Via Zoom: Raul Benitez on the After Dark Series, Chicago International Film Festival

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CHICAGO – One of the more popular series at the Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) – opening tomorrow, October 13th, 2021 – is the After Dark series. The title screams horror films, but the series also focuses on outliers in categories such as sci-fi, fantasy and the just plain bizarre. Raul Benitez, the programmer of After Dark, has fashioned another chilling line-up of genre short and feature films. Click 57th CIFF After Dark for the line-up and details.

‘After Dark’ at the Chicago International Film Festival
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Raul Benitez is a veteran curator, programmer and screener for various festivals and film entities, including for the first time selecting the After Dark series at the 57th CIFF. This year’s festival is a hybrid, so certain films in this series are available virtually/online, as well as screening in area theaters and the Chi-Town Movies Drive-In.

In an interview via Zoom with Programmer Raul Benitez of the After Dark series at the 57th CIFF, by Patrick McDonald of, the film line-up and selection process is discussed …

The 57th Chicago International Film Festival will take place October 13th to October 24th, 2021. Click here for schedules and to purchase tickets. senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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