Friday, October 11, 2019

Italy at Chicago Int'l Film Festival! (Chicago, IL)


55th Annual Festival Celebrates Italian Cinema With Seven Featured Titles, Filmmaker Appearances, Reception
CHICAGO, Illinois -- The 55th Chicago International Film Festival, October 16-27, celebrates Italian cinema this year with In Focus: Italy. The special program will screen a diverse slate of seven films, filmmakers will participate in audience discussions, and a reception will be held to celebrate the country’s contributions to world cinema and highlight the seven titles featured in this year’s Festival. 

BANGLA, MATERNAL, THE MAYOR OF RIONE SANITA, and VIVERE will each be making their North American premieres at the Festival, and SOLE will hold its U.S. premiere.

As part of this year’s celebration of Italian cinema, directors Phaim Bhuiyan (BANGLA), Maura Delpero (MATERNAL), and Carlo Sironi (SOLE) will participate in audience Q&A sessions following screenings of their films.

On October 23, the Consulate General of Italy and the Instituto Italiano di Cultura will host a reception at the Italian Cultural Institute in honor of the films contributed to this year’s Festival. 

Tickets to the In Focus: Italy presentations during the 55th Chicago International Film Festival can be purchased online at, or at the Festival box office at AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St., Chicago). The program is produced in partnership with the Consulate General of Italy and the Instituto Italiano di Cultura Chicago. 

All screenings will be held at AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St.
**North American Premiere**
Director: Phaim Bhuiyan
In this winning semi-autobiographical romantic comedy, filmmaker Phaim Bhuiyan plays Phaim, an awkwardly charming 22-year-old Muslim musician of Bangladeshi origins. While living with his family in Rome’s diverse Torpignattara neighborhood, he falls for Asia, a spirited, impulsive Italian girl he meets at a gig. How can Phaim find a way to reconcile his desire for her with his religion’s prohibition against sex outside of marriage?
     Tuesday, October 22 @ 8:15 p.m.
     Wednesday, October 23 @ 6:00 p.m. 

**North American Premiere**
Director: Maura Delpero
The lives of three young women intersect in unexpected ways in this sensitive, insightful drama about motherhood and desire. Novitiate Sister Paola, preparing to take her final vows, works at a Buenos Aires shelter for teen mothers. Rebellious young mother Lu desires only freedom and escape, while Fatima, pregnant with her second child, finds solace within the walls of the institution. When Paola forms a deep attachment to an abandoned infant, she must confront troubling doubts about her true vocation.
     Wednesday, October 23 @ 5:45 p.m.
     Thursday, October 24 @ 12:30 p.m.
     Friday, October 25 @ 6:00 p.m.
**North American Premiere**
Director: Mario Martone
In this Neapolitan crime drama—a modern-day adaptation of playwright Eduardo De Filippo’s classic—Antonio Barracano is a “man of honor” who rules over the neighborhood of Rione Sanità exerting influence and muscle. When Rafiluccio comes to the “mayor” requesting his blessing to kill his own father, Don Antonio must reconsider his stance on retribution. Laying bare its theatrical origins, this riveting mafia tale imagines a way out of the endless cycle of vengeance and violence.
     Tuesday, October 22 @ 5:30 p.m.
     Wednesday, October 23 @ 8:15 p.m.
     Thursday, October 24 @ 1:00 p.m.

