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Archive for October 23rd, 2012

IRMB to gather public testimony from struggling homeowners, including how foreclosures have affected various communities

Posted by Admin On October - 23 - 2012 Comments Off on IRMB to gather public testimony from struggling homeowners, including how foreclosures have affected various communities

CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Residential Mortgage Board (IRMB) is hosting its inaugural neighborhood board meeting to gather public testimony from struggling homeowners, housing advocates and mortgage industry officials. This information will be used in drafting recommendations for reform in the mortgage lending industry and describing the state of the housing market in communities throughout Illinois.

Illinois State Senator Jacqueline Collins (D-16th) will listen to the public testimony and give remarks.

The inaugural neighborhood board meeting will be held today, Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at the Chicago Urban League, 4510 S. Michigan Ave. in Chicago from 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Also attending will be IDFPR Division of Banking Director Manuel Flores and members of the Illinois Residential Mortgage Board.

Discussion of housing crisis issues, including how foreclosures have affected various communities in the Chicagoland area. Housing advocacy organizations and industry representatives will give testimony.

Public participation is encouraged.

Illinois State Board of Education announces hearings for FY2014 budget development

Posted by Admin On October - 23 - 2012 Comments Off on Illinois State Board of Education announces hearings for FY2014 budget development

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education’s Finance and Audit Committee is hosting a series of budget hearings to gather public input as the Board prepares its Fiscal Year 2014(FY14) education budget recommendation for the Governor and General Assembly. The first hearing will take place immediately after the Oct. 29 Board meeting at Southland Charter School in Richton Park.

“The past several years have seen nearly $1 billion in state cuts to the K-12 education budget; cuts that challenge our board’s fundamental mission to ensure  every child is prepared to succeed in college and career,” said State Board of Education Chairman Gery J. Chico. “We have advocated for funding increases in the past and will be working harder than ever this year to carefully craft and advocate for a budget that serves the more than 2 million public school students in this state who are counting on us.”

Consistent with The National Advisory Council on State and Local Budgeting principles, Illinois requires state agencies to use a `Budgeting for Results’ model to establish spending priorities, meet goals and deliver excellent services and value to taxpayers.  To meet the Budgeting for Results requirements, first implemented by law in FY12, hearing participants are asked to provide the following information when presenting their FY 2014 budget requests to the ISBE Finance and Audit Committee:

 

         *  Outcomes:  What outcomes will the funding allotment achieve?

 

  • Measures: What are the measurable results of these outcomes?

 

  • Value: What is the value of the outcomes?

 

  • Historicals: What outcomes have been achieved in the past? 

 

  • Moving forward:  How does your organization plan to improve the value of services it provides using funding and other resources? 

The priorities and goals of local citizens and education partners are crucial for committee members to consider as they develop a budget with scarce resources. Budgeting for Results calls on every state agency to make the case for its budget based on its success delivering results and value to the people of Illinois.

The ISBE has continued to advocate for increased state funding in recent years while experiencing an overall drop of $861 million from FY09 to Fiscal Year 2013 through the state budget-making process. State Board of Education members note that it’s important to put Illinois’ education funding in context with the rest of the nation.

“Illinois ranks near the bottom in the nation in terms of state support for elementary and secondary education and maintains a heavy reliance on local resources to fund schools,” said Jim Baumann, Chair of the ISBE Finance and Audit Committee. “Those local resources have also dwindled due to the national and state recession, forcing schools to make difficult decisions such as cutting staff, increasing class sizes, cutting extra curriculum, and even core curriculum resources that help students succeed in the classroom and beyond. The need to resolve this funding crisis grows each year.”

Local resources have historically made up the greatest portion of education funding in Illinois.

The FY13 State Budget for Pre-K-12 education totals $6.5 billion, an overall reduction of $209.6 million from FY12 appropriation levels. Affected programs include:

 

·         $161.3 million (3.6 percent) reduction in General State Aid

 

·          $24.9 million (7.7 percent) reduction in Early Childhood

 

·          $12 million (45.6 percent) reduction in Illinois Free Lunch/Breakfast

 

·          $2.8 million (30 percent) reduction in Alternative Learning/Regional Safe Schools

 

·         $2.05 million (14.6 percent) reduction in Truant Alternative and Optional Education

 

·         $1.3 million (81.5 percent) reduction in Children’s Mental Health Partnership

 

Those who are unable to attend one of the five public hearings are encouraged to email any guidance or feedback to ISBE at: ISBEFY14@isbe.net. The public budget hearings for Fiscal Year 2014 will be conducted at the follow dates and locations:

 

·         Monday, Oct. 29 – Immediately following board meeting – Richton Park – Southland Charter School

 

·         Monday, Nov. 5 – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Champaign – Champaign Public Library

 

·         Thursday, Nov. 15 – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Grayslake – University Center, College of Lake County, G Room 145

 

·         Friday, Nov. 16 – 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Chicago  – ISBE Video-conference, James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St.

