Saturday, September 30, 2017

New Book! >> Addicted to Americana by Charles Phoenix!

I looked at the cover and I knew I was in for a great read before I opened the book. It was love at first sight! The amazing, colorful cover design by Kathy Kickert doesn’t stop there but leads you thru 176 pages of the fun, retro bold design that mesh perfectly with the images and author Charles Phoenix's stories in his  book,  'Addicted To Americana.’
This book is sure to be the ‘Baby Boomer’ bible and an encyclopedia of fun things they missed or a road map of what the younger generation should catch before some more of these great vintage places vanish.

Charles Phoenix, dubbed, 'The Ambassador of Americana' doesn’t just report on the great family fun venues and adventures but he lived them as a child posting some connectible stories and visited many others as an adult. The  'Americana' covered here are beautiful designed cars of the past, fun brightly colored neon signs, small roadside hotels, stores, vintage shopping malls, Route 66, fast food restaurants, Disneyland, airline travel in the past when it was actually fun to fly, the house of the future, collecting old Kodachrome slides, thrift shopping, the list goes on in this amazing visual blast from the past.

Phoenix now travels the country giving slide shows and discussions about his hobby turned life mission and I am sure his live storytelling events are just as fun as this book was to read and study these amazing photos.

The book is available in hardcover on and other retail outlets!

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NEW BOOK: Becoming AFI Celebrates 50 Years of the American Film Institute

“This book puts you directly behind the scenes for a story that began with a dream,
overcame constant challenges, and evolved into the institution it is today.”
―Steven Spielberg
“Documented here by the people who lived it, this is a remarkable tale of how a major institution,
created out of whole cloth, wove itself into the American fabric.”
—Cokie Roberts, author and political commentator for ABC and NPR
Becoming AFI Celebrates 50 Years
of the American Film Institute
For over fifty years, the American Film Institute has flourished as one of America’s great cultural entities. Its graduates, faculty, supporters, and trustees have included such acclaimed individuals as Steven Spielberg, Maya Angelou, Gregory Peck, Sidney Poitier, Meryl Streep, Les Moonves, Patty Jenkins, David Lynch, Jane Fonda, Edward James Olmos, Shonda Rhimes, James L. Brooks, and many other respected leaders in the worlds of film, television, digital media, and philanthropy.
In their new book, Becoming AFI: 50 Years Inside the American Film Institute (Santa Monica Press/October 2017), Jean Picker Firstenberg and James Hindman provide a candid look at how this remarkable organization brought together aspiring filmmakers, educators, and artists who helped AFI become the foremost national champion for moving images as a vibrant art form.
From its early years operating out of the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and the legendary Greystone mansion in Beverly Hills under the leadership of George Stevens Jr., through its incredible growth into an influential cultural
institution at its landmark Hollywood campus under the guidance of Jean Picker Firstenberg, to its continued excellence today under the dynamic leadership of Bob Gazzale, the organization and its history are chronicled in Becoming AFI through in-depth essays written by those who have been involved in its adventures, growth, and success.

