Podtalk: Rebecca Fons & Jack C. Newell on 5th ‘Destroy Your Art’

Destroy Your Art 2023

CHICAGO – It’s five times the fun for the fifth time. Filmmaker Jack C. Newell and Rebecca Fons of the Gene Siskel Film Center will conduct their 5th “Destroy Your Art” event. The idea is a filmmaker creates a film, shows it once to the audience, and then destroys it forever. This will take place this year at the historic Music Box Theatre on Tuesday, September 26th, 2023. For more information, including tickets, click DYA.

Podtalk: Closing Night of CUFF 30 is World Premiere Documentary ‘For Kicks’ on Sep. 17, 2023

For Kicks

CHICAGO – The 30th edition of the Chicago Underground Film Festival concludes their short run on Sunday, September 17th (8:30p), with the World Premiere of the documentary “For Kicks,” directed by veteran filmmaker Sean Patrick Fahey. For details and ticket info, click FOR KICKS.

Podtalk: Elisa Levine on Doc 'Sweetheart Deal,' screening at CUFF30 on Sep. 15 & 17, 2023

Sweetheart Deal at CUFF30

CHICAGO – The 30th edition of the Chicago Underground Film Festival continues with the documentary “Sweetheart Deal,” co-directed by Elisa Levine and Gabriel Miller, which will screen on Friday, September 15th (9pm) and Sunday, September 17th (3pm) at Harper Theatre in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. For details and ticket info, click DEAL.

Podtalk: New Artistic Director Sarah Slight of Chicago’s Raven Theatre on the 41st Season

Sarah Slight Raven Theatre 2023

CHICAGO – On July 1st, 2023, Sarah Slight was named Artistic Director of the Raven Theatre, beginning with the 41st Season, which begins October 5th with Lucille Fletcher’s from-Broadway thriller “Night Watch.” In 2024, the season will continue with two original commissioned stage plays, Paul Michael Thomson’s ‘brother sister cyborg space’ in February and the final installment of the Grand Boulevard Trilogy, “The Prodigal Daughter,” by Joshua Allen. For all information and tickets, click RAVEN.

Podtalk: George Ellzey Jr. on His ‘Bosom’ and ‘Cottage Grove’ Shorts

George Ellzey

CHICAGO – The film festival season for Autumn 2023 is gearing up, and a local Chicago filmmaker has two of his short films in the mix. Writer/director George Ellzey Jr., has his family relationship films “Bosom” and “Cottage Grove” currently on the circuit. “Bosom” will screen on September 27th at the upcoming (click link) Charlotte Film Festival and “Cottage Grove” will be at the Wichita, Kansas, Tall Grass Film Festival on October 6th.

Podtalk: Sophia Wong Boccio on Asian Pop-Up Cinema SEASON 17

CHICAGO – Fall film festivals begin this week with Season 17 of the Asian Pop-Up Cinema, curated by Executive Director/Founder Sophia Wong Boccio. Opening Night is Friday, September 8th, with the Japanese film “Yudo,” subtitled “The Way of the Bath,” directed by Masayuki Suzuki. For tickets and info, click APUC 17.

Podtalk: Tobi Shinobi & Lonnie Edwards Exhibit ‘Shadow Dancer,’ in Chicago Thru Sep 30, 2023

Shadow Dancer Tobi Shinobi/Lonnie Edwards

CHICAGO – Two of the most cutting edge and modern artists have teamed up to present an unforgettable kaleidoscope of imagery in the hot up-and-coming neighborhood of West Town in Chicago, specifically at the West Town Chamber of Commerce space. The exhibit is called “Shadow Dancer,” and it is in its last month, closing on September 30th, 2023. For more information, click DANCER.

Podtalk: Co-Writers & Director on New Film ‘The Road Dog,’ at Pickwick Theatre, Sep. 1-7, 2023

CHICAGO – “The Road Dog” refers to the stand-up comic who lives that life from town to town. The new film by the same name is co-written by Tony Boswell and Greg Glienna (also director), and will screen at the Park Ridge (IL) Pickwick Theatre (click here).

Podtalk: Brett & Jason Butler on Their Film ‘Unfriending’


CHICAGO – Currently touring the film festival circuit, the new film “Unfriending” … by writer/director/brothers Brett and Jason Butler … is a pitch black comedy on our weirdly filtered world today. The Canadian filmmakers are veterans of five features, and have been building their reputations since the mid-2000s.

Podtalk: Actor Colin Ford on His Role in Latest Film ‘The Hill’

CHICAGO – Catching a young actor in an early career stride is like catching lightning in a bottle. Colin Ford has such a breakthrough role portraying Rickey Hill, a Texas ballplayer who is battling a degenerative disease that may not give him enough time to fulfill his major league dreams. The film is aptly titled “The Hill.”

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