A Special Screening of â€œStrictly Ballroomâ€ Lights Up Millennium Park and Retrospective Photography/Video Exhibit â€œBecause Everybody Loves Moviesâ€ Opens September 4, 2014
CHICAGO, IL – Celebrating 50 years of making Chicago an international destination for acclaimed filmmakers, bold young directors and lovers of cinema, The Chicago International Film Festival, returning October 9 â€“ 23, 2014, has teamed with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) to produce two special events leading up to the Festival. On September 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Millennium Parkâ€™s Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Chicagoans will be treated to a special screening of director Baz Luhrmannâ€™s first film â€œStrictly Ballroom,â€ which won the Best First Feature Award at the Festival in 1993. That day will also see the opening of an exhibit of photography, video and posters looking back over the Festivalâ€™s 50 years. â€œBecause Everybody Loves Movies,â€ will remain on display through October 30 at Expo 72 (72 E. Randolph St.). Both events are open to the public and free of charge.
Also included in the exhibit will be archival Festival trailers voiced by Ken Nordine, as well as interviews with celebrity honorees and Festival guests.Â Rounding out the exhibit will be photos of past Festivals and a colorful mosaic comprised of posters from other international film festivals, speaking to cinemaâ€™s global reach.
The exhibit will be on display from September 4 through October 30 at Expo 72, 72 E. Randolph St., and will be open to the public Monday â€“ Thursday 8 a.m. â€“ 7 p.m., Fridays 8 a.m. â€“ 6 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. â€“ 6 p.m., and Sundays 10 a.m. â€“ 6 p.m.
2014 Festival Schedule and Ticket Information
The 2014 Chicago International Film Festival will be presented October 9 â€“ 23, 2014.Â The complete schedule will be announced at a future date. Passes are now on sale. Moviegoer (10 regular admissions) and Passport (20 regular admissions) passes are available at www.chicagofilmfestival.com at a discounted rate until August 31 by using promotional code 50PASS10.
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The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicagoâ€™s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicagoâ€™s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the Cityâ€™s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the Cityâ€™s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.
Cinema/Chicago is a not-for-profit arts and education 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 one of the year-round programs presented by Cinema/Chicago, which also include the Hugo Television Awards, CineYouth Festival, INTERCOM Competition, International Screenings Program, and Education Outreach.