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Tuesday, March 07, 2017
53rd Chicago International Television Festival Announces Programming Highlights (Chicago,IL)
53rd CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS
Festival Features World Premiere Screenings of Programming from HBO and Amazon, Panel Discussion and Culminates in an Awards Ceremony
CHICAGO – Cinema/Chicago today announced initial programming details for the 53rd Chicago International Television Festival, which runs March 21-23
at AMC River East, 322 E. Illinois, in downtown Chicago. A three-day
micro-festival, the Chicago International Television Festival celebrates
the best in local, national and international television and
advertising productions with free screenings and insightful panel
discussions. The festival culminates with a festive Awards Night
honoring the achievements of producers, content creators and advertisers
from around the world, while also celebrating the careers of
exceptional performers, journalists and content producers.
A component of the Chicago International Film Festival, the Television
Festival was expanded into a stand-alone event in spring 2016, featuring
an array of programming that highlights local work and innovative
contributions from across the industry, as well as providing access to
industry leaders. All programming for the first two evenings are free and open to the public. Advance reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by visiting http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/television-festival/ .
For images of the programs being screened, click here.
Details about the March 23 Awards Night, including honorees, will be
announced at a future date. Tickets to the ceremony are $75 and include
a pre-event cocktail reception.
Tuesday, March 21
“Public Housing Unit,” 6 p.m., Free (World Premiere)
The Chicago International Television Festival kicks off with the world premiere of the pilot episode of “Public Housing Unit,”
a new locally produced crime drama set in Chicago’s housing projects of
the 1980s about three cops fighting to serve a fragmented community,
broken by an unjust system. Creative team members, cast and crew will be
in attendance to discuss the episode and the series, as well as their
experiences producing an episodic show in Chicago.
“American Playboy,” 8 p.m., Free (World Premiere) Cooper Hefner (son of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, who now serves as the company’s Chief Creative Officer) joins executive producers Steven David and Peter Jaysen for the world premiere of “American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story,”
a docudrama featuring vintage 1960s footage as well as reenacted scenes
from the legendary Playboy mansion, focusing on the media empire and
its impact on pop culture and the expression of free speech. The new
series premieres on Amazon Video April 7. Note: This program features
Wednesday, March 23
“When the Street Lights Go On,” 6 p.m., Free (Chicago Premiere)
Set in a small Illinois town in 1983, “When the Street Lights Go On”
follows 15-year-old Charlie (Max Burkholder of “Parenthood”) who
discovers a gruesome murder that sets the whole town on edge. Recently
acclaimed at its Sundance Film Festival premiere, Indiewire
described the show as an “eerie ’80s murder mystery (that) provides
plenty of suspicious characters, and builds a world we’re not ready to
leave.” Co-Writers Eddie O’Keefe (a Chicago area native and Columbia
College graduate) and Chris Hutton will be in attendance for a
discussion following the screening.
“Crashing,” 8 p.m., Free (World Premiere)
Following his successful premiere on HBO this month, comedian Pete Holmes hosts an upcomng episode of his hit series “Crashing.” Based on Holmes’ personal experiences, and executive produced by Judd Apatow,
the series chronicles the life of a down-on-his-luck stand-up comedian
trying to make it in the New York comedy scene. In this episode, Pete
meets Sarah Silverman, who invites him to stay with her and her
collection of stray comedians.
The screening will be followed by a conversation and Q&A with Holmes.
Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago
International Film Festival, is a year round not-for-profit arts and
education organization dedicated to fostering better communication
between people of diverse cultures through the art of film and the
moving image. Proceeds from the Televison Festival benefit
Cinema/Chicago’s programs throughout the year, including the
International Screenings Program, the Chicago International Film
Festival, CineYouth Festival, the Education Program and Members Film
Screening Series. Celebrating its 53rd edition October 12-26, 2017, the
Chicago International Film Festival is North America’s longest-running
competitive film festival.