 

·         Monday, Nov. 19 – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Granite City – Granite City High School

 

The Illinois State Board of Education’s Finance and Audit Committee conducts public hearings each year to gather opinions about the education needs and priorities at the local level as they prepare the following year’s education budget. The Board generally recommends an education budget in January, several months prior to any General Assembly action on the next fiscal year’s budget. The Board can only make a recommendation. The Governor and legislators must determine how to generate revenue and set the final budget.

Lack of awareness of sudden cardiac arrest leads to increased risk of death for African Americans, warns Heart Rhythm Society

Posted by Admin On October - 23 - 2012 Comments Off on Lack of awareness of sudden cardiac arrest leads to increased risk of death for African Americans, warns Heart Rhythm Society

Association of Black Cardiologists, Emmy Award-Winning Journalist and TV Personality Shaun Robinson Join Heart Rhythm Society to Increase Awareness of Deadly Epidemic

 

Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) — Lack of awareness and treatment of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) puts African Americans at greater risk of death from the condition, according to a new national survey released today by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS). The survey findings uncovered significant perception gaps between healthcare providers and consumers when it comes to understanding the condition, its symptoms, risk factors and treatments. Responsible for more than 350,000 U.S. deaths each year, SCA occurs when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. Approximately 95 percent of SCA cases result in death; however, it is proven most deadly in African Americans.

The new study, conducted by HRS with Ipsos Healthcare, found African Americans are significantly less familiar with sudden cardiac arrest, with only 18 percent able to correctly identify the condition, compared with 24 percent of the general population. More than sixty percent of African Americans who reported experiencing heart disease symptoms report not going to the doctor as a result. In addition, ninety percent of African Americans say their doctor has not talked to them about their risk for SCA. These considerable disparities impact the immediate, life-saving treatments needed to prevent the deadly condition.

To reverse these inequalities and increase the dialogue between patients and physicians, HRS today launched a nationwide public education campaign in partnership with the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) and Shaun Robinson, Emmy-award winning journalist and weekend co-anchor and correspondent for “Access Hollywood.” Coined “Arrest the Risk,” the initiative is designed to overcome the barriers to proper diagnosis and treatment of SCA through educational resources, an SCA symptom tracker available on www.ArrestTheRisk.org, as well as a powerful public service announcement featuring Robinson. Additionally, HRS and ABC will conduct specific educational initiatives in cities with a high prevalence of SCA.

“Racial disparities in the prevention and treatment of sudden cardiac arrest result in too many preventable deaths. The first step toward reducing these substantial discrepancies is to treat the underlying causes and manage the various risk factors,” said Walter Clair, MD, MPH, FHRS, electrophysiologist, Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute, Nashville. “However, to bridge the gap, both at-risk consumers and their physicians must better understand the signs and symptoms of SCA, and physicians must translate evidence-based treatment guidelines, including the use of indicated medical devices, into their everyday clinical practice.”

Treatment guidelines recommend implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) as the standard of care for patients at risk for SCA, yet half as many African Americans as Caucasians or Hispanics say that ICDs are the best way to treat SCA. Indeed, studies show that the use of these devices and other innovative cardiovascular technologies are less common among African Americans. As a result, a large percentage of high-risk patients are not receiving these treatments, leading to a greater likelihood of death.

The HRS/Ipsos Healthcare study also surveyed 300 physicians (primary care physicians, cardiologists and electrophysiologists) in the U.S. regarding their awareness of SCA as well as their treatment and referral history. Results of the survey showed that many physicians are unaware of the significant deadly impact of SCA. Nearly half of physicians (49 percent) did not identify SCA as the condition that poses the greatest risk to Americans today, even though SCA claims more lives each year than stroke, breast cancer, lung cancer or AIDS. When asked to assess a case study, the majority of PCPs do not identify “at risk” patients, even when three or more risk factors are apparent. In addition, only half of primary care physicians believe ICDs are the standard of care for patients at risk.

“By offering insight into the incidence of the condition, addressing diagnosis and treatment related challenges faced by healthcare professionals and working to ensure the implementation of guideline-based care, we can ensure that all patients – regardless of their race, gender or age – receive access to the best possible cardiac care,” said Ola Akinboboye, MD, MPH, MBA, President, ABC. “The Association of Black Cardiologists is proud to partner with HRS to lead this innovative, educational effort that sheds light on the current disparities in care, while also working on practical education to help eliminate these healthcare inequalities.”