“After being asked so many times what our book would be about, we decided to put together AFI’s history as we experienced it personally,” explain Firstenberg and Hindman. “As we structured the book with the stories we wanted to tell from those years, we realized that some of those stories really belonged to other voices. So, we went to several former colleagues and asked them to join our band. Each chapter tells a stand-alone story about an aspect of AFI, but together, they add up to the full picture.”
Becoming AFI provides an insightful, behind-the-scenes look at how AFI, with passionate determination, overcame the hurdles of advancing technology, political shifts, and new audience dynamics to turn its aspirations into a substantial and highly successful organization, becoming a tireless advocate of moving images as one of America’s most popular forms of art, and maturing into one of the world’s most respected educational and cultural institutions.
“No matter how divisive life in this country may become, the movie theater
has always been a place where we can discover what unites us.”
—Vernon Jordan Jr., New York Times
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“AFI saved our film history. AFI celebrates filmmakers. AFI trains the next generation. Thanks to Becoming AFI for telling us the fascinating story of its fifty-year history. And a big thank you to Jean Picker Firstenberg and James Hindman for documenting all of it! Here’s to the next fifty!”
―Edward James Olmos, actor
and AFI trustee
About the Authors
Jean Picker Firstenberg served as president and CEO of the American Film Institute from 1980 to 2007, overseeing the development of AFI as one of America’s greatest national, cultural, and educational resources. She received an AFI Life Achievement Award for Service to the Institute and was named president emerita and a lifetime trustee. In 2016, Firstenberg was named to the California State University Board of Trustees by Governor Jerry Brown, overseeing the largest four-year public university system in the United States, with twenty-three campuses educating the most diverse student body in the nation. Prior to serving at AFI, Firstenberg spent four years as a program officer at the John and Mary R. Markle Foundation. She also served as director of Princeton University’s Publications Office. Firstenberg is a summa cum laude graduate of Boston University’s College of Communications. She has served on several boards, including that of Boston University (1984–1996), the George Foster Peabody Awards at Georgia University (1985–1997; board chair 1991–1997), and the United States Postal Service Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee (2002–2014; committee chair 2008–2014). She has won numerous awards and honorary degrees.
James Hindman, PhD, has spent his career in cinema and performing arts, creating and leading professional and public education programs at major institutions. During his twenty-four years at the American Film Institute, where he served as co-director and chief operating officer, he was provost of the AFI Conservatory, which he nurtured through WASC accreditation. He was also the uncredited producer of the award-winning feature documentary Visions of Light and the television series Starring the Actor. He developed the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Springs, Maryland, as well as numerous television projects and international film and television festivals. Subsequent to AFI, he developed and led film schools in the U.S. and internationally, including the Red Sea School of Cinematic Arts in Aqaba, Jordan, and New Mexico State University’s Creative Media Institute in Las Cruces. He is currently on the board of the New Mexico School for the Arts in Santa Fe, charged with creating a new cinematic and media arts program and facilities for the school. Prior to AFI, he served as head of graduate studies in the Performing Arts Department at American University in Washington, DC, having previously taught at the University of North Carolina. Hindman holds a PhD in drama from the University of Georgia and has served on the boards of the AIDS Service Center and LAMP in Los Angeles. He currently splits his time between Santa Monica, California, and Taos, New Mexico.
Patty Jenkins made history in 2017 when she directed her second film, Wonder Woman, becoming the first woman to direct a studio superhero movie and earning the biggest domestic opening of all time for a woman director. Jenkins wrote and directed her first film, the crime drama Monster, in 2003, launching Charlize Theron’s career with many awards, including an Oscar for Best Actress. Jenkins graduated from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 1993 and the AFI Conservatory in 2001.
Dana Gioia was appointed Poet Laureate of the State of California in 2015 by Governor Jerry Brown. An award-winning poet who has published five collections of poetry, Gioia served as chair of the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 to 2009, and was named a USC Judge Widney Professor in Poetry and Public Art in 2011.
David Lynch, born in 1946 in Missoula, Montana. Eagle Scout.
By Jean Picker Firstenberg and James Hindman
Foreword by Dana Gioia
Preface by Patty Jenkins
Afterword by David Lynch
Santa Monica Press/October 2017
ISBN-13: 978-159580-094-7

Friday, September 29, 2017

Lucie Foundation >> Focus on 2017 Lucie Honoree: Larry Fink

Image © Geoffrey Berliner

2017 Honoree, Achievement in Documentary

Besides working as a professional photographer for over fifty-five years, Larry Fink has had one-man shows at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of Modern Art amongst others. On the European continent, he has had one-man shows at the Musee de l’Elysee in Lausanne, Switzerland and the Musee de la Photographie in Charleroi, Belgium. Recently, in the last three years, he had a traveling retrospective shown in six different Spanish museums. He was awarded the “Best of Show” for an exhibition curated by Christian Caujolle at the Arles Festival of Photograph in France. As far as being represented in group shows, the list is longer than the eye can see.
Most recently, Larry has been awarded the 2015 International Center for Photography (ICP) Infinity Award for Lifetime Fine Art Photography. He has also been awarded two John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships and two National Endowment for the Arts, Individual Photography Fellowships. He has been teaching for over fifty-two years, with professorial positions held at Yale University, Cooper Union, and lastly at Bard College, where he is an honored professor.

Images © Larry Fink
Larry’s first monograph, the seminal Social Graces (Aperture, 1984) left a lasting impression in the photographic community. There have been twelve other monographs with the subject matter crossing the class barrier in unexpected ways. Two of his most recently published books were on several “Best Of” lists of the year: The Beats published by Artiere /powerhouse and Larry Fink on Composition and Improvisation published by Aperture. As an editorial photographer, The New Yorker and Vanity Fair have been amongst a long list of accounts.
Currently, Larry’s work from The Beats and The Vanities is on display at Giorgio Armani’s beautiful Armani/Silos space in Milan, Italy.
Fink On Warhol: New York Photographs of the 1960s, Larry’s newest monograph was released Spring 2017 featuring rare photographs of Andy Warhol and his friends at the Factory interspersed with street scenes and the political atmosphere of 1960s New York.
Additionally, he is currently working on a massive retrospective book to be published by the University of Texas Press. Grafiche dell’Artiere in Bologna will make the exquisite prints for the book.

The 15th Annual Lucie Awards 


Join the premiere annual event honoring the greatest achievements in photography. 

OCTOBER 29, 2017

Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, NYC


The 15th Annual Lucie Awards
Presented by Lucie Foundation
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, NYC

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IFP Chicago’s 30th Birthday Bash tickets on sale now! Member discount to Signature Move’s week-long run at the Music Box. CUFF is hiring and more!


Thursday, September 28, 2017

We’re turning 30 and to celebrate we're throwing our IFP Chicago 30th Birthday Bash at NoiseFloor. Come celebrate with us for a night of entertainment, raffle prizes, drinks, food and fun. We will also be talking about new IFP Chicago programs and give a sneak peek of what our members are working on now.

