Friday, June 25, 2021

Local filmmaker Seth McClellan's new doc, OTHERS BEFORE SELF, to stream at Film Center: July 2- August 5, 2021



to exclusively stream premiere of new doc 

by local filmmaker Seth McClellan


a profile of a Himalayan school started by the Dalai Lama 

to keep Tibetan traditions alive

in virtual cinema July 2- August 5



 Oak Park, Illinois filmmaker Seth McClellan's (LITTLE WOUND'S WARRIORS) new documentary about Tibetan refugee children in the Indian Himalayas, OTHERS BEFORE SELF, will stream exclusively in the Gene Siskel Film Center’s virtual cinema from Friday, July 2 through Thursday, August 5

OTHERS BEFORE SELF is an hour-long portrait of Tibetan Children's Village, a boarding school started by the Dalai Lama for refugees from Tibet and their children. Through candid interviews and stunning footage of the young people and the community they share with their teachers and elders, the film engages with the Tibetan religious beliefs and traditions taught at the school and how they inform the students' worldview. The film spotlights how the students are keeping Tibetan culture alive after China’s annexation of their country.



A tenured instructor of mass communication at Triton College and resident of Oak Park, McClellan says, "This new film is something of a follow-up to my last documentary, LITTLE WOUND’S WARRIORS, that profiled young people on a Native reservation in South Dakota. I'm really interested in and trying to raise awareness about how kids understand and engage with their larger political and social context, particularly kids in traumatized populations. Both films try to engage with what happens to communities when the invaders, the USA or China in these cases, forbid the practice of the more vulnerable cultures' traditions. How does that impact the people and particularly children? Both films are about young people trying to keep their cultures alive in reaction to colonization and genocide."



The film was shot by McClellan in Dharamsala in northern India in the summer of 2019.  McClellan says, “Because of the chaos of COVD-19, we delayed the release but are now proud to start getting it out there. It'll stream across North America for July and then we'll take it to Europe and India in the fall and winter."


McClellan adds, “It was my great pleasure to meet and get to document these wise people and beautiful, ancient culture. I hope the film will be seen by the participants and Tibetan community as something valuable and truthful. I was so impressed by the perseverance that I saw in both the young and old.  Tibetans in China continue to be imprisoned and tortured and killed but the refugee community in India remains committed to teaching nonviolence and compassion - others before self."


OTHERS BEFORE SELF streams via the Gene Siskel Film Center’s virtual cinema from July 2- August 5, 2021. 


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 of 85,000. 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.


Thursday, June 24, 2021

THE BOYS IN RED HATS - New Indie Doc Arrives in Theaters/Virtual Cinemas Beginning July 16


Shark Dog Films

A feature documentary by Jonathan Schroder

USA // Documentary // English // 87 mins // Not Rated
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In Theaters/Virtual Cinema July 16
**Screening Links available for reviews/features**
About the Film
January 18, 2019: it was the smirk heard round the world. 

Surrounded by cheering classmates on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., 17-year-old Nick Sandmann, a student at northern Kentucky’s private, affluent Covington Catholic High School, instantly and unwittingly became a global headline, internationally villainized on social media and in the 24-hour news cycle as he appeared to confront Nathan Phillips, a Native American elder attempting to keep the peace at that year’s heated March for Life rally by beating a ceremonial drum as he moved through the crowds. Overnight, video clips of the interaction went viral, Sandmann and his classmates hit with a tidal wave of worldwide outrage, their safety threatened and the entire Cov Cath community suddenly at the center of uncomfortable conversations about racism, privilege and politics.

A graduate of that elite institution, filmmaker Jonathan Schroder watched the indecent—and the subsequent media blowback—with keen interest, knowing firsthand the deeply formative nature of an adolescence spent inside the entitled Covington Catholic bubble. Seeking to better understand the scene on the steps, the people involved in it and its larger ramifications for the community, the media and our democracy as a whole, Schroder set out to investigate how one fleeting interaction can become a global controversy. Along the way, The Boys in the Red Hats deftly explores the media’s obsession with immediacy over accuracy, the danger in prioritizing intent over impact and what it’s going to take if we ever hope to bridge the deep divides in our communities—and our country.