“Since my grandfather and some other family members have suffered from heart disease, this is a condition that is very personal to me. However, I didn’t realize that this family history means I could be at increased risk for sudden cardiac arrest,” said Robinson. “Because SCA is so deadly, it is absolutely critical to talk to your doctor because early intervention can literally save your life.”
About the Arrest the Risk Campaign
“Arrest the Risk” is a nationwide public education campaign from the Heart Rhythm Society in partnership with the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) and Emmy-award winning journalist Shaun Robinson. The initiative is designed to overcome the barriers to proper diagnosis and treatment of SCA. Additional information and resources are available at www.arresttherisk.org.

About the Survey
In August 2012, the Heart Rhythm Society worked with Ipsos Healthcare to conduct a 20-minute online survey of more than 1,500 adult consumers and 300 physicians in the U.S. A representative sample of Caucasian, African American and Hispanic consumers were surveyed, as well as asample of three types of physicians– primary care physicians (PCPs) including those in general practice, family practice and internal medicine; cardiologists; and electrophysiologists (EPs), who are cardiac arrhythmia specialists. The survey aimed to help HRS identify current awareness levels and perceptions of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

About the Heart Rhythm Society
The Heart Rhythm Society is the international leader in science, education and advocacy for cardiac arrhythmia professionals and patients, and the primary information resource on heart rhythm disorders. Its mission is to improve the care of patients by promoting research, education and optimal health care policies and standards. Incorporated in 1979 and based in Washington, DC, it has a membership of more than 5,100 heart rhythm professionals in more than 72 countries around the world. www.hrsonline.org.

About the Association of Black Cardiologists
Founded in 1974, the Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc. (ABC) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to champion the elimination of cardiovascular disease disparities among minorities through education, research and advocacy. The ABC is comprised of an international membership of 2,500 medical professionals, community health advocates, corporations and institutions that fund innovative research, promote stronger public policies and provide lifesaving tools to prevent and treat cardiovascular diseases. To learn more or to get involved, visit www.abcardio.org.

 

Revolutionary health breakthrough for fighting aging, oxidative stress, and chronic inflammation

Posted by Admin On October - 23 - 2012 Comments Off on Revolutionary health breakthrough for fighting aging, oxidative stress, and chronic inflammation

By Kenneth Byrd

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — African Americans make up the single largest minority group in the United States, and in today’s society, mental and physical health, are amongst the highest problems in the Black and Hispanic communities. These problems are associated with genetics (family medical history), environmental and cultural factors, and access to health care. Some of the leading causes of death in our society are: heart disease, cancer, diabetes, homicide, HIV/AIDS. These are just some of the leading causes listed by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

Today, we face issues such as poor nutritional habits, obesity, asthma, hypertension and skin cancer. Other studies also show that our community has more oxidative stress than Caucasians, meaning we have a higher death rate from these illnesses and diseases. There are many organizations and resource centers available today for those who seek help. Our community is becoming better and reaching out to more people everyday. The fight is far from over and it could be as simple as one person helping another, but we have to help ourselves first.

What is Oxidative Stress? This is the build up of free radicals in our blood stream that ultimately leads to aging. In between the ages of 20 to 25, your body no longer produces survival genes at a rate fast enough to counteract or fight these free radicals as quickly as they form. Once this begins your body becomes more receptive to the diseases and illnesses our communities have faced and will face in the future.

What is Nrf2 and what does it do? Your body already has in place the enzymes to fight oxidative stress and chronic inflammation. This information is stored in your genes. Nrf2 is the superior enforcer of survival genes. This is a protein messenger held in every cell in your body. Nrf2 instructs your genes to fight aging and or oxidative stress. Once activated Nrf2 enters the nucleus of every cell and turns on hundreds of genes known as survival genes. This also activates your body’s antioxidant defense, detoxification and immune balancing mechanisms that slow down cellular aging and reduces the risk of degenerative diseases.

Dr. Joe McCord, Ph.D. has spent over 40 years studying the science of free radicals and aging in our society. His work earned him the Elliott Cresson Medal, along with Henry Ford, Alexander Graham Bell, and Orville Wright. Dr. McCord has proven that the best way to fight aging is at its source, your genes. Scientists know that the so called “diseases of aging” are closely related with oxidative stress.

A revolutionary product, Protandim (TM), activates Nrf2 cells, which in return does its job by regulating the various enzymes that make the body function at on optimal level restoring your inner youth to that of a 20 year old. This breakthrough has caught the interest of many colleges such as University of Colorado, Texas Tech, Ohio State and many others doing privately funded research today. Topics currently under studies are as follows: skin cancer, photoaging of skin, osteoarthritis, HIV/AIDS – associated lipodysrophy, pulmonary hypertension, heart disease, and asthma.

