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Celebrating one of the most dynamic and versatile actors today, the Gene Siskel Film Center (GSFC) of the School
of the Art Institute of Chicago honored Golden Globe, Tony, BAFTA and two-time Academy-Award winner
Kevin Spacey, at the Four Seasons Chicago (120 E. Delaware Pl.). “Kevin Spacey:
Renaissance Man” paid tribute to the actor’s accomplishments on the
screen as well
as gave attendees the opportunity to hear an intimate conversation,
providing insights into his creative process and influences, favorite
roles, upcoming projects and more. A retrospective of film clips from
some of his most memorable performances accompanied
the conversation highlighting his illustrious career. The evening
culminated with the presentation of the
Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award to Spacey by SAIC President
Elissa Tenny and GSFC Advisory Board Chair
Ellen Sandor. Actor Jeremy Piven joined the actor on the red carpet.
friend of the Gene Siskel Film Center since 2014 when he was part of an
engaging Q &;A with Chicago Tribune theater critic
Chris Jones at a screening of his documentary ‘NOW: In the Wings on a
World Stage,’ Spacey understands the importance of the Film Center to
continue to present cutting edge programming that showcases unique and
diverse talent and showcases provocative films
outside of mainstream cinema,” said GSFC Executive Director Jean de St. Aubin. “We are beyond thrilled to honor this legendary actor, innovator, producer and pioneer in the film industry
and to celebrate his extraordinary accomplishments on stage, TV and film.”
Each year, the GSFC celebrates the art of film by honoring a filmmaker
who advances the art of cinema. Past Renaissance Award honorees have
included some of the most respected actors and directors working in the
film industry today, such as
William H. Macy and
Felicity Huffman, Michael Mann, Nicole Kidman,
George Lucas, Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx,
Morgan Freeman, Mark Ruffalo and
The benefit is co-chaired by longstanding GSFC supporters and Advisory Board members
Eda Davidman and
Melissa Sage Fadim. The chair of the GSFC Advisory Board is
Ellen Sandor. All proceeds
support the Gene Siskel Film Center’s curated film programming as well
as lecture series and discussions with visiting scholars and filmmakers.
provides the opportunity for students and the Chicago community to
experience the best in film presentation. The annual fundraiser is the
primary event that ensures that the GSFC can continue to present the
highest quality films and film-related events in
The Renaissance Award was designed specifically for the Gene Siskel Film
Center by R.S. Owens & Company, creator of the Oscar® statuette.
About Kevin Spacey
Award-winning producer and actor Kevin Spacey currently serves as
executive producer and stars as Francis Underwood in the Netflix
original series "House of Cards.” Spacey has won Academy Awards® for his
performances in “The Usual Suspects” and “American Beauty."
He was most recently seen opposite Michael Shannon in "Elvis &
Nixon,” and will next be seen in "Billionaire Boys Club,” Edgar Wright’s
“Baby Driver" and "Rebel In The Rye.” Through his former production
company Trigger Street, he produced "Captain Phillips”
starring Tom Hanks, “The Social Network” and "21.” For television, he
produced “Recount” and “Bernard & Doris” for HBO, both of which
garnered double-digit Emmy Award® nominations. For more than a decade,
Spacey served as the Artistic Director of The Old Vic
Theatre Company in London where he also appeared on stage in
productions of “National Anthems,” “The Philadelphia Story,” “Speed the
Plow,” “Inherit the Wind,” “A Moon for the Misbegotten” and the
acclaimed production of the one-man show, "Darrow." He won
the Evening Standard and Olivier Awards for Best Actor for his role in
“The Iceman Cometh,” as well as a Tony Award® for Best Supporting Actor
in Neil Simon’s “Lost in Yonkers.” Spacey has also starred in the
Broadway and West End productions of “Long Day’s
Journey into Night,” opposite his mentor Jack Lemmon; as well as the
title role in the Sam Mendes production of “Richard III,” touring to 12
cities around the world as part of the three-year Old Vic/BAM/Bridge
Project. Spacey has often launched initiatives
to help young people get their start in the competitive worlds of film
and theatre, including: The Kevin Spacey Foundation, which offers
support to young actors, writers, directors and producers; and the short
film competition "Jameson First Shot,” awarded
writer/directors from South Africa, Russia and the US, Canada and other
countries with the opportunity to direct a short film starring a major
actor. Most recently Spacey was awarded an Honorary Knighthood and was
made a CBE (Commander of the British Empire)
by Her Majesty the Queen for his work at the Old Vic, and in education
Tickets and More Information
The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of
Chicago proudly presents the Renaissance Award Gala in honor of Kevin
Spacey Saturday, May 13 at Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, 120 E. Delaware
Pl. Single tickets range in price from $500 to $1,000
(VIP). Table sponsorships range in price from $10,000 to $50,000. Call
(312) 846-2072 for tickets, tables or more information.
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 1,600
screenings and 200 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 more than 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 consistently ranking among
the top programs in the nation 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, Jeff Koons
and LeRoy Neiman.
The Gene Siskel Film Center and SAIC are part of The Art Institute of
Chicago. For more information about the Art Institute please visit
WHAT: Carrie Lannon will share her expertise in marketing best-in-class companies and executive coaching to reveal the how-tos of creating and building a personal brand. Carrie leveraged her own personal brand to win public relations clients including Tiffany & Co, Mercedes-Benz, Ferragamo, W Hotels and more. She explains how a strong personal brand can impact how others think about you and move you towards achieving your goals. Carrie will provide step-by-step directions and a quiz for audience members to discover their own unique personal brand.
