oz on TV as a young kid and not really understanding what it was, but being completely mesmerized.
If you could work with any actor, living or dead, who would it be?
As a documentary filmmaker it's never occurred to me to fantasize about working with actors, though as a fan of the movies I could name dozens whom I'd love to interview. Robert Downey Jr. comes to mind as an incredibly talented actor with a complicated personal story to tell.
Do you like to watch your own films?
Now that it's finished, I can't watch it. It's too easy to be distracted by the wrong things and not be able to experience the emotion of the story as it should be seen.
What movie will you stop on when flipping channels, no matter how many times you’ve seen it and no matter what time it started?
Groundhog's Day
Where do you sit at the movies – front, middle, or back row?
Middle. Never the front.

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Sunday's Highlights Festival guests are scheduled to attend. Subject to change.

Art of Conflict
Director: Valeri Vaughn
Northern Ireland / USA Director Valeri Vaughn scheduled to attend.*
Out of the heart of a violently divided region rose a unique form of expression that has given voice to two groups of people on opposing sides of a centuries-old conflict. Narrated by Vince Vaughn, this eye-opening documentary examines how the street art of murals tells the story of Northern Ireland's history and the violent Troubles through interviews with muralists, political figures, art historians, and people who live and work in the region. 73 min.
*Sun Oct 14, 1:00 PM
Program Partner: Jeanne Randall Malkin Family Foundation and John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation

Jai Bhim Comrade
Director: Anand Patwardhan
India Director Anand Patwardhan scheduled to attend.*
14 years in the making, activist and filmmaker Anand Patwardhan's chronicle of the plight of the Dalits (known under the caste system as "untouchables") provides a singular document of oppression and those who fight against it. Starting with an incident in which 10 protesting Dalits were gunned down by police, the film details both the history of their struggle and the music and poetry that has helped sustain the vitality of the culture. Hindi, English and Marathi with subtitles, 185 min.
*Sun Oct 14, 2:15 PM
Program Partner: John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation

Flowerbuds (Poupata) (link)
Director: Zdenek Jirasky
Czech Republic Director Zdenek Jirasky scheduled to attend.*
Garnering four top Czech Lions (the Czech Oscars®) Flowerbuds presents an incisive snapshot of family life in a small Czech town. Jarda works as a train signal operator but also nurses a petty gambling addiction. His wife, Kamila dreams of her lost youth while their teenage children are without work, money or illusions about life. Over the course of a long winter, a series of small tragedies unfold and collide, bringing the family to the brink. Czech with subtitles, 91 min.
*Sun Oct 14, 2:30 PM - Tue Oct 16, 1:00 PM
Competition Partner: Columbia College Chicago

The Final Member
Directors: Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math
Canada Director Zach Math scheduled to attend.*
Everyone has a dream, and for Sigurdur Hjartarson, it is the Icelandic Phallological Museum. Having established the pre-eminent shrine to the penises of the world's diverse species, his collection is only missing one vital piece: that of a human being. Chronicling his bizarre but sincere quest, The Final Member reveals the lecherous elderly Icelandic man and eccentric American who are vying to claim a very unique "world's first." English and Icelandic with subtitles, 75 min.
*Sun Oct 14, 3:15 PM
Program Partner: John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation

Of Snails and Men
(Despre oameni si melci) (link
Director: Tudor Giurgiu
France, Romania Director Tudor Giurgiu scheduled to attend.*
An absurdist drama tinged with dark humor, Of Snails and Men takes place in the small Romanian town of Muscel, where a French company plans to convert the town's failed factory into a snail cannery. Knowing that thousands will be left unemployed, the union leader concocts an outlandish scheme to buy back the factory: the workers will, en masse, travel to Bucharest to earn money at a sperm bank. Romanian, French, and Spanish with subtitles, 93 min.
*Sun Oct 14, 3:30 PM
Program Partner: American Airlines

