Friday, March 29, 2019

Netflix Now Casting Competition Show in Chicago!

  • TC Final Chi Flyer.png Studio Lambert, the TV production company behind hit shows such as Undercover Boss is currently casting for a very exciting new reality series for Netflix called The Circle US. We’ll soon be holding open auditions in Chicago from April 10th through April 15, 2019
    In the show, contestants will compete against each other to be deemed the most popular and be in with a chance of winning a HUGE CASH PRIZE! Contestants will all reside in one building, but will live in separate apartment blocks and can only interact with each other through a voice-activated social media platform called The Circle. They’ll get to know each other through what they choose to upload onto their profiles and what is shared in their online chats with other contestants. They will regularly rank each other, with the most popular gaining rewards and power, whilst the least popular are punished or even blocked and removed from the game. 
    We’re scouring the country for the most confident, competitive and funny big characters to take part, and we would love to let Americans nationwide know about this exciting opportunity! Check the flyer out for information if we will be in your city.

      Instagram & Twitter @CastTheCircleUS

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Gene Siskel Film Center screenings April 5-May 2, 2019 (Chicago, IL.)


Gene Siskel Film Center general admission price
to increase from $11 to $12, effective April 5

Festivals and series
24th Annual Asian American Showcase (April 5-17) invites filmgoers to enjoy the freewheeling diversity of independent dramas, comedies, and documentaries, presented by the Gene Siskel Film Center and the Foundation for Asian American Independent Media (FAAIM). Films premiering will be Go Back to China (Opening Night, April 5) in which a pampered trust-fund princess contends with the indignity of working for a living making stuffed animals—actor Lynn Chen is scheduled to appear for audience discussion; Origin Story (April 6) in which director Kulap Vilaysack follows a trail of clues to Minnesota, Laos, and back in search of her biological father; Shorts program: Asian American Dreams (April 7) which looks at the way dreams express memories of the past, anxieties in the present, and hopes for the future; Seadrift (April 12), a timely documentary in which conflict over the crab-fishing industry arises between a community of Vietnamese refugees and longtime residents of Seadrift, TX; Ulam: Main Dish (April 13) explores the recent ascendancy of Filipino cuisine in this mouthwatering look at a trend that’s an open secret among foodies—director Alexandra Cuerdo is scheduled to appear for audience discussion; Nailed It (April 14) is a delve into the rise of Asian nail salons in the United States—director Adele Pham is scheduled to appear for audience discussion; and Fiction and Other Realities (Closing Night, April 17) in which an aspiring Korean-American singer/songwriter goes in search of his roots when he’s offered a job as a rock band’s roadie on a Korean tour.

18th Annual Chicago Palestine Film Festival (April 20-May 2): The Gene Siskel Film Center collaborates with the Chicago Palestine Film Festival to present the annual festival representing the spirit and mood of contemporary Palestinian life. Films presented will be Screwdriver (Opening Night, April 20; also presented April 25): Recently released from prison, Ziad contends with a changed world and PTSD from years in solitary confinement—preceded by short film The Chair (April 20) and BonbonĂ© (April 25); The Tower (April 21), in which the unique story of a family’s history inside a 70-year-old Beirut refugee camp unfolds in this sensitive animated feature—preceded by the short films The Son of Jerusalem and Laymun; Killing Gaza (April 24) is a searing documentary that looks at Israel’s 51-day siege on Gaza in 2014, seen from the perspective of residents who survived the ordeal; Soufra (April 26): Traditional home-cooked Middle Eastern cuisine generates hope for immigrant women in this documentary that focuses on entrepreneurship within the confines of Beirut’s Bourj el-Barajneh Refugee Camp—preceded by the short film Coffee Pot; What Walaa Wants (April 27) in which director Christy Garland follows a headstrong Palestinian girl for five years as she pursues her dream of joining the Palestinian Security Forces—preceded by the short film Faces of Nablus; The Truth: Lost at Sea (April 28): Filmmaker Rifat Audeh’s plans to record a convoy of humanitarian ships’ attempt to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza take a shocking turn when the Israelis launch a nocturnal attack—preceded by the short film 9 Humans from Gaza; The Man Who Stole Banksy (May 1), a documentary examining the controversy surrounding a mural created on a Bethlehem wall by noted street artist Banksy and the subsequent actions of the wall’s Palestinian owner—preceded by short film The Crossing; and Naila and the Uprising (Closing Night, May 2), a hybrid documentary alternating between interviews and archive footage with animation to provide an account of the lifelong activism of Palestinian resistance leader Naila Ayesh—preceded by the short film From Beneath the Earth.