Those are a fraction of the studies under development and the potential of this research has countless measures to offer the African American community. This is definitely something to share with those you love. In just 30 days of taking the pill, everyone at every age (even 80) oxidative stress was lowered by 40 percent and by 70 percent in just 120 days. Visit www.abcliveit.com to view ABC’s primetime story.

Kenneth Byrd is a health consultant and a distributor for Lifevantage. For more information about the company and their Protandim (TM) product, visit www.mylifevantage.com/kenb.

How to not grow old broke

Posted by Admin On October - 23 - 2012 Comments Off on How to not grow old broke

By Devin Robinson

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Growing old is not something we can avoid, but growing old and broke is! I speak about the Consumption Theory in my latest book, Power M.O.V.E.: How to Transition from Employee to Employer. So many people have been enlightened by its practical approach and simplistic delivery but, honestly creating success really is kind of simple. The only tough part about my theory is your ability to execute on it.

The successful execution of the Consumption Theory boils down to your perspective and approach to money. It’s like the fork in the road. If you view money as a satisfier of today’s itch instead of a weapon against future threats you will struggle with being able to carry out the practices of the Consumption Theory and convert income into wealth. Resources are not all meant to be consumed immediately or sometimes, consumed by you at all. As an entrepreneur you must recognize when resources within your grasp should be used, consumed, stockpiled or used to reproduce more resources.

Let me sidebar for a second. When it comes to your income, before you splurge on anything it should qualify for one of four factors: you enjoy the source of the income (satisfying), it’s abundant (significant), it’s sustainable (reproducing), and has longevity (long-term).

The Consumption Theory allows you to live in an economic straight line no matter what is going on around you. Follow it and you won’t feel like you are on a financial roller coaster. You won’t be up and down in what you can or can’t do and you won’t find yourself going from side hustle to side hustle. No slow economy or market threats will easily impact your consumption. They will first affect the activities within the other detailed percentages outlined in the book, often leaving your personal lifestyle with no immediate affects.

Consumption Theory simply says that you should aim to live on 10% of your income if you expect to weather financial storms that WILL come: family emergencies, trauma, unemployment, unexpected repairs, slow economy, retirement, accidents, illnesses, etc.

Let me go through some examples of how you can incorporate the “Consumption Theory” into your life.

Popular Culture Example:
Salary = $100,000
Time = 20 years
Savings Rate = 10%
Consumption/Spending Rate = 90%
Retirement = $200,000 on hand
Lifestyle Sustainability upon Retirement = 2.2 years

Consumption Theory Example:
Salary = $100,000
Time = 20 years
Savings Rate = 90%
Consumption/Spending Rate = 10%
Retirement = $1.8 million
Lifestyle Sustainability upon Retirement = 90 years

All examples excluding inflation, increased tax burdens, health challenges and transfer payments.

Okay. Living to $10,000 (10% of example) in America in this day and age may prove difficult, not impossible just difficult. In this case you want to focus on increasing your earnings, not your spending.

For those of you who can’t set aside any portion of your income for an extended time I’ve coined your spending a “disease”; an addictive disease that may haunt you in your senior years, and sometimes immediately, unless you cure it or find a frugal spouse to offset your issue.

If the full consumption theory is too extreme for you, consider this modest example I calculated at 50% consumption. If you merely have a salary of $100,000 and you saved 50% of your income for 20 years you will have stocked $1 million. You will be able to live another 20 years on your nest egg at the same lifestyle, give or take inflation and health.

Pretty much, for every year you simply stockpiled 50% of your income equates to one year you won’t have to work while maintaining the same lifestyle.

The overall philosophy of the Consumption Theory is to not consume based on what you have, but instead consume based on what you want to have. This theory expedites the success rate of an entrepreneur.

Just be careful not to attach yourself to people in your young days that will make you miserable and regretful in your old days. Use having additional resources as an opportunity to have more, not as an opportunity to spend more and you will spend more time in bliss. Remember, arrogant people may get rich but humble people get wealthy.

Devin Robinson is a business and economics professor, serial entrepreneur, founder of Beauty Supply Institute and author of 8 books. His latest book is “Power M.O.V.E.: How to Transition from Employee to Employer”. Learn more about him at www.PowerMoveBook.com or www.DevinRobinson.com

Real estate expert creates a new model for successful and sustainable homeownership

Posted by Admin On October - 23 - 2012 Comments Off on Real estate expert creates a new model for successful and sustainable homeownership

J. Varnie Barker Responds to the Housing Crisis and the Presidential Debates in His New Book Entitled, “New Rules Of Homeownership For The 21st Century”.