**U.S. Premiere**
Director: Carlo Sironi
In this tender, melancholy tale of desperation and desire, pregnant Polish teen Lena has traveled to Italy to sell her baby to racketeer Fabio. Dodging anti-surrogacy regulations, Fabio pays nephew Ermanno to watch over Lena while posing as the child’s father, who will “ask” relatives to adopt the newborn. But Ermanno begins to shed his tough veneer as he develops feelings for the girl and child. Beautifully rendered in cool shades of blue, this accidental love story tracks two lost souls facing impossible choices.
     Thursday, October 17 @ 8:30 p.m.
     Friday, October 18 @ 8:00 p.m.
     Thursday, October 24 @ 3:45 p.m.
Director: Marco Bellocchio
The traitor tells the true story of Tommaso Buscetta, the man who brought down the Cosa Nostra. In the early 1980s, an all-out war rages between Sicilian mafia bosses over the heroin trade. Tommaso Buscetta, a made man, flees to hide out in Brazil. Back home, scores are being settled, and Buscetta watches from afar as his sons and brother are killed in Palermo, knowing he may be next. Arrested and extradited to Italy by the Brazilian police, Buscetta makes a decision that will change everything for the Mafia: He decides to meet with Judge Giovanni Falcone and betray the eternal vow he made to the Cosa Nostra.
     Tuesday, October 22 @ 8:30 p.m.

Director: Fernando Meirelles
From Fernando Meirelles, the Academy Award®-nominated director of City of God, and three-time Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter Anthony McCarten, comes an intimate story of one of the most dramatic transitions of power in the last 2,000 years. Frustrated with the direction of the church, Cardinal Bergoglio (Jonathan Pryce) requests permission to retire in 2012 from Pope Benedict (Anthony Hopkins). Behind Vatican walls, a struggle commences between both tradition and progress, guilt and forgiveness, as these two very different men confront elements from their pasts in order to find common ground and forge a future for a billion followers around the world.
     Saturday, October 26 @ 5:15 p.m.

**North American Premiere**
Director: Francesca Archibugi
In this tangled and tantalizing Roman comedy, chaos rules the home of dance teacher Susi and her husband, freelance journalist Luca. When pious Irish art history student Mary Ann arrives to work as their young daughter’s au pair, her luminous presence proves a godsend to Susi—but an unsettling distraction to a suddenly lovestruck Luca. As Luca’s 17-year-old son also falls for the alluring lass, each must decide what it means to truly live.
     Thursday, October 24 @ 6:00 p.m.
     Saturday, October 26 @ 2:30 p.m.
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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Showtime brings READY FOR WAR, THE KINGMAKER to Film Festival (Chicago, IL.)


READY FOR WAR features Chicago's Miguel Perez Jr., U.S. veteran who faced deportation

Studio also screens Lauren Greenfield's Imelda Marcos documentary, THE KINGMAKER
CHICAGO, Illinois -- Showtime brings documentary films READY FOR WAR, following the plight of the "Green Card Soldiers," and THE KINGMAKER, an up-close portrait of The Phillipines' Imelda Marcos, to the 55th Chicago International Film Festival October 16-27.

Director Andrew Renzi's READY FOR WAR tells the stories of three U.S. military veterans who faced deportation following their service to our country, including Chicago's Miguel Perez, Jr., who was deported to Mexico before earning his citizenship after receiving a full pardon from Illinois Governor JB Pritzker.

READY FOR WAR screens Wednesday October 23 at 8:00 p.m. and Thursday October 24 at 2:45 p.m. at AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.), followed by audience discussions with Renzi and Perez, Jr. The film will premiere on Showtime Fall 2019.

Lauren Greenfield's THE KINGMAKER follows the rise, fall, and rise of Imelda Marcos, former First Lady of The Phillipines in a harrowing portrait of a political dynasty and the stubborn persistence of authoritarian rule.

THE KINGMAKER screens Friday October 18 at 8:15 p.m. followed by a post-screening audience discussion with director Greenfield, and Saturday October 19 at 1:45 p.m.. THE KINGMAKER opens November 15, 2019 at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

Tickets for the Chicago International Film Festival screenings of Showtime's participating films, READY FOR WAR and THE KINGMAKER, can be purchased online at, or at the Festival box office at AMC River East 21.
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One of a Kind Holiday Show Chicago >> Save the Date: Dec 5-8, 2019 (Chicago, IL.)