Orson Welles: The Other Side of the Argument (through May 7): The Gene Siskel Film Center offers a series of 14 programs dedicated to the unruly and unorthodox career of director Orson Welles. With weekly Tuesday lectures by Jonathan Rosenbaum, internationally renowned film critic and author of numerous books including Discovering Orson Welles. Presented in cooperation with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism. Films for the remainder of the series are The Trial (April 2); Chimes at Midnight (April 5, 9); The Immortal Story (April 16); The Other Side of the Wind (April 20, 23) in 35mm; F for Fake (April 26, 27, 30) in 35mm; and Filming Othello (May 7).

Conversations at the Edge (through April 18) is a weekly series of screenings, performances, and talks by groundbreaking media artists. The series is organized by SAIC's Department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation in collaboration with the Gene Siskel Film Center and the Video Data Bank. Remaining programs in the series with artists and curators in person are Shards from the Mirror of History (April 4); Tabita Rezaire: Network Blossom (April 11); and Dawn Chan and Mary Flanagan: On Power and Play in Virtual Worlds (April 18).

One-week runs
In Birds of Passage (April 5-11), family bonds are tested when the son-in-law of an indigenous tribal matriarch finds success as a drug trafficker in the latest from the makers of the Oscar-nominated Embrace of the Serpent. Presented as part of Panorama Latinx.

Chicago premiere! The Gospel of Eureka (April 5-11) is a documentary that explores the unusually accepting culture of Eureka Springs, home to an extravagant Passion Play as well as to the largest LGBT population in the Bible Belt.

First Chicago run! In Styx (April 5-11) a German doctor on a solo sailboat trip is given a lesson in modern-day moral arithmetic when she encounters a drifting boat crammed with dying African refugees.

Chicago premiere! A Bread Factory, Part One: For the Sake of Gold (April 12-15): A struggling arts center fights to keep its funding in the first part of Patrick Wang’s captivating two-part saga. A Bread Factory, Part Two: Walk with Me a While (April 12-17): After the apparent resolution of Part One, Part Two of A Bread Factory details the production of the Greek tragedy Hecuba, as the line between life and performance blurs. Part One will be introduced following the April 13, 2 pm screening by critic and author Jonathan Rosenbaum. Writer-director Patrick Wang is scheduled to appear following the April 13, 4:30 pm Part Two screening for audience discussion, moderated by Jonathan Rosenbaum.

Chicago premiere! In The Chaperone (April 12-18), a prim society matron chaperones a 15 year-old wild-child when she wins a scholarship to a New York dance academy in this fictional backstory of the teenage pre-fame Louise Brooks. The film has Downton Abbey connections as the screenplay was written by Julian Fellowes, stars Elizabeth McGovern, and was directed by Michael Engler who has directed episodes of the television show as well as the upcoming movie based on the series.

Back by popular demand! Mapplethorpe (April 12-18) is a fictionalized biopic of iconic photographer Robert Mapplethorpe following the trajectory of his transgressive, erotic work. Note: Contains nudity and sexual activity.

First Chicago run! In the unique animation This Magnificent Cake! (April 12-18), the colonization of the Belgian Congo is obliquely addressed via a series of loosely connected vignettes involving King Leopold II and several of his subjects. Preceded by the short films Oh Willy… and The Burden.

Chicago premiere! 3 Faces (April 19-15): City slickers Jafar Panahi (the film’s director—his fourth under-the radar production since sentenced to house arrest and a 20-year ban on filmmaking—starring as himself) and actress Behnaz Jafari (starring as herself) attempt to track down a suicidal drama student whose family opposes her career.