EXTRA: Carrie’s presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with top Chicago-based influencers Ryan Beshel, Kirsten Miccoli and John Philp Thompson.
HOST: Fashion Group International is a global organization dedicated to promoting the advancement of both new and seasoned professionals in the fashion industries: apparel, accessories, retail and home. WHEN: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
5:30 pm: check-in and reception
6:00 - 7 pm: presentation followed by panel discussion
20 West Kinzie 17th floor
am very proud to present a very small edition of my poem about the
essence of woman as the perfect gift for Mother's Day. This poem has
been reproduced as a limited edition poetry print (a broadside) with the
image of my Spirit of Ecstasy painting in an edition size of 12 pieces.
A "broadside" is a poetry print that was born from an art form dating back to the 17th
century. Originally, broadsides were printed as a political statement
or opinion to be distributed to the citizenry, the most famous of which
were the Dunlap Broadsides, the first published copies of the Declaration of Independence.
This tradition led to printing poems from the oral tradition of the
ballad. Today's broadsides are often illustrated by an artist, and
signed and numbered by both the poet and the artist. I am very proud to
offer my first ever broadside.
Below are details:
Artist: Arica Hilton
Medium: Broadside printed on Sunset Textured Fine Art Paper with deckled edge
Beloved Classic ‘Peter Pan’ Takes Flight, Arriving in U.S. Cinemas From National Theatre Live, One Day Only On June 11
Captured Live at London’s National Theatre, Moviegoers Should Prepare to Be Whisked Away to a Land of Magic, Music and Make-Believe
Following its hugely successful run at the National Theatre, “NT LIVE: Peter Pan” hits cinemas nationwide for a special one-day event. Directed by Sally Cookson and co-produced by Bristol Old Vic, the wondrously inventive production of JM Barrie’s cherished tale will be shown at 11:00 a.m. local time on Sunday, June 11, 2017, from Fathom Events, BY Experience and National Theatre Live.
When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy (Madeleine Worrall, Jane Eyre) helps him to reattach it. In return, she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook (Anna Francolini, wonder.land) await.
Tickets for “NT LIVE: Peter Pan” can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 300 select movie theaters. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website(theaters and participants are subject to change).
“Known for unforgettable stage performances, we are thrilled to present National Theatre Live’s performance of the enchanted adventure, Peter Pan,” Fathom Events Vice President of Programming Kymberli Frueh said. “With a mix of magic and mischief, this event is a must-see spectacle that audiences of all ages will enjoy.”
About Fathom Events
Fathom Events is recognized as the leading domestic distributor of event cinema with participating affiliate theaters in all 100 of the top Designated Market Areas®, and ranks as one of the largest overall distributors of content to movie theaters. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) (known collectively as AC JV, LLC), Fathom Events offers a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events such as live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, dance and theatre productions like the Bolshoi Ballet and National Theatre Live, sporting events like Copa America Centenario, concerts with artists like Michael Bublé, Rush and Mötley Crüe, the yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics film series and inspirational events such as To Joey With Love and Kirk Cameron’s Revive US. Fathom Events takes audiences behind the scenes and offers unique extras including audience Q&As, backstage footage and interviews with cast and crew, creating the ultimate VIP experience. Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 896 locations and 1,383 screens in 181 DMAs. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
About BY Experience
BY Experiencekicked off the digital revolution of live events to movie theaters and other locations globally with David Bowie’s 2003 Reality album launch and since then, over 30 million tickets have been sold worldwide for cinema events BY Experience has distributed globally. Current cinema series credits: Distribution Representative, The Met: Live in HD (Worldwide; since 2006), the UK’s National Theatre Live (Ex-UK; since 2009), Bolshoi Ballet (North America; since 2014). BY Experience has executive produced and/or distributed several diverse programs for cinema including numerous rock concerts, radio programs, fine art exhibits other special content events including national theatrical re-releases of classic and in some cases fully restored films such as “The Breakfast Club” (30th anniversary), “My Fair Lady” (50th), “Oklahoma!” (60th), and “Fantasia” (75th). BY Experience distributes to over 70 countries, to over 3,000 movie screens. www.byexperience.net.
About National Theatre Live
National Theatre Live launched in June 2009 with a broadcast of the National Theatre production of Phèdre with Helen Mirren. The company has since broadcast more than 50 other productions live, from both the National Theatre and from other theatres in the UK. NT Live broadcasts have now been experienced by over 6.5 million people in over 2,500 venues around the world, including over 700 venues in the UK alone. Past broadcasts from the National Theatre have included Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller; War Horse; Man and Superman with Ralph Fiennes; and most recently Twelfth Night with Tamsin Greig. Broadcasts from other UK theatres include Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Coriolanus fro m the Donmar Warehouse; A View from the Bridge from the Young Vic; Macbeth from the Manchester International Festival; and Hangmen, Skylight, The Audience and No Man’s Land from London’s West End. The biggest single broadcast to date is Hamlet with Benedict Cumberbatch at the Barbican, which has been seen by over 600,000 people. In 2014 the National Theatre recorded its first production on Broadway, Of Mice and Men with James Franco and Chris O’Dowd, captured at the Longacre Theatre.