Nashville, TN (BlackNews.com) — Local real estate expert J. Varnie Barker recently expressed his views on the current status of real estate and the housing problems still facing America. Barker stated that the past vice presidential debate, just as the presidential debates before it, did not produce any solution for America’s real estate / housing problem, which leaves more questions for many Americans in this time of need.

Barker, who works as a real estate expert, has authored the new book, New Rules Of Homeownership For The 21st Century. In this compelling work, Barker has responded to the housing crisis with an aggressive new paradigm: The 21st Century Model for Successful and Sustainable Homeownership. In this work Barker emphasizes to the reader that, ‘The old way has not worked’, and that there is an impending danger of a massive and cataclysmic loss of homeownership, our wealth and our equity if we continue to own buy and manage our homes in the way it was done in the past. Barker stated that, “people need to see that there must be a new approach – a more sensible approach to home ownership that reduces the risk of loss for all parties involved, which include bankers, homeowners and even the government.”

Barker’s new model for homeownership is an eight-part methodical process that assesses, reduces and mitigates risk of homeownership loss. According to that model, it also helps one to ensure sound and responsible mortgage decisions by providing a unique and custom-designed strategy for successful and sustainable homeownership. Barker shows how to increase and sustain the net worth of homeowners and also how to eliminate all predatory potential. All homeowners, homebuyers, and those affected by foreclosure now have a blue print, a roadmap, and even a new vantage point to secure and maintain the American dream we all deserve.

When question were relayed to Barker about what is happening and how the current policies and debates are void on the housing market, Barker states, “I am overwhelmed with a feeling of nationalistic responsibility to ensure that we do not go back in the market place using the same old methods that led us to failure. I want to utilize my skills, knowledge, and experience to help the American homeowner overcome and win in this new real estate market environment.”

New Rules of Homeownership for the 21st Century brings that hope, courage, and solutions to all homeowners, regardless of their socioeconomic status. Homeowners can now truly employ a real strategy to keep, save, and protect their homes and turn their homes into a true wealth-creating asset.

Barker was inspired to write a moving nationalistic and inspirational poem titled, Carve Again, which can be read online at http://goo.gl/4Gvn7. This poetic work is a poignant reminder to everyone that the drive of the American dream and spirit lives on, and cannot be snuffed out. Barker shows that the American Dream is still possible and will become even more vibrant as the old way is thrown out and all homeowners implement the new model for successful and sustainable homeownership.

For more information, visit www.jvarniebarker.com

Photo Caption: Bookcover and author, J. Varnie Barker

France, Germany, Hungary, Canada, Israel and the United States take home the Gold

Posted by Admin On October - 23 - 2012 Comments Off on France, Germany, Hungary, Canada, Israel and the United States take home the Gold

The 48th Chicago International Festival announces the winners of its competitions

 

CHICAGO, IL – Michael Kutza, Founder and Artistic Director, Mimi Plauché, Programming Director, and Programmers Alex Kopecky and Penny Bartlett proudly announce the winners of the 48th Chicago International Film Festival Competitions.French filmmaker Leos Carax’s exuberant and euphoric HOLY MOTORS leads this extraordinary group of films with three awards. Carax’s first film, BOY MEETS GIRL, premiered in Chicago in 1984 as part of the 20th Chicago International Film Festival’s International Competition.

Many of the winners will be showcased during the Festival’s Best of the Fest program, Wednesday, October 24 at the AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.). The Festival runs until Thursday October 25 when Closing Night film FLIGHT, directed by Chicago-born filmmaker Robert Zemeckis and starring Denzel Washington, receives its Chicago Premiere.

International Feature Film Competition
Representing a wide variety of styles and genres, these works compete for the Festival’s highest honor, the Gold Hugo, a symbol of discovery.

The Gold Hugo for Best Film goes to HOLY MOTORS (France/Germany) for the sheer beauty, originality and breathtaking scope of its cinematic vision. Director: Leos Carax.

The Silver Hugo Special Jury Prize is awarded to AFTER LUCIA (Mexico/France) for being a film of great simplicity and restraint, that nevertheless moved and shocked the jury. Director: Michel Franco.

The Silver Hugo for Best Actor goes to Denis Lavant in HOLY MOTORS (France/Germany) for breathing life into a character who is alternately tragic, hilarious, shocking, profound, hideous, beautiful, wise – but always human – and, quite simply, unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.

The Silver Hugo for Best Actress goes to Ulla Skoog in THE LAST SENTENCE (Sweden) for showing, with great subtlety and skill, the depth, complexity and humanity of a seemingly “ordinary” human-being. Director: Jan Troell.