Chicago premiere! New restoration! In Babylon (April 19-25), a DJ for a local sound system crew prepares for a musical showdown with a rival crew in this hard-hitting drama set amid the Jamaican/reggae subculture of 1980s South London.

First Chicago run! Hotel by the River (April 19-25) concerns a young woman reeling from a messy breakup, her best friend, a well-known poet, and his two adult sons who all converge on a riverside hotel in the latest from prolific Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo, an alumnus of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

First Chicago run! Directed by Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah), Dogman (April 26-May 2) concerns a nerdy, canine-loving dog groomer’s side job dealing cocaine puts his job, livelihood, and family at risk.

First Chicago run! In Rafiki (April 26-May 2), Kena and Zika find themselves drawn together across a political divide in this story of star-crossed love between two young Kenyan women.

Chicago premiere! An Elephant Sitting Still (April 26-May 1) is an intimate epic surveying the spiritual toll of China’s economic boom on a cadre of characters in a northern industrial city.

Special Engagements
New 2K digital restoration! The lively ensemble (starring the likes of Jeff Goldblum) comedy-drama Between the Lines (April 6, 8, 10) traces the workplace and bedroom conflicts among the staff of a Boston alt-weekly newspaper as it faces a corporate takeover. The April 10 screening is a Gene Siskel Film Center Movie Club event featuring Tracy Baim, publisher of the Chicago Reader, as facilitator. Each ticket-holder attending the Movie Club post-screening discussion receives a complimentary beverage.

Inaugurated in February of this year, the Gene Siskel Film Center presents Fringe Benefits, a new monthly series dedicated to provocative and outré films that have galvanized audiences and critics alike. The second installment in the series will be Fantastic Planet (April 19, 22) in which a population of humans transported to a distant planet to be kept as pets revolt against their giant, blue-skinned alien keepers in this touchstone of alternative animation. Presented in 35mm.
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All screenings and events are at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, located at 164 N. State St.

Tickets to each screening--unless stated otherwise—are $12/general admission (effective April 5, 2019), $7/students, $6/Film Center members, and $5/Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) staff and School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) faculty, staff, and students. All tickets may be purchased at the Film Center Box Office. Both general admission and Film Center member tickets are available through the Gene Siskel Film Center’s website or through the individual films’ weblinks on There is a surcharge of $1.50 per ticket. The Film Center and its box office are open 5:00 to 8:30 pm, Monday through Thursday; 1:00 to 8:30 pm, Friday; 2:00 to 8:30 pm, Saturday; and 2:00 to 5:30 pm, Sunday.

As of Friday, April 5, general admission will increase from $11 to $12 per ticket.

Film Center members pay $5 per screening to the Screening/Lecture series Orson Welles: The Other Side of the Argument (through May 7).

A Bread Factory Two-Film Discount: Buy a ticket at the regular prices for either Part One (April 12-15) or Part Two (April 12-17) of A Bread Factory, and get a ticket for any show of the other film at this discount rate with proof of original purchase: $7/general admission; $5/students; and $4/Film Center members. (This discount price applies to the second film only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)

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A Gene Siskel Film Center membership is a year-round ticket to great movies for only $6 per screening! Memberships are $50 (Individual) and $80 (Dual). For more information, call 312-846-2600 or

Discounted parking is available for $19 for 24 hours at the InterPark SELF-PARK at 20 E. Randolph St. A rebate ticket can be obtained from the Film Center Box Office.

The Film Center is located near CTA trains and buses. Nearest CTA L stations are Lake (Red line); State/Lake (Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple lines); and Washington (Blue line). CTA bus lines serving State St.: 2, 6, 10, 29, 36, 62, 144, and 146. 

For more information about the Film Center, call 312-846-2800 (24-hour movie hotline) or 312-846-2600 (general information, 9:00 am-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday), or visit

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About the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago 
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 that has grown to over 100,000. 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 1,500 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 Panorama Latinx
Panorama Latinx is an initiative of the Gene Siskel Film Center dedicated to year-round Latin American programming. The Film Center engages the dynamic Latinx community of greater Chicago through showcasing the work of emerging and established Latinx filmmakers educational screenings, and community partnerships.

About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
For 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 ranked number two 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, and LeRoy Neiman. Learn more at

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