The Central Park Five
Directors: David McMahon, Ken Burns and Sarah Burns
USA Directors Sarah Burns and David McMahon and
subject Raymond Santana scheduled to attend.*

In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers were arrested and later convicted of raping a white woman in New York City's Central Park. Each spent between 6 and 13 years in prison before the actual criminal's confession led to their exonerations. This powerful documentary from the great Ken Burns (The Civil War) explores this horrific crime and the appalling, racially-fraught miscarriage of justice that followed in its wake. 119 min.
*Sun Oct 14, 5:00 PM
Program Partner: Jeanne Randall Malkin Family Foundation and John and Jacolyn Family Foundation

alaskaLand (link)
Director: Chinonye Chukwu
USA Director Chinonye Chukwu scheduled to attend.*
alaskaLand tells the story of Chukwuma, an Alaska-raised Nigerian struggling to balance his cultural heritage with the pressures of the larger world around him. After a family tragedy forces a two-year estrangement from his younger sister Chidinma, the siblings reconnect in their hometown. Although their time apart has created new frictions, they find their reconciliation bringing them closer to each other and to their roots in this gorgeous, knowing debut film. 75 min.
*Sun Oct 14, 5:30 PM - Wed Oct 17, 4:00 PM
Competition Partner: Columbia College Chicago
Program Partner:  American Airlines and Jeanne Randall Malkin Family Foundation

Winter of Discontent (link)
Director: Ibrahim El-Batout
Egypt Actor Amr Waked scheduled to attend.*
Set in the midst of the Tahrir Square demonstrations that, in early 2011, changed Egypt forever, Winter of Discontent explores the uncertainty, anxiety, and euphoria that filled the days and nights leading up to the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. As seen through the eyes of activist Amr, journalist Farah, and State Security officer Adel, momentous, world-changing events unfold on the ground in urgent, intimate detail. Arabic with subtitles, 94 min.
*Sun Oct 14, 5:45 PM - *Tue Oct 16, 3:45 PM
Program Partners: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences and American Airlines

Out in the Dark (Alta / Dhalam) (link)
Director: Michael Mayer
Israel, Palestine, USA Director Michael Mayer scheduled to attend.*
Nimer, a Palestinian student, dreams of a better life abroad. One fateful night he meets Roy, an Israeli lawyer. As their relationship deepens into love, Nimer is confronted with the harsh realities of a Palestinian society that refuses to accept him for his sexual identity, and an Israeli society that rejects him for his nationality. Nimer soon must choose between love and the life he thought he wanted. Hebrew and Arabic with subtitles, 96 min.
*Sun Oct 14, 6:00 PM - *Sun Oct 21, 6:15 PM
Competition Partner: Columbia College Chicago
Program Partner: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences and E.C. Charro Tequila

Numbered (link)
Directors: Dana Doron and Uriel Sinai
Israel Director Uriel Sinai and Holocaust survivor Estelle Glaser Laughlin
scheduled to attend.*

An estimated 400,000 people were tattooed with serial numbers at Auschwitz, of whom only a few thousand survive today. This intimate and visually rapturous documentary details the current lives of some of these survivors, their memories of the camps, and their relationships with the numbers. Numbered is an emotionally affecting portrait of memory and history, and their enduring presence in individual lives. Hebrew with subtitles, 60 min.
*Sun Oct 14, 6:15 PM - Sun Oct 21, 6:30 PM
Program Partners: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences and John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation

Shameless (Bez wstydu) (link)
Director: Filip Marczewski
Poland Director Filip Marczewski scheduled to attend.*
In an incendiary story of love, desire, and betrayal between siblings, the rebellious young Tadek returns to sister Anka's home in search of solace and affection. Bound together by a painful shared family history, brother and sister must find a way to break free in order to survive. This formidable debut fearlessly yet tenderly explores one of society's last taboos. Polish with subtitles, 80 min.
*Sun Oct 14, 7:00 PM - *Mon Oct 15, 6:00 PM - Wed Oct 17, 1:00 PM
Competition Partner: Columbia College Chicago