December 5 – 8


The One of a Kind Holiday Show is returning to The Mart from December 5-8 with more than 600 talented artists and makers. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience while browsing and shopping from a variety of categories of handmade work. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for updates about artists and special features.


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Invitation to exhibit at LACDA | October "Open Source" (final call) (Los Angeles, CA.)


L.A. Center for Digital Art
Dear Artists,

Last minute signups ok, lots of space available! 

Opening on October 10. Your name will be added to invite.

I am organizing a group exhibit for October 2019 "OPEN SOURCE" patterned after a series of successful salon style exhibits we have had and we would like to include your work! 

This is an open international exhibit for all artists. We especially encourage those that participate in LACDA calls and competitions,  plus any and all friends and colleagues. LACDA creates the prints, referrals are most welcome. 

Participating artists please check the invitation below for corrections or omissions. New participants will be added, there is still plenty of room.

News of the exhibit will be distributed to our email list of over 15,000 to our network of curators, critics and our considerable social media outlets.  

The Opening Reception will continue our series of well attended Saturday openings which have been successful at drawing a more specialized art crowd. The exhibit will also have a lively Downtown L.A. Art Walk preview on the Thursday prior to the opening. 

The exhibit will take place in our largest gallery area and features artists focused on digital art and photography. This program raises funds for gallery operations, we rely on these exhibits for our sustainability. 

Exhibit dates: October 10- November 2, 2019
Artists' Reception: October 12, 6-9pm
Artwalk Preview: October 10, 7-9pm
Images of previous salon stye exhibits can be found here:

January 2018

Other earlier shows:

Our very first Salon style exhibit:

How it works:

Each artist has us do one or more prints for the show at the uniform paper size of 44"x34"  (new larger 40"x30" image area with  2" margin/trim area) on your choice of luster, gloss or semi-matte at $145 per print. 

All are Premium Epson papers and of the highest archival quality. Having us do the prints is mandatory, as well as the standardized size (which allows for the successful overall design  of the exhibit.

We will try to show as many artists as possible, so the show will be a salon style hanging, one work atop another vertically double and triple hung. Work is for sale and the artists receive 50% commission. Prints remaining can be shipped at nominal cost to artist.

No limit on number of prints an artist can show, but space is limited to about 50 prints. Space is reserved when funds are received. Both tall and wide aspect images are welcome. 

Instructions for Participation:

Two easy steps:

1) Send funds via PayPal for your prints here:

Please include your shipping address with your information

Outside California $145.00 USD per print      
CA Residents add 9.5% tax; $158.76 USD per print

2) Upload your images here: html  

Name your file as follows indicating name and type of paper: 

For multiple images: Jeff_Koons_luster1.psd  Jeff_Koons_luster2.psd  Jeff_Koons_luster3.psd

The exhibit is artist curated. We review images you select and may collaborate further on that.

Any file type, color space printable from Photoshop is fine. JPEG files are great. Send us the best image you have, we do the rest. Max image area is 30x40. Don't worry, if there is an issue we will fix it. We will get the titles, prices, etc. later in another email.

Please respond soon, even with newly added space this will fill quickly and we will need all of the files in for printing in well in advance of the exhibit. 

Thanks so much for all of your support and taking part in this exciting endeavor!


Rex Bruce
Los Angeles Center For Digital Art
104 East Fourth Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

"Open Source"

Oct 10 - Nov 2, 2019

Artists' Reception:
October 12, 6-9pm

Artwalk Preview:
October 10, 7-9pm

LACDA is about participation!
Los Angeles Center For Digital Art is dedicated to the vast panorama of hybrid forms of art and technology that constitute our moment in culture. We are committed to supporting local, international, emerging and established artists through exposure in our gallery. We have an ongoing schedule of exhibits and competitions, produce editions of wide format archival prints, and collaborate in the production of digital artworks in our studio. As well we are involved with curating digital exhibits at institutions and festivals outside of the LACDA gallery schedule.

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