The Silver Hugo for Best Cinematography goes to Yves Cape and Caroline Champetier of HOLY MOTORS for images that were achingly beautiful and inventive, and somehow managed to be always perfectly in sync with the confounding universe of the narrative.

The Silver Hugo Special Mention goes to THE REPENTANT (Algeria/France) for exploring with great sensitivity the aftermath of atrocities in Algeria and the challenges of reconciliation. Director: Merzak Allouache.

The International Feature Film Competition Jury includes Danièle Cauchard, Patrice Chéreau, Alice Krige, Joe Maggio and Amr Waked.

New Directors Competition
This selection of first and second feature films receiving their U.S. premiere in Chicago celebrates the spirit of discovery and innovation upon which the Festival was founded.

The Gold Hugo goes to THE EXAM (Hungary), a film which combines the intricate plotting of a Cold War secret agent thriller with the serious undercurrent concerning deeper issues of personal loyalty versus the police state; it exudes a quiet confidence, remarkable in a new filmmaker. Director: Petér Bergendy.

The Silver Hugo is awarded to FLOWERBUDS (Czech Republic), a glum image of current Czech society that is illuminated by quirky observation and even an occasional touch of humor. An impressive and sophisticated beginning. Director: Zdenek Jirasky.

The New Directors Competition Jury includes Dan Berger, Rebeca Conget, Jonathan Miller and John Russell Taylor.

Docufest Competition
This selection of international documentaries competing for the Gold Hugo go beyond the headlines in telling those true stories that surprise, entertain and challenge us.

The Gold Hugo goes to THE BELIEVERS (USA). This tightly constructed cinematic argument with strong characters puts a human face on scientific research and discovery acknowledging our universal understanding of human failings in our desire to achieve success. In THE BELIEVERS, the filmmakers remind us just how inexact science really is sometimes. Directors: Clayton Brown and Monica Long Ross.

The Silver Hugo goes to NUMBERED (Israel). Visually stunning, compelling stories with surprising humor and wit edited into an impactful whole to remind us that the past lives on for the next generations. NUMBERED clearly demonstrates the importance of documenting the collective story of the Holocaust and other world genocide. Director: Dana Doron and Uriel Sinai.

The Docufest Competition Jury includes Reiner Veit, Alicia Sams and Ruth Leitman.

After Dark Competition
This competitive program of scary movies from around the world takes audiences on a journey to the darkest corners of the human soul.

 The Gold Hugo goes to ANTIVIRAL (Canada/USA), one of the more ambitious feature film debuts in recent memory. Writer-director Brandon Cronenberg’s ANTIVIRAL is a work obsessed with perversions of the flesh, in the areas of science and sexuality. The film is the work of a budding visionary–full of inventive and effective artistry, and a clear sense of where we are going as a celebrity-worshipping society. Director: Brandon Cronenberg.

The Silver Hugo goes to SLEEP TIGHT (Spain). Jaume Balagueró’s gift as a director of thrillers is his way with psychological tension, digging out worrying new ways to describe how the world is simply not ever a safe place to be. In SLEEP TIGHT, not even bed and a little bit of sleep are safe. Director: Jaume Balagueró.

The After Dark Competition Jury includes Jayme Joyce, Steve Prokopy and Ray Pride.

Short Film Competition
The Gold Hugo for Best Short Film goes to RETURN (Israel), awarded for its extraordinary exploration of cultural dislocation as seen through the eyes of a young man who returns to his Israeli home after a life-changing trip to India, director Shay Levi wisely chooses to avoid obvious melodramatic touches. Instead, he tells the story through nuance and the subtle play of a moving camera. The result is that we are taken into the pained and confused mind of the protagonist yet given enough information to empathize with the people to whom he can no longer relate. The jury wishes to recognize that this achievement is all the more noteworthy because RETURN is the work of a student filmmaker. It gives us hope for a future of challenging and rewarding films from Mr. Levi. Director Shay Levi.

The Silver Hugo for Best Narrative/Live Action Short goes to PAUL (Israel), awarded for its effective mix of a fantastical story with the visual elements of noir, and for a central character whose plight is lovingly conveyed with Keatonesque simplicity. This tale of a dog-faced man who sets out to find his stolen pet fish brilliantly walks the tightrope between magical realism and a dark night of the soul. The fact that there are no missteps is due to its effective mixture of cinematic dexterity and a keen eye for the foibles of human behavior. The jury was particularly impressed by the central performance. Little more than a bodysuit made of crepe, Paul proved to be one of the most fully rounded and emotionally affecting characters that we have seen in a longtime. Director: Adam Bizanski.

