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Monday, January 18, 2016
THE GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER ROLLS OUT THE RED CARPET FOR “HOLLYWOOD ON STATE”
ACADEMY AWARDS® VIEWING PARTY FEBRUARY 28, 2016
Local Chicago Filmmakers Ines Sommer; Terry Hesser; Shahari Moore and Christine List; Ronit Bezalel;
and Kartemquin Films Honored by The GSFC
The stars align on Sunday, February 28 when the Gene Siskel Film Center (GSFC) of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) hosts Chicago’s longest-running awards show viewing party, “Hollywood on State: Where You’re the Star.” Guests are invited to celebrate the 88th Academy Awards®
as they dress in their finest Oscar fashions, enjoy delicious food and
festive drinks all while watching the star-studded event on the Film
Center’s state-of-the-art big screens. Doors open at 6 p.m. The 88th
Academy Awards® HD Telecast begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets ($100 General
Admission | $200 VIP Lounge) can be purchased online at siskelfilmcenter.org/hollywoodonstate2016
or by calling 312.846.2072.
The GSFC (164 N. State St.) is transformed into a star-studded affair as hosts Tommy Walton (SAIC Fashion Design Department, MasterChef) and Kate Pankoke (Project Runway)
welcome guests to the red carpet asking them predictions for the
evening and of course, who they are wearing. Before settling into the
theater, party-goers will be treated to a delicious assortment of food
from some of the city’s top chefs including Daniel Barat (Brass Monkey), Raul Gamble (Raison D’etre), Joshua Yates (Good for You Events) and a custom-made Eli’s Cheesecake in the shape of a golden Academy Award.
Not only will Hollywood stars walk away with a golden souvenir on Oscar
night, but the GSFC will also honor Chicago filmmakers for their
outstanding contributions in film. This year’s honorees include Ines Sommer; Terry Hesser; Shahari Moore and Christine List; Ronit Bezalel; and Kartemquin Films (celebrating its 50th Anniversary). All honorees shine a light on the thriving film community in Chicago.
"Hollywood on State" is co-chaired by GSFC Advisory Board members Eda Davidman and Chuck Droege.
The event is sponsored by BMO Harris Bank and the Richard and Ellen
Sandor Family Foundation. CS Magazine is the exclusive media sponsor.
This event is not sponsored by or affiliated with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
About the Gene Siskel Film Center
Since 1972, the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art
Institute of Chicago has presented cutting edge cinema to an annual
audience of 80,000. The Film Center’s programming includes annual film
festivals that celebrate diverse voices and international cultures,
premieres of trailblazing work by today’s independent filmmakers,
restorations and revivals of essential films from cinema history, and
insightful provocative discussions with filmmakers and media artists.
Altogether, the Film Center hosts over 1,500 screenings and 100
filmmaker appearances every year. The Film Center was renamed the Gene
Siskel Film Center in 2000 after the late, nationally celebrated film
critic, Gene Siskel. Visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org
to learn more and find out what’s playing today.
About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
For 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has
been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists,
designers, and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts
graduate program ranked number two by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC
provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as
world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum,
on-campus galleries, and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s
undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students have the
freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago
and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as
Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia
O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, and LeRoy Neiman. Learn more at saic.edu
The Gene Siskel Film Center and SAIC are part of The Art Institute of
Chicago. For more information about the Art Institute please visit www.artic.edu