Directed by Jonathan Schroder
Written by Jonathan Schroder and Justin Jones
Executive Produced by Jonathan Schroder
Produced by Justin Jones
Music by Justin Kerkau
Director of Photography Jason Neff
Film Editing by John Dilly

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Chicago 7/2! Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation | Jim Parsons & Zachary Quinto in poignant doc about literary giants

A revelatory look at the lifelong friendship between legendary writers Truman Capote & Tennessee Williams...

Directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland
Featuring the voices of Jim Parsons & Zachary Quinto

OPENING JULY 2 in physical and virtual theater in
Chicago at Music Box Theatre

Also available in virtual cinemas nationwide through

**Online press screener available**
Filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland available for interviews
Telluride Film Festival, Hamptons International Film Festival, NewFest,
Seattle International Film Festival, Full Frame, Frameline

The brilliant work, personal struggles, and cultural impact of iconic American writers Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams explodes onto the screen in this innovative dual-portrait documentary.

Filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland masterfully collages a wealth of archival material, including dishy talk show appearances with Dick Cavett and David Frost, with clips from some of the duo’s most memorable movie adaptions: A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Glass Menagerie, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and In Cold Blood. Featuring vibrant voiceover work by award-winning actors Jim Parsons (Capote) and Zachary Quinto (Williams), the film is dripping with wit and wisdom.

It is a celebration of both men's fearless candor and often tumultuous friendship that honors how their identity as gay Southerners informed their timeless artistic achievements and relationships with family, colleagues, confidants, and – most significantly – each other.

2021 / In English / TRT: 86 mins 
Images & Press are available here.

An immersive portrait of literary icons, friends, and rivals…
a creative way into the ubiquitous figures.” -- Jude Dry, Indiewire

It is a story told in their own words and serves as a reminder of what eloquent, witty, self-aware and sensitive individuals they were” - Allan Hunter, Screen Daily

Succeeds beautifully in providing a revealing look at their troubled psyches” - Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

“Takes their great talents as a given and happily refuses to sensationalize their struggles… the film succeeds in bringing these remarkable figures a bit closer to us.” -- Todd McCarthy, Deadline 

A truly captivating and cleverly contrasting examination of two of the most significant writers of the last century.”
-- Frank J. Avella, Edge Media

“A visually appealing mosaic of iconic photographs, television interviews, magazine articles, clippings and comments that combine to fully immerse us in the lives and loves of both men.”
-- Allan Hunter, Screen International

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Chicago Intl. Film Festival >> Celebrate Pride with Festival Award Winners


🌈 Celebrate Pride with Q-Hugo Winners!
The Q-Hugo Award goes to the top film in our Out-Look Competition, which honors superbly crafted and unique perspectives on sexuality and identity from around the globe. To celebrate Pride, take a look back at the Festival’s Q-Hugo award-winners and see where to watch them from home!
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Hot Trivia Summer: Summer Blockbusters Edition!
Cool down with virtual movie trivia on Thursday, July 15 at 7pm CT
As the temperatures rise this July, what better way to spend the night than at home, cool from the AC, and reminiscing about your favorite summer movies? Get ready for Hot Trivia Summer, our latest virtual movie trivia event, celebrating the most epic summer blockbusters of the 80s, 90s, and 2000s!

Tickets start at only $10! Get yours now and play to win Festival prizes!
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Join Us for Free Summer Screenings
Weekly free screenings streaming across the U.S.
A long summer afternoon at the ballpark, an intense game of chess, early morning practices at the pool—sports, games, and competition are defining elements of the human experience and the theme for our Summer Screenings!

Every Wednesday at 6:30pm CT through September 29 we'll be streaming films from around the world on the Chicago International Film Festival's streaming platform, and free tickets will become available each Monday throughout the summer. Limited tickets are available for each screening, so be sure to reserve your spot!
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Upcoming Summer Screenings
Nadia, Butterfly
Wednesday, Jun 30 at 6:30pm CT
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Breaking Ice
Wednesday, July 7 at 6:30pm CT
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Coming Up
Late Deadline: July 6
Chicago filmmakers: Submit your film to be considered for the Chicago Award which includes $30,000 of in-kind services from Panavision Chicago and $15,000 of in-kind services from Light Iron!
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Navy Pier Water Flicks: 42
Monday, July 12 at 6:30pm CT

We're proud to once again partner with Navy Pier on their 2021 outdoor screening series, Water Flicks! Free and open to the public!

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