The Silver Hugo for Best Short Documentary goes to PARADISE (USA). With a moment of calm daybreak followed by harnesses, ropes, and the calculated preparation of a great heist movie, director Nadav Kurtz drops the audience of his short film PARADISE into a meditation through the perspective of three Chicago window washers. Topically a film about men at work, this documentary incorporates fluid camera movements, beautiful photography, steady editing, and a lovely yet understated guitar soundtrack. The subjects discuss marriage, growing old, death, the afterlife, and teaching the next generation while building inhabitants continue downtown – living, working, playing, and going to Starbucks. Director: Nadav Kurtz.

The Silver Hugo for Best Animated Short, the highest for an animated short film, goes to OH, WILLY (Belgium) due to its stunning originality. The jury found the film to be a treat, full of narrative surprises and delightful tonal shifts, and that rare beast of a film – one where the material design itself (a world covered in fuzzy wool) lends an unmistakable expressivity to the landscape of the film and characters in it. The narrative’s tender, scary, and surreal episodes culminate in a fantasy with an unexpected and captivating conclusion. Directors: Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels.

The Gold Plaque for Best Student Film is awarded to NEXT DOOR LETTERS (Sweden) both for its brave style (balancing a digi-folksy aesthetic with a hint of the grotesque), and its effectively shaped narrative. Based on a true story of teenage longing and burgeoning queer identity, the jury found it a touching and an impressive achievement. Director: Sascha Fülscher.

The Gold Plaque for Animated Short is awarded to EDMOND WAS A DONKEY (Canada/France) for its unique story of a young office drone who comes to accept the image others have of him, as well as for its ability to effectively and cinematically capture the essence of fable. Mixing black and white imagery, ironic voiceovers and a Buñuelian sense of the absurd, EDMOND WAS A DONKEY is that rare film that delights us with what it has to say as much as how it says it. Director: Franck Dion.

 The Silver Plaque for Narrative/Live Action Short is awarded to VOICE OVER (Spain). On another planet, attacked by monsters, crawling through mud to save loved ones, and being dragged to murky depths by a vessel thought to be your salvation – there is no explicit way to describe the feelings outlined at the culmination of Martin Rosete’s VOICE OVER. The jury awards a Silver Plaque for the film’s art direction, technical mastery, riveting script, compact editing, elegant yet tongue-tied narrator, and a reminder of adolescent and adult struggles for life and love. Director: Martin Rosete.

A Special Mention for Narrative/Life Action Short goes to CAFÉ REGULAR, CAIRO (Egypt) for its effective and well-directed use of improvisation to create an intimacy not only between the characters onscreen, but between them and the audience as well. Director: Ritesh Batra.

The Short Film Competition Jury includes Melika Bass, Ronald Falzone and Andrew Suprenant.

INTERCOM Competition
One of the longest-running international competitions of its kind, INTERCOM honors a wide range of corporate-sponsored, educational and branded films.

The Gold Hugo goes to HANDTMANN – IDEA FOR THE FUTURE by Naumann Film, a compelling and elegantly cinematic evocation of the ways manufacturing and technology connect human beings in the 21st century.

The Gold Plaque go to SAVE BOWLING by Brad Bischoff. BBBS by Bengar Films; MAY FOOD KEEP US TOGETHER: “LAST STALL STANDING” by Peoples Production Limited; and SWISS LIFE – CORPORATE MOVIE by Seed Audio-Visual Communication AG.

The INTERCOM Competition Jury includes Ronald Falzone, Anne Willmore, Hannah Dallman, Zoran Samardzija, and Dan Rybicky.

Chicago Award
The Chicago Award, presented to a Chicago or Illinois artist for the best feature, short film or documentary, goes to CONSUMING SPIRITS, directed by Chris Sullivan, a truly independent and lovingly crafted portrait of Americana that is by turns surprising and touching.

The Chicago Award jury includes Julie Ford, Kevin B. Lee, and Michael W. Phillips, Jr. 

Special Awards

The 48th Chicago International Film Festival recognized JOAN ALLEN’s outstanding achievements and contributions in both theater and film with a Silver Hugo Career Achievement Award on October 14. HELEN HUNT’s rich career will be similarly recognized on October 20 during a Special Presentation of Ben Lewin’s much anticipated film THE SESSIONS at the AMC River East 21. The red carpet event starts at 6:30 pm.