Westerland (link)
Director: Tim Staffel
Germany Director Tim Staffel and Producer Bjorn Koll scheduled to attend.*
In the midst of a freezing winter on the island of Sylt, Cem comes across Jesús, who is on the verge of committing suicide. The two young men become fast friends, with their friendship unexpectedly threatening to develop into something more. Cem and Jesús - laconic, alienated loners - find their previously uneventful lives starting to spin out of control now that each has someone who means something to him. German with subtitles, 90 min.
*Sun Oct 14, 7:30 PM - Sat Oct 20, 12:30 PM
Program Partner: E.C. Charro Tequila

Don't Click (link)
Director: Tae-kyeong Kim
South Korea Director Tae-kyeong Kim scheduled to attend.*
When cyber junkie Jung-mi learns of a sinister new "forbidden" internet video, she'll stop at nothing to find it. However, the morbid video has strange effects on its viewers, and soon Jung-mi and her sister seem to be under a bizarre and terrifying curse. Playing on 21st century obsessions with technology, surveillance and internet fame, Don't Click plays like an updated version of cult Japanese horror film Ringu for the dot-com generation. Korean with subtitles, 91 min.
*Sun Oct 14, 9:15 PM - Fri Oct 19, 11:00 PM
Competition Partner: DePaul University​ School of Cinema and Interactive Media
Community Screening

Sharqiya (link
Director: Ami Livne
Israel Kamel, a shy, good-natured security guard, is torn between two worlds: the Israeli society that treats him and his fellow Bedouins with suspicion and his own family, who are struggling to maintain their ever-threatened way of life. When the shacks where he and his family live on their ancestral lands are threatened with demolition, Kamel goes to extreme lengths to save his family home, in this starkly beautiful portrait of life on the margins. Hebrew and Arabic with subtitles, 82 min.
Sun Oct 14, 4:00 PM
The New 400 Theater (6749 N. Sheridan Rd.)
$5/ticket (cash only)
Program Partners: American Airlines and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences
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An Evening with Joan Allen
) A founding member of Chicago’s celebrated Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Joan Allen has been dazzling audiences on both stage and screen throughout her remarkable career. She has shone equally in art house dramas such as Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm and Gary Ross’s Pleasantville as well as in blockbusters like the Bourne series and John Woo’s Face/Off. Her accolades include a Tony for her performance in Burn This and an Obie for her role in The Marriage of Bette & Boo as well as three Oscar® nominations for her unforgettable portrayal of Pat Nixon in Oliver Stone’s Nixon, her role as Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible, and her stunning performance of wily vice presidential candidate Laine Hansen in The Contender. Join us for a discussion of her craft, her career and her Illinois roots. 90 min.
Sunday, October 14
Ticket Code: EFALL1 ($25, Tribute Only)
Ticket Code: EFALL1P
($50, Tribute and Reception)
6:00 PM
Red carpet arrival
6:30 PM Tribute and presentation of the Career Achievement Award
8:30 PM
Reception PUBLIC Chicago (1301 N. State Pkwy.)
Event ticket and wristband required for admission to the reception.

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A Conversation with Philip Kaufman

One of the most celebrated (and versatile) directors working today, Philip Kaufman’s work includes such wide-ranging masterpieces as Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Right Stuff, and The Unbearable Lightness of Being (as well as an original story credit for Raiders of the Lost Ark). Following a screening of his 1974 tale of Arctic survival The White Dawn, Annette Insdorf, Director of Film Studies at Columbia University and author of Philip Kaufman, will lead a Q+A with Kaufman followed by a book-signing. 170 min. Tuesday, October 16
Ticke Code: EFKAU
($11 for Members, $14 for Non-members)
5:00 PM
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