You'll also have the chance to enter into our 30 Minute Micro Film Festival: An on-the-spot, shoot-to-screen, film competition. Teams have 30 minutes to create a 3 minute supershort, screened that night for a chance to win a micro grand prize (and mega bragging rights)! Purchase your tickets to the Birthday Bash, then register for free!
Tickets & More Information

Signature Move Week-Long Run at The Music Box
Tonight Through October 5

Now is your chance to catch Signature Move, the critically acclaimed, Chicago-made and IFP Chicago supported project during its week-long run at The Music Box, September 28-October 5.

We'll see you on Tuesday, October 3 at 6pm for its screening during Midwest Independent Film Festival's Industry Night! Don't miss it!

In this hilarious and heartfelt look at modern families and the complexities of love in its many forms, Zaynab (Fawzia Mirza) is a thirty-something Pakistani, Muslim, lesbian lawyer living in Chicago who begins a new romance with Alma (Sari Sanchez), a confident Mexican-American woman. Zaynab's recently widowed mother Parveen (Shabana Azmi) has moved in and spends her days watching Pakistani TV dramas while searching for a potential husband for her only daughter. Alma's mother, Rosa (Charin Alvarez), is a former professional Luchadora which Zaynab finds fascinating as she has recently taken up lucha-style wrestling training with a former pro wrestler, Jayde. Zaynab tries to keep both her love life and her wrestling a secret from her Muslim mother, who knows more than she lets on.

IFP Chicago members receive a $2 discount on tickets. Click here to join or renew your membership.
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The Chicago Underground Film Festival is Hiring

We are hiring creative, highly-motivated, organized and passionate individuals to join our seasonal staff for the 25th annual Chicago Underground Film Festival, taking place in Logan Square from Wednesday, June 6 through Sunday, June 10, 2018. Positions are open for House Manager, Technical Director and Volunteer Manager. Visit our website for more information and to apply. Applications are due tomorrow, September 29th at 5pm CT.
Early Deadline to Submit is Tuesday
Now in our 25th year, The Chicago Underground Film Festival, the longest running “underground” film festival in the world, is an internationally recognized program providing a venue for documentary, experimental and avant-garde narrative film and video. The festival’s mission is to select and screen film, video and related works presenting a diverse line up of moving image programming focusing on filmmakers working to reinvent and explore new approaches to established practices, to foster new forms of media art and to build an audience for such work. Our goal is to achieve these aims by presenting a fun, user-friendly and accessible event..if you suspect your film is “underground,” it probably is.

IFP Chicago members receive 50% off of submission fees (not including the student rate). Click here to join or renew!

Submit at or through FilmFreeway or Withoutabox.
Click Here For Submissions Guidelines

IFP Chicago Members Receive Discounted Passes to Industry Days

Take advantage of this incredible opportunity to connect, share ideas and find inspiration at Industry Days during the Chicago International Film Festival. IFP Chicago members only pay $75 for the Industry badge (not Industry+), with no deadline to register. Industry Days examines current and future trends in the art and industry of the entertainment business.

The four-day gathering will be comprised of networking events, master classes, panel discussions, workshops, parties, and an invite-only competitive pitch session juried by a
distinguished panel of industry professionals.

IFP Chicago Members: Simply enter your member number at the registration form to receive the $75 pass. Email with questions, or click here to join or renew your IFP Chicago membership.
Click Here to Register

Community News:

AbelCine's 2017 Chicago Cinema Tech Expo
Saturday, October 7; 10am-5pm
Cinespace Film Studios 4th Floor, 2602 W 16th St, Chicago, IL 60608
IFP Chicago is very proud to support AbelCine in this year’s Chicago Cinema Tech Expo. Join AbelCine and their area partners like us for a day of educational workshops, creative panels and community programming among live demonstrations and more than two dozen manufacturer booths. Plus, it's FREE to attend! We'll see you there!
Click Here to Register

NewCity's Announces
This Year's Film 50: Chicago's Screen Gems

Congratulations to IFP Chicago's Executive Director, Nicole Bernardi-Reis, Board of Directors members Angie Gaffney, Chris Johnson and Mike McNamara, Chicago Underground Film Festival's Programmer and Artistic Director, Bryan Wendorf, members Gordon Quinn and Eugene Sun Park, and all of our friends and collaborators who made this year's Film 50. Check out the entire list here.

IFP Chicago Office Hours Are Coming

We will soon be posting hours at our Stage 18 offices to meet with members and filmmakers interested in joining IFP Chicago to answer questions regarding our programming, fiscal sponsorship, grants and more. Stay tuned.
When you select IFP Chicago (Independent Features Project- Midwest) on your Amazon Smile account, a percentage of your purchase is automatically donated to IFP Chicago and will directly support our efforts! The best part is that you can use Amazon Smile year round!

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