VIOLA DAVIS will be presented with the Career Achievement Award, Monday October 22 at the Festival’s annual Black Perspectives Tribute to be held at the AMC River East 21. A powerhouse talent of stage, television and film, the Academy Award®-nominated actress (DOUBT, THE HELP) will join the ranks of past recipients including Morgan Freeman, Halle Berry and Sidney Poitier as she accepts a Silver Hugo for the rich characters and nuanced performances she has embodied throughout her career. The red carpet event begins at 6:30 p.m. and is followed by the tribute presentation and celebration of Davis’ work.

The Festival also honored Spanish filmmaker JUAN ANTONIO BAYONA with the Emerging Visionary Award for bringing fresh insight, dynamism, and humanity to familiar genres during a Special Presentation of his critically-acclaimed film THE IMPOSSIBLE on October 18.

 TICKET INFO
Tickets for the 48th Chicago International Film Festival are on sale starting September 20th and can be purchased online at the Festival Store: http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/catalog/; via Ticketmaster www.ticketmaster.com/chicagofilmfestival; by phone at 312-332-FILM (3456); or by visiting the Festival box office at AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.).

 

FESTIVAL SPONSORS

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.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company adds three performances to the World-premiere Adaptation of The Book Thief

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CHICAGO, IL – Due to high demand for tickets, Steppenwolf Theatre Company is adding three additional public performances to the world premiere of Markus Zusak’sThe Book Thief, adapted by Heidi Stillman, directed by Hallie Gordon, after selling out all school and public performances—including the previously announced extension. The production now closes on Sunday, November 11 and plays in Steppenwolf’s Upstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St); this is the final extension. Single tickets to the added performances are $20, and go on sale Wednesday, October 24 at 11am through Audience Services (1650 N Halsted St), 312-335-1650 and steppenwolf.org.

Added performances of The Book Thief include:

Saturday, November 10 at 3pm and 7:30pm

Sunday, November 11 at 3pm (closing)

Leisel Meminger is a young girl struggling to survive in Nazi Germany. Her life is filled with risk and danger but her love of books guides her through a brutal world. Death watches over her, fascinated by humankind’s will to live. The Book Thief looks at the terrible cost of violence, bearing witness to our compassion and complicity. When Death tells a story, you listen.

The cast of The Book Thief features ensemble member Francis Guinan with Patrick Andrews, Amy J. Carle, Rob Fagin, Rae Gray, Dennis William Grimes, Nikki Klix, Ian Knox, Anthony-Jon LeSage, Clancy McCartney, Andy Monson, Mark Ulrich and Nicole Wiesner. The production team includes: Lizzie Bracken (scenic design), Sally Dolembo (costume design), J.R. Lederle (lighting design), Rick Sims (sound design and original music), Mike Tutaj (projection design), Trudy White (illustrations) and Ryan Bourque (fight choreography). Additional credits include: Erica Daniels (casting) and Deb Styer (stage manager).

JPMorgan Chase & Co. is the Corporate Sponsor of Steppenwolf for Young Adults. Target is the sponsor of the Target 2-for-1 matinees.

Steppenwolf for Young Adults’ unique approach combines play production with educational components to enhance arts education for young audiences, as well as their teachers and families. SYA creates two full-scale professional productions each season specifically for teens. Working closely with the Chicago Public and metropolitan area schools and other community partners, SYA annually ensures access to the theater for more than 12,000 participants from Chicago’s diverse communities. The initiative also includes post-show discussions with artists; classroom residencies led by Steppenwolf-trained teaching artists in more than 30 classrooms in 12 public high schools; professional development workshops for educators; and the Young Adult Council, an innovative year-round after school initiative that uniquely engages high school students in all areas of the theater’s operations.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is America’s longest standing, most distinguished ensemble theater, producing nearly 700 performances and events annually in its three Chicago theater spaces—the 515-seat Downstairs Theatre, the 299-seat Upstairs Theatre and the 80-seat Garage Theatre. Formed in 1976 by a collective of actors, Steppenwolf has grown into an ensemble of 43 actors, writers and directors. Artistic programming at Steppenwolf includes a five-play Subscription Season, a two-play Steppenwolf for Young Adults season and three repertory series: First Look Repertory of New Work, Garage Rep and Next Up. While firmly grounded in the Chicago community, nearly 40 original Steppenwolf productions have enjoyed success both nationally and internationally, including Off-Broadway, Broadway, London, Sydney and Dublin. Steppenwolf has the distinction of being the only theater to receive the National Medal of Arts, in addition to numerous other prestigious honors including an Illinois Arts Legend Award and nine Tony Awards. Martha Lavey is the Artistic Director and David Hawkanson is the Executive Director. Nora Daley is Chair of Steppenwolf’s Board of Trustees. For additional information, visit steppenwolf.org, facebook.com/steppenwolftheatre and twitter.com/steppenwolfthtr.

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