Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Chicago Int'l Film Festival to Honor William Friedkin (Chicago, IL.)


The 54th Chicago International Film Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago, announced today that acclaimed director and Chicago native William Friedkin will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at a special tribute event during the Festival, including the North American premiere of the new documentary Friedkin Uncut on Monday, October 15 at 6 p.m. at the AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.) in Chicago.

Friedkin will also present one of his favorite films, Vincente Minnelli’s classic MGM musical The Band Wagon starring Fred Astaire on Sunday, October 14 at 4 p.m. Tickets for both screenings will go on sale September 18 for Cinema/Chicago Members and September 21 for the general public.

From his groundbreaking 1960 Chicago documentary The People vs. Paul Crump, to his timeless masterpieces The French Connection and The Exorcist, Friedkin, who grew up in Chicago, has distinguished himself as one of the most fearless and exceptional American filmmakers. The Exorcist, the highly successful horror film, received ten Academy Award® nominations including Best Director and Best Picture. Prior to that, The French Connection earned Friedkin the Director’s Guild of America Award and the Academy Award® for Best Director; the film also received Best Actor, Best Editing, Best Screenplay and Best Picture awards. Through the decades, Friedkin has demonstrated excellence in directing productions that include fiery action films, indie dramas, operas and gripping television.

“William Friedkin has shown unparalleled talent and extraordinary breadth throughout his decades-long career, demonstrating a flair for captivating audiences across genres,” said Artistic Director Mimi Plauché. “Because of his deep ties to Chicago and dynamic, iconic body of work, we are honored to present him with a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Festival.”
“Bill has been a good friend of the Chicago International Film Festival ever since his first film, The People vs. Paul Crump, was shown at our first Festival. Friedkin Uncut captures Bill’s energy and his love for film, music and the theater. We are honored to welcome this versatile artist back home,” said Festival Founder and CEO Michael Kutza.
About William Friedkin
William Friedkin may be best known for his film The Exorcist (1973), one of the most terrifying films of all time. It received ten Academy Award® nominations including Best Director and Best Picture. Prior to that, he directed The French Connection (1971), for which he received the Director’s Guild of America Award and the Academy Award®  for Best Director. The film also won Oscars® for Best Actor, Best Editing, Best Screenplay and Best Picture.
Other films include Sorcerer (1977), The Brinks Job (1979), Cruising (1981), To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) and Blue Chips (1994). In 1997, he directed a Showtime/MGM television remake of Twelve Angry Men with Jack Lemmon, George C. Scott, Hume Cronyn and Ossie Davis, earning him a DGA nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement for Best Dramatic Special. It was also nominated for six Emmy Awards. Other films include Rules of Engagement (2000) and The Hunted starring Tommy Lee Jones and Benicio del Toro (2003), Bug with Ashley Judd (2007) and his most recent film, Killer Joe starring Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch which was released in 2011.
In addition to film, Friedkin has enjoyed success directing operatic productions from Berg’s Wozzeck at Musicale Florence to Duke Bluebeard’s Castle/Gianni Schicchi for the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center.

About The Band Wagon
Sunday, October 14 at 4 p.m.
Oscar-winning director William Friedkin (The Exorcist), who will be honored Monday, Oct. 15 with a documentary about his career, presents one of his favorite films, this classic backstage musical comedy starring Fred Astaire as a struggling Hollywood movie actor who returns to the Broadway theater. With Cyd Charisse and the classic song “Dancing in the Dark,” viewers will want to jump onboard The Band Wagon for this special event. 112 min

