Friday, September 28, 2012


  The 48th Chicago International Film Festival announced today that David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro has been added to the Festival’s line-up. Silver Linings Playbook will be screened Wednesday October 24 at 7:00 pm at the AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.). A Q&A with David O. Russell will follow the screening.
Three films have also been added to the schedule: Leslie Zemeckis’ intriguing new documentary Bound by Flesh (Friday October 19, 5:00 pm); Liv & Ingmar (Saturday October 13, 12:30 pm) and Student (Monday October 15, 8:30pm movies,films,schedule; Tuesday October 16, 6:00 pm; Monday October 22, 3 pm). Leslie Zemeckis is scheduled to attend the screening of Bound by Flesh. All three films will also play at the AMC River East 21.
Complete descriptions follow:
Silver Linings Playbook USA (Director: David O. Russell): Life doesn’t always go according to plan. Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) has lost everything - his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother (Jacki Weaver) and father (Robert De Niro) after spending eight months in a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. All Pat’s parents want is for him to get back on his feet - and to share their family’s obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles football team. When Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he'll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives.
Bound By Flesh USA (Director: Leslie Zemeckis): Superstars who got their start in the sideshow, Daisy and Violet Hilton were America’s sweethearts. Starring in Tod Browning’s notorious classic Freaks (1932) and the 1950s exploitation film Chained for Life, they were at one time the highest paid act in vaudeville. At their peak, they worked alongside the biggest names in entertainment. But they were also financially exploited, robbed, and, at one time, kept as virtual prisoners. The Hilton sisters’ incredible story begins in England in the early 1900s when their mother, after discovering she had given birth to conjoined twins, sold the babies to a woman who viewed the girls exclusively as “cash cows.” Their new caretaker/manager put the young pair on display in the back of pubs, eventually taking them on tour in carnivals and circuses. When the twins came to America, they instantly became a gigantic success, but they never saw the money. Eventually they were forced to sue for independence – a suit they won after a sensational trial. Having lived a sheltered existence, the 23-year-old sisters were unable to cope with the dishonest agents and managers that would exploit them over and over again throughout their lives. Leslie Zemeckis’ compelling documentary explores the colorful, tragic lives of the world’s most famous conjoined twins.
Liv & Ingmar Normay/UK/India (Director: Dheeraj Akolkar): This feature documentary is an affectionate yet truthful account of the 42 years and 12 films long relationship between legendary actress Liv Ullmann and master filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. Told entirely from Liv’s point of view, this rollercoaster journey of extreme highs and lows is constructed as a collage of images and sounds from timeless Ullmann-Bergman films like Persona (1966), Shame (1968), Cries & Whispers (1972), and Autumn Sonata (1978), along with behind the scenes footage, still photographs, passages from Liv’s book Changing and Ingmar’s love letters to Liv. Ultimately this film is a homage – a candid, humane look – not only at two of the greatest artists of our time, but also at two wonderful human beings, two inseparable friends and soul mates.
Student Kazhakstan (Director: Darezhan Omirbayev): Following up his adaptation of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, Darezhan Omirbaev returns to Russian literature, this time adapting Crime and Punishment to modern-day Kazhakstan. Goaded on by a lecture on modern capitalism, a philosophy student murders a local shopkeeper and must ponder the moral and philosophical implications of his actions. This much-adapted story is brought to new light in Post-Communist Kazhakstan, where crime and corruption have lingered following the transition to capitalism. Shooting on location in the capital city of Almaty, and featuring a lead performance by one of Omirbaev’s actual students, the film paints a bleak picture of modern Kazhak life that perfectly suits the story and the character's internal struggle. A fresh look at a classic tale, Student confirms Omirbaev as a leading voice in Central Asian cinema.
Tickets for the 48th Chicago International Film Festival are on sale starting September 20th and can be purchased online at the Festival Store:; via Ticketmaster; by phone at 312-332-FILM (3456); or by visiting the Festival box office at AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.).
Led by Presenting Partner, Columbia College Chicago, the 48th Chicago International Film Festival's sponsors include: Official Airline - American Airlines; Producing Partners: AMC Theaters, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; Major Partner: Intersites;

Supporting Partners: DePaul University School of Cinema and Interactive Media, Stella Artois, Chris Pagano - Realtor, Land Rover, WBBM NEWSRADIO 780 AND 105.9FM, ShutterBox Photobooth, Cultivate Studios; Participating Partners: iN Demand, EC Charro, Brugal Rum, Creative America, Gibsons Restaurant Group, Second City Computers, Optimus; and the Festival's Headquarters Hotel, JW Marriott Chicago.
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Cinema/Chicago is a not-for-profit cultural and educational organization dedicated to encouraging better understanding between cultures and to making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image. The Chicago International Film Festival is part of the year-round programs presented by Cinema/Chicago, which also include the International Screenings Program (May-September), the Chicago International Television Competition (April), CineYouth Festival (May), Intercom Competition (October) and year-round Education Outreach and Member Screenings Program.

Thursday, September 27, 2012


                          FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16 2012
Michigan Avenue Ice Skating Rink Offers Free Admission

The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park will open on Friday, November 16, 2012 and will remain open through mid-March 2013, weather permitting.  For the last 11 years, the rink has drawn more than 100,000 skaters annually and is free and open to the public.  The rink, located on Michigan Avenue between Washington and Madison Streets, will still offer skate rental for only $10.

The rink will operate under the following hours:

Regular hours for the season are as follows:
Mondays through Thursdays: 12 p.m.8 p.m.
Fridays: 12 p.m.10 p.m.
Saturdays (through Dec. 22): 10 a.m.10 p.m.
Saturdays (beginning Jan. 5): 10 a.m.9 p.m.
Sundays: 10 a.m.9 p.m.

Holiday Hours
Thursday, November 22 (Thanksgiving Day): 10 a.m.4 p.m.
Monday, December 24 (Christmas Eve): 10 a.m.6 p.m.
Tuesday, December 25 (Christmas): 10 a.m.4 p.m.
Monday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve): 10 a.m.8 p.m.
Tuesday, January 1 (New Year’s Day): 12 p.m.9 p.m.

The Ice Rink was the first element of Millennium Park to be open to the public.   A special ribbon cutting ceremony on December 20, 2001, featured performers and skaters including two gold-medal winning women hockey players, the Radio City Rockettes, and actress Bonnie Hunt. The rink is 200 ft. long, 80 ft. wide and has 15,910 sq. ft. of skating surface.

Millennium Park, managed and programmed by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, is an award-winning center for art, music, architecture and landscape design. The ice rink, the first element of the park to be open to the public, is just one component of the 24.5-acre park, whose other prominent features are the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion, the most sophisticated outdoor concert venue of its kind in the United States; the interactive Crown Fountain by Jaume Plensa; the contemporary Lurie Garden designed by the team of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, Piet Oudolf and Robert Israel; and Anish Kapoor’s popular Cloud Gate sculpture. 

For more information about events in Millennium Park during the winter months, visit
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