Saturday, May 13, 2017


“Kevin Spacey: Renaissance Man,” the GSFC’s Annual Benefit Features
Intimate Conversation at Four Seasons Chicago Hotel

Photo © copyright Linda Matlow/PIXINTL
 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.

“A 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, Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman, Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson.
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. This programming 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 Chicago.
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 and philanthropy. 
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 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


Photo Kevin Spacey and Jeremy Piven holding the award. Photo © Linda Matlow/PIXINTL  for licensing info

Friday, May 12, 2017



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.

          Tuesday, May 23, 2017
 5:30 pm:        check-in and reception
 6:00 - 7 pm:   presentation followed by panel discussion

WHERE:          WeWork
                      20 West Kinzie  17th floor
                      Chicago, IL

CONTACT:     Xochil Scheer
Regional Director, Fashion Group International Chicago

Thursday, May 11, 2017


Stephen Burns (Director of Fulcrum Point New Music Project), Steve Barclay (Director of Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office), Tomy Wai (composer with Teddy),
and Sophia Wong Boccio (Director of Asian Pop Up Cinema).
Photo © Linda Matlow/PIXINTL

Chicago Film Office to presented Lifetime Achievement Award to Kwan on behalf of Asian Pop-Up Cinema
Asian Pop-Up Cinema presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Hong Kong Godfather of Rock N Roll Teddy Robin Kwon on May 11th for his achievements in music and film. The award was presented to Kwan by Chicago Film Office’s Rich Moskal on behalf of Asian Pop-Up Cinema Director, Sophia Wong Boccio. The Awards Ceremony will be at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark Street at 5:30pm.
Fulcrum Point New Music Project  headline dthe evening with a multi-media musical performance of Kwan’s award-winning scores. The festivals Cantonese singing contest winners also performed three of his theme songs that stayed at the top of the Cantopop music charts and greatly influenced people in Hong Kong and China at the time: Cops and Robbers (1973); Till Death Do We Scare (1982) and City on Fire (1987). Teddy’s co-composer from Hong Kong, Tomy Wai – with 74 music-for-movie credits to his name – will be joining Teddy as a guest speaker.

In advance of the Award Ceremony Night, two of Teddy Robin Kwan’s films were presented for free: SHE REMEMEBERS, HE FORGETS, which he produced, (Tuesday, April 25th at PianoForte, 1335 S. Michigan Ave. at 7:00pm); and GALLANTS, where he won a Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actor and was nominated for Best Original Score (Friday, April 28th at Joffrey Tower, Studio A, 10 E. Randolph St. at 7:00pm). Both films will be shown in Cantonese with English Subtitles. 

Teddy Robin Kwan is known as the Godfather of Hong Kong Rock ‘N’ Roll. He’s an English pop singer-songwriter and Hong Kong actor, director and producer. In the 60s when Hong Kong English pop was at its peak, Teddy was on top of the charts with his band Teddy Robin and the Playboys. He later became an actor, film director, producer and composer. He acted in 24 motion pictures, directed four –and was nominated for one as Best Director. His musical career spans over 30 years, with over 24 songs written for movies – and many that were nominated for Best Original Film Score by The Hong Kong Film Awards.
Hosted by the Governing Board of Directors of SOPHIA’S CHOICE, the Award Ceremony Night is presented in association with the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, New York and sponsored in part by the ADG Group; Hing Kee Restaurant; The Whitehall Hotel; City Winery Chicago; and Garrett Popcorn Shops.
Net proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the year-round general operating expenses of Asian Pop-Up Cinema.

Asian Pop-Up Cinema, a semi-annual Asian Film Festival, is the brainchild of Sophia Wong Boccio, founder of SOPHIA’S CHOICE, Chicago-based 501 C (3) not-for- profit incorporated in the fall of 2015 with the mission of cultivating interest in Asian culture through film; connecting individuals in the film industry for professional and educational exchanges; and promoting Chicago as a premiere destination for Asian filmmakers. More info:


The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York is the representative office of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government. In 2016, the New York ETO promoted a better understanding of Hong Kong as a vibrant international financial, trading, educational and arts and cultural hub by reaching out to the business community, political and government leaders, and arts and cultural institutions in the Eastern US, including 24 visits to 20 states. Several film festivals were held in New York City and Chicago. Follow HKETO NY on Facebook: “Hong Kong Meets America” and for more information: /ny/index.htm

Pictured above: Teddy Robin Kwan,Steve Barclay,director of the Hong Kong Economic Trade Office and his music composer Tomy Wai . Photo © Linda Matlow/PIXINTL. All rights reserved.
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Arica Hilton "HIEROGLYPH" perfect gift for Mother's Day

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Broadside (a poetry & art print) 

The perfect gift for Mother's Day

HIEROGLYPH by Arica Hilton

Dear Friends,
I 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
Title:   Hieroglyph
Medium:  Broadside printed on Sunset Textured Fine Art Paper with deckled edge
Edition size:  12   +3 artist proofs
Image Size:  16 x 12 
Price:  $450 (unframed)  $575 (framed)

If you place an order by Thursday, delivery is guaranteed anywhere in the country before Mother's Day.  Please click on the link above.  Feel free to call me with any questions at 312.852.8200.

With warm regards,

ARICA HILTON, 716 N. WELLS ST., Chicago, IL 60654

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Fathom Events & NT Live Bring Peter Pan to Theaters on June 11! (Various cities)

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 WorrallJane 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 await.

Tickets for “NT LIVE: Peter Pan” can be purchased online by visiting  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

About BY Experience
BY Experience kicked 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.

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 HorseMan 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.