About Friedkin Uncut
Monday, October 15 at 6 p.m.
Oscar®-winning, Chicago-born director William Friedkin achieved fame with his 1973 horror blockbuster The Exorcist. But this illuminating documentary shows the director’s unwavering commitment to rawness and realism across his career, from The French Connection (1972) to Killer Joe (2011). Featuring interviews with Ellen Burstyn, Willem Dafoe and Quentin Tarantino, among others, Friedkin Uncut reveals a savvy craftsman who is unapologetic about his no-nonsense approach to moviemaking. With in-person tribute to William Friedkin. 106 min.
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Festival and Ticket Information
The 54th Chicago International Film Festival runs October 10-21, 2018 at the AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St., and features more than 150 films in numerous competitive categories and several highlight programs such as Black Perspectives, Cinemas of the Americas, International Comedy, Spotlight: Italy, Women in Cinema, Out-Look, After Dark and City & State (showcasing films made in Chicago and throughout Illinois.)
The complete Festival schedule will be announced September 17, 2018. Early Bird Festival passes ($105 - $260) are currently on sale. Individual tickets ($8 to $20) and Gala Presentation tickets ($20 to $150) will go on sale September 18 for Cinema/Chicago Members and September 21 for the general public. Discounted parking is available at AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois Street). For more information, visit or call 312-683-0121.
Festival Sponsors and Partners
The 54th Chicago International Film Festival's sponsors include Premiere Sponsors: Bloomberg Philanthropies, Wintrust Community Banks; Official Wine Sponsor: Chloe Wine Collection; Education Sponsor: HBO; Participating Sponsor: British International School of Chicago; Airline Partner: LOT Polish Airlines; Headquarters Hotel: St. Jane Hotel; Event Partners: AMC Theaters, The Gwen Hotel, Little Goat Diner; Platinum Media Partner: NCM; This program is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Additional support provided by the Illinois Film Office, Chicago Film Office, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), and Lagunitas Brewing Company.
About Cinema/Chicago
Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, is a year-round nonprofit arts and education organization dedicated to fostering better communication between people of diverse cultures through the art of film and the moving image. Cinema/Chicago's programs include the Chicago International Film Festival, International Screenings Program, Chicago International Television Festival, CineYouth Festival, and year-round Education Program. Celebrating its 54th edition October 10-21, 2018, the Chicago International Film Festival is North America's longest-running competitive film festival. For more information, please visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Vimeo and Twitter. >> Hamptons House May Extend Human Lifespan

A Hamptons home whose designers believed could help its residents live longer is for sale and featured this week at

“Hamptons House May Extend Human Lifespan”
Can the type of house one lives in help its residents live longer? The architectural team of Arakawa and Gins thought so. They believed in it so wholeheartedly that they gave their unique twist on design an equally unique name: Bioscleave. The first example in the United States is located in the East Hamptons, now on the market for $2.495 million.
In their 2002 book 'Architectural Body,' Arakawa and Gins discussed their goals, which in lay terms translates to interactive, stimulating daily living in an environment where every action becomes important due to having to negotiate extremely uneven floors - with vertical poles to hold onto, windows at varying heights and walls unusually arranged that are dressed in 52 strong pops of different colors. The architects believed that the constant awareness of how one is using their body and senses can allow the body to constantly re-configure itself and eventually strengthen the immune system. Ideally these physical and sensory challenges and improved immunity would eliminate much of the deterioration of old age.
Built as an extension to a 1964 A-frame house designed by Harvard architect Carl Koch, it is sited on one acre in the popular East Hampton community. The overall combined structure measures approximately 3,400 square feet with four bedrooms and three baths. The original A-frame is 900 square feet and is accessed in three ways, either by a corridor, a labyrinthine basement directly into the kitchen or through the two front doors that sit atop steep slopes. The 1999 Bioscleave addition measures approximately 2,700 square feet. The A-frame consists of a living room with fireplace, two bedrooms and two baths and a full basement while the Bioscleave addition contains the kitchen, two bedrooms, a bathroom, sunken kitchen and a raised dining area and work platform.
The Bioscleave House, the culmination of 40 years of scientific and philosophical investigation into how best to sustain human life and how to use architecture to help people live exceedingly long lives, is priced at $2.495 million. Directions for use are included. The listing agent is Jose B. DosSantos of Brown Harris Stevens of the Hamptons.
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Apply Now for the ChicagoMade Music A&R Auditions! (Chicago, IL.)

DCASE News - Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events
ChicagoMade Music A&R Auditions 2018

The City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) invites Chicagoland-based artists and bands, age 14 and up, to apply for the 2018 ChicagoMade A&R Auditions, taking place in downtown Chicago on Saturday, October 27, 2018.  A limited number of artists will be chosen to showcase their work live in front of A&R (Artist & Repertoire) executives from major and independent record labels to be considered for the following possible opportunities*:
  • a talent consultation with Radio's Disney Network's Phil Guerini, with possible performance opportunity on a Radio Disney-hosted show and/or an on-air interview and "First Listen" of your song on Radio Disney
  • a meeting in Nashville, TN, with a Big Machine Label Group A&R staff member
  • performance opportunities at the 2019 Taste of Chicago in Grant Park, Chicago
In conjunction with Chicago's Year of Creative Youth, designated by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, this year's ChicagoMade A&R Auditions will reduce the minimum age requirement to age 14, allowing younger artists to participate as well as adults.
2018 Participating A&R Executives

Artists/Bands Requirements

Artist/Bands must submit a completed application AND a two-minute live performance YouTube video before Tuesday, September 18, at 5pm, in order to be considered for an audition slot. Both the Application and the Audition are FREE. 
A committee of industry professionals will review all submissions based on (in no particular order) stage presence, voice, originality and creativity to select the artists/bands to fill the very limited number of audition slots.
Artists/Bands must
  • be at least 14 years old
  • reside in one of the following counties in Illinois:
    • Cook County
    • DeKalb County
    • Grundy County
    • Kane County
    • Kendall County
    • McHenry County
    • Will County
  • be available to perform on Saturday, October 27, 2018, 11:30am - 4pm, at the Claudia Cassidy Theater in the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.
All music genres are welcome to apply.
Absolutely no walk-in auditions will be allowed on October 27. All participants will be selected in advance through this application process.
(*DCASE does not guarantee any audition outcomes. If interested, music label representatives will contact participants directly.) 

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Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, 78 E. Washington St., 4th Fl., Chicago, IL 60602

Davis Henry "BOOM" at L.A. Center for Digital Art (Los Angeles, CA.)

Los Angeles Center for Digital Art 
los angeles center for digital art
104 East Fourth Street 
Los Angeles, CA 90013

September 13-October 6, 2018 

Opening Reception:  Saturday September 15,  6 - 9pm 
Art Walk Preview:  Thursday September 13, 7 - 9pm

Davis Henry is an American contemporary artist who works between visual and performing arts. The Los Angeles based artist channels a child-like curiosity and irreverence as he turns the camera on himself to spawn socially-charged personas that dance and gesture in the streets worldwide.
These personas can be found outside liquor stores, laundromats, libraries, and other locations least likely to expect his presence. The spontaneous exchange between artist and passerby is intended to provide a glimpse into ones innermost truths and biases. This however only represents one type of exchange that the artist employs in an effort to examine the transformative effects made possible from different types of 'exchange-exposure'.
Themes vary as the artist challenges the ideologies behind social norms, race, politics, symbolism, war, humanity and beyond. The corresponding interdisciplinary works are developed using a variety of media and technology including costume, digital video, digital photography, digital composite imaging, sculpture, drawing, painting, and installation.

© 2018 Los Angeles Center For Digital Art  
All Rights Reserved.

Works of individual artists remain the intellectual property and are copyrighted by their respective authors. No unauthorized reproduction, all rights reserved.

L.A. Center for Digital Art, 104 East Fourth Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

First Wave Of Guests Just Added To Wizard World Madison 2018! (Madison, WI.)

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Here's your first wave of announcements! BEAM US UP!! He originated the role of Captain James T. Kirk and she played our favorite communications officer Lieutenant Uhura in the television series Star Trek! Please welcome William Shatner  and Nichelle Nichols

Jon Heder and Thomas Ian Nicholas are headed into town for a weekend of Disney brotherhood memories and hilarious nostalgia. Watch out for a trivia panel and live streams all weekend! 

Charmed ones! Holly Marie Combs and Brian Krause are bringing back Leo/Piper memories with a Charmed reunion!

One of our favorite Supernatural duos! Welcoming Ruth Connell  and Lisa Berry back to our show floor!

The original voice of Jem/Jerrica from Jem and the Holograms, is heading your way to make the weekend truly outrageous! Welcoming back Samantha Newark!

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