Friday, May 01, 2020

Chicago Detours >> Book Chicago’s First Virtual Boat Tour 5/9 ⛵ ( Entertainment from home!)

Ahoy! Amanda will give a Detours-style architecture river tour Sat, 5/9, 1pm CST. As featured in Block Club, “Cruise from Your Couch Virtual Boat Tour” may be the first virtual experience of its kind. The $8 tickets are a steal. Make a virtual date and be there!
Tonight’s Historic Happy Hour includes virtual visits to classic neighborhood bars like the Rainbo Club and Stanley’s. Join us at 6pm for a toast to five old school Chicago bars! This weekend’s virtual tours include a jaunt to Hyde Park for the old and new architecture of UChicago, and a visit to Al Capone’s haunts that still exist today. 

FREE Happy Hours and Virtual Tours
  • Fri, 5/1 6pm: “Five Classic Chicago Bars” - Amanda
  • Sat, 5/2 1pm: “Gargoyles, Jenga Towers, and Robots in a UChicago Campus Tour” - Amanda
  • Sun, 5/3 1pm: “What’s Left of Al Capone’s Chicago” - Alex
These are free and a donation keeps our doors virtually open.

Thanks for your support. Hope to see you online soon!

Kind regards,
Amanda and the Chicago Detours Team

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Sunday, April 26, 2020

Reminder: ✨ The Festival Connection: Streaming films, educational resources, and more!

The Festival Connection
A weekly update from ChiFilmFest at home.
56 Films for 56 Years

Highlighting visionary films from each year of the Festival that you can stream from home. Find all entries here.
Vitalina Varela
2019, 55th Festival
Director: Pedro Costa

Influential film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum contributes an introduction to Pedro Costa's Vitalina Varela, winner of the Silver Hugo Jury Prize at the 55th Festival last fall. The film will be released tomorrow on the Gene Siskel Film Center's Virtual Cinema. Catch up on this award-winning film and continue supporting Chicago's theaters this weekend!
Boys Don't Cry
1999, 35th Festival
Director: Kimberly Peirce

A blistering, compassionate tribute to a real-life man murdered by a viciously transphobic society.
1972, 8th Festival
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky

A psychologist is dispatched from Earth to investigate an mysterious illness overtaking a crew of astronauts.
You can now follow our #56Films project on Letterboxd. Check off films you watch or rewatch and contribute your own reviews!
Dinner and a (Streaming) Movie
Local classics from Gibsons paired with The Blues Brothers
This week, we’re on a mission from God to satiate your cinematic appetite with Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse’s Chef Dan Huebschmann for a menu of local classics to be paired with beloved Chicago film, The Blues Brothers!

Each week for Dinner and a (Streaming) Movie, one chef will choose one of their favorite dishes from their restaurant and recommend a film to pair it with for a tasty night in.
Reminder: Louder Than a Bomb Virtual Q&A
In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Chicago International Film Festival and Siskel/Jacobs Productions present a virtual Q&A on Tuesday April 28 at 4:00pm CT for the award winning documentary Louder than a Bomb with poet Nate Marshall and co-director Greg Jacobs. The film is available to stream for free online now.
Education Updates
Shortcuts Winner
Columbia College Chicago freshman Marjorie Matamoros' short film Fear was named the winner of the Illinois Film Office's Shortcuts film competition.
Study Guide Database
Study guides for more than 100 films are now available on our website to help educators, parents, and students continue their arts education through remote learning.
These programs are made possible by the support of generous sponsors and patrons. Learn how you can support our education program here.
Become a Member
Your support means more now than ever.
Looking for a way to support the Festival? Become a member now to get exclusive perks throughout the year. Already a member? You can renew your membership early to support the work we do. Thank you to those who have done so already.

Now, Festival members get access to an extended three month free trial of MUBI to continue to enjoy curated cinema from home. Become a member now to access this offer.
More Roles You Can Play
In addition to Membership, you can support us in other ways:

  1. Become a Donor to support our education and free public programs.
  2. Underwrite a Festival film as a Spotlight Patron to show your commitment to this year’s Festival.
  3. Purchase a Pass at the early bird rate for the 56th Chicago International Film Festival.
56th Chicago International Film Festival
October 14-25, 2020
Early Bird Passes
Submit Your Film
Sponsorship Opportunities

For 55 years, the Chicago International Film Festival has brought the world's most exciting films and filmmakers to Chicago every autumn. From film premieres and filmmaker Q&As to red carpet tributes and special events, we bring communities together through the shared love of film.

Contact Sponsorship Manager Jackie O'Connor to see how your organization or business can connect with our audiences and be a part of the experience!
About Cinema/Chicago

Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, is a year round non-profit arts and education organization dedicated to fostering better communication between people of diverse cultures through the art of film and the moving image. In addition to the Chicago International Film Festival, Cinema/Chicago's programs include: the Summer Screenings ProgramCineYouth Festival, and year-round Education Program. Celebrating its 56th edition in 2020, the Chicago International Film Festival is North America's longest-running competitive film festival.
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