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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Chicago International Film Festival Partners with DCASE for Two Special Events Commemorating 50 Year History
THE CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PARTNERS WITH THE
DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS AND SPECIAL EVENTS FOR TWO SPECIAL EVENTS
COMMEMORATING THE FESTIVAL’S ILLUSTRIOUS 50 YEAR HISTORY
A Special Screening of “Strictly Ballroom” Lights Up Millennium Park and Retrospective Photography/Video Exhibit “Because Everybody Loves Movies” Opens September 4, 2014
Celebrating 50 years of making Chicago an international
destination for acclaimed filmmakers, bold young directors and lovers of
cinema, The Chicago International Film Festival, returning October 9 – 23, 2014, has teamed with the Department of Cultural Affairs and SpecialEvents (DCASE) to produce two special events leading up to the Festival. On September 4
at 6:30 p.m. at Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Chicagoans
will be treated to a special screening of director Baz Luhrmann’s first
film “Strictly Ballroom,” which won the Best First
Feature Award at the Festival in 1993. That day will also see the
opening of an exhibit of photography, video and posters looking back
over the Festival’s 50 years. “Because Everybody Loves Movies,”
will remain on display through October 30 at Expo 72 (72 E. Randolph
St.). Both events are open to the public and free of charge.
About “Strictly Ballroom”
“Strictly Ballroom,” along with “Romeo + Juliet” and
“Moulin Rouge,” make up “The Red Curtain Trilogy," Luhrmann’s three
successive films with theatre-related motifs. The film follows ballroom
dancer Scott Hastings as he struggles to insert his personal dance
style, which is not “strictly ballroom,” into his routines. After
finding a new competition partner, Scott learns how important it is to
dance from the heart, and not for the prize. Film buffs can enjoy the
screening from the Jay Pritzker Pavilion’s 4,000 seats or lounge on the
About “Because Everybody Loves Movies”
Sponsored by Dark Horse Wines, the Chicago International Film Festival will host a special exhibit, “Because Everybody Loves Movies,”
an expansive display of posters, images and videos from its venerable
five-decade history. Upon entering, visitors will be greeted by the
iconic “eyes” logo that has been the Festival’s logo since 1967. Along
one wall, guests will enjoy an assortment of four-foot by four-foot
photographs by Victor Skrebneski highlighting the many film icons that
have attended the Festival throughout the years, including Sigourney
Weaver, François Truffaut, Orson Welles, Kathleen Turner, Robin
Williams, Bette Davis, Colleen Moore, Oliver Stone, Dennis Hopper, Liv
Ullmann and others.
in the exhibit will be archival Festival trailers voiced by Ken Nordine,
as well as interviews with celebrity honorees and Festival guests.
Rounding out the exhibit will be photos of past Festivals and a colorful
mosaic comprised of posters from other international film festivals,
speaking to cinema’s global reach.
The exhibit will be on display from September 4 through October 30 at
Expo 72, 72 E. Randolph St., and will be open to the public Monday –
Thursday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Fridays 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. – 6
p.m., and Sundays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
2014 Festival Schedule and Ticket Information
The 2014 Chicago International Film Festival will be presented October 9
– 23, 2014. The complete schedule will be announced at a future date.
Passes are now on sale. Moviegoer (10 regular admissions) and Passport
(20 regular admissions) passes are available at www.chicagofilmfestival.com
at a discounted rate until August 31 by using promotional code 50PASS10.
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ABOUT DARK HORSE WINES
At Dark Horse Wines their passion is crafting bold wine that deliver
the unexpected. They marshal the best agricultural and winemaking
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winemaker Beth Liston, believes winemaking is a treasure hunt. She is
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passion for creating exceptional wines that out perform their price is
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is
dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural
vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s
non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts
businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural
and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the
City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting
high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and
Cinema/Chicago is a not-for-profit arts and education 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 one of the year-round programs
presented by Cinema/Chicago, which also include the Hugo Television
Awards, CineYouth Festival, INTERCOM Competition, International
Screenings Program